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The Hottest Summer Events By Lauren Steventon

Summer Events 2010

Hot-footing and jet-setting it from one social event to another this summer? Make sure you know the best address to lay your head and recuperate between engagements.

Cartier International Day

Guards Polo Club, Surrey, UK
25 July 2010

The polo event of the summer. Glamorous, beautiful and impeccably dressed – and that’s just the players. The see-and-be-seen event of the summer with hospitality from Cartier during the day and China White during the night. Excellent matches from talented teams – but that’s only half the fun. The great and good from the polo and celebrity worlds descend on Guards Club for a fashion-fabulous sporting day.

www.guardspoloclub.com

Where To Stay: Coworth Park is set in 240 acres of rolling greenery on the edge of Windsor Great Park. A traditional country house hotel with a fabulous spa and its own polo fields if you’re feeling inspired.

Salon Privé

London, UK
21 – 23 July 2010

One of London’s most stylish summer events, Salon Privé brings the world’s hottest super cars into the refined Georgian surroundings of the Hurlingham Club. If you’re more into shopping than speeding, hit the luxury brands tent, or simply admire the outfits while sipping champagne on the lawns.

www.salonprivelondon.com

Where To Stay: You might think the cars are the stars, but fashion is always pulling focus, so make sure your evenings are equally chic at Anouska Hempel’s exquisitely and interestingly designed Blake’s Hotel.

Skandia Cowes Week

Isle of Wight, UK
31 July – 7 August 2010

Trade your wispy frocks for windbreakers, and don your yachting finest for this annual regatta on the Isle of Wight. Around 8,500 competitors – ranging from Olympians to amateurs – compete in 40 daily races while spectators enjoy street theatre, entertainment and a fun-for-all atmosphere on shore. One of the top UK sporting events and one of the largest sailing regattas in the world.

www.cowesweek.co.uk

Where To Stay: The George in Yarmouth is a sea-side, classic stay overlooking the Solent.

Summer Events 2010

Benicassim International Festival

Benicassim, Spain
15 – 18 July 2010

Forget muddy wellies and soggy tents, the way to enjoy the summer’s music festivals is to take to the sunshine. An hour from Valencia, Benicassim is Europe’s coolest musical treat. Bands gracing the stage for 2010 include Kasabian, Gorillaz, Calvin Harris and Vampire Weekend, but as well as music, the festival is a celebration of film, art and dance.

www.fiberfib.com

Where To Stay: To really immerse yourself in the atmosphere, the best option is to camp, but once the party’s over, head to Barcelona (two and a half hours away) and continue it at the funky W Barcelona.

Venice Film Festival

Venice, Italy
1 – 11 September 2010

More classy than Cannes and sunnier than Sundance, the Venice Film Festival, part of La Biennale di Venizia is a star-studded celebration of film as art form and business. It’s the oldest film festival in the world, and its awards are coveted by Hollywood’s great and good. The official line-up is announced at the end of July…watch this space…

www.labiennale.org

Where To Stay: Live like a movie star and secrete yourself away at the impossibly romantic Ca Maria Adele, where Venetian style meets Eastern chic.

Burning Man Project

Black Rock Desert, Nevada, US
August 30 – September 6 2010

The ultimate destination for free-spirited, arty self-expression…

Anything goes – and we mean anything, whether that’s naked people painted blue, all-night parties, performance pieces, or simply sitting back and chilling in the desert. The Project is about community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance – entirely participant-led, creating a temporary community in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. This year’s art theme is Metropolis, exploring the past and present of civilisation and city life.

www.burningman.com

Where To Stay: Well, there’s only one option during the festival – on site. A camper van would be the top option as you have to take enough food and drink to sustain you (and to barter with) for your stay, and to remove all of your rubbish afterwards. The theme camps as much art installations as they are accommodations. Splash out afterwards at the new Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. It’s a non-gaming property and the perfect place to escape the frenetic city.

Shine On You Coloured Diamond By Sunshine Flint

Move over white – diamonds in rainbow hues are now on everyone’s wish list!

Diamonds

The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous coloured diamond in the world. The gray-blue stone (and its infamous curse) is sequestered inside the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. But there are many other coloured diamonds on the open market, and they’re increasing popular, both as something to wear and something to invest in.

The sheer rarity of coloured diamonds has made them incredibly desirable today — in fact, they command the highest prices at jewellery auctions. From engagement rings to collar necklaces, fancy, or coloured, diamonds are now in high demand by everyone who can afford them. That list includes Hollywood celebrities, Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes and regular consumers who want something special. And jewellers have taken notice. Diamonds in every shade are getting the royal treatment from princess to marquise cuts, with pieces coming from all quarters, from avant garde designers like Theo Fennell to conglomerate De Beers.

If a flawless, white diamond is a rare thing, a flawless, coloured diamond is even rarer. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds is a coloured stone, and only 4,000 carats are available on the world market at any one time. Traces of boron turn a diamond blue, while nitrogen creates yellow stone. A flawless red diamond is practically non-existent. That’s why the Moussaieff Red, a 5.11 carat diamond and one of only five graded in the world, is worth more than $20 million.

Following red in order of rarity are orange, green, blue, pink and yellow, yellow being the most widely available and thus the most affordable. Now brown diamonds are the latest to strike collectors and jewellers’ fancy. They run the gamut from golden champagne to deep cognac. “There is an interesting trend towards yellow and light, golden colours which are warm and sympathetic and need not stretch one’s pocket,” says jewellery designer Theo Fennell. “They also can lend themselves to more original designs than traditional white.”

Graff, considered one of the best jewellers in the world and subject of our programme The King of Diamonds, has 60 percent of the world’s yellow diamonds – in 2006, they sold the Golden Maharaja (65.57 carats) and the Rojtman Diamond (107.46 carats). They say they have seen rising interest from customers in yellow, pink and cognac diamonds.

Yellow diamonds have always been popular, especially in the US, according to De Beers, and pink diamonds have really come on in the past few years. They appeal to connoisseurs and collectors – maybe for a special occasion, such as a wedding anniversary. “There are so many variations in the pink and blue shades: lilac pink, baby pink, grey-blue, pale blue….not all of them are that rare, but each is certainly unique,” says a spokeswoman for the company. “Clients are looking for a stone of character.”

It’s that character that has made coloured diamonds so popular in retail and for collectors. Individuals can therefore choose the shade and hue that best fits their personality, their wardrobe and their mood. Would you expect anything less?