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AROUND THE WORLD WITH STEPHANIE GOTTLIEB

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Stephanie Gottlieb

STEPHANIE GOTTLIEB FINE JEWELRY, PRIVATE JEWELER

Meet Stephanie, a New York-based private jeweler and a seriously stylish jet-setter at heart. When she's not busy designing bespoke Bridal pieces or curating her own collection, Gottlieb jets to the most sought-out places around the world in enviable fashion. In an intimate conversation, Stephanie Gottlieb shares her favorite places around the world and how travel inspires her coveted collections...

If you haven’t already discovered Stephanie Gottlieb on Instagram, let us introduce you to the New York-based, private jeweler that has made waves on social media thanks to a feed as drool-worthy as they get. Beyond the glitz and the glam of her diamonds, Gottlieb caught our attention with her seemingly endless and ever-so-enviable travels as her backdrop. From the beautiful azure waters of Bora Bora to the cobblestone streets of Capri, we were itching to know more about the next gen jeweler, her inspirations and, of course, her jet-setting ways. In an intimate conversation, Stephanie Gottlieb shares her favorite places around the world, how travel inspires her coveted collections, and gives us a hint to where she may be heading next…


BEGINNING HER BRAND

I’ve always loved Fashion and Jewelry, but never imagined myself ending up in Jewelry Design.  When I graduated from University of Michigan, I took an internship at a Diamond Wholesale company, and fell in love with the whole world of jewelry design.  I loved just playing with loose stones and wax, and piecing together designs.”


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CAREER MILESTONE

“It’s always really rewarding to work in the Bridal category, because you’re helping people create a moment that they will cherish forever... So my everyday encounters with the men buying diamonds, or women choosing their wedding bands or wedding-day jewelry, those are all really special moments.  But my favorite celebratory moment is probably when I hit 100K followers on Instagram. It felt like a milestone, like I had really made a name of myself.”


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FINDING INSPIRATION

“Every culture celebrates different design concepts, and every time I travel somewhere I pull from the people around me; I take mental notes on what people are wearing, how they’re styling their jewelry, what interesting materials are being used locally…I personally LOVE and always feel inspired when I go to Capri, Italy.  It’s an all-time favorite spot for me; I’ve been going every summer for over 15 years.  Of course there are beautiful jewelry stores there, and amazing designers like Amedeo who is native to the area.  But also everyone dresses so beautifully there (I personally save my favorite outfits to wear there) so there are always amazing iconic pieces being worn.”


FAVORITE DESTINATION

“I really have a special place in my heart for Capri.  A lot of people don’t understand the appeal, but I’ve been going there for so many years, that it now feels like coming ‘home’ for me.  The people are so kind, the shopkeepers, the chefs and people who work in the restaurants, they’ve become family.  That’s the benefit of traveling to a small island; not much changes, and the people are ALWAYS the same.  I always find amazing treasures in the shops there, and the beach club is one of the most special places in the world.”


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SECRET SPOTS

“It’s not so hidden anymore, thanks to Instagram... But La Fontelina is the most special place I’ve ever been to.  The staff there has become like family, the food is THE BEST on the island (of Capri), and the setting is gorgeous.  I love lying on the mattresses with the blue and white striped umbrellas flapping above me, and a spritz in my hand; that to me is PEREFCTION.”


 PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOTEL IL PELLICANO

PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOTEL IL PELLICANO

HOTELS WITH CHARM

“I like hotels that have a little bit of charm to them; I’m not someone who likes to stay in the newest and most modern hotel. I gravitate to something with a little bit of character – I think Hotel Du Cap is incredible.  The grounds are STUNNING, and every day feels like you’re on a movie set. Banyan Tree Riviera Maya holds a special place in my heart – my husband and I got married there and it was our favorite vacation spot for six years. I also love Hotel Il Pellicano and Amankila in Bali.”


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TRAVEL RITUALS

“I always load up on Vitamin C before my trip, bring TONS of sanitizing wipes to clean my seat on the plane (yes, I’m one of those people), bring cozy socks for the plane, and Drunk Elephant moisturizer.  I also always travel with a big scarf so I can use it as a blanket.  And the first thing I do is get it dry-cleaned when I get to my hotel.”


 PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI

PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI

BUCKET LIST

“I’m dying to go to Japan, Thailand, and the Maldives.”


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LOOKING FORWARD

“I’m currently creating a full line of fashion-forward Engagement Rings and I’m working on ways to make engagement ring buying more accessible to my buyers who aren’t in NY. We recently launched online diamond video tutorials, which I’m really excited about.”