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All that glitters is not gold, or so the shimmering waters of the French Riviera would have you believe. That is the enchantment of an idyllic summer holiday in an intoxicatingly beautiful place; even the elements seem a little more luxurious. Indulge in gorgeous views while adding a bit of “glitter” of your own (perhaps of real gold) by embarking on a summer globe-trot accessorized by some of the most beautiful rings, bracelets, and necklaces under the sun, inspired by the most decadent destinations of the season.
WEAR: Inaccessible by car, Cinque Terre is travelled by winding trails and long hikes. Light, colorful multi-gem hoop earrings compliment the scenery without overwhelming the traveler.
On the coast of Cinque Terre, you may be forgiven for turning your back to the view. Although the sea is beautiful, it is the colored hillside, improbably perched by the water, which mesmerizes visitors of the “five lands” known as Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Cornigilia, Manarola and Rio Maggiorie. It is said that the Cinque Terre’s chromatic hills were brought about by the coast’s vigilant fisherman, who wanted to easily identify their homes from the sea. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre’s five villages hold a vibrant, unspoiled charm that savors the timeless luxuries of life.
WEAR: Embrace the laid back, country chic aesthetic with a simple and richly colored multi-gem gold necklace.
San Ysidro Ranch may have four stars, but its best recommendations come from another type of star altogether. Over the years, this Montecito hillside-hide-out has hosted the honeymooning Kennedys, Audrey Hepburn, Sinclair Lewis, Oprah, and Jennifer Aniston. Winston Churchill once declared it “difficult to imagine a more delightful situation” than a stay among the estate’s five-hundred lush acres. And yet it remains one of southern California’s best kept secrets, carefully guarding guest’s privacy while cultivating an A-list haven among the forty-one private cottages and suites that dot its hills. For those that crave a quiet haven (only two hours from LA), this country chic paradise is the perfect hillside hideout.
WEAR: The soft champagne-hue evokes the sparkling wines of local Chandon vineyard while retaining that essential laid-back, California glamour.
A tiny, two-square mile town in the heart of California wine country has blossomed into the so-called Culinary Capital of Napa Valley with an impressive number of Michelin stars per capita, led by the famous three-star French Laundry. Whether savoring the sparkling wines of Domaine Chandon, the first French-owned sparkling wine of Napa or savoring the famous macaroons of Bouchon Bakery, food and wine connoisseurs will feel at home in the indulgent, luxurious atmosphere amongst the vineyards of Yountville.
WEAR: Embrace relaxed luxury with stackable bangle bracelets that take the colors of Monte Carlo and give them the golden touch with gold-plated sterling silver chevron stripes and white topaz gemstones.
Monte Carlo is the playground of the rich and famous, where French sensibilities meet the Mediterranean. On the base of the Maritime Alp lies James Bond’s Riviera getaway, infused with the classic glamour of Europe and yet inhibited by tradition. The 007 experience requires a visit to the Monte Carlo Casino but more conspicuous wanderers can lounge on Larvotto beach, shop beneath the chandeliers of Le Metropole or indulge in the edible glamour of the three Michelin star Le Louis XV Alan Ducasse at Hotel de Paris.
WEAR: Complement Santorini’s whitewashed hillside homes with a rich, earthy bronze dome ring that evokes the island’s volcanic past.
Mythically perched on the edge of a caldera, Santorini has a remarkable tranquility for a place once ravaged by one of history’s most violent volcanic eruptions. For those led by an Indiana Jones-like spirit, the entire island is an archeological artifact ripe for exploring. And for those more taken with the adventure of relaxation, Santorini also boasts of numerous fine dining experiences at places like Sphinx and Selene that offer a dinner with a truly unmatched view.
WEAR: Carry a drop of the rainforest with a verdant green or emerald piece, accented with rocky onyx that evokes the Mayan ruins peaking through the lush forest.
For those that appreciate the finer things in life made by both man and nature, Belize’s burgeoning eco-tourism industry has spawned a number of luxurious oases among Mayan ruins and verdant jungle. Francis Ford Coppola’s famous Blancaneaux Lodge also honors the man-made luxuries, the riverfront Waterfall Spa (try the traditional Thai massage), and the natural offerings of lush rain forest tours.
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WEAR: Capture every blue under the St. Bart sun, from the cyan sky to the cerulean sea, with multi-gem amethyst and blue topaz earrings.
A legacy of French rule gave Saint Barthelemy its particular European flair but it is the island’s twenty-two white sand beaches, often lined with exclusive boutiques and renowned restaurants that have made this little island into the Caribbean’s cradle of luxury. Few places offer the fashions of 5th Avenue, the likes of Louis Vuitton and Hermes, only paces away from the beach and unlike most high-fashion meccas, completely tax and duty-free.
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WEAR: Evoke the improbable meeting of the Persian Gulf’s azure waters and Dubai’s stunning skyscraper boom with an architectural turquoise piece.
What can be said of Dubai that hasn’t been said by its man-made islands, the truly sky-scraping Burj Khalifa and other exercises in unabashed excess. Rest assured that if there is a comfort to be had, in Dubai, it is to be indulged as only the “City of Gold” could provide. The Dubai Shopping Mall hosts the best of luxury while its restaurants are headed by some of Europe’s most renowned Michelin star chefs. For those that enjoy city-living, Dubai provides it to the extreme with an Arabic twist and a true commitment to luxury.