A place that once used to be quiet and tame is now livelier than ever. This town of South Florida, known for its beaches and real estate, is blooming into the Hamptons of the South. Palm Beach has always been a great supporter of the laid-back and relaxed attitude and now even the tourists are appreciating it too.
Palm Beach’s Brand Attraction
Joanna Gong, an employee from the Luxury and Lifestyle division of Sotheby’s, believes the entry of some of the world’s biggest brands into Palm Beach is one of the many reasons why it has become such a happening town in the States. According to her, newer developments like The Royal Poinciana Plaza, a curated pocket of real estate made available on the traditionally tight island, have attracted some of the world’s largest names in art and luxury. Brands like Chanel, Cartier, and Hermes are now easily accessible in the town.
Palm Beach and Its Rich Culture
This new change is being welcomed with open arms by the locals. They are optimistic about the development of their town and wish for a better future. The beauty magnate, Aerin Lauder shared her love for her childhood holiday town and stated that Palm Beach has a welcoming vibe that is new while keeping alive its sense of elegance and tradition. Phillipe Delgrange, who is a part of Le Bilboquet Group, supported her statement, stating that the town represents the civility of the old world with the kinetic energy of the new.
Flashy Restaurants and Hotels in Town
The dining game of the town has taken a turn for the better. Le Bilboquet, Sant Ambroeus, La Goulue, and Almond are now part of the must-visit places in Palm Beach. Hotel White Elephant and its restaurant Lola 41 have joined the club, too. Soon there will be better accommodation facilities with The Colony hotel closing down for re-work. 17 new hotels are expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
Spike in Migration Numbers
All the flashy developments in the area may have resulted in spiked migration figures. As per the Palm Beach Post, 547,000 people exchanged out-of-state driver’s licenses for ones with Florida addresses, most of those belonging to New York. Delgrange has expressed hope that in the next two years, the town will see even more people moving down there and West Palm, including a lot of Europeans. The Hamptons of the South is slowly becoming a vacation destination for the upper class in the winter.
The Allison and Roberto Mignone Hall of Gems and Minerals has been part of the Natural History Museum since the 1970s.
Although it has been closed for three years, the museum finally announced that it will open its completely redesigned halls this upcoming fall- to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
A Long Line of History
“Halls like these are crucial and tangible teaching tools that communicate an understanding of humanity’s place in the universe,” said Allison Mignone. “Our family’s experiences at the Museum have helped us see the discoveries…and remarkable stories, such as those that will be featured in these renovated galleries, are told.”
The 11,000 square-foot halls have now been optimized to be the greatest collection of its kind. It will feature recently acquired specimens, including two remarkable amethyst geodes that are among the world’s largest on public display and a gallery of gems with treasures such as the legendary 563-carat “Star of India” sapphire and 632-carat Patricia emerald with much more.
The hall will also have interactive displays, touchable specimens, and redesigned exhibits that will tell the story of the vast diversity of minerals that arose on earth. The highlight will include a luminous gallery featuring a wall-sized panel of rock glowing fluorescently in the shade of orange and green.
High-End Animal Jewelry Exhibition
Animal jewelry designed by Cartier, Bulgary, Tiffany & Co as well as other luxurious brands will be featured in the exhibition hall. “The opening of the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will be a milestone in a wide range of capital and programmatic enhancements commemorating the Museum’s 150th anniversary,” said museum president Ellen V. Futter.
Telling a Story Through the Gems
“By telling the fascinating stories of the complex processes that gave rise to the extraordinary diversity of minerals on our dynamic planet and describing how people have used them throughout history for personal adornment, tools, and technology, the Halls will not just be glittering but also intellectually engaging.”
On your next trip to the Museum of Natural History, check out the hall of gems. You won’t be disappointed!