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Cintra Wilson treks up to the "one of the snobbiest blocks of Madison Avenue" this week to review Mauboussin for the Times. Though the luxury market is tanking, she feels that the French jewelry firm will pull through. "Mauboussin’s philosophy strives toward a balanced fusion of lifestyle choices that includes art, music, food ... and jewelry; a process that aims to creates an environment of sensual harmony, where one is encouraged to breathe and converse, eat and drink, laugh and relax. But, if that kind of thing doesn’t ring your bell, Hermès is just a block away." [NYT]