David Gardner's Magazine: Issue 3










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issue 3 D A V I D G A R D N E R ’ S M A G A Z I N E

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5 Welcome

8 Gorgeous Gold

12 FaceTime

14 Benchmarks — Alfonso Luna

15 Ring True

16 A Snowflake That Can Take the Heat

17 Past Perfect

18 Call of the Wild

20 Magerit — From the Heart of Spain

22 Aggie Gameday Rocks

24 Roberto Coin — Everyday Chic

26 Sea Life Differently

28 Best Laid Bands

29 Trend Watch

30 Jewel of a Partnership

32 Ring Pass

34 DG Love Stories

35 Tiffany & Heath, a Couple’s Q&A

36 The Forevermark Promise

38 Ringing in the Trends

40 More Than Just the Ring

42 TUDOR — Built for Adventure

44 David Yurman’s World of Beauty

45 Don’t Forget the Band

46 Rolex Keeps Collectors Happy

50 Aggie Proud





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trends in gold


Robert Coin Primavera

mesh hoop earrings in

18k yellow gold $1,620.

There’s a saying in fashion circles that if you hang onto something

long enough, it comes back into style. It’s true. Of course, there’s also

the corollary that if you’re old enough to have worn something the first

time around, you should pass on it the second. Luckily, that part isn’t

always true. Fine jewelry transcends all ages. It’s all in how you wear it.

The 1980s were all about gold. Jewelry was big, bold, and shiny, to offset

big hair and bigger shoulders. The trend was ubiquitous: buttons, zippers,

buckles and handbag hardware also were gold-toned, and home decor centered

more on brass than chrome.

Then the 1990s came and design did an about-face. Shoulder pads gave

way to slip-dresses, supermodels to waifs, and big hair to bed-head. At home,

brass was out and stainless steel ushered in an era of industrial luxury. And

in fine jewelry, a great whitewashing had begun: yellow gold went back into

the jewelry box in favor of anything diamond, silver, white gold or platinum.

But design, like history, is cyclical. Yellow gold started coming back in the

aughties, and now it’s a full-on fashion force.

The World Gold Council reported gold jewelry demand in 2013 had the

largest volume increase since 1997. Gold jewelry demand increased 6% in the

fourth quarter of 2013 alone.

Stacking snake bracelets in

18k rose gold with smoky

quartz, diamond pavé and

amethyst heads, by Roberto

Coin. Starting at $7,000.


Earrings from the Lunaria

collection by Marco Bicego.

Starting at $1,090.

William Levine 18k

yellow gold sliced red

and white sapphire

necklace, $4,670.

David Gardner marquise

prasiolite cocktail ring in

18k yellow gold with diamond

accents $5,800.

Bold and Bright,

Gold Is Fashion Right!

But we don’t need official figures to see that gold is hot. We saw it all over

the red carpet, favored by It Girls like Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.

In case you sat out the Oscars, picking up a home magazine is proof enough

that yellow is in: The Epoch Times recently labeled gold “the hottest trend for

2014 home decor.”

Of course, it’s never quite the same the second time around. Just as fashion

always comes back with just enough of a subtle shift to separate the new from

the old, so do home and jewelry designs. Today, gold and copper accents warm

up stainless steel and nickel. Think of adding a touch of old-fashioned luxe to

modern industrial chic, not a 1980s brass revival.

So, back to the original question: can you wear your Eighties gold without

looking like a relic from Dynasty? Yes, but not without adding something new

to bring it up to date. It’s the same rule as in fashion: one vintage piece is cool

but vintage head-to-toe just looks like Grandma was your stylist.

“We’re really seeing a redefinition of jewelry pieces, a reimagining of the

way we wear jewelry,” says Jamie Gage of LoveGold. Earrings may climb up

or cuff the ear instead of the traditional down-facing dangle, or the design

may pass through the front and back of the ear. Really modern: wear just one

super-bold earring, not a pair.

“We’re also seeing multi-finger rings or delicate midi rings that only go up

to the first knuckle. Or hand bracelets where a delicate chain goes up and over

the hand,” says Gage. “It’s all about mixing and matching and layering.”

Layering, of course, means you always have a good excuse to add to your

jewelry collection. Whether it’s stacks of bangles or chains, you can pile it on

for a larger look. Here are the top gold trends, below. Just remember: whatever

you wear, statement making is the way to wear it, so don’t be shy.

Robert Coin Chic & Shine

collection 18k yellow gold

oval link bracelet $7,000.


Top Trends

Boho Chic

This is the ultimate pile-it-on trend. Stack on rings and bangles,

heap on layers of delicate chains, (especially with pendants), add

dangling earrings and you’ve caught the modern romantic hippie


Charm Bracelets

Tell your own story with a bracelet that you create and talismans

that have special meaning just for you. Gage says the latest trend in

charms incorporates our digital world: maybe it’s a classic charm with

a message in text-ese, LOL. Or if you don’t like the clank of a charm

bracelet, incorporate a personal message into a ring, pendant or locket.

Katie Decker assorted

charms in 18k yellow

gold. Starting at $1,870.

Sleek and Sculpted

A bold power cuff sets off today’s modern minimalism. Whether it’s a tunic

with sculpted space age shoulders or a modern power suit, finish it off with a

power cuff in the boldest gold, or an openwork wire version that takes up volume

yet still looks airy.

Links and Chains

Go nonconformist chic in gold ear cuffs and studs that make a strong statement

— without safety pins. The Jewelry Information Center in New York

says triangles are the most trending shape in fine jewelry; perhaps taking their

inspiration from the studs and pyramids of modern punk?

David Gardner Statement Ring collection “Wild”

8.20 carat trilliant amethyst in 18k yellow gold

and .96 carats of pave diamonds $6,250.

Rose Gold

Thanks to fashion designers, rose gold has really come into its own.

While it’s always been favored in Europe, it’s finally caught on

Stateside. By last summer, InStyle magazine had labeled it the

#4 “must-have” fine jewelry trend, and it’s still going stronger

than ever. Whether mixed with diamonds or any other metal

or gem, the new “it gold” flatters almost every skin tone there

is. Again, the trend crosses categories: copper accents are the

rose gold of the home world.

“Yellow and rose are really having a moment,” says Gage.

“People are starting to invest in fine jewelry that reads like

fine jewelry.” Still, for sophisticated consumers who like the

appeal of the inconspicuous, blackened or oxidized gold is

precious without being obvious.

Recycled Gold

Finally, no discussion of gold trends would be complete without

a mention of recycled gold. A lot of gold is recycled anyway, but

more and more designers are making a statement with it, and

eco-conscious consumers are listening.



jeweler spotlight

Benchmarks – Alfonso Luna

of those jobs where I just worked on it until we liked it, which made it

fun, it was easier because we had the freedom of the fluid design.

This beautiful tanzanite ring has

your prints all over it, what was

about this ring that made it a memorable

project for you?

For me this was a high-risk piece because tanzanite

is soft and easy to scratch because of its

three planes of cleavage. This ring is also simple

but full of detail, I liked that I got to work on it

from the beginning to end.

The title “bench jeweler” has always seemed like an inadequate title for

Alfonso Luna who has diligently worked at a jeweler’s bench peering

through a microscope at David Gardner’s Jewelers, for 16 years. Around

the store he’s known as Fonz, but you may have also heard him called

our “Pave’ Prince.” Here is our interview with him and how he went from

apprentice to creating masterpieces.

How did you find your path to being a jeweler?

My high school art teacher suggested it. She noticed that I would make

jewelry out of plastic and coins. One time I carved a diamond out of

plastic with facets and everything and made a ring for my wife.

Dean says you’re the best at pave’ work of anyone

he’s ever seen! What’s your secret?

Patience! especially at the end. When you think there’s light at the end

of the tunnel, the job is almost done, you can’t rush it, that’s when you

have to take a step back, take a deep breath and keep going.

What excites you about your job?

I think pave’ is exciting. Setting a giant stone or creating something on

CAD. I like exceeding the customer’s expectations and blowing them

away with the final product, that excites me.

How did you meet David?

When I was at Paris Junior College, David came and made a presentation.

I remember thinking the photos he had of his pieces were cool, but I had

no idea, at the time, about quality. He was interviewing for a jeweler and

it came down to me and another guy and he chose me.

What’s been the key to your success at the store?

I started as an apprentice in repair but quickly moved into doing pave’

work. Around the time I began hand-carving pieces in wax we got the

CAD program and machine for custom work. Now

I do it all, assembly, fabrication and even colored

stone setting.

What made this incredible demantoid

ring one of your favorite

projects over the years?

This ring had a beautiful organic design, it

looks different from every direction. It was one




that can take the heat

Sitting down with Bob and Kathy Gresham to talk about

the inspiration and design of Kathy’s surprise 24 th anniversary

gift will give you a glimpse into one of the coolest projects for

one of the hottest love stories we’d heard in quite sometime.

Bob and Kathy met while they were attending Sam

Houston State University. “We just kept bumping into

each other. We’d meet at the grocery store, have a class

together occasionally, stand in line behind each other at

the bookstore. It seemed we were destined to meet,” said

Kathy. After a little prodding from a mutual friend Bob

asked Kathy out on their first date and the rest is history.

For their 24 th wedding anniversary Bob wanted

to do something special, and something that was a complete surprise. “I don’t get the chance to surprise her

much,” he said. “I have to hide all of her gifts or she’ll find them. One year I hid her present in the AC vent!”

A recent viewing of a Discovery documentary on the uniqueness of snowflakes coupled with Kathy’s

lifetime love of all things snowflake gave Bob the inspiration for this one of a kind pendent.

“For us, it was a spectacular project,” said David. “There was fun and

freedom in the process and researching snowflakes’ crystalline structure

to make into a pendent was something we had never done


“Once we got passed the complexity of the design,

finding ceylon sapphires the right color was proving

to be a challenge,” said David. “When we found

sapphires the right light blue color, we had to send

them back to be recut specifically for the design.”

When the day came to give her the pendent,

Kathy still had no idea what awaited her. “I’m an

ER nurse so I’m never speechless,” she said. “But I

was genuinely shocked, in the best way!”

“We are each other’s soul mates and this piece

perfectly demonstrates our unique relationship.

There is only one of me, and there is only one of

these,” she said pointing to her snowflake.


ing remodel

Past Perfect

Dayle and Tommy

Burnside met when

they were 11 years

old, and even though

they recently celebrated

their 45 th wedding

anniversary, Dayle

will tell you the number of years has never mattered to her.

“We still stop and dance to our favorite song, we enjoy each

other and that’s what it’s about. We got it right, we’re just very

blessed,” she said.

When it came to time “remodel” her wedding ring she trusted

David Gardner to partner with in the design process that would

bring her diamond to life.

“This was a fun project for us. Dayle is extremely spirited. She

was willing to experiment and not afraid of the dramatic. We knew

she had a spectacular diamond already and she greatly enjoyed

pieces that felt special,” said David.

At David Gardner’s Jewelers, the design process is a partnership

between the customer and the designer. The goal is to tailor the

piece to be exciting for the customer and a mesh between great design,

their personality and how they intend to wear the piece. These

factors are what make the process both fun and challenging. Trust

is an important factor in making the final product one that is loved

and worn for many years to come.

For Tommy, the only thing that mattered was Dayle’s happiness.

Knowing her love of yellow gold and her request for a

squared center, David suggested yellow diamonds to halo the center

stone in a square shape.

“I loved the idea of canary diamonds, it was the first of several

ideas from David that gave me complete confidence in him as a

designer,” said Dayle. “Every time I look at my ring, I see the love

my husband has for me.”


jeweryfor him




From The Heart of Spain




Magerit is a Spanish company made up of professionals whose

knowledge and great experience in the field of fine jewellery

cultivates designs distinguished by a high degree of both

creativity and originality.

When founded in 1994, it was important to the creators to

embrace the essence of Spanish culture. The headquarters

were established in the heart of Spain, and even the company’s

name, Magerit, an ancient name for the thriving city of Madrid,

reflects this. Like the meaning behind the name, ‘place of

many streams’, Magerit draws inspiration from many

cultures and different regions to create exquisite pieces of

art, which are as unique as the people who wear them.

Magerit takes pride in making top-quality artisanal

jewellery. From creating bespoke personal designs to highly

original and refreshing pieces, Magerit’s foremost objective is to

breathe new life into the traditional jewellery industry. With

the increasing global outreach, the company displays its

collections in many top jewellery exhibitions, and has

developed strong roots both domestically and within the

international market.

Magerit has used the unlimited ingenuity and the savoir-faire

of its jewelers to the fullest to develop its own distinctive and

characterised style of portraying the aesthetic appeal of natural

and historic motifs within its collections. The original artisanal skills of craftsmen combined

with modern technologies enable the creation of jewels which encompass both novelty and


An important attribute of Magerit jewels is their serial number, which is engraved on

individual pieces and which guarantees their exclusive nature as a unique, hand-crafted item.

Distinguishing design and superior quality are Magerit products’ main features which differentiate

the brand from other jewellery.


sports style


designer spotlight




Padlock pendants from

the Roberto Coin Pois

Moi collection, in 18k

yellow and white gold,

with diamond accents.

Pois Moi is Roberto Coin’s new down-to-earth signature

collection for elegant everyday wear

Earrings in 18k rose

gold, with diamond

accents, from the Pois

Moi collection.

Italian jewelry maestro Roberto Coin is well known for his whimsical,

creative pieces, many of which have graced the red carpet and the covers of

high fashion magazines. His genius has produced everything from bracelets in the

form of fire breathing dragons to a diamond-studded ring sculpted to resemble the

head of a roaring tiger whose tongue is set with pink sapphires. Although these

quirky showstoppers often steal the spotlight, Roberto Coin has also demonstrated

a deep understanding of the need for well-designed, well-crafted everyday gold jewelry

— not every occasion calls for a roaring diamond tiger. Coin’s day wear tends

toward the classic — it is wearable, modern, yet occasionally with

traditional or vintage design codes, and always made according to the

same principles of craftsmanship as the finest piece of high jewelry.

His latest signature collection is the Pois Moi, which is distinctive

both for its shape and finish. The shape of most of the earrings, rings,

bangles, pendants and cuff links in the collection was inspired by the

rounded-off square television monitors of the 1950s. Coin’s modern

take on this retro shape is both refined and avant-garde, and the collection

has become an instant classic.

The collection’s other signature design code is its pattern of slight

indentations or perforations in the gold. This grid of round indentations

adds texture and creates subtle light return, an interesting take

on the surface finish of gold. “Even if the design appears extremely

linear and simple, the manufacturing technique is very complicated

and requires the highest precision,” says the designer.

Bangles in 18k yellow and white

gold, with diamond accents, from

the Pois Moi collection.


“After the huge success of the Appassionata collection, I was looking for something with an

innovative design that could become a signature style in the same way,” says Coin. “The design is

ultra-modern, with a touch of vintage, so it perfectly fits a woman of any age.

“The pattern comes from mixing different ideas,” he says, “including the texturing of the gold and

the ‘pois’ (polka dot) trend seen at the Spring fashion shows. This style has never been introduced in

the jewelry world. In particular, the soft, square silhouette finds its inspiration in the Italian vintage

trend called ‘television shape,’ reminiscent of the old monitors of the 1950s.”

Circular pendants in

18k yellow gold from

the Pois Moi collection.

Square shaped bangle and ring

from the Pois Moi collection, in

18kt rose gold, with white diamond

pavé detail, and a Roberto Coin

signature hidden 0.3 carat ruby.

As usual, his instincts were right on target. “The reason

why it is already an icon is the huge success the collection

has had with the public, which is the final arbiter, and

because of the extreme elegance that only simplicity can

make eternal,” he says.

Despite this renewed commitment to the everyday, accessible

Pois Moi collection, Coin has not abandoned his

love for the glittering showpieces that are his trademark.

To the question, ‘what single item of jewelry should every

woman should own?’ he replies: “A big and colored cocktail

ring, the larger the better.”

Gold is the primary element, but many pieces are set with diamonds

and other gemstones. Many feature pavé diamond details.

Each piece includes a hidden 0.3 carat ruby, a signature of the designer,

meant to bring good luck to the wearer.

Roberto Coin feels the Pois Moi collection is unlike anything he

has ever created. In fact, when asked what makes Pois Moi typically

Roberto Coin, or how it compares to other pieces in his line, he replies,

“It does not compare at all. Pois Moi has a design that I never

thought I would create. If five or six years ago you had asked me

about a design like Pois Moi, I would unfortunately have answered

you that I was not interested at all. The first reason I finally designed

the collection is because of the current real market situation. I knew

I had to create something that is new, young, innovative and super

chic, something powerfully elegant as I like to define the Pois Moi


Square shaped cuff links

and rings from the Pois

Moi collection, in 18k

yellow gold and white

diamond pavé detail.




“Pearls may seem like the calling card of grandmothers, but

the recent resurgence of the jewelry staple is anything but

tame,” says fahion blogger WhoWhatWear. We could’t agree

more. While there is always a place in our hearts for the

classic look of a strand of pearls, we are currently enamored

with the infinite ways to reinvent our pearl jewelry.

This stunner adds instant glamour to any outfit,

thanks to the drama of the contrast of pearls

and black sapphires.

Give the color wheel a good, hearty spin by

adding a slice of color to make the rose’ hues

in these baroque pearls really pop!

In the mood for something more adventurous? This

yellow gold and grey pearl necklace paired with a

pendant that can also be worn as a broach, takes any

outfit up a notch.

The only layering that is flattering and

doesn’t add bulk! Mix proportion and

texture to put a modern spin on ladylike


Bring out the underlying gold hues by

adding a simple yellow gold and

diamond pendant.

Here’s a score of a

combination - the famous

century tree pendant worn

on white gold chain

accented w grey pearls and

diamonds. This combination

takes you into overtime – 6


Effortless sophistication

– makes a statement

while still being easy to

style with lots of

different outfits.

Dainty pink pearls dangle from delicate yellow gold

chain, can be doubled or worn long with this pearl

pendant. Fashion hint – wear the pearl pendant with

your classic pearl strand.




Rock Your Stack

Take the guesswork out -

minimalist influence with

Gumuchian equestrian


As with any best laid plan, you have to be ready for the unexpected.

One of our favorite unexpected jewelry styles is stacked bands. With

no two hands that will ever look alike, stackables give every

woman the chance to make a statement all her own.

Finding the perfect stack takes some experimenting. Here are a few

from the DG girls to help you rock your stack.

Fine Art - blending colors and

designs, for a

thoughtful-haphazard style

Color, sentimental, mixing

metals, colors, tone and

elements of sparkle





We know, you just mastered bracelet stacking, but it’s TIME to bring some bling to

your lonely WATCH. Plus, we’re always looking for ways to make jewelry more

versatile! We’ve combined a few styles to get you started.


for the


Usually a collector of timeless pieces,

the always-in-style Rolex is

complimented by a traditional diamond

bangle. Break up your streamlined

pieces with a chain link bracelet.

for the


Start with a pastel hue watch to

amp up the feminine factor and

opt for a petite piece in the

same color family. You can’t go

wrong with additional


for the

boho chic

A bold oversized watch anchors this

collection. The chunky link bracelet

balances the dainty bangle and a true

Boho girl always adds some more


see how

easy it is?






Ring Pass

DG customers often celebrate milestones with us, it’s a huge part

of why we love what we do. So when one family celebrated the

engagement of their son and their 40th wedding anniversary within

weeks of each other, and DG jewels were a part of each celebration, we

knew it would be a year to remember.

Karen and Dick Davison met in the 9th grade and were high school

sweethearts. “This year we counted 46 Valentines Days we’ve spent

together,” said Karen. For the first 25 years they were married Karen

wore Dick’s grandmother’s wedding set. Purchased in the 1940s

in New Orleans, the gorgeous sapphire and ruby dinner ring

and eternity band is now part of their daughter-in-law’s

wedding set. For their 25th anniversary, Dick chose a

round diamond solitaire. Karen enjoyed her diamond

until she fell under the spell of an oval diamond just in

time for their 30th anniversary! “I’ve had a revolving

door of beautiful rings,” she joked.

For their 40th anniversary Dick wanted to

make sure she had something special she could

wear often. His daughter suggested diamond

jackets for Karen’s diamond studs he’d given her

last summer for her 60th birthday. The idea was a

hit and beautiful halo jackets custom made in the

DG shop were the result. A celebration dinner with

their children followed by champagne and wedding


Photography by Lauren Yezak Reagan

cake at their Riverside studio made for a perfect celebration of the

blessing of 40 happy years together. “God blessed us richly with our

children and grandchildren, we are so thankful,” the couple said.

The engagement and wedding of their son and daughter-in-law this

year was another exciting blessing. Richard and Julie met in January

2013. It didn’t take long for everyone around them to realize their

special bond. After a year of dating, Richard decided it was time to find

the perfect ring to go with his great-grandmother’s wedding band. He

decided on an oval center stone and a vintage inspired Precision Set ring.

“Once I had the ring in my hand, I just wanted to ask her as soon as

possible,” said Richard. After a weekend with her family and receiving

the blessing from her parents, Richard asked Julie to marry him Easter

Sunday on his family’s ranch. “We want to build one day and when we

got to the spot that I always thought would be perfect for our house,

I got down on one knee.” Through tears of joy, Julie said “YES!” “I get

to marry the man of my dreams, I am so blessed.” The happy couple

married on November 8, 2014 in an intimate

ceremony in Bryan, Texas.











He loves her outspoken

wit and confidence; she

is enamored by his

humor and laid back

demeanor. The old

cliché that opposites

attract might ring

true for Tiffany and

Heath in some

respects, but when

it came to her

engagement ring they

both knew that a

custom design by

David Gardner was the

obvious choice.

How did you know he/she

was the one?

She has the sharpest wit of anyone I have

ever met…and the biggest heart. She is

the “go-to” person for all of her friends in

any situation.

Watching him interact with people is

what made me realize I wanted to marry

Heath. He is smart, kind, sincere, and

hilarious (among other things), people just

love being around him. He is also very

calm and steady, a great balance to my

Type A + Italian blood combo.

Describe the proposal and plans leading

up to it. How many people had to keep it

a secret?

I kept it a secret until I picked up the ring,

and even then, I only told our parents

and siblings. I put it in a safe deposit box

to give myself some time to come up with

something good, but I left the bank and

decided I couldn’t wait. I was so nervous

about Tiff finding out that I decide to go

for it and planned the whole proposal in

24 hours. My buddy helped me locate a

restaurant with a nice courtyard that I

could propose in, and I sent an email to

50 of our closest friends and family the

night before (secrecy was key), informing

them when and where it was happening.

I told Tiff we were going to grab dinner at

a new spot, and while driving over she

informed me that she had had a rough

day. I remember telling her “Well it’s

about to get a lot better.”

I remember telling

her “it’s about to

get a lot better.”

The whole thing went off with military

precision. We had nice moment by

ourselves in the courtyard and then she

was shocked to see our closest friends and

family members waiting inside. I found out

later that my buddy and her roommate

had physically moved a band that was

playing at the restaurant that night that

had tried to set up in the courtyard. All in

all it was perfect, and a memory we will

always cherish.

Did you have butterflies when you asked

her to marry you?

Of course I did. I had a whole nice speech

that I was going to use when I got down on

one knee. I ended up telling her the

speech on the way home because the

actual proposal was a blur and I pretty

much blanked out when I showed her the


Describe the process of having her ring

designed. Fears? Expectations?

The process was intimidating to me at first.

As a guy you know it has to be done right,

but you have absolutely no idea what you

are doing. David made it easy and took

the time to find out what Tiff and I both

wanted. He and I had conversations

throughout the design process about what

I wanted it to look like, and what he

thought would look best. After our

conversations I completely trusted him to

knock it out of the park and the end

product was incredible. It out did every

expectation we had; even my buddies

make comments on the ring.

When Heath got down on one knee and

proposed, I found myself scared to look at

the ring!!! As I recovered from the shock of

being proposed to, I bent down to Heath

on one knee and hugged and kissed him

and said YES!! When we came back into

reality, Heath was still standing there with

the ring – the most beautiful ring I have

ever seen – and said, “well, are you going

to take this?” I laughed and took it and

was quickly reminded why I was so

obsessed with DG’s couture pieces. I asked

Heath if this was seriously my ring because

it was so much more than I could have

ever imagined.

I get comments on it everyday. When

Heath is with me and is commended on a

great job on the ring, he responds,



me look



designer spotlight





Beautiful Diamonds And A Commitment To Sustainability

In 1947, Frances Gerety, a young copywriter at the N.W. Ayer

advertising agency in Philadelphia, penned what would become the most

famous advertising slogan of all time: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And so

De Beers — the name of an otherwise obscure South African mining

company — was burned into the American consumer consciousness as

the world’s source for diamonds.

From this was born the Forevermark diamond brand. Diamond mining

companies from Australia, Russia and Canada now share De Beers’

formerly exclusive space in the diamond market, but De Beers alone

is responsible for making the promise already established in consumers’

minds: that a diamond means love, forever.

“Promises are powerful, precious and eternal,” says Charles Stanley,

president of Forevermark US, Inc. based in Connecticut. “A promise is so

precious that only a diamond will do. Believing in the power of a promise

is at the core of who we are and who we want to be.”

Forevermark diamonds are designed to deliver the promise in the

highest manner possible. Only certain carefully selected diamonds are

eligible to carry the Forevermark brand inscription; only certain designers

and manufacturers may set them into jewelry, and only certain retailers

may sell them.

The Forevermark diamond journey begins at the mine, where rough

diamonds are extracted from deep within the earth. Each mine produces

a wide range of rough diamonds, but only the highest quality rough

material will be cut into a Forevermark diamond.

Once cut and polished, experts at the Forevermark Diamond Institute

in Antwerp, Belgium, carefully inspect each stone again to determine its

fit for the brand. Between 5% and 10% are still rejected for not meeting

quality standards.

A Forevermark diamond must be:

• At least 14 points or larger (there are 100 points in a carat).

• Cut to a standard of Very Good or better, according to the American

Gem Society grading scale.

• Graded at an “L” color or above (on a scale from D to Z established

by the Gemological Institute of America).

• Graded at a clarity value of SI or above — there are 11 clarity grades for

diamonds: Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very, Very Slightly

Included (VVS 1 and VVS 2 ), Very Slightly Included (VS 1 and VS 2 ),

Slightly Included (SI 1 and SI 2 ), and Included (I 1 , I 2 and I 3 ).


Stunning 1.25 Forevermark

diamond set in custom David

Gardner 1.1ctw pave diamond

halo setting.

Forevermark by David Gardner

solitaire pendent in 18k white gold.

Forevermark by Precision Set,

three-stone ring set in 18k

white gold.

Less than 1% of diamonds mined in the world meet those standards,

say Forevermark executives. Diamonds that pass the final inspection are

then inscribed (microscopically, on the table facet) with the Forevermark

icon and a unique identification number, using proprietary technology

that is impossible to alter or duplicate. The microscopic mark — roughly

1/5000th of a human hair — can only be seen with a special Forevermark

viewer, not even a standard microscope. Only then are they set into

jewelry and sold through authorized Forevermark jewelers.

Promise to the people and the environment

The promise of eternal love that a diamond symbolizes only tells part

of the Forevermark story. Forevermark diamonds are guaranteed to be

conflict free and responsibly sourced from carefully selected mines in

countries that are committed to the highest business, social, economic,

and environmental standards.

Former De Beers chairman Harry Oppenheimer was an outspoken

opponent of apartheid in South Africa, and upon his death was eulogized

by the late Nelson Mandela for his commitment to freedom and justice.

Today, the Forevermark promise demands that not only are its diamonds

conflict free, but that the mines they come from benefit the communities

in which they are operating, in areas such as health care, education and

training, investment in community infrastructure, and a commitment to

ecological preservation.

For example, the hospital at the Orapa mine in Botswana also functions

as the district hospital, serving not only the mine’s employees and their

families, but also providing medical care to local communities within

a 600 km radius, and De Beers has set aside 200,000 hectares of land

around its mines for conservation of wildlife like cheetah, rhinoceros,

elephants and more. That’s an area five times greater than the footprint

of the mines themselves.

Forevermark diamonds come from mines in countries such as

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Australia and Canada. Forevermark

diamond jewelry is sold at 380 leading jewelry stores across the United

States and Canada, and in more than 1,300 doors worldwide.


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ringing in the trends

Modern Designs

In the latter half of the 20 th century, the Tiffany-style solitaire setting

became the standard for American engagement rings, and has remained

so until recently. It is still hugely popular, but more and more women

are entranced with vintage-style milgrain work, halo settings, cushion

cut diamonds, and micro-pavé (oddly enough, this vintage-inspired

trend was made possible only with the very modern development of

CAD-CAM technology).

The round brilliant still remains the numberone

diamond shape, but more and more brides

are choosing cushion, Asscher, oval, princess,

radiant, and other special cuts.

Custom David Gardner 18k

yellow gold and diamond

halo mounting.

Ladies custom diamond wedding

band by David Gardner totaling

3.54ctw of round diamonds set

in platinum.

2.80ct emerald-cut center in an 18k white

gold double halo mounting with 0.90ct of full

cut diamonds. William Levine.

Today the engagement ring that most couples want to buy is

Round diamond, cushion

halo: two-tone 18k rose

and white gold, from

Precision Set.

the one that best reflects their personal, unique style. Personalization

and customization are common — indeed, almost standard.

Some couples still abide by the more traditional method

of having the groom select a ring and present it to the bride,

but more often, the couple chooses it together.


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Incredible custom David Gardner

platinum and diamond ring designed

for a marquise center stone.

Halos, Clusters, Celebrities, & Colors

The halo setting (a center stone surrounded by

a “halo” of smaller stones) is the biggest thing to

hit engagement ring design since the Tiffany setting.

The halo adds visual interest to a single stone,

while incidentally making it look way bigger. It’s a

win-win all around.

So what’s next? Well, there’s a double halo, or

even a triple, but where to go from there? Some

fashion soothsayers predict the next big thing may

be a diamond cluster ring. Cluster styles are a great

option for the bride that wants a big look but has

a tight budget, says Amanda Gizzi, director of the

Jewelry Information Center in New York. The

diamond cluster ring has the same advantage as

a halo in making a big statement for less money

— sometimes far less — than a single stone would

cost for comparable size and quality. But rather

than the halo’s combination of a center stone surrounded

by many tiny diamonds, the cluster uses

multiple diamonds of the same size artfully arranged

in such a way as to give off maximum sparkle.

For example, Real Housewives of Atlanta star

Kandi Burress’s engagement ring, from the Karina

collection by Gregg Ruth, looks like a two-carat

oval, but it’s actually a cluster of smaller diamonds

set in the shape of an oval.

Speaking of Burress, celebrity engagements are

one of the biggest influences on engagement ring

trends. While engagement ring designs do mirror

general jewelry style trends, the celebrity trend

emerged big in the 1960s with the public’s fascination

over Elizabeth Taylor and her engagement

ring from Richard Burton.

Today, we know what a celebrity’s ring looks

like almost before her groom pops the question.

Recently, lots of them featured cushion cut center

stones — in a halo, of course. To wit: Tennis star

Ryan Sweeting proposed to The Big Bang Theory’s

Kaley Cuoco with a 2.30ct cushion cut halo set

engagement ring. Not to be outdone, Tim Witherspoon

popped the question to former Destiny’s

Child singer Kelly Rowland with a 4ct cushion cut

in a halo setting and pavé band. Then rapper Big

Sean presented Glee star Naya Rivera with a 4-5ct

cushion cut in a platinum halo setting with pavé


Vintage style David Gardner

Anthology three stone

engagement ring in 18k

white gold and diamonds.

The cushion cut — so named for its softly

rounded corners that resemble a pillow — is the

third most popular style after round and princess

(square). Some diamond dealers even say it has

supplanted the princess as number two. The cut

dates back 200 years and was once considered

the cut of royalty. Today’s versions, however, use

modern cutting technology to imbue this vintage

style with renewed sparkle.

Other trending styles include floral designs,

east-west settings, colored gemstone centers,

mixed metals, and twisted bands. In an east-west

setting, an elongated stone such as an oval, radiant

cut, or marquise is set sideways across the finger,

as opposed to the traditional north-south direction

up and down the finger. This modern setting has

reignited the popularity of cuts like pears and marquise,

which largely fell out of favor in the 1990s.

Color is a huge trend. Color has been big in

fashion, and the appeal crosses over into jewelry.

First, there’s the Kate Effect: Kate Middleton (aka

the Duchess of Cambridge) wears the sapphire

engagement ring belonging to the late Princess

Diana, Prince William’s mother, which has driven

acceptance of not only sapphires but also other

colored gemstones as a center stone. According

to Gizzi of the Jewelry Information Center, the

newest way to wear color is in the reverse: colored

gems flanking the center diamond.

Fancy color diamonds and mixed metals

are also trending. Whether platinum and

yellow gold, pink and white gold, or even

blackened metals for the hipster bride,

mixing metals adds a personal touch

to the standard engagement ring.

According to Severine Ferrari, editorin-chief

of YourEngagement101.

com, “Yellow gold has made a big

comeback, as well as fancy yellow

diamond centers. Rose gold and

pink accents are very strong, too.”

4ct flawless round diamond is set

in a romantic custom David Gardner

platinum and diamond twist setting

shown with matching wedding band.

The Kate Effect:

Precision Set cushioncut

sapphire in a halo

of diamonds.

Radiant cut yellow diamond in an

18k yellow gold bezel surrounded by


Stunning custom David Gardner

double halo engagement ring

surrounds a .90ct oval diamond

with 1.5ctw of diamond accents.


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more than just the ring

Bridal jewelry doesn’t end with the

engagement ring or wedding ring.

There’s a wedding gown that needs

the right accessories, and what better

choice than something the bride

(and her attendants) can really wear


William Levine floral necklace

in 18k yellow gold with 8.25ctw

of pink sapphires, 8.52ctw blue

sapphire necklace and 2.20ctw

of round diamonds, $18,750.

Wedding dress styles range from ornate to simple, but Amanda

Gizzi, director of the Jewelry Information Center, says texture is

a top trend. Lace or bejeweled embellishments on the bodice of the

dress make earrings a wonderful way to pull the look together. We suggest

diamond or pearl as classic choices, and of course blue gemstones

such as sapphire, aquamarine or blue topaz continue to be a favorite for

brides to incorporate her “something blue.”

Hair jewels such as brooches or hairpins are also of the moment.

Fashion-forward brides are also drawn to hand ornaments

such as bracelet rings (a ring and bracelet connected by a

chain), says Gizzi.

Wedding day jewelry is a beautiful gift idea for the

groom to give his bride, or, as Kate Middleton’s parents

did for her, the bride’s parents to give their daughter.

Long after the dress is boxed up and put away and the

video is on the shelf, the jewelry is something she can

wear over and over and always remember that special day.

Gorgeous Mother of

Pearl earrings set in

yellow gold plated silver

surrounded with 1.7ctw

of diamonds by S&R

Designs, $2,750.

S&R Designs large Mother

of Pearl earrings set in

blackened silver, $2,500.


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3-7mm Mikimoto pearl

and diamond ring with

.99ctw of diamonds,


Gifts for the bride, the groom, their parents, and the bridal party

Brides are ditching the matchy-matchy gifts and choosing personalized jewelry options,

says Gizzi. She suggests initial pendants or monogrammed necklaces. Another way

brides are getting personal is by selecting one gemstone or metal as a unifying

theme, and then finding different jewelry styles to match each

bridesmaid’s personality.

For the mothers of the bride and groom, Gizzi suggests earrings.

“Necklines of the dress can vary, so a beautiful pair of

small drop earrings in diamonds or gemstones will draw the

perfect amount of attention to the face.”

For the best man and groomsmen, cuff links are a nobrainer.

It’s also a great idea for a gift to the fathers of the

bride and groom. In keeping with today’s trend of personalization,

choose either a playful style that represents your

bud’s or dad’s favorite hobby, or a classic monogrammed style.

Not French cuff kind of guys? Try a sterling silver business card

case or flask. With artisan whiskeys and bourbons trending, it’s an

elegant and useful accessory.

Finally, the bride needs a gift for her

groom. Cufflinks to wear with his

suit or tuxedo are his own special

marker of the day. This is also

a prime time to choose an

heirloom timepiece that he

will wear every day, and can

pass along to children and even


Katie Decker

18k yellow gold

freshwater pink pearl

earrings with .25ctw

of diamonds, $2,200.

Heritage Chrono watch

from Tudor with selfwinding


movement, waterproof

to 150 m, 42 mm steel

case. Shown on steel

bracelet $4,425

18k white gold Mikimoto

Petite Soleil pearl and

diamond pendent, $4,500.

Rhodium plated sterling silver Classic

tux stud with black onyx and .64 cts

champagne diamonds by Katie Decker,

$1,100. Rhodium plated sterling silver

Sparta cufflink with black onyx and .34 cts

champagne diamonds, $690.


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TUDOR’s heritage as a high-performance sports watch endures

TUDOR’s new Heritage Black Bay and Heritage

Ranger collections are so-called because of their heritage:

they descend from a long line of high-performance

timepieces that were originally issued to divers

of the French Navy.

The new Heritage Ranger is a modern interpretation

of the collection’s heritage-style watches originally

launched in 1967. These were high-performance

sports watches built for adventure and extreme conditions.

Today’s collection is likewise imbued with

the pioneering spirit of the far North and epic tales

of sled dogs braving solitary frozen lands and the exploits

of adventurers defying hostile environments to

explore new frontiers. The robust Heritage Ranger

combines technical prowess and supreme reliability

in order to withstand such extreme conditions.

Original design codes of the TUDOR Heritage

Ranger include the dial color, numeral font, large

crown and the distinctive pear shaped hands. All numerals

and indexes are hand-painted with a colored

luminous substance to create an antique effect. The

lugs of the Heritage Ranger echo the original in that

they are drilled through to accommodate the spring

bars. The new model’s modern updates include a

larger case, at 41mm, as well as the introduction of

several strap options — and a bonus strap for each

model! There is a choice of three strap styles: a

brown leather bund strap with satin-finished rivets;

or a tobacco-hued leather strap reminiscent of dogsled

harnesses, and a steel bracelet. Any of the three

options arrive with the bonus adjustable fabric strap

in a woven camouflage pattern (crafted by the same

French artisans that produce fabric robes for the Vatican).

The bund strap is made of a single piece of material

that runs underneath the watch case, and

is lined with alcantara for softness and comfort.

The case is made of satin finished steel, and it

contains the self-winding caliber 2824, and it is

water resistant to 150 meters.

TUDOR’s new Heritage Black Bay is a tribute

to the original model, the Submariner, which

was first launched in 1954 and used by divers in

the French Navy. The new model retains stylistic

elements of the original, including its domed dial,

imposing winding crown (introduced on a 1958

model) and angular hands — dubbed “snowflakes” by

collectors, and seen on models issued from 1969 to

the early 1980s. The dial is matte black, with silver-colored

luminescent hands, and the bezel

and crown tube are midnight blue. Like the

Heritage Ranger, the Heritage Black Bay

comes with a bonus strap, featuring an

adjustable blue woven fabric, with

the purchase of a Heritage Black

Bay on a midnight-blue distressed

leather strap or on a satin-finished

and polished steel bracelet. It is

water resistant to 200 meters.

TUDOR is part of the Hans

Wilsdorf Foundation, set up

in 1945 by the eponymous

founder of Rolex. TUDOR and

Rolex respectively address the

high-end and premium segments

of the market, and are

served by a shared legacy of

watchmaking expertise and an

unparalleled after-sales service


TUDOR Heritage Black Bay.

TUDOR Heritage Ranger

featured on tobacco hue

leather strap



Heritage Black Bay is the direct descendant of TUDOR’s technical success in Greenland on the wrists of

Royal Navy sailors. 60 years later, the Black Bay is ready to stand as its own legend.


Self-winding mechanical movement, waterproof to 200 m, 41 mm steel case.

Visit tudorwatch.com and explore more.


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of Beauty

David Yurman’s background as a sculptor and his appreciation

for the enduring motifs in everyday life are evident in his

collections for this fall.

An avid equestrian, Yurman has long been inspired by the

classic devices of the equestrian world — stirrups, bits, halters

and other equipment used in tack. The Cable Buckle collection

is an evolution of the designer’s original Thoroughbred collection.

The buckle, which takes its cue from that found on a

horse’s bit, is paired with a curb link chain in some pieces, and

with the designer’s iconic cable motif in others. The designs

are rendered in sterling silver with 14k yellow gold highlights.

Some are set with diamonds.

The new pieces from this season’s Confetti collection are a

reinterpretation of David Yurman’s original design. The stacked

rows of metal set with cushion-shaped gemstones capture the

effect of light and color dancing on a grid. In fact, the original

working title of the collection was “spots and dots,” a reference

to reflected points of light. The new pieces are a refinement

of this concept, evoking a relaxed geometry with an organic,

delicate balance. Colored gemstones and diamonds are set in a

petite mosaic, adorning cabled metal in a playful dance.

Since its founding in New York in 1980, David Yurman has

become known as America’s leading fine jewelry and timepiece

brand. It features a range of signature gold and silver designs, as

well as diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry.

The designer’s fall collections are

inspired by motifs ranging from the

equestrian world to confetti


Confetti Wide ring with blue topaz and

Hampton blue topaz in sterling silver.

Confetti Narrow bracelet with

white diamonds in sterling silver.

Confetti Wide bracelet with blue topaz and

Hampton blue topaz in sterling silver.


Cable Buckle bracelet with white

diamonds in sterling silver.

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don’t forget the band

Wedding band trends

For many couples, the rush of excitement about getting engaged quickly morphs into the hectic details of planning a wedding.

So much so that the most lasting symbol of the marriage — the wedding band — is left as an afterthought. But wedding bands, too,

have their design trends. There is always the classic plain gold or platinum band, but more and more couples view the wedding ring

as a style statement as well as an outward sign of their commitment, especially women who don’t wear their engagement rings.

Amanda Gizzi points to split-shank bands as a popular trend. This is a style that allows the engagement ring to fit in the middle,

but it can be worn alone, which looks like an open, airy design. Severine Ferrari says the leading trends for wedding rings are

intricate designs for the woman’s band, and black diamonds and texture for the men’s band. Alternative

metals such as tungsten and titanium are also popular for men’s bands, because of their modern

high-tech appeal and their relative indestructibility. But again, remember those Romans: no

reason a guy can’t also have two wedding bands: his gold or platinum ring for the ceremony

and to wear for dress, and the second contemporary metal band to wear for sports.

And, of course, multiple bands give women fashion options. “Stacking bands let women

achieve a balanced aesthetic. One band on top of the engagement ring balances the ring

on the bottom,” says Gizzi. “Some women continue to stack on bands after the ‘I do.’”

14k yellow gold gents wedding

band with hammered accents by

David Gardner.

Christian Bauer wedding bands in 18k

yellow and white gold and diamonds.

Mark Schneider Eclipse ring with

a satin and high polish finish.

Bold and Beautiful collection

by Novell in 14k and 18k

yellow and white gold.


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keeps collectors happy

New colors,

jeweling and a

ceramic breakthrough

for Rolex

The Oyster Perpetual GMT

Master II, with red and blue

Cerachrom bezel.

Every year, amidst a sea of

online predictions and wish-list

postings, watch aficionados and fans

of Rolex eagerly await the brand’s

new introductions. The new models

introduced this year did not disappoint.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual


The most talked about novelty was the long awaited Oyster Perpetual GMT Master with a

distinctive red and blue bezel (which Rolex lovers call the “Pepsi” because of its coloring). The

GMT Master II captures the color code of the original 1955 version of this iconic model, but

with a Cerachrom bezel for the first time. It is a particular color combination that is extremely

difficult to do in ceramic, not just in terms of achieving a seamless break between red and blue

halves — a major accomplishment in itself — but because this particular shade of red is a challenge,

and long considered impossible to create in ceramic. (The bezel of the 1955 version was

Plexiglass). The new GMT Master II also has a revamped movement, the self-winding Caliber

3186, with a blue Parachrom hairspring made of niobium and zirconium, which is ten-times

more precise than a conventional hairspring and highly shock resistant. The 40mm case is white

gold, and the model is not limited.

Rolex also introduced an updated version of the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller this year. The

model was first launched in 1967 as the Sea-Dweller 2000 (water resistant to 2,000 feet), and

the new one is the Sea-Dweller 4000 (water resistant to 4,000 feet). The only other revision of

this iconic model was in 1978, also rated at 4,000 feet. New is the black Cerachrom bezel with

PVD platinum markers, gold Chromalight hands and markers, blue Parachrom hairspring (in

Caliber 3135) and a bracelet with Glidelock extension system and Oysterlock safety clasp. The

new version, which is steel, retains the look of the ’70s version, including the famous helium

escape valve.

Another innovation is a collection of three new versions of the Sky-Dweller: 18k Everose

gold case and bracelet (with a beautiful “Sundust” dial); 18k white gold on a strap; and 18k

yellow gold on a strap. The Sky-Dweller, with 14 patents, was first launched to acclaim in 2012

and includes a bezel-driven function setting. With Caliber 9001, it has a dual time zone and

annual calendar, with months uniquely displayed through apertures on the periphery of the dial.

The three new versions of

the Rolex Sky-Dweller.

A new series of Oyster Perpetual models in 31mm and 36mm sizes previewed

exclusive new dials in sporty colors, including Azzurro Blue, Red

Grape, White Grape (a gold tone), Steel and White Lacquer with blue Roman

numerals. The watches contain the Caliber 3130 self-winding movement, with

Parachrom hairspring. Two of the watches are set with diamonds in combination

with either blue or pink sapphires in two different shades — with the

gems adjacent to the hour markers contrasted in a slightly darker hue.

The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss is another favorite of collectors. An anti-magnetic

timepiece designed for engineers and scientists in the 1950s, it was

reintroduced in 2007 with a unique green sapphire crystal, a first in watchmaking.

This year’s version features an electric blue dial which, under the green

crystal, takes on a powerful magnetic hue. This is perhaps the most unique

color combination of any other Rolex watch, and is sought after by both men

and women, and by both aficionados and newcomers to the brand alike.

Female collectors are

thrilled to see the new

Oyster Perpetual

Datejust Pearlmaster

34 collection this year,

a series of three 34mm

models that are

gem-set, each with

options that include

diamonds on the

bracelets as well

as the cases.

The Oyster

Perpetual Datejust

Pearlmaster with


The Oyster Perpetual

Milgauss features a

new electric blue dial.


A new series of

Oyster Perpetual

models previewed

exclusive new

dials in sporty



family honor


Lambert Wilkes, father of Julia Gardner, has been chosen as one of

five honorees for the Cotton Research and Promotion Program Inaugural

Hall of Fame. The honorees are recognized for their contributions that

have shaped the modern cotton industry.

Professor Lambert Wilkes (deceased), along with his team at Texas

A&M, is responsible for the engineering of the cotton module builder,

which dramatically increased the efficiency of cotton collection and storage.

Julia says of her father, “I am so grateful that he is being recognized for

his contribution. Although we often tell others about the cotton module,

he would be the last to tell you. I think that’s just one more reason he

was so well respected.”

The cotton module builder is a machine used in the harvest and processing

of cotton. The module builder has helped to solve a logistical bottleneck

by allowing cotton to be harvested quickly and compressed into

large modules which are then covered with tarpaulins and temporarily

stored at the edge of the field. The modules are later loaded onto trucks

and transported to a cotton gin for processing.

In 2000, the state of Texas acknowledged the module builder as one of

the four most significant economic achievements of the 1970s, alongside the

opening of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Southwest Airlines.

“I never really knew if he understood the impact of the module

builder. Sure, he got how it changed things, but for such an important

invention and innovation, he never mentioned its importance to anyone

I’m aware of, or the fact that he led the team that invented it. He

was always humble like that,” says an industry colleague.

In 2002, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

dedicated the cotton module builder as an historic landmark of

agricultural engineering, naming it “one of the top three inventions in

mechanized cotton production.”

Lambert Wilkes was a pioneer in the cotton industry. Born in Blair,

South Carolina, he attended Clemson, then Texas A&M. He served his

country in the Air Force and then went on to become a professor of

Agricultural Engineering at A&M. Professor Wilkes wrote many books,

authored many papers as most professors do but he did something that

truly revolutionized cotton ginning.



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