Want to be bedazzling? Like to flash your bling? While it used to be that a showy display of ruby necklaces and sapphire earrings was status symbol enough, things have changed. These days, to truly flaunt your wealth you need to crush those jewels up and mash them into your face.
Yup, facial bling is what it’s all about as high-end spas around the globe turn to gemstone facials to make your skin shimmer. It seems counterintuitive: as the spa industry reaches for ever-dizzier heights of luxury, they’re also becoming more holistic, looking deep into the earth’s core for the ultimate in elemental ingredients. The result? A glittering array of facials that could outshine the contents of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery box.
A girl’s best friend
Forget an engagement ring – opt for diamond dust. Ancient gemstone healing therapies were the inspiration behind the recently-opened Gem Spa at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort. Their indulgent Diamond Perfection Luxury Facial combines elements of massage, exfoliation techniques, magnetic therapy and diamond dust to promote glow and lift. After all, diamonds are forever – good skin should be, too. $248
You may be tempted to grind up your treasured heirloom pearls to create the perfect exfoliant for your skin, but it would be easier to head to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, where the spa at the western-styled Rancho de los Caballeros offers a Desert Pearl Facial, an invigorating treatment that uses crushed-pearl powder along with lemon, mulberry and liquorice to cleanse and revitalize. $110.
For the jaded spa-goer
China has long had a love affair with jade, now you can, too. Feel this durable stone’s healing energy with a Jade Jewel Facial at CHI, The Spa in the swanky Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. This deluxe therapy includes a facial massage using custom-crafted aventurine jade stones to calm, smooth and flush out toxins. Your friends will be green with envy. $175
Fit for a queen
Why stop with one precious stone when you can have them all? The Cornelia Lumina Facial – part of Eau Spa’s Bejeweled Collection at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach – contains emeralds to correct, rubies to warm, citrine to plump the lips and sapphire to bronze the neck and décolleté. On second thought, just put it in a tiara and I’ll wear it home. $275
Carol is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Visit her Luxury Travel Blog at WanderingCarol.com