My personal signifier is a piece of fantastic jewellery. In particular, I always wear a pair of mismatched stud earrings: one diamond and one emerald. I bought the diamond some years ago in New York and found the emerald in Jaipur. I had the emerald re-cut to match the diamond and had them made up in our workshop.
The last accessory I added to my wardrobe was a pair of Bionda Castana shoes that I discovered at Joseph in the Avenue Montaigne in Paris. They’re red – high heels, of course – with black and white spotted bows. 14 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris (+331-4720 3955; www.biondacastana.com).
A recent “find” is The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong. I was in town recently for a gem show and had a drink there with a friend. Everything about it is wonderful – from the service to the food – and the view is spectacular. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong (+852-2918 1838; www.upperhouse.com).
The site that inspires me is the Garden of Ninfa, just south of Rome. It is so beautiful, romantic and full of colour, with medieval ruins and a lake with swans. I travel so much but Rome remains my inspiration. www.fondazionecaetani.org.
The best souvenir I’ve brought home is a very small rough sapphire crystal from Sri Lanka. Its hexagonal shape fascinated me and I like the feel of it. It isn’t valuable, but it has wonderful energy. I keep it on my desk and play with it all the time.
The last music I downloaded was Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones. I went to a concert of theirs in June and had such a good time that I came home and bought the album. I’m still singing and dancing.
An indulgence I would never forego is dark chocolate. I’m crazy for it and I buy a stash wherever I go, especially when I’m in Switzerland. I go to Zeller in Geneva for coffee and toffee truffles, but my favourite are from Moriondo in Rome. Confetteria Moriondo e Gariglio, Via del Pie’ di Marmo 21/22, 00186 Rome (+3906-699 0856). Zeller Chocolatier, Place de Longemalle 1, 1204 Geneva (+4122-311 5026; www.chocolat-zeller.ch).
The beauty staples I’m never without are all from Japanese brand Menard. They contain reishi mushrooms, which are naturally rejuvenating and powerfully anti-ageing, and I especially like the Embellir Washing cleanser, which is very hydrating and makes my skin feel wonderful. The brand is difficult to find, so I ask my colleagues in Japan to keep me stocked up. €113; www.menard-cosmetic.com.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Canova; Amore e Psiche is a dream. His work is so romantic, so Italian, so embedded in our culture; for me, it epitomises Italian beauty.
My favourite room in my house is my bedroom, a cosy, intimate kingdom where I can relax at the end of the day or after a trip. It is decorated in a warm garnet colour and has lots of deep-velvet pillows. I bought much of the furniture from Loto Design, one of my favourite shops in Rome. Its showroom is very cool and the original, modernist pieces are a perfect reflection of my taste. Via Filippo Civinini 39, 00197 Rome (+3906-3600 6879; www.lotodesign.com).
The book on my bedside table is Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. It’s the story of their love affair. There’s a room on the first floor of the Bulgari store on Rome’s Via Condotti where they would meet during the filming of Cleopatra, and I wanted to know more about them.
My favourite websites are Keep It Chic for staying up to speed with new trends in clothes, jewellery and shoes, and Josephine and Laurentina for cashmere. I also love the architect Jean‑Louis Deniot’s website. He designs extremely elegant furniture and a range of objets for the home. www.deniot.com. www.josephineandlaurentina.com. www.keepitchic.com.