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What Does an Editor-in-Chief Buy Herself When She Gets a Promotion?

For Town & Country’s Stellene Volandes, it comes from Verdura and involves *a lot* of gold.

What Does an Editor-in-Chief Buy Herself When She Gets a Promotion?
Alec Kugler
Laurel Pantin

When you’re a bona fide jewelry expert (Rizzoli approached her to write a book on the matter), not to mention the newly minted EIC of one of our all-time favorite magazines, and you’re universally beloved within your (notoriously un-friendly) industry—what do you do to treat yourself? We might say, “Eat an entire pizza while soaking in the tub and binge-watching old episodes of Friday Night Lights,” or perhaps “Grab our two best girlfriends and head to Miami for the weekend.” Stellene Volandes, the editor in chief of Town & Country, has a much, *much* better plan.

When she secured the top spot at T&C and nabbed her book deal, she purchased herself a Verdura Maltese cross necklace, which she now wears every day. With more and more women buying themselves jewelry (a trend we’re 100 percent behind), we can’t think of a better way to celebrate your own accomplishments—otherwise known as treating yourself.

And that cross is in excellent company. From stacks of Sidney Garber rolling bracelets to a pair of Nina Runsdorf opal earrings (apparently opals are just now being used in jewelry again—for over a century they were thought to be bad luck based on a misreading of a 19th century novel...this is the kind of serious jewelry knowledge Volandes spouts), we’ve never seen anything like the contents of her walk-in closet.

Click through to hear about her personal collection, what sets Town & Country apart, and what buying yourself a piece of jewelry can do for you.

“When I first moved to the Upper East Side after college, there was a store on Madison called Primavera Gallery, and it actually happened to be in this building that I now live in. The owner was named Audrey Friedman, and she had a collection of jewelry unlike anything I’ve seen before. It wasn’t just diamonds and sparkly things. She really taught me to ask questions about jewelry that I didn’t think you could. Who made it? What year was it made? What materials were being used and why? Were there things happening in the world that were restricting the palette of the jeweler and why? That made me start to think of jewelry as artifacts, and I could piece together the history of the world through these beautiful objects. That is when I really got hooked on jewelry. I’d grown up buying jewelry for my mother with my dad my whole life, so it was definitely something that was part of our family tradition, but I think when it was presented to me in an intellectual and historical context, the beauty of it and the history of it seduced me completely!”
Part of the series:

Diamond Week

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