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Spring/Summer 2015

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 TAPPERS.COM CEO HOWARD TAPPER PRESIDENT MARK TAPPER VICE PRESIDENTS STEVEN TAPPER MARLA TAPPER YOUNG C H I E F O P E R AT I N G O F F I C E R JEFFREY GARDEN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ROBERT HUTTER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ANN DUKE MEDIA AND EVENTS MANAGER TRACIE VOLETTI D I G I TA L S P E C I A L I S T SHOSHANA KROHNER

FEATURES 2 Welcome Letter 4 Events 8 Best Bets 10 Trends: The New Heirlooms 12 Marlee’s Picks: Metallic Fever & Layered Obsessions 16 Social Media: Hashtag How-to 18 Bijoux de Jardin 26 Rock Her World 28 Tapper’s Love Story: Sarah & Sam 30 Tapper’s Wedding Album 33 Experts: All About Bridal Rings 34 Collecting: Time to Invest 36 Personalities: Kristin Chenoweth 38 From the Runways 44 Guy Style: Men’s Trends 46 Golf: Triumph & Tragedy 48 Moms and Dads: Ties That Bind 52 Graduates: Class of 2015 54 Guest Services 56 Gifts: From the Heart

VISUAL MERCHANDISING SPECIALIST PATTI TAPPER S TA F F P H O T O G R A P H E R PAUL PRIMEAU AD SALES ANGELA TISCH 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 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 2015. Accent® is published by Business Journals, Inc, P.O. Box 5550, Norwalk, CT 06856, 203-853-6015 Fax: 203-852-8175; 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 13, 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. THIS PAGE AND COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOSWELL


welcome

Dear Friends, Every spring we Michiganders celebrate the season as if we thought it would never come. After two years of severe winter temperatures, we long for the warmth of the sun and revel in it once it arrives. The spring marks special celebrations for so many of us, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings, anniversaries and more. We at Tapper’s feel so lucky and fortunate to play a part in these milestones with you, our treasured customers. Throughout the pages of this issue we feature great gift ideas to help you show your loved ones how important they are to you. For every taste and every budget, we are here to help. In addition to offering inspiring new pieces for your collection, we’d like to help you reinvigorate or recycle those items you just no longer wear. Our talented designers are excited to help you make the most of the jewels in your jewelry box. Refer to pages 10 and 11 for ideas. In our spring fashion feature Bijoux de Jardin, starting on page 18, we highlight gorgeous new and classic looks from our top designers. Our Best Bets, on pages 8 and 9, feature our TJ Today collection, which combines great style with easy wearability: what we like to call everyday luxury. Our Marlee’s Picks on pages 12 and 14 celebrate our love for metallic styles and layered looks. In our bridal section, check out Sarah and Sam Levin and how they celebrated their big day. A look back at many of Tapper’s associates on their big day provides a trip down memory lane in our Tapper’s Wedding Album starting on page 30. We also loved featuring four of our top associates and their children in a nod to Moms and Dads beginning on page 48. Whatever special occasions you’re celebrating this spring, we have the selection of fabulous jewelry you are looking for. We hope you’ll visit us and let us show you how wonderful a luxury shopping experience at Tapper’s can be. Our commitment to you and your loved ones is at the core of our mission and purpose. Sincere Regards, The Tapper Family

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Tapper’s partners with David Yurman to launch its fall line and raise funds for the DIA. 1. Danielle Loftus, Travis Gno 2. Steven Tapper, Shari Maxwell 3. Susan Tapper, event hostess Dr. Lorna Thomas 4. David Yurman renderings 5. Dawn Mack, Les Stansbury, Valencia Morris 6. Lonnie and Linda Vance, Debby Isaacs 7. Cheryl and James Sopha 8. Mark Tapper, Sharon Minott, Shari Maxwell

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Tapper’s associates joined players and coaches at the Motor City Casino to celebrate the beginning of the 2015 season. 1. Joe Nathan, Ann Duke, Alex Avila 2. Kim Harabedian, Alan Trammell 3. Justin Verlander, Paul Rujan 4. Ann Duke, Nick Castellanos, Kim Harabedian 5. Paul Rujan, John Shiha

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best bets

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FROM THE TJ TODAY COLLECTION IN 14K GOLD 1. Yellow gold diamond dagger necklace, 0.27 ct. t.w., $749. 2. Yellow gold diamond triangle necklace, 0.11 ct. t.w., $499. 3. Yellow gold diamond split ring, 0.20 ct. t.w., $649. 4. White gold pave` diamond bar necklace, 0.27 ct. t.w., $899. 5. White gold pave` diamond bar necklace, 0.16 ct. t.w., $699. 6. Yellow gold diamond drop earrings, 0.64 ct. t.w., $1,399. 7. White gold diamond slice button stud earrings, 0.45 ct. t.w., $849. 8. Pendants in sterling silver and 18K yellow or rose gold. Available in blue topaz and sapphire, rose quartz and pink sapphire or amethyst. Your choice, $79.99. 9. Yellow gold diamond ear crawler, 0.16 ct. t.w., $449. 10. White gold, opal and diamond necklace, $1,199. 11. Sterling silver disc bracelets. Amethyst, $119.99. InďŹ nity or initial, $99.99. 12. Shinola The Birdy double-wrap black leather watch, $525. 8

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FROM THE TJ TODAY COLLECTION IN 14K GOLD 1. Yellow gold diamond and green aventurine necklace, $3,499. 2. Rose gold diamond ear crawler, 0.22 ct. t.w., $699. 3. Rose gold diamond curved bar necklace, 0.19 ct. t.w., $799. 4. Michele CSX Elegance stainless steel watch with diamonds, $975. FROM THE MEIRA T. COLLECTION IN 14K GOLD 5. Rose gold diamond and apatite bead bracelet, 0.20 ct. t.w., $845. 6. Yellow gold diamond and ruby bead bracelet, 0.26 ct. t.w., $745. 7. Diamond disc necklace, 0.23 ct. t.w., $890. 8. Yellow gold diamond disc necklace, 0.20 ct. t.w., $645. 9. TJ Today 14K rose gold diamond split ring, 0.35 ct. t.w., $899. 10. TJ Today diamond bangles in 14K gold, priced from $599 to $1,999. 11. TJ Rocks 14K yellow gold diamond and druzy necklace, 0.14 ct. t.w., $999. 12. TJ Rocks 14K rose gold diamond and agate bangle, 0.27 ct. t.w., $1,499.


trends

the new heirlooms

Today’s jewelry merges the best of past and present.

BY BETH BERNSTEIN

When considering buying fine jewelry, a woman should ask two important questions before making a purchase: Will the styles endure or at least make a comeback? And will they retain their intrinsic value? Renowned jewelry houses and savvy independent designers ask themselves these same questions before jumping on a new trend direction. For spring/summer 2015, the hottest jewelry styles possess these qualities and are part of an evolving trend we’ll call “The New Heirlooms.” This is jewelry that recalls the past with vintage silhouettes or antique details, but has been reworked with a current sensibility to appeal to today’s modern woman.

GO FOR THE GOLD

BRING ON THE BLING At the same time, we’re witnessing a return to Art Deco-inspired long, linear and ultra-clean shapes, many with fluidity of movement. These appear in white gold and feature varying cuts of diamonds, reminiscent of Cartier in the ’20s and ’30s. Cabochon and sugar loaf cuts of emeralds, sapphires, spinels and rubies are also trending. The cuts are generally set in white gold or platinum and featured in flexible bracelets, large stone rings, lariat necklaces and tassel earrings, which flow and swing when a woman turns her head. Arm bracelets and hand and hair jewelry are renewing this category with the youthful spirit it needs to inspire a new generation of fine jewelry devotees.

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FROM TOP: ROBERTO COIN, MARCO BICEGO, IVANKA TRUMP, PENNY PREVILLE

At the auction and collector level, signed pieces by storied design houses (think Boucheron, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels) have been fetching record prices. Inspired by the renewed demand for bold jewelry, chunky yellow gold styles are back in all of their adorning glory. Retro looks from the ’40s and ’50s, including single bracelets with multiple charms and large, intricately designed links, are back. For a fresh look, they can be stacked with early antique serpent styles that wrap several times around the wrist, or ’70s-style buckle bracelets. Looks popularized in the ’80s by designers such as Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso are being rethought in modern forms: wider-than-wide cuffs, knuckle rings and pendants that dangle at 32” or longer. Large hoop earrings in various oval, marquise, round and square shapes take on an organic feel, while stud earrings, stackable rings and bib necklaces all incorporate movement. Many also sport colored gemstones, which range from more muted varieties of labradorite and moonstone to fancy colored sapphires and various hues of tourmaline. There’s also a return to figurative Art Nouveau shapes with touches of enamel and intriguing color combinations.


custom design

personalize your style Give new life to your dated jewelry, merging the best of past and present.

BY PATTI SCHECHTER

YOUR OLD PEARLS...REIMAGINED Whether it’s a classic graduated single strand necklace or a pair of studs, women have admired and coveted the pure shimmery simplicity of pearls for generations. At Tapper’s, we specialize in bringing renewed life and style to old and outdated pearl jewelry. Instead of leaving your pearls in a drawer only to be worn for that rare special occasion, let us create a contemporary new design that provides the versatility your current lifestyle demands. As shown here, designer Marina Ovsepian has created a stunning tassel necklace fashioned in multicolor pearls and crystal, perfect for daytime wear as well as a night on the town. It can be worn short, long or knotted, accommodating every neckline.

Steven Tapper rose to the challenge when a customer brought him a pearl strand along with a loose diamond and wanted him to create a new piece using those elements. The result was the dramatic diamond pendant shown here. The diamond segment can be worn on the pearl strand for fabulous bling, or on a simple chain for everyday wear.

YOUR NEWEST HEIRLOOM: A FAMILY GARDEN A beautiful way to keep your loved ones close to your heart. Create your design and plant your family’s gemstones. Tell the story of your life, to enjoy wearing now and for generations to come.

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1. Karine Sultan collar necklace, $105. 2. Boheme spike and pearl chain necklace, $39. 3. Michael Kors pyramid ring, $95. 4. Marlee’s Designs stackable rings, $175. 5. Michael Kors horn pendant necklace, $135. 6. Vita Fede Titan chain necklace, $600. 7. Ashlyn’d Celeste clutch, $530. 8. Marlee’s Designs 14K gold black onyx and diamond bangle, $749.

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9. Marlee’s Designs diamond teardrop bangle, $999. 10. Rachel Brown ID bracelet, $149. 11. Coordinates collection legend bangle with Detroit coordinates, $212. 12. Vita Fede Titan bangle, $400. 13. Karine Sultan stick drop earrings, $36. 14. Movado Bold Silver Mesh watch, $495 15. Micheal Kors rose chronograph watch, $250. 16. Movado Bold silver and rose-tone watch, $495.


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1. Marlee’s Designs blue slice agate pendant necklace, $48. 2. Hipchik Dalmation jasper bead and leather tassel necklace, $295. 3. Cheryl Default Designs beaded Middle East medallion necklace, $325. 4. Marlee’s Boheme green, blue and champagne beaded necklace, $72. 5. Marlee’s Boheme turquoise beaded tassel necklace, $29.99. 6. Mela pink pearl lariat, $195. 7. Mela open-ended choco strand pearl necklace, $495. 8. Dana Rebecca 14K white gold diamond triangle necklace, $660. Marlee’s Designs in 14K gold 9. Diamond and onyx triangle necklace, $399. 10. Diamond pear necklace, $499. 11. Black and white diamond disc necklace, $499. 12. Triple star diamond necklace, $499. 13. Diamond and opal bar necklace, $699. 14. Diamond pyramid necklace, $499. 15. White topaz and diamond necklace, $499.


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ven the social media-savvy among us might assume that the use of hashtags in user-generated posts is a relatively new phenomenon— something that’s say, two or three years old at the most. While hashtags have certainly gained popularity during this timeframe, you might be surprised to learn that their origin dates a bit further back. Like, way back. We’re talking 1990s here. Before Facebook dominated the globe, and even before the rise of MySpace (remember THAT?), hashtags were employed online by Internet Relay Chat technology as a method for categorizing items into subject groups. There they remained in relative obscurity until August 23, 2007. On that day, Google employee (and later Google+ user experience designer) Chris Messina tweeted a now-infamous question to his followers about grouping conversations within BarCamp, an online network devoted to discourse about technology as it relates to the internet. @chrismessina: “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” Happy birthday to you, hashtags. That day in 2007 marked the real beginning. Tech-savvy Twitter users quickly adopted the hashtag based on Messina’s inquiry, building a momentum that spread within the social platform and then slowly transitioned to other services like Facebook. By the time Instagram, Vine, Google+ and Pinterest were created and gained their own audiences, the hashtag had been steadily earning its place in the collective consciousness. For those who aren’t as familiar with this context-providing device formerly known as the pound sign, let’s provide a quick primer. In a nutshell, to “hashtag” something means to add the pound sign in front of a word or phrase that categorizes your post by subject matter, thereby making it more searchable to a larger audience beyond your own friends and contacts. But it’s almost easier to define the hashtag by providing an example. For instance, let’s say that Kelly, a Facebook user with more than 600

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friends, posts the following line about a new restaurant along with a picture of its exterior. “I love the pasta at this noodle restaurant in Westport! Yum! #foodie” Ordinarily, Kelly’s photo and associated text would be visible to mainly the 600-plus people in her network. But with the addition of “#foodie,” virtually any member of the Facebook community can locate Kelly’s post by entering #foodie in a search (depending, of course, upon Kelly’s privacy settings). In such a search, her entry would appear along with hundreds of other posts that contain similar content, making it easier for foodies around the globe to interact with one another…and learn about Kelly’s favorite noodle joint along the way. So exactly what role have hashtags played in our world of fine jewelry and timepieces? According to top-hashtags.com, a website devoted to tracking the most-used hashtags, people’s posts about jewelry are often punctuated with #fashion, #swag, #jewelry, #diamond, #celebritystyle. A quick review of social media posts by well-known jewelry designers and retailers reveals that other tags like #aotd (accessory of the day) and #jotd (jewelry of the day) are commonly used as well. The biggest rule in the world of hashtags is that there are no rules. Clever or nonsensical, comedic or dramatic, they’re merely a way for content creators to get their posts noticed. For lovers of modernity’s increasingly scarce resource—privacy—they’re just more noise in an already too-talkative world. But for those who enjoy the chatter, hashtags are, well, #trendy. Tapper’s favorite hashtags include #TappersJewelry, #RockHerWorld, #TappersBridal and #MarleesStyle. So go ahead: post a picture of the tennis bracelet you received for Christmas, or of the Rolex you just inherited. Then choose or create your own hashtag. #WeWantToSee

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tapper’s love story

Sarah & Sam September 20, 2014

The Bride Sarah Richards, 26, Nurse Practitioner

The Groom Sam Levin, 26, Business Office Coordinator

How They Met High school sweethearts at Birmingham Groves

Engagement Period 15 Months

The Couple’s Style Sarah wore a form-fitted trumpet-style gown, while Sam looked handsome in a classic black tuxedo.

The Wedding Style Sarah and Sam let the reception site inspire their wedding details. A dreamy mix of creams, peaches and gold created a classically elegant and romantic atmosphere that perfectly complemented the Lovett Hall decor.

The Bridal Bouquet Cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses and hypericum berries made up Sarah’s bouquet.

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The Ring The engagement ring and wedding bands were purchased at Tapper’s. With the help of sales associate Debby Isaacs, Sam selected the perfect Rock Her World diamond for Sarah.

The Accessories Sarah wore a crystal beaded belt, hairpiece and veil that her mother made for her. Attached to her bouquet was her late grandfather’s ring.

The First Dance Sam chose Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

The Centerpieces A lovely mix of tall pillar candles, candelabras and bouquets decorated the tables.

The Cake Sarah’s favorite white chocolate raspberry cake and individual cupcakes were a sweet treat for guests.

Sarah & Sam’s Wedding Ingredients CEREMONY SITE: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Beverly Hills RECEPTION SITE: Lovett Hall, The Henry Ford WEDDING BANDS: Tapper’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry PHOTOGRAPHY: Weddings by Adrian & Amber GOWN: Bella Bridal, West Bloomfield HAIR: Edith at Figo Salon, Birmingham MAKEUP: Crystal Drake CATERING: Lovett Hall FLOWERS: J. Costello Designs

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tapper’s wedding album

Looking Back at Some of our The 1970s

Howard and Susan Tapper April 7th, 1973

Gary Pakhchanian and Marina Ovsepian July 14th, 1979

The 1980s

Steven and Patti Tapper January 7th, 1984

Leela and Stojan Popov June 28th, 1988

Louisa and Robert Artelt April 8th, 1989

Dawn and David Mack-Moorehead March 23rd, 1991

Lisa and David Parshan November 3rd, 1991

The 1990s

Rosemary and Rob Rolak March 3rd, 1990

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staff weddings over the years

Associates on their Special Day The 1990s

Marci and Joel Ben-Moche April 5th, 1992

Theresa and Neil Russell June 14th, 1992

Ann and Ken Duke-Zawislak June 2nd, 1995

Donine and Scott Drouare September 25th, 1999

The 2000s

Deanna and Ira Kleiman January 14th, 2001

Roman and Zoya Minevich September 30th, 2004

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Tracie and Delano Voletti October 9th, 2004


tapper’s wedding album The 2000s

Jennifer and Nicholas Funaro October 28th, 2005

Brian and Marla Young November 18th, 2006

Anthony and Hala Shamoun August 23rd, 2009

Elizabeta and Charles Garrison November 17th, 2011

Janet B. and Dwight Martindale October 5th, 2012

The 2010s

Mark and Leora Tapper September 17th, 2010

Nataliia and Borys Karnatovskyi May 3rd, 2014

Mollie and Liam Grandidge July 25th, 2014

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experts

All About BRIDAL RINGS

Our magazine’s trend specialist is now wedding expert to the world. BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

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orraine DePasque has a passion for jewelry: she’s been writing about it for most of her career and for many years in this magazine. So her recent appointment as about.com’s first-ever wedding bands and engagement rings expert comes as no surprise. Here, we chat with her about her new position and about the basics of buying bridal rings. Congrats on the new job! We always knew you were an expert… Thank you! About.com has roughly 900 experts, but I’m the first to specialize in engagement rings and wedding bands, which became a separate category on the site this past November. What are some of your favorite topics? I recently wrote about platinum, black diamonds and eco-friendly jewelry. Social responsibility is huge with the bridal demographic: they care about ethical sourcing, reclaimed metals, recycled materials, sustainability, etc. What’s the hottest trend in engagement rings for 2015? White metal is still number one, meaning platinum of course, but also white gold (14K and 18K). Yellow gold has also been trending for the past year or so, and estate jewelry is a growing piece of the business. There’s also more interest in natural colored diamonds (thanks to celebrity preferences) and even other colored gemstones. When Prince William presented Kate with his mother’s sapphire engagement ring, it was all about blue; this year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Marsala, so rubies— equally as durable as sapphires—should be newly popular. How about diamond cuts: what’s popular now? Round is still the top trending cut: perhaps 80 percent of the business, followed by cushion cuts, followed by squares. But some of the older cuts, especially marquises and pear shapes, are starting to come back. The other continuing trend is halos: everything from a single halo around any cut stone, a multi-halo, or even an intricate floral halo. How are the trends evolving? It’s interesting. I learn a lot about consumer preferences from Pinterest, and when I recently posted two modern engagement rings (both platinum

with round diamond center stones, one tension set), the response was overwhelming. So while the majority of women have been leaning toward classic or retro, there’s a definite trend emerging toward contemporary. Another observation: this generation wants special, even customized, wedding jewelry. I truly believe there’s a special ring for everyone, which is why I love what I do. If there’s a particular way you’d like to customize your ring, talk with your jeweler about it; this is what they do every day and they can offer suggestions on personalization. What about trends in wedding bands? Personally, I like wraps if you plan to wear your band on the same finger as your engagement ring. But I’m seeing more and more women buying a slim band that may or may not match the engagement ring, especially if they plan on wearing that on the right hand. And women are putting other slim bands of all kinds on their jewelry wish lists, so their husband knows exactly what to buy for their first anniversary, birth of their first child, or even a birthday. Then you can stack them all with your wedding band, creating a dramatic right-hand ring! The whole stackable ring fashion look has sparked this trend, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Buying jewelry online is a controversial issue: what’s your opinion? While the internet is okay for research (but don’t believe everything you read!), I’d never suggest buying wedding jewelry online. There are so many elements that go into a ring; if you don’t work with a reputable jeweler, so much could go wrong. I’ve heard horror stories about chipped stones, stones that don’t line up, stones that don’t reflect light, insecure settings. So my best advice is to form a relationship with a trustworthy jeweler, a real person (or family) who’s been around awhile and who stands behind their work. After all, it’s the most important purchase you’ll ever make, a reflection of your personal style, and something you’ll be looking at every day of your life. Don’t risk it! For more information on wedding jewelry, check out engagementrings.about.com or tappers.com/engagement.

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Watchmaking history appeals to a new generation. BY WILLIAM BUCKLEY

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hilatelists collect stamps and numismatists collect coins, but watch collectors, in the grand scheme of things, are a relatively new breed. Seismic shifts—from pocket watch to mechanical wristwatch to quartz and atomic movements—indicated the fading of each previous technology into obscurity. But by the end of the 1980s, manufacturers realized that there was a market for mechanical wristwatches both as timepiece and work of art. A new generation of consumers was excited by the craftsmanship of traditional horology, and the watch collector was born. Edward Faber, one of the leading experts on vintage watches and founder of the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York, explains, “Before 1930 watches were essentially pocket watches retrofitted to the wrist. With the advent of World War I, huge advances in technology were made in all areas, from automobiles to aviation, and watches soon followed suit. The nuances of jeweling and modern technology enabled watchmakers to integrate features like chronographs and moonphase calendars, and mechanical wristwatches entered their element.” But with the “quartz revolution” came a level of timekeeping accuracy that changed daily life. What began in 1929 with the quartz clock took 40 years to miniaturize, but in a few swift years mechanical watches began to look like they would become obsolete. “We’ve learned in this industry to fear new technologies, and for good reason,” explains Michael Friedman, historian for Audemars Piguet. “What we could accurately call the quartz revolution was known to many as the quartz crisis because it essentially wiped out the industry as we knew it; it took many years to evolve past that. But interestingly, what the quartz era in the 1970s really did was to liberate the watch industry. We’re now in an era of experimentation and expressionism largely because the accuracy problem was solved when the quartz watch debuted.” With smart watch production numbers in the tens of millions, manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are investing in the future of timekeeping. And whether or not smart watches become as ubiquitous as the quartz and mechanical movements before them, increased interest in traditional craftsmanship has secured the future of mechanical watches. “To connect with a timepiece, which may have plus or minus a few seconds per week but is part of horological history, is a strong statement,” insists Faber. “People in their 20s and 30s are looking at vintage Rolexes and IWCs and they’re excited to collect them, they’re excited to buy them. When they buy vintage watches, they’re also buying the stories behind them.”

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WHAT COLLECTORS LOOK FOR Brand: This is the number-one consideration. Currently Rolex is one of the most coveted. Papers and Presentation: Watches with their original papers and boxes in good condition are worth more. Metal: With only a few exceptions, platinum is number one, followed by rose gold, then yellow gold, then steel. Complications: Chronographs, moonphases, tourbillions etc. can increase a watch’s collectability. Rarity: The more mass-produced a watch is, the less desirable it is to a collector.


personalities

Right: Chenoweth’s 2014 CD release of career favorites.

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Kristin Chenoweth’s big voice and bright smile have been lighting up stages and screens for decades. BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON

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hat Kristin Chenoweth lacks in height she makes up for in vocal power, acting ability and fashion sense. The 4'11'', 46-year-old superstar has thrilled Broadway audiences with her work in such shows as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (which earned her a Tony), Wicked and Promises, Promises. She’s also a frequent TV and film actress, best known for her roles as Annabeth in The West Wing, Courtney in Four Christmases, Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies (for which she won an Emmy) and April in Glee. And did we mention she regularly sells out concert halls and major arenas? Last fall, Chenoweth released her latest CD, Coming Home, a concert version of which also aired as a PBS special. She’s currently appearing on Broadway opposite Peter Gallagher as

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tempestuous 1930s film star Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the hit musical On the Twentieth Century. Accent recently caught up with Chenoweth to chat about her career, her fashion choices and her favorite pieces of jewelry. The character of Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century has long been on your radar. How does it feel to finally get the chance to portray her on Broadway? It’s definitely been on my bucket list. The composers, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, told me before they passed away that I was the next rightful owner of that role. I’ve always kept that in the back of my mind, and it seemed like now the time was right. And here I am doing it! I’m very nervous, because it’s a difficult score to sing, and there’s some major physical comedy. When you play a character like Lily, who is a bit of a diva, which parts of your personality do you draw from? I guess there is strength in me that I can only see at times when I’m being pushed to the limit, and Lily is a push-to-thelimit type of character. And vocally she’s a soprano, so that is right in my wheelhouse. The character you’re best known for may be Glinda from Wicked. Do you ever get tired of singing songs from that show at your concerts? Sometimes I wonder if the audience really wants to hear Popular again, but they prove me wrong every time. They always do! How did you choose which songs to record for Coming Home? It’s a culmination of songs I’ve been singing my whole life, so it’s more of a career record. Gospel music is a big part of my life, so I included a song I grew up singing, Little Sparrow, which is a tribute to Dolly Parton. There’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which I’ve been singing since I was itty-bitty. And I Could’ve Danced All Night from My Fair Lady shows my vocal training. Everything I do is represented on that album. What are your favorite things to do off-stage? When I need to get away, I like to go to Cabo San Lucas and lie by the pool and drink margaritas and hang out and eat. I also like to just stay in bed and watch TV. Tell us about your sense of fashion, both in real life and on the red carpet. I keep it pretty simple. I think simple is better when you’re petite. And I like to mix and match. If I get a dress from Zara, then I’ll pair it with Christian Louboutin shoes. Do you have a surefire look for attracting attention? I don’t think cleavage ever hurts. How do you use jewelry to complete a look, and what are some of your favorite pieces? I don’t do a lot of big jewelry unless I’m on stage. Personally, I like smaller stacked necklaces and rings. I have a brand-new pair of broken arrow earrings that my friends gave me knowing I’m from a little town in Oklahoma called Broken Arrow, so currently those are my favorite. Have you inherited any family jewelry heirlooms that mean something particularly special to you? There is a black onyx ring that my grandma had. She gave it to my mom and my mom, not too long ago, gave it to me. That’s one of my prized possessions. So is another ring that my grandma had throughout her life; it’s an opal with diamonds around it. Those are the kind of things on which you can’t put a monetary value.

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“Sometimes I wonder if the audience really wants to hear Popular again.. . they always do!”


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1. Sutra 18K white gold emerald and diamond earrings, $7,500. 2. Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K gold diamond necklace, $11,840. 3. From Roberto Coin’s Pois Moi collection in 18K yellow gold. Diamond bangle (top), 0.07 ct. t.w., $4,700. Diamond bangle (bottom), 3.62 ct. t.w., $23,000. 4. Penny Preville 18K white gold diamond earrings, 1.07 ct. t.w., $5,290. 5. David Yurman bangles in sterling silver. Diamond Renaissance bangle, $950. Green onyx Renaissance bangle, $1,950. Diamond Renaissance bangle, $3,600.

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Mikimoto black South Sea pearl and diamond lariat, $2,600. Matching earrings, $5,550. Ippolita 18K yellow gold mother-of-pearl necklace, $2,495. Mikimoto 18K white gold, white South Sea pearl and diamond earrings, 0.40 ct. t.w., $9,800. David Yurman Classic mother-of-pearl and diamond watch, $5,200. Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold mother-of-pearl doublet and diamond ring, 0.42 ct. t.w., $4,760. Doves bangles in 18K yellow gold and diamond. Mother of pearl, $1,932. Turquoise, $2,088. Ippolita 18K yellow gold black shell doublet ring, $2,195.

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1. Marco Bicego 18K yellow gold multi-stone necklace, $2,180. 2. Ippolita 18K yellow gold multi-stone rings. Top, $1,295. Bottom, $2,495. 3. Penny Preville 18K yellow gold aqua and diamond drop earrings, $5,295. 4. Ippolita bangles in 18K yellow gold. From top to bottom: $3,295. $2,995. $3,495. $3,295. $3,495. 5. John Hardy Naga sterling silver enamel bangle, $1,295.

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Armenta 18K gold and sterling silver kyanite and diamond pendant, $2,690. Matching earrings, $2,990. Sutra 18K gold sapphire and diamond necklace, $62,000. Cartier Ballon Bleu diamond watch in 18K rose gold and stainless steel, $20,600. From the Kwiat Cobblestone Collection in 18K gold. Diamond ring in yellow or white gold, 0.85 ct. t.w., $3,900. Diamond bangle in yellow or white gold, 3.77 ct. t.w., $15,000. Diamond bangle in yellow gold, 0.48 ct. t.w., $5,900. Gregg Ruth 18K gold two-tone pink and white diamond pendant, 1.27 ct. t.w., $23,690.

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guy style

MEN’S TRENDS

A look at what’s hot from our favorite designers. BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE

Guy Bedarida for JOHN HARDY “This has been our best year yet for men’s; we’re actively growing the collection with the help of our very talented men’s designer, Nicolas Robert. Men are really getting comfortable buying jewelry, as long as it’s something cool with an interesting story behind it. They love our pieces that incorporate mixed materials, like metals with leather. They don’t want to overspend, and most of all, the pieces need to be comfortable. They should be simple, sleek and easy to clasp. “We recently introduced a highly polished BRONZE FINISH that looks like rose gold. I love it used on our Classic Chain reversible bracelet, which we’ve made more flat and rectangular, less chunky than in the past. “Cuff links have been historically strong for us. (I wear them every day even though I spend a lot of my time in the middle of the jungle!) Another thing I’m excited about is the introduction of the John Hardy EAGLE theme. The eagle is obviously an American icon and it has a history in Bali as well. It has been a huge success at all of the trunk shows and personal appearances where I’ve shown it.”

Evan Yurman for DAVID YURMAN “I admire men who take risks with their choices in terms of accessories. Layering pieces to create a signature look really resonates with me. I also appreciate collectors: men who accumulate and wear their jewelry like talismans to remind them of special places and times in their lives. When designing for women, the first thing we ask ourselves is ‘Is it beautiful?’ With men, we find ourselves asking ‘Is it interesting?’ We look for innovative materials, unusual techniques and design motifs steeped in history. “I’m most excited about our FACETED METAL collection. The inspiration came from a high jewelry piece that we created out of platinum to mimic the facets of a remarkably cut diamond. We took this idea of applying a stone-cutting technique to metal and created bold, tailored pieces that seamlessly blend sterling silver and gold. “We’re launching a collection called Heirloom in both green and BLACK JADE this spring; it’s the first time that we’ve used these stones. We have also introduced a limited run of Paraiba Tourmaline pavé into our Frontier collection. This stone is remarkable for its vibrant blue color and exceptional rarity.”

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golf

triumph & tragedy

Gary Player won the 1965 U.S. Open Championship, but Phil Mickelson missed his chance in 2006.

The U.S. Open Championship is golf’s toughest tournament. BY EDWARD KIERSH

Gary Player celebrated at Bellerive in 1965.

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t’s one of the most demanding athletic showcases in the world, where unshakable endurance and remarkable precision are all-important. The U.S. Open Championship, which will be held in June, this year at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Washington, has long been a proving ground for the world’s best golfers. Every year since the first Open, in 1895 at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, legends have been inspired by brave men battling ankle-high rough, dramatically contoured fairways and unnervingly fast greens. “The Open was my most coveted title because it’s such a grueling test, and it consistently offers special moments in the game’s history,” says 1965 Open champion Gary Player. “Open courses are so physically and mentally demanding that handling the terrific pressure is essential to winning—and that requires a combination of patience and precision.” Although the Open is especially merciless (maybe because of it), many of the game’s most inspirational moments have taken place during this United States Golf Association-staged event. Only last year at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer ran away from the field by shooting a nine-under par 271, the third lowest score ever. It was a triumph reminiscent of three-time champion Tiger Woods’ stunning 12-under par performance at Pebble Beach in 2000, and Rory McIlroy’s blistering 16-under 2011 conquest of Congressional. Staging his own heroics in 1990, Hale Irwin, at age 45, became the oldest man ever to claim the title. His uplifting win belied the great Walter Hagen’s remark about a typical U.S. Open course: “It makes duffers of us all.” Few golf aficionados can forget how “The People’s Champion” Phil Mickelson turned victory into defeat at New York’s Winged Foot Golf Club in 2006. Trying to carve a three-iron around a tree to buttress his one-stroke lead, Mickelson hit a branch, only managing to advance his ball a mere 25 yards. Obviously dismayed, he subsequently plopped the ball into a bunker, and later rued, “What an idiot I am!” As Rolex, one of the tournament’s chief sponsors, suggests, Open golfers who do achieve a win become “witnesses to history,” masters of “impossible physics on the most hallowed grounds.” They display the same boldness and passion that make Rolex an iconic watch brand, so it’s no wonder that Rolex is irrevocably linked with greatness. Emphasizing Rolex’s preeminence in watches as well as the integrity of the brand, John Green, president and CEO of Lux Bond & Green, says, “Our clients see Rolex wearers like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Roger Federer striving for excellence, and they too want to own a Rolex. These are the world’s greatest athletes, so buyers want what they want: the absolute best.”


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moms and dads

Ties That Bind How four proud parents celebrate their special days.

Tapper’s Twelve Oaks store director Robert Artelt and his wife Louisa have always shared a love of music and the arts. Her background as an opera singer and his training as a tenor surely influenced their daughter Linnea, 12, who is a junior member of the Michigan Ballet Company. When asked what makes a perfect Father’s Day, Robert describes a day that starts with attending services at their church and then enjoying a nice lunch together. A family bike ride around their neighborhood and the Clinton Trail would be the perfect finish!

John Hardy sterling silver woven bamboo cufflinks, $325.

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TJ Today 14K gold and diamond starburst earrings, 0.78 ct. t.w., $1,699.

Tapper’s Somerset Collection jewelry advisor Alla Papazian and her daughters Elina, 14, and Ava, 8, lead very busy lives. Elina is a freshman at the International Academy, where her debate team placed sixth in the state of Michigan. Third grader Ava is crazy for math and loves painting and drawing. Both girls have participated in swimming and dance. Alla has instilled in her girls her fierce work ethic. She rarely takes a day off from her position at Tapper’s, but for her a perfect Mother’s Day consists of hanging out with Elina and Ava, eating sushi and catching a movie.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster in 18K white gold with mother-of-pearl diamond dial and diamond bezel, price upon request.

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moms and dads West Bloomfield jewelry advisor Deanna Kleiman beams with pride when talking about her twin sons Jacob and David, age 11. Both boys are heavily involved in sports and play on football, basketball and baseball teams, so needless to say, Deanna spends a great deal of time with her husband Ira cheering for their boys from the sidelines. An ideal Mother’s Day for Deanna would involve a large celebration with extended family. Even though the women do the cooking, she doesn’t mind, as time with parents, siblings, cousins etc. far outweighs any negatives involved with the task.

Raymond Weil stainless steel and 18K gold two-tone Jasmine watch with diamond bezel and guilloche treatment at the heart of the dial, $3,750. David Yurman 14K gold and sterling silver Renaissance bangle with multi-colored stones, $3,600. Sterling silver Renaissance bangle with pave` diamonds, $3,600.

David Yurman sterling silver 72” box chain, $850. Multi-strand Starburst bead and chain nekclace with iolite and blue topaz, $1,550.

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John Hardy sterling silver Dot bracelet with black woven leather, $395. Classic chain gournette ring, $325.

IWC 45mm stainless steel eight-day manual Portofino watch with alligator leather strap by Santoni, $11,100.

Tapper’s chief financial officer, Bob Hutter, adores his daughters, Megan, 15, and Katherine, 13. He and his wife Michelle have spent countless hours over the years attending competitive swim meets in which both of their girls participate. For Father’s Day, Bob loves to go to a fun restaurant, especially if it’s a pizza parlor with a brick oven. The family usually ends up at Coldstone Creamery for dessert, and if the girls are up for it, a trip to the mall.

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graduates

Great Gifts for the Grad

Casio white leopard Baby-G watch, $160.

Class of 2015 Riley Smith, son of Tapper’s fine watch buyer Steve Smith, graduates from Walled Lake Western High School. While at WLW, Riley participated on both the basketball and golf teams. He won the Basketball Warrior Award and is a two-time winner of the Golf Academic Honor Award. Riley is a talented drummer and participates in the marching band, jazz band, symphony orchestra and pit/musical orchestra; he was also named a member of the All District Honors Jazz Band. Riley is currently the vice president of the National Honor Society and president of the Relay for Life team. Riley is deciding between several colleges and plans to study neuroscience. His hope is to participate in his college’s drumline.

From Roberto Coin’s Tiny Treasures collection, 18K yellow gold and diamond initial pendant, $620.

Phillips House 14K diamond bangles, each $950.

Kayla Pace, daughter of Tapper’s operations and service specialist Jennifer Funaro, graduates from Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. Kayla participated in freshman and J.V. volleyball, as well as J.V. competitive cheer. She was recognized as Student of the Month on two separate occasions. Kayla plans to attend Macomb Community College in the fall, where she will study early childhood development and education.

Avi Parshan, son of Tapper’s software developer David Parshan, graduates from Akiva Hebrew Day School. Avi has done a great deal of volunteer work with organizations including Summer in the City, Friendship Circle and Eimatai. He was also a member of the school’s basketball team and the National Honor Society. After graduation, Avi will be studying in Israel at Yeshivat Torah v’Avodah for a year, after which he plans to attend Wayne State University.

Roberto Coin 18K white gold diamond initial pendant, $580.

Tag Heuer stainless steel Formula 1 watch, $2,200.

David Yurman sterling silver and leather bracelet, $350. Sterling silver bracelet with red dinosaur bone inlay, $1,050.

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guest services

Tapper’s provides the ultimate full-service luxury experience. Appraisal Services Tapper’s is proud to offer comprehensive appraisal services for all gemstones, jewelry and watches. We are excited to announce the addition of Susan Barnett to our team. Susan is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society (AGS) as well as a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Susan has been in the luxury jewelry industry for 28 years and has been a certified appraiser for 13 years. She most recently worked with Lewis Jewelers in Ann Arbor. Her vast knowledge of gemstones, coupled with her experience and attention to detail, makes her a natural to head up our appraisal department. Susan resides in Hartland with her husband Bryan and their three children,

Susan Barnett

Sara 20, Hana 16 and Noah 15. All of Tapper’s appraisers are specialists in the areas of buying, evaluating and selling antique and estate jewelry, insurance replacements and customized appraisal services. Following a strict code of ethics governed by international organizations such as the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Jewelers of America, our associates are committed to promoting responsible business practices in a clear and accountable manner.

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Earn at least two Platinum Rewards™ points for every dollar you spend at Tapper’s. Then reward yourself with beautiful jewelry and timepieces. As a Tapper’s Platinum Rewards™ member, you will receive advance notifications of sales, designer shows and special events. Tapper’s Platinum Rewards™ program costs nothing to join and, as a thank you, you will receive 2,500 bonus points when you enroll.

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Can’t get to the store? Visit tappers.com! Shop Online Our website provides customers with in-depth information about our jewelry, as well as an inside look at the latest events and news in the industry. You can navigate Tappers.com by using a variety of filters to narrow your search. Filter by designer name, material, product type or your preferred price range to find what you want! Our shopping pages are easy to use and provide you with all of the important details about the jewelry. You can choose whether to finalize your purchase by checking out online, or in-person at one of our three convenient locations.

Expert Advice Tappers.com offers you the opportunity to take advantage of expert advice at your own leisure. Explore our Diamond Buying Guide and learn about the 4 Cs of cut, color, clarity and carat weight to help you make your diamond purchases.

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Learn about proper jewelry and watch care in our Expert Advice section, and meet our Custom Design Team, who can help you create your dream jewelry. You can track your repairs on our Service After the Sale page, so that you’ll know when to expect them to be completed. If you want to come in to talk to us in the store, simply go to our Contact page to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experts.

Tapper’s Blog Our blog reveals Tapper’s behind-the-scenes activities. You can get to know how our business operates and gain insights into the fine jewelry, Swiss watch and diamond industries. Plus, you’ll be able to view stunning pictures of our favorite collections and designs, while reading all about why our buyers selected them. We’ll let you know when new pieces are arriving, and give you sneak peeks before they even hit the stores! Updated weekly, our blog is the best way for you to keep up with the most popular trends and looks for the season.

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gifts

from the HEART Notable moms on Mother’s Day, push presents and their most memorable jewelry gifts. BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE & JULIANNE PEPITONE

ROSIE POPE “I had my daughter, Vivienne, on Mother’s Day a couple of years ago. I would have to say she is my most memorable Mother’s Day gift! This year I am hoping for jewelry. Being a mom of four and running a business, I don’t have too much time to get ready in the morning. But with jewelry, I can throw earrings and bracelets on and feel a little more put together. “My favorites are four bracelets my children gave me with their names written on each one. The best part about them: my oldest wrote all the names out and they stamped each into the metal, all in his handwriting. It was a special gift because it was a way of the kids welcoming our youngest, Bridget.”

HEIDI KLUM “I’m always loving to be surprised. My kids do beautiful art; we have an art teacher who comes to our house every week and guides them. They’ve done beautiful clay pots that they designed and painted. Last Mother’s Day my kids painted on canvases. I love art, so they’re always making something beautiful for me. So that’s always, for me, the best. I don’t want them to go and buy something; I’d rather they make something for me.”

IVANKA TRUMP “My first Mother’s Day was obviously memorable, but last year was my favorite. Arabella was old enough that we could really spend the day together doing our favorite ‘girl things.’ It was also my first Mother’s Day with two kids. It felt so complete. “I have a special place in my heart for handmade gifts. I have Arabella’s artwork in my office and am always excited to add to my collection. That said, I think the best gift would simply be the day spent with my family—no phones, no internet, no distractions!—making breakfast, then exploring the city together. “I didn’t get ‘push presents’ when my children were born—the children are the best gifts I could ever receive! My husband did give Arabella a necklace when she was born and I keep it for her. She knows when she is old enough it’s hers, and until then, I always ask her before I borrow it! “The best jewelry I ever received was my engagement ring. It was purchased from my collection, which was a very supportive—and smart—move on my husband’s part.”

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