For Town & Country’s Stellene Volandes, it comes from Verdura and involves *a lot* of gold.
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.
“On the right are Lalaounis, and it’s so perfect that you put them on this great Greek artist. Lalaounis, I would say, is where this whole jewelry bug really began for me. My first piece of signed jewelry was from their store in Athens, and it’s also where I began to see how jewelry works. Ilias Lalounis was really inspired by the findings of Heinrich Schliemann at Troy, and so he would show you his jewelry but then show you all these books of the excavations that were found. Now looking back, seeing that connection between an artist's inspiration and the jewel that resulted in it made me start to see jewelry differently. His daughters have now taken over, and I think what they are doing with the company is fantastic!”