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My Favorite Things

It’s easy to mistake Jean Prounis’s hand-wrought jewelry for pieces displayed in the Met Museum’s Greco-Roman gallery—and with good reason: since 2017, the New York-based designer, who has found endless inspiration in decorative artifacts, has used ancient gold-smithing techniques to craft her signature recycled 22-karat band rings and precious gemstone pendant necklaces. Below, Prounis shares her everyday essentials—both old and new

Costa Brazil


Bath Salt

“My bath has never smelled so good! All of the Costa products are incredible. My small tub immediately transforms into a sublime onsen spa—closed eyes required.”

Aldo Leopold


A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

“Read it all the way through or read it here and there… A beautifully written collection of nature observations by Aldo Leopold from 1949. I keep it on my bedside as a reminder to approach each day with a similar lens.”



Bouquets of Vetiver Roots

“I take scents and self-care seriously and keep bouquets of vetiver roots in my shower and closets. The lofting smell brings me comfort throughout the seasons.”

Cire Trudon


Cyrnos Classic Candle

“You can tell how many of these candles I’ve gone through based on the number of pen holders in my office… The green glass canister makes for a very chic desk caddy of sorts. An incentive to scent up any and all rooms.”

Pascal Agrapart


Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Grand Cru ‘Mineral’ 2014

“If you see this champagne, grab it! Agrapart is the icon of my winter celebrations. My dear friends at Alder & Co. introduced me to it and I haven’t strayed since.”



Fortuny Textile Pillows

“I’ve been collecting Fortuny pillows since I first visited their striking store in Venice when I was 12. Sometimes pillow prints can feel dated to me, but Fortuny is forever.”



Log Cabin Quilted Cotton Jacket

“I often wear neutrals, so I like to add a Bode piece to enliven my attire. Everything Emily makes is gold and rooted in history. Her preservation of crafts and silhouettes is an inspiration, to say the least.”

Prounis Jewelry


Small Granulated Boat Shaped Earrings

“These are my daily drivers. I designed them based on ancient boat-shaped jewelry, and I haven’t gotten off the ship since.”

Louis Vuitton


Keepall Leather Travel Bag

“Ah, green, especially this green! There is nothing like a pre-loved Epi duffel. When not using it to travel, I store toilet paper inside to keep the rolls out of sight in my closet.”

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