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Hidden Gem: Stellene Volandes, EiC Town & Country Magazine

Every Monday The Carat Soup shines a spotlight on hidden gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week my focus is on Stellene Volandes.

Volandes is the Editor in Chief of Town and Country Magazine. Her penchant for jewellery began in Greece, with Lalaounis in Athens. Stellene’s specialist area now spans almost 3 decades. Including a Little Black Book of where to eat, shop and how to be fabulous, whilst navigating 21st century life!

You can read Stellene’s T&C articles here or listen to the Hodinkee Podcast with the jewellery expert as the guest. She discusses the evolution of the publishing world, her jewellery collection and Cartier watch.

To have a front row seat of the super fun moments and sublime events in New York City and beyond, follow Stellene on Instagram here.

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The Carat Soup Edit: 18 November 2018

The Carat Soup Edit is a multi-sensory experience of my week, published every Sunday, featuring moments from the previous week.

I hope you enjoy this edit. Let me know what you think? (Send a DM on Instagram here.).

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If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should. Here’s a round-up of highlights from my week:

1. What I ate/drank:
A tongue tingling falafel dish served in a fluffy-fresh-from-the-oven pitta bread. There’s a very low-key, local’s hot spot, need-to-know style eatery in the heart of Geneva. The service is fast and the food is delicious. Don’t expect any of the fancy pants faffing one gets at the five star hotels, that’s not the objective here. This is a foodie haunt and a must when you visit Switzerland.

2. What I saw:
THAT pink diamond sold by Christie’s in Geneva. Yes it is gargantuan. Yes it is pink. Yes I gasped when my prediction was correct. It went for CHF 44,500,000 and more than the estimated USD$50,000,000 (including the buyer’s premium). Purchased by the ever so fabulous Harry Winston and renamed The Winston Pink Legacy. THIS Golden Fleece was pretty high up on my list of priorities this week. It fetched a cool CHF 1,400,000. The most super yet strangest thing happened; I was spellbound by the ridiculously huge and magnetising Bulgari necklace – completely besotted.

3. How I felt:
Over the moon! Part of the week was quality time with my jewellery chum. She’s studying gemology and we have a shared fondness for mountains, jewellery, profound discussions and the more frivolous aspects of life, such as nail polish!
In addition, I was introduced to some more awesome #WomenInJewellery and met with old faces (and new). No jewellery moment would be complete without kismet/destiny/fate. Grab a cup of tea, and I’ll elaborate…
A woman who is head of an international gem laboratory reached out to me on Instagram. We weren’t able to connect as this week’s schedule was unusually packed. To cut a long story short, out of the hundreds of people present at one of the auctions, we ended up (accidentally) sitting next to each other.

4. What I smelt:
Freshly brewed coffee at Chou. They do amazing coffee, mouth watering orange juice – squeezed fresh, daily. Yet having already had 2 coffees that morning, I opted for Chai Tea. Which is always reminiscent of my time in East Africa. As that’s where I had a Chai 101 lesson and often make it from scratch.

5. What I listened to:
Jessica Wyndham on the rostrum was such a delight! She’s sincerely an inspiration.
With auction-season in full swing and after hearing from individuals keen to get into the auction world, it made sense to send them this. Which explains the inner workings of an auction house. As well as answers questions such as: how to get into and how to work at an auction house? How to buy at auction? How to sell at auction?
I was also in the room when Marie-Antoinette’s jewels were sold in a record breaking white glove sale. Watch the footage here (re-watching it gave me goose pimples all over again).

Wishing you a lovely new week ahead!

M x

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The Carat Soup Edit: 11 November 2018

The Carat Soup Edit is a multi-sensory experience of my week, published every Sunday, featuring moments from the previous week.

I hope you enjoy this edit. Let me know what you think (send me a DM on Instagram here).

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If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should. Here’s a round-up of highlights from my week:

1. What I ate/drank:
The folk over @phillipswatches were gracious enough to offer plant based options, during the preview #GWA8 which meant  I could enjoy a latte whilst enjoying oodles of spectacular vintage watches.

2. What I saw:
An Art Deco 1920’s Cartier clock pendant. Of the hundreds of lots I saw this week, this one stood out. Comeeee on. Unless you’re new around here (if so, welcome…bienvenue…) I cannot resist the beauty and elegance of 1920’s jewellery. The fact that it was made by Cartier is an added bonus.

3. How I felt:
Adrenaline rush 75% of the week. Auction-season-mood is difficult to articulate. It has to be felt to be understood!

4. What I smelt:
Trees, specifically fallen leaves. Having a superb time soaking up the tail end of autumn, with rich palettes sponsored by Mother Nature. Conkers have fallen, the crisp air is getting cooler and we’ll soon be in boots until February.

5. What I listened to:
Two fascinating women both working in the gemstone world, yet with completely different roles so it’s fab to hear their take on the questions. Listen here, to an interview with Karen (Lab Scientist, GIA) and Farah (Director, Farah and Bow).

Wishing you a lovely new week ahead!

M x