The St Regis Hotels & Resorts draws inspiration from its afternoon tea ritual and oriental tea culture for a new limited-edition jewellery collection that is available from its online boutique StRegisBoutique.com.
Designed by St Regis Connoisseur and designer Bao Bao Wan, the beautiful 18K rose-gold, teapot-shaped pendant features unique brand elements such as the St Regis monogram, seven inlaid diamonds on its handle to pay tribute to the St Regis matriarch, Mrs Astor’s love for diamonds, and a red ruby on the teapot lid—a nod to the brand’s signature colour of King Cole Red
Initiated by the Duchess of Bedford of Britain in the 18th century, the afternoon tea ritual was particularly appreciated by Astor, the grande dame of New York high society in the late 19th century. She transformed this legendary social ritual into a private social gathering exclusively for socialites and the elite.
Being of Chinese descent, Bao Bao Wan has a natural understanding of the juxtaposition of western tea culture and traditional Chinese tea culture, and fully embraces traditional spirits of respect, reunion, gratitude and celebration in her design.
“Every gemstone is a gift from nature, a source of inspiration which I hope to share with everyone through my design,” she says.
“I was very inspired by the St Regis Afternoon Tea Ritual, a timeless legacy passed down from Mrs Astor as the prelude to some of the most legendary social events and hope to convey the brand’s hallmark sense of hospitality through this piece”.
“It was extremely meaningful for us to work with our first ever Chinese St Regis Connoisseur on a bespoke handcrafted pin to recognise the efforts and devotion extended by our butlers in the Greater China region. This was launched at the end of 2016,” Bruce Ryde, vice president, Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, explained.
“To continue our work this year, I’m thrilled that we are once again able to collaborate with Bao Bao Wan, who shares our unwavering commitment to excellence and is able to speak to the passions of our guests while offering an authentic appreciation of the St Regis legacy”.