Bentley Luxury Collection 2015

Bentley truly has become a big name in the world of luxury car vehicles, but its name is also synonymous to lifestyle available to the luxury devotee. As well as it’s first ‘showroom’ SUV, Bentley unveiled a new collection of handbags, accessories and homewares at the latest Frankfurt motor show.

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The collection features prestigious and exclusive furniture and accessories. Bentley Home is created with a peerless design, using the finest of Italian tradition and workmanship.
With aesthetics and attention to the slightest details in mind, throughout Bentley Home collection are used noble materials such as briar-root, rare marbles. Elegant, sophisticated and glamorous, Bentley Home collection creates exclusive atmospheres with its unmistakable style where luxury and class blend perfectly. A new approach to luxury, enhancing the value of exclusive homes and executive offices, as well as prestigious hotels, yachts and private jets.

Bentley Home Living Room

Bentley Home bedroom

Using the same finest quality woods and leather that adorn its cars’ interiors and available with the same wide-ranging choice of color palette, the items are inspired by the design of Bentleys past and present

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The Luxury Collection runs to 300 items including briefcases and travel bags, cashmere and silk scarves plus blankets, clocks and picture frames (Click photos to enlarge).

The entire range, which falls into seven categories: Business; Style; Home; Heritage; Bespoke; Colour; and Bentley, will be available to order from October 1 when price lists will also be published.

by Jean Amr

My favorite jewelry box: Jumelle

I love jewels and I’m addicted to watches! I love Bvlgari, Chaumet, Boucheron, Mauboussin, Tabbah, Van Cleef & Arpels and of course; Cartier. All very precious. I love jewelry shops. Sometimes I’m (vèry) glad that I’m not a woman! (lol)….

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You know the feeling when you pass that shop window seeing ‘that one item’ oh so beautiful! At Jumelle: ring in rose gold with brown diamonds!

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I have some old family pieces’ of old and antique picture frames, like a few Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels sterling frames, some of you will have seen them before in some earlier post as ‘background decoration’. The two Cartier Art Deco Sterling frames here, where a present from Begum Om Habbibeh Aga Khan. Now the frames look really wonderful, but it was not always like that….

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Two pictures from Begum Om Habbibeh Aga Khan, framed in antique Cartier picture frames. The picture left was taken at in her garden at Yakymour. The right one at a dinner at Bayreuth Music Fesitval. At Jumelle they did an amazing job to restore these picture frames! (Privat collection)

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For a long time they have been in a drawer. They had scratches, dents, and some sadly bad damageOne day I was talking to someone at a local jewelry store nearby, and we had a nice, friendly talk about these frames. She assured me that it would be possible to ‘restore’ them. I brought one of the frames (one at the time), and a talked about the possibilities.

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Cartier Art Deco Sterling, Gold, Coral picture frame. With picture from Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan at Bayreuth Music Festival (Prival collection)

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Some time later they give me a phonecall, that the frame was ready. And I can only say: They did an amazing job! Yes, I saw in their store some work they had designed and made, like beautiful sterling candles and sushi-sets, but still, seeing your own item fully restored, is a bit different. I was more then happy! Their silversmith did a great job! So, now I bring from time to time a frame to pollish it or for a complete restoration.

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Jumelle’s jewelry shop (Click photo to enlarge).

I’ve been told that they all have a jewelry and/or gold/silversmith background. And I found out that they have a lot of expertise. Coming into the ‘friendly’ shop you wouldn’t expect that they have also some famous watches like Breitling, Christian Dior and Vacheron & Constantin in maintenance. But the do….!!

With brands like Silk, Rabinovich, Rodrigues Cohen, Aller Spanninga (and much more) they have a réal beautiful, and affordable collection. But they have also some amazing unique one-off’s, in all price ranges! And not to forget: a great watch collection of Behring, Ice Watch but also Seiko.

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Precious pink gold, with brown and white briljant cut diamonds. Great to wear alone, amàzing to wear together

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Because they are só elegant and beautiful! Handmade chains and pendants with Pearls in red, white or yellow gold

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Jumelle Gold White Diamond Pearl

Highly unique: A facet cut pearl!!! They made a pendant of it, with white gold and diamond, like there is a flower on top of it. Here on a Venetian white gold chain

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Jumelle is not only for women. No, the have a nice collection for men too. Like bracelets, rings and watches. Like this new Bering watch, in Rosé with a fantasic ‘Nato’ strap! I love it!

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Their friendly shop in the heart of the small village of Bunnik is doing well. Later this year they will move, to another, larger shop in the same street. More space, large windows and an instore ‘atelier’ and an even greater collection!

For more information, visit them at

Jumelle

Dorpstraat 15, 3981 EA, Bunnik, Holland

030 656 77 52

or see: http://www.jumelle.nl/

by Jean Amr

Remember the time

It’s the first of July, it’s summer, and when everything goes well, lots of sunshine, and many happy faces! I love summer, sunshine, flowers, and I am a happy person, who likes to smile. But today, for 15 years now, this month brings also some sadness. It’s also a period for me to remember some loved ones, who passed away. My mother and ‘grandma’ Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan

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Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (1906 – 2000) in vintage Cartier picture frame, handmade bronze lamp by Daum, Art Deco pendulettes by Cartier, Wedgwood vase (all private collecton), flowers by Bloom Studio (Click photo to enlarge).

Exactly 2 weeks after the death of my mother, ‘grandma’ Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan passed away.

Playing as a child in the garden of Yakymour was a happy, innocent time, thanx to ‘Grandma’ Yaky and to Sadruddin, where an by whom I could be fully myself and forget ‘the bad things’, and get some strenght.

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She had a big heart. No matter what kind of religion, man or women, or even sexual oriantation, she was véry openminded, Yakymour was always an open house.  “We should take care of eachother, everybody should be loved!, We are here on earth to do good, and not to harm or judge people, so lets love” she always said. And that’s what she did! She teached and showed me a lot! I’m always be grateful to that.

We talked to each other occasionally on the phone. You were so tired. Taking care of my mother, and the things that had to be done afer that, made that we haven’t seen eachother anymore…. everything went soo quick. Begum Om Habibeh ‘Mata Salamat’ aka Yvette Labrousse died on 1 July 2000, in Le Cannet, near Cannes, at the age of 94 years.

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Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan (1906 – 2000) in vintage Cartier picture frames, Wedgwood vase (all private collecton) (Click photo to enlarge).

Like my mother she had the wish to stay in her own house, her own room, her own bed. She had some wonderful people who loved her and who took care of her: thanx Jeanet.

In the years she gave me some beautiful presents, like these to vintage sterling Art Deco Cartier picture frames. I gave them a special place in my house, and sometimes I change the pictures, to think about the wonderful time we had.

Time flies, sometimes it (still) feels like yesterday! You where very special to me, I will always remember the time! Thanx always!

gr.Jean Amr

Remember the time

It’s June, which means we are officially into summer, it’s the wedding season, and when everything goes well, lots of sunshine, and many happy faces! I love summer, I love Sunshine, and I am a happy person, who likes to smile. But today, for 15 years now, this month brings also some sadness. The month of losing some loved ones. My mother and ‘grandma’ Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.

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Old vintage photo of my mom (1936 – 2000), in old vintage silk Cartier picture frame, vase Wedgewood, flowers by Bloom studio (click photo to enlarge).

It’s now exactly 15 years ago that my mother died of cancer. Time flies, and sometimes it still feels like yesterday.

Hearing the bad news (again) she didn’t wanted any treatment. And then, one day, she was on. Although I remained at home, to take care of her, I didn’t see how sick she really was. Actually, the realization came when she no longer came out of bed. Almost six weeks my mother needed to die. It were horrible weeks, to swallow, was getting more and more difficult. Quite apart from all the pain she must have had of the falls. Lying upstairs in her own bed was the only thing she wanted. So we could have our ‘normal’ life.

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My mother had a few very good friends, who helped us through: Dora van Ee, Ann Voets and Riek Vroegop (I will never forget!), we called them ‘the Golden Girls’ after the famous tv-show. All 4 represent one of the types from the show. Upstairs, in her bedroom, it looked many times if we were on the set of ‘the Golden Girls’. We laughed (out loud) and we cried. I let her drink when she wanted, I offered her small tasty snacks, which she sometimes took, but fast enough that they where no longer wanted. Not all nurses who suported us when we needed understood what was going on (“she must sleep in a hospital bed!”). We continued day and night with her to let her know that she should go. It was alright.
When my mother ‘finally’ passed away, we saw the face as we knew coming back a bit: the face of a dear mother, who had tried to live her life as best she could, who had peace with her death, children and her friends. Then the disease, and taking care of her children was over.

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Cartier Limoges Art Deco La Maison vase and vintage Tiffany & Co sterling frame (all privat collection) (Click photo to enlarge)

Yes, I remember the time. The time that she (and my dad) took care of me, after countless hospital stays. Our fantastic holidays. All the things they teached us….

Time flies, sometimes it (still) feels like yesterday! I will always remember the time! Thanx always!

gr.Jean Amr