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ade in the U.S.A. This is becoming a more distinct and askedfor commodity in retail, and the luxury jewelry business is listening. TIVOL is proud to introduce Shinola watches, the first timepieces to be made in Detroit. The brand’s story is quite compelling — you will learn more about Shinola in this issue. We’re also excited to show you some wonderful new lines of jewelry, including Tirisi 18K yellow gold. Yes, yellow gold is back with a vengeance, and I love Tirisi’s new, big, chunky

ON THE COVER In honor of his milestone birthday this fall, TIVOL Magazine celebrates Chairman Emeritus Harold Tivol, who happily shows his love for man’s best friend. Harold, who turned 90 on September 28, remains an inspiring figure for the TIVOL team. Here, he sports his favorite timepiece, a Patek Philippe extra-large Aquanaut on a black composite strap.

Rahaminov 18K yellow gold and diamond ring, $28,970

Above: Chairman Emeritus Harold Tivol poses with CEO Cathy Tivol in this 1978 file photo taken from the TIVOL archives. See pages 10 and 11 for more pictures of Harold taken throughout his 90 years. links, as well as Demeglio’s ceramic stretchy bracelets in fresh new colors featuring gemstones such as orange sapphires, citrines, etc. And of course, Forevermark diamonds are now available in Kansas City — exclusively at TIVOL. In addition, we are introducing a display case for certified pre-owned timepieces, and adding an option for customers to trade in their used watches. We have heard more and more requests for this during the past year, so we’re excited to provide this service.

INSIDE The Bridal Issue TIVOL Magazine features 12 pages of ideas, inspiration and trends — and of course, jewelry — that every bride- and groom-to-be should know about.

As fall rolls into winter, we look forward to seeing our friends at TIVOL. Thank you for your suggestions and thoughts throughout the year — you only make us better.

Cathy Tivol, CEO

Penny Preville 18K white gold band ring with round and brilliant-cut diamonds, $8,670

INSIDE Winter 2013 / 2014 Tirisi 18K rose gold ring with smoky quartz, $2,995



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CEO Cathy Tivol General Manager Brian Butler Director of Merchandising Ryann Rinker Director of Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Adam Gebhardt Marketing Coordinator, Staff Photographer Kelly Schottler Production Artist Terry Campbell Published by the BJI Fashion Group Publisher Stu Nifoussi

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Designer Stephen Webster joined TIVOL at the Country Club Plaza to celebrate From Concept to Creation: Mini Masterpieces. This unique assortment of couture jewelry is faithful to Webster’s trademark style: incredible attention to detail and “rock-star” approach to jewelry. From cutting-edge designs in silver to haute couture pieces, Webster knows what it takes to make a woman (or man) look trendy and gorgeous all at once.

A) A) Drs. Milton and Trudi Grin and John Jacobson B) Shelby White, Ron White and Aubrey White C) Robin and Bill Spooner D) Dr. Bill Sachs and Courtney Sachs E) David Cecil, Nicole Chabanis and Adam Lynch F) Derek and Andee Ellis, Alisha and DJ Merrill







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Explorer James Cameron made history on March 26, 2012 by carrying out the world’s deepest solo dive in the Mariana Trench. Cameron set a new record, reaching 11,000 meters beneath the surface of the 3DFLÀF 2FHDQ 5ROH[ SDUWQHUHG ZLWK KLV H[SHGLWLRQ by creating the Rolex Deepsea Challenge — a highly advanced, experimental diving watch — attached to the exterior of the submersible. TIVOL celebrated this historic event with an exhibit at our Hawthorne Plaza store. A) TIVOL Associate Denise Baker, Rolex Representative Casey Burke and Annie Powell (TIVOL Hawthorne Assistant Manager) B) TIVOL Associate Dominic Quintero assists a customer C) David Behnke (TIVOL Hawthorne Store Manager), Justine Uryasz, Alex Goldberg and Arseni Popov




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05.08.13 TIVOL celebrated Penny Preville’s birthday as she introduced her spring and summer 2013 collections.

A) Heather and Zachary Hamel with Annie Powell and Penny Preville B) Barbara Allen and Kevin Moriarty C) Joy Stehney and Liz O’Neill D) Bob and Becky Bach and Sarah and Ryan McQueary




Art of the Car Preview



For the past 11 years, the Kansas City Art Institute has hosted the Art of the Car Concours™ — one of the most highly anticipated car shows in the Midwest. TIVOL hosted a small preview of the event in front of our Country Club Plaza store, and a brunch for the collectors whose cars were featured in the show. In addition, Harold Tivol made a special appearance.

A) Sir Stirling Moss, Marshall Miller, Cathy Tivol and Harold Tivol B) Allan and Ruth Huber with Harold Tivol C) Jim Hebenstreit D) Marshall Miller and Sir Stirling Moss inspecting a vintage car E) Thomas and Rosemary Mangold







Happy 90th Birthday For more than 60 years, the name Harold Tivol has been synonymous in Kansas City with style, humor and integrity — attributes that he says he learned from his father. “We tell the truth about everything,” Harold proclaims, “and to me that’s the most important thing about selling jewelry.” Born September 28, 1923, Harold grew up with the business. Established in 1910 by his father, Charles, the original TIVOL store was on the third floor of the Altman Building in downtown Kansas City. Beginning when he was fairly young, Harold helped out at the store on Saturdays and started learning about jewelry firsthand. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” he says, “I became interested at an extremely early age because of my father.” Harold felt that he had a leg up on many others in the industry because of the extensive experience he attained in the store and the information that his father passed down to him. “My father understood stones, and he used to talk to me about them and explain them to me,” Harold recalls. “I felt that I had a background from the very bottom up, which most jewelers don’t have today.” In 1951, Harold opened a second TIVOL location on the Country Club Plaza while Charles maintained the original downtown store. Within a few years, the Plaza store was outselling the original store and the downtown location was eventually closed. Becoming a certified gemologist of the American Gem Society was an important career milestone for Harold, which he accomplished in 1960. In 1962, he further established his professional credentials by

becoming one of only 10 jewelers in the United States to be named a fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain. Aside from jewelry itself, a major interest of Harold’s has always been marketing. He has read many books on the subject and used to quote advertising genius David Ogilvie when talking about his marketing campaigns. Although his creative efforts began with the new Country Club Plaza store in the 1950s, his advertising campaigns extended into the ‘90s. “I’m willing to try something different. I’ve always been that way,” Harold says. “I can’t stand the status quo.” And try something different he did. Beginning in 1982, Harold himself began starring in many advertisements for the store. Initially, he was not very excited about the prospect. “I said, ‘What is this supposed to be? I’m not sticking my face in the paper!’” he says. After much coaxing from family members, however, Harold agreed to take part. The campaign was a huge success, and fan mail for Harold came pouring in. People said they loved the print ads because they were a bright spot amidst the newspaper’s predominantly grim news. Advertising entrepreneur John Muller, who worked with TIVOL for many years, once said that Harold himself was the key to success. “The sheer strength and charm of Harold’s personality was something tangible the public could relate to,” Muller said. “He has a neat persona the camera picks up. We used his charm and humor as the punch line.” In December 1988, Harold achieved another high point of his already impressive career. He

became just the fifth jeweler in history to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Modern Jeweler Magazine. Ever since the early days of Harold learning the trade alongside his father, he worked to keep much of the business within the family. Ruthie, Harold’s wife of 35 years, was new to the jewelry industry but brought creative ideas and a fresh viewpoint. Many credit her with being a pioneer in marketing jewelry brands within the store. Daughter Cathy Tivol Maslan followed in her father’s footsteps and has been with the company for more than 30 years, now serving as CEO. In May 2011, her son, Hunter Tivol McGrath, joined the company as a sales associate, becoming the fourth generation to take part in the TIVOL legacy. Much has changed throughout the years at TIVOL, but through it all, Harold has been

involved. Even after he stepped back to become Chairman Emeritus in 1987, he has kept a front row seat, continuing to come into the store regularly even at age 90. “As long as I breathe, I’ll work,” Harold says. “Why would you walk away from something you enjoy so much? If you retire from the jewelry business, you were not a jeweler, you were a merchant.” Scarcely a day passes that there isn’t a mention of the iconic “wig” commercial starring Harold that aired in 1996 (see stills above). To the general public, this beloved piece of Kansas City history is probably his most wellknown endeavor. Harold’s ingenuity and genuine character have made the store what it is today, and his contributions to the jewelry industry — and to Kansas City — are unparalleled. We thank you, Harold! Happy birthday from all of us.

Photos: (Top) Stills from the “Fine Jewelry Endures” TIVOL commercial, first airing in 1996. (Clockwise from right) Harold with his mother, Mollie Tivol; Harold and his wife, Ruthie; Charles, Mollie and Harold Tivol in the 1940s; Mollie Tivol with her children, Shirley and Harold; Harold with his children, Cathy and Tom. Images courtesy of John Leifer.

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2 BAROQUE BEAUTY Gilded golds accent lush jewel tones in this season’s most romantic styles.



1. Marco Bicego 18K yellow gold Murano Collection drop earrings, $2,520 2. TIVOL Collection 18K yellow gold, diamond and "pigeon's blood" ruby ring, $125,000 3. Penny Preville 18K yellow gold and diamond necklace with oval shaped pendant, $15,975 4. Arman Sarkisyan 22K yellow gold engraved locket with mandarin garnet and diamonds, $5,895 5. Armenta Old World collection 18K yellow gold, sterling silver and quartz over green turquoise ring, $4,190




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1. H. Stern Ancient Snake collection 18K noble gold earrings, set with black and brown diamonds, $11,200 2. Jack KelĂŠge 18K white gold cabochon peach tourmaline and diamond ring, $28,500 3. Rahaminov 18K yellow gold multi chain necklace, pendant set with brown and white diamonds, $26,400 4. Fred Leighton opal and diamond winding serpent bangle, $12,500 5. Brumani Balboa Rose collection 18K rose gold, rose quartz and diamond earrings, $10,195



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QUITE THE GENTLEMAN Fall fashion for men takes a well-tailored turn.




1. Baume & Mercier stainless steel Clifton watch with automatic movement and brown leather strap, $2,700 2. TIVOL Collection 18K rose gold and round brilliant cut Forevermark速 diamond wedding band, $2,600 3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust stainless steel and 18K white gold watch, $9,100 4. Patek Philippe 18K rose gold Calatrava Cross cufflinks, $5,600 5. David Yurman Sky collection sterling silver tie bar with blackened antique finish, $250



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Daring designs make this a season to celebrate! LORRAINE DEPASQUE


n jewelry and fashion, the attitude this season is all about self-assured style. As the year has unfolded, designers of both have been showing us collections that focus on strong silhouettes, sculptural shapes and bold color. “In fashion, we’re seeing a new, highly polished adult elegance — finally!” says David Wolfe, creative director of international fabric, color and style forecasting agency The Doneger Group in New York City. “Pantsuits are practical and polished, dresses have simple and sophisticated lines, and accessories have strong shapes with refined detailing,” he explains. And the jewelry? “It’s classy, not flashy!” This fresh, confident chic style frequently channels the Fabulous Forties: lots of cinched waists, full circular skirts, and good-taste glamour like you see on film stars in all those postwar era films, where

everyone was dressed to the nines. For us this season, that 1940s spirit lives side-by-side with style evoked by the two decades that preceded it, too. Says Cindy Edelstein, president of the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, marketing and trends specialist in contemporary fine designer luxury brands, “Often it takes more than one cultural wave to create a major trend tsunami, and this year we had the Downton Abbey craze crash into The Great Gatsby. The romanticism of flappers and moonshine speakeasies inspired many goldsmiths to create geometric-shaped jewels that borrowed from the silhouettes and symmetry of Art Deco.” Given the new Forties flair that’s recently entered the scene, there are many jewelry collections being done in bold yellow or rose gold. Cocktail rings are one

From top: Stephen Webster Forget Me Knot necklace, Stephen Webster Fly by Night collection stacking rings with black and white diamonds


Clockwise from top left: Roberto Coin bangles and rings in high-polished 18K rose gold from the Pois Moi collection, Charles Krypell sterling silver lariat necklace with black sapphires, Charles Krypell sterling silver and black sapphire bracelet with toggle clasp, Ivanka Trump bold gold ring in 18K yellow gold from the Metropolis collection, Roberto Coin rings in 18K rose gold from the Black Jade collection, featuring green chalcedony and black jade, Stephen Webster hexagonal silhouette earrings of green agate and the designer’s signature faceted quartz crystal, from the 1920s-inspired Deco Haze collection

key to Forties fab; as you may recall, the mammoth rings came into fashion in the Thirties but grew in popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the best new cocktail rings — also known as ‘dinner rings’ back then — are rose gold. “It’s great to see rose gold back in the spotlight again,” says Edelstein. “Gold in general is coming on strong, warming up the big ‘white out’ that we saw in metals for the past few years.”

Stacking for Style Dramatic ring looks can also be created through the art of stacking. For holiday 2013, being in vogue — for daywear and evening — often means stacking on rings and bangles and layering in pendants with necklaces. “With all the clean lines and pure shapes in fashion — sans the details of seasons past — fall/winter readyto-wear and couture is perfect for layering on jewelry,” says Wolfe. Especially with gifting season coming up, jewelry that stacks and layers should definitely be a part of your wish list. No woman can ever have too many bands, bracelets, necklaces or pendants! “While stacking has been popular for awhile,” says Edelstein, “a new added trend this year is putting on multiples of tiny bands, ultra-thin bangles, and wispy chains for a more delicate, yet still very interesting, layered look.” Many of the newest uber-long chains have stations of gem slices that impart pops of color. Because light passes through the twodimensional sliced gems, much like when sunlight shines through a stained glass window, the jewels always have a liveliness to them. On-trend Gems

Without a doubt, both emeralds and opals continue to shine as some of the most ‘in’ gems this season. Both stones began propelling back into fashion popularity in early 2012, but now you’ll see many innovative looks with these special gems. Opal, not

incidentally, comes in a spectrum of shades — black, pink, pale green — and that’s part of the excitement of new contemporary opal designs. October girls may claim opal as their birthstone, but it’s a gem so mesmerizing that every woman should have something special in opal.

Fashionable Shades In the coming months, as you add to your colored gemstone jewelry wardrobe, consider blue, pink, green and black. Some of the best blues in the new collections are aquamarine, lapis, tanzanite, blue sapphire and blue topaz. There’s a great deal more lapis and tanzanite fashion jewelry this year than last, so definitely ask us to show you some new pieces in these stunning gems. In pink, some of the hottest looks come in tone-on-tone, rose gold jewelry set with one or more of these pink-hued gems: pink opal, pink sapphire, rose quartz, pink tourmaline, or pink-hued mandarin garnet. With Emerald being the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, finding something with emeralds that’s exactly to your taste is easy this year. But because of Pantone’s brilliant choice, luxury brands have some other great greens in their new collections too, especially opal, green chalcedony, chrysoberyl and green agate. Vivid green gems were popular during the Art Deco period, so again, with jewelry designers beautifully obsessed with the retro aesthetic, you’ll find some dazzling greens in new jewelry that echoes that glamorous era in particular. Finally, rounding out our fab four of important gem colors this season... black is back. Of course, as David Wolfe says, “Black never, ever really goes away.” Not in clothes, and certainly not in jewelry. What tends to trend, however, are the different varieties of black stones; this year, be sure to look at new noir statements in black jade, black sapphire, black diamond and black onyx.



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Gone to the dogs. eginning in fall 2013, TIVOL celebrates its love for man’s best friend through a partnership with Great Plains SPCA and Ron Berg Photography. For more information about this relationship and our joint mission to increase the number of pet adoptions in the Kansas City area, see page 42.


But for now, let’s allow Lucy Tivol Maslan (shown right) and her pals to show off their favorite jewelry and timepiece finds. From our newest watch brand, Shinola, to the just-released Purple Label Collection by Stephen Webster, they’ve managed to sniff out something perfect for just about every member of the pack.

Indulge yourself.

Stephen Webster Purple Label African ruby Crystal Haze ring in 18K white gold with pavĂŠ black diamonds $12,600

Carelle 18K yellow gold earrings, double leaf design drop outlines with round brilliant-cut diamonds $3,850

Arman Sarkisyan 22K yellow gold and sterling silver ring, bezel set with an Ethiopian opal surrounded by diamonds $7,600

Roberto Coin 18K yellow gold initial pendant necklaces $620

Shinola Runwell 40mm timepiece with a steel case, blue dial and American-made brown cordovan strap $625

Roberto Demeglio ceramic bracelets with tsavorite garnets, rubies and orange sapphires Starting at $1,400

TW Steel stainless steel and rose gold plated, 45mm quartz movement timepiece with a black leather strap $425

Make her howl.

Stephen Webster 18K white gold drop earrings with diamonds $12,000

Michele Serein timepiece featuring a 16-diamond two-tone dial with a seven-link bracelet $2,145

Carelle 18K rose gold ring with emerald cut Rose de France surrounded by diamonds $4,900

Brumani 18K rose gold earrings set with sapphires, morganites and various semi-precious gemstones, $6,585

18k white gold drop earrings with elongated pear-shaped green tourmalines, surrounded by diamonds $16,700

Jewelmer South Sea multi-color white, gold and champagne cultured pearls $38,900

TAG Heuer Lady Link stainless steel timepiece with a bead-set diamond bezel $5,800

Something to wag about.

TIVOL Collection 18K white gold ruby and diamond ring $4,315

Fred Leighton black jade and diamond bangle $8,400

Lagos sterling silver and lapis bracelet $1,250

Aaron Basha leather bracelets with various charms, priced individually. Call for details.

Robert Procop platinum ring with an emerald center stone surrounded by diamonds $49,250

Shinola Birdy 34mm watch with black IP case, black dial and American-made natural wrap strap $525

Panerai stainless steel 44mm watch with automatic movement and black leather strap $8,300

Stand out from the pack.

Arman Sarkisyan 22K yellow gold and sterling silver open-leaf earrings set with mandarin garnet and diamonds $4,510

Stephen Webster Purple Label 18K rose gold Thorn necklace with pavĂŠ white diamonds $2,500

18K white gold ring with emerald-cut peridot and round brilliant-cut diamonds $16,995

Brumani 18K rose gold ring set with brown diamonds and mixed semi-precious gemstones $7,260

Penny Preville 18K white gold blue boulder opal drop earrings surrounded by round brilliant-cut diamonds $12,650

Robert Procop 18K white gold ring with round diamonds and cylinder-shaped aquamarine $21,560

H. Stern 18K rose gold Tellina collection earrings with prong-set diamonds $8,900

Leave them drooling.

Norman Silverman 18K yellow gold cuff bracelet with ďŹ ve rows of round brilliant-cut diamonds $62,370

18K white gold emerald and diamond necklace $24,130

Robert Procop 18K white gold drop earrings with aquamarine and diamonds $16,280

Kwiat 18K white gold diamond bracelet, Sunburst Collection, $18,900

18K white gold ring with a Paraiba tourmaline surrounded by diamonds $23,675

Michele Art of Deco timepiece with a diamond dial and a sevenlink diamond bracelet $4,990

Rahaminov 18K white gold ring with a round brilliant-cut ForevermarkÂŽ center diamond surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds $45,400



David Yurman’s new Willow collection is all about energy, enchantment and enduring magic.

“Like everything in nature, it’s perfectly asymmetric.” —David Yurman


t David Yurman’s country home is a pond, a peaceful place where willows arch over the water. An early evening walk to this spot inspired Willow, a new jewelry collection he created with his wife, Sybil. The graceful designs interpret David Yurman’s iconic cable motif in a feminine way, and effortlessly layer with his existing collections. Like fronds dancing on a light breeze, there is a kinetic energy in Willow. Each strand of cable is carefully placed to create a natural effect, with pavé diamonds shimmering like evening light on velvety, soft buds. “There’s a bit of

organic harmony,” says Yurman. “Like everything in nature, it’s perfectly asymmetric.” Willow also takes a cue from the classics. As with all David Yurman collections, ancient art and symbolism shape each design. In mythology, the willow is the tree of enchantment. Now, in precious metal and sparkling diamonds, you can also be captivated by the Willow collection’s enduring magic. The range of styles includes bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings in sterling silver and 18 karat gold with pavé diamonds.




WHAT’S IN A REPORT? For most major acquisitions, there is documentation and a reassurance in place to formalize the transaction. Examples include deeds to homes and titles and registrations for vehicles, among others. In each instance, this paperwork serves as a guarantee that the item you’re purchasing is indeed legitimate and accurately represented to you, the purchaser. A diamond report provides similar peace of mind for many clients when making a purchase. While not an appraisal of financial value, it serves as reassurance from an authoritative institution regarding the gem quality of your selected diamond. There are a handful of grading institutions in the world, three of which are used at TIVOL. EGL USA For over three decades, EGL USA has provided cuttingedge gemological research, testing and laboratory analysis. This ongoing scientific work reflects the lab’s commitment to protecting both the industry and its consumers. To that end, EGL USA delivers exemplary evaluations with clear disclosure of diamond, gemstone and jewelry features, including known treatments. But science is only part of the EGL USA story. It also provides exceptional service: an extensive variety of reports, a wide array of supporting services, and an open dialogue with customers and industry experts that inspires the creation of exciting new resources.

EGL USA’s main office is located in the heart of New York’s diamond district, where it has provided a unique balance of science and service since 1977. The lab became independently owned and operated in 1986, and grew to include a West Coast office in Los Angeles. Together, the labs rate diamonds and gemstones exclusively in North America, and continually set the standard as industry leaders. Forevermark The Forevermark Report was conceived by the Forevermark Diamond Institute (FDI) in Antwerp, where a group of leading diamond experts select and inscribe the diamonds that bear the Forevermark name. In order to be considered a Forevermark diamond, minimum requirements are SI or higher in clarity, L or above in color and .14 carats or larger. The diamonds must also have a Very Good or Excellent cut grade (applies to round diamonds), good symmetry and polish — or above. All shapes of diamonds may be considered. FDI also employs proprietary, state-of-the-art grading technology developed by De Beers to deliver reports on its diamonds. Part of what makes Forevermark diamonds so special is the microscopic inscription that is unique to each diamond, allowing consumers to register their diamonds online and providing additional security for their purchase. The inscription also guarantees that each diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. GIA The most recognized report comes from the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Established in 1931 as a non-profit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards and education in gems and jewelry. As the creator of the four Cs and the GIA International Grading System, it has established the common language for describing the color scale of D to Z diamonds, as well as the terminology and methodology for the evaluation of colored diamonds. Because of its world-renowned reputation, GIA has been entrusted with grading some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the Hope diamond (45.54 ct), the TaylorBurton (69.42 carats), the DeBeers Millennium Star (203.04 carats) and the Incomparable (407.48 carats).

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Fred Leighton diamond and black jade link necklace, $21,000

FRED LEIGHTON A darling of Hollywood’s red carpets comes to TIVOL.


uring fall 2013, TIVOL is proud to welcome the Fred Leighton jewelry collection to our stores. Fred Leighton is renowned for its extraordinary signature creations, which combine the aesthetic of the past with the finest materials and crafstmanship available today. In the mid-1970s, Fred Leighton opened his first boutique in New York’s Greenwich Village. In those early days, he sold unique crafts and ethnic jewels from around the world. In the process, he became widely admired for his memorable designs and eclectic taste. By the time Fred Leighton opened the flagship salon on Madison Avenue in 1984, the showcases housed a remarkable collection of the precious antique and vintage jewels that would become the hallmark of the brand. Since then, the salon — and the collection — has grown in breadth and importance. Hollywood and Fred Leighton have long enjoyed an intimate relationship, with Leighton’s jewelry appearing on Alist actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz. Through these red carpet appearances — and through thousands of pages of editorial coverage in the world’s

fashion publications of record — Fred Leighton has garnered global recognition for the designer brand. As a design house, Fred Leighton finds its inspiration by researching and collecting vintage and estate jewelry. Among the company’s holdings are pieces made during the greatest design periods in jewelry history. Ranging from the Georgian and Victorian periods through the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, to the design of the mid-20th century, the Fred Leighton collection features beautiful works and signed pieces by the great masters in jewelry history. This historic and important collection serves as an endless go-to source of inspiration that informs the modern-day creations of the company. Fred Leighton winding serpent diamond and opal earrings, $4,400













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Jewelmer represents a world of rarity and enduring elegance.

Jewelmer 18K yellow gold earrings with double-leaf shaped cap and cultured South Sea pearls, $2,585

Palawan, the Philippine archipelago’s true “last frontier,” is the ideal home for this unique gem — and for good reason. The province of Palawan is home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the Philippines, and its isolation has allowed it to remain relatively pristine. Jewelmer is located on one of Palawan’s most remote islands. It is a sheltered place, with constantly moving water in a small channel between two islands, assuring predictable currents and temperatures, a constant supply of nutrients, and freedom from human and industrial pollution. Each pearl harvested is the result of the harmony between man and nature at their very best. This fall, Jewelmer is offering an exceptional strand of pearls that will be available at TIVOL. The purchase of the strand comes with a trip to the South Sea pearl’s provenance. (See the Jewelmer ad on page 55.)

Environmental consciousness


stablished in 1979 by a French pearl farmer and a Filipino entrepreneur, Jewelmer has since grown into a globally recognized brand. Exceptional South Sea pearls are the centerpieces of its offerings, which showcase the distinctive style and creative harmony of French design and Asian sensibilities. Naturally harvested pearls hold the distinction of being the most environmentally friendly gem on the planet, and the pearls raised by Jewelmer are stunning examples of this consciousness. Jewelmer is committed to a unique kind of pearl farming: a non-extractive process, which ensures that nature remains protected and unexploited. A lustrous South Sea pearl cannot be created in polluted waters or in dead marine ecosystems. In the face of globally dwindling natural resources, Philippine farmers who raise Jewelmer pearls give back to Mother Nature and become stewards of marine life. In addition to its environmentally responsible approach to farming, Jewelmer is the only pearl producer in the world to successfully raise pearls with a rich, natural golden color. This deep golden color can only be found in South Sea pearls produced in the Philippines. The color is almost indescribable, providing a warm glow that lends richness to the complexion of the wearer. Worn in a strand of perfectly matched orbs, the effect is that of a stream of liquid gold flowing around a graceful neck.

and sustainability are at the core of Jewelmer’s mission to produce the world’s finest pearls.

TIVOL Doggie Tags TIVOL presents a new line of jewelry for man’s best friend.


n August 2013, TIVOL debuted a new ad campaign: “TIVOL Has Gone to the Dogs.â€? This endeavor combines two of our favorite things at TIVOL — dogs and exquisite jewelry — so we are very pleased to announce their union in our ads. Created by TIVOL Director of Marketing Adam Gebhardt, the campaign also serves as a partnership with Ron Berg Photography and Great Plains SPCA, which has played an important role in sheltering pets and helping furry friends ďŹ nd forever homes in the Kansas City area. In many of our TIVOL ads — as well as on our social media channels — we will feature GPSPCA dogs that are in need of good homes. In honor of the partnership with the shelter, TIVOL is also pleased to announce a select line of limitededition doggie tags. These sterling silver tags have been designed with man’s best friend in mind. Each features either a blue, pink or clear quartz gemstone and is embellished with the TIVOL logo — ensuring that your pet is sporting

Craig Sole AIFD and staff have created unique floral designs in the Kansas City area for the past 31 years. From his charming, renovated bungalow in historic downtown Overland Park, Craig and his staff create personalized wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah, social occasion, personal event, and sympathy designs. $0/4&3 t $3"*(40-&%&4*(/4 $0.

only the ďŹ nest jewelry. The tags start at $45, which includes the engraving of your pet’s ďŹ rst name and a phone number.* A percentage of proceeds go to Great Plains SPCA, and the tags are available at both TIVOL locations.

TIVOL sterling silver and quartz doggie tags, starting at $45 *Additional charges will apply for engravings beyond the pet’s ďŹ rst name and one phone number.



atek Philippe is Geneva’s oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer, having been founded in 1839. Faithful to the most noble artisanal techniques, its watchmakers and craftsmen perpetuate the time-honored traditions that distinguish the fine art of watchmaking. The company’s independence from corporate ownership enables the brand to go its own way and control its own destiny while pursuing a long-term vision. The company benefits from total creative freedom. It develops and manufactures its movements in house according to its own quality criteria and produces only watches that reflect its quest for the exceptional. The timepieces outlive passing fashions without ever losing their appeal and modernity. Patek Philippe has established its own understated, timeless style: a harmonious combination of personality and discretion, elegance and an aristocratic touch. The style has inspired models with simple, strong, refined lines. Now, as always, subtle modifications enable the watches to evolve while retaining all their characteristic charm. Representing tradition at its most dynamic, Patek Philippe constantly pushes back the frontiers of watchmaking through its achievements in innovation. It has confirmed its pioneering role in the industry by filing more than 80 patents, including 20 of major importance to the history of horology.

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar watch featuring date, day and month, moon phase and power reserve indicator, $44,400

Patek Philippe To acquire a Patek Philippe is to become the custodian of an artistic and scientific tradition.

Patek Philippe Twenty-4 stainless steel ladies watch with 36 diamonds, blue sunburst dial and diamond hour markers, $13,000

Patek Philippe has always conceived its watches as exclusive creations. More than 200 models are in regular production, produced in small series of between 10 and several hundred watches, and fitted with a vast array of in-house movements. From design to mechanism, they earn their special place in the hearts of enthusiasts the world over. The rigorous standards applied to every step of the development process and in the long months of crafting and finishing make each Patek Philippe a precious, unique creation coveted by the connoisseur. A Patek Philippe commands a high price and will fully retain or even increase its value over the years. It is an investment for the present and the future. Many of the models achieve cult status and regularly fetch record-setting sums at auction. Their solid reputation amongst collectors — and the great sentimental value that a Patek Philippe usually acquires in the eyes of its owner — make each one a treasured asset. To acquire a Patek Philippe is to become the custodian of an artistic and scientific tradition that has been handed down with care and will continue to inspire remarkable creations. It is your entry into the world where each generation is dedicated to perpetuating a unique heritage. To acquire a Patek Philippe is also to welcome into your own family a possession designed to last for successive generations, signifying the start of your own tradition.




Shinola puts the shine back on Made in America. JACQUELIN CARNEGIE


nce upon a time, America streamlined of designs, Shinola’s creative had a proud tradition director, Daniel Caudill, set the tone for the of manufacturing and look and style of the products, then began craftsmanship. But in recent years, due hiring and training. In addition, the to economic considerations, most of the company partnered with a select group of business of making things has been high-quality, family-owned businesses in outsourced to Asia and India. America’s heartland for the acquisition of A few years ago, Bedrock goods and parts. Manufacturing in Dallas decided to The watches, which feature quartz buck the trend by launching and Argonite movements, are hand assembled investing in innovative and creative by a team that underwent extensive Top: The Runwell features hand-assembled quartz Argonite movements. Inset: Shinola’s bicycle models include The Bixby and The Runwell. U.S.-based companies. To create a training by Ronda Ltd., a top Swiss-based company to make beautifully styled, watch firm. Shinola’s bicycle frames are made-in-America watches, bicycles and leather goods, Bedrock made at Waterford Precision Cycles in Wisconsin, then custom assembled acquired the rights to an iconic American brand name: Shinola, once a by specially trained experts in the Detroit plant. The quality leather for famous shoe polish (and the origin of the old expression about not watch straps and a collection of leather goods comes from Horween’s, a knowing “shit from Shinola”). Chicago-based factory known for its time-honored techniques and skilled The next bold decision was to base this new Shinola in Detroit, once craftspeople. These leather items are assembled by the Eric Scott the heart of American manufacturing. The city already had a surplus of company, a premier manufacturer of custom leather goods in Ste. highly skilled, underemployed workers, so Shinola opened a state-of-theGenevieve, Missouri. Shinola also has a line of linen-covered journals with art factory in an historic Detroit building, the former design headquarters acid-free paper produced by Edwards Brothers Malloy in Ann Arbor for General Motors and the current site of The College for Creative Michigan, known for its top-caliber production and paper. Studies, a leading institution for art and design education that was The items all bear Shinola’s ‘Built in Detroit’ tagline. If all goes well, looking for creative businesses as tenants. the brand plans to expand its product line to a whole range of lifestyle With a goal to create the highest-quality items with the most goods, all made right here in the USA.




THE DAYTONA Rolex has been an auto racing sponsor since it first became involved with the Daytona International Speedway races in 1959. It wasn’t until several years later, around 1963, that the brand unveiled its now much-coveted Daytona watch, a favorite of the legendary Paul Newman. Over the past 50 years, the much-clamored-for Rolex Daytona has naturally evolved, as has Rolex’s involvement with auto sports. The brand continues to sponsor the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race, as well as other events. It also continues to unveil autoinspired Daytona pieces, like this Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18K Everrose gold, with a fixed engraved black ceramic bezel and gold Oysterlock clasp.

THE CARRERA This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary TAG Heuer Carrera. The first was introduced in 1963, and it has since been worn by legendary drivers and celebrities. Jack Heuer, who conceived of the watch, was inspired by the Carrera de Pan American races. “That was the most dangerous race. Drivers would travel at speeds of about 160 miles per hour over rough terrain. In five years, 35 people were killed; they had to stop the races,” explains Heuer. “But that was the first I had heard the name Carrera — I knew I had to use it for a watch. It was sexy. It meant something. It was a perfect name.” The first Carrera was an incredibly legible chronograph, and while the line has evolved, it has remained true to that creed of legibility. This 50th Anniversary Jack Heuer Carrera, in stores this October, features the house-made 1887 caliber and is stopwatch inspired, with crown at 12:00. It also offers pulsometer and tachymeter scale.


Guilloche CiselĂŠ Mocha Brown The deep matte surface combined with the shimmering engraving creates a unique and very pleasant feel. The highly polished rhodium plated cap, end piece and grip contrast beautifully with the engraved barrel. Hand-made 18k gold nib, rhodium plated.

THE CALATRAVA Just over 80 years old, the Patek Philippe Calatrava has remained committed to its original design philosophy for eight decades. First unveiled to the world in 1932, the sleek round watch with its elegant case and immediately identifiable hobnail pattern was, at the time, an avant-garde design. Created in the pursuit of perfection, the Calatrava fast became an iconic timepiece, embodying everything a pure dress watch should be. The Calatrava collection predominantly consists of simple three-hand and time/date pieces. This newest Calatrava Ref. 5227G in 18K white gold houses a mechanical self-winding movement and offers a sweep seconds hand and date aperture. Classically elegant, with an invisible hinge dust cover, it is nonetheless water resistant to 30 meters.

THE TANK The iconic Cartier Tank was unveiled in 1917, and it remains a strong symbol of the brand more than 100 years later. For the creation of the original Tank watch, Louis Cartier was inspired by the massive tanks of the First World War. It was immediately welcomed and became a global best-seller for the brand. Cartier has since evolved the Tank into several different collections, including the Tank Francaise, the Tank Americaine and the Tank Louis, each of which honors and pays tribute to the original Tank in style, but with its own visionary and contemporary appeal. This manual Tank Louis Cartier watch is crafted in 18K rose gold.




Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold watch with a textured design, $10,000

IWC Chronograph stainless steel watch with a dark brown strap, $8,000


WATCHES Discover the hidden value of your pre-owned, Swiss-made timepiece. Our new, unique trade-in program could provide you with a generous cash allowance toward the purchase of a new timepiece. Visit a TIVOL location for details, and visit TIVOL.com to view our pre-owned inventory.

Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold watch with yellow gold link bracelet, $7,000

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PROFILE How has your design sensibility changed over the years? My jewelry is always something of an evolution: every season I add new elements. For example, in my new Murano Link collection, an extension of my Murano collection launched last year, I mix my signature hand-engraved links with polish-finished elements. The balance of these two textures is the collection’s hallmark. Are your designs still focused on gold? Yes. We will always design using 18K yellow gold since it’s intrinsic to our brand DNA and my personal goldsmithing heritage. But I like to balance my offerings by adding in pops of color: semi-precious stones or sometimes sapphires. I strive to combine rich color with hand-crafted 18K yellow gold so the pieces remain timeless, classic and true to the brand heritage. How are American women different from Italian women in their jewelry preferences? American women have perfected the art of layering, of interpreting my jewelry in a way that’s more personal. Italian women are more traditional, less trend-conscious. They’d never go into a store asking about the newest collection; instead, they buy jewelry for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries… How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you? I consider myself the classic Italian man. I married my beautiful high school sweetheart. I love to cook for my family and one of my favorite ingredients is mushrooms; I go hunting for them during truffle season in the mountains by my home in Asiago, Italy. I also play on a soccer team every week (midfield position). Then after the game or practice, I enjoy dinner and a few beers with my friends. It keeps me young!


Who are your heroes? My father. I grew up working in his goldsmithing factory, where I would watch the artisans at work and try my hand at making pieces of my own. In 2000 I ventured out on my own and started Marco Bicego. But my father remains a tremendous inspiration. . What in your life are you most proud of? Thirteen years ago when I started my company, my dream was to create something unique and expand the brand internationally. Today, we are present in more than 500 of the best stores around the world. My designs are recognizable, yet discreet enough to be worn on many occasions by many types of stylish women. So I am most proud that my dream has become a reality!

Marco Bicego’s design philosophy matches his life philosophy: find your passion and run with it! KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

How do you manage to balance your passion for work with your passion for living? My family is and will always be my top priority. Lucky for me that my family is a huge part of my business. I feel so fortunate that I have the best of both worlds… and there’s always time for Franciacorta, my favorite wine! What life lesson do you most want to teach your children? I always tell my three kids that the secret to happiness is to do what you love, so you can wake up in the morning and be excited about the day. So my wish for them is that they discover their passion. (And if it happens to be jewelry, I’d be really happy!)




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edding bands are a symbol of eternity—with no beginning or end—thus creating a perfect metaphor for the love shared between two people. The tradition of rings being used to symbolize a union of marriage dates back to ancient Egypt, where a band was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand. For millennia, it was believed that particular finger contained a vein known as the vena amoris, which led directly to the heart.

1) Novell men’s 18K yellow gold wedding band with hammered design, $1,995 2) David Yurman Maritime Collection sterling silver band with round brilliant-cut diamonds and rope design, $2,300 3) Novell men’s platinum wedding band with rope design, $3,995 4) Alex Sepkus Submarine Collection 18K yellow gold band with round brilliant-cut diamonds and oxidized finish, $3,205 5) Novell men’s platinum wedding band, $3,370 6) TIVOL Collection 18K white gold eternity band with round sapphires and diamonds, $1,895 7) TIVOL Collection 18K white gold band with two rows of round brilliant-cut diamonds, $5,810 8) Henri Daussi 18K rose gold and diamond band, $1,870


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Colorful gemstones and diamonds have become increasingly popular among engaged couples as brides-to-be are opting for rings that reflect more individualized personality. Some call it the Duchess effect—á la Kate Middleton, whose sapphire ring from Prince William made the blue gem widely coveted. Other celebrities have also chosen color, including Kelly Clarkson, who sports a yellow diamond on her ring finger. 1) TIVOL Collection 18K white gold and diamond ring with one oval mint garnet, $8,970

2) TIVOL Collection 18K white and rose gold ring with a fancy pink diamond surrounded by round diamonds, $10,675


3) Henri Daussi 18K rose gold ring with a cushion brilliant-cut dark brown diamond, surrounded by round diamonds, $44,950


4) 18K white gold ring with an oval-shape aquamarine surrounded by round brilliant-cut diamonds, $7,900


5) 18K white gold ring with an oval-shape spessartite orange garnet surrounded by pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds, $9,995


6) TIVOL Collection platinum threestone ring with a Thai ruby surrounded by round brilliant-cut diamonds $69,080

6) 7) TIVOL Collection 18K white and yellow gold ring with a cushion brilliant-cut fancy colored diamond, surrounded by diamonds, $10,500



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Diamonds are among the most treasured of gemstones — not only because of their innate beauty, but also because they are virtually indestructible. (Only a diamond can be used to cut and shape another diamond.) This durability, when mixed with their rarity and visual appeal, almost guarantees that a diamond will become a family heirloom that is never really owned, but borrowed by each generation.

1) Norman Silverman 18K white gold dangle earrings with diamonds, $89,100


2) Rahaminov 18K white gold and diamond flower ring featuring Forevermark® diamonds, $16,280

3) Rahaminov 18K white gold earrings with round brilliant-cut Forevermark® diamonds, $22,950

4) TIVOL Collection 18K white gold ring with multiple rows of diamonds, $7,435

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5) 5) Rahaminov 18K yellow gold and diamond ring, $28,970

6) Rahaminov 18K white gold ring with one cushion-shape diamond surrounded by round diamonds, $46,620

7) Kwiat 18K white gold teardrop dangle earrings with round brilliantcut and marquise diamonds, $8,950

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something Did you know that it was once a common practice for brides to add decorative blue elements at the bottom of their wedding dresses? Wearing a purely white gown did not become in vogue until Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century. The superstition of carrying “something blue” remains a nod to this bygone tradition.





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1) 18K white gold necklace with a pear-shape aquamarine and diamond pendant, $14,995 2) TIVOL Collection 18K white gold, sapphire and diamond necklace, $59,975 3) TIVOL Collection platinum ring with a cushion-shape sapphire and round diamonds, $79,950 4) Penny Preville 18K white gold earrings with diamonds and dark blue boulder opals, $8,590 5) Henri Daussi platinum ring with a cushion-shape blue sapphire and cushion-shape pavé diamonds, $49,165 6) Robert Procop 18K white gold, sapphire and diamond bracelet, $37,840 7) Sebastien Barier Art Deco platinum and blue zircon ring with diamonds, $11,375


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raig Reid was working at a local branch of UMB when Jennifer Unruh stepped into his life one afternoon. Jennifer once worked at the same bank, but had since moved to a different company altogether. Although they briefly worked for UMB at the same time, Craig and Jennifer had never before seen each other. Needless to say, the first impression was memorable for both of them. A few weeks later, Craig’s co-workers put together a casual happy hour at EBT in South Kansas City. Jennifer received an invitation to the event, and decided to attend the gathering even though she knew very few people who worked at Craig’s branch. “There really wasn’t a good work-related reason for me to be there,” Jennifer now admits with a laugh, “so I felt a little weird walking in.” Minutes before the happy hour began, Craig heard that Jennifer planned to join, so he felt equally anxious. But despite the future couple’s jitters, they managed to control their nerves enough to have a close conversation. In the days that followed, Craig found thinly veiled reasons to email Jennifer, such as helping her with questions about UMB’s online banking system or with other bank-related policies. As these exchanges became slightly more personal, Jennifer mentioned that she was craving a weekend away at the lake — a comment that would later prove pivotal to the future of their relationship. After several conversations, Craig asked Jennifer on a date and she quickly accepted. Soon afterward, however, she realized that she had a work-related conflict in her schedule and that she needed to cancel. Undeterred, Craig instead invited her to stay at a friend’s cabin on Lake Viking — during the same weekend as the original date, despite Jennifer’s schedule conflict. His persistence — and her desire to be at the lake — won out. Jennifer canceled her plans and spent the weekend with Craig. “I was excited,” Jennifer says, “but I also remember thinking, ‘this could be a great setup for disaster.’ We both felt like we were either going to love or hate each other.” To their surprise, when they arrived at the lake, the friend’s “cabin” turned out to be a luxury home that created the perfect romantic setting.

“It was like we were on an episode of The Bachelor or something,” Jennifer says. The amorous environment sealed their fate; after that weekend in 2012, the couple says they became inseparable. And in the weeks that followed, Craig also developed a close bond to Jennifer’s 3-year-old daughter, Paige, which only strengthened the couple’s relationship. For their one-month anniversary, Craig decided to send Jennifer yellow roses — only months later would Jennifer learn the importance of this gift. When they were a young couple, Craig’s father had sent his future bride (Craig’s mother) yellow roses as an early present as well. When it came time to propose, Craig sought the permission of Jennifer’s family, and then the consultation of trusted family friend and TIVOL associate AJ Paddack. Craig made the decision to propose before Jennifer went away on a trip, so time was of the essence. “AJ was great,” Craig says. “I never really expected I could afford something at TIVOL, but I was really happy to find the perfect ring for Jennifer, well within my range, and I had it in time to propose.” During Memorial Day weekend 2013, Craig scheduled a date with Jennifer. With the collaboration of her friends and family, he created a scheme for Jennifer to find a note in her bedroom on the night of the date (accompanied by a suggested outfit), along with subsequent handwritten clues that would eventually lead her to Loose Park, where Craig was waiting lakeside with a TIVOL engagement ring in hand. At the park, Jennifer’s sister Jaclyn was strategically hiding behind a nearby tree so that she could take pictures while Craig proposed, adding to the surprise. After Jennifer accepted, she and Craig decided to spend a few hours alone together before telling anyone else — or at least that was what Craig led her to believe. Little did Jennifer know, he had a final surprise up his sleeve. From the park, Craig took Jennifer to relax and have a drink at The Cashew, a bar and restaurant located in the Crossroads area of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. When the couple walked into the second-floor dining room, many of Craig’s and Jennifer’s family and friends — including AJ Paddack — were waiting to celebrate their engagement.


Rethink your setting, refresh your ring! metals. Add diamond eternity bands (prong set or channel set), or try more colorful gemstones for a change. Mix modern with vintage. Whatever combination you choose, creating an outline on either side of your original rings will often enhance their importance.

Re-setting your diamond will give your rings a brand new look while holding on to the sentiment of your original commitment. One caveat: If it’s an old family heirloom, we will need to have our jewelers carefully inspect your gemstone to be sure there are no imperfections or flaws that could affect remounting. Assuming it’s fine, you have several options: adding baguette side stones, creating a halo of smaller diamonds around the center stone (a popular option these days), or working with our experts to custom design a unique and original setting. If you don’t want to re-set your stone, a current trend is to stack on additional bands for a layered effect. Add as many as you like: the only limitation is the length of your finger! Mix

Platinum is known for being the strongest metal; is that my best choice for bridal jewelry? Platinum is definitely a great choice because of its strength; white gold has also been popular for the past few decades. But yellow gold is making a big fashion comeback and there’s no reason it can’t also be used for bridal jewelry. In fact, stylish celebrities from Jennifer Aniston to Miley Cyrus have recently chosen yellow gold for their rocks! The perception that yellow gold is soft is true only in its purest form: 24 karat. The most popular form is 14 karat, a blend of pure gold with an alloy




that actually makes it extremely durable and a great choice for bridal jewelry.

Nothing gets my diamond rings clean like a visit to the store for a professional polish. But how can I get the same sparkle between cleanings? Google “how to clean a diamond” and you’ll read about home steam cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners, toothpaste, baking soda solutions, denture-cleaning tablets, ammonia and warm soapy water. Bottom line: it’s always best to visit us for a complimentary inspection and cleaning whenever you think it’s needed. We also carry some excellent cleansers and ultrasonics that can be safely used at home between professional cleanings if you so desire. Your diamond is precious: why mess around with home remedies?


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“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself” is one of Oprah Winfrey’s most famous and repeated quotes about the bond between two people in love. In the same way, no bride-to-be should settle for wedding rings that won’t let her be herself. How fortunate then that there are so many choices today. White,Yellow, Rose... or Maybe Two-toned? Be open to the possibilities, because the new rule is that there are no rules! White gold or platinum, yellow gold or rose gold — it’s up to you. In an Accent exclusive interview with Colin Cowie, renowned wedding and event planner/design consultant/television personality/author of 11 books and a spokesman for Platinum Guild International, Cowie reminds brides that “just like looking at pictures of your wedding day hairstyle, you never want to look at your wedding rings in 20 years and ask, ‘What was I thinking?’” So whatever your personal style, be sure to choose something that you love now and can see yourself loving for years to come.

Diamond Cuts with Cachet The important thing to remember about diamond cuts is the better the cut, the more brilliant the stone. A strong trend has been rings that evoke past eras, so by extension, the diamonds used in those rings — especially cushion cuts, rose cuts and emerald cuts — are vintage in feel. Cushions, particularly, have had incredible renewed popularity. Another beautiful choice is a ring designed with a halo of small stones around the cushion-cut center stone, giving the center diamond an even bigger look.


Engaging Colors Beyond White Diamonds Whatever setting and stone you decide on, remember that white diamonds aren’t the only option. You may want to look at blue sapphire (thanks to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, more brides than ever are selecting this option as a center stone). Even more popular are natural color diamonds: yellow, pink, blue, green... the full spectrum. And did you know that natural color diamonds are actually rarer than white diamonds? So while a diamond engagement ring is, obviously, special unto itself, choosing fancy color diamonds can actually make your ring unique. While there are certainly many choices today, if you think a custom design might be more what you’re looking for, discuss the options with your jeweler. Bring in a magazine, tear sheets of ads you’ve seen — the more examples you can show, the better. As Colin Cowie says, “These are your bridal rings, so buy whatever you want.”





AJourney Gems Your search for the perfect diamond engagement ring can be overwhelming enough without having to worry that the stones you choose were mined safely and ethically. Luckily, as part of the De Beers group of companies, the world’s foremost diamond experts for over 120 years, Forevermark can guarantee the conflict-free origins and unsurpassed quality of each of its stones. Forevermark diamonds only come from sources that are committed to the highest business, social and environmental standards. Not only are they conflict-free, but they actively benefit the people, communities and countries from which they originate. Each and every partner must meet the Forevermark Integrity Requirements, a groundbreaking set of rigorous standards for the diamond industry. The world’s leading independent auditor, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), continually inspects and monitors every Forevermark partner to ensure compliance with these standards. This ongoing process ensures that the supply chain is deemed responsible at every stage. Once the responsibly mined stones arrive at The Forevermark Diamond Institute in Antwerp, Belgium, expert gemologists assess each one according to the most rigorous criteria in the industry. The diamonds are then beautifully cut and crafted, using skill and artistry passed down through generations by a select group of master craftsmen called Forevermark Diamantaires. After a polished stone is deemed worthy of B R I D A L


the designation, the Forevermark icon and a unique identification number are inscribed on its table facet. Ultimately, less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to bear this inscription. Invisible to the naked eye, the actual size of the Forevermark inscription is only 1/20th of a micron deep and can only be seen using a special viewer available at authorized jewelers. It is confirmed by leading gemological institutes that the Forevermark inscription does not affect the internal quality of a diamond in any way. The Forevermark icon inscribed on each diamond is simply a promise that the diamond has been carefully selected to meet Forevermark’s standards of beauty, rarity and responsibility. The expert gemologists then personally approve each exclusive Forevermark Diamond Grading Report — about the shape and size of a passport — with meticulous attention to detail. The cut, color, clarity and caratage of each diamond are clearly identified, along with the unique identification number inscribed on the diamond and a specifically designed security hologram, providing reassurance that the Forevermark Diamond Grading Report is valid and genuine. As you select your perfect Forevermark diamond, your authorized jeweler will present you with this Forevermark Diamond Grading Report, an accurate blueprint of the one diamond you’ll want to spend the rest of your life with. S E C T I O N

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DROP-DEAD-GORGEOUS DRESSES FOR THE DISCERNING BRIDE. Disappointed by the lack of options during her own search for a wedding gown, Monique Lhuillier decided to take matters into her own hands. Driven by a lifelong love of fashion and a natural inclination towards bridal and evening dresses, she set out to present a collection of modern and fashion-forward wedding gowns. Lhuillier and husband Tom Bugbee established the brand in 1996, and she showed her first collection that same year to acclaim from buyers, press and consumers.Today, Monique Lhuillier is recognized as one of the world’s foremost bridal and evening gown designers. Based on the success of her couture gowns, Lhuillier has expanded her offerings to a complete readyto-wear collection, bridesmaids dresses and gowns for special events. A red carpet favorite, stars from Jessica Chastain to BeyoncÊ regularly show off Monique Lhuillier designs at awards shows and events. Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood and Vanessa Lachey all recently wed in gowns by the designer. Despite the limiting parameters of wedding gown design (of which color is the most obvious), Lhuillier manages to present fresh and inspired designs season after season. This year, look for lots of tulle and texture, overlays and lace. Necklines are tasteful, and sleeves are surprisingly sheer and sexy. Threedimensional embellishments, including delicate butterflies and flowers, add just the right finishing touch. Monique Lhuillier has become synonymous with refined design, meticulous construction and unparalleled glamour. What more could you ask for in your once-in-a-lifetime dress? B R I D A L







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Capturing theMoment A VINTAGE FEEL Super 8 Films creates vintage-looking videos using super 8 film and retro video cameras. “I like the look and feel of older formats,” explains owner Megan Hill. “The final aesthetic is similar to what people like about Instagram filters. You can choose the pretty, soft look, a retro look with color reversal, or traditional black and white.” The goal is not to create long, boring movies that show every detail of the day, but to capture the overall feeling and emotion. Hill tries to “catch the natural moments: nothing is posed, we don’t ask anyone to do anything over. And we’re not ‘wedding paparazzi.’ Our style is to use minimal equipment.” Super 8 is a silent format, so added music plays an important role. (As a former DJ, she has a large selection of options.) The final edit will range from eight to 20 minutes, and prices average around $5,000. SAME-DAY EDITS Imagine your wedding dinner is just coming to a close. The lights go down, a screen goes up and your wedding video begins to play. Same-day edits are becoming increasingly popular, says B R I D A L


Zugelter. “They’re even better when you surprise your guests. I’ve seen couples surprise their parents; once a bride even surprised the groom. He was speechless!” Couples are encouraged to be introduced, cut the cake and have their first dance before the last edit, in order to include it all in the final version. Zugelter and his team record sound, so vows and speeches can be included in the film if you wish. Studio Z’s same-day edits are about four to five minutes long; prices average around $5,500. POPPING THE QUESTION Proposal films are another recent trend. Justin says they’re lots of fun because they tend to be very creative. “They take a lot of planning and attention to detail, and it’s a collaborative effort between me and the person proposing. The videos are usually more public, but they can also be private and intimate. For example, Luck was a video I filmed about a guy who felt unlucky until he met his wife. The film opens with him talking about his unlucky life, and then cuts to when he met his wife. He had filmed a lot of the special moments throughout their relationship, so we use some of his footage and end with him proposing and her reaction; it’s very emotional.” Proposal films can range from two to 10 minutes depending on how elaborate the plan. SAVE THE DATE Save the date videos are an innovative way to get the word out to your loved ones. Couples typically send a postcard or a magnet, but now they’re including a URL directing guests to a website to watch a short film. Justin remembers one couple planning to get married on October 19th: they filmed in NYC on 10th and 19th Streets; they took a cab ride and stopped the meter at $10.19. It’s a cute way to get guests excited, and it will be just as much fun to watch as it was to make. S E C T I O N


Those tacky, lengthy wedding videos that you may (or may not) have watched before are long gone! Taking their place are artsy, beautifully edited short films that capture the essence of your wedding. “My goal is for people who may not know the bride and groom to walk away feeling like they do,” says Steve Zugelter of Studio Z Films. “When future generations of the family watch the film, they can see how she walked, how she smiled, who she was…” To tell your unique story, “We discuss story points in a preliminary meeting,” explains Michael Justin of Michael Justin Films. “We want to know about the most meaningful people and moments so we’re sure to highlight them.” Here, we explore several of the new cinematic styles.


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The food’s haute in Low Country. SHIRA LEVINE


Some of the best chefs start very young: you were 17. Because I was extremely young and raw, I was able to fall in love with cooking and really go for it. But I had to learn the old-school way, first by watching and then working my way up. I did that before I went to culinary school and it has benefited me my whole career. I learned to have eyes in the back of my head and multitask. You’ve cooked all around the world, yet you still live in a small beach town along the Gulf of Alabama. I’ve traveled all over: South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, France. I’ve worked in Maui, Las Vegas. I went to Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island. But honestly, there is nowhere I’d rather be than here in Alabama, working with Big Bob on our good food and good hospitality. We’re running 12 different kitchens. We have some restaurants that were destroyed by hurricanes. But the reality is, everywhere I’ve lived there has been [the threat that] something devastating can happen. Down here we have tough people who love life. They appreciate every day. Why is the South such a special place for food? A gumbo can change from town to town. (Our gumbo made the Guinness Book of World Records!) Everyone has his or her own unique style; I love that and I love traveling through these states learning about the history of our food. We have the best blue crabs, better than the Chesapeake’s, and the most incredible oysters. Our red snapper, grouper, mahi and flounder are killer good. Then we have great dirt for vegetables and fruit, and plenty of game: deer, alligator, rabbit. What has influenced you as a chef? I’m influenced by Louisiana, where I’m from, but Lower Alabama is my home now. We have great people making great sauces using the greatest ingredients. Jean Louis Palladin and John Besh are chefs that have inspired me. Michel Richard changed my outlook on food. He put on a meal with texture as well as flavor, textures I’d never experienced before. I ate with him at Citrus in L.A. on my way to Taipei, and he used a lot of crazy savory stuff. What are your favorite dishes? I love something as simple as a Gulf oyster or a simply prepared fish. And there is nothing better than a good gumbo. What about non-southern food? Likes or dislikes? I love me some kimchee. I’m not a huge fan of tripe.


outhern kitchens have long produced some of the best chefs (and most delicious dishes) in America. The post-colonial influences of Creole, African, Cajun, French and Native American cultures have infused powerful, exotic flavors into what can now be considered not just southern food, but southern cuisine. Cooking pros and restaurant reviewers with a focus on this epicurean niche know that all the good grub can no longer be lumped into the ‘greasy spoon and fried’ category. Rather, they recognize the Low Country for its unique ingredients and ability to infuse traditional classics with cutting-edge innovation. Historically, agriculture has thrived down in the five Gulf States — Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — due to rich, fertile soil and the Gulf of Mexico’s warm, seafood-filled waters. But despite the wealth of fresh ingredients, southern living hasn’t always been easy living. The last seven years have pummeled the region with deadly hurricanes and record-breaking flooding of the Mississippi River system, not to mention one of the worst oil spills in recorded history. But business is back: docks have been rebuilt, boats restored and cleaned. Ecosystems and estuaries are returning to their former splendor. We spoke with top chefs from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi about their home-cooked chow and the love and passion they deliver onto our plates.



Corporate chef for Aloha Hospitality based in Orange Beach, Alabama

CHEF ROB STINSON Owner of Salute Italian Seafood, Lookout Seafood & Steaks, and Back Bay Seafood Tell us about what inspired you to become a chef. I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 15 working as a busboy. I moved to New Orleans at a young age to start my culinary career with Cordon Bleu Chef Gerald Thabuis at Broussard’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. I furthered my education in Italy working with Master Italian Chef Ciro Cuomo, and eventually moved to Long Beach, Mississippi, where I opened my first self-owned restaurant, Long Beach Lookout. Italy in general is my true inspiration for great food and wine. (I could retire there tomorrow and be content.) I really love Long Beach and Gulfport because it’s where restaurants have prospered. I’m proud to call those areas home now. I have opened 31 restaurants, six of my own; I love the thrill and excitement of opening restaurants. What makes Mississippi so special for you? We have the best seafood in the world. Back in the late-1800s, Biloxi was the seafood capital of the country and had already started shipping seafood all over the country by railroad. The flavors of the South are truly different than anywhere else: spicy, flavorful, with a unique blend of immigrant influences. You’ve gone to great lengths to share how healthy your food can be. What’s the trick? The trick is to package healthy in a way that makes customers feel as if they’re not sacrificing taste. Great spicy, sweet and sour flavors add contrast in the dishes; texture and color give the diner the experience of eating with their eyes and taste buds, to bring about satisfaction while still eating healthy. Fresh local produce, seafood and proteins help. I find that crisp, colorful veggies as additions to our fresh-seared entrees make the diner feel he’s gotten his money’s worth. My new show, Fit to Eat, which airs on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has allowed me to showcase some of my favorite local ingredients prepared in a healthy manner. Where do you like to eat when you’re not busy cooking? My favorite restaurant is Bayona in New Orleans. Chef and owner Susan Spicer is truly the ultimate creative talent. My favorite restaurant in Mississippi is Jordan River Steamer owned by Hank Plauche. Unfortunately, Isaac destroyed his great location, but he’s in the process of rebuilding. What are your personal comfort foods? Shrimp, chicken and veggies prepared Asian style.

CHEFS NEALY CRAWFORD AND KEITH FRENTZ Married chef duo and owners of Lola in Covington, Louisiana Do you like working together as a couple? It’s great, there’s no question about it. We’re a package. Of course we have ups and downs depending on our moods, but we know what each other needs to get the job done. There isn’t a lot of talking in our kitchen. We can be at each other’s throats, but 99 percent of the time we’re good. We always end with a smile and a quiet ride home. As young chefs starting to garner buzz, why did you opt to open a restaurant outside of the New Orleans-proper food scene? We left the city because of Hurricane Katrina; we opened the January after it hit. Our restaurant is in Covington, where I’m from. The first year we opened we were voted Best Chefs of the North Shore of Louisiana. We got Chefs to Watch in Louisiana Cooking magazine; we were two of the five. This year we were named the King and Queen of Louisiana Seafood and we got second place in the Great American Seafood Cook-off. We do a lot of community work as well, so people have really gotten to know Lola and us. How do you describe Louisiana food, and what makes it so special? We are comfort food. We’re Sunday family dinner with a fancy twist. We take those old southern recipes and use newer ingredients. We’ll use different types of rice blends in our jambalaya to make a different flavor; we put mascarpone in our grits and collard greens. We can walk to the corner fish market and buy fish and shrimp that, just hours before, were swimming in the salty water of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Simple food has developed over the years from farmers’ tables. It’s food that was always seasonally influenced and home grown. What should people know about southern food that they might not already know? You have to take your time to research a city and be food-aware of the area. Southern food doesn’t have to be the tourist crap with cream sauce. At Lola, we grill, roast and braise to get away from that stigma of being fried, greasy and buttery. We let our fresh crab and shrimp speak for themselves. What’s your favorite restaurant other than your own? We like Patois in uptown New Orleans, and also Dominica. Those are our local favorites. With our second child on the way, we haven’t been traveling much! But there is this little yellow, open-air restaurant in Cozumel, Mexico that we love. It’s so authentic and cool, with fresh fish and killer salsa. We are Mexican food freaks.


in the kitchen with

BROOKE’S LEMON CAKE (Adapted from The Silver Palate) 1/2 lb sweet butter at room temp 2 C granulated sugar 3 eggs at room temp 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 C buttermilk 3 tbsp tightly packed grated lemon zest 2 tbsp lemon juice

Lemon Icing 1 lb confectioner’s (icing) sugar 1/4 lb butter at room temp 4 tbsp tightly packed grated lemon zest 1/2 C fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Carefully and thoroughly spray 10-inch tube pan. 3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well each time. 4. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and then stir into egg mixture alternating with the buttermilk. 5. Pour the cake batter into the pan, making sure to keep it mostly even. Cook for an hour and five minutes in the middle of the oven. Toward the end of the baking time, begin checking the cake with a toothpick, waiting for it to come out clean. 6. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then put a plate on top (upside down) and invert the pan and plate together so the cake drops neatly onto the plate. For the icing 7. Cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly. Mix in the lemon zest and juice. 8. After the cake has cooled completely, spread the icing evenly while putting any extra in the hole in the middle. Please note: If Meyer lemons are in season, try them as a delicious change!

This fall, we joined members of the Tivol family for dinner at the home of Mark Maslan (bottom right) and Cathy Tivol (opposite page) on what was a gorgeous Kansas City evening. Cathy prepped the entrĂŠe and made sides before Mark grilled outside. Joining at the dinner table were Harold Tivol (right) and Ruthie Tivol (bottom center), Danielle Maslan (second from bottom center). Last but not least, even Lucy (the unofficial TIVOL mascot) managed to make her presence known.

DEVILED EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON 6 large eggs 2 oz smoked salmon, diced 2 tbsp crème fraiche or heavy cream 1 tbsp sliced chives 2 tsp Dijon mustard (I prefer Maille) Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Cayenne pepper 1 lemon, cut in half Paprika for garnish

Place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let the eggs sit in the hot water, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes; drain the hot water, and run cold water over the boiled eggs until cool. Peel the eggs, and cut each egg in half lengthwise. Gently remove the yolks from the center into a small mixing bowl. Set aside the egg-white halves. Add the smoked salmon, crème fraiche, chives and mustard to the egg yolks and stir to combine. Season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Squeeze enough of the lemon juice into the yolk mixture to season to taste. Spoon the mixture back into the egg whites. Garnish with paprika, and serve. Note: On a buffet try a deviled egg station with additions like chopped salmon, chives, tarragon, fresh dill, grated cheeses, wasabi and sun-dried tomatoes.




Coffee table ‘candy’ as tasty to look at as it is to read. JEFFREY FELNER


t a time when it seems our entire world has been digitized, many of us still find it a great comfort to indulge in the luxury of a ‘real’ book. The subjects of these five unique titles range from legendary style icons to some of the greatest designers of the 20th century. For the fashionably curious friends in your life, give the holiday gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of great style. treasure trove of shoe design, reminding us that in the 1950s, among Bally, Delman, Beth Levine, David Evins and the Julianellis, Vivier was the master of them all. His forward-looking designs were the precursors to modern footwear, works of wearable art that graced the shelves of fine shoe salons the world over. He was the innovator, the inventor, the prodigy who inspired an industry.

Audrey in Rome by Luca Dotti is a love letter from an adoring son to his wonderful mother. The book remembers Hepburn in the most endearing, iconic and, at times, melancholy way, though it never descends to the maudlin or schmaltzy. We are treated to candid photographs that celebrate a woman with unrivaled star power and charisma.

Roger Vivier by Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle is a

C. Z. Guest: American Style Icon by Susanna Salk reminds us it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. Style, while it can be refined and cultivated over time, must come from an innate inner quality that cannot be bought or passed down genetically. Guest has been compared to a real live Tracy Lord — the part played by

Grace Kelly in High Society — but with more humor, less entitlement, less gravitas and much more pizzazz.

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart takes the reader on a journey from Vreeland’s childhood through to her death, sharing information that was never before assembled within one volume. This is a full photographic rendition of Vreeland’s life that includes her parents, sister, adoring husband, children and grandchildren. It is a rare and welcome view of her private life, which is so often overlooked in favor of the glossy (and more obvious) aspects of her life as a public figure.


The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume is as much a series of short stories as it is a biography of this rarely written-about designer. Blume compiles years of interviews with the few intimates who survive one of the greatest international fashion designers that ever lived. Chiefly, she spoke to colleagues Hubert de Givenchy, mentored by Balenciaga and also a friend for many years, and Florette, a vendeuse at Balenciaga’s salon for many decades and the primary source of most of the neverbefore-heard stories. Jeffrey Felner is a fashion writer and critic. Find more of his book reviews at nyjournalofbooks.com.

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Chatting with the maker of one of the world's most iconic blends. ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON


Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci

around. But as you taste the vintages, you find there's a consistency, a mouth feel and texture that helps define Opus One each year." Silacci also isn't afraid to continue to explore the potential of the wine, whether through scientific means (he introduced nighttime harvesting to catch the grapes at their plumpest, and added parfumist/scientist Alexander Schmidt to the roster of people who analyze the blend each vintage), through management (vine workers are specifically trained and dedicated to harvesting grapes for Opus One, and everyone from harvesters to accountants have a hand in finalizing each vintage) or through sheer gut instinct, as in 2006 when "two beautiful lots of Petit Verdot" inspired him to risk co-fermenting the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. "My gut feeling was that it would work." Silacci is also adamant that, while Opus One is a top-tier wine, it displays an aura of welcomeness. The winery recently opened its doors to visitors (by appointment online, though you can often secure an appointment when you drop in), and though the wine is crafted to age well for 20 years or more, it's also plenty tasty upon bottling (unlike some of the stuffier Bordeaux). "When you taste a newly released Opus One, it's not masked by oak, since we age in new French oak. That tells me that the wine has substance and the oak is just one component. It also tells me the wine is going to age."



mong serious wine fans and collectors, a handful of truly iconic wines stand out, revered for their longevity (like the Premier Cru houses in Bordeaux), their innovation (as when the Super Tuscans dared to introduce French grapes to Italian wine culture), or the sheer quality of their product. Like Latour, Ornellaia and Stag's Leap, Oakville-based Opus One wows connoissuers and collectors alike with its product. Unlike the other labels, however, Opus One is dedicated to producing only one expression each vintage: a Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend with a Bordeaux influence and a decidedly Californian approach. "Everything about Opus One, from the buildings to the vineyards to the principles of viticulutre, was made by consensus," says winemaker Michael Silacci. The winery was created in 1980 by two giants in the wine world: Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The idea was that a serious, Premier Cru Bordeaux-style wine could be created in California's Napa Valley, which was only just establishing its claim as a serious wine region. Silacci joined the group in 2001 as a DOVE (director of viticulture and oenology) before being appointed winemaker in 2004. "The entire focus is on creating a single red wine," says Silacci. "To keep that sense of purpose, you need to have a very deep understanding about what you're doing." He also stresses that they're not making the same wine each year, but adjusting the blend (using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) as growing conditions require. "Malbec (introduced to the blend in 1994) adds spice and character; Petit Verdot (first introduced in 1997) adds structure. "It may seem, if you look at the varietal composition, that we're bouncing all

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For over 60 years the Italians have kept Franciacorta pretty much to themselves. This lively and sophisticated sparkling wine from the Lombardy region is not only considered the best in Italy, but many connoisseurs regard it as one of the finest sparkling wines in the world. The most prestigious Franciacorta is produced by award-winning oenologist Mattia Vezzola at Bellavista, a nearly 500-acre vineyard owned by the Moretti family. To help celebrate the season, Bellavista Franciacorta is now available at chic shops across America. (Impress your guests with the top marque, Vittorio Moretti Millesimato Extra Brut 2004.) If you want to experience Franciacorta at the source, visit L’Albereta, the Morettis’ beautiful Relais & Chateaux villa overlooking the vineyards and Lake Iseo, to taste the wines and wander the picturesque Lombardy countryside.


With just one cabin, ideal for an amorous couple, the sleek, 100-foot Alexa is the ultimate in romance on the sea, cruising the Indian Ocean and catering to the tender twosome’s every whim. The quarters feature antique and contemporary art, silk rugs, a white ensuite bedroom surrounded by windows, and a balcony for private breakfasts or late-night stargazing. Seven crewmembers include the captain, the cruise directors (who are also dive masters), the chef (who prepares gourmet food paired with excellent wines), and because the Alexa is co-owned by Talika, the innovative French cosmetic brand, a resident skin therapist. The ardent duo decides the schedule, activities and itinerary: dive to untouched coral reefs, explore uninhabited islands, have a massage or a full program of personalized beauty treatments, swim naked with manta rays... or just make love all day.


Diamonds are forever. Your bank can be too. Tivol knows the value of something that stands the test of time. At UMB, we do too. We’ve been around for 100 years, and we’re doing what it takes to be here for the next 100. Welcome to the past, present and future of banking.

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Northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the heart of the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the Molori Safari Lodge is a captivating combination of stylish interior design and fascinating wildlife. The five suites’ interiors are by Fendi, Kenneth Cobonpue and Philipp Plein. There are wooden decks, private infinity pools and fully retractable floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Molori’s cuisine is under the direction of gourmet chefs, who prepare meals from local ingredients and serve them alongside South African wines. Outside, there’s fishing in the Groot Marico River or golf at nearby courses. The view from the swimming pool includes a watering hole that attracts black and white rhino and zebras. And there are elephants, lions, buffalo, cheetahs, brown hyenas, hippopotami and more than 340 bird species, most of which can be seen during one of the customized game drives.



The Chicago History Museum is currently presenting Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Beginning in 1958 and continuing for 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity. The Chicago History Museum presentation, one of the largest special exhibitions in the museum’s history, introduces visitors to Eunice Walker Johnson, who became Ebony Fashion Fair’s producer and director in 1963 and brought the pinnacle of European fashion to communities that were eager to see new images of black America. The 7,000-square-foot display, with over 60 magnificent garments from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy, Christian LaCroix and Patrick Kelly, will be running through the winter.

Tache Artisan Chocolate on New York City’s Lower East Side is the creation of Aditi Malhotra, a graduate of the Glion Institute in Switzerland and the French Culinary Institute. Her handcrafted confections, made from Peruvian, Venezuelan, Brazilian and Belgian chocolate (no artificial colorings, flavorings or additives) include gold dusted Champagne truffles, chocolates with imported orange and lemon peel, and the remarkable tequila bonbon, a dark chocolate shell filled with tequila ganache and topped off with fleur de sel and lime. Malhotra also makes and ships personalized chocolates, filled or mixed with just about anything: an abundance of fruit… nuts and spices… a favorite vintage wine or liqueur... maybe even blue cheese. The sky (or at least the Milky Way) is the limit.



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