June 28 2011
As part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations this year, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London is hosting a three-day pop-up boutique with a suitably golden touch. Annoushka Ducas will showcase unique pieces from her eponymous line of mainly 18ct gold fine jewels, and introduce her new Chilli collection (including the exquisite 18ct rose gold, diamond and amethyst Sunset earrings, second picture, £3,950), plus her new and very tactile Granulation collection, inspired by the ancient jewellery-making technique Ducas saw in Bali (18ct yellow gold Granulation hoop earrings, £2,800), and the deliciously delicate Lattice collection (18ct white gold and diamond Pinwheel Lattice earrings, first picture, £7,900). Two guest designers – Wendy Yue and Bochic – whose work is both fresh and distinctive will also have some of their jewellery on display.
The setting of the boutique – the sophisticated gold, cream and black Gilt Cocktail Lounge – is also golden-anniversary appropriate. And where else would that brand-new Annoushka cocktail ring look quite so splendid? But beware: while the boutique is due to close at 5pm each day, Gilt can keep serving the 1961s – the Jumeirah’s special anniversary 1961 Armagnac and Pommery champagne cocktails – till 3am…