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

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.


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“Rizzoli approached me about two years ago. They really wanted to do a book on contemporary jewelry. They felt like they’d done the great houses and the historic jewelers and thought there was so much talent out in the contemporary jewelry world that they wanted to capture it. The truth is, there is so much talent it was a real challenge narrowing the focus and creating a real point of view around the contemporary jewelry world right now. There are so many people I wanted to write about and could have written about, but we decided to try and narrow it, really, to jewelers that were not well-known. The additional criteria was that even though they were not well-known, they had developed a signature aesthetic. So if you see a piece that is diamond and wood links, you know that it’s probably Antonia Miletto. If you see a Bakelite bracelet studded with sapphires, there is a good chance it’s Mark Davis. Even though they are working in very rarefied ways, their aesthetic is immediately recognizable.”
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