Every destination has its own distinctive spirit—its unique combination of landscapes, light, and cultural aspects that sets the tone for travelers. The personality of a place changes our outlook and our mood—and, more often than not, prompts us to change our attire. Yet while everyone makes sartorial adjustments when journeying from, say, a beach club on the French Riviera to the bustling avenues of New York City, not all sojourners pack jewelry with their itineraries in mind. Some discriminating women, however, recognize that no personal accessory is more responsive to its surroundings than a fine jewel, whose color and luster can shift with the environment. When the entrepreneur Lee Keating settles in Fiji for the summer with her children, for example, she wears a single, long strand of Mish’s gray or white Tahitian pearls with a bikini and sarong. “It’s my summer uniform, and I’d rather wear these gorgeous pearls casually on the beach than for dress-up,” she says, while noting that, when at home in Aspen, she prefers large, colorful pieces. With world travelers like Keating in mind, we have assembled a tempting array of unique designs that will enhance the ambience of any destination—whether it be London or Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro
The vivid backdrops of Brazil call for vibrant, intense gemstones in lengthy, fluid shapes that move with the rhythms of Rio. Alexander Tenzo mandarin-garnet pendant on a necklace of rhodolites, spinels, and diamonds, $125,000, and 60-carat pink tourmaline set in a spinel-and-diamond ring (far right), $85,000 (917.514.6919, www.tenzo-jewellery.com); Mish multistrand apatite briolette bracelet, $16,800 (212.734.3500, www.mishnewyork.com); Sidney Garber multistrand necklace with green-onyx and white-gold beads, price available upon request (855.742.7237, www.sidneygarber.com); Lorraine Schwartz parrot cuff in black diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, $275,000, and ruby earrings, $140,500, available at Bergdorf Goodman (888.774.2424, www.bergdorfgoodman.com).
On Fiji’s secluded miles of beaches, one needs nothing more than a swimsuit and these nature-inspired designs that look as though they simply washed ashore from the depths of the sea. Mish double-strand white-coral-branch necklace with a gold toggle closure, $9,800, and double-length necklace of multicolored baroque Tahitian cultured pearls and golden South Sea pearls with a gold toggle closure, $98,000 (212.734.3500, www.mishnewyork.com); Jordan Alexander necklace of Tahitian pearls with a diamond leaf pendant, $3,300 (601.540.3302, www.jordanalexanderjewelry.com).
A city of incomparable art, architecture, and energy, London calls for diamonds and statement-making designer pieces. Clockwise from left: Hermès Collier de Chien bracelets in rose gold, $60,500, white gold and diamonds, $220,500, and rose gold and diamonds, $208,000 (800.441.4488, www.hermes.com); Alexander Tenzo pink and lavender spinel-and-diamond bracelet, $120,000 (917.514.6919, www.tenzo-jewellery.com); Sidney Garber diamond-and-burnished-gold swallow pins, $7,000 each, shown with pearl sold separately, $3,675 (855.742.7237, www.sidneygarber.com); Chanel Fine Jewelry diamond Plume 1932 earrings, $88,700, and Camélia ring, $100,000 (212.550.0005, www.chanel.com). Tiffany & Co. jewelry box, $835 (800.843.3269, www.tiffany.com).
Bold, brilliant, and distinctive jewelry matches beautifully with layers of knits and furs in Aspen. Jorge Adeler meteorite-and-diamond gold ring, $15,995 (703.759.4076, www.jorgeadeler.com); Sharon Khazzam bracelet in kyanite, tourmalines, tsavorites, and diamonds, $52,800 (516.570.2663, www.sharonkhazzam.com); Temple St. Clair blue-moonstone-and-diamond ring, $19,500, and a serpent amulet of rock crystal, blue sapphires, and diamonds, $22,400, shown here on a gold chain sold separately (800.590.7985, www.templestclair.com); John Hardy Cinta earrings with amethysts and pavé pink sapphires, $15,900 (888.838.3022, www.johnhardy.com); Kimberly McDonald geode-and-yellow-diamond ring, $8,925, available at Bergdorf Goodman (888.774.2424, www.bergdorfgoodman.com). J. Mendel mink ascot, $2,890 (800.563.6335, www.jmendel.com), and Smythson embossed-leather jewelry box, $1,225 (212.265.4573, www.smythson.com).
Flamboyantly playful, casual-style jewelry fits the mood in Maui. Whether on the sun-drenched beaches or at evening soirées, these lively pieces capture the lighthearted spirit of the island. Sillam turquoise necklace with diamond clasp, $66,280, and multistrand turquoise-and-diamond bracelet, $25,480 (888.674.5526, www.sillam.com); Yossi Harari necklace of coral and cognac diamonds, $21,540, available at Bergdorf Goodman (888.774.2424, www.bergdorfgoodman.com); Antonia Miletto bracelet of wood, gold, and cognac diamonds, $12,300 (917.322.9672, www.antoniamiletto.com); Lorenz Bäumer shell ring with purple, pink, and orange sapphires, $26,730 (+188.8.131.5233, www.lorenzbaumer.com). Nancy Gonzalez crocodile-leather clutch, $1,280, available at Saks Fifth Avenue (877.551.7257, www.saks.com).