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Andaluz offering diamonds in a drink

andaluzALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A historic jewel of an Albuquerque hotel will celebrate its 75th anniversary Friday with a chance for one lucky martini lover to encounter a pair of diamond stud earrings, designed by a Santa Fe artist, in his or her drink .

It’s the Diamond Jubilee Event for the Hotel Andaluz, the first hotel that San Antonio, N.M., native and legendary hotelier Conrad Hilton built in New Mexico.

The earrings will be a special ingredient at a party where “Diamontinis” will be served. The earrings are designed by artist Katherine Jetter.

A free celebration with live music takes place in the lobby from 7-10 p.m., while the Diamontini event takes place in the hotel’s library and requires a $75 ticket.

“If you want to have a chance to win the diamond earrings in the martini, then you buy a ticket,” Jennifer Hinsley of Santa Fe’s JLH Media said.

At the lobby event, guests will have an opportunity to meet Conrad Hilton’s granddaughter Linda Hilton.

Hilton, who was once married to Zsa Zsa Gabor, started his hotel chain with a hotel he purchased in Cisco, Texas, in 1919. He built the Andaluz, his fourth, in 1939.

The 107-room AndaluzĀ  was “returned to its former glory in 2009 by current owner and local resident Gary Goodman” who purchased it in 2005, Hinsley said in a news release. Goodman spent $30 million refurbishing it to its current “Andalusian-themed glory.”

Care was taken in restoring treasured murals, fixtures and elevators, and the hotel was upgraded with “smart technology” controlling heating and cooling systems.

Artist Jetter, an Australian native, lives and works in Santa Fe and is an expert on opals and a gemologist.

“I am so excited for the guest who will find a pair of my diamond earrings in their cocktail — what a fantastic way to ring in the Hotel Andaluz’s 75th anniversary,” Jetter said.

“We are happy to be partnering with Katherine Jetter in order to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for guests of the Hotel Andaluz to find real diamonds in their Diamontini,” said hotel General Manager John O’Hara. “We are serious about commemorating this milestone in our hospitality history.”

Santa Fe restaurateur and chef James Campbell Caruso operates the hotel’s Mas Tapas y Vino restaurant, which will serve tapas for the Diamontini event.