What goes well with bites and Italian bottles?
The answer, according to Candy Udell, president of London Jewelers, is sparkling balls.
To that end, Udell has invited a cheerful Italian takeover of his family’s dazzling Manhasset store over two weekends this month, as the illustrious retailer partners with the Italian Trade Agency to an all-round festival.
“Celebrating Italy in our flagship product is the perfect way for our customers to enjoy the best of Italian food, wine and culture, while simultaneously viewing our stunning collection of Italian-made jewelry,” a- she declared.
Udell, known for her hospitality, encourages guests to sample mangia pasta, taste Italian wines, feast on ice cream, sip espresso, and watch a mozzarella-making demonstration, all in a tent. special installed outside the store.
Inside, expect a feast for the eyes, with the beauty of Italian jewelry in the spotlight. Highlights will range from the glamorous gems of Buccellati, Bulgari, Pomellato and Vhernier to London’s own collection of Italian gold coins.
Udell points out that the bold gold and chain links stand out from the bel paese. “These are Italian style staples and both are hot trends this year,” she notes. “We have also seen an incredible use of titanium mixed with gold and gemstones.”
A long-time champion of Italian jewelry and the artisans who create it, Udell has just returned from a tour of Milan and Valenza, where pieces are created for some of the world’s most prestigious jewelry houses.
“It’s a beautiful country steeped in history, and Italian jewelers pass it on through their creations,” she says. “It is pride, commitment and passion for perfection, as well as generations of know-how that are passed on. “
The importance of family is not lost on the Italian Trade Agency, which values London as much for its 95-year history as a fourth-generation family business as for its influence as a retailer.
“What I see at London Jewelers, even though they are a large jewelry group and everyone knows them around the world, is that they have a family touch,” says Alessia Mather, marketing manager of the organization. “Candy and her husband Mark [Udell, London’s CEO] are personally involved in the business. It’s like when you go to a small shop in Italy and you know the owner. Having a partner like them makes you feel warm.
Mather adds that the event “will be a real Italian immersion. When you buy something made in Italy, it is more than just a piece of jewelry. It’s buying a little piece of the Italian lifestyle.
Italy certainly holds a special place in Udell’s heart, as his family has been traveling the country for over 40 years.
“We made countless memories there,” she says. “Everything tastes better and shines brighter: the wine, the sun setting over the countryside, the places where everyone gathers to meet. The people are so warm and friendly. One of the best parts of coming back is seeing the many friends we’ve made over the years.
But for now, Udell couldn’t be happier to be at home on Long Island, welcoming back to her gorgeous store after an absence of events for nearly two years. “We are delighted to welcome people back – in person – for this fun occasion! ”