It was quite a long time ago when I was just into my teens and overheard a conversation between two women which went something like this.
First woman: I love your ring.
Second woman: Thank you.
First woman: Is it a real diamond?
Second woman (smirking slightly): Yes, but obviously not a Harry Winston one.
At the time I didn’t understand why the first woman looked as blank as I felt at that statement, and of course I wondered who this Harry Winston guy was. It wasn’t till some time later when I was flipping through a magazine and saw a bracelet consisting of seven 20-30 carat diamonds with the caption ‘Designed and executed by the House of Harry Winston’ that I actually understood what that woman had meant all those years ago.
‘Brilliant’ would be an inadequate choice to describe the beauty of that piece of jewelry, and even to my completely untrained eye, the craftsmanship was par excellence, although I couldn’t have even formed that coherent a thought at the time, it was just a feeling.
I became an instant fan and follower. I read anything I could about the jewel legend, searched the glossy pages of magazines for his ads, and later began to play ‘Spot a Harry Winston on a celebrity’ most of whom I noticed loved to wear his work.
Of course none of that has anything to do with Christmas, but as I was unwrapping endless strings of fairy lights for my tree this year, and pondering color schemes and themes for my home’s Holiday decor, I began to daydream of glittering ornaments and sparkling table settings, subtle touches of brilliance here and there. Then, I began to think how awesome it would be if the people from the House of HW sent over some boxes of bejewelled decorations and Christmas diamond ornaments, and maybe a ring or two… and a bracelet, and earrings, and…
You get the point.
For now, I think I’ll just enjoy being inspired by all that glamour and magnificence, and hope you do too.
Happy decorating! Dream big, use colour, make it all sparkle, and have yourself a Harry Winston Christmas time.
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Anne is a fiction writer and blogger, and a former hotelier living in the sprawling coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband, two kids and a pet fish. A city girl at heart, she likes her coffee strong, books always within arm’s reach, perfumes by the boatload, music of the old school variety, beaches sans the crowds, cozy cafes early in the mornings, and intimate encounters with Jack Daniels on Saturday nights.