As soon as Mai Hallingby entered Donna Del Sol, a Southampton jewelry boutique that was hosting a Saturday evening cocktail party for jewelry designer Omar Torres, she tried on a gold chain with diamonds.
"I didn't buy it," said Hallingby, who wore the necklace during the party. "It doesn't look very serious, but the price tag is serious."
The price tag said $13,000.
Julie Farrell, president of Omar Torres Inc., had her eye on another shopper.
"You realize your daughter is doing some serious spending," Farrell said to Jamie Niven. According to an Omar Torres spokeswoman, Niven's daughter Eugenie was simply picking out some pieces she wanted her daddy to give her for Christmas.
Earlier that day, another daughter was the object of attention. Alexandra Dellheim, the infant daughter of author Charles Dellheim and Laura Gross, was in the spotlight at a party in Quogue, N.Y. The occasion: the publication of her father's second book, "The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher's Capitalist Revolution." That book, and Dellheim's previous one, "The Face of the Past: The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England," focus on Britain. "This will be my last foray into the 'Disenchanted Isle,"' said Dellheim, who will continue to teach British history at Arizona State University. He admitted he isn't worried about withdrawal symptoms.
"If I begin to shake," he said, "I'll go to Anglophiles Anonymous."

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