Italy is known for fine traditions such as culinary arts and jewelry-making, and it's one of our favourite destinations in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
In celebration of jewelry brand Damiani's 90th anniversary collection, a limited edition consisting of ten jewelry pieces inspired by each decade of the brand's history to date, from gemstones to pearls, has been released.
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JEWELRY WITH A STORY
Nine pieces, numbered 1 to 9, have been created for each jewel to tell the story of the brand through the decades.
These are Charleston collier, Cascade bracelet, Legend bracelet, Optical earrings, Bloom necklace, Tribute bracelet, Moonshine ring, Damianissima collier and Tassel necklace.
A FIVE-COURSE MEAL
TO ACCOMPANY THE JEWELRY
In Hong Kong soon, living a Travelife, we're looking forward to a five-course dinner menu for the Tosca Italian restaurant, created by Michelin-starred Chef Pino Lavarra of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
This meal will have a modern style inspired by the traditions of the exclusive brand.
“The Damiani 90th Anniversary Celebration” menu, will be available until November 30, except November 6-8, at Tosca at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
A BEJEWELLED APPETIZER
The menu starts with a Cascade 1930s-inspired appetizer.
The flow of the alternating black and white diamonds in the bracelet enthused Chef Pino to create a dish he calls "Cured Salmon with Beluga Caviar and White Snail Caviar."
For this, he used an unusual combination of eggs to reflect the art deco style of the collection.
PASTA FROM A NECKLACE
Meanwhile, a dish he calls "Fettuccelle with Sea Scallops, Lobsters and Tomatoes" literally draws out the coloured stones of the floral motif featured in the Bloom 1970s necklace.
FISH IN GOLD
The Legend 1940s bracelet is designed for a special decade when people preferred austere, military-style fashion.
In remembrance of the period of autarchy when iron was used to imitate gold, Chef Pino created the "Golden Crispy Monkfish with Chickpeas Cream Sauce."
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MENU
The "Stewed Oxtail Served on Potato Filled with Foie Gras" is the artistic highlight of the menu, combining a traditional recipe and a contemporary presentation featuring large circles inspired by the collection. This truly reflects the essence of Optical 1960s earrings, graphic designs and pop art.
The dessert is also a high point of the menu.
The "Chocolate Ring Hazelnuts with Five Spices Sauce," denotes the special hand-cut amethyst, citrine, Madera quartz and prasiolite of the Tribute 1980s bracelet.
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THE PREPARATIONS BEHIND THIS MEAL
“The culinary preparations are quite complicated for this special menu,” said Michelin-starred chef Pino Lavarra. “On top of a good balance of taste and flavor pairings, everything served has to be a picture-perfect arrangement to be a fitting tribute to the craftsmanship of Damiani's goldsmiths over the years."
He added: "All dishes are tastefully prepared, their shapes and colors complementing one another. For me, this experience is also like crafting culinary jewelry for the pleasure of the eyes. I want to use this opportunity to offer the greatest expression of Italian quality in terms of the finest things in life”.