St. Regis Hotels & Resorts recently launched a limited edition fine jewelry piece designed by Bao Bao Wan, renowned designer and the first St. Regis Connoisseur from China. The bespoke teapot-shaped pendant with inlaid gemstones was unveiled during an exclusive and signature St. Regis Midnight Supper held at The St. Regis Shanghai Jing’an, and will soon be available for order on the St. Regis online boutique, stregisboutique.com.
The exquisite 18K rose gold teapot represents Bao Bao Wan’s own interpretation of the brand’s iconic St. Regis Afternoon Tea Ritual and features unique brand elements such as the St. Regis monogram, seven inlaid diamonds on its handle as a tribute to the St. Regis matriarch, ‘the’ Mrs Astor’s love for diamonds, and a red ruby on the teapot lid—a nod to the brand’s signature color of King Cole Red.
Initiated by the Duchess of Bedford of Britain dating back to the 18th century, the afternoon tea ritual was particularly appreciated as a heritage by Mrs. Astor. Regarded as the grand dame of New York high society in the late 19th century, Mrs. Astor transformed this legendary social ritual into a private social gathering that was exclusively for socialites and élites. 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.
Through its unique Connoisseur program, St. Regis has taken special care to partner with ambassadors who share the brand’s commitment to excellence and speak to the passions of its guests, while offering an authentic connection to the St. Regis legacy. Born in Beijing, Bao Bao Wan was the first Chinese debutante to be invited to attend the famed Bal des Debutantes at the Hotel Crillon. Often traveling around the world in search of a renewed vision for her designs, Ms. Wan Baobao epitomizes today’s St. Regis luminary, inspired by modern glamour and cultural sophistication. Bao Bao Wan describes St. Regis hotels as embodying a home away from home and has found deep inspiration in the intricate detail in each property’s architecture, décor, design, and bespoke services.
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