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All That Glitters

Stuck in Manila these holidays? Cheer up: Casual-chic French and Italian jewelry brings you that extra sparkle.
All That Glitters Stuck in Manila these holidays? Cheer up: Casual-chic French and Italian jewelry brings you that extra sparkle.

Fairy lights around the city, everyone in a festive mood, parties galore—it really is the most wonderful time of the year, and even more so when you’ve got some extra frosting to take things up a notch. After you’ve ticked off your Christmas list, why not reward yourself with a little something for being extra nice this 2012? Even if you haven’t, jewelry is, as we say, the gift that keeps on giving.

Italian fine jewelry label Roberto Coin has always been a precious go-to for our refined ladies-who-lunch, but with the advent of their latest offering, The Fifth Season by Roberto Coin, it looks like youngsters might just take part in the hype. Under the helm of his son Carlo Coin, the collection represents “a vision of a new generation”—starkly obvious in the elegant yet dynamic and hip (!) pieces which are an informal, urbane take on luxury (Also, we’re still giddy over the tiny hidden ruby in each piece, a brand signature since ’96, that legend has it encourages a health and a long, happy life—excellent juju for the new year!). A personal fave is the bird’s nest-themed microcollection, whose architectural bent revs up and modernizes any classic ensemble.

If you’re more French than Italian, get ahead of the curve—à la francaise, naturellement—with a saunter over to the sophisticated Charriol boutiques. The fine jewelry and timepiece brand, which celebrates its 30th next year, reinforces its beloved heritage with the Saint Tropez Collection. A hallmark of the Riviera-inspired range is their Infinite Summer jewelry watch, which, apart from retaining their iconic cable details, also now has diamonds set in feminine mother-of-pearl with a sapphire gem accent… all the better to dazzle in candlelight with now and in the coming sizzling summer. Bonus: Daughter Coralie Charriol, Creative Director of the house, shared that it’s all about stacking things on this S/S 2013, so all the more reason to want more, more, more for 2013!

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Click on for the galleries of these two spotlight collections.

Click here for The Fifth Season by Roberto Coin.

Click here for the Charriol Saint-Tropez Collection.