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ACC E N T T H E M AG A Z I N E OF LIFE’S C E L E B R AT I O N S FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 1

POWER PIECES MAKE A STATEMENT GIFT GUIDE INSIDE! FRESH FINDS FOR FALL & HOLIDAY 2011 PLUS: Gold Makes a Marriage Cruising in Style The Perfect Proposal


Dear Clients and Friends, It’s hard to believe fall is upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned in the coming months. With an event in every market, everyone can enjoy seeing the new fall collections and meeting vendor representatives from our most popular designers. Be sure to check out finks.com for event dates and locations. Speaking of websites…if you haven’t been to ours lately, you should take a look. We launched a brand new site that enables you to view more jewelry than ever before and, as always, shop online at your convenience. I hope you enjoy our latest edition of Accent magazine. This is a great issue filled with beautiful gift ideas, a sneak peek into the big trends for fall and even a special section devoted to diamonds and bridal. As always, I want to thank you, our loyal customers, for supporting us this year. On behalf of the entire Fink’s family, we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Marc Fink, Pesident and CEO P.S.—Many people commented on Mac (our family dog) making an appearance in our last issue, so I decided to include a few behind-the-scenes photos of him from the cover photo shoot. As you can tell, he’s a natural in the spotlight!

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Contents fall/winter 2011

W W W. F I N K S . C O M

CHAIRMAN & CEO MARC FINK EVP & CFO WALT GAYNOR V P O P E R AT I O N S MARK BAIR V P I N F O R M AT I O N T E C H N O L O G I E S TODD STAFFORD DIRECTOR OF MARKETING LINDSEY KIRBY

P U B L I S H E D B Y T H E B J I FA S H I O N G R O U P PUBLISHER STU NIFOUSSI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN DESIGN DIRECTOR HANS GSCHLIESSER MANAGING EDITOR JILLIAN SPRAGUE PROJECT MANAGER LISA MONTEMORRA DESIGNERS CYNTHIA LUCERO JEAN-NICOLE VENDITTI

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PRODUCTION MANAGER PEG EADIE DIRECTOR OF PREPRESS HUGH K. STANTON

FEATURES 1 Welcome Letter 4 Fink’s Family Profile: Steve Pridgen 6 Fink’s Family Profile: Traci Baker 8 Around Town

46 Travel: Having it All

PRESIDENT AND CEO BRITTON JONES

50 End Page: The Ultimate Gift

CHAIRMAN AND COO MAC BRIGHTON

BRIDAL SECTION 28 The Rings: Keeping it Real

Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. Copyright 2011.

30 The Proposal: Setting Sail

10 Gift Guide

32 The Romance: Love Stories at Fink’s

18 Accent Advisor

35 The Jewels: Shine On

20 Trends: Power Pieces

36 The Memories: Capture Your Love

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44 Spirits: Diamond Drams

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No other watch is engineered quite like a Rolex. The Submariner, introduced in 1953, was the first watch to be water resistant up to 100 meters. It was later strengthened by its patented triple-seal Triplock winding crown, making it capable of withstanding depths of up to 300 meters. The new 40 mm Submariner is fitted with a blue Cerachrom disc and is presented here in a signature Rolex combination of 904L steel and 18 kt yellow gold.

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STEVE PRIDGEN Store Manager Short Pump Town Center

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hough Fink’s Jewelers was founded in Roanoke, Virginia, the state capitol of Richmond feels like a second home. With three stores located throughout the city, Fink’s truly feels like a part of the community. In the early ’90s, Fink’s opened our first location in Richmond at Regency Square Mall. It was there that Steve Pridgen first joined the Fink’s family as an experienced sales associate. As the store flourished, so did Steve. He quickly became manager, and in 2003, led the team from Regency Square to the new location in Short Pump Town Center. As the leader of one of the company’s top performing stores, Steve knows a lot about selling jewelry. While he is passionate about the beauty of jewelry design, he often pulls from the technical side of his personality when helping customers. “As a kid, I loved taking things apart to learn how all the pieces work together,” he says. Because of this, Steve really enjoys working with watches and is skilled at explaining the intricate mechanical details of a high-end Swiss timepiece. But when asked what he loves most he replies, “Diamonds! My favorite bridal designer is Ritani,” he explains. “They lead the industry in high-tech mechanical designs, while at the same time are able to create beautiful simplistic pieces. The best of both worlds,” he laughs. Having worked for a large retail chain before joining Fink’s, Steve can really appreciate working for a family-owned business. “Mr. Fink has always made me feel like a part of the family and appreciates my input and opinions,” he says. “Being familyowned and having that local autonomy really sets us apart. It allows us to uphold the company’s high standards of customer service.” That, coupled with what Steve calls “the finest staff he’s ever worked with” make the Fink’s Jewelers at Short Pump Town Center a success. “Working here has been my reward for all the dues I’ve paid and hard work I’ve put into my career.” A career in retail makes for a fast-paced, busy life. Steve likes to unwind by fly fishing in the mountains or on the lake near his home. In addition, he boasts, “I’m quite an accomplished cook.” He credits his analytical mind for his success in the kitchen saying, “Recipes are like building models from instructions…you just get to eat it when you’re done.” The fact that Steve has become an integral part of the Fink’s management team is no surprise. He certainly knows the recipe for success!


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Roanoke 419 at Colonial Avenue..................................... 540.342.2991 Valley View Mall ............................................... 540.362.3779 Lynchburg 16960 Forest Road ............................................ 434.237.6301 Charlottesville Barracks Road Shopping Center........................ 434.284.4060 Richmond Chesterfield Towne Center ................................ 804.379.7171 Short Pump Town Center ................................. 804.377.8589 Stony Point Fashion Park .................................. 804.261.9371 Fredericksburg The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre......... 540.736.1290 Dulles Dulles Town Center .......................................... 571.434.6540 McLean Tysons Corner Center ....................................... 703.584.3101 Norfolk MacArthur Center ............................................ 757.640.1132

NORTH CAROLINA

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Greensboro 1951 Battleground Avenue................................ 336.292.8355 Charlotte Northlake Mall ................................................. 704.927.4888 SouthPark ......................................................... 704.366.3120 Cary Cary Towne Center ........................................... 919.463.0817 Raleigh Triangle Town Center ....................................... 919.792.2171 Durham The Streets at Southpoint ................................. 919.281.8407

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TRACI BAKER Store Manager Northlake Mall

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raci has spent a lot of time helping men be heroes and women feel beautiful. After all, she’s been in the jewelry business for over 12 years, since starting at age 23. Traci joined Fink’s Jewelers in 2005 as the manager of the Northlake Mall location in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s no surprise that Traci makes her customers happy. Her bubbly and positive personality is infectious to everyone around her, including her co-workers within the company. Over the past six years as manager, she describes the store as her baby, saying, “The team members and the customers… they’re all very special to me.” Shortly after joining the Fink’s team, Traci knew this was where she belonged. “I believe in the Fink’s philosophy and how they do business,” she says. As someone who goes the extra mile with her customers, Traci embodies the very principle Fink’s was founded on: customer service. “It’s not just about making a sale,” Traci explains. “I want my customers to feel confident in their purchase and enjoy it for a lifetime. The only way to match my customers with the perfect piece is for me to take the time to get to know them.” Integrity is an important virtue to both Fink’s and Traci. “I’m fortunate to work for a company that has built a solid reputation on trust and quality. I know when I’m showing a customer a piece of jewelry that I’m recommending something that will last them a lifetime.” When asked about her favorite Fink’s designer, she goes straight to the Italian artist Roberto Coin. “No one does gold like Roberto Coin. It’s simultaneously fashion-forward, but also classic,” she says. In addition, she gravitates towards pieces that have meaning behind them. Whether it’s a diamond cross for the birth of a first child, or a Rolex timepiece to commemorate professional success, each purchase tells a story. Traci explains, “So many times I get to be a part of the most important milestones in my customers' lives. I'm a very lucky girl to witness so many acts of love and adoration.“ The fast-paced world of retail can be a bit hectic, so Traci likes to unwind by practicing yoga and spending time with her horses. “Some of my customers might be surprised to hear I’m happiest when I’m shoveling out the barns,” she says laughing. If she’s not cleaning out the stalls, you can find her on the Gator with her threeyear-old daughter, Grace, in her lap behind the wheel. “As long as I’m with people and/or outdoors, I’m pretty content.”


AROUND TOWN

Greensboro store manager Ike Savvas shows the winning Ritani diamond ring to an excited crowd at kick-off.

Charlottesville Diamond Dash winners Greer and Brian (shaking hands with store manager Rob Matthews) are shocked and ecstatic to receive their $15,000 Ritani diamond ring.

Fink’s employees from all over Roanoke gathered to walk or run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Norfolk Diamond Dash winners pose for pictures with store manager Dan Schaffer (far right) and local radio personality Barry McKay (far left) from 94.9 The Point.

Fink’s corporate team takes a photo to commemorate Dottie Truman (center, with Marc Fink) and her 25 years of outstanding service!

Fredericksburg Diamond Dash participants are happy to sit back and enjoy a drink after two hours of running and searching.

Longtime Fink’s customer Mark Harris poses with Fredericksburg sales associate Jennifer Mendoza. Harris won the timepiece at a local golf tournament sponsored by Fink’s.

Fredericksburg Diamond Dash participants sport their Fink’s shirts while looking for a clue.

Customers visiting the John Hardy trunk show at our 419 store try on some of their favorite pieces.

Charlotte Diamond Dash winners turn the after-party into an engagement party!

The Greensboro Diamond Showcase was beautifully decorated, thanks to great sponsors like Diva’s Dress Shop.

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Dulles store manager Craig Barnett and corporate watch buyer Mitch Skaggs take time for a quick photo.

A Dior representative shows off the exquisite Dior Christal watch.

President of Dior Americas, Stephane Barraque, shows customers the intricate details of every watch.

Tysons store manager El Hussein Ahmed talks to customers while they enjoy a glass of wine.

Fink’s advertising consultant Pat Shao chats with a sales associate.

Marc Fink, president and CEO of Fink’s Jewelers, and Keith Rosen, sales manager for Piaget, take a break from seeing customers and pose for a quick picture.

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PENNY PREVILLE Oval moonstone earrings in 18K yellow gold, $2,685 Matching necklace, $2,280 Oval blue sapphire necklace in 18K white gold, $2,795 Matching earrings, $4,290

NORMAN SILVERMAN Necklace with natural fancy yellow center diamond in 18K white gold, starting at $4,500 Rings available in a variety of carat weights and prices. /HWRXUGLDPRQGVSHFLDOLVWVKHOS\RXĂ€QGWKHSHUIHFW one for her today! Rings shown, starting at $4,900


DAVID YURMAN Pearl cabled tassel necklace in sterling silver, $775 From the Moonlight Ice® Collection, split shank Albion® rings in sterling silver and diamonds set in blackened silver with hematite, 17mm, $1,600 and moon quartz backed with mother of pearl, 14mm, $1,400 From the Moonlight Ice® Collection, 7mm bracelets in sterling silver and diamonds set in blackened silver with moon quartz, $2,800; pearl, $2,950; and hematite, $2,800 Women’s Classic Quartz watch in stainless steel with white mother of pearl diamond dial and diamond bezel, $4,700


JOHN HARDY The Palu Kapal Collection was inspired by the billowing sails of yachts and island sailboats and the sparkle of light on water. Small drop earrings, $395 30� medium drop pendant, $1,495 Long drop earrings, $895 Kick cuff bangles, gold and silver, $2,595 and silver, $995 Small sail rings, gold and silver, $495 and silver, $395 All in settings of sterling silver or 22K gold and sterling silver.


MARCO BICEGO ,QVSLUHGE\WKHPDJQLÀFHQWDQG untainted nature of Africa, the Africa Collection is a striking compilation of gorgeously textured satin beads of 18K yellow gold. Bangle bracelets, left to right, $1,350 and $1,190 36” beaded necklace, $5,980 Medium sized round earrings, $1,500 18” graduated bead necklace, $4,850 7.5” beaded bracelet, $2,200


MIKIMOTO With Pearls in MotionTM, the possibilities are unlimited. Place the pearls anywhere along the chain for a variety of looks. 9mm White South Sea, Black South Sea and pastel Freshwater cultured pearls with diamond clasp, $4,500 8mm Black South Sea pearl earrings, $960 All in settings of 18K white gold

IPPOLITA This season is stacking up to be a vibrant one with the introduction of the dramatic new colors of the Wonderland Collection. Simple sterling silver hammered hoop earrings, $165 &KDLQGURSHDUULQJVLQĂ DPH Sterling silver Wonderland gemstone bangles, $295 to $1495


ROBERTO COIN The Bollicine Collection emulates the joy and delight of celebration. Evoking the playful effervescence of champagne bubbles, this beautiful suite is shown in 18K yellow gold with diamonds. Ring, $1,180 Necklace, $3,800 Earrings, $2,600 Cuff bracelet, $4,400 (Also available without diamonds and in white gold with or without diamonds.)


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LONGINES

Automatic Carrera in stainless steel with a white patterned dial and a brown leather strap, $2,900

PrimaLuna in steel with silvered Roman dial and diamond bezel, $2,675

Automatic Chronograph Link in brushed stainless steel with black dial and subdials, $3,800

DAVID YURMAN Classic Chronograph in stainless steel with integrated cable, black galvanic dial and black strap, $4,500

Column-Wheel Chronograph automatic exclusive movement. Stainless steel case with silver dial on a brown alligator strap, $2,950

CARTIER

DIOR

Tank Franรงaise, small model, in stainless steel with silver grained Roman dial, $4,100

Dior VIII Automatic in black high-tech ceramic and steel with the dial set in diamonds, $6,500

BREITLING Transocean Chronograph in stainless steel with black dial and silver subdials, limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide, $8,200


ACCENTADVISOR

I HEAR A LOT ABOUT JEWELRY WARDROBING: WHAT ARE THE “MUSTHAVE” ITEMS? While there are no hard and fast rules, a great timepiece is an absolute essential. Since you wear this item often, if not daily, it should be something that embraces your personal style and suits your way of life (i.e. don’t get a leather strap or dainty diamond-encrusted model if you swim or play sports every day). There are many great options in well-priced materials such as ceramic, stainless steel and gold. Select features that meet your needs and reflect your personality. Another key item is a necklace or pendant that has special meaning to you, or showcases your individual style. Keep in mind that since your neck area is one of the first things people notice, a distinctive piece is memorable. Lastly, select great earrings that you don’t have to think about. These could be diamond studs, bold hoops, or something more elaborate, but keep it relevant to your regime, something you can put on and then forget about for the day!

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT FALL/WINTER 2011 JEWELRY TRENDS?

I NEED SOME GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN: ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Jewelry is certainly an integral part of a woman’s wardrobe, perfect for jazzing up any outfit. Though we all have those traditional jewelry pieces, wearing them on a daily basis hardly inspires enthusiasm. So mix it up! To ensure that your look doesn’t get pigeonholed, diversify your jewelry collection to include trend pieces that can be paired with classics. According to top designers around the globe, fall/winter 2011 is the season to go bold! Chunky statement jewelry in bright colors is a key fashion trend—choose pieces that stand out from, rather than blend in with, your outfit. Go for extra-large bracelets, shiny danglers for ears, notable necklaces. If you’re a fan of motifs, now’s the time to mix and match various icons (animal, floral, religious) to create a unique look that’s very “you.” Lastly, remember to invest in bangles (or other bold bracelets) this season, a must-have for every fashionista. Those who love chunky rings can brandish huge retro-inspired styles that not only look great but are also easy on the pocketbook.

Whether your guy’s a corporate type or a musician, there’s some great new men’s jewelry in our store. Obviously, a good watch is always the ultimate gift and we have plenty of fabulous options. (Many of today’s best styles are more elegant and classic than in seasons past; rose gold is also trending.) Cuff links are always a great gift, allowing a man to express his personality, even in the boardroom. Choose a motif that relates to his interests or passions (sailing, golf), or match the gemstone or enamel to his favorite color. For the guy who’s cool and contemporary, neck or wrist jewelry that combines high-tech metals with natural and/or precious materials will bring out his inner rockstar. You know it’s in there somewhere! A romantic idea: why not buy each other new gold or platinum bands to celebrate your love and your ever-evolving relationship?

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Choose a notice-me necklace to update your jewelry wardrobe.


TRENDS

POWER PIECES FASHION’S STRONG FAVORITES MAKE A STATEMENT. BY LORRAINE DEPASQUE Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, marketing and trend specialists in contemporary fine designer luxury brands. “To be in style, you need huge rings, long and dangling earrings, and a signature wide cuff—or a stack of ‘wristies’ to build that wide-at-the-wrist look. Also be sure to buy at least one statement necklace. If not, then you need several of the new extra-long links and chains to layer and create that big look at the neck.” In the necklace category, “Dramatic collars are important,” adds Jeanne Johngren, president of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group (CJDG) and owner of an eponymous jewelry line. “Especially strong are unconventional ones with defining elements of a brand or designer making them extra special and further showcasing your distinctive style.”

SIZE MATTERS PEARLS WITH A NOTICE-ME “EDGE” Trite but true, there’s no other way to say it: These are not your grandmother’s pearls. In fact, insiders in the jewelry world no longer talk of “pearls” but instead “pearl fashion.” Unusual pearl statement jewelry is a must this year. “There has been a lot of pearl jewelry on the runways,” says Broili, “but it’s not about stark white pearls. Rather, the more warmed-up versions.” Some of the best brands are showing new collections with pale pinks, creams, and lavenders and, to underscore the special statement look, the pearls are often in irregular shapes—perfect in their imperfection!

When it comes to the hottest jewelry trends, it simply isn’t the time for simple. So, first and foremost, when choosing your statement jewelry, consider what fashion insiders call “the silhouette.” In the case of jewelry, that means big, wide, or long. Nothing small, itty-bitty, or dainty. Not now anyway. To help you make selections, here are some notes on the silhouettes of the season in several specific jewelry categories: CUFFS They needn’t be massive and bulky like back in the ’70s, but they should definitely be wide. Pierced or with cutouts maybe—not filigree, but more like the look of crochet or lace. RINGS Four of the new fashion favorites: chunky cocktail rings, with or without stones; uberwide bands; flat retro-looking cigar-band styles made to resemble the paper or foil loops fitted around cigars; and big “cuff rings” that are open at the bottom, allowing you to slightly adjust the fit yourself. EARRINGS Not quite “shoulder-dusters” (Remember that term?), the lengthy earring looks fresh, either worn slim like a stiletto, wider with bead tassels, or with the metal shaped into generously-sized marquise or teardrop patterns. LINKS AND CHAINS To mimic the size of a large collar or a big multi-strand choker, you need several, each at least 34 to 36 inches. Remember, this is statement jewelry, so the more the better. And because it’s your personal statement, buy a wardrobe of links and chains that are different from each other in terms of metals, gems and materials.

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his year’s number-one accessory is, without question, statement jewelry! It’s all about dramatic designs that reveal your self-assured personal style—jewelry that wows instead of whispers. Remember the fashion “winners” at the Academy Awards? Gwyneth Paltrow in mega-sized multi-color gem earrings with a matching brooch pinned at the hip of her curvehugging Calvin? Natalie Portman in rubellite tassel earrings swinging stylishly as she accepted her Best Actress Oscar? Helen Mirren in a bold white diamond pendant that added décolletage dazzle to her neutral gray Vivienne Westwood? Now that’s what we’re talking about! And not just for red carpets and evening wear. “This is the season—and the year—for bold jewelry fashion statements for day and night,” says Cindy Edelstein, president of the


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HUGELY HOT (AND HAUTE) GEMS “This year, there is a riot of colored stones set in jewelry,” says Edelstein. Adriane Broili, designer and trend forecaster at The Doneger Group in New York City, adds, “The colors are usually bold and bright with an eastern influence—especially from Japan—but also strong shades à la African fusion.” James Alger, a gem cutter and stone importer who supplies the newest cuts and best gems to some of the biggest names in jewelry, says that this year, pinks are red hot, especially pink tourmaline, morganite and pink sapphire. “I haven’t seen pink stones so popular since 2002, when Jennifer Lopez got her 6.5-carat pink diamond engagement ring from Ben Affleck!” And speaking of pink diamonds, as they’re rarer than some other diamond colors— yellow, cognac and black, for example—natural color pink diamonds are the perfect choice for statement jewelry. Designers this season are sprinkling the smaller-size pinks in rose gold for a tone-on-tone jewelry look that becomes a great distinguishing everyday accessory—almost a “neutral” because of the monochromatic metal/gem combination. While pinks are important, so too are many of the blue and green gemstones. STATEMENT BLUES If you haven’t looked at blue chalcedony lately, do ask your jeweler about it. A treasured gemstone of the ancient world, contemporary designers are once again featuring this quartz, which has an ethereal adularescence. Also take a second look at aquamarine, another blue that high-end brands are rejuvenating by using it in transparent and translucent cuts in fresh and fashionable collections. STATEMENT GREENS The “newest” dramatic greens include green chalcedony, prasiolite (green quartz), chrysoprase and zultanite, a gem with colorchanging properties found only in Turkey. Zultanite’s kiwi and khaki greens are some of the shades this diaspore mineral can take on.

ATTENTION-GETTING METALS & MATERIALS “Darkened metal jewelry is especially important right now, much of it multi-culturally influenced and vintagy in look,” says Broili. “But the blackened and grayed metals can also have a very modern feeling,” says Edelstein. “In fact, darkened metals are part of what I see as one of the newest trends—something I call ‘Techno Funk.’ It’s fun and casual, with pieces made for lots of layering, draping and stacking.” The newest combinations of metals and materials on a single piece of jewelry really amp up the look-at-me element. Great show-stoppers often mix white, gray and blackened silver together. Or they combine precious gold or platinum with materials like enamel, ceramic, stainless steel, cobalt, titanium and, in some cases, esoteric meteorite or unusual woods. Bronze/high-karat yellow gold is a particularly important fashion pairing, as is palladium with sterling silver and touches of gold.

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BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

Keeping It Real WHY THE WORLD GOLD COUNCIL HAS ADDED A DOSE OF HUMOR TO THEIR NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN.

he fact that almost 78 percent of women in the U.S. purchase gold wedding bands (according to a study by The Knot Market Intelligence) should keep the folks at the World Gold Council pretty happy. But according to Michael Pace, VP of marketing for the U.S. at the World Gold Council, there is no reason to get complacent. In fact, by adding some levity to their ad campaign, this organization is reminding both brides and grooms that gold plays a central role in a happy marriage. “We’re changing the tone of how we speak to younger consumers who are searching for their marriage bands, so the ads really engage them and stand out in the bridal category,” Pace explains. “The ‘Gold Makes it a Marriage’ campaign is also backed up big time by a new Facebook page with videos, ads and some very interactive features.” There’s even a ‘Makes it a Match’ app that takes information from your Facebook page and your partner’s, comparing them to show what you have in common.

The main message of the new campaign, according to Pace, is that most of the intricate details of your wedding (no matter how special) don’t last, and even the memories eventually fade, but the rings remain with you always. A gold marriage band is a symbol of a timeless and precious relationship and should therefore be a priority in your list of purchases for your wedding. “Your great uncle nearly breaking a hip to Bust a Move makes it a wedding; gold makes it a marriage” is a typical headline from the campaign. Then there’s a wonderful video, in which real married couples of all ages are asked about specific aspects of the big day. As might be predicted, their memories are vague and inconsistent; their responses are thus highly comical, especially some of the details that young couples obsess over (e.g. “We argued about the exact angle to set up the chairs…”). “Gold is the original and authentic metal of love and was used for marriage bands by the Romans as far back as the 2nd century A.D.,” explains Pace. “Our new campaign focuses on this intrinsic value: your relationship is genuine—make sure your ring is too. Our goal is to create an emotional connection with both brides and grooms…” And speaking of grooms, Pace says 97 percent of married men in the U.S. wear a wedding band, according to The Knot Market Intelligence study, and that most often it’s the only piece of jewelry they wear. So we say to those brides-to-be: You want him to keep the ring on his finger? Make sure it’s fabulous and make sure it’s real gold!

THE MESSAGE IS THE MESSAGE A key advantage of using gold for wedding bands is that it’s highly malleable and thus engravable. In fact, throughout the ages, messages printed on gold bands have revealed many wonderful secrets of adoration and adulation. For those who can’t get beyond ‘I luv u’, here are a few suggestions: To the moon and back • Worth waiting for • A deal’s a deal • A lifetime of happiness • You jump, I jump See www.facebook.com/gold for more information about how ‘Gold Makes it a Marriage’ B R I D A L

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THE PROPOSAL

BY AUSTIN DIAS

Setting Sail

fter searching for weeks, I finally stumbled across the perfect ring. The center stone appeared to float among the tiny diamonds that surrounded it. Next, I went to visit her parents to ask them for their blessing. They were excited and shared their wisdom with me. Her Mom asked if she could see the ring, but I politely declined since I didn’t want anyone to see the ring before Jessica. I had been planning to propose on a weekend that was over a month away, but couldn’t stand having the ring, since I knew it belonged on her finger. I had a few ideas for what the ultimate proposal would be, but I finally settled on one that involved our love of sailing and was going to take a large amount of preparation, teamwork and secrecy. The plan involved borrowing a sailboat and organizing a crew of friends to sail the boat. I worked with a friend from a local sail making company to put “Marry Me?” on the spinnaker sail. Meanwhile, I was also contacting some of my best buddies to help crew the boat on this special mission. I created a plan for them that detailed multiple possible locations for the proposal: all depended upon the day’s wind direction and even included a “no wind” plan that involved putting the sail up and motoring backwards to make the spinnaker fly! The final piece of the puzzle was to have a professional photographer taking paparazzi-type photos while the proposal was unfolding. The night before, I called Jessica and told her that I had just received a gift certificate to a nice restaurant on the bay. I wanted to wait until the B R I D A L

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last minute to make it seem like it was nothing special, until I found out her roommate had already made plans with her! I spent the next day scrambling to contact her roommate to convince her to cancel. Now the plan was in place! I met the crew at the boat and they all looked sharp in their khaki pants and white polos. They told me that I needed to leave! I was pretty nervous as I reviewed the plan over and over again. Finally, after what felt like the longest day of my life, I picked up Jess and headed down to the bay. I asked her if we could go on a walk and she agreed that it would be nice. The ring was burning in my pocket! Then we noticed a boat dangerously close to the rocks… “What is that boat doing?!” she asked, concerned. “I don’t know, let’s watch,” I replied. The big white spinnaker sail flew up and in large red letters she read, “Marry Me?” She turned around to find me on one knee and the ring sparkling in the sunset. She cried with excitement and said, “YES, YES, YES!” My ultimate proposal came together perfectly, with my friends cheering wildly, and I held my fiancée in my arms as she wore the ring of her dreams. The Jewelry Information Center’s second annual Ultimate Proposal Contest invited couples to submit their special proposal stories at www. JIC.org, and asked America to vote for a favorite amongst 10 Top Finalists. More than 6,000 people cast their vote to choose the winner. Austin Dias and his fiancée, Jessica Williams, won a seven-night Caribbean cruise from Norwegian Cruise Lines and a pair of platinum and diamond wedding bands. The story has been edited for ACCENT. S E C T I O N


THE ROMANCE

Love Stories at Fink’s Jewelers WILLIAM AND JANET HICKS

love that stands the test of time is a rare treasure these days, so after 50 years of marital bliss, Willie and Janet Hicks of Charlotte, North Carolina, knew they wanted to commemorate this important milestone. As Willie says, “You only have one 50th anniversary!” When the two decided to tie the knot 50 years ago, Willie searched for a diamond that would match the beauty he saw in Janet. Though his budget was small, he knew he wanted a ring of excellent quality and worthy of his investment. He decided on an emerald cut diamond purchased from a small, locallyowned shop in Charlotte. As the years passed, the store where he made his first purchase eventually closed. Seeking the same attention to customer service from a local jeweler, Willie walked into Fink’s Jewelers (then called Garibaldi & Bruns in SouthPark Mall) and has been a loyal customer ever since. “We’ve shopped around but always end up back at Fink’s because of their great service and quality merchandise,” Willie says. When the time came to celebrate their Golden Anniversary, the couple ended up at the Fink’s Jewelers store at Northlake Mall in Charlotte. Ellen Freeman and Traci Baker B R I D A L

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worked with Willie and Janet for almost three years, finally narrowing it down to the perfect gift. After much consideration, Willie decided he wanted Janet to select exactly what she wanted. The couple eventually decided on a round brilliant solitaire diamond set in platinum. “A timeless and classic look for a timeless and classic couple,” said Ellen. The three-year process was actually a work of fate. Willie and Janet’s wedding anniversary is June 24th, but they celebrated with friends and family more than a month early. This turned out to be a good thing, since only a few weeks after the big party in their honor, Janet’s mother passed away. “God planned it that way,” they said. Apparently, the couple’s love is contagious: they won the hearts of Ellen and Traci, too. “We were so honored to be a part of something so special,” Ellen said. Willie was so appreciative of his sales team at Fink’s. He gave both Ellen and Traci a 50-cent piece to thank them and said, “Make sure you always have a little somethin’ in your purse.” Good advice from a man who knows a thing or two about life and love.

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THE JEWELS

BY HANNAH ROTH These platinum, sapphire and diamond rings are very similar to the engagement ring worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Shine On CHOOSE THE METAL THAT’S HOT WITH THE STARS.

latinum has long been heralded as the crème de la crème of jewelry settings. Not only is the metal durable and resistant to corrosion, but platinum is also rare and eternal, much like the qualities of love. Most celebrities choose platinum for their rings because they want their large diamonds (20.5 carats in Kim Kardashian’s case!) to be as radiant and beautifully showcased as possible. Another admirable quality of platinum is its natural white color, which flawlessly sets off the brilliance of the diamond and enhances the wowfactor. Here, some sparkling examples of why platinum is a gorgeous option for highlighting a gorgeous rock: Emily Blunt’s engagement to John Krasinski was made even more special by the addition of her three-carat Edwardian diamond and platinum ring. The custom-designed ring features side-scalloped detailing of alternating diamond and platinum ripples, emphasizing the

flawless cut and clarity of the center stone impeccably. The unique engagement ring given to Katherine Heigl by nowhusband Josh Kelley boasts a three-carat pear shaped diamond flanked by rows of pavé diamonds. The everlasting quality of platinum jewelry is apparent in this design—half of the platinum band is actually from Heigl’s mother’s own engagement ring! Beyonce and Jay-Z, the power-couple to rival all power-couples, exhibit their love in an equally powerful fashion. Beyonce’s 18-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum is reportedly worth $5 million and is a prime example of the brilliance and clarity a diamond can project when properly displayed.

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This brilliant cut diamond with pavé surround is comparable to Natalie Portman’s platinum and diamond engagement ring.

This three-stone ring closely resembles Kim Kardashian’s 20.5 carat stunner.

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BEFORE THE FIRST DANCE AND THE CAKE CUTTING COMES THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS, THOSE ICONIC SYMBOLS OF YOUR ETERNAL VOWS. CAPTURE THE BRILLIANCE OF YOUR WEDDING RINGS IN A PHOTOGRAPH AS TIMELESS AND UNIQUE AS YOUR LOVE.

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Bright Spots BREATHTAKING BEAUTY AND EYE-CATCHING ACCESSORIES HELP THESE LEADING LADIES STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD. BY AMY SCIARETTA

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hether out on tour or singing on her home stage, Carrie Underwood is always polished to perfection. At American Idol’s finale results show, the cute country star rocked in a long-sleeved mini dress. Her Art Deco diamond and raspberry tourmaline drop earrings play off the geometric pattern of her dress and add a pop of color. Classic: the definition of Paula Patton at the 2011 Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner. In a simple black spaghetti strap sheath, she let her 18K yellow gold and diamond earrings steal the show, proving she knows how to accessorize Just Wright. If anyone can convince us that bronzer is overrated, it’s this light-skinned lady. Rachel McAdams looked anything but bland for the premiere of Sleeping Beauty at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Fierce red lips and an armful of diamond bangles added a feminine touch to her menswear-inspired neutrals.

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JENNIFER / OLIVIA: CARRERA Y CARRERA. ERIN: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

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Jennifer Morrison knows how to make an entrance! At Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, she clearly dazzled the crowd in simple but stunning 18 karat yellow gold hoop earrings, an understated accent to her multi-colored accessories. Olivia Wilde is reputed to be one of Hollywood’s most confident leading ladies. To the premiere of Universal’s “Cowboys and Aliens” she appeared as elegant as ever in stacked rings and an intricate white gold and rose cut diamond bracelet. A sure showstopper! Erin Andrews is always radiant! While her beautiful smile is brilliant on its own, it is further enhanced by sparkling earrings. Here, for the 36th annual Gracie Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Andrews wears amazing diamond chandelier earrings with pavé diamond accents. WOW!

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EXPLORE THE LITTLE LUXURIES THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER. BY DONALD CHARLES RICHARDSON

PRIVATE VIEW Not far from Missoula, Montana a wide stretch of foothills and hay meadows surrounds The Ranch At Rock Creek, a new, very luxurious guest ranch. Along with comfortable rooms, an impressive selection of wines and excellent food, there’s a full spa on site; activities in the area range from fly-fishing to skiing. For the guest who wants to experience nature in private without sacrificing creature comforts, the ranch offers the Trapper Luxury Canvas Cabin. Sequestered in a wooded area next to the creek, two miles from the main buildings, this suite has a king bed, gas fireplace, wine cooler, kitchenette stocked to your specifications, and even a Jacuzzi on the front porch. Perfect for the greenhorn who wants to get back to nature.

VICTOR HUGO ATE HERE This autumn, the hottest souvenir in Paris is a copy of the newly released Les Contemplations Gourmandes by chef Florian V. Hugo. A direct descendant of the legendary writer Victor Hugo, Chef Hugo’s new book contains 55 traditional French recipes enjoyed by his ancestor, with rare pictures, drawings, documents and quotes from Victor Hugo, and from other writers about the Les Misérables author and the culinary aspects of life. Instead of photographs of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll dazzle your friends with boeuf bourguignon, soufflé au fromage, biszue de homard, and macaron à la rose.

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PerfectGems RÉPIT On any given evening during the “season” on the island of St. Barths, there are glamorous and very chic social events. Sometimes even the most indefatigable partygoer can use a break. During your vacation on this most perfect Caribbean island, get a reservation (you really will need one) at Bonito. This remarkable restaurant, where chef Laurent Cantineaux's French cuisine is influenced by his 10 years in Venezuela and has a decidedly South American flavor, is where all the island’s movers and shakers go for a delicious and stress-free evening. The ambiance is perfect with stunning views of the sea and a lovely French countrydecorated living room. The perfect place to recover from (or prepare for) a party.

THAT’S A GOOD LOOK FOR YOU

FROM THE TERRACE In the 17th century, a charming Byzantine church was built on the cliffs of the caldera above the Aegean on the lovely Greek island of Santorini. A very exclusive neighborhood of small houses grew up around the church. With terraces jutting out over the sea offering magnificent views of the legendary volcano, these were the residences of the wealthy for nearly three centuries. Now a Yades Historical Hotel, the Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement comprises 16 neoclassical houses, restored by master masons, retaining the original shapes and schemes. The comfortable rooms have marble floors and handsome furniture, there’s a restaurant and swimming pool…all the modern conveniences. But the sense of history remains, along with the views, which offer one of the most superb sunsets in the Mediterranean.

There’s a lot to see at the very fashionable Hotel Zaza in Houston, Texas. It’s often possible to spot visiting celebrities like Billy Idol, David and Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (before the breakup they stayed in one of the Zaza’s “Magnificent Seven” suites: crystal chandeliers, gold bed covers, Persian rugs and terraces with soaking pools). Then there’s the extraordinary artwork. Owner Charles S. Givens regularly installs pieces from his private collection, by artists including Simon Procter, Isack Kousnsky and Helmet Newton, throughout the hotel. For guests who want to learn more about the art, the Zaza will arrange a private tour of the current exhibits with expert Steven Thompson. Sommelier Alex Aland opens a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to complete the artistic ambiance.

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SPIRITS

Diamond Drams MAKE YOUR NEXT COCKTAIL WITH THESE JEWELRY-THEMED LIQUORS. BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON

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or me, the diamond dawns are set in rings of beauty,” wrote 19th-century American author John Townsend Trowbridge. Gems are everywhere if you look for them. Now you can adorn your home bar with boozy diamonds, pearls and platinum. Vodka is often passed through charcoal during the distillation process to remove impurities and enhance smoothness. What is charcoal but unfinished diamonds? As a result, many brands are opting for swankier filtration methods. Russian Diamond runs its vodka through quartz, “coconut” charcoal and crushed diamonds, while the new organic (and kosher) Croatian vodka Akvinta filters its elixir five times, through charcoal, marble, silver, gold and platinum. No need to limit your gemstone bar to vodka: Maestro Dobel tequila, a funky mix of various aged tequilas (12, 24 and 36 months) is “diamond distilled” (we think they mean filtered) and follows the “Four Cs” of alcohol: Clarity (filtering), Crispness, Complexity and Craftsmanship. Meanwhile, Armazem Vieria Cachaças (similar to rum) from the Brazilian island of Santa Catalina are barrel-aged and fractionally-blended using a solera system (like Sherry), and bottled as Emerald (4 years), Ruby (8 years) and Onyx (15 years, about $100) varieties. You can also pick up Platinum single malt

whisky in Scotland and Double Diamond (a skiing reference) whiskey from Colorado’s Downslope Distillery. For jewel-tastic spirits, it’s hard to beat the new Precious Vodka from Jewel Lines. The six-times distilled, three-times filtered liquid is encased in diamond-shaped carafes, each bearing a real gemstone—sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz or peridot—in the stopper. Does all the fanfare make it taste any better than, say, Belvedere? Probably not, but it will kick-start some entertaining cocktail talk.

ROSITA RUBY MARGARITA by Victoria D’Amato Moran, San Francisco • 1.5 oz. Artá Reposado Tequila • 1/2 oz. Aperol Italian liqueur • 1 bar spoon orange marmalade • 3 oz. fresh ruby red grapefruit juice • 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice Build in a mixing glass, add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thick lemon slice.

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TRAVEL

Having It All WHY SACRIFICE INTIMACY FOR VARIETY WHEN YOU CAN HAVE BOTH? BY LENORE RICH

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adore the warmth and sophistication of a small ship (why should I dine with thousands?) yet hate to forego the myriad activities of a large one. Wanting both options, and unsure if I’d be craving a burger bar or a sushi bar, a pomegranate martini or a double chocolate milkshake,

I set out to discover a “luxurious and healthful small ship experience” aboard a mega-ship. Just to be safe, I booked two one-week cruises aboard Celebrity’s award-winning Solstice Class ships, each easily housing 2,850 passengers

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and touted by Frommer’s as “the most fragrantly beautiful mega-ships ever built.” Venues include a spa (with treatments like bamboo massage, acupuncture, Botox, and 14K gold facials), a fitness center with spectacular water views, and state-of-the-art theaters (one equipped for “cirque-type” aerialists). Lounge options include a martini bar with frosted counters and a molecular bar tended by lab coat wearing mixologists who create tantalizing smoking concoctions with liquid nitrogen. Consider the “Lawn Club”, a half-acre of real grass on which you can play bocce, hone your putting skills, sunbathe, picnic or sip chardonnay under the stars. And—to satisfy the newly-emerging cruise demographic of 30 to 50 year olds—a fabulous nightclub! y mission was to have it all, but without the lines, crowds and 5,000-plus calories a day (despite my husband’s desire for all of this!). So here’s what I found: Booking one of 130 coveted “spa-inspired” AquaClass staterooms grants exclusive entry to “Blu”, a signature dining room that “puts a spin on spa cuisine.” Here, open-seating breakfasts (smoothies and frittatas included) and healthful dinners are available in a serene, intimate setting. Unlimited access to the relaxation room and “Persian Gardens” (a peaceful enclave within the spa), Frette robes, Hansgrohe shower panels, and a spa concierge are among the enhancements. If spa-inspired is not your thing but pampering is, consider Concierge Class or a Butler suite.

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WOULD I CRAVE A POMEGRANATE MARTINI OR A CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE?

Don’t Leave Home Without It! • Pack sample sizes of suntan lotions, insect repellent and cosmetics. Consider ear plugs, chargers, a mini flashlight, crazy glue, baggies. • An over-the-door shoe caddy or organizer is a space saver in the cabin and a catch-all for small items. • Duct tape, now in an array of colors and patterns, can save the day. Repair a torn hem or handbag, secure rattling hangers or drawers in rocky seas, secure your favorite cap to the deck chair or personalize your black luggage for easy identification. Turquoise? Leopard? Go for it! • Copies of passports, credit cards, tickets and prescriptions (including eyeglasses) should be left with a contact and also carried with you. Or why not email them to yourself for easy access? • Cross pack with your travel companion. If one bag is lost or delayed you’ll each have something to wear! And seriously consider travel insurance for those unexpected problems. • Alert credit card companies, particularly if traveling out of the country, and find out which of them assess (hidden) foreign purchase fees, often 3%. • A current passport with an expiration date well beyond your travel return date is crucial. Check the expiration when booking your trip. Need a visa? Injections? Plan ahead!

Specialty restaurants were well worth the surcharge. In Murano, five (gorgeous!) servers treated our party of four royally, flambéing, deboning and tossing contemporary French cuisine tableside. Qsine, one of the most innovative restaurants on land or sea, was a culinary adventure. Forewarned that this venue is best experienced with others, our table of eight newfound friends perused menu offerings on iPads and Rubics-cube-likegizmos. The internationally-themed food was creative, delicious and outrageous, evoking much good cheer for the duration of our four-hour meal. (Although we missed the evening’s scheduled entertainment, we created our own.) To avoid the elaborate lunch buffet on sea days (a tough task since the aroma is hard to resist), we opted for lunch at the more sedate creperie, conveniently located near the gelateria! (Those in the know head here as soon as they board.) Celebrity has designed on-board programs categorized as Savour, Discover and Renew. I can hone the art of wine pairing or choose to detox for health and weight loss. I can learn a new language with Rosetta Stone or practice it in the iLounge. An urge to tango? Prepare a gourmet meal? How about a Smithsonian lecturer? The possibilities are overwhelming... so I head to the spa to de-stress! Clearly, there’s something for every taste on the high seas and I know I’ll be back to try it all! Or I can just sink into the closest cocoon chair with a pineapple caipirinha and do absolutely nothing!

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WITH LIMITED STORAGE AND NEW AIRLINE WEIGHT REGULATIONS, PACKING LIGHT IS KEY. • Create a wardrobe based on solid neutrals. (Yes— sage is a neutral!) Fabulous accessories are key. Will your tablemates remember that you wore the same “column of black” on multiple evenings, or will they remember your gorgeous leopard scarf, red belt, or statement necklace? • Men: Good time to come out of your comfort zone with great belts, ties and watches. Try that pink or lavender shirt you won’t wear at home and prepare for compliments. • Note: Several cruise lines have relaxed their dress code to Country Club Casual. Those who lament leaving their gown or tux at home, play up the accessories. Diamonds and gemstones spell instant black tie glamour. • Consider the purchase of a new camera or laptop on board. Celebrity, an authorized Apple reseller, gives lessons in the iLounge—you’ll have the entire cruise to get advice from the experts.


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The Ultimate Gift GOOD HEALTH IS ALL THAT MATTERS, BUT GOOD DIAMONDS CAN’T HURT... BY HANS GSCHLIESSER

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or better or worse took on significant meaning this year as I watched the woman I love suffer through a medical crisis. It started when, for some unknown reason, Janet stopped cooking. This was simply unfathomable to me. She loves to cook! And I love to eat. As if this wasn’t bad enough, she also stopped eating, saying that the mere smell of food was making her nauseous. She totally refused to go anywhere near the kitchen. As I am a terrible cook, we were both getting thinner by the day. “I know you want to lose a few pounds, but don’t you think this is a bit extreme?” I asked her. No answer. Was this some sort of psychological rebellion against me? It is about me isn’t it? Knowing something was very wrong, we called in doctors. There were endless tests with endless specialists but still no answers. In a state of helpless confusion I watched as my wife withered away physically and emotionally. I watched as the ambulance took her to the hospital, as she received more tests from more specialists. Then finally, a diagnosis: “Your wife is anorexic, has a brain hemorrhage and Bacterial Endocarditis, which has destroyed her heart valve. She needs open heart surgery.” I sat there white as a ghost as the blood drained from my body. Bacterial what? By now, Janet was gaunt, exhausted and terrified at the prospect of

surgery, which was to be scheduled after eight weeks of daily IV antibiotics, administered by me, at home. To regain her strength, she needed to eat. Luckily, supportive family and friends precluded the need for my cooking. Slowly she regained her appetite as the antibiotic killed off the nasty little Streptococcus Viridans bacteria. But the looming prospect of open heart valve replacement surgery haunted us every minute. Ultimately, the day arrived and we drove to the hospital in a state of disbelief. The surgery was scheduled for Valentine’s Day, which felt like a good omen. After five intense hours, the surgeon came out to inform me that all had gone well. I could finally breathe. And to celebrate the ultimate gift of my wife getting a new heart for Valentines Day, I surprised her with a pair of diamond earrings. The nurse ran into the room in a frenzy when Janet’s EKG lit up the monitor, but it was only her heart fluttering as she opened the box and saw the earrings. “I’ve always wanted these; I’m never taking them off!” she exclaimed with joy and gratitude. It was just what the doctor ordered to renew the twinkle in her eyes, the radiant smile, the prospect of normalcy. And how we both craved the monotony of normal routine living! Routine living, with a little extra sparkle.

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