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With the long-awaited arrival of spring, we all look forward to brighter skies, blooming ﬂowers and the feel of green grass under our feet. As we at Tapper’s reﬂect on the past season, we are proud of our continued commitment to giving back to our community. With your help we were able to assist many Metro Detroit causes and institutions, including the DIA, the Jewish Federation, the American Heart Association and the Francee and Benson Ford Jr. Breast Care and Wellness Center at Henry Ford West Bloomﬁeld Hospital. In addition, thanks to your generosity, we distributed a record 3,000 coats to those less fortunate through our 21st Annual Coat Drive. We were thrilled to debut our exclusive “Rock Her World Diamond” in January and are continuing to add more dazzling settings to our collection. Tapper’s new spokesman, television celebrity Jay Hayden, capped off our wonderful new ad campaign with a personal appearance at each of our Tapper’s stores. In an effort to provide the most beautiful and luxurious shopping experience, we recently completed our comprehensive renovation of our West Bloomﬁeld location. It now sparkles like its sister locations in Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and the Somerset Collection in Troy. Excitement is brewing for the re-launch of our website, Tappers.com. Our “fourth store” will make it easy for you to shop for gifts for your loved ones without leaving the comfort of your home! And, since it’s Tapper’s, you are guaranteed to receive the same great service you have come to expect. Celebrate with us this May as we mark the ﬁrst anniversary of the opening of our newest jewelry and fashion boutique, Marlee’s by Tapper’s in Twelve Oaks Mall. Don’t miss Marlee’s Style Section in this issue, featuring accessories in emerald, the must-have color for 2013, as well as Marlee’s Style Essentials for every fashionista. Coming this summer, you’ll also be able to shop online at Marleesstyle. com. For a second year Tapper’s is an ofﬁcial sponsor of the Detroit Tigers. Watch Metro Detroiters get spotted on the “Tapper’s Kiss Cam” during all home games. Opening day at Comerica Park kicks off ourv Dressing in the D feature on page 32, highlighting this season’s hottest jewelry trends from Tapper’s. Last, but deﬁnitely not least, we want to introduce the newest sprout on the Tapper’s family tree. Congratulations to Marla Tapper Young and Brian Young on the arrival of Levi Harrison, born December 13th. We hope this issue of Accent brings you a taste of the joy and excitement of spring. As this new season approaches, we at Tapper’s look forward to continuing to be your favorite stop for diamonds, watches and ﬁne jewelry. Wishing you and your family all the best,
Marla Tapper Young
CONTENTS SPRING/SUMMER 2013
DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY WEST BLOOMFIELD ORCHARD MALL 6337 ORCHARD LAKE ROAD WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI 48322 PHONE: (248) 932-7700 FAX: (248) 932-7717 NOVI TWELVE OAKS MALL 27716 NOVI ROAD NOVI, MI 48377 PHONE: (248) 465-1800 FAX: (248) 465-1818
TROY SOMERSET COLLECTION NORTH 2800 WEST BIG BEAVER TROY, MI 48084 PHONE: (248) 649-2000 FAX: (248) 649-5076
1 Welcome Letter 6 Events 12 Spring Spotlight: Must-Haves
14 Tapper’s Love Stories
15 Introducing the RHW Diamond 16 Profile: Jay Hayden
CEO HOWARD TAPPER PRESIDENT MARK TAPPER VICE PRESIDENTS STEVEN TAPPER MARLA TAPPER YOUNG
18 Tappers.com Relaunch 19 Marlee’s Essentials
C H I E F O P E R AT I N G O F F I C E R JEFFREY GARDEN
22 Tapper’s Estate Services
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ROBERT HUTTER
24 From the Runways 28 Trends: Asian Fusion
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ANN DUKE
30 Trends: Strong & Soft
MEDIA AND EVENTS MANAGER TRACIE VOLETTI
32 Dressing in the D
DIGITAL SPECIALIST KELLY KAMINSKI
48 Perfect Gems
VISUAL MERCHANDISING SPECIALIST PATTI TAPPER
50 Travel: The Golden Triangle
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL PRIMEAU
52 First Person: Why I Dance
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 C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R HANS GSCHLIESSER MANAGING EDITOR JILLIAN LAROCHELLE PROJECT MANAGER LISA MONTEMORRA DESIGNERS CYNTHIA LUCERO, JEAN-NICOLE VENDITTI PRODUCTION MANAGER PEG EADIE PRESIDENT AND CEO BRITTON JONES
CHAIRMAN AND COO MAC BRIGHTON
40 Advisor: Watch Wisdom 42 Profile: Raymond Weil 44 Profile: TAG Heuer 46 Pop Culture: Watches in Film
Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. Jewelry has been enlarged to show detail. Due to the fluctuating prices of diamonds, gold and platinum, prices are subject to change. While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine, we are not responsible for errors or omissions. Copyright 2013. Accent® is published by Business Journals, Inc, P.O. Box 5550, Norwalk, CT 06856, 203-853-6015 • Fax: 203-8528175; Advertising Office: 1384 Broadway, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10018, 212-686-4412 • Fax: 212-686-6821; All Rights Reserved. The publishers accept no responsibilities for advertisers’ claims, unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies or other materials. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without written permission of the publishers. Volume 11, Issue 1. Accent® is a trademark of Business Journals, Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Printed In The U.S.A.
ABOUTTOWN Whether it’s at one of our three metro Detroit locations, a charity fundraiser or a public event, Tapper’s proudly engages with our community on a daily basis. The following pages feature just a sampling of what we’ve been up to. Special thanks to all of the talented designers that have visited us over the last few months, as well as the clients that have joined us for these special gatherings. We are proud of the many charities and non-proﬁts we’ve been able to assist, and all of the distinguished honorees that we’ve had the privilege to salute.
Amanda Martinez, Guy Bedarida, Leora Tapper, Nicole Baranowski
GUY BEDARIDA, JOHN HARDY’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND HEAD DESIGNER, PAYS A VISIT TO TAPPER’S
Michael Melﬁ, Guy Bedarida
Dr. David Bradley, Deborah Bradley, Guy Bedarida
Dragon Floral by Emerald City Design
Susan Tapper, Howard Tapper, Carolyn Rosenberg, Deanna Kleiman
WHAT’S HAPPENING PENNY PREVILLE PERSONAL APPEARANCE, TAPPER’S WEST BLOOMFIELD
Penny Preville, Hara Weatherston
Pretty in pink cocktails
Penny Preville’s Fall Collection
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GO RED FOR WOMEN EVENT, CO-SPONSORED BY DAVID YURMAN, TAPPER’S WEST BLOOMFIELD
Loretta Morman, Dawn Mack
Bridget Wanczyk, Mark Tapper
Sal DiVetta, Jason Romberger
Go Red for Women red dress ice sculpture
Sara Leibovitz, Shelley Cooper, Nina Eisenberg
Renee Guidobono, Mary Pantely, Catherine Smith, Ann Duke
ROBERTO COIN BELLA NOTTE DINNER, CAPITAL GRILLE
From Roberto Coin’s Cento Collection
Guests shop at Roberto Coin Bella Notte dinner
TAPPER’S “ON AIR”
Mark Tapper on FOX 2
DANCING WITH THE STARS, TOWNSEND HOTEL
Mark Tapper presenting engagement trends
Steven Tapper, Julia Tapper
DAVID YURMAN SHELBY 1000 EVENT, TAPPER’S WEST BLOOMFIELD
Racquel Shuttler, Nina Eisenberg, Steve Berlin
Sal DiVetta, Kevin Bell, Alvin Walker, K.W. Knox
Racquel Shuttler, Rich Morris, Michael Prichenello
NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW GALLERY EVENT - MGM GRAND DETROIT CASINO
The Gallery Event, co-sponsored by David Yurman
Evan Yurman, Mark Tapper
Chef Wolfgang Puck, Evan Yurman
Steve Smith, Rosemary Rolak, Robert Artelt, Ann Duke, Sandor Holzer, Evan Yurman, Mark & Leora Tapper
Tony Fayne, Evan Yurman, Sandor Holzer
Tammy Alpert, Evan Yurman, Lila Lazarus
WHAT’S HAPPENING TAPPER’S SPOKESMAN, JAY HAYDEN, LAUNCHES ROCK HER WORLD COLLECTION
with Robert Violante
with Alla Papazian
with Denise Merlanti and Morgan Merlanti
with Mahmooda Khalid
with Thomas King and Lisa Edwards
with Kelly Miller
with Tina Collison
with Tom Maniaci
with Howard Tapper
with Lynn Nation
with Paul Rujan
with Robert Artelt
To view more event images, visit our Press Room on tappers.com
HOUR DETROITâ€™S BEST DRESSED EVENT, ART VAN FURNITURE
Pamela Dover, Steven Tapper, Denise Lomaz
Mark Tapper, Leora Tapper, Howard Tapper, Ann Duke, Steven Tapper
DBUSINESS TOP LAWYERS EVENT, TRE MONTI
Alla Papazian, Pearl Gordon
Photos courtesty of Andrea Stinson
Vicki Briggs, Kelly Kaminski
Photos courtesty of Andrea Stinson
Sal DiVetta, Jeff Sadowski, John Hubbard
Kim Harabedian, Sal DiVetta
Bruce Shaw, Steven Tapper
MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, SISTERS AND FRIENDS LUNCHEON, HENRY FORD, WEST BLOOMFIELD
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON, MGM GRAND DETROIT Photo courtesty of Julie Yolles
Jamie Myers, Vicki Briggs, Tracie Voletti Kelly Kaminski, Ann Duke, Dawn Mack
Nicole Baranowski, Vicki Briggs, Wynter Jones, Marla Tapper Young, Leora Tapper, Susan Tapper
To view more event images, visit our Press Room on tappers.com
Give her the gift she really wants - a fabulous personalized necklace, available in different sizes and colors. Silver, $199.99. Gold ﬁlled, $249. Prices are as shown and vary by metal and size.
Support your favorite team in style with these handsome items. An ideal graduation or groomsmen’s gift! Cufﬂinks (pair), $60 each.
Picture Mom in this Tapper’s Collection vermeil and smoky quartz necklace, $249 with matching bracelet $119.99. Tapper’s Collection sterling silver and clear quartz necklace, $249 with matching bracelet, $119.99.
Awaken the legend of the Balinese dragon with John Hardy’s Naga Collection in sterling silver and 18K gold. Dragon slim cuff, $895. Dragon pendant necklace, $395. Dragon ring, $350.
Good for Dads & Grads Casio Frogman G-Shock watch, $500.
FOR SPRING CELEBRATIONS
What young lady would not want Meira T as a special gift? 14K two-tone white and yellow gold pavé diamond earrings, $749. 14K two-tone white and yellow gold bezel-set diamond necklace, $645.
An inﬁnity is a truly wonderful Mother’s Day gift because it symbolizes time looping back and endlessly over itself, proving that love is limitless. Tapper’s Collection in sterling silver and pavé diamond. Inﬁnity necklace, $119.99. Inﬁnity ring, $119.99. Inﬁnity bracelet (not shown), $139.99.
Protect your loved ones with a sterling silver agate and diamond Hamsa pendant 36” necklace. Colors available: black, red and green, $249.
Wow Mom with this David Yurman sterling silver ring stack: Pavé diamond marquis, $450. Classic Cable, $125. Pavé diamond square, $425.
A perfect graduation gift: Mikimoto 18K white gold earrings with single diamond and pearl drop, $860. Matching 18K white gold pearl and diamond pendant necklace, $500.
Stack ‘em up! David Yurman sterling silver bracelet stack: Pavé diamond heart lock, $575. Pavé diamond heart, $475. Pavé diamond Petite Wheaton, $1,350.
Mark the Moment® with this Michele Caber Chronograph watch with silver patent leather strap, $695.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TAPPER’SLOVE STORIES Tapper’s talks to three of our favorite couples and listens intently as they tell us the sweet stories of how they met, and how Tapper’s played a role in one of the biggest and most important days of their life.
JOSHUA CUPP & BRANDIE KREINER After we walked past thousands of Christmas lights that lined the pathway along Niagara Falls, we stopped at the Secret Garden and he held me for a second before turning me around and handing me the gift that he had been carrying. I sat down to open it and unwrapped a beautiful picture frame that read, “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” I thought, “how adorable!” It was then that he took to his knee and began to say, “Baby, I love you and I want this to be one of those moments that take your breath away. Will you marry me?” I know that he said more, however I was in utter shock. I was excited and had no idea that he had planned this. I placed my hand down and he slipped the most beautiful and perfect ring on my ﬁnger. Of course I said yes! Throughout the planning process, Paul Hering from Tapper’s has been by our side. The process of picking out my engagement ring was an easy one, says Josh. He knew exactly what he was looking for, and Paul was patient and understanding as Josh ﬂipped through pages of and pages of rings before he found “the one.” He was able to hand-pick the diamond and when he went to pick it up, it was perfect! We visited Tapper’s several times looking at wedding rings for the both of us. Paul was always prepared and knew exactly what would interest us. It is so nice to walk into a jewelry store and be called by name, to feel welcome and for the staff to be interested in who we are as people...
JOHN HURIN & REBECCA HALLAHAN Our story is simple; from the moment we met something felt special. People would ask me what I was looking for in a woman and I couldn’t explain it but I would always say, “I will just know inside.” When I met Rebecca I did know because my heart told me that she was the one! When the time came for me to start thinking about getting a ring I decided to visit Tapper’s. I had my reasons…one was that Rebecca and I did a little ring shopping earlier in the year and she told me that Tapper’s had the most beautiful rings. She was right about the quality and beauty of the rings, and I felt comfortable with the people that helped me. I wanted to design a custom ring and surprise the love of my life with something special that would remind her how much I loved her every time she looked at it. Besides the design of the setting, I wanted something else unique about this special ring. I wanted a ruby set into the back of the band so that when she looked at the palm of her hand she would see it. This was to symbolize that “she held my heart in the palm of her hand”! I worked with Nina Eisenberg, and she, along with the designers, helped me design and build this one-of-a-kind perfect ring. They also did all of this in just two weeks! The rest was up to me now. On New Year’s Eve 2011, I took out my guitar and played Marry Me by the band Train and asked her to marry me as I presented her with this special ring. I explained to her the signiﬁcance of the ruby and with tears of joy running down her face she told me YES! She gets complimented on her ring everywhere we go and loves telling the store of the ruby. Thanks, Tapper’s!
BILL & KAYLA RIEGNER Kayla (now my wife) and I have a passion for running. On Christmas Eve 2011, I woke her up early to go for a jog. Even though it was freezing and she didn’t want to go she agreed to go anyway. About a mile into our run, I dropped to one knee and popped the question. I even had my brother staked out to take pictures of the proposal. Alla Papazian at Tapper’s sold us all three of our rings. We couldn’t be happier with the product selection, support and patience we received during our ring buying process. We’ve gotten to know and trust Alla and have developed a strong relationship. She was excellent in guiding me through my options.
To read their full stories and ﬁnd out how you could be featured as a Tapper’s Couple, please visit us online at tappers.com 14
THE ULTIMATE SPARKLER
easily accessible ﬁnancing, the collection is a truly exciting option for couples in all price ranges. The current collection also includes diamond stud earrings and diamond pendants. Tapper’s will continue to expand the Rock Her World collection to include many other jewelry styles, so that everyone can enjoy more facets and more sparkle. Visit one of our three Metro Detroit locations and let one of our knowledgeable bridal consultants show you this exciting new diamond, exclusively at Tapper’s!
It began as a desire to create a signature cut that would capture our vision of a diamond unlike any other classic round or brilliant cut diamond. Not a reinvention, but a re-imagining of how beautiful such a diamond could be.
Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry proudly announced the launch of our exclusive Rock Her World Diamond Collection this past January. The Rock Her World diamond by Tapper’s is the only 81-facet diamond of its kind in the world. Whereas traditional diamonds consist of 58 facets, the addition of 23 facets adds signiﬁcantly more brilliance. Although there are other branded diamonds that boast as many as 145 facets, the world’s ﬁnest gemologists would agree that there is a point at which too many facets can create a look that is cloudy and indistinct. Tapper’s diamond cutters painstakingly tested various combinations until they arrived at perfection. The perfect symmetry in which the 81 facets are cut allows light to travel through the diamond in a way that makes it appear larger and brighter. The Rock Her World diamond is lovingly referred to as The Diamond with the Heart of a Star™, as its unique cutting features the appearance of a star at the center of the stone, clearly visible to the naked eye. Every diamond is laser-inscribed with the word foreverafter to signify everlasting love and commitment, and contains its own unique serial number. These markings assure the wearer that not only is their diamond one-of-a-kind, but they can also rest assured that it will always be easily identiﬁed.
Traditional 58 Facet Diamond
81 Facet Rock Her World Diamond
The Rock Her World engagement ring collection includes 12 stunning settings that beautifully complement the stone. Contemporary, classic, modern and unique, these styles are carefully crafted to match the superior quality that Tapper’s jewelry is known for. Wedding bands and eternity rings round out the collection. Because Tapper’s jewelry directly sources and cuts the Rock Her World diamond, we are able to offer it to our customers at a price that is comparable to traditional diamonds, unlike many other branded diamonds that are sold at a 20 to 30% premium. Complete engagement rings start at $2,999 and each diamond is certiﬁed with a lab report from EGL. When those features are combined with the Tapper’s Peace of Mind guarantee and
More Facets...More Sparkle...More Yeses! The Diamond with the Heart of a Star™ 15
PROFILE: JAY HAYDEN
An up-close-and-personal look at the new face of Tapper’s.
If Jay Hayden looks familiar to you, it’s because he is! In fact, you’ve probably seen his entire life played out. In a memorable AT&T commercial that aired in 2012, he managed to change his train ticket with his phone, meet his future wife, have a child, and then raise that son to become America’s president — all in 30 seconds. Not a bad life, right? “If you’re one of the And now, you see him on local lucky people in this TV stations in our commercials telling viewers to think inside the box with world that actually beautiful jewelry from Tapper’s knows what you want to do Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. with your life, why would But who is this handsome, you do anything else?” 30-something Korean-Irish American? Born Jonathan Hayden, in Northﬁeld, Vermont, Jay majored in theater at The University of Vermont. “I was walking by the University of Vermont Theatre Department when I ﬁrst arrived on campus my freshman year. There was a casting notice for a one-act play. I thought to myself: “I just want to see if I’m good enough to do something like this. And I got the part!” Upon graduation in 2004, Jay moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming an actor. “In LA, I quickly found out the real deﬁnition of the word ‘impossible.’ But that was the dream, and if you’re one of the lucky people in this world that actually knows what you want to do with your life, why would you do anything else?” After years of struggling and almost giving up, he started booking commercials and landing roles in the movies The House Bunny and State of Emergency. Most recently, Jay guest-starred in the CBS hit TV series, Criminal Minds and he currently stars as the lead in Hulu’s ﬁrst original scripted show, Battleground: a workplace dramedy about the people behind the scenes of a political campaign. Jay plays head campaign strategist, Chris “Tak” Davis, who wants to affect change, but has to make some tough decisions in order to win. He stays in shape by playing in two (when does he ﬁnd the time) different soccer leagues. Jay is happily married and has a three-yearold daughter, Amelia. So, sorry ladies… he’s taken. But we’re still smitten with Jay Hayden and couldn’t be happier that he’s our spokesman!
On the set at Somerset Collection
Howard Tapper, Jay Hayden
The opening of our “fourth location”, Tappers.com, provides our customers with the ultimate shopping convenience. We are pleased to announce the re-launch of Tappers.com! Our new site has been designed to provide a luxury jewelry shopping experience at your ﬁngertips. It is now convenient to Mark the Moment® any time of day for any occasion! At Tapper’s, our goal is to deliver a new and exciting online shopping experience. Our team has built a website that will do more than just engage you; they designed a site where you’ll want to explore, learn and have fun shopping. The website was built to be responsive: a web design approach aimed to provide an optimal viewing experience. Whether you’re on a desktop computer, tablet or smart phone, your Tappers.com experience will be the same across the board. You will have the ability to search and display products how you want: by designer, collection, or category. You will be able to create “Wish Lists”, ﬁnd helpful tips on purchasing engagement rings, track your repairs, care for your ﬁne jewelry, and learn from industry insiders about top trends. We invite you to explore all that the new Tappers.com has to offer. Happy shopping!
A sneak peek at the new design of our high-tech, user-friendly website, expected to launch in April of 2013.
THE WORLD WIDE WEB
MARLEE’S STYLE SECTION
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Marlee’s is located on the second ﬂoor LIKE US of the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi 248.380.9900 . marleesstyle.com
1. Lisa Freede metallic palette gunmetal necklace, $98 2. Capri Collection black onyx triple-drop earrings, $168 Dogeared gold vermeil over sterling silver bracelets 3. Inﬁnity, $63 4. Large bar, $88 5. Faith, $68 6. Bosco sterling silver wrap ring, $146 7. Marlee’s Couture Minis 18K white gold diamond peace sign pendant, $748 8. Hand-beaded silk envelope clutch, $95 each 9. Margo Morrison Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone necklace with sterling silver toggle, $550 10. Miguel Ases Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone earrings, $416 11. Marlee’s Glisten Collection sterling silver and rose vermeil mother of pearl and CZ earrings, $198 12. DiModolo sterling silver and 18K rose gold vermeil four link Ikonia pendant necklace, $395
MARLEE’S STYLE SECTION
The Pantone Color Institute has named Emerald the color of the year for 2013. A rich jewel tone, Emerald can be ﬂattering for everyone regardless of skin tone, hair color, and most importantly, your personal style point of view (POV). Whether you want to make a bold statement or just add a little pop of color, Marlee’s has something for everyone!
1. Nashelle sterling silver disk necklace with turquoise charm, $122 2. Lisa Freede emeraldite beaded necklace, $296 3. Batlana Collection green adventurine and turquoise earrings, $98 4. Batlana Collection green adventurine dome earrings, $88 5. Horn Collection dyed green horn cuff, $78 6. Marlaina Stone Unique Peyton bracelet, $150 7. M Z Wallace Kelly Green Bedford Page handbag, $295 8. M Z Wallace Kelly Green Leather Ingrid wallet, $150 9. Pono green ambrosia resin oval link necklace, $238
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TAPPER’SESTATESERVICES Once upon a time, you loved your jewelry. Perhaps today’s jewelry designs don’t inspire you, or changes in your lifestyle have you thinking that you no longer want to pay insurance on or own as much jewelry as you once did. Perhaps you’ve thought about selling your jewelry, but are worried that you won’t get the best price for your precious items. You may be puzzled or confused as to what options you have or who you can trust. Since 1977, you’ve trusted Howard, Steven and the Tapper family for their honesty and integrity when purchasing your ﬁne jewelry and timepieces. Today, that same family that earned your trust over the last 36 years is here to assist you in selling those items that no longer ﬁt into your lifestyle. At Tapper’s, it is our goal to provide you with the most knowledgeable, professional and personalized service, in an effort to capture the maximum value for these once-prized possessions. Due to the current economic climate and the value of precious metals, there is an increased interest in the buying and selling of gold and other ﬁne metals, as well as previously owned and estate jewelry. Now is a perfect time to consider selling the jewelry you no longer care to own. Turn that jewelry into cash that could be used for the purchase of pieces that better ﬁt your lifestyle, or maybe that vacation that you’ve been putting off. At Tapper’s we will examine each piece for its unique characteristics. Our experts are certiﬁed GIA graduate gemologists and experienced estate buyers. We abide by the highest standards when considering aesthetics and beauty, condition, workmanship, quality and the authenticity of every item. In addition to estate and previously owned jewelry, we are one of the largest purchasers of diamonds in the Midwest. We are always interested in white, natural yellow and fancy colored diamonds starting at 1 carat. Signed vintage designer jewelry by makers including Tiffany, Cartier, Buccellati and others are in great demand and well worth bringing to us. Our watch experts can also assist you in placing your ﬁne timepieces, whether it be through trade-in or outright sale. All jewelry and watches are inspected on-site and most customers leave the store with a check that same day. If you’re not sure you’re ready to sell your items, we are happy to inspect and appraise them with no obligation. You may be surprised at what your treasures are worth in today’s market. No matter what your situation trust the Tapper family to help you make an informed and thoughtful decision. Tapper’s Estate Services are available at our West Bloomﬁeld location. Call today and ask for one of our estate buyers to make an appointment (248)932-7700.
Trust the same people that you purchase your ﬁne jewelry from when you’re ready to part with your estate pieces.
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1. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold sapphire and diamond 36” tassel necklace, $4,999 2. Roberto Coin 18K rose gold square ring featuring a center stone of blue topaz over mother of pearl surrounded by diamonds, $4,760. 18K rose gold oval ring featuring a center stone of blue topaz over mother of pearl surrounded by diamonds, $5,580 3. Ippolita Rock Candy Collection 18K yellow gold blue topaz drop earrings, $2,495 4. David Yurman sterling silver multi-colored gemstone 36” station necklace, $2,100 5. John Hardy Dot Batu sterling silver drop earrings with London blue topaz, $995 6. Gurhan sterling silver and 24K yellow gold blue lapis bracelet, $2,295
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Shades from aqua to teal are making a splash in fashion! Jewelry takes its cue and plunges in.
CUT IT OUT
Whether stamped out or stitched on, cutouts prove that beauty can abound in empty spaces.
1. Hearts On Fire Copley single drop diamond pendant in 18K yellow gold with platinum, $12,500 2. Judith Ripka white sapphire lace drop pendant necklace in sterling silver, $800 3. John Hardy Naga 18K yellow gold and white sapphire necklace, $6,995 4. Judith Ripka white sapphire lace drop earrings in sterling silver, $650 5. Tapperâ€™s Collection two-tone 14K rose and white gold ring with diamonds, $1,199 6. Tapperâ€™s Collection sterling silver and diamond cuff, $299 7. Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold and bezel set diamond earrings, $2,900
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2 GRAPHIC IMPACT Black and white color blocking makes a strong statement.
1. Roberto Coin 18K white gold black and white diamond circle necklace, $6,420 2. David Yurman Cable Classic sterling silver bangle with diamonds and black onyx, $7,400 3. Mikimoto 'Pearls in Motion' black South Sea and Akoya cultured pearl necklace with diamond accent, $4,800 4. Penny Preville 18K white gold black and white diamond earrings, $2,940 5. Italian black and white ceramic Domino bracelet featuring a white or black pavĂŠ diamond square. From top to bottom: $2,099, $3,499, $3,499 6. John Hardy Classic Chain sterling silver cushion ring with pavĂŠ black sapphires, $795 7. John Hardy Classic Chain Lava sterling silver necklace accented with black sapphires, $1,495
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Eastern elements inspire modern American style.
hile shopping for your wardrobe this season, have you noticed that many of the most fashion-forward styles contain elements of Eastern cultures? Influences from Japan are particularly prevalent, like pleated origami-inspired organdy cotton, wingshaped shoulders, and wide pants, among others. It’s a trend that will continue into fall and winter, with floral jacquards from Vera Wang, Eastern spiritual styling from Prada, and brushstrokes of color from Lela Rose. And what jewelry do these Asian-infused fashions beg for? Pieces with a decidedly Eastern edge, of course. “These clothes are the perfect canvases, so to speak, for jewelry,” says David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group in New York City. “Unlike what we saw before this year, the new fashions aren’t heavily embellished.” Wolfe, one of fashion’s leading international forecasters, adds that with these modern Eastern-inspired clothes, “The lines and the shades provide the color, if you will. And with this new sophisticated simplicity of extreme structures and curvilinear cuts, a strong jewelry statement becomes very important.”
GO EAST WITH YOUR JEWELRY Some of the best fine jewelry brands are making accessorizing à la the Asian aesthetic easy to do this year, by incorporating one or several of the following elements: Gems. Certain stones “say” Eastern, especially jade (in all colors), red coral, black onyx, pearls, mother-of-pearl, emerald and ruby. Materials. Enamel and lacquer, materials used in original Far Eastern jewelry, are significant,
and today “new Eastern” collections sometimes rely on colored resins and ceramics to impart that same bold mien. Techniques. Filigree and mokume-gane bring Eastern cultures to mind. The openwork of filigree can invoke the idea of Chinese calligraphy, while the ancient Japanese metalworking art of mokume-gane is a process used by specially trained artisans for one-of-a-kind jewelry. Themes. Art Nouveau-like motifs are characteristic of Eastern jewelry, especially dragonflies and butterflies, plus flowers and plants like cherry blossoms, bamboo, lotus and peonies. Spiritual symbolism abounds: the Om, the Tree of Life and certain mythological creatures, such as dragons. And all 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac are definitely key. 2013 is The Year of the Snake on the Chinese calendar, so new jewelry focused on those writhing reptiles is everywhere. The ancient Chinese culture viewed snakes as a positive omen, symbolic of eternal love, wisdom, immortality and so on. Today, contemporary luxury brands are fashioning serpentine-style jewelry whichever way you want it: replete with demonic details like a long tongue and menacing eyes, or in more stylized versions merely hinting at a snake via their super-curvy shapes, often inlaid or prong-set with precious gems. Whether you choose a snake-y style this year, or pieces with a feminine Art Nouveau-like beauty, heading toward the exotic East will surely lead you in the right direction!
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STRONG & SOFT
rom gelato greens to sherbet purples, jewelry’s newest pastel gem palette looks simply delicious! And this spring and summer, the sweetest delicately hued designs are those that spotlight the stone as the star. As the precious metal plays more of a supporting role in many of the new pieces, four interesting stone cuts in particular are adding to the latest statement jewelry’s drama: cabochons, checkerboards, rose cuts and slices.
THE COLOR STORY Although bright Emerald is 2013’s Color of the Year, according to international color authority The Pantone Color Institute, most of the other leading hues of spring and summer are toned down, more muted. In a one-on-one interview, Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman (often referred to as the “International Color Guru”) explains: “The first half of this year is more about less-bold shades that help us find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives. That said, however, today we have a lot of trans-seasonal colors.” Exactly what colors are at the top of this proliferation of pastels? For women, there are 10 key shades, but here Eiseman discusses four of those that are especially significant to new luxury jewelry collections this season: Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, African Violet and Linen. “You need to try a touch of all these on-trend colors in some way. And buying a beautiful piece of colored stone jewelry is a great place to start — because it’s like dipping your toe into new color waters. But just be sure it’s good color, from a quality brand and a respected jeweler that you trust.”
For warm-weather style, giant gems in subtle shades are oh-so-cool! LORRAINE DEPASQUE
On that note, here are some of the pretty-in-pastel gems that fine jewelry brands are focusing on this season. Because they’re fashion forward, you’ll often find them in pieces that are important to add to your jewelry wardrobe, like multi-strand bracelets and necklaces, power pendants, dramatic drop earrings and epically sized fashion rings. Dreamy Greens. Prasiolite, opal, chalcedony, moonstone, agate, green amethyst, jade, peridot, tsavorite, chrysoprase, tourmaline, green sapphire, green diamonds. And emerald, of course, because Emerald is the Color of the Year! Pretty Purples. Quartz, jade, moonstone, amethyst, mother-of-pearl, purple sapphire. Be-in-Style Blues. Moonstone, blue topaz, labradorite, blue cat’s eye, blue agate, aquamarine, turquoise, chalcedony, blue quartz, iolite, lapis-lazuli, sapphire, tanzanite, zircon, blue diamonds. The Right Whites. Rutilated quartz, agate, pearls, moonstone, motherof-pearl, white coral, champagne diamonds and linen-like shades of rough-cut diamonds.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JANE BOHAN, STEPHEN WEBSTER, ERICA COURTNEY, ROBERTO COIN
SOME PERFECT PASTELS
DRESSING IN THE “D”
OPENINGDAY Support the Tigers at Comerica Park
Clockwise from top left: 1. Detroit Tigers emblem cufﬂinks, $60. 2. David Yurman sterling silver claw amulet pendant, $400. 3. Hearts On Fire 18K white gold Acclaim engagement ring, $7,450. 4. Panerai Radiomir Black Seal watch, $9,600. 5. David Yurman sterling silver black onyx spiritual bead bracelet, $595. 6. John Hardy Naga sterling silver and bronze double wrap bracelet on black nylon chord, $350. 7. David Yurman sterling silver Royal Chord ring, $450.
Tapper’s is a proud sponsor of the 5. Clockwise from top left: 1. Michele black diamond Deco watch with nectarine strap, $1,645. 2. Lana 14K white gold Raindrop diamond bezel earrings, $410. 3. Ippolita Wonderland Collection sterling silver large quartz and mother of pearl teardrop pendant, $495. 4. John Hardy Classic Chain sterling silver wide cuff, $995. 5. Ippolita Wonderland Collection sterling silver quartz and mother of pearl octagon ring, $595.
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DRESSING IN THE “D”
GIRLS’NIGHTOUT at MGM Grand Detroit
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Clockwise from top left: 1. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold toggle diamonds by the yard necklace, $9,900. 2. Kwiat Sunburst Collection 18K white gold diamond ﬂower necklace, $3,550. 3. Kwiat 18K white gold diamond hoop earrings, $16,400. 4. Kwiat Sunburst Collection 18K white gold diamond ﬂower ring, $3,550. 5. Tapper’s Collection tri-color diamond bangle set, $14,900.
an Afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Arts
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Clockwise from top left: 1. Armenta Midnight Collection sterling silver necklace featuring charms in 18K yellow gold and sterling silver: Pendant with sapphires and diamonds, $2,335. Pendant with oval moonstones and diamonds, $3,990. 18K yellow gold and sterling silver mother-of-pearl diamond pendant, $980. 2. Tapperâ€™s Collection sterling silver sapphire and diamond drop earrings, $3,499. 3. Vianna B.R.A.S.I.L. 18K yellow gold citrine, quartz, and diamond ring, $2,900. 4. Cartier Ballon Bleu Mid 18K yellow gold and diamond ladies automatic watch, $45,400. 5. Gurhan sterling silver and 24K yellow gold coil ring, $225. 6. Alexis Bittar lucite and Swarovski crystal pins. DragonďŹ‚y, $295. Flower, $295.
DRESSING IN THE “D”
DATENIGHT Late Dinner at the Capital Grille
Clockwise from top left: 1. Marco Bicego 18K yellow gold satin Murano necklace, $3,180. 2. Lana 14K yellow gold cascade earrings, $875. 3. Roberto Coin stack bracelets: Diamond circle, $2,900. Primavera bangle, $1,900. Diamond tsquare, $3,600. 4. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold green agate and diamond ring, $2,099. 5. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold green agate and diamond earrings, $2,699.
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Clockwise from top left: 1. Mikimoto graduated Akoya pearl necklace with 18K white gold clasp, $3,500. 2. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold 32” diamond eternity necklace, $67,600. 3. Gregg Ruth 18K white gold teardrop diamond earrings, $13,295. 4. Tapper’s Collection 18K white gold diamond bangle, $26,900. 5. Gregg Ruth 18K white gold diamond ring, $9,280. 6. Mikimoto Akoya pearl and 18K white gold diamond earrings, $4,000.
TIME TO ANSWER YOUR PRESSING QUESTIONS.
IS IT NECESSARY TO SERVICE MY WATCH IF I’M NOT HAVING PROBLEMS WITH IT? All watches need maintenance. The extent of the service required depends on the particular timepiece, its movement and its age. Generally, quartz watches need battery replacements every two to three years. Mechanical watches, much like automobiles, need regular servicing. The inner movements of the mechanical watch are lightly lubricated to reduce friction between the parts and ensure accuracy and reliability. Deterioration of the lubricants occurs over time and results in higher friction, increasing wear and tear and decreasing precision. A mechanical watch should be serviced every three to five years. Watches should always be taken to an authorized retailer to be properly serviced. If the wrong gaskets, batteries or parts are used, it can result in more expensive repairs down the line. Even quartz watches, after a simple battery change, have to be properly sealed and closed to ensure their water resistance.
IS A WATCH A GOOD INVESTMENT? Many people buy a watch because they love the individual statement the piece makes about them. However, in today’s economy, people also want to know that the watch they’re buying will hold its value over time, and maybe even go up in value. Most top-name watches will hold their value and some can even become heirloom pieces over the coming generations. If you’re looking to start building a watch collection, invest in different styles of watches appropriate for different situations, and do your homework regarding the most coveted brands. Special or limited-edition watches are almost always a good investment in the long term. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; our knowledgeable watch experts are here to give you guidance.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT WATCH TRENDS? One of the most important trends in the watch market today is definitely the proliferation of dual-, triple-, and multi-time zone watches. For today’s global business person, or any busy traveler, having alternate time zones readily available at the flick of the wrist is almost essential. These timepieces come in a wealth of styles and in an array of price ranges, offering design and technology options for men and women. Chronographs also steal the limelight with their form-meets-function attitude. A chronograph is a watch that times multiple events, and it can be a very useful tool. Another important trend today is the move toward new timepieces for women. These include mechanical and quartz watches that offer sophisticated features and functions, like elegant moonphase indications, chronograph counters and calendars.
I HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT “COMPLICATED” WATCHES; WHAT DOES THIS MEAN (AND ISN’T LIFE COMPLICATED ENOUGH)? The term complicated refers to timepieces with certain functions or features that are considered top feats of watchmaking. The most coveted complications vary depending on personal taste and watchmaking progress. Among the top categories today are tourbillon watches (expensive, complex mechanical calibers that house an escapement, which compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity), repeater watches that chime the time on demand via a series of gongs and hammers, and perpetual calendar watches that can track the day, date, month, year and leap year (and sometimes moonphases and more) for hundreds of years to come. Some of the world’s finest complicated watches can have waiting lists, but please stop in anyway — we’re happy to show you some fabulous timepieces whether or not you plan to buy.
WHAT NEW MATERIALS ARE BEING USED IN WATCHMAKING? As watchmakers progress in their quests for innovation, they naturally turn to other fields, such as the space and automotive industries, to see what these state-of-the-art worlds are utilizing. This has led to a wealth of new lightweight, rugged, hypoallergenic materials being incorporated into wristwatch cases, dials and straps. Among the more interesting materials being used: high-tech ceramic, carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium and alloys of various elements. These are great new introductions that are well worth checking out the next time you visit the store.
by Karen Alberg Grossman
THE ART OF TIME
A CONVERSATION WITH OLIVIER BERNHEIM, PRESIDENT & CEO OF RAYMOND WEIL GENÈVE. What was the original goal when the brand was launched back in 1976? My father-in-law, Mr. Raymond Weil, was a visionary. In 1976, while Swiss watchmakers were struggling with outdated business models, he saw an opportunity. His goal was to democratize, worldwide, Swiss watchmaking, to produce elegant and exquisite watches with the highest quality standards but at more attainable prices. Today, my mission is to continue my father-in-law’s extraordinary adventure.
Remaining true to the brand’s spirit, we’re offering new designs and variations in color, materials, shapes and sizes. The Maestro collection, for example, features a new chronograph, a phase de lune complication for ladies, and some retro-inspired models. Freelancer is revisiting its classics with new interpretations of the bestselling chronograph and the open-dial visible balance wheel models. The new Jasmine collection features a subtle flower motif, which now adorns the heart of its dial, on a guilloché finish.
How would you differentiate your company, and your watches, from the competition? Raymond Weil is one of the last independent family-owned businesses, with the third generation now in charge. Our brand benefits from the horological knowledge of Mr. Weil, renowned in the watchmaking industry as a living legend. Our watches are creative and elegant, offering high quality standards at unequaled prices. They benefit from Mr. Weil’s 63 years of experience, from my 30 years, and from the latest technological innovations made by our R & D department.
You’re known for a focus on art and music; how does this relate to watchmaking? Music is a family passion: my father-in-law is a great lover of classical and lyrical music and was inspired by it from the outset when he named his first collections after famous operas. He transmitted this passion to my wife, who is a professional pianist, and to my sons who are musicians themselves. I’ve carried on developing this unique duo — watchmaking and music. They have much in common: precision, creativity and the emotions they inspire.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Staying independent in a highly competitive market. By so doing, we’ve added a human component to our business model.
What kind of person wears a Raymond Weil watch? How many watches do you own and which is your favorite? A person who wears Raymond Weil is attentive to quality, and appreciates innovative, elegant timepieces. In addition, this person likely favors the traditional values conveyed by a family-run company. Personally, I have a collection of about 60 Raymond Weil watches and cannot pick a favorite; each is appropriate for a particular moment of life. That said, I currently love wearing a recent creation: my Maestro Phase de Lune Semainier, a unique timepiece with seven hands, combining harmony, elegance, tradition and innovation.
What can we expect from Raymond Weil this year in terms of technical and aesthetic innovation? Mr. Raymond Weil invented a fresh approach to luxury. My two sons, Elie and Pierre, and I strive to continue along this route. (They are particularly keen on introducing new technologies in marketing.) Our timepieces are at once classic and modern, casual and elegant.
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by Robert Haynes-Peterson
THE STRONGEST LINK
TAG HEUER DOES WELL BY DOING GOOD. Natural Resources Defense Council — was in town filming The Wolf of Wall Street. He bounded on stage to join Diaz and Babin, showering high praise on the brand. "It's incredible to work with a company that cares so much, and gives so much. That kind of dedication to service is important to me, and it's reflected in everything TAG Heuer does." The Link Lady Trilogy Limited Edition set and Leonardo DiCaprio Link Automatic Chronograph Calibre 16 watch are in stores now. TAG Heuer fans can also enjoy a technological breakthrough this year: the TAG Heuer Mikrogirder. The innovative regulator, which TAG Heuer claims challenges the 300-year heritage of hairspring/balance wheel mechanical regulation, allows the company to present a highly accurate chronograph, impervious to gravity, with minimal isochronous error. Winner of the 2012 Aiguille d'Or — the top prize in all categories at the Geneva Watchmaking Gran Prix — the Mikrogirder Chronograph replaces the spiral hairspring and classic balance wheel with a coupling beam and excitatory beam system, paired with a linear oscillator. The technology allows the chronograph accuracy to 5/10,000 of a second, beating 7.2 million times each hour. The design features a anthracite dial and rubber strap, with assymetric case.
nly a couple of weeks after Hurricane Sandy, when much of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey were still plunged in darkness, TAG Heuer went ahead with its plans for the Manhattan launch party of its latest Link collection, the Link Lady Trilogy Limited Edition. Created in conjunction with brand ambassador Cameron Diaz, who attended the event, the Trilogy collection (a limited-edition steel ring, bracelet and watch trio featuring the first automatic watch in the Link Lady line) was already slated to do good: Profits are dedicated to support UN Women, an organization that advocates for women's rights around the world. In the wake of Sandy's destructive force, however, the watch company knew it must do more. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy," TAG Heuer president and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin told the crowd of 500 or so, many of whom had flown in from Europe for the event. "We decided it was important to help New York Cares with their relief efforts, and we are donating $100 for every guest who is here." As it happened, actor Leonardo DiCaprio — another TAG Heuer brand ambassador, whose new Signature Link Calibre 16 Chronograph (with blue dial) will raise funds for Green Cross International and the
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FOCUS: POP CULTURE
by Jillian LaRochelle
WATCHES IN FILM
AND THE NOMINEES FOR TIMEPIECE IN A STARRING ROLE ARE...
SKYFALL Daniel Craig as James Bond, wearing an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M SKYFALL
Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, wearing an IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN
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THE BOURNE LEGACY
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
M A R V E Lâ€™ S THE AVENGERS
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, wearing a Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Infantry
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, wearing a Piaget Polo Chronograph
PERFECTGEMS EXPLORE THE LITTLE LUXURIES THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER.
A STROLL THROUGH HOTEL LA MAMOUNIA
Marrakech has a fascinating history, exotic markets, exciting nightlife and a delightfully opulent hotel. La Mamounia, a former palace celebrated for its mixture of traditional Moroccan and modern French styles, offers intriguing experiences from great art to ice cream. Take a walk through the reception room, lobby and tearoom, where Moroccan paintings and statues inspire. Stop at the Italian Bar to view the latest photography exhibition while sipping a Le Grand Dame Champagne cocktail made with citrus essence. Next, wander outside into the serene 17-acre garden filled with olive and citrus trees, magnificent roses and an extensive kitchen garden (you might chat with the chef as he gathers vegetables for dinner). At the center of the garden is Le Menzeh, an ice cream pavilion that offers pastries and freshly made ice creams. Finally, to recover from your exertions, complete your tour with a Royal Hammam treatment at the lavish spa.
THE NIGHT SPOT
Itâ€™s no secret that Broadway singers and actors hate when the curtain comes down and they have to leave the stage. So on Tuesday nights, after the shows are out, performers and the fans who love them gather for Backstage at 54 Below (located in the basement of legendary Studio 54) to keep the music and jokes going over drinks and supper. Led by musical director Brad Simmons and host Susie Mosher, gypsies, Broadway and cabaret stars (and occasionally an audience member) sing or do their routines in this intimate and fashionable 144-seat space created by Tony-winning set designers. The wine list and food are good, the service excellent, the crowd always fun. And you never know who might turn up to perform. End your evening on a high note.
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DONALD CHARLES RICHARDSON
SPIRIT OF THE PAST
ALEX R. KIRZHNER
Built in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman de Burgos family, Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres with a spectacular backdrop of Irish woodlands, lake and mountains. Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness purchased the estate in 1855 as the family’s country residence. Since becoming a hotel in 1939, the castle has welcomed dignitaries and celebrities including Prince Edward, King George V, Ted Kennedy, Sharon Stone, Brad Pitt and Barbra Streisand. The castle offers contemporary comforts and conveniences, but naturally, oldworld traditions still thrive. There’s Ireland’s first school of falconry, a decanter of sherry in each room, and tea served in the drawing room. And in keeping with conventional castle ambiance, there’s also a ghost, reportedly from the 19th century when the Guinnesses were in residence. Not to worry: guests who’ve seen the young female apparition say she’s friendly.
This spring, let your feet shine with bright bejeweled footwear by Ivy Kirzhner, featuring cloisonné metal work and exotic leathers. The 2013 collection includes the Ark, a dress wedge with crystals and snake leather inlays on an 18K gold-plated heel. The Taj Mahal gladiator sandal features gold silk metallic leather with crystals. Nefertiti is an ornamental high wedge with 18K gold-plated hardware and hand-enameled cloisonné treatment. Pictured above are the Montezuma Deco-bejeweled slippers in royal blue and hot coral kid suede and gold silk metallic, and the Tresor, a Deco ballet flat in gold silk metallic and opal, both with crystals on an 18K goldplated hardware ornament. Step into a brilliant summer.
Steinway Lyngdorf is a collaboration between Steinway & Sons, makers of the world’s finest pianos, and audio innovator Peter Lyngdorf. Their speaker systems range from the invisible to the compact to the giant. Currently, the state-of-theart choice is the Model LS Concert. Combined with the SP-1 Stereo Processor or P-1 Surround Sound Processor and Steinway Lyngdorf’s fully digital amplifiers, it’s perfect for luxurious home theaters. The open-baffle design makes the speaker interact with the room much as a musical instrument would, resulting in extremely open and life-like musicality. There’s also a remarkable remote that weighs nearly 2.2 pounds, with a rotating wheel crafted from solid, gold-plated brass and mounted on precision-machined Swiss bearings, providing intuitive and total command of the system.
An Asian paradise awaits at the crossroads of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. SCOTT HASS
n the northeastern corner of Thailand, in what were once nearly inaccessible lands, you will find the tropical Asian destination known as The Golden Triangle. Decades ago, this region, which borders Laos and Myanmar, was filled with opiate traders and insurgents. Nowadays, it is one of the most unspoiled parts of Southeast Asia with a sophisticated infrastructure of roads, markets, hotels and shops to attract visitors. Physically, The Golden Triangle has magnificent hills, mountains, swaying bamboo forests, and the majestic Mekong river. Culturally, you’ll find Buddhist temples and first-rate artisans perfecting sculpture, woodwork and pottery. Socially, the famed generosity of spirit that characterizes the Thai people is in abundance; as yet, the region has not become overwhelmed by tourists. When I came across photographs of a magnificent house, available for rent, on a former coffee plantation near Chiang Rai, a town within The
Golden Triangle, I booked flights immediately. Owned by an Australian interior designer currently based in Hong Kong, pictures of the property made it clear that this was an architectural gem. It took about 90 minutes to get to Chiang Rai from Bangkok, and from the plane we were in awe of the verdant mountains to the north. We were picked up at the airport by Sakda, our driver and housekeeper for the next 10 days. During the ride from the airport, on a highway as sleek as what you’d find stateside, we passed by pristine villages, remarkable fruit and vegetable markets, and small local Buddhist temples. It was exotic but welcoming, and so clean and lush I felt as if we were in Hawaii rather than a remote Southeast Asian country. The air was redolent with the scents of onions, ginger and frying chilies, and even the colors of the fruits — pink, orange, red and purple — seemed so magical. Doy Din Dang Pottery Chiang Rai has simple, wonderful, open-air restaurants. The cuisine of this region is based largely
on Chinese peasant cooking. This means placing fresh herbs in the bottom of a bowl, topping them with noodles, filling the bowl with broth, and putting grilled chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp over the noodles. Or, if you’re in the mood for a lighter snack, head to the markets to buy exotic, colorful fruits like durian, longan, rambutan and pitaya. When not eating, you should visit the bizarre, fascinating Black House, a huge installation organized by the artist Thawan Duchanee. The vast temple grounds are perfectly landscaped on undulating rises, with fruit trees, narrow stone paths, small horses stationed near the buildings, and views of the hillsides that made me feel as if I was in a movie. The artist had utilized the landscapes as if they existed only to complement his own work: it was that audacious! Each building housed fake skeletons of imaginary creatures, pelts from beasts that had never existed, and an odd, evocative mix of old and new elements. Each building was unique and stunning, and each was an art gallery unto itself, displaying works of art in stone, fabric, clay and oil paint. It looked like something Salvador Dali might have done had he been born in Thailand. he best pottery in the region can be found at Doy Din Dang Pottery, where master potter Somluk Pantiboon produces museum-quality work. While the region has a long history of using clay to make household items, Pantiboon is creating art that is decorative rather than utilitarian. He is an independent thinker, international in outlook and experience in contrast to most who have spent their entire lives here as farmers. Massages are the high point of a trip to The Golden Triangle. For about $50, you can have a one-hour treatment that will loosen you up, revive your senses and restore focus. The very best place for massages in Chiang Rai is Chivit Thamma Da. Located on a narrow street next to a river, this spa is housed in a wonderfully old-fashioned, two-story wooden building next to a coffee shop run by the same owners. I went there each day during my trip, and after a 90-minute massage, all the stress that remained from my ordinary life was diminished. Massages are a fundamental part of daily life for many in Thailand: It’s their therapy. As a clinical psychologist it’s hard to admit, but I believe their practice trumps mine.
THE AIR WAS REDOLENT WITH THE SCENTS OF ONIONS, GINGER AND FRYING CHILIES, AND EVEN THE COLORS OF THE FRUITS — PINK, ORANGE, RED AND PURPLE — SEEMED SO MAGICAL.
Entrance to the White Temple
RAI RAKANG: Easily the most beautiful home I have ever rented. It had one enormous room, three stories high, modeled on a Buddhist temple, and a luxurious bedroom and attached bath with views of grounds that were once a coffee plantation. Called “Elephant House,” it ran about $275 a night, which included daily breakfast catered on the patio, daily housekeeping, and a driver and car (gasoline extra). Contact the owner, Andrew Bell, directly at email@example.com.
LE MERIDIEN: A brand-new riverside property in Chiang Rai, with beautiful rooms, great food, cooking classes and an incredibly friendly staff. 221 / 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Phone: +66 (53) 603 333 Fax: +66 (53) 603 330 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE: A stone’s throw from Myanmar and Laos, this is one of the top luxury hotels in Thailand. The property boasts a spa and an array of upscale restaurants, and they’ll even help you arrange a trip to an elephant camp, where the majestic creatures are protected from poachers and raised in the serenity and love characteristic of this Buddhist nation. Golden Triangle, Thailand Phone: +66 (0) 5378 4084 Email: email@example.com
WHERE TO EAT: Any number of holes in the wall in the dozens of Thai towns and villages that make up The Golden Triangle offer delicious fresh noodles, broth, fried pork and grilled chicken. The country is friendly, safe and clean.
WHAT TO DO: In Chiang Rai, you must go as often as possible to Chivit Thamma Da for massages, followed by cold draft beer or coffee and pastries in the adjoining café. Massages are by appointment. Call +66 (0) 81 984 2925 to schedule. In addition to visiting temples and shrines, it is also great fun to have a portrait done while you’re there. Visit Bliss Studios, where ace photographer Chalit Chawalitangkun takes travel photos to a new level. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For pottery, visit Doy Din Dang Pottery. Website: dddpottery.com.
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How I got my mojo back. LENORE RICH
or one hour a week, I am a princess. I am more beautiful than Sofia Vergara, more graceful than a swan. Although my upper back aches slightly, I am gloriously happy. Dormant muscles that I never knew existed are springing to life. And my brain (which can no longer remember what book I’m reading) is sending multiple messages: to my pinky finger to point upward, to my feet to glide back on the ball and forward with the heel, to my head to tilt and my torso to configure a perfect pose. (They tell me “muscle memory” will eventually kick in; I eagerly await the kick...) I silently thank Mom and Dad for those costly ballet lessons decades ago, and wonder why I ever stopped. I love to dance! “Enough waltz!” insists my young and handsome Brazilian dance instructor. “We will learn the rumba. Forget those ballet arms and look at me with dagger eyes. This is a sensual dance! Run your fingers through your hair, sweep them across your upper body. Focus on the hips…” I look at him defiantly: this middle-aged suburban mom is not about to sway her hips or caress her upper body. He accepts no excuses: I am to practice in the privacy of home. To prepare, I rummage through my closet and discover a slinky red dress and some gleaming South Sea pearls, perfect for a sensual rumba. Thankful that the back of my lakeside home is totally private (if I discount deer and chipmunks), I don the outfit and lose myself in the hypnotic rhythm blaring on my stereo in full surround sound. Completely immersed in the music and concentrating on my moves, I never heard the leaf blowers in my backyard. Suddenly, I’m returning the stares of several smiling and appreciative gardeners, their faces glued to my back window. Apparently, I’ve unleashed my inner beast and will soon be the talk of the town, at least among groundskeepers… Undaunted, I count the hours until my next lesson, when I’ll once again transform to princess, or (in my dreams) to temptress. And as I glance at my reflection in the dance studio mirror, I see no wrinkles or extra pounds, but rather an ageless elegant woman with a newly awakened passion for life.
“I rummage through
my closet and discover a slinky red dress and
some gleaming South Sea pearls, perfect for a
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