Standing by a giant planter box filled with enormous bright red tulips, I looked down into the harbor, flanked by Monaco on one side and Monte Carlo on the other. Crews were starting to set up for the Monaco Grand Prix. I couldn’t help but think that we were right where Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke had battled it out in Iron Man 2. But the sight that had us completely enamored was the Lady Moura, one of the largest privately owned superyachts in the world. This one would definitely make it onto “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” It is rumored that the yacht’s name, carved in 3D letters on its sides, is actually solid 24kt gold.
Monte Carlo is truly an extravagant place. You know you’ve hit another level when the BMW’s and Mercedes are valeted at the back so the real luxury cars can be front and center. It’s like a posh Disneyland with two story tall crystal chandeliers in the mall and a casino that makes you feel like you have walked into a James Bond movie.
This opulence is what sparks the Monte Carlo style in some of my collections. I like to classify the style of my pieces by unique cities around the world. Jewelry with my Monte Carlo style evokes the opulent whimsy of tulips, popping bottles of champagne, and Belle Epoque architecture.
Their “disco ball” look may also remind you of Vegas but if you’ve seen the plans for the new space age pavilions slated to sit across from the Monte Carlo Casino and to be finished in 2018, it should all make complete sense.
So if you are looking to feel like a true heiress, fill a flute with something bubbly and do a little shopping in my Etsy shop!