Leg­end or re­al­ity, a work of art must in its mod­est sphere el­e­vate

India Today - - SPICE -

the soul by its beauty. Of course, noth­ing stokes the soul of a woman more plea­sur­ably than a shin­ing bauble. Jew­ellery is no ca­sual ob­server of the an­thro­pol­ogy of van­ity: from Marie An­toinette to Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, its heady se­duc­tion has lured women and light­ened wal­lets through war and peace.

Spice regales the sparkle saga that res­onates on a deeper level than pure de­sire through an exclusive In­dia pre­view of the Flaw­less Rivière: A mag­nif­i­cent di­a­mond neck­lace es­ti­mated at 50 crore that will make

` its in­ter­na­tional de­but at the Sotheby’s auc­tion in Hong Kong on April 7th. A stun­ning D colour, flaw­less di­a­mond weigh­ing over 10 carats sits in the cen­tre of this neck­lace com­mand­ing a spec­tac­u­lar collection of Type II A (the most val­ued and purest of di­a­monds; they rep­re­sent only 1 per cent of all mined di­a­monds in the world), flaw­less round, bril­liant and mar­quise-shaped di­a­monds, to­talling over 85 carats set in Plat­inum, de­signed by lux­ury jew­ellery de­signer Neerav Modi.

With pas­sion and prove­nance as twin goals, we find that if hu­mil­ity rides fastest on the seat of power; style coasts high on ver­tig­i­nous heels. Dur­ing her ex­ile in Hawaii, in­fa­mous for­mer First Lady of the Philip­pines Imelda Mar­cos, famed for her love of shoes, com­plained in an in­ter­view about her rep­u­ta­tion for ex­trav­a­gance. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes,” she said. “I had 1,060.”

Facts and fig­ures notwith­stand­ing, few can ar­gue with the trans­for­ma­tional power of a pair of shoes. It al­lows the wearer the abil­ity to lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively step into char­ac­ter: a pow­er­house in a black stiletto, glam­ourous drama in strappy sil­ver san­dals, or re­bel­lious cool with biker boots. San­dra Choi, the cre­ative di­rec­tor of lux­ury shoe brand Jimmy Choo de­con­structs the Holy Grail to the per­fect shoe wardrobe for Spice with the quintessen­tials. From defin­ing heights to ex­plor­ing the grow­ing trend to­wards the sim­plis­tic mid-heel to the clas­sic ap­peal of the dressed up nude shoes; patent, suede, glit­ter and lace only add drama of­fer­ing el­e­gance as an added di­men­sion.

From al­le­gor­i­cally grand to sur­real glory, Spice flut­ters through the wisps of time to suc­cumb to the lux­ury and ex­oti­cism of an­tique car­pets. From iden­ti­fy­ing the right car­pet from a wide range of pro­duc­tion qual­ity and tra­di­tions to dis­cov­er­ing the sym­bol­ism of the in­her­ited pat­terns of the Beshir prayer rug to the glo­ri­ous sump­tu­ous­ness of the leg­endary Per­sian car­pets that take on aver­age, 4-5 weavers work­ing 6 hours a day, 6 days a week over a year to com­plete (for a small 9’x12’ Per­sian car­pet that is 9 knots per square cm).

At Spice, we don’t be­lieve a fly­ing car­pet is just a fig­ment of imag­i­na­tion. Lux­ury travel concierge ser­vices deliver in­dul­gence at ev­ery turn; ap­peas­ing the sense of en­ti­tle­ment to the su­perla­tive, es­pe­cially in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. Spice sur­veys the finest among those that tem­per knowl­edge in­formed by ex­pe­ri­ence to make travel truly soul­ful. For we be­lieve that bon vi­vants need to ex­pe­ri­ence spe­cial des­ti­na­tions and unique ex­pe­ri­ences with an in­de­fin­able magic. As Coco Chanel so un­for­get­table ut­tered: “it is the un­seen, the un­for­get­table that her­alds your ar­rival and pro­longs your de­par­ture”.

(Aroon Purie)

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