‘Jewels’ and jewels shine

It was Louis Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels who collaborated with New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine on the 1967 work “Jewels,” in which each of the three acts plumbs a different gem, mood and place in the choreographer’s heart – “Emeralds,” a bouquet to romantic Paris, set to Fauré; “Rubies,” a tribute to nerve-tingling New York, set to Stravinsky; and “Diamonds,” an ode to imperial Russia, set to Tchaikovsky.

Recently, The New York Times gave the City Ballet’s performance of it during its spring season a, shall we say, sparkling review http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-casts-a-singular-luster-in-jewels.html. And just as recently, Neiman Marcus Westchester has dazzled with its new Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, next to the equally new Precious Jewels Salon, part of the facelift of Level One at the luxe White Plains store.

Why not celebrate spring with a visit to both the ballet and the boutique, whose treasures have always drawn their inspiration from dancers (not to mention dancing flowers)? There are performances of “Jewels” at 7:30 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. (If you miss it, you can also see the ballet during the company’s fall season – Sept. 28 and 30 and Oct. 1 and 2.) For more, visit http://www.nycballet.com/Ballets/J/Jewels.aspx.

And for more on Neiman Marcus Westchester and Van Cleef & Arpels – particularly NMW’s Be Jeweled Event, running Saturday, April 30 through Mother’s Day, May 8   — visit neimanmarcus.com and check out WAG’s May “Celebrating Spring” issue. – Georgette Gouveia

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