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Tortoiseshell: A Timeless Trend

From bags to shoes to glasses, tortoise shell is seemingly everywhere, and I’m not complaining. Especially after finally finding its way into my personal jewelry collection! I recently popped into one of my favorite shops, Sequin, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and couldn’t resist these faux tortoise shell earrings. Not only are they made to look like the coveted tortoise shell, they also have coral colored gems which accentuate the tortoise shell design. What girl doesn’t want to mimic Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, who sported the timeless black and brown spots on a variety of their accessories, right? And the best part—they are super lightweight so they can be worn comfortably all day long!

A rule of thumb for seamless inclusion into your wardrobe: simply consider tortoise shell a neutral. A maximalist neutral that will be sure to catch everyone’s eye!

Finding Your Own Sunshine with Vivre Couture

Hand painted artwork worthy of a gallery exhibition? Lusciously tropical garments guaranteed to turn heads at any of life’s premier moments? Yes, please! Vivre Couture, a partnership between designer Kristen Alyce and artists from around the world, fuses the highest quality elements of art, design, and construction into their hyper-inspired line of wearables. Their line, which includes apparel for men and women as well as accessories including handbags, bow ties, luggage tags, shoes, cardholders, and belts represents the best of the Palm Beach experience and happens to be my latest obsession. vivre couture

What sets Vivre Couture and their “wall to wardrobe” concept apart is this team’s unmatched commitment to advance the meeting of fine art and couture fashion. Each item is carefully crafted with fine canvas and linen, then hand painted with thick bodied acrylic paints. Gowns and cocktail attire are created with in-home custom fittings and require between 24-80 hours of hands-on attention to include  designer, seamstress, and artist. Take a look for yourself at https://vivrecouture.com.

PapiChulo Tacos, bringing flavor to Jupiter

To me, the best food is the freshest with the fewest ingredients. Simple enough, right? This brings me to everyone’s favorite Tuesday night fare–the taco. Everyone is sure to have an opinion on where to find the best of this deceptively simple dish. This is where I return to my “freshest and fewest” philosophy. To be sure, there are plenty of taco spots that I happily visit to satisfy my cravings, but there can be only one spot I call the best!

Papichulo Tacos Palm BeachFortunately, I have found my personal El Dorado, courtesy of the cozy and authentic PapiChulo Tacos. Recently opened, and nestled near the Jupiter Lighthouse, the eatery attracted me with its creative cocktails and menu promising authentic Mexican-style street food. Homemade tortillas? Check. Mexican Shrimp Ceviche? Of course. Housemade Sangria? Yes, please!

And yes, I had the perfectly prepared street corn smothered gloriously in chipotle mayo, along with the quesadilla stuffed with cheese straight from Oaxaca. So many salivating choices on my path to the main event. For my first visit, I tried Carne Asada, Pollo, and Repollitos (crispy brussel sprouts with secret sauce and queso frecso, YUM!). Each was to die for in their own unique way, but I’m wondering what it would take to get a bottle of the chimichurri sauce! Hands down, dare I say, best tacos I have had in Palm Beach County. I plan on returning ASAP to taste what I could not manage to order before being rolled out. Get a peek at their menu and specials here: https://www.papichulotacos.com/menu. Tell them Brandy sent you!

 

Cynthia Rowley, My Preferred Last Minute Go To For One-Stop Shopping

By Brandy Billinghurst

No matter how prepared I think I may be when it comes to my holiday shopping, there’s always that one gift or two that I somehow missed or forgot. I know I can count on Cynthia Rowley at The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach to find the perfect gifts immediately and more importantly, quickly. Let’s face it, time is of the essence, especially at this time of the year!

Take a look at my top 3 favorite CR last minute gifts here:

For the Hostess with the Mostest:

Everyone loves receiving candles, and they can be gifted any time of year. I like to stock-up during the Holiday’s and this year, a new scent caught my attention at Cynthia Rowley. This candle was created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Apotheke and it smells just as lovely as it looks with its amber rising fragrance. What’s even better is you don’t have to know your recipient’s astrological sign because it represents every symbol of the Zodiac.

  ZODIAC CANDLE $48.00

For the Beach Lover Who Loves to Match Her Little One:

I am always a complete sucker for gifting a matching pair of mother and daughter outfits because you aren’t just giving a delightful keepsake present, you’re giving an heirloom gift that’s set to conjure plenty of warm holiday mother, daughter memories. They can pair this with some espadrille neoprene water shoes and to the beach they will splish and splash, all with style!

PEACH COMBO COLORBLOCK WETSUIT $265.00

For The Chic Booze Connoisseur:

Necessity is the mother of invention…

This year, my perfect go-to party accessory to give and to wear myself isn’t a sparkly clutch or a pair of satin high heels, it’s this baby. Why not buy a mini-bottle of your friend’s favorite nip of choice to accompany it, wrap them both up, and instantly banish the boringness from the gajillion Christmas fiestas on their dance card in December?

GOLD FLASK BANGLE $365.00

And that’s a wrap on this year’s gift guide! (You didn’t expect me to not make that pun, did you?) Happy Holidays!

Call Dawn at (561) 517-0576 for personal assistance

or visit https://cynthiarowley.com

 

Charles Krypell Exhibition in Time for Valentine’s Day

The rumors are true.  Hamilton Jewelers is making it easier to stay romantic this February when they welcome world-renowned designer Charles Krypell to the Gardens Mall on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th

A sculptor long before he became an internationally renowned jewelry designer, Charles Krypell has always loved working in Charles Krypell precious pastelsthree-dimensionality, particularly with stones. Discovering a love and talent for designing jewelry in 1976, today he constantly pushes the boundaries of design utilizing a sculptor’s eye, ample artistic talent and a keen insight into human nature to fashion one of the world’s premiere jewelry lines. Inspired by living life to the fullest, Charles’ collections exude a sensuous design, and a deep understanding of human romance and desire.

Local collectors will be pleased to visit with the popular Designer who will be highlighting his famous Precious Pastels Collection, featuring fancy-color diamonds and vibrant gemstones with diamonds, as well as a large assortment of high jewelry diamond pieces.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 561.775.3600.

Hamilton is proud to offer many of the world’s premier designers, including time-honored brands as well as contemporary up-and-coming artisans. Shop the latest collections from a wide variety of international designers at Hamilton Jewelers on Worth Avenue or at The Gardens Mall.   Shop conveniently online at www.hamiltonjewelers.com

Laura Munder exclusively at Hamilton Jewelers

Yes, that is Laura Munder who you’ve seen again on the Avenue.  While her well-known eponymous boutique on Worth Avenue closed several years ago, fine jewelry designer Laura Munder has returned to Palm Beach through a new exclusive relationship with Hamilton Jewelers.   Known for her color-rich branded pieces, many one-of-a-kind, she closed her retail store in 2010 to focus more on the creative process.  Since that time, Laura has been working on launching a new line of fashion-oriented pieces.  She has also  produced a new collection of “past hits,” remaking some of her most successful designs in new materials and stones. “I have been committed to working in the studio rather than in the store,” she said.

Laura Munder, artistic and fashion-driven

Since 1997, Laura’s appeal has always been fueled by an artistic and fashion-driven approach to designing. Being a long-time jewelry collector and jewelry lover herself, Laura’s design philosophy fuels her production of fresh, stylish pieces that she would want to have and wear. Stones are found all around the world. Her collection includes many one-of-a-kind pieces made with mandarin garnet, a rare stone available in extremely limited quantities.  A striking addition to the collection is the use of blackened gold in combination with diamonds, mandarin garnet, sapphires and tourmaline. “The blackening of gold represents the sense of old-world style, while the introduction of the colored gemstones produces a fresh and modern look,” says Laura.

Laura has spent a lifetime in the jewelry business. As the daughter of a renowned diamond expert, Laura quickly learned the skill of distinguishing remarkable stones and the talent required to delicately mold them into works of art. Her jewelry’s extravagant use of colorful gemstones, unusual cuts and unique settings have garnered loyalty from serious collectors.

Laura Munder, nationally recognized

The style of the Laura Munder Fine Jewelry Collection has also been recognized by national media. Women’s Wear Daily has identified Laura as one of the industry’s newest designers to contribute to the rise of branded jewelry. Pieces from Laura’s collection regularly appear in national fashion publications such as Vogue, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, Glamour, as well as The New York Times.

Hollywood has been very interested in Laura Munder, with many celebrities spotted around town in her designs, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith, Anne Hathaway, and Molly Simms.

To experience the Laura Munder precious jewelry collection in person, visit Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Avenue.  Laura’s exquisite pieces will also soon be available online shortly at www.hamiltonjewelers.com.

 

 

Code Coco: More than a watch, a jewel inspired by the codes of Chanel
The clasp, the Quilt and the Diamond

An extremely rare and exclusive Chanel watch collection is making its Palm Beach debut during the Annual International Watch Fair at Hamilton Jewelers. A highlight of the show is Code Coco, featured above.

Code Coco incorporates Chanel’s chanel watchthree iconic attributes: the clasp, the quilt and the diamond. The Clasp is named Mademoiselle. It comes from the 2.55 handbag, and seals the watch with an exclusive flourish. The Quilted motif has been a Chanel emblem since 1955. The chocolate motif criss-crosses suits in fashion shows and on handbags, watches and jewelry.

Of all gemstones, the Diamond was Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite. She loved the graphic beauty and clarity of the diamond. In her own words: “If I have chosen the diamond, it is because it represents, in its density, the greatest value in the smallest volume.”

Specially Curated collection of rare and exclusive Chanel watches

This extraordinary collection was specially curated for Hamilton Jewelers from Chanel locations globally. A beautiful and rare selection of timepieces from the High Jeweled and Mademoiselle Privé will also be on display. Chanel Brand Ambassador Jennifer Pellegrino will be present during the two-day affair at The Gardens Mall location of Hamilton Jewelers.

‘Ladies First’ Reception– Wear something Chanel and receive a Gift

A special preview for Chanel aficionados will take place Friday, November 17th,  from noon till 4 p.m. at Hamilton’s Gardens Mall location. Ladies bearing anything Chanel, accessory, clothing or jewelry, will receive a special Chanel gift.

Hamilton Jewelers’ Rules of Thumb: Watches and Water Resistance Rules 

So you took the extra Spin and Pilates classes to get bikini ready, but have you checked your wrist?  Now that Summer has arrived, you have a host of wonderful outdoor activities — most of which involve water. Before you dive in, Hamilton Jewelers wants to make sure the watch on your wrist is ready to take the plunge with you.

If the watch you are wearing says it is water resistant, it will typically have the depth to which it can be worn. In order  to rate the depth to which it can be submerged — it has to undergo rigorous pressure tests. If your watch doesn’t say water resistant, it isn’t.   

It’s important to note that watch brands use a number of methods to mark their watches for water resistance, including feet, meters, Bars and ATM (atmospheres). To simplify these terms, we offer some basic breakdowns:

1 Meter = 3 feet rounded (actual is 3.28 feet)

1 Bar = 33 feet rounded (actual is 33.455 feet)

1 ATM = 1 Bar or 33 feet rounded

You can find the markings denoting the water resistance of the watch either on the dial or on the back of the case.  Generally, a good rule of thumb is if a watch isn’t water resistant to at least 50 or 100 feet it shouldn’t go in a pool. For instance, if a watch is water resistant to 30 feet, it may not have water-tight gaskets or screw-in crowns, and water could seep inside when the watch is exposed to pressure or direct flow.

Founded in New Jersey in 1912, Hamilton has been offering clients the finest quality, value, and design for over 100 years. They are known for carrying iconic timepieces including vintage and represent a variety brands including Panerai, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Cartier, Tag Heuer, Chanel and more.  

 

 

 

Piper’s Angels hand engraved charm and customized bracelet unveiled at Crossing for a Cure Launch Party

Hamilton Jewelers’ commitment to philanthropic efforts in Palm Beach County resulted in the creation of a Piper’s Angels Collection to support the local Cystic Fibrosis organization–Piper’s Angels Foundation.   Sterling silver and gold versions of the custom designed bracelet and hand engraved charms were unveiled during the Palm Beach Launch Party for Crossing for a Cure.

Piper’s Wings and Halo

The jam packed event took place at Meat Market Palm Beach May 17th, thirty days prior to the actual crossing.  Over 100 supporters including several brave paddle boarders attended the send off celebration.  In addition to Hamilton Jewelers, sponsors include Chris McDermott and McCloskey Financial Group, Tito’s Vodka, Chasin A Dream Photography and Spark PR Group.  (see photos)

The highlight of the evening was when Sarah Mlostek, manager of Hamilton Jewelers Worth Avenue, presented Piper with her very own 14kt gold bracelet and charm, with the logo’s recognizable wings and halo.

“The energy in the room was electric, and to have such as special a moment with Piper, to bring her front and center to recognize her for the strength and courage she has, was a memory we will always cherish.  A huge thank you to Hamilton Jewelers for making it happen,” said Travis Suit.

 

Twenty percent of all proceeds are donated to Piper’s Angels Foundation.  Piper’s Angels Foundation bracelets can be purchased online at www.hamiltonjewelers.com/piper  or stop by Hamilton Jewelers located at 215 Worth Avenue or at The Gardens Mall to see samples of bracelets and charms and place your order for one of these custom pieces while supporting a very worthwhile cause.  Shipping is complimentary.

Read more about Crossing for a Cure

Photos by Lori Griffith, Chasin A Dream Photography

www.chasinadreamphotography.com

 

Q+A with the co-founders of a new company inspired by the mother and daughter’s passion for Victorian jewelry

Q: When did your love of Victorian jewelry begin? 

TG: I have grown up in a family that has always loved jewelry — yet my passion for Victorian jewelry began when I was a really young girl.  My mother would always come back from London with special pieces she had found while traveling abroad, and I’ve been in love with the Victorian period ever since.  So in a way I’ve been collecting, studying, and appreciating Victorian jewelry for a lifetime.  There is so much beauty and history specific to this time period — and we’re so excited to bring it to life in a way that is relevant and wearable for the modern woman. 

Q: When did you realize you wanted to turn this passion in to a business?

TG: This first collection is the culmination of years of traveling to source the right pieces to design this collection.  Just in the past 2 years I can think of a dozen trips I have taken abroad with my daughter and co-founder, Chloë, and countless others all over the United States.

When you understand the craftsmanship of each piece (hand-cut diamonds for instance) you understand that jewelry isn’t made this way anymore.  Not only is each piece one of a kind, I find there is a certain allure to the beauty in appreciating the workmanship of each design.  For starters everything isn’t faceted like modern stones. And if you study the back of each design and look at the settings for instance, you’ll understand these designs are different from anything else recreated today.  Simply put, the workmanship can’t be recreated today.  So when Chloë and I started receiving requests to buy the pieces from friends, family and even strangers — we knew we had a business. 

Q: Is there a significance to the celestial motif in focusing only on crescents and stars?  

TG: Chloë and I fell in love with the celestial motif for many reasons — but above all there is a certain allure and mystery to these pieces that we found so compelling as a focused collection.  The contrast of diamonds with the rubies and sapphires in these shapes is particularly beautiful.

CG: Many of the stars in this collection were originally used on tiaras and crescents as pins and hair accessories in the 19th Century. There is something powerful in the imagination of the unknown, the connection to the historical narrative and romance of each piece.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece? 

TG: There’s an extraordinary piece we just found with pear shaped diamonds — it’s the only crescent that I’ve found with diamonds in this shape. It takes on an entirely new dynamic in this shape. 

QChloë what is the best part of working together with your mom asyour co-founder?

CG: Aside from being my best friend and now business partner, it has been a really meaningful experience to see our shared passion and tastes come to life in a business venture. Creatively we’re very aligned which has been really important when it comes to deciding which pieces to collect and ultimately how to design each necklace.  90% of the time we are on the same page. Yet in the rare occasions when we differ in opinion, we both respect and acknowledge each other as designers. 

Toni and Chloë Goutal will be available by appointment in Palm Beach area from March 8th through—–

To receive updates on Toni and Chloë Goutal including upcoming trunk shows in your area or for private appointments 

TEL: 646.982.7755

https://www.toniandchloegoutal.com/

Follow Toni & Chloë on instagram @tcgoutal or www.instagram.com/tcgoutal

 

 

Born in Calcutta India, Ayesha Mayadas spent time as a textile engineer before pursuing her dream of working with metals and sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology.Ayesha believes line, along with form, weight and balance are key components that ensure a piece of jewelry resonates with the human form.  Her wearable pieces crafted in silver, gold and platinum pay meticulous attention to line as the character and direction of a line has the power to communicate emotion and states of mind.  As she states, “The quality of a line is equal to an artists’ signature.”

 

Her stunning necklaces, earrings and wedding rings will be featured at the upcoming 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 16th through 19th.  This year, the highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be produced by Palm Beach Show Group and co-located with their popular Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to begin a personal collection.  Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions in categories including: glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more.  For more information, please go to http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

 

 

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Millions of dollars’ worth of rare and beautiful treasures will be offered by a variety of internationally acclaimed exhibitors at this year’s Palm Beach Jewelry • Antiques • Design Show.  The show is slated to debut on December 1, 2016 with a VIP Opening Night Preview Party and will run December 2nd to 5th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

villa-del-arte-galleries-christiaan-lieverse-phalea-mixed-media-on-handknotted-carpet-steel-frame-53-x-74-inNot only will the show represent all categories of jewelry from antique and estate collections to period and retro eras, but it will also host an impressive group of antiques and fine art dealers featuring the finest collections of silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, porcelain, Asian art and furniture.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring another world class show to the Palm Beach market during one of the most important times of the year. Combining a very strong Palm Beach demand during the holiday season, with world-class exhibitors of jewelry, art and antique specialties is a recipe for success,” stated Scott Diament, Palm Beach Show Group president/CEO.

The Palm Beach Show Group has created another vibrant retail and trade event in which the public can shop impressive collections alongside members of the trade industry, all in search of fantastic treasures. This show will be a compliment to the group’s cornerstone event, The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, which takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center later in the Season (February 15-21, 2017).

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Altima Palm Beach invites you to attend the December Show as our guests.  

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