Lots of Luxe

Fine finds for holiday gift giving


Photos by Romney Photography

Chilled cheer -- Somehow, a well-intended toast seems even more meaningful when your flute is filled with premium Champagne like this 1995 Grand Cru from Henri Giraud, $229.99 from Elio's Wine Warehouse (6205 S. Miro St., 866-1852).
The golden touch -- Give a golden gift of glam, in two parts. Pair an "All Over Daisies" embroidered sequin clutch by K.C. Malhan, $46.99, with rhinestone-enhanced satin sandals by Nina, $88.99, both from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800;
Add sparkle to the holidays -- Sapphires and diamonds shine in this dazzling duo set in white gold. The ring, $592, bears nine princess-cut sapphires (.72 carats) framed by diamonds (.18 carats) in pave. The bracelet, $2,390, features sapphires (2.10 carats) set in octagons, providing beautiful contrast for the diamonds (.90 carats) in between. Both are from Fisher & Sons (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, Suite 1, 885-4956).
Perfect scents -- It's easy to love the long-lasting clean scents of the 100 percent natural soy wax candles poured in the Wilkinson Row studio of French Quarter Candles. The three-wick glass jar candle , $35, is always well received, and the small votives, $3.50, and travel tins, $7, make great stocking stuffers. You can buy the cardboard-clad 10-oz. tumbler with wax seal, $16, online and across the country, but the 8-oz. glass tumbler with metal lid, $12, is sold exclusively in New Orleans at French Quarter Candles (512 Wilkinson Row, 587-7049;
An eye for glamour -- The ideal gift for a person with an eye for the finer things, this pair of designer tortoise-shell sunglasses with a rhinestone logo, $429, has a look that's unmistakably Chanel; from St. Charles Vision (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311; 138 Carondelet St., 522-8026; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020) and St. Charles Vision Outlet (837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-3551; 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Northlake Shopping Center, Mandeville, 985-626-8103; 200 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond Square Mall, Hammond, 985-542-9410; 3909 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 328-9733;
On the cuff -- Marcasite and sterling silver offer an understated elegance for the refined wrist. Ranging in price from $104 to $240, the bracelets pictured here also feature crystals and mother of pearl accents; all from Sterling Silvia (41 French Market Place, 299-9225;
Yes, yes, yes -- Roses are red, but rubies are shiny! Wow and woo her with this platinum stunner that has a 1.5-carat Burmese ruby and .75 carats in diamonds, $10,000, from Symmetry Jewelers & Designers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925;
Comfort and beauty -- She can lounge in luxury in a cable-knit cashmere robe, $129, over a silk camisole and panty set, $129. Set the scent with Yvonne LaFleur's signature fragrance, $37.50, both from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666;
Worth the weight -- A girl doesn't mind being perceived as a little "heavy-handed," so long as the extra weight is measured in carats. There are 6.5 carats in this platinum baguette and round-diamond bracelet, $11,500, from Boudreaux's Fine Jewelers (701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-2602; 4550 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 985-626-1666;
Spectrum spectacular -- Everyone can appreciate the value of a little light reflection. This pair of Aurora Borealis Swarovski crystal earrings, $36.95, gives off some serious shine; from New Orleans Gem & Lapidary (527 St. Phillip St., 524-9595).

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