Palm Beach Travel Guide for Jewelry Lovers
If it seems like everyone you know is in Palm Beach right now, there’s a good explanation for it: they are. The land of palm trees and endless summer has long been a favorite winter getaway for its vibrant mix of art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, all brought together in one non-stop social scene. And the pandemic has only accentuated that, as New Yorkers and other cosmopolitan city dwellers have recently moved there for good.
Responding to the call of what all of these stylish new dwellers will adorn themselves with, some of the world’s best jewelers have made their own migration to this pink paradise, bringing with them their rare jewelry and unique looks.
Here’s your definitive guide to Florida’s most glamorous getaway, from a jewelry lover’s perspective.
The city’s new must-see jewelers
Palm Beach’s crowd of art and design collectors have every right to brag now that Hemmerle has made this town their home, at least for the season.
As fourth generation family jewelers, it’s personal for Yasmin and Christian Hemmerle. This is why you will find them in their Palm Beach salon this winter to meet collectors from here and elsewhere to discover the house’s exceptional jewelry, each unique and made by the artisans of their Munich workshop.
If you have dreamed of wearing a pair of large colored tanzanite earrings from Hemmerle set in tone-on-tone aluminum (that’s clear, I have some), now is your chance to check them out, with the house’s signature Harmony bracelets and diamonds which are framed with architecturally inspired bronze rings. LEARN MORE
Mish Tworkowski’s new boutique and colorful art studio is a destination for design lovers. Set in a pink stucco building designed by Addison Mizner in 1924, Mish and his partner, architect Joseph Singer, enlisted interior designer Katie Ridder to help transform the space into a vibrant living room. With a whimsical mix of colors, patterns and furnishings and an abundance of greenery throughout, it reflects the spirit and style of Mish. But the main attraction is the jewelry: chunky coral and turquoise pearl necklaces, elegant hoops and gold bracelets from the new “Why Knot?” collection and large juicy tourmaline earrings. LEARN MORE
Cartier’s stylish pop-up at the Royal Poinciana Plaza showcases a mix of favorites and new high jewelry pieces exclusive to Palm Beach. At the center of the boutique is a life-size frosted-glass panther, a playful nod to the house’s iconic Panther design that appears in a range of jewelry and timepieces in the boutique. LEARN MORE
A favorite fashion destination in Naples, Florida, for 45 years, the Hartington family have brought an organized mix of the hottest jewelry brands and designers to their new outpost at the Royal Poinciana Plaza.
It’s the only place in town that features standout jewelry from David Webb, Sydney Garber, and Irene Neuwirth (who designed unique pieces just for the Palm Beach location). “Women love to wear jewelry in this town, whether they’re going to Soul Cycle or dressing up for dinner,” says Jay Hartington, who says the Palm Beach crowd prefers large, colorful pieces, especially curls. trendy ears.
The store is one of the Plaza’s social gathering places with its roster of visiting jewelry designers, celebrity drill Stephanie Anders available for appointments, and in-house gemologists who are ready to help customers redesign their jewelry. stale into something fabulous. LEARN MORE
Sotheby’s Palm Beach
Sotheby’s hosts a series of jewelers and the next is Marina B., which will be on display the first two weeks of February. “Consider stacking fun necklaces and bracelets in their iconic gold tubogas, interchangeable neck and ear pendants, and customizable charms,” says Joanna Gong, jewelry specialist and director of private sales at Sotheby’s. LEARN MORE
Jewelers Worth Avenue
In addition to the new names of the city, Worth Avenue has a lot of sparkle. Graff is the place for breathtaking diamonds. Jewelmer offers rare natural golden pearl jewelry and customizable strands, which are sourced directly from its remote pearl farms in the Palawan Islands. For everyday luxury, Tamara Comolli’s iconic styles come in gemstones in all the colors of the rainbow. Richters offers a selection of coveted vintage jewelry, from Art Deco designs to bold ’70s gold pieces.
Where the jewelers dine
This is everyone’s favorite restaurant, including Jay Hartington’s, who is a regular. Chef Clay Conley is famous for his ever-changing menu, featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and local fish. After dinner, you’ll want to stick around for the lively bar scene. If you can’t get a table, try its sister restaurant, Imoto, right next door. READ REVIEWS
By Swifty’s Pool at the Colony
The best seats are by the pool at Swifty where after lunch you can linger all afternoon under an umbrella while sipping a signature cocktail. This is Joanna Gong’s favorite spot for a leisurely brunch, and she recommends blueberry pancakes or egg benedict. READ REVIEWS
New Yorkers feel right at home in Sant Ambroeus. Its expansive outdoor patio at the Royal Poinciana Plaza is packed with an elegant crowd from breakfast to dinner. After a day of browsing galleries and jewelry stores, pick up an espresso martini. READ REVIEWS
Le Bilboquet Palm Beach
Another New Yorker favorite, Le Bilboquet, opened last year in an elegant Art Deco-inspired space. “It’s a classic bistro combined with modern elegance and exceptional cuisine from chef Pascal Sanchez,” explains Christian Hemmerle. “The wine list is superb.” READ REVIEWS
HMF at the Breakers
Inside the Breakers’ Grand Hall is HMF, one of the most glamorous and lively places in Palm Beach. Named after the resort’s founder, Henry Morrison Flagler, it offers an eclectic menu and over 2,000 wines. Come after dinner for a signature cocktail and live music. READ REVIEWS
The honor bar
This is the perfect place for a good burger and a classic cocktail. But since it’s Palm Beach, you can also get salads and lighter fare. It’s also one of Yasmin Hemmerle’s top choices for dinner and cocktails. “We enjoy the intimate environment of the honor bar with good company and cocktails, preferably their perfectly executed spicy margarita.” READ REVIEWS
Trevini offers classic Italian cuisine in an elegantly modern space. “It’s really local and the food is delicious,” says Mish Tworkowski. “On a beautiful evening, the terrace is absolutely charming. READ REVIEWS
Where to stay
Hotel de la Colonie
Ask anyone what their favorite hotel is and the Colony always comes back. Since 1947, the Rose Hotel has attracted the social world for its style, service and location. It is perfectly located for biking, visiting the beach or strolling down Worth Avenue. READ REVIEWS
The white elephant
One of this city’s newest luxury properties, White Elephant offers understated elegance. Within walking distance of the Royal Poinciana Plaza, this is Christian Hemmerle’s favorite hotel. “The black and white striped canopies and terra cotta tiles draw us in every time, as does the impressive art collection of over 130 original works on display throughout the hotel,” he says. Its restaurant, Lola 41, is lively from lunch until late in the evening. READ REVIEWS
In a league of its own, this historic property reflects the city’s glamorous past and present. It has everything you would expect from a modern resort, and more, and the social scene thrives in its restaurants, bars, and pools. READ REVIEWS
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