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s we celebrate Hyde Park’s 35th Anniversary, we’d like to welcome you to the fall issue of Accent magazine. This issue of Accent features a special bridal section that is tailored towards those who are either looking to take that special next step in their relationship or those celebrating anniversaries. Hyde Park has always strived to be the premiere bridal and celebration jewelry destination, but over the past several years, we have made a significant and focused effort to provide our clients with the most comprehensive selection of engagement rings, loose diamonds and wedding bands, specially tailored to fit a wide range of styles and budgets. I am especially proud of our expert in-house jewelers. This team works with such creativity and precision to help design, redesign and custom manufacture rings for all your bridal and anniversary occasions. I am constantly receiving emails and letters from clients expressing their gratitude and special sentiments for helping them turn their ideas into a one-of-a-kind treasure to be cherished for years to come. We hope that you enjoy this issue of Accent magazine and wish you and your family a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon. Warm Regards,

Michael Pollak CEO, Hyde Park Jewelers mpollak@hpjewels.com

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Contents fall/winter 2011 DENVER CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER 3000 E. 1ST AVE. DENVER, CO 80206 PHONE (303) 333-4446 PHOENIX BILTMORE FASHION PARK 2442 E. CAMELBACK RD. PHOENIX, AZ 85016 PHONE (602) 667-3541 LAS VEGAS FORUM SHOPS 3500 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH LAS VEGAS, NV 89109 PHONE (702) 794-3541 W W W. H Y D E P A R K J E W E L E R S . C O M MICHAEL POLLAK CEO SHEREEN POLLAK PRESIDENT

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FEATURES

31 Graceful Glamour

PUBLISHER STU NIFOUSSI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

2 Welcome Letter

34 Trends: Power Pieces

6 Discover hpjewelers.com

36 Interview: Irresistibly Ivanka

8 Hyde Park Community

38 Bell & Ross: From Cockpit to Wrist

MANAGING EDITOR JILLIAN SPRAGUE

40 Profile: Hit the Links

PROJECT MANAGER LISA MONTEMORRA

14 Happenings at Hyde Park 16 Accent Advisor 18 Designers: Transformative Power 20 Red Carpet: Bright Spots

42 Chopard: Mille Miglia 44 Speed: The Lady is a Champ

25 Style File

58 Book Review: Vintage Jewelry Design

28 Watch Report

60 Spirits: Diamond Drams 62 Perfect Gems

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HYDE PARK COMMUNITY

HOT ROCKS GRILLER CHALLENGE BENEFITTING DENVER HEALTH FOUNDATION JUNE 2011

NIGHTSHINE: AN EVENING FOR DENVER HEALTH FOUNDATION MAY 2011 Over 4,000 guests gathered at the National Western Events Center to celebrate the many successes of Denver Health’s Community Health Services at the the 2011 NightShine Gala. The highlight of the evening’s events was a special live performance by acclaimed singersongwriter and record producer Lionel Richie. One lucky live auction bidder walked away with a package from Hyde Park, Omega and Inspirato that included a $5,000 gift card toward an Omega watch, a 10-night luxury Hawaiian vacation at an Inspirato property, plus airfare and much more. Denver Health’s Community Health Services is the largest community health network in the nation, providing hundreds of thousands of primary care visits during 2010 alone.

Denver Health Foundation held their 3rd Annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge (a fundraiser for men’s health programs at Denver Health) on June 15th at Elway’s Cherry Creek. It was a beautiful Colorado evening, and the event was a huge success! The evening involved 16 of Denver’s top chefs grilling sliders and sides in a heated competition. Guests also enjoyed live music by Opie Gone Bad and a Pop-A-Shot competition where guests could play to win his and hers TW Steel watches provided by Hyde Park Jewelers. The winning chef for the second consecutive year was Troy Guard of TAG.

COOKING UP SUCCESS GALA BENEFITTING INVEST IN KIDS APRIL 2011 Invest in Kids hosted their 3rd Annual Gala at EXDO Event Center (Denver, CO) on April 29th. The event featured delectable dishes created by eight of Denver’s most acclaimed chefs and raised $240,000 to benefit Invest in Kids programs. Hyde Park sponsored the event by donating a Bell & Ross BR 03-51 GMT watch for the live auction program.

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Guest speakers for the evening included Governor Hickenlooper and Anne Trujillo of 7NEWS, along with a moving presentation by a graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership who overcame a troubled past filled with childhood neglect, domestic violence and substance abuse. Invest in Kids (IIK) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s youngest and most vulnerable children through research-based, proven programs.

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NIGHT FOR LIFE GALA BENEFITTING SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR HIV/AIDS MAY 2011

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More than 550 community members gathered at The Phoenician for the 16th Annual Night For Life Gala, hosted by Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring vacation getaways, sports and entertainment memorabilia, artwork and more. Hyde Park teamed up with Chopard and Inspirato, donating a package for the live auction that included a seven-night vacation in Cabo San Lucas and a Chopard special edition Elton John watch. Guests were treated to a post-dinner performance by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday, along with after party dance music mixed by DJ Justin Dawson. The event raised over $300,000 to help provide a combination of prevention, research and wellness support to Arizona residents infected with HIV/AIDS.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT THE RITZ CARLTON, PHOENIX JULY 2011 Guests and residents at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix escaped the heat of the summer at the Christmas in July event. The festivities featured something for everyone, from holiday tea and cocktails to caroling and fashion shows. Models donned vintage-inspired black cocktail dresses and evening gowns paired with spectacular gems from Hyde Park for the afternoon fashion show.

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC BENEFITTING JUDI’S HOUSE, THE GLOBAL DOWN SYNDROME FOUNDATION AND YOUTHBIZ, INC. JULY 2011 Hyde Park hosted the 12th Annual Diamonds in the Rough Charity Golf Classic at Cherry Creek Country Club, raising a record amount for several children’s and health-related charities, including Judi’s House, The Global Down Syndrome Foundation and YouthBiz, Inc. The event kicked off with dinner at Shanahan’s Steakhouse on the eve of the tournament, where David McReynolds, chairman of the board of Denver Health Foundation, was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. The dinner was followed up with a competitive golf match the next day. National and local celebrities, current and former professional athletes, and top business and community leaders were in attendance to enjoy the two-day event and show their support for the benefitting charities.

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HAPPENINGS AT HYDE PARK DENVER

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

THE DIAMOND RING EVENT: November 11-12:

TACORI • J.B. STAR • CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS • ROBERTO COIN CENTO • JUDE FRANCES • FOREVERMARK • SCOTT KAY AND MORE!

HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW – ITALIAN STYLE! December 9-10:

MARCO BICEGO • IPPOLITA • ROBERTO COIN

HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW – AMERICAN STYLE! December 16-17:

TEMPLE ST. CLAIR • PAUL MORELLI • PENNY PREVILLE

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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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IMAGE COURTESY OF STEPHEN WEBSTER

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


DESIGNERS Describe the exclusive collection you designed for our store. The palette is called Wisteria and is anchored by a gorgeous bronze amethyst gemstone doublet. The multi-stone silhouettes in the collection also have hand-faceted clear quartz and Brazilian amethyst gemstones and a beautiful black shell doublet. I source stones and materials from all over the world, though I actually found the bronze amethyst I used for this collection right here in the U.S. You’ve talked about jewelry as empowering women; explain. For me, jewelry has always had a transformative quality—a great necklace or the perfect stack of bangles can really lift a mood, inspire confidence, make a woman feel more beautiful, more sexy, more herself. When you feel beautiful, you feel confident and that’s empowering. In general, what inspires your designs going into 2012? It seems I can never get enough color, or sparkle! So for 2012 you will see a big emphasis on gorgeous colors in bright and tonal hues across all three metals. And then there is the bling factor—expanding my diamond category in a sophisticated and somewhat unexpected way has been fun for me. I just spent two weeks traveling in Asia and India and was completely inspired by EVERYTHING: the cuisine, the language, the architecture, the diversity and the dichotomy. Especially in India, you really have this interesting sense that while this is the oldest living civilization on earth, it is also incredibly modern in many ways. How do you account for your strong and dedicated following? When I started out, I was designing the kind of jewelry I wanted to wear but couldn’t find. No one was crafting truly wearable fine jewelry that you could wear everyday, all day. As I continued to develop my collection, it became clear that this concept of creating fashion fine jewelry resonated with women—all kinds of women. They embraced the wearability, the versatility and the collectability: the idea of building a wardrobe. What’s really inspiring is the range of women who wear my jewelry, from young ingenues to established actors to musicians and artists. What are you personally wearing a lot of these days? I love the simplicity and versatility of a long link chain; it’s the perfect day to night piece. I wear it doubled at the office and when I go out in the evening I wear it long with a great pair of drop earrings. The 19 gold and diamond bangles I wear everyday have become my signature and are definitely my favorites.

Transformative Power IPPOLITA’S JEWELRY INSPIRES CONFIDENCE. AND JOY! BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN Other than design, what are you doing these days? One of my goals this year has been to make time for art—to see it, to create it, to appreciate it. Art rejuvenates and inspires me—it makes me a more creative designer. What are you most proud of? I am most proud of raising a confident and independent daughter and instilling in her the importance of pursuing your passions, working hard and being a good person. Of course I am immensely proud of the business I’ve created, but this is a team effort and I work with an incredible group of people. I believe we are all constantly evolving into the people we are meant to be, so while I embrace change, I really just try to live in the moment and be who I am.

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SPECIAL EDITION


RED CARPET

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

Paula Patton

Rachel McAdams

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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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CARRIE / RACHEL: AMRAPALI. PAULA: CARRERA Y CARRERA.

Carrie Underwood


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RED CARPET

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

Jennifer Morrison

Olivia Wilde

Erin Andrews

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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HYDE PARK ’S

StyleFile

GO WILD!

Wrap yourself in this extraordinary necklace from Marco Bicego’s new Africa collection. The imaginative and evocative designs are inspired by the magnificent and uncontaminated nature of Africa. The fascinating imperfection of these yellow-gold jewels—similar to the imperfections found in the tribal jewels worn by African women— generate a warmth that evokes the colors of the sub-Saharan land.

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HYDE PARK ’S

StyleFile TEMPLE ST CLAIR

JOHN HARDY

Gold

Rush

ROBERTO COIN

PAUL MORELLI

JOHN HARDY Palu Collection hand-hammered cuff bracelet in sterling silver and 22K yellow gold. TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Moonface pendant with diamond granulation on classic round link chain in 18K yellow gold. PAUL MORELLI Golden tiger’s eye prayer bead and meditation bell bracelet in 18K yellow gold. ROBERTO COIN Ipanema Collection circle drop earrings featuring green and purple amethyst in 18K yellow gold.

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PENNY PREVILLE

JUDE FRANCES IVANKA TRUMP

Black & White Statements IPPOLITA

MCL BY MATTHEW CAMPBELL LAURENZA

PENNY PREVILLE Pear shape earrings featuring labradorite and diamonds in 18K white gold. IVANKA TRUMP Noor Collection ring featuring black onyx and diamonds in 18K white gold. JUDE FRANCES Oval Black Diamond Pavé Guinevere Ring with White Topaz and 18k White Gold and Lacey Princess Ring with White Topaz, Black Diamonds and 18k White Gold. MCL BY MATTHEW CAMPBELL LAURENZA Atlas Deco Collection bracelets in mixed pavé and sterling silver. IPPOLITA Wicked Collection bangles featuring blue topaz, clear quartz and diamonds in black rhodium and sterling silver.

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WatchReport

ROLEX CARTIER

OMEGA

For Her CHOPARD

CHANEL

CHANEL Chromatic, 38mm, scratch-proof ceramic and titanium case and bracelet, automatic movement, date display, water-resistant to 200 meters. CARTIER Delices de Cartier, large model, 18K pink gold case set with diamonds, quartz movement, silvered lacquered dial, 18K pink gold bracelet. CHOPARD Imperiale, 36mm, twotone case and bracelet featuring stainless steel and 18K rose gold, crown set with amethyst. OMEGA Constellation, 35mm 18K rose gold case, quartz movement, brown dial with embossed “Supernova” pattern, diamond hour markers, brown alligator strap, water-resistant to 100 meters. ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Datejust, 31mm, stainless steel and 18K yellow gold case and Oyster bracelet, domed bezel set with 24 diamonds, white mother-of-pearl Roman dial.

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TAG HEUER

BELL & ROSS

AUDEMARS PIGUET

For Him BREGUET

PANERAI

TAG HEUER LINK, 43mm, stainless steel case and bracelet, automatic chronograph with Calibre 16 movement. BELL & ROSS WW1-97 Reserve de Marche, 45mm polished stainless steel case, self-winding mechanical movement, power reserve indicator, galvanic black sunburst dial, black alligator strap, water-resistant to 50 meters. BREGUET Marine Royale, 18K rose gold case, self-winding movement with date, alarm power-reserve indicator, self-winding alarm on/off indicator, black rhodium gold dial hand-engraved on a rose engine, water-resistant to 300 meters. AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Offshore, 44mm stainless steel case, self-winding chronograph movement, black ceramic bezel, crown and pushpieces with a sapphire crystal caseback, silvered and black dial with “Mega Tapisserie� pattern, black rubber strap, water-resistant to 100 meters. PANERAI Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT, 44mm brushed steel case, automatic P. 2002 Calibre movement, black dial, black calf strap, water-resistant to 100 meters, PAM00233.

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18 K A N G E L P E N D A N T S A N D C H A I N S

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HYDE PARK COLLECTION Open twirl pavé diamond earrings. Layered floral motif pavé diamond necklace and ring. All in 18K white gold.

DIAMONDS THAT DAZZLE WITH LADYLIKE ELEGANCE AND TIMELESS STYLE

PHOTOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE BY EDWIN SANTA

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HYDE PARK COLLECTION Black and white diamond hoop earrings, circle link necklace, bangle bracelets. All in 18K white gold.


PHOTOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE BY EDWIN SANTA; MODEL: ALISA BASYUK, ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT; MAKEUP: ELIUT TARIN; HAIR: SOPHIE HERRERA; NAILS: ABIGAIL ALCALA

HYDE PARK COLLECTION Victorian diamond earrings and bracelet in rhodium plated 18K white gold. CHANEL J12 Chromatic titanium ceramic timepiece with diamond bezel and dial.


TRENDS

POWER PIECES FASHION’S STRONG FAVORITES MAKE A STATEMENT. BY LORRAINE DEPASQUE

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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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IMAGES COURTESY OF MARCO BICEGO, MATTIOLI, ERICA COURTNEY, DANIEL GIBBINGS AND ROBERTO COIN

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


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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INTERVIEW

Irresistibly Ivanka TALENTED, DRIVEN, AND VERY MUCH HER OWN PERSON, IVANKA TRUMP CONTINUES THE LEGACY. BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

How and why did you get into the jewelry business? My mother’s Legacy jewelry collection always inspired me, and my love for the classic aesthetic helped propel my vision. I realized the luxury fine jewelry market was missing a fresh, young design approach. That’s where my vision of “Rock Tradition” plays a vital role—it’s a modern twist on jewelry’s most important classic. I’ve always had a passion for jewelry. I wanted to make women of my time feel comfortable buying fine jewelry. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your designs? My creative vision is Heirloom Chic, the youthful reinvention of important legacy jewelry. Heirloom Chic puts a modern twist on classic jewelry, capturing a sense of fine workmanship, tradition and offhand elegance. I’m influenced by everything around me, especially my travels. Tell us a little about your fall 2011 collection. My 2011 collection is named Noor, meaning “light” in Arabic. It’s an exquisite new line of Art Deco-style jewels inspired by the sensual transparency of vintage lace, the play of light through its delicate pattern, and the intricate ornamentation of Byzantine architecture with its mosaic and arabesque patterns. I drew inspiration for the Noor collection beginning in 2010 while traveling to Morocco, Turkey and Baku, Azerbaijan. Design elements from these rich cultures were incorporated into the interior of the Trump Soho lobby and spa while some references were transformed into sketches for the new jewelry collection. What is your personal favorite piece from your collection? It has to be the medium signature oval diamond earrings: they really make a statement but are classically understated at the same time. How would you describe your jewelry style at the office? I stick to chic, timeless items like delicate bangles, banded rings and elegant earrings. I have a pair of rose gold rock crystal bangles from my fine jewelry collection that are perfectly understated for the office. I love statement jewelry, but there’s a time and place for it. If you do choose to bring statement jewelry into the office, it‘s important to balance it with a more conservative outfit. What have you learned (about business/life) from your father? I love working with my father! I’ve learned a great deal from him over the years. He taught me that hard work never goes out of style and to always be prepared for interviews, meetings, discussions, everything. Work hard. Create a strong and consistent identity—your name and reputation are your best assets. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor. What advice would you give to a bride-to-be about her wedding? Enjoy every moment—it goes by too quickly! How do you think motherhood will change you? It’s hard to say until I know my daughter’s needs and personality, but I hope to do as much as possible, while trying to be flexible and accommodating.

Getting Personal Describe Self: Driven Favorite Vacation Spot: Trump Waikiki Favorite Restaurant: Quattro at Trump Soho—fantastic light Italian food Favorite Cocktail: Champagne Favorite Movie: Snow Flower & The Secret Fan. It was amazing! Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged On your iPod: Katy Perry and Kanye West Hero or Mentor: My parents What few people know about you: I am an expert bowler!

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ell & Ross founders Carlos Rosillo and Bruno Belamich were childhood friends who shared a passion for watches despite their very different temperaments. Bruno’s creativity led him to one of France’s top industrial design schools, while Carlos’ business-minded pragmatism earned him an MBA and a career in finance. While working on a watch line for his thesis, Bruno approached his friend and asked if he would be interested in starting a watch company together using Bruno’s watch designs. Ignoring the skeptics, the two friends founded Bell & Ross in 1994, using truncated versions of their surnames for the brand name. The design of Bell & Ross watches also reflect the collaboration of the founders. Bruno is an avid collector of instrument panel clocks and Carlos has a fondness for vintage watches. As a result, the inspiration for Bell & Ross watches has always been aircraft instrument control panels as well as vintage pilot watches. The brand’s four design principles also reflect the qualities found in every airplane instrument: legibility, functionality, waterresistance and precision. During its early years, Bell & Ross produced watches modeled after pilot watches of the 1940s. In 2005 Bell & Ross introduced its iconic BR01 Instrument watch to great acclaim. The BR 01 was modeled after a cockpit clock, and its square shape and the four screws in each corner of the watch reflect the method of attaching those instruments to an airplane’s instrument panel. Today, Bell & Ross has expanded its collection by merging the original Bell & Ross vintage type watches with its BR01 Instrument line. The BR 01 and BR 03 Heritage watches maintain the square shape, matte black case and simple design of Bell & Ross’ Instrument collection but add a sand colored photoluminescent coating to the numerals, indices and markers that are reminiscent of the patina vintage watches acquire over time. The stamped natural leather straps also give the watches a 1940s quality. The Vintage Heritage line takes this melding of the two collections one step further by using the round shape of a period watch case and combining it with a matte black finish and simple, striking beige colored hands, indices and numerals. Featured with a natural leather strap, this watch is the ultimate link between Bell & Ross’ original pilots’ watches and its iconic BR Instrument collection.

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DICK TRACY’S RADIO WATCH HAS NOTHING ON TAG HEUER’S NEW LINK LUXURY SMARTPHONES. BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON t’s been a busy year for TAG Heuer, with new releases like the limited edition Monza Chronograph evoking (and updating) 1930s Italian race culture, the introduction of the Carrera Heritage Collection, which harkens back to the 1960s, and landing the official watch and eyewear partnership for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix. With an eye to the 21st century, the company also released the ultra-high frequency Microtimer Flying 1000 concept chronograph, which it says is the first mechanical chronograph precise to 1,000th of a second. Perhaps the most intriguing innovation for the company this year is the recent introduction of the TAG Heuer Link, an Android-powered luxury smartphone. This marks the company’s second foray into high-tech electronics, following the 2008 launch of the Meridiist mobile phone. The Link, billed as “the first Swiss luxury touchscreen smartphone,” combines elements of TAG Heuer’s emphasis on watchmaking precision and design with avant-garde technological prowess. The hand-assembled phone features Android’s 2.2 OS, eight gigs of built-in memory, a five-megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, 480x800 pixel/16 million color screen resolution, MP3 player (with available apps for FM radio and DivX video, and eventually video conferencing), along with all the usual niceties like Bluetooth tech, WiFi/WAPI

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connectability and 3.5G download speeds (where available). The entire Android library of apps is at your fingertips, but the phone also comes preloaded with a host of TAG Heuer-themed add-ons. This, however, is where the Link phone diverges from the average, minimalist smartphone. Luxury touches begin with the battery cover, available in calfskin, 3D carbon leather, alligator or white lizard. Watch elements—a beveled face, watchband-inspired leather covers, a Carrerainspired crown and an etched TAG Heuer logo—draw on TAG Heuer’s 150year heritage. A variety of models offer up unique stitching, trim and housing: The “3D Carbon Leather” (in red or brown) is as sleek as a security briefcase, with satin-brushed stainless steel housing and contrast stitching. “Prestige” (in black or brown) is wrapped in alligator leather and features rose gold highlights on the loudspeaker, earpiece and crown. The exclusive “White Lizard” model (just released in September 2011) is encased in white lizard skin, with polished stainless steel sides and rear cover, set with over 1,000 VS-1 clear diamonds (2.53 total carat weight). Like TAG Heuer’s watches, the Link smartphone is designed for the most up-to-date functionality, but also to impress. In both cases, it crosses the finish line far ahead of the competition.

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SPOTLIGHT Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard

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n 1988, Chopard began supporting the famous Mille Miglia race and launched the Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph that same year. As a family company founded in 1860, Chopard has always been strongly committed to this partnership, and they have personally participated every year in the 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome and back. It was Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of the firm and a fan of classic racing cars, who came up with the idea of developing a Mille Miglia chronograph. He was convinced that aficionados of beautiful automobiles would have a natural weakness for fine timepieces—and vice-versa. In both cases, sophisticated mechanical engineering, outstanding design and high performance play a particularly important role. Scheufele guessed correctly: scores of enthusiasts and collectors now wait impatiently for the annual presentation of the latest Mille Miglia chronograph. Again and again, the new models delight and surprise enthusiasts with their innovative designs, new materials and additional technical functions. In 1998, for example, as a special tribute to the Golden Age of automotive sport, the chronograph appeared for the first time with its characteristic natural rubber strap bearing the unmistakable 1960s Dunlop racing tire tread. With the presentation of the Mille Miglia 2006 Gran Turismo XL, equipped with the largest self-winding calibre (44 mm diameter) to date, the company demonstrated its ability to anticipate the forthcoming “extra-large” trend. The Mille Miglia Collection by Chopard has also significantly increased general awareness of the race, which, after a 30-year hiatus, was brought back to life as the “Mille Miglia Storica.” It is now the premiere classic and vintage car event in the world, last but not least due to the irresistible charm of Italy and its population.

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SPEED

“WITHOUT ORIGINALITY, THERE’S NO JOY.”

The Lady is a Champ JANET GUTHRIE, ROLE MODEL EXTRAORDINAIRE BY DAVID A. ROSE omen’s liberation was barely a pipedream when a little-known young woman fulfilled a dream of her own. Pilot, flight instructor, aerospace engineer, technical editor and PR rep for some of America’s big corporations, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete at both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 (where she was Rookie of the Year in 1977). Here, in an exclusive interview, she speaks with Accent magazine about speed, style, and life without jewelry.

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Celica racecar with the help of some friends (which I won Sebring with a couple of times) but it wasn’t enough. After four and a half seasons, things were pretty bleak: I had no job, no money, no jewelry, no husband and I was in debt. At that point I received a phone call from someone I didn’t know who asked me if I would test a car for the Indy 500. Thanks to my reputation as a racecar driver known for finishing well, this opportunity came out of nowhere and my life took a dramatic turn for the better.

How does a nice young girl from Miss Harris’s Florida School for Girls find herself flying around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? I was always adventurous. I was always riding my bicycle improbable distances; I made a parachute jump and soloed an airplane at age 16, got my private pilot license at 17 and my commercial and flight instructor license by the time I finished college. I guess you could say flying was my first love. When I graduated college with a physics degree, I went to work as an engineer in the aerospace industry. I needed a car so I bought a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Coupe, just because it was beautiful. Then I found out what I could do with it! Besides the pleasure of exercising sohisticated machinery, racing added the element of door handle-todoor handle competition. That was a very compelling combination and I got hooked.

What would you consider your most memorable achievement? I would have to say qualifying a car at Indianapolis in the era I raced in, where there were 90 other cars with some of the world’s greatest drivers trying to be among the fastest 33 cars to take the field. It’s a moment I will remember until my dying day. I have to add that finishing in the top 10 on a very low budget was quite memorable as well, as was setting the fastest time at the opening day of practice in 1977.

You had a B. S. in physics from the University of Michigan, a great engineering job at Republic Aviation and you were a candidate for the early astronaut program; why give it all up for racecars? I realized that I was clever in my profession as an engineer but I wasn’t original, and I felt without originality, there’d be no joy in this vocation. I spent some time jobless while I worked on the Jaguar and built a Toyota

Any regrets? In 1978, when I was at the top of my sport, I was asked to lunch at the University Club in NYC with Rolex executives to discuss appearing in a Rolex advertisement. Although the offer was exceptional, I felt I had to decline since I’d been in contact with Timex for sponsorship of my upcoming race season. I’d say turning down Rolex was regrettable!

What are your days like lately? I live in Colorado and love hiking in the mountains there. When I’m in Florida I do a lot of bicycling. I do some volunteering and for a long time I’ve been an officer at a group that supports the arts in Aspen. I spent a good bit of time writing my book, A Life At Full Throttle, which came out a few years ago.

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THE PROPOSAL

BY AUSTIN DIAS

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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


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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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• Platinum is naturally white, so it won’t cast any color on a diamond. • Platinum will never fade or change color. • Platinum is the strongest metal, making it the best option to securely hold large diamonds. • Platinum is eternal, with everlasting radiance and durability. • Platinum won’t chip or scratch. • Platinum is the most precious of metals.


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THE ENGAGEMENT

BY SHIRA LEVINE

Classic Reigns WHEN IT COMES TO DIAMONDS, NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED: THE LADIES STILL LIKE THEM BIG AND SPARKLY!

Are Europeans really so much more modest? Europeans don’t spend as much on engagement rings as people do in the U.S. It’s a much bigger custom for American engagements. For so long the engagement ring was just a band in Europe. Things have changed some in England and Ireland; Italy especially has always been more daring and into high fashion ring designs.

hristopher Slowinski, a Polish-born, New York-based diamond designer, believes trends are fleeting in the diamond industry. The clichés are true; it’s the classics that triumph and dazzle. At the end of the day, while bigger is always better, it’s best to choose something timeless, something that speaks to you, no matter its size. Christopher Designs is most known for the unique and trending Crisscut design. We chatted with the designer about the commodity that remains a girl’s best friend— even in a down market.

What trends do you see people gravitating towards this season?

What should future brides and grooms look for in an engagement ring? Look for uniqueness. A specially cut stone will increase the brilliance of the diamond. A regular, generic cut is just about value. They’re easier to make cheaply, but ultimately you want a nicer, sparkly cut if you have the budget for it. Most people with sophisticated taste go for fancy shapes like emerald or oval. The other elements of the ring style are also very important. It’s something you should be happy with beyond a fashion trend that lasts a few years. You’re supposed to wear it for the rest of your life, so you have to be comfortable with it.

My Crisscut is still very popular. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are helping to reinvigorate emerald cut diamonds: very classic but also on-trend. We sell a lot of colored stones, too. They’re not ever going to take over, but brides-to-be in the younger, hipper crowd are going for sapphires or rubies as bridal ring center stones.

Have you been dazzled by other celebrity rings as of late? Celebrities tend to go for the emerald cut and in a giant size. Our brand does the emerald Crisscut and we’re happy to see a lot of celebrities wearing it. I mentioned Kim Kardashian, and Kate Hudson also has a beautiful engagement ring.

What does the future of diamonds look like?

What’s the difference between American and European tastes when it comes to choosing an engagement ring?

There is always a future for diamonds. There will be value in them forever. That never changes.

Europeans go for smaller center stones—typically never over a carat. They care about quality over size. Americans go for a larger size, but sometimes settle for mediocre quality. Never overlook quality! Look for a stone that will retain maximum brilliance forever. European designs are simple with clean lines and not much detail. Americans like to add pavé or a halo around the center.

Even the highest quality ring will suffer after years of daily wear; how can we take the best care of our diamonds?

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Bring it back to your jeweler annually to have it checked and cleaned. The metal prongs can loosen after a while of wear. You want to always make sure your stones are secured and have a proper cleaning. Rings with really tiny stones should definitely be cleaned by the professionals. S E C T I O N


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Vintage Jewelry A HISTORY OF JEWELRY CLASSICS (AND HOW TO WEAR THEM WITH STYLE) BY KELSEY WHITE tunning photographs and comprehensive information on some of the world’s most beloved jewelry designers are just part of the magic of a wonderful new book, Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear, by Caroline Cox (Sterling Publishing Co. NYC, 2010). By illustrating the history of jewelry as it pertains to lifestyle, the reader is transported through the decades, presented with an informative account of how jewelry has evolved from 1890 until the present. The book beautifully describes the meaning behind jewelry styles of the past and explains how specific items connect to the beloved celebrities of each era. The bottom line: Jewelry is art. And like art, it reflects the social and political circumstances of a particular time and place. Like art, it causes us to view the world in a whole different light.

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SPIRITS

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

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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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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.

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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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A Fine Jewelry Puzzle

Dazzle & Shine ACROSS 1. This cut has 56 facets and is used on most diamonds today, since it maximizes reflected light (a stone’s natural fire). 2. Ring that features an insignia, monogram, coat of arms, or family crest 4. Method of applying enamel to metal in which the design is first outlined on the metal surface using a metal wire. The space between the wires is then filled with enamel and fired to a glossy sheen. 5. From the French for “lemon,” a rare yellow type of quartz, a semi-precious stone that ranges in color from pale yellow to orange to golden brown 7. Design style (also known as Belle Epoque) popularized during the reign of Edward VII of England (1901-1910), describing jewelry that is delicate and elegant, often featuring bows, diamonds and filigree 8. A stone (usually a diamond) that has been cut into a long, rectangular shape; “stick” or “rod” in French 10. One of the flat surfaces of a cut gemstone or glass 13. Often referred to as the finest of the precious metals 15. Pearls produced by the large oyster Pinctada maxima in white, silver and gold. These tend to be the largest, rarest and most expensive pearls, coveted for their soft glow and large size. 16. A trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil 18. A mineral, a type of chrysoberyl, which appears to be different colors depending on whether it is viewed in natural or artificial light 21. Gemstone with a rounded, domed surface with no facets; a carbuncle 22. Ring set with a single stone

DOWN 1. The amount of white light that reflects through or from the surface of a gemstone 3. A yellow-green variety of olivine used as a gem; the birthstone for August 6. Intricate metalwork that is often open to the back, frequently flowery with many curves and spirals 9. Form of the mineral quartz, most popular in purple, but can range in color from pale lavender to a deep, reddish purple, to green;

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birthstone for February 11. Popularized during the Victorian era, carvings traditionally done with shell or stone. Popular motifs include a silhouette, bust, or florals, carved in relief with a contrasting color background. 12. Design style popular from 1895 through World War I, characterized by curves, naturalistic designs and sensual art 13. An organic gem grown within oysters and a few other mollusks, formed after a foreign object (like a tiny stone) has made its way into the mollusk’s shell 14. Dark colored pearls produced by the large, black-lipped pearl oyster, a mollusk found in the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean; also called black pearls

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15. Popularized in the Edwardian era, a very long necklace that showcases either a tassel or pendant. Traditional styles used rope or metal fashioned to look like rope. 17. Japanese word meaning “something as tiny as you can imagine,” such as a grain of sand. Used originally to describe very small pearls, it’s now used to refer to all very small nacre baroque pearls. 19. Translucent fossilized tree resin that comes in many colors, including yellow. Rubbing this gem produces static electricity. 20. A white precious metal that’s extremely expensive and is often used to plate precious and base metals, giving jewelry a hard, platinum-like sheen


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