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Emeralds for breakfast, views for lunch, and dinner with Stephen and Assia Webster

Did you see the gift that keeps giving via Forbes last month?
By Anthony DeMarco. Freelance writer and founder of Jewelry News Network. Please join me on Facebook, Twitter @JewelryNewsNet and Instagram @JewelryNewsNetwork.
You don’t have to be obsessed with jewelry to love this gift but it helps.
Neiman Marcus unveiled its 2017 Christmas Book and Fantasy Gifts Tuesday offering a selection of “spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.” The offering includes a 7.2-carat emerald and a Zambian experience with master jeweler Stephen Webster as your escort.
It’s an inventive and unique globetrotting and bespoke jewelry experience with an African adventure and a London luxury experience where in the end the lucky person receives a bespoke emerald ring. The Stephen Webster experience costs $300,000, with $40,000 donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
The trip begins with a visit to the Kagem mine in Zambia, the world’s largest emerald mine owned and operated by Gemfields, a colored gem mining, distribution and marketing company. The lucky person will see rough emeralds being mined and then processed in the sorting house. This is followed by dinner at the mine’s lake house and then two days at the Royal Livingstone Hotel that includes a bucket list journey to Victoria Falls.
Then it’s off to London to spend a day with Webster collaborating on turning the 7.2-carat emerald into a bespoke jewel. This is followed by a private dinner with Webster and his wife, Assia. The stay in London will be at the Connaught Hotel.
The jewel with the final sketch signed by Webster will be delivered to the person’s home.

Stephen Webster creating an emerald butterfly

The British-born Webster is a master jeweler who has received numerous awards for his artistic, refined yet edgy jewelry creations. His eponymous jewelry brand has an international following.

Rough emeralds from Gemfields Kagem mine in Zambia

The fantasy emerald experience is one of ten fantasy gifts in the 91st edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Among the other gifts in the 2017 edition of the book are: an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan. This year’s “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.