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Meet the jeweller saving the world, one diamond at a time.

Ethical diamond brand Do Amore’s founder Krish Himmatramka appeared on Shark Tank [the US version of Dragon’s Den] after applying for the fourth time, vowing not to apply again if he didn’t make it through to the filming day. His journey up until then has had its twists and turns, and a career change to top it off. Himmatramka wanted to create a product with a big enough margin to allow for each product...

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Soori - A Hidden Gem in Bali

This hidden gem has combined the essence of Bali together with the landscape from which it is built on. Every aspect of Soori, whether it's the architecture, the interior design, the produce being served to guests, to the in-room amenities has its story to share. Take for example the luxury interiors which have all been inspired by local colors and materials.

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Good Eggs: Caviar you can eat with a clear conscience

We’ve known for some time that harvesting caviar from wild fish is unsustainable. Sturgeon is one of the most endangered species on the planet because the traditional method for collecting the unfertilised eggs involves killing the fish, and sturgeon are long-lived creatures that take years to reach maturity. There are strict laws preventing the international trade of caviar from the Black, Caspian and Baltic Seas, but wild stocks will still take decades to replenish. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Only roe from sturgeon can be accurately labelled caviar but other fish eggs are available: trout, salmon and lumpfish to name but three. These differ hugely from the buttery black pearls of sturgeon roe – salmon and trout roe are bright orange, for a start – but they can similarly be used as a garnish, on bite-sized blinis or in a creamy pasta sauce.

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La Dolce Vita in Sicilia: The 5-star ADLER Spa Resort

On a Saturday evening in serene Sicily, my pulse is racing at a rate of knots as sweat trickles down my face and the temperature continues to rise. I feel like I'm sweltering away in a furnace; an exuberant man wafts a towel in front of me as chill-out tunes play in the background. Taking deep breaths as the towel is swung around frenetically to whip my heart rate even higher in searing heat, I know that I am indeed fast approaching boiling point.But just like that, I suddenly feel reinvigorated as I'm presented with a handful of ice cubes that I press against my neck to cool off. I'd been experiencing 'Aufguss', a multi-sensory wellness ritual in which an ‘Aufgussmeister’ douses infused water onto hot stones, circulating fragrant air in a panoramic sauna at the idyllic new Adler Spa Resort Sicilia.

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Sustainable Cocktails at The Churchill

We recently interviewed Gaston Fusco, the new bar manager at The Churchill who, along with his team, have created a new sustainable cocktail menu that highlights environmental issues - each of the cocktails aiming to inspire through innovation and education. The menu features twelve curated drinks centred around ten themes of environmental concern to explore how the bar industry can take steps to be more environmentally friendly. It’s not only the drinks themselves that have been considered but the vessels and garnish, as well as the partnering organisations chosen to support the relevant causes. Perfect for the slightly colder and darker evenings, I recently visited the bar for cocktails & nibbles.

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What COP27 means for the future of fashion

A few weeks ago, global stakeholders gathered in Egypt for the annual Cop27 summit (United Nations Climate Change Conference), where attention quickly turned to the fashion industry. Considered by several sources to be the second-most polluting industry after the oil and gas sector – (fashion accounts for up to 10% of global carbon dioxide output — more than international flights and shipping combined), it’s unsurprising that discussions pivoted towards fashion and its impact on the environment during the summit. Source: Bloomberg

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