David Gardner's Magazine: Issue 4

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Celebrate Well: A Collection of David Gardner's Celebrations

ISSUE 4

DAVID GARDNER’S JEWELERS GEMOLOGISTS

THE ROLEX CELLINI

GOLD IS TRENDING

WHERE AGGIES GET ENGAGED

HEART FOR GIVING

CELEBRATE WELL

A COLLECTION OF CELEBRATIONS


CONTENTS+

6

8

18

Celebrate a Life

Well Lived

Celebrate Aggie Love

Time to Celebrate

26

Celebrate Style

38

It’s CUSTOM-ary

to Celebrate

44

Celebrating

Partnerships


Todd Tufts • Editor in Chief/Publisher/Creative Director

Carol Besler • Assistant Editorial Director Vence Vida • Production Manager/Designer Kyle Boyer • Art Director

Stephen Lewis • Assistant Copy Editor Larry Stuart • Designer Ron Saltiel/RSP Media • Select Jewelry Photography

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David Gardner’s Magazine is published by Tufts Communications, 1201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1009 • Anderson, IN 46012

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We have been blessed to help celebrate so many significant moments in

your lives...weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, professional

milestones, exciting family additions...the list is endless.

Even this year as we collectively mourned the sudden loss of Dean, his life was

celebrated through notes, emails, phone calls and personal visits. It seemed that

throughout the community everyone had a “Dean story” to share.

We view David Gardner’s as the community’s jewelry store, so we are involved.

We join in your volunteer efforts. We embrace the opportunity to be a part of our

customer’s lives, personally and as a part of this community, and we join in the

celebration of these events and accomplishments.

As Aggies, we celebrate the completion of the Kyle Field renovation with our

Aggie community. We celebrate the vision and teamwork to complete a task that

only Aggies could accomplish.

Yes, we have had the opportunity to design, create, give, encourage and help...

but now we want you to see what the DG team gets to experience through the

opportunities you give us to celebrate!

Our prayer is that we “Celebrate Well!”

Julia and David


CELEBRATING

LIVED

DEAN WILE

June 9, 1957 - May 7, 2015

Dean Wile grew up a farm boy from Iowa. His years on the farm, and in FFA and 4H developed his love

of agriculture and all things mechanical. When his accident left him a paraplegic, it was his

mechanical passion that spurred his love of street rods and hay farming. There weren’t many places

he’d rather be than on his farm working on one of his hotrods or bailing hay.

It gives us great joy and comfort to be able help local FFA kids every year in his honor and memory.

An endowed scholarship fund has been set up in memory of Dean A. Wile for the College Station

Future Farmers of America (FFA) at College Station High School.

YOU CAN HONOR DEAN We are nearing our goal of raising $20,000 by the end of the year

for the scholarship to be endowed. If you are interested in donating, you can make checks out to the

CSISD Education Foundation, write "Dean Wile Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line and mail to

1812 Welsh, CS, TX 77840 - or - you can donate online at givetokids.csisd.org/donate.


A LIFE

WELL


This year, your words have

been our comfort. Thank you

for your love and support.

We consider Dean as a friend

and appreciate the help he has

given us in the past to design

memories for each other Every

time I look at jewelry Dean has

crafted for us it brings back

many times we have spent with

Dean as an advisor and a friend.”

“I will always remember Dean for

his continuous upbeat attitude.

He was a joy to be around. He

made us feel as though we were

in his home, not a jewelry store!

God blesses us by having

people like Dean in our everyday

lives.” “His winning smile and

genuine interest in customers

and friends will be greatly

missed.” “Mac especially

enjoyed his friendship, their

conversations and lunches

which I think happened on a

regular basis. Dean could talk to

anyone and make them feel

special. He had such a

wonderful memory of others

interests.” “Dean touched all of

us in one special way or another

special way. He just brought out

the best in humanity...and by

inspiration, challenged each of

us to be the best we could be in

spite of limitations or

challenges!!” “As Dean entered

the Kingdom of Heaven, no

doubt, he is busy at work serving

His Lord (Our Lord) bringing

smiles and joy and wonder to His

Creator's face...Dean was a man

like no other and he touched all

those who had the pleasure of

knowing him.” Smiling face and

friendly spirit. “Dean was

inspiration. He was handicapped

but never let that define him.

Great jeweler. Great friend. Great

partner for 34 years. We will miss

him greatly!” “Mere words are

slight comfort when facing the

loss of a long time friend and an

astute business associate. He

was always a friendly and

engaged presence in the store.

His face would light up with a big

grin whenever I would come in.

He will be deeply

missed by us all and

especially by the two

of you.


®ROBERTOCOIN

POIS MOI COLLECTION


designer profile

by CAROL BESLER

Designer Profile:

Roberto Coin

of Roberto Coin Jewelry

Roberto Coin with Marion Cotillard.

“Inspiration is one of my favorite words. It usually comes to me in

different ways from my travels, from my own culture and from my curiosity.

I pay attention to all fashion shows and the way women dress in different

countries. I pay attention to arts and to nature and the animal world. I am always

very attentive to understanding what is missing in the market and moving my

creativity towards that but always following the fashion world. During 2014 and

this year, the custumers were looking for innovative total gold look collections

with a fresh style and an antique soul. This has been my mood of inspiration

for many of the most important current collections like Pois Moi, Golden Gate,

Princess and New Barocco. They are all extremely modern in design but with a

retro touch in the overall look.”

Cuff with woven gold threads and floral

patterns set with diamonds, all handfinished,

from the Princess collection.

Yellow gold ring from the Golden

Gate collection. The design is

inspired by San Francisco’s

Golden Gate bridge.

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M A R S A L A

IS HAVING A MOMENT

PEAR SHAPED ROSE

CUT RUBIES WITH

CHAMPAIGN DIAMONDS

STACKABLE FLEX

BANGLES SET WITH

GARNETS, PINK

SAPPHIRES,

DIAMONDS, OR

RUBIES.

LOCALLY KNOWN

AS THE AGGIE

WATCH, ROLEX

CALLS IT A 36MM

DAY DATE

WE BLEED MAROON –

PLATINUM AND YELLOW GOLD

RING WITH OVAL RUBELLITE

SURROUNDED BY DIAMONDS

MARCO BICEGO

CUSHION

TOURMALINE

AND DIAMOND

RING

WINE PAIRING

Amber Goodwin accessorizes her marsala dress and hat from Charli’s with pops

of bold color, mixed metals and layered necklaces. Layered pendants by Katie

Decker combined with Marco Bicego chain. Stacked bracelets by Magerit.


M A R O O N

IS HERE TO STAY

TUDOR BLACK

BAY WATCH WITH

BURGUNDY

BEZEL AND

BLACK LEATHER

STRAP

What Aggies have known for

years, the fashion world is

embracing. Maroon (also

known as Marsala) is the new

neutral. Virtually seasonless, it

combines dramatically with

jewel tones for a more vibrant

look or keep it classic with

taupe and grays.

COLOR CHAOS IS

ALL THE RAGE.

MARCO BICEGO

AMETHYST AND

RHODOLITE

DANGLE

EARRINGS AND

LIGHT AMETHYST,

CITRINE, AND

TOURMALINE

STACKABLE RINGS

YELLOW GOLD AND

SAPPHIRE

BRACELET, IN A

SPECTACULAR

RANGE OF COLORS

A COLLECTOR

GEMSTONE, RED

ZIRCON AND

DIAMOND RING

CREATE COLOR CHAOS

Burgundy remains the most important color in the jewel tone palette. We can’t get

enough of combining it with bright blue tones like aqua and turquoise. David

Gardner Aqua Chalcedony drop earrings, Roberto Coin Martella 18k yellow gold ring

and Marco Bicego blue Larimar ring in 18k yellow.


Aggie

Ring

Redux

Meet the Bethancourts

It’s safe to say that the entire

country has been watching with

bated breath as the opening of

the new Kyle Field went off

without a hitch. The new

stadium “redux” got us

thinking about one of our

favorite Aggie ring redux.

As a top Chevron executive,

John Bethancourt, wife Debbie

and their four children lived in many

large cities across the country. When it

came time to retire, they knew College Station

was it. “If you have season tickets your kids

will come visit you,” Debbie joked.

For Debbie and John Bethancourt, their love

of A&M is truly a way of life. The die-hard

Aggie supporters have a rich family history

with A&M beginning with John’s father, Raoul,

class of ’31. Along with numerous aunts and

uncles, John, class of ’74 and Debbie, class

of ’76 and their four children and each of their

children’s spouses graduated from Texas

A&M. With 14 grandchildren, the oldest a set

of 12 year-old triplets, they are hopeful the

legacy continues with as many of them as

possible.

David and Julia got to know the Distinguished

Alumni and his wife through A&M events.

Their love of family is evident in all aspects of

their life, an endearing quality David and Julia

admired right away. Debbie will tell you,

during football season their house is always

ready for a crowd. “It is always a party at our

house,” said Debbie.

John enjoyed celebrating Debbie with

thoughtful jewelry purchases. Introducing

Debbie to the custom jewelry process and

knowing her tendency to choose

conservative pieces was a risk when working

with David. To his surprise, the couple has

consistently given David freedom in

designing pieces for her.

“I’ve been so thrilled she’s

accepted the risk of a more

complicated design each

time we’ve collaborated,”

said David.

Although the shop was working with her

25th anniversary marquise diamond, the

parameters were clear, Debbie did not

want it to resemble a wedding ring in any

way.

David determined the subtle approach of

pulling in the A&M color scheme using

garnets and diamonds would make a

stunning Aggie right-hand ring. Design and

setting of the diamond was also a first for

the shop as the marquise is safely set in a

custom semi-bezel setting. Debbie was

thrilled with the results and wears her A&M

right-hand ring whenever her outfit calls for

a flash of Aggie spirit!


H A N D C R A F T E D 1 8 K A N D P L A T I N U M

W W W . P R E C I S I O N S E T . C O M

MADE IN AMERICA


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time zone

by CAROL BESLER

The Rolex Cellini

SETTING A STANDARD OF LUXURY

When people think of Rolex, they often think of the iconic sports

watches that have brought the company global recognition — the

Oyster series of chronographs, regatta timers, and record-setting

dive watches. But Rolex has another, more classical side: the Cellini.

This collection of dress watches is a contemporary interpretation of

classic watch design that combines the best of Rolex know-how and

the refinements of timeless design. The name of the collection is

inspired by Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini, who was a

goldsmith and a sculptor to the popes. The designs pay tribute to the

clean lines and harmonious proportions of monumental architecture.

The 39mm cases in the Cellini collection are made of 18k white

or Everose gold, cast by Rolex in its own foundry. A characteristic

feature is the double bezel, domed on the inside and delicately

fluted on the outside.

Vintage features include the slightly domed caseback and the

flared shape of the screw-down crown. The dials are either lacquered

or embellished with a black or a silver-plated classic “rayon flammé

de la gloire” guilloché motif and adorned with gold applique hour

markers.

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There are three models separated according to

function. Cellini Time models track hours, minutes, and

seconds. The Cellini Date includes an added date window

to the mix, in an elegant subdial. Cellini Dual Time

models feature dual time zones and a day/night indicator.

All contain high-precision automatic movements

manufactured by Rolex, and all are chronometer rated,

which means they have passed a series of tests that

guarantee the ultimate accuracy and reliability.

Nothing about the Cellini line is over-embellished or

over-sized. They are available only on alligator leather

straps in either black or brown. The dial is restricted to the

timeless codes of fine watchmaking, including elongated

Roman numerals, stretched applied hour markers, and

two-edged, sword-style hands. The minute track has been

moved closer to the inside of the dial, intersecting the

numerals at the halfway point, to make the time easy to

read. All of these elements combine to make the Rolex

Cellini the ultimate watch for daily wear.

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time zone

by CAROL BESLER

TUDOR North Flag

A tough watch deserves an exceptional movement

The TUDOR brand was launched in 1926 by Hans Wilsdorf, the

founder of Rolex, and recently revived for the U.S. market. It has

become a sought-after timepiece for its strength and durability, gaining a

reputation as a high-value sports watch.

TUDOR introduced its first in-house movement this year, debuting it

in the North Flag collection. The automatic Caliber MT5621 has a power

reserve of 70 hours, which means its wearer can, for example, take off the

watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without

having to wind it. In addition to the hour, minute, and central second

functions, it provides an instant date display, visible through an aperture

positioned at 3 o’clock. It also has a power reserve indicator, in the form

of a disk at 9 o’clock. Beating to a frequency of 28,800 beats/hour or 4Hz,

the caliber TUDOR MT5621 is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator

with silicon balance spring, held in place by a traversing bridge fixed at

both sides to improve resistance to shocks and vibrations. Its self-winding

system is bidirectional, and, in a first for a TUDOR product, it is certified

by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The case is

stainless steel, and the watch is waterproof to 100 meters.

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500 METERS BENEATH THE SURFACE

Pelagos is the fruit of more than 60 years of experience in undersea adventure coupled with TUDOR’s

peerless technical development. The ultimate tool watch, it encases the first movement developed and

produced by TUDOR, beginning a new era in the brand’s history.

PELAGOS ®

Self-winding mechanical Manufacture TUDOR MT5612 movement, officially certified chronometer,

non-magnetic silicon spring, approx. 70 hour power reserve. Waterproof to 500 m, 42 mm titanium and

steel case. Visit tudorwatch.com and explore more. TUDOR Watch U.S.A., LLC. New York


time zone

by CAROL BESLER

Rolex

Reaches New Heights

Rolex thrills collectors with a new caliber

and a special Yacht-Master

The new Day-Date 40

model in platinum,

with an ice-blue dial. It

contains the new Rolex

Caliber 3255.

Rolex unveiled some new-generation

models and a new-generation movement

this year at Baselworld. The movement,

Caliber 3255, exceeds the standard set by

the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing

Institute (COSC), establishing a new

level of chronometric performance for

Rolex watches. The movement, backed

by 14 patents, represents improvements

in precision, power reserve, resistance to

The Rolex Oyster

Perpetual Datejust

Pearlmaster in yellow

gold with 48 baguette-cut

sapphires in a blue to

green gradient of colors.

shocks and magnetism, and reliability.


The new movement is being used in the latest iteration of the

brand’s most prestigious model, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date,

known as the “presidents’ watch” thanks to the well-known and

eminent figures who have adopted it. The new Day-Date models,

in platinum or 18k gold, are available with a variety of new dials.

The dials on the platinum versions of any Rolex are always ice-blue

in color, and this one is no exception.

A similar new movement is being used in the latest gem-set

models of the Datejust Pearlmaster for ladies in a new 39 mm

size, in 18k yellow or white gold. The bezels of these models are

set with a color gradient of 48 baguette-cut sapphires — blue to

fuchsia pink, blue to green, or orange to yellow.

The new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master in 18k gold with a black

dial was the talk of the Baselworld fair, where it was introduced

earlier this year. The Yacht-Master has been in the Rolex line since

1992, but this model is a first in three ways. The case is 18k rose

gold (Everose, as Rolex calls its proprietary alloy) with a ceramic

(Cerachrom) bezel. Previously, the Yacht-Master was available

only in stainless steel, with a platinum bezel. It is also the first

Rolex with a black dial. But even more surprising is the elastomer

(synthetic rubber) strap, another first. It’s called Oysterflex, and

is made of a very soft, flexible elastomer with an internal cushion

system that makes it extremely well fitting and comfortable. The

rubber is fitted over metal blades made of a titanium and nickel

alloy, so you get the strength of metal and the comfort of rubber.

The Yacht-Master 40 has the same cyclops window and Mercedes

hands, as well as the same movement, Caliber 3135, as the previous

Yacht-Master.

The Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust was also updated this year,

with a redesigned case, enlarged to 28mm, and a new movement,

the automatic Caliber 2236, which is fitted with a Rolex-patented

Syloxi hairspring in silicon for superior chronometric performance.

The Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 28 was updated this year, with a redesigned case, enlarged to 28mm, and a new movement, the automatic Caliber 2236.

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time zone

Many of the world’s top athletes have served

as Rolex ambassadors, and the brand is associated

with key sporting events, including Wimbledon

Tennis, the US Open Golf Championship, and

Formula 1 racing. In the equestrian world, the

company is a sponsor of the Rolex Grand Slam of

Show Jumping: CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce

Meadows Masters Tournament, and CHI Geneva.

Rolex is also a sponsor of several yachting events,

including the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex

Swan Cup — both off the coast of Sardinia — the

Rolex Fastnet Race in the Celtic Sea, and the Rolex

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in Australia. Brand

ambassadors include champion golfers Adam Scott

and Tiger Woods, racing legend Tom Kristensen,

tennis great Roger Federer, yachtsman Paul Cayard,

and equestrian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

The new Yacht-Master,

with a black dial,

ceramic bezel, and

elastomer strap.

Rolex has introduced

several new versions of the

Oyster Perpetual, with new

dials and new sizes.

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designer spotlight

Signature Scintillation

David Yurman’s Albion collection brings out the beauty of unique gemstones

The Albion, first introduced in 1994, is one of David Yurman’s most

recognizable designs. Albion is a celebration of the beauty of cushion-shaped

gemstones with the signature checkerboard faceting that creates a greater play of

color and light. Now, David Yurman unveils a refined new iteration of the Albion,

with softer, more sensual edges and a setting that holds the stone closer to the skin.

The colored gemstones are backed with sterling silver for enhanced brilliance, and

diamonds are set in a mosaic pattern, creating a scintillating sparkle.

David Yurman’s wife, Sybil, once told him she wanted a bracelet that told time.

This was the starting point for a timepiece collection that combines signature

David Yurman design elements with exceptional technology and craftsmanship.

Now, playing on the new look of the Albion Collection, David Yurman is

introducing a watch that truly combines timekeeping with jewelry. The watch

dial is square with rounded corners, taking its inspiration from the collection’s

recognizable cushion-shaped gemstones. The linked bracelet makes the design

perfect for pairing with a stack of David Yurman bracelets.

David Yurman, one of America’s leading jewelry designers, has become an icon

of American style. A former sculptor, David began to design jewelry more than 30

years ago, developing his passion into a global business. His signature pieces have

become legends in jewelry design.

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Albion stud earrings, with gold

domes and white diamonds in

sterling silver.

The Albion elongated cushion

bracelet, with prasiolite and white

diamonds in sterling silver.

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designer spotlight

by CAROL BESLER

Soft

and feminine

Marco Bicego’s yellow gold jewelry is

natural, understated, and seductive

There is nothing like the softness of yellow gold. It is the

ultimate feminine jewelry statement, classic and timeless.

It works with vintage styles, and vintage dresses, which is

important today, as vintage-themed weddings are very much

in style right now.

Yellow gold is more subtle than other gold colors, and

it is also more natural. There is no such thing as naturally

occurring rose, white, or green gold. Gold itself is only

one color: yellow. Any other color is produced by mixing

pure 24k yellow gold with other metals, creating alloys,

or mixes of metals. Adding copper, for example, produces

rose gold. Adding nickel or palladium creates white gold.

Yellow gold is mixed with traces of nickel, copper, and

zinc, which make it stronger and slightly lighter in color

than pure gold. It is ideal for jewelry.

Marco Bicego’s new Lunaria collection epitomizes the

femininity of soft yellow gold. The collection is inspired

by the translucent, disc-shaped seed pods of the Lunaria

flower. This unique, organic shape is beautifully interpreted

by Bicego with petal-like disks of gold linked by chains. The

surfaces of the pods are engraved using the brand’s signature

Bulino technique, a satin finish that lends itself particularly

well to the motif because it creates an organic look, an

essential expression of the Marco Bicego style.

Each delicate, 18k gold petal-like element is surrounded

by a carefully forged frame that is given a contrasting high

polish for an even closer resemblance to the Lunaria pod of

nature. The collection includes necklaces, rings, bracelets, and

earrings, some of which incorporate precious gemstones cut in

slices to repeat the shape of the flat, petal-like gold elements.

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marcobicego.com


current styles

by CAROL BESLER

G old

Bold gold jewelry is making

a glittering comeback, with

modern designs and an

anything-goes attitude

is trending

Gold is back! The preferred metal of the disco era in all its glittering glory is back in style, particularly

in shades of yellow. Designs are more modern, and in some cases more subdued, than they were in the

1980s, of course, with fewer high-polished surfaces and a greater concentration on hand-finishing. The

newest way to wear gold is to don multiple pieces at once, mixing sizes, styles, colors, and textures for a

look that is as individual as you are. It’s all about mixing, matching, and layering. From several dainty

chains to one bold piece of yellow gold jewelry, anything goes. Here are five looks in gold jewelry that

are trending right now.

Yellow gold and diamond

earrings by Katie Decker.

Yellow gold necklace with hand-engraved

gold boules, from the Africa collection by

Marco Bicego.

1

Yellow gold cuff bracelet from the

Golden Gate collection by Roberto

Coin, constructed by hand to resemble

San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.

Yellow gold

Soft yellow gold is the ultimate feminine jewelry statement, classic and

timeless. It works with vintage styles and dresses, which is important

for bridal wear, because vintage-themed weddings are in style right

now. Yellow gold can be more subtle than other gold colors, and it is

also more natural — gold comes out of the ground in a yellow color.

Given a high polish, it is at its most glittering. Gold is set to dominate

the red carpet this fall.

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HANDMADE IN NEW YORK WITH THE WORLD’S FINEST MATERIALS


current styles

2Stacks and layers

The hottest look in jewelry right now is to stack

multiple rings or bangles or layers of necklaces.

Layering gold pieces in a variety of textures, finishes,

colors, sizes, and gemstone accents is a great way to

create a look that is a true expression of individual

style. The same pieces can be used to change your

look on a daily basis, depending on what you’re

wearing. This is your chance to be creative and go

from bling to delicate or anywhere in between.

Five-strand ring in yellow gold, handtwisted

and woven, with the top layer

set with diamonds, from the Cairo

collection by Marco Bicego.

Roberto Coin Double row

bangle with Roberto Coin

Classic Crossover ring.

We love it when the designers do

the stacking for you. Gumuchian

Nutmeg ring.

3

Links

Large-linked gold bracelets and necklaces are part of the comeback

to big looks in gold. Links are one of the most versatile elements

in jewelry, because they can be made in so many different sizes,

shapes, and finishes. There is a trend toward square, rectangular,

and irregular-shaped links. Hand finishing is important because links

are larger, and a bit of texture offers an alternative to a high polish,

which is very bold. Fortunately, the bigger sized links also leave lots

of room for setting diamond accents.

Italian designed white gold and

yellow gold oval link bracelet

and Roberto Coin large oval

link yellow gold bracelet.

Marco Bicego brushed

circle bracelet.


4Mixed colors

The three most common colors of

gold — white, rose, and yellow

— are all equally popular

right now. You probably

already have jewelry and

watches in your wardrobe

in all three colors, and

now it’s acceptable to

wear them together.

This year, designers are

including all three colors

in the same pieces or in one

collection, with designs that are

meant to be mixed together in stacks or layers.

Margerit blackened

silver and gold

pendant.

Roberto Coin

yellow and white

gold earrings with

diamonds.

Roberto Coin yellow, rose and

white gold with diamonds Poi

Mois bracelets.

5Open spaces

Open-worked pieces have been popular for

a couple of years but are now especially

important as the trend moves toward

larger, often hollow pieces that might be

uncomfortably heavy if they were solid.

The latest variation on this concept

is to design the open spaces with an

architectural feel. The Roberto Coin

and Ivanka Trump pieces here are

inspired by iconic architectural styles in

Paris, New York, and San Francisco.

Yellow gold and

diamond ring inspired

by architectural

silhouettes in Paris.

Gumuchian yellow

gold and diamond

Cloud Nine ring.

Cuff with woven gold threads

and diamond accents, all handfinished,

from the Princess

collection by Roberto Coin.

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MIKIMOTO.COM


designer spotlight

by CAROL BESLER

The Miracle of Pearls

“My dream is to adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls.”

KOKICHI MIKIMOTO, FOUNDER

Kokichi Mikimoto made his dream of adorning women with pearls come true in 1893. After years of hard work

and experimentation, he cultured the world’s first semi-spherical cultured pearl, the first pearl ever grown by man,

cultivated by harnessing natural processes. Kokichi followed up in 1905 with another major achievement, cultivating

the world’s first perfectly spherical cultured pearl, and would later also perfect the culturing of black South Sea pearls.

Mikimoto’s groundbreaking technique made this coveted gem accessible to women everywhere, carving an everlasting

niche in the world of jewelry.

In 1899, the first Mikimoto pearl store was opened in Tokyo’s chic Ginza shopping district, followed soon after by

store openings in London, New York, Paris, and Beverly Hills.

By 1907, the company was also making jewelry in its own workshops, using the techniques of European goldsmiths.

Today, Mikimoto is not only the world’s foremost producer of cultured pearls,

but also a world leader in the design of exceptional jewelry. Mikimoto

creations range from traditional fine pearl strands to innovative

jewelry that combines pearls with other gemstones in modern

designs. Whether it’s the timeless elegance of exceptional

pearl strands or designs that represent up-to-the-minute

contemporary styles, the quality of the workmanship

in Mikimoto jewelry is second to none. Each beautiful

piece reflects supreme dedication, passion and care.

Amazingly, only the top 5% of all the cultured pearls in

the world meet the Mikimoto standards of quality. As

Mikimoto says: “To wear Mikimoto is to reflect the purity

of the ocean, the mystery of creation, and to know you are

adorned with the finest cultured pearls in the world.”

This year, Mikimoto is introducing a bespoke program

called “M Customization.” Clients will have an opportunity

to collaborate with Mikimoto artisans to create one-of-a-kind

pieces featuring Mikimoto cultured pearls. Clients can also

choose from some of the world’s finest gemstones, sourced

by a team of dedicated procurement specialists. The end result

is jewelry that possesses a unique character while retaining

Mikimoto’s signature sensibilities of timelessness and elegance.

We are proud to carry an extensive selection of Mikimoto’s

products and also to offer customers the opportunity to take part in

the “M Customization” program. Our boutique incorporates a special

space of honor for the display of Mikimoto’s earrings, rings, bracelets

and necklaces incorporating Akoya, as well as natural black, white, golden,

multi-color or baroque South Sea cultured pearls.

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designer spotlight

by CYNTHIA UNNINAYAR

the beauty behind the mystery

This beautiful ring features the shared

passion of a woman and a panther in the

Instinto collection.

The innovative designs of Magerit continually surpass the expectations of even the most

discerning clients. It clearly lives up to its tagline, “The Beauty Behind the Mystery.”

When the Madrid-based Magerit brand was established in 1994,

it was important to the founders to embrace the essence of Spanish

culture. The headquarters were thus based in the heart of Spain,

and even the company’s name, Magerit, is an ancient name for the

nation’s capital. Like the meaning behind the word, “a place of many

streams,” Magerit takes inspiration for its designs from many cultures

and regions to create wearable art that is as unique as the women who

choose to wear it.

In keeping with these influences, Magerit uses the unlimited ingenuity

and savoir-faire of its highly skilled artisans, combined with modern

technologies, to develop the brand’s own distinctive and characteristic

style in evoking natural and historical motifs. From creating custom-made

designs to highly original and refreshing pieces, Magerit makes jewelry in

18k gold, high-quality gemstones, and diamonds. Each individual piece is

engraved with a serial number, which guarantees it is a unique, handcrafted item.

One of the most popular of the brand’s award-winning lines is the Babylon collection.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient city of Babylon, Magerit uses the majestic wild cat as the focus of the

jewelry. Intricate portrayals of the animal’s form within the structure of the pieces, allied with the vibrant

colors of gemstones, provide a realism to the jewels and depict perfectly the beauty and

dynamic essence of the majestic lion and leopard.

Also remarkable for its natural forms, the Instinto collection is

inspired by the relationship between the passions and instincts of

the natural world and the feminine world. The exquisite jewels

of this collection combine the character, strength, and boldness

of an animal — in this case, the panther — with the sensitivity,

delicacy, and passion of a woman.

Beauty and prestige in their purest of states are evoked in

the Wild Spirits collection. Taking inspiration from the nobility,

elegance, and resilient character of the horse, the handcrafted

sculptures of these pieces are full of life and movement. These and

the many other Magerit collections converge at the point where fantasy

serves art, resulting in a unique and special world of fine jewelry.

Lovers of large cats will

appreciate the majesty

of the leopard perched

on this pendant in the

Babylon collection.

The spirit of the wild

horse is displayed in

this ring in the Wild

Spirit collection.

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