#NecklaceGoals: Martha Stewart’s Trip to the Philippines

Last month, world-famous entrepreneur and domestic lifestyle luminary Martha Stewart documented a recent trip to the Philippines on her blog. Her travels to Manila and neighboring regions were centered on her appearance at the ANC Leadership Series (ANC is the country’s ABS-CBN News Channel, a 24-hour English language cable news network).

When you peruse the many personal photos that appear in Parts 12, and 3 of her travelogue, you will find no shortage of compelling images of the sightseeing and food porn variety. Also included are photos of Filipino artisans’ exquisite handicrafts, from woodworking and embroidery to rattan baskets.

But look closely at the any of the photographs in which Stewart herself appears, and one thing stands out: her necklaces.

For her ANC leadership talk, she paired a superchic Lanvin shirtdress with a long strand of oversized baroque pearls. Later that night, she attended a dinner at the home of Doris Magsaysay Ho, president and CEO of the Magsaysay Group (one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines) wearing piles of oversized opaque amber beads (see photo at top).

Several local artists were in attendance and presented their work to Stewart in between courses of the lavish meal, which included a clam/ginger soup served in a green papaya, glistening crab claws, and a million other delicacies.

Among the featured artist guests was the pearler Jewelmer whose lovely work with golden South Sea pearls has been featured on All That Glitters on several occasions.

Jewelmer sent out a dispatch about the “warm encounter” with Stewart this morning, which intrigued me enough to look into it further. It referred to her as a pearl aficionado—and a quick Google image search indeed confirms this.

Martha Stewart admires Jewelmer pearls
Stewart surveys a strand of Jewelmer golden South Sea pearls at a private event in Manila (photo courtesy of Jewelmer).

But whenever someone comes back from travels abroad, my question is always: Did she buy any jewelry? Some pearls from Jewelmer, I presume?

All I know is Stewart’s wearing a very nice strand of goldens here and in the photo below, which she posted on Instagram just yesterday. (The other pearl necklaces she’s wearing in this shot are pretty spectacular, too. See? Pearl aficionado.)

Martha in pearls
Image via: @marthastewart148

Maybe they were a gift? The golden South Sea pearls would be the perfect memento of her journey to Philippines. Souvenir jewelry is my weakness, too. How about you?

Top: Jewelmer executive vice president and deputy CEO Jacques Christophe Branellec and his wife, Mia Arcenas Branellec, bonded with Martha Stewart over South Sea pearls at a private event in Manila last month (photo courtesy of Jewelmer).


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