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“I’m completely obsessed with jewelry,” Constance Jablonski purred in her alluring French lilt in the foyer of the Guggenheim in Manhattan on Thursday night. “But I have my preferences. I do love diamonds. Who doesn’t?” The museum was teeming with those with an equally insatiable appetite for bling — editors, pretty celebs, socials — all gathered for the unveiling of Blue Book, Tiffany & Co.’s latest collection.
A custom light installation by Leo Kuelbs Collection, aptly titled “The Diamond Sky,” was projected in increments during the party, lighting up the museums swirling rotunda with shots of gems, rare stones and such. Though the installation was supplemented with sound, it was impossible to hear over the resounding cocktail chatter — a jangle of clinking stemware and installation-related observations, all amplified thanks to the museum’s acoustics. The passel of VIP clients (most of whom were no doubt within walking distance of their Upper East Side abodes) took over the room’s seated section, resting their feet on the cluster of starkly white ottomans. The rest of the partiers — Misha Nonoo, lovebirds Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery, Lindsay Ellingson, Athena Calderone, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, Elizabeth Gilpin, Mickey Sumner (who turned up in the same Delpozo top as Indre Rockefeller), Maggie Betts, Monique Péan, Genevieve Jones, Max Snow and Vanessa Traina, Wes Gordon, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, Natalie Joos and Sabine Heller — eyeballed the collection, housed in circular vitrines dotting the museum’s first floor.
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“Those earrings are amazing,” Kate Bosworth, mouth agape, exclaimed upon greeting Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.’s recently appointed design director. The actress was one of the first famous faces to arrive, utterly regal in a blush-colored Katie Ermilio gown, Veronica Lake-curls spilling over her shoulder. Her arm candy — dashing husband Michael Polish — didn’t hurt either. “This is my favorite,” she said, proffering her hand, a squint-inducing sparkler on her dainty ring finger. “It’s like the Tiffany blue brought to life,” she said of the piece, a cushion-cut blue Elbaite Cuprian Tourmaline ring glittering with yellow and white diamonds (the piece costs 40 grand). “It’s like the Maldives,” Polish interjected. “Exactly!” she giggled.
“I feel like a princess.”
Jessica Biel breezed in soon after, sizzling in a plunging Oscar de la Renta dress, diamonds dripping down her décolletage. “I’m a little frugal,” she conceded. “So when it comes to purchasing, there are many things I want but I try to be really careful. I go for more classic, simple pieces instead of buying a really bold thing. Timeless jewelry that I can wear all the time.”
The sentiment seemed to echo (pun intended) throughout the room. “I have a few things, a bunch of rings, that I just don’t ever take off,” Nora Zehetner said.
“I totally defer to her on this,” Seth Meyers smiled, his arm around wife Alexis Ashe. “I don’t know anything.”
“I sort of put on a necklace, a set of earrings and a ring and keep them on for a year,” Ashe said.
“It’s great,” Meyers added. “That’s how I know it’s her and not an imposter pretending to be my wife.”