Crushed pearls and spun gold are no longer just for jewelry. Luxury spas around the world are incorporating gold, copper and semi-precious stones into their signature treatments. At the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, the Spun Gold Massage uses 24-karat gold-infused oil to give clients that healthy – and wealthy – glow.
|Healing Gem & Stone Massage, Carneros Inn & Spa|
This singular wine country spa resort offers a full-body stone massage incorporating semi-precious gemstones and essential oils. Indoor-outdoor ambience adds a dose of California sunshine to the experience.
|Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, Westin Playa Bonita|
Amethyst is purported to have so many qualities: it enhances mental strength and stability, increases vigor, and simultaneously is conducive to tranquility and repose. Hopefully someday scientists will make a vitamin out of it, but in the meantime, guests at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama can intake its benefits via steam treatments in a special room of the Sensory Spa.
|Obsidian Treatment, Armani Hotel Dubai|
Obsidian might not be an expensive stone, but it's been used for much more than ornamentation over the centuries. It's an interesting element for a signature spa treatment at the world's first Armani/SPA, and special black silk pajamas play into the shiny/smooth/black aesthetic.
|Urban Radiance Facial, St. Regis San Francisco|
Get back your youthful glow with a facial that incorporates crushed pearls and oxygen, with a base of anti-aging Omorovicza Gold Rescue Crème. This is a restorative, rejuvenating treatment for the areas of the skin most prone to aging signs: face, hands, neck and décolleté.
|Pinnacle Facial, Four Seasons Scottsdale|
Speaking of Omorovicza, its Gold Range of products seems to be the favorite for luxury spas with a 24-karat clientele. One signature treatment at the Four Seasons Scottsdale uses Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub and Gold Shimmer Oil (for the full-body massage), as well as a Copper Peel.
|Kahaia Haven Ritual, Four Seasons Hotel Bora-Bora|
In drawing up a list of world-class gemstone spa treatments, one naturally looks toward the South Pacific, renowned for its lustrous black pearls. The Four Seasons delivers, with a locally inspired treatment for which Tahitian black pearls are crushed and blended with apricot kernels, aloe and native vanilla.
|Turquoise Wrap, Boulders Resort Golden Door Spa|
A holistic wellness focus and Native American inspiration guide this signature body treatment offered at the Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz. Following exfoliation, a wrap of turquoise clay imbues the recipient with the positive energy and self-confidence--characteristics associated with the stone.
|Hawaiian Diamonds Massage, Grand Wailea|
This treatment utilizes Olivine stones--also known as Hawaiian Diamonds. The green crystals are formed of volcanic activity, appear near lava formations and the ocean only rarely, and are considered to be sacred. Olivine crystal elixir and Olivine-filled poultices are two key elements of this unique and traditionally inspired treatment.
|Bejeweled Collection, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach|
For the ultimate spa splurge, the Bejeweled Collection at luxurious Eau Spa offers treatments for every inch of the body. The Diamonds and Pearls Treatment--billed as the richest full-body treatment and facial in the world--incorporates crushed diamonds, sapphires, rubies and amethysts.