Interview
Spinelli Kilcollin
Saturday, April 1

Rules of Attraction

For Valentines Day, Latest Revival has consulted with a few of our favorite girls about town to find out what is au courant in the world of jewelry and romance. From a minimal-leaning fashion stylist to a bohemian chic pastry chef as well as a bauble-loving student and a perennially classic magazine editor, these “It” girls reveal their most treasured bijoux, favorite romantic oeuvres and which sparkling pieces are on the top of their Latest Revival wish list. Whether you are looking to treat yourself this holiday (or steering your beau in the right direction) these Manhattan doyennes offer an inspiring guide to gift ideas and romantic rendezvous—a welcome antidote to those ubiquitous boxes of chocolates.

 

Amanda Hearst, Town & Country Special Projects Editor

Most treasured jewelry piece that you own?

A pair of small Cartier gold hoop earrings with braided rose, yellow and white gold; the first piece of nice jewelry I ever received from my first love. Nice memories 🙂

Best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given?

See above 😉 Interestingly the worst gift I ever received was a strange tribal necklace gifted to me on Valentine’s Day—the relationship didn’t last.

At the top of your Latest Revival wish list?

Maiyet’s Amazon Journey earrings (available shortly). Lapis is my absolute favorite color.

Favorite romantic novel?

The Time Traveler’s Wife. I was in bed when I finished it, bawling my eyes out alone. It’s such a beautiful story.

Ideal Valentine’s Day date? 

I love travel so ideally I would be near a beach. But I have yet to have a beachy Valentine’s Day date 🙁

Best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given?

I was in a long-distance relationship and my boyfriend surprised me by showing up to a dinner I was having with  a friend. He had planned the whole trip without me knowing. My jaw hit the floor!

 

 

Danielle Nachmani, Stylist

Most treasured jewelry piece that you own?

A ring that I bought for myself when I was eighteen as a graduation present. I call it a “Tuxedo Ring” because the design and shape is reminiscent of one. It’s oval shaped and silver with two onyx stripes going through it. It isn’t very fancy but it was the first time I purchased something for myself that I felt represented my style and taste.

Favorite piece of jewelry that you’ve received as a gift?

A necklace with an Emily Dickinson quote and small diamond on a plate that read, “I dwell in possibility.” It was very personal and special.

Currently at the top of your jewelry wish list?

Repossi Black Gold Twin Ring.

Favorite romantic novel?

Jane Eyre (obvious but so good).

Favorite romantic movie?

Great Expectations.

Most romantic restaurant in New York?

Il Cantinori or Il Buco

Ideal Valentine’s Day date? 

Ideally a day spent in bed since New York City doesn’t offer the warmest weather to stroll around in the middle of February. But probably a lazy morning in bed followed by a cozy lunch on the heated back patio of the Bowery Hotel with a great bottle of wine.

Best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received orgiven?

In college I dated an artist who made me an amazing painting and signed the back “To Me You Are Perfect”. It was a first love and the gift was really special and from the heart.

At the top of your Latest Revival wish list?

Delfina Delettrez’ Cartoon Eye and Pearl Earring. I have a pretty uniform set of jewelry that I wear, but I love this piece because its special and different from anything I own. I think it would be a great addition and would also add some sparkle to my usual all black ensembles.

 

 

Arden Wohl, Pastry Chef

Most treasured jewelry piece that you own?

Small Ted Muehling black Diamond fly earrings.

Best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given?

A pink sapphire ring from Ted Muehling.

Favorite romantic film?

Anything with Doris Day.

Ideal Valentine’s Day date? 

Dinner out and a nice walk home.

At the top of your Latest Revival wish list?

Bao Bao Wan Diamond and Gold Pagoda Ring (available shortly).

 

 

Nell Diamond, Student

Most treasured jewelry piece that you own?

A necklace from Asprey’s Daisy Heritage collection that my dad gave to my mom for their 10th anniversary and eventually passed down to me. The collection is inspired by iconic vintage pieces and each daisy is made from semi-precious stones and diamonds in a different pastel color. I am still too scared to wear it, but it is by far the most beautiful—and meaningful—piece I own. 

Favorite piece of jewelry that you’ve received as a gift?

For my birthday this year, my boyfriend gave me a white gold Anita Ko spike necklace that I never take off. I usually wear it alone but it is delicate enough to be paired with anything. Lately I’ve been stealing a long Chopard chain necklace of my mom’s and layering it on top. 

At the top of your Latest Revival wish list?

I am obsessed with Delfina Delettrez, especially her “Eyes on Me” earrings as well as Jennifer Fisher’s domed cage double-finger ring. I wear my rose-gold Repossi Berbère ring everyday and I am looking for something to keep my other fingers busy!

Favorite romantic novel?

They may not have traditional love-story endings, but some of my favorites include Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” Paul Bowles’ “The Sheltering Sky,” and Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise.” 

Ideal Valentine’s Day date? 

Dinner at a cozy restaurant followed by a movie at home!

Best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve received or given?

A book of Tracey Emin’s neon signs. I love the way she plays with words and light. Some of my favorites are “I followed you into the water, knowing I would never return,” in bright blue; “You touch my soul” in aqua; and “I woke up wanting to kiss you,” scrawled inside a red heart.

 

Credits: Amanda Hearst slide features selected works of Andy Warhol -Marilyn (1697), Elvis I & II (1963), Chanel N5 (1970), Marilyn Monroe’s Lips (1962), Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Flowers (1964/1970), Liz Taylor (1964); Danielle Nachmani slide features selected works of Frank Stella – from the Black Series I & II; Arden Wohl slide features selected works of Jeff Koons – from the EasyFun series, and Lips; and Nell Diamond slide features selected works from Tracey Emin’s “Neon Signs”