Ahhh, luxury! This is where the difference between wants and needs becomes abundantly clear to the consumer. There are many, many things that you absolutely want, you covet and over which you swoon. We’re going to help you have all those emotions today with our Luxe Loves list and, if you choose to indulge yourself, we wholeheartedly support you!
What’s the difference between plain black pearls and Tahitian pearls? Christy Martin at Clater Jewelers explained all the intricacies of how a pearl is formed and why these are so special. Each pearl is a unique creation by an oyster, resulting in the most beautiful luster of gray, black, green — and even a little blue. Strung together on an 18-inch necklace, these pearls are between 10 and 12 millimeters each. This strand retails for $1,796 at Clater Jewelers.
Estate engagement ring
The first thing you notice about this ring is the cut, and then the setting — both of which are spectacular. This is an art deco lozenge ring; the center stone is 1.75 carats and is set in platinum. A lozenge cut ring is not a square or a rectangle; it is literally a “diamond-shaped” diamond. This ring is over a century old, as you can see by the art deco design. Find it at Jordan Clines Jewelers for $27,500.
FOOD & WINE
Honey is an odd choice for a Luxe Loves, especially coming from a store like Fleur de Lis, which sells beautiful home decor and gifts. But they contend this is one of the most popular items in the store and was one of their favorite things bought at market this year. Why? The honey has truffle oil in it and makes the perfect addition to a beautiful charcuterie board, full of fine meats and cheeses. It is also a great spread on a sandwich, especially small finger sandwiches used for entertaining. The most expensive jar of honey at the Farmers Market is usually less than $10 and this one retails for $32. They cannot keep it on the shelves — it’s THAT good!
What makes a wine luxurious? It’s not necessarily the price (though none of these come cheap); it’s the quality behind the wine. We asked Kenny Andreozzi at Commonwealth Tap to pick his favorite “luxury” wines and he picked a Champagne, a chardonnay and a cabernet. The Champagne, H. Billiot Fils 2009 ($94.99), is probably one with whom you are unfamiliar. It is classified as Gran Cru, meaning it comes from the best grapes grown on the best plot of land in the best soil. This winemaker grows the grapes and produces wine from his own crop — a rarity in wine making. The Jarvis Chardonnay ($149.99) is the “creme de la creme” of all the 16 types of chardonnay this California winemaker produces. It is unfiltered, hearty and fermented in a new oak barrel for a richer full-bodied taste. The cabernet is from Dunn Vineyards in Napa ($99.99). This is a very young cabernet by a top-notch winemaker and Kenny considers this an investment wine; buy it and go store it in your cellar for at least 10 years. Open it for a very special occasion in the future — and enjoy it with a hearty meal.
FOR THE HOME
One doesn’t usually go out in search of the finest, most beautiful soup tureen but, if you had one, that would sure make a great reason to serve soup. This is made by Herend, which is the gold standard of fine china. This is part of the Queen Victoria pattern, first introduced in London in 1851 at the first World Exposition. Queen Victoria liked this Chinese-inspired pattern so much that she bought it herself — and it was later named for her. The hand-painted piece has intricate details, with a cut lemon as the knob. The two-quart tureen is sold at Dolfinger’s for $1,645.
This is much more than a couch and that is noticeable by looking at the sides. This Josephina Sofa, made by Van Thiel, is a replica of an antique bench as the backbone of the couch, with full luxurious cushions inside. The outer frame is made of reclaimed and recycled wood that’s a distressed black color. The cushions are light tan houndstooth, overstuffed and velvety soft. This couch retails for $3,359 at Digs. Complete the look with the velvet quilted pillow, $200, and the patterned pillows, $245 each.
This circular ottoman is the epitome of luxury. It features nail head trim detailing and a fawn-colored, super luxurious hair on hide. Measuring 36 inches in diameter, this ottoman can be purchased at Merridian Home Furnishings for $2,145.
These rust damask Fortuny pillows are luxurious but in the most tasteful sense. Made with gold thread, the silk pillows feature a rust-colored design against a gold backdrop, with gold cording lining the edges. They’re made by Fortuny, an Italian manufacturer of handmade textiles of the finest silk and other fabrics. To put it in perspective, Fortuny provided the fabric for the glorious custom gowns on “Downton Abbey.” Throw these on a chair or sofa — whichever you choose will instantly feel lavish. Find them at The Lee W. Robinson Company showroom for $590 each.
You really have to see this Embarq door by Provia in person to understand how great it is because pictures don’t do this door justice. Here’s why: A normal door is 1.75 inches thick; this door is 2.5 inches thick and has double weather stripping on the side. What does that mean? It means it makes your room almost soundproof, is the most energy efficient door on the market, AND it’s as beautiful as it is functional. Find it at The Door Store and Windows starting at $3,980, delivered and fully installed.
Not just any chair, this is an Eames chair and sitting in it one time will make you understand why these chairs, designed in the 1950s, are such a commodity. Repurposed Modern has several of them if you are ready to start your collection, as they are most definitely collector’s items, with the simple design making it the most comfortable and functional chair you ever will experience. Find it for $1,388.
Oh my. Might have to sit down for a minute and rest after seeing all of these lovely things. We hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as we enjoyed finding them.
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