Fabergé Launches New Matelassé Pieces

Fabergé extends its much loved Matelassé collection to include new polished and matt rings, earrings and a lariat necklace. The new designs will launch in Fabergé boutiques and online on 24 November 2012.

This evocative design, with its soft, tactile, gem-set quilting, represents the perfect marriage of heritage and modernity that is so much part of the ethos of Fabergé today. Superbly sculpted, the luscious cushions of white or rose gold, conjuring the cocooning warmth and texture of quilting, are studded with diamonds or multi-coloured gems.

The new Bandeau ring is a highlight of the collection. Its sculptural yet sleek design contrasts with the softness of the sensual polished gold cushions, punctuated with white diamonds. The Bandeau is available in a wide statement style or a delicate slim version. The range comes in variations of matt or polished white and rose gold, studded with white diamonds or coloured gemstones from£3,628.

The Matelassé collection takes its inspiration from the sumptuous furnishings of the great Romanov Palaces, evoking the intimacy and comfort of Empress Alexandra’s favourite salon, the Mauve Room, in the Alexander Palace in Tsarkoe Selo. The trellis-like lines of the quilted pattern, some trailed with diamonds, recall the classical century-revival style that dominated decorative design at the turn of the century, from Paris to St Petersburg. Reminiscent of luxurious button-backed furniture, of Belle Epoque opulence, at the same time Matelassé possesses a strong fashion flair, fusing fabric and jewel, mixing nostalgia with a contemporary edge.

Fabergé offers High and Fine Jewellery collections as well as timepieces and men’s accessories. The collections are available at Fabergé boutiques in New York, London and Geneva, as well as at concessions within Harrods in London and Lane Crawford IFC in Hong Kong. Selected items are also available via Fabergé’s online boutique at Fabergé.com.

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Love Monaco? Now You Can Take It Everywhere You Go: For $1 Billion!

Do you love Monaco? Who doesn’t right, it’s a pretty awesome place. Well imagine this a yacht based on the streets of Monaco.

The staggering 155m Streets of Monaco yacht is expected to cost over $1.1 billion to build and is modelled on a section of Monte Carlo, Monaco.

A LAVISH new yacht recreating the billionaire’s playground of Monaco is set to become the world’s most expensive yacht.

Currently in the design stage, the super-ship will feature smaller versions of the state’s famous landmarks such as the Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts, a cinema, a go kart track and a Hotel de Paris.

Instead of traditional decks the one-of-a-kind ship will have buildings, and instead of a swimming platform it will have a beach.

Travellers will also spot waterfalls, a swim-in Jacuzzi-bar, helicopters and submarines on board.

The one-of a kind ship could be home to 16 guests and 70 crew with the main apartment spread over three floors and 445 sq m.

Linking upper and lower living areas is the Atrium – featuring seven guest suites, a bathroom, bedroom, dressing room, reception and balcony.

The idea for the super-boat, designed by Yacht Island Design, was sparked by car racing and developed into something more innovative.

“It is basically a floating city,” company director Rob McPherson said.

“The design theme called for a unique yacht that reflected the style and sophistication of the principality.

“We want to create a truly unique environment that could take the principality of Monaco to the ocean.”

The ship will exceed the $1 billion price tag reportedly paid by Roman Abramovich for his Eclipse yacht.

A second creation by Yacht Island Design will be a smaller 85-metre yacht based on a Pacific Island theme.

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Source: www.news.com.au

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