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WELCOME. We are pleased to bring you this issue of Lewis Jewelers - The LX Magazine, a showcase of exquisite jewelry and timepieces, as well as a wealth of marvelous ideas and experiences to enjoy within these pages. Since 1921, Lewis Jewelers has been building a reputation of integrity, excellent customer service, and quality products. Our family-owned, fullservice jewelry store offers repairs, engravings, custom creations and access to all worldwide major brands. Lewis Jewelers has a proud and long history in the greater Ann Arbor area over 45 years. We are a third generation store that started in Detroit back in 1921. Since moving to Ann Arbor we have also taken great pride in giving back to the community. We enjoy working with many local school fundraisers, numerous community charities as well as U of M Hospital, St Joseph Hospital and many more. We have an annual goal of $100,000 in giving to our community and have reached it more than not. As a destination store, the team at Lewis Jewelers makes every effort to treat our guests as family. We strive to offer knowledgeable sales assistance in a friendly and truthful manner, while always offering great value and unsurpassed quality with every purchase. 2000 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734.994.5111

We offer the best conflict free diamonds, couture designer jewelry, and watches at the best prices, with the over-the-top service you deserve. Whether you’re searching the market for engagement rings, wedding bands, diamonds, or gold pieces, our non-commissioned expert staff is ready to provide their professional experience, advice, and expertise. We plan to serve the greater Washtenaw county area and suburbs for many years to come. Please enjoy this issue. Warm wishes to you and yours, The Lewis Jewelers Family






8 Tacori:

Infused with Passion Inspired by Love

14 Lewis Jewelers + Community 19

The Handcrafted Artistry of Marco Bicego

23 How Much Should You Spend

on an Engagement Ring

26 Trends: Metallics 29 A Year of Automotive

Baselworld 2016



33 Baselworld 2016 39 Real Men Wear Watches

42 Herbs and Cocktails 44 The Designs of

Hearts On Fire: Ilaria Lanzoni

49 The Fundamentals of

The Handcrafted Artistry of Marco Bicego The Designs of Hearts On Fire: Ilaria Lanzoni


Wedding Ring Care

8 Tacori: Infused with Passion Inspired by Love

Jon Roberts {Editor} Angie Halter {Creative Director} Courtney Drenth {Project Coordinator} Megan Jansick {Research Coordinator} Lewis Jewelers - LX® Magazine is published by LX Publications, LLC, 524 North Main Avenue, Suite 211, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Copyright © 2016 LX Publications LLC. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of LX Publications, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part or storage in any data retrieval system or any transmission by any means therefrom without prior written permission is prohibited. LX® and LX® Magazine are trademarks™ of LX Publications, LLC. LX® accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and or photographs and assumes no liability for products or services advertised herein. LX® reserves the right to edit, rewrite, refuse or reuse material, is not responsible for errors or omissions and may feature material in any media.

Infused with Passion… Inspired by Love 8

By Lydia Christiana

Internationally renowned, both for its signature crescent design element and the innovation applied to the creation of its fine jewelry collections, Tacori is a vivid reflection of its Southern California roots. Infused with passion and inspired by love, Tacori’s elegant designs are evocative of unrestrained creativity, eternal beauty and enduring relevance. The building blocks of the Southern California lifestyle, these traits are also evident in Tacori’s exquisite collections.

The Tacorian Family Haig and Glenda Tacorian emigrated from Europe to the United States in 1969. With them came old world values of quality, craftsmanship and understated elegance. Today, the fine jewelry produced by the Tacorian family blends these traits with focused passion and a judicious approach to the employ of contemporary technology. As a result, tastemakers from all over the world covet Tacori’s highly regarded works. What’s more, the family-owned company’s philosophies and traditions have made it legendary within the ranks of fine jewelry makers. Tacori has come to symbolize the absolute finest in terms of presentation, quality, attention to detail, and customer care. Working alongside their parents, Nadine and Paul Tacorian have advanced the marketing and design of fine jewelry. As president of sales and marketing, Paul is the person behind Tacori’s dynamically photographed, art quality full-page advertisements. While the style is now employed throughout the industry, Paul Tacorian pioneered the technique. As director of design, Nadine Tacorian has faithfully adhered to the standards set by her father. Remarkably, she has done so even while infusing the Tacori product portfolio with ever more creative takes on the design language the senior Tacorian established for the brand at its inception. Additionally, Nadine has strategically introduced modern technology within the company’s production processes. As a result, Tacori jewelry is more beautiful and produced more efficiently than ever before. Working together in this fashion, the Tacorian family upholds an uncompromising legacy. Fusing classic elegance with modern inspiration, they have also built one of the world’s premier brands.


The Collections The originality of design apparent in Tacori’s jewelry sets it apart as singularly distinctive in the world of fine jewelry. This has been true since Haig Tacorian founded the brand back in 1969. As an example, the company’s signature half-moon crescent is represented in nearly all of its work. Unique to Tacori, it is both trademarked and copyrighted. When you see it, you know you’re looking at Tacori. Further, while its works are notably progressive, Tacori eschews trendiness in favor of enduring relevance. This sets Tacori apart from the “here today, gone tomorrow” attitude endemic to most fashion jewelry houses. Thus imbued with value transcending both time and currency, Tacori is fine art people can wear. Among Tacori’s Bridal Collections, the Blooming Beauties line of engagement rings is a true standout. Featuring a prominent center diamond haloed by pavé set diamonds, the fire and brilliance of Blooming Beauties is unrivalled. Bold, yet delicate in appearance, the Blooming Beauties bridal collection is utterly dazzling and classically refined.

The appearance of Tacori’s Island Rains collection is visually refreshing with crisp blue gems representing the purity of water. Employing London blue topaz, clear quartz layered over neolite turquoise or sky blue topaz set against precious metals such as sterling silver, 18kt gold and rose gold, the Island Rains collection is perfect for casual occasions and everyday wear.

The Ivy Lane collection adorns Tacori’s signature crescent design with diamonds set in silver, rose gold, or yellow gold. Paying homage to the tres chic Los Angeles restaurant famous for celebrity sightings, the delicate lines of The Ivy Lane collection add an edge of sophistication while informing a deceptively simple appearance. Comprised of pavé drop pendants and earrings, as well as rings with surfboard inspired shapes, The Ivy Lane Collection is quintessentially Southern California. 10

Bold and yet exceptionally clean of line, Tacori’s Legend collection for men steers clear of frivolity to arrive at masculinity. Tiger iron, sky blue topaz over hematite and black onyx combined with yellow gold and silver radiate quiet power. Meanwhile, cabochon and eastwest cut solo stones pair nicely with the Legend collection’s linear engraved brushed silver for the casual pieces. Those same shapes rendered in yellow gold, rose gold or set with pavé diamonds serve more dressy occasions. The Tacori diamond is certified by two external authorities (the GIA and GemEX), in addition to Tacori’s own diamond experts. Fewer than five percent of the diamonds presented to Tacori’s diamond experts make the grade. Because of this, they carry a titanium-clad guarantee of quality and are absolutely certified conflict-free. Chosen specifically to mesh in perfect harmony with the company’s designs, few diamonds match the fire and brilliance of Tacori’s. Whether the bridal collections or the fashion collections, the Tacori name is engraved only after several degrees of rigorous inspection, certification and approvals have been conducted. Only the finest gold, platinum, and diamonds with at least G color and VS clarity suffice. Setting aside the overarching beauty of the pieces themselves, these guidelines and processes help to ensure the long-term desirability of Tacori jewelry.


A Passion For Quality Every aspect of the crafting of a piece of Tacori jewelry is conducted under the strict guidance of the Tacorian family at their Southern California studios. While hewing closely to traditional handcrafting, Tacori also embraces the modern where it serves to improve their methods. After a design is sketched, it is transformed into a three-dimensional model using computer assisted design tools. This permits fine-tuning in a much more efficient manner. Once the design is settled upon, molded and created, each piece is hand polished and precisely matched to its hand selected gemstones, which are then set by hand. This comprises “The Tacori Touch� and qualifies each piece as a work of art.


Ask Not What Your Community Can Do... Ask What You Can Do For Your Community! By definition, the jewelry business is both romantic and glamorous. Among the first things couples do upon deciding to commit themselves to one another in celebration of their love is visit a jewelry store. Further, every glittering celebrity-laden red carpet event you’ve ever seen has been made all the more fabulous by exquisite jewelry. For these reasons, it’s very easy for a jewelry store to exude an air of transcendence, of being above it all. After all, luxury is the jeweler’s stock in trade. Still though, every jewelry store is part of a community and communities have concerns. At Lewis Jewelers, we believe if one is to truly be part of a community, a commitment to service is imperative. In his 1961 inaugural speech, President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” For us, this is the very definition of good citizenship. Ann Arbor has been very good to Lewis Jewelers and we, in turn, strive to make our presence in Ann Arbor worthwhile for the community. In other words, rather than asking what the community can do for us, we ask what we can do for the community. Sometimes we go looking for it, other times, it’s presented to us, as it was when we learned of The Kite Network. While weddings are typically the happiest days of our lives, losing loved ones can be exactly the opposite. Exacerbating the situation, far too many people are then left to grieve alone. Recognizing this, our good friends Doug and Julie Stotlar founded The Kite Network after the sudden and tragic loss of their sixyear-old daughter Lauren, back in 2000. The organization’s purpose is to provide peer counseling to help people rebuild their lives after experiencing such a loss. The Kite Network’s counselors have all gone through the exact same situation, so they can offer solace and counsel based upon personal understanding. Further, The Kite Network offers workshops and training for businesses, schools and religious organizations to foster grief compassion throughout the community. Photo provided by The Kite Network


We have supported The Kite Network since its inception.

Similarly, the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s commitment to providing safe, effective and progressive care for women and children has a great deal of resonance with us. The hospital’s slate of specialty services includes a pediatric liver transplant program, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, a Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, a Fetal Diagnostic and Treatment Center and the internationally renowned Michigan Congenital Heart Center.

Photo courtesy of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Facebook

Many of these services are offered on a scale unavailable anywhere else in Michigan. This past summer, we supported “The Event On Main” fundraiser for the hospital with Pro Bowl cornerback and UM alum Charles Woodson. We also created a commemorative charm and a cufflink set for the event. The sterling silver two-sided charm features the logos of the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Initiative and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. One of the cufflinks features the Woodson Initiative, while the other features the hospital. Still available, a portion of the proceeds goes directly into support for Mott Children’s Hospital.

Over the years, we have sponsored many such events; including Alzheimer’s walks, the Ann Arbor Hospice Diamond Giveaway event, Meals on Wheels and we’ve provided holiday gifts for families in need. There have been literacy events with schools and we help most of the 40-50 local public and private schools with sports or other events, including the University of Michigan.

Now here, it should be noted, rather than saying, “See how great we are?” we’re saying when a community has been good to you, there are many ways for you to be good to the community. Family owned and operated, Lewis Jewelers has been a part of the fabric of Ann Arbor for three generations. We know we’d be nothing without the community. For us, it only makes sense to give back to the people who have so generously supported us all of these years. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s a good time for everyone to take a look around, find someone doing good works and ask, “What we can do to help you keep doing what you do” Trust us, it’s a really great feeling.


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If Marco Bicego’s work were to be described with a single term, it would be best articulated by the word authenticity. As a boy, his summers were spent at his father’s jewelry bench, where he learned the craft, honed his skills and developed an abiding respect for the sanctity of originality. Absolutely, positively, 100 percent Italian, Bicego’s work is produced by hand at the company’s headquarters in the Venetian region of northern Italy. One of the country’s richest cultural areas, it is a natural incubator for the artesian qualities of Marco Bicego jewelry. Despite their fundamental nature, these very qualities are often overlooked in contemporary jewelry design. Goldsmiths infuse elements of Bicego’s distinctive philosophy into every piece. Each step of the production process is performed on the premises, including the fusion of the gold. Using a Bulino tool, his artisans engrave hundreds of tiny lines on the gold’s surface. This creates the jewelry’s tactile finish, which remains unalterable and is virtually impossible to imitate. Because of specific efforts such as this, Marco Bicego jewelry is instilled with a heritage that’s hard to come by in today’s industry.


“My collections stand out for their exclusive manufacturing techniques, passed down to me be my father.� - Marco Bicego


The inspirations for his designs come from nature. This is revealed in the fluidly organic shapes Bicego favors. The colored stones and yellow gold characterizing his work lend themselves nicely to reflecting the culture of exotic destinations. The elegant simplicity of the Masai collection pays homage to one of Africa’s best-known societies of indigenous peoples. Lunaria, Jaipur and the Paradise collections are also motivated by elements of the natural world.

The petal-shaped Lunaria collection is inspired by the flowering plant of the same name native to Bicego’s southern European home. Jaipur features a colorful mix of gemstones with a style reminiscent of the colorful city in India. The Paradise collection is informed by a gracefully liquidity. Meanwhile, Murano takes its cues from the colors of the Venetian sea between dawn until dusk. Reflective of culture, spirit and a family legacy going back some 60 years, there is a bridge between all of Bicego’s collections. It’s about color, it’s about timeless design, and it’s about the elements of its creation. Readily recognizable, Marco Bicego’s handiwork is expressive — and it’s real.


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u o Y d l u o h S h c u M w Ho Spend On An

? g n i R t n e Engagem By L. I. Rogers

Fortune has smiled upon you and you’ve found the one. To paraphrase Queen Bey—you’re ready to put a ring on it. Your emotions are likely running high at this point, and well they should be. It’s one of the most exciting experiences life affords us. Still though, at some point, practicality must come into play. After all, before you ask the question of your beloved, there’s another question you have to ask—of yourself. How much should you spend on the engagement ring? While the generally agreed upon rule of thumb is one to three months salary, this generally agreed upon rule comes with a few caveats; the biggest among them being the state of your finances. Like any other major purchase, you have to strike a balance between style and affordability. The good news is there are ways to get both, and these four tips will help you do so.


Consider your long-term finan

cial goals

Even if you can easily afford the most expensive ring in the store right now, your plans as a couple also have to be taken into consideration. Do you have a home already, or will you be saving up to buy one? Further, while your story together is just beginning, it’s never too soon to start planning for retirement. There’s going to be a wedding and a honeymoon to pay for too. Whatever you’re thinking to spend on the ring, if it cuts into the cash you have to further any of those goals, it might be prudent to dial it back just a bit.

ersonal p ’s d e d n te in r u o Take stock of y While you might love to see your fiancé walking around with a five-carat flawless stone, they’re going to be wearing it—not you. It’s important to make sure the ring you choose pleases them too. The easiest way to do this is to shop for the ring together. While it may go counter to the classic “down on one knee with the perfect ring in hand” surprise proposal, more and more couples are going this route. Shopping together, with a clear idea of what your budget will permit, practically guarantees your success in this regard.




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If you’re in a position to pay cash, it’s always the best route to take. However, if your situation requires financing, happily, most jewelers offer six to 12 months interest-free loans. This can be a boon if you’re in a position to comfortably pay it off before the grace period ends. Just make sure if something comes up and you have to extend it out a month or two or a few, the interest rate is manageable.

Plan to upgr

ade later

Let’s say your hearts are set on acquiring the biggest ring imaginable, but your budget is advising against doing so. Get what you can comfortably afford now; with plans to upgrade as your finances permit. You can always trade in stones toward nicer stones, or add a more ornate wedding band. You can even redesign the whole thing if you’d like. If this strategy appeals to you, work with your jeweler to find a “scalable” setting you can comfortably and subtly upgrade as you work toward your dream ring.

Whatever you choose, the main thing is your love for one another. Yes, the engagement ring is a symbol of your promise, and as such, it absolutely should reflect your consideration as well as a degree of substance. However, it should also demonstrate the responsibility you bring to the marriage. Shopping within your means, with an eye toward the future, puts you one step closer to ensuring the long-term financial stability of your life together.








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A Year of Automotive Anniversaries Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini And Porsche Share A Milestone Year By Lyndon Conrad Bell The 130th anniversary of the invention of the automobile was marked this past January 29th. On that day, back in 1886, Karl Benz filed for German patent number 37435 for his three-wheeled Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Meanwhile, working nearby, Gottlieb Daimler was putting the finishing touches on the first four-wheeled motorized carriage around the same time. While the two worked independently of one another, their companies were eventually joined to create Mercedes-Benz, one of the most storied automotive brands extant.

Benz Patent-Motorwagen


Today’s Mercedes-Benz is easily one of the world’s most technologically advanced marques. For proof, one need only examine its rangetopping S-Class Coupe. Integrating 47 Swarovski crystals, the S-Class Coupe’s headlights are among the most brilliant on the road. Further, the S-Class Coupe’s Active Curve Tilting technology leans the car into a curve, reducing the effect of G-forces upon the coupe’s passengers while simultaneously enhancing the driver’s sense of control.

The next best thing to a self-driving car, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe is capable of stopping itself when it senses an imminent collision if the driver does not intervene. It can maintain its position in a lane on the highway—even around curves— and it can parallel park on its own. Furthermore, the model’s exceptional engines range in output from 455 horsepower to 621. Clearly, Mercedes has not squandered the head start Benz and Daimler afforded the company.


Some 80 years later, yet another automotive icon introduced one of the most exciting automotive concepts the world has ever known. Ferrucio Lamborghini was an Italian industrialist whose eponymous company’s original claim to fame was manufacturing tractors. Being a wealthy Italian, of course he owned a Ferrari. Because of his mechanical inclinations, he noted a few (shall we say) opportunities for improvement in his car. When Lamborghini suggested them to Enzo Ferrari, he was told (and we’re putting it politely here) to stick to making tractors. In response, Lamborghini designed a lovely GT car, which he unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. An instant sensation, Lamborghini’s 350 GT did quite well. As a follow-up, his engineering staff created the Lamborghini Miura. Debuting at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, Miura was the world’s first 12-cylinder mid-engine exotic sports car. Leap-frogging Ferrari, the Miura established the template for nearly every supercar offered today, as well as the entire range of contemporary Lamborghini sports cars—including the extraordinary Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV. Here, we’re talking about a car with the aerodynamics of a cruise missile, motivated by a 740-horsepower V-12 engine. By the way, “SV” is an initialism for superveloce, which translates from Italian to mean superfast in English. And yes, we assure you the Aventador LP750-4 SV absolutely lives up to the appellation. Leveraging technological developments more commonly applied to racing cars, the Aventador SV is made primarily of carbon fiber—including the shells of its seats. Magnetic shock absorbers, carbon ceramic brakes and an advanced variable ratio steering system also figure highly in the Lamborghini’s arsenal of go-fast armaments. Eight decades on, the promise of Miura solidly lives on in the 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV.


Among the automotive cognoscenti, the name Ferdinand Porsche carries considerable street cred. Designer of the Volkswagen Type 1 (AKA the Beetle), Porsche’s was also the mind behind some of the most successful racing cars of his era. Further, his name graces one of the most valuable car companies in the world. The Porsche brand is best known for the iconic 911 sports car. However, its Boxster, introduced 20 years ago in 1996, is credited with reversing the fortunes of the company, which were in decline at the time. While Boxster was the second Porsche mid-engine car built strictly for the street (the first was the 914 of 1970), it was the first to be designed and built purely as a Porsche. The Porsche 914, a joint project between Porsche and Volkswagen, used a VW engine, suffered from subpar performance, and experienced a lukewarm reception. While the Boxster was also something of a joint project, it was developed in conjunction with a revised version of the 911. It also shared many components with the brand’s flagship sports car—including a smaller-displacement version of the 911’s venerable horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The Boxster was also the first Porsche model produced based upon lessons learned from Toyota to improve the efficiency of its production processes. Over the ensuing 20 years, there have been three generations of the car, with a fourth-generation model slated to debut later this year—just in time for the Boxster’s 20th anniversary This new iteration of the car, christened the Porsche 718 Boxster, will eschew the traditional flat-six engine in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder, making it the first mid-engine four-cylinder Porsche road car since the 914. Unlike the 914 though, the 718 will have more than adequate performance. The standard model will feature 300 horsepower, while the more capable 718 Boxster S will flaunt 350 horsepower.




While the sports world looks forward to the third month of the year for the NCAA March Madness basketball playoffs, the watch-and-jewelry world gets similarly charged for Baselworld, the industry’s premier exhibition. Held at the northern gateway to Switzerland’s watch valley, in the town of Basel (BAA-zuhl), the scale of the event defies the imagination.

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Encompassing 1.5 million square feet of floor space, it takes 20,000 people six weeks to set up the show. Some 1,400 companies exhibit, and attendance routinely eclipses 120,000 visitors—along with 3,600 journalists. Easily the largest show of its type in the world, Baselworld is without comparison. It is said fully 80 percent of global annual watch sales are conducted during the event. Think North American International Auto Show, or Paris Fashion Week and you’ll have the general idea. Ramp it up three times and you’ll be just about there. The top jewelry manufacturers and watchmakers from around the world converge in this Swiss city every year to launch their new collections. Companies like Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Bulgari, Patek Phillipe, Hermes, Chanel and Breguet show their latest wares in pavilions rivaling the size and opulence of a fine jewelry store in a major shopping center. Some pavilions are three stories high, and Tag Heuer routinely suspends a Formula 1 racing car above its main exhibition space.

Courtesy of Baselworld

Held primarily for buyers and top retailers to discover what the new model year will bring, Baselworld hosts numerous press conferences and product introductions. Models and flowing champagne are de rigueur; while celebrity spokesmodels like Gabrielle Union, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Evans, Jermaine Jackson and Kerry Washington routinely attend. The show is also open to the public, with advance tickets available online. While members of the trade and press are granted hands-on privileges, for the public the wares are largely displayed under glass. As you might imagine, watches are the stars at Baselworld. Among the highlights from the 2016 show, which concluded on March 24, there was considerable evidence Switzerland’s traditional watch manufacturers are embracing the smartwatch. Although in a different, and perhaps predictable manner.

Kerry Washington Courtesy of Baselworld


Frederique Constant’s Horological Smartwatch retains the traditional elegance of a Constant timepiece, while hosting 21st century features designed to appeal to long-distance travelers. Every time the watch synchronizes with its paired smartphone, date and time are adjusted, freeing the wearer from concerns associated with time zone changes. Further, once an additional time zone has been selected, three presses of the pusher will display the time in another part of the world on the analogue dial of the watch. The Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch also tracks physical activity and sleep patterns. Breitling’s Exospace B55 employs smartphones to interpret data gathered by the watch. Measurements are transmitted from the watch to the phone for analysis, The Exospace B55 can also trigger phone notifications. The complete data management system of measurements includes flight times, 50 split time events, lap times, and speed based upon the tachymeter. The Exospace B55 is also capable of exporting and sharing fully formatted Excel data files of its measurements to the phone at the push of a button. In the world of automatic mechanical timepieces, two venerable manufacturers, Rolex and Omega, offered new takes on their most notable classic pieces. Rolex showed a revised version of its Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 904L steel with a monobloc Cerachrom bezel. Developed and patented by Rolex, the black bezel is reminiscent of the 1965 Daytona’s black plexiglass bezel insert. Meanwhile, Omega released the Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase with the company’s new caliber 9904/9905 movement. In an absolutely amazing degree of attention to detail, the moonphase complication uses a photorealistic depiction of the Moon, which, when examined with a loupe, features a footprint at the location where the first human being walked on the moon. This is wholly appropriate, given the Omega Speedmaster was the watch chosen to accompany humankind to the Moon. Courtesy of Baselworld


While Switzerland is the timepiece epicenter of the world, Baselworld also features many of Europe’s finest jewelry makers.

Victor Mayer showed his Eloise collection of rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. Its quatrefoil of pink gold is accented by handguilloched, beaten grey gold, which shimmers like the finest silk. The classic geometric shape, paired with the contrasting finish of the pieces affords the collection a timeless vintage look. Mayer’s collection is symbolic of a 10th century love affair between a nun (Eloise) and her tutor (Abaelard), who became a monk after their separation. The quatrefoil shape comes from a Gothic form tracing its beginnings to the lifetime of Eloise. On the subject of devotion, Baselworld also hosted Meister wedding rings. Born of an aspiration to the highest standards in design, materials, and manufacturing quality; once a couple chooses their preferred design, each pair of rings is individually crafted at Meister’s Swiss wedding ring manufacture. Creatively fused in gold, platinum, and diamonds, the collaborative efforts of Meister’s designers, gold and platinum smiths, gemologists, jewel setters, and polishers are said to embody a degree of perfection beyond the reach of any one individual. A master of innovation, Mattia Cielo blends eye-friendly architecture with complex advancements in materials to produce singularly beautiful pieces. With an appearance deceptively simple in its sophistication. Cielo’s Ghiaccio collection combines modular shuttles in rhythmic repetition, seen here with channel-set diamonds in rose gold. He is also known for his groundbreaking work in titanium, which gives his rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings a comfortable wearability. His work at once exquisitely precious, light in weight, and boldly styled, Mattia Cielo has overturned jewelry design perspectives. Another group at Baselworld with aspirations of overturning perspectives was New Diamond Technology. The firm presented an emerald cut 5.03-carat blue diamond, graded VS1 by the International Gemological Institute. The stone’s size, Fancy Deep Blue color and outstanding brilliance, ranks it among the most extraordinary diamonds ever seen. And, it’s lab grown. Chemically and optically identical to a natural diamond, NDT established a new standard.

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REAL MEN WEAR WATCHES It’s About More Than Just Time By Lyndon Conrad Bell

A wristwatch speaks volumes about the status, tastes and lifestyle of the man to whom it is attached. For this reason, in certain circles, a gentleman’s choice of timepiece is as important as the tailoring of his suit. Styles and functions aside, watches are divided into two basic categories, based upon their movements (the internal mechanisms they employ). These are quartz (electronic) and automatic (mechanical). Quartz movements get their power from a battery, while automatic movements capture the energy generated by the motions of the wearer in a spring engineered to release it at a fixed rate.

“...a gentleman’s choice of timepiece is as important as the tailoring of his suit.” Between the two, automatic movements are more highly regarded. While a good quartz watch is indeed more accurate than an automatic, the time and expertise required to build the extremely complex automatic movement makes it more respected. Constructed by hand, many automatic timepieces require as much as a year (or more) to complete. With but a few exceptions, most of the world’s finest luxury watches are produced in Switzerland.


It has been said the successful man should own at least three timepieces; one suitable to his occupation, a dress watch for formal occasions and a more robust chronometer for recreational pursuits. As you might well imagine, the sky is the limit when it comes to price. Among the factors figuring into the value of a wristwatch are the type of movement employed, the number of complications (or functions) offered, the material(s) from which it is constructed and of course, the reputation of its maker. A complication refers to any feature a timepiece accomplishes beyond marking hours and minutes. These can include reporting the month, day and date, as well as the phases of the moon. Other complications include multiple time zone, power reserve, sweep second hand and alarm functions. There are

also complications suited to the specific needs of activities such as diving, yachting, flying and automobile racing. Timepieces suitable for these purposes employ chronographs capable of measuring time down to the tenth of a second. Most luxury wristwatches are constructed of stainless steel or gold. Their crystals are usually scratch resistant synthetic sapphire with anti-glare coatings. However, the many and varied elements comprising the functioning and renown of any given watch are just a fraction of the appeal. Another huge part of what makes watches so fascinating is the depth and breadth of their histories. What’s more, beyond all of these things, there is a personal aspect as well.

“...the successful man should own at least three timepieces; one suitable to his occupation, a dress watch for formal occasions and a more robust chronometer for recreational pursuits.” Given a man’s choice of timepiece is in many ways a reflection of who he is; the act of passing a favored wristwatch down to one’s son is a time-honored method of stringing together a family’s legacy. Each time a young man looks down at the watch his dad wore, he’s reminded of who his father was and all of the things the man did to provide for his family. And ideally, it also inspires him to measure up.

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Four world championships and two league MVP awards. Forty-six game winning drives. The longest winning streak in NFL history. Tom Brady is a champion, and champions never crack under pressure.

A Healthy Way To Drink? Herbs and spices have long been appreciated for their medicinal benefits. For thousands of years, people have relied upon herbal treatments to relieve a variety of ills. Remarkably though, modern medicine is just really starting to come around to substantiating the ability of herbs to relieve pain, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and even arrest the growth of cancer cells. On the epicurean side, herbs brilliantly enhance the flavor of foods as well as beverages. A recent trend finds some of the most noted mixologists relying upon herbs to create a variety of memorable cocktails. Whether muddled, minced or used as a garnish, fresh herbs can add an additional layer of complexity, as well as the potential for a healthy benefit. With its unique pine-like flavor, rosemary’s health benefits include stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion. Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory qualities also lessen the severity of asthma attacks. The “Prairie Rosemary Gin Fizz,” incorporating fresh rosemary syrup, is a particularly refreshing cocktail.


1.5 oz. Prairie Organic Gin 1 oz. Maraschino Liqueur 1 oz. Green Chartreuse Liqueur .5 oz. Lime Juice .5 oz. Rosemary Syrup*

Shake and strain into lowball glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with charred rosemary sprig. *Rosemary Syrup 1/2-cup Water 1/8-cup Sugar 2 Rosemary Sprigs, Rinsed Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over moderately low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep 10 minutes. Strain the syrup and chill. 42

Bitters offer significant assistance to the digestive system, and are great for cleansing the liver. They also feed the micro-bacteria that become healthy intestinal flora. Master mixologist John Lermayer, working with Sobieski Vodka, created the “South of Warsaw” cocktail featuring bitters and cilantro.


2 oz. Sobieski Estate Vodka .5 oz. Dry Vermouth .5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur 2 Dashes of Lavender Bitters 4 Stalks of Cilantro

Double strain into a large rocks glass with a single large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.

An excellent source of iron, fresh basil leaves carry approximately 26 percent of the minimum daily requirement of the mineral. Iron, among other things, promotes the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Basil also contains vitamin A, which has antioxidant properties and is good for vision. Carlos Abeyta, mixologist at Beauty and Essex in NYC, working with Hornitos Tequila, created the “Nothing But Sunshine” tequila cocktail with fresh basil leaves.


1 oz. Hornitos Reposado Tequila .5 oz. Simple Syrup .25 oz. Lime Juice .5 oz. Grapefruit Juice Basil Leaves

Lightly muddle 3-5 basil leaves in a glass, combine remainder of ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into the glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of basil leaves. While all of these drinks are quite delicious, if there is a specific long-term health effect you’re after from a particular herb, supplements are a more reliable method of getting you there. But hey, if you can have a cocktail and get a bit of a health benefit too, we’re looking at it as a win-win situation.


The designs of

Hearts On Fire Ilaria Lanzoni


By Lydia Christianna With a personality as sparkling as the diamonds around which she creates, Hearts On Fire’s Director of Design, Ilaria Lanzoni’s enthusiasm is singularly captivating. Even the shortest conversations with her reveal the vibrancy her designs convey naturally. With a passion for beauty, life and the world around her, Lanzoni’s designs are a perfect reflection of who she is. Walking into her office, Lanzoni’s occupation is readily apparent. The walls of her brightly lit studio are literally papered over with sketches and renderings of her ideas. Lanzoni says, “My designs are on the wall because I like to surround myself with images. It’s amazing to see them and know I have total freedom to do what I love the most.” Indeed, Hearts On Fire founder and president, Glenn Rothman has given Lanzoni free rein. About her he says, “Hearts On Fire is recognized for leading paradigm shifts in the diamond industry. Ilaria’s fearless passion and exceptional talent were exactly what we needed for our new focus on fashion leading design. Her work wonderfully expresses the unique culture of Hearts On Fire, while infusing it with new zeal.” Born in San Daniele del Friuli, a small town in the providence of Udine in northeastern Italy, Lanzoni moved to Rome to study jewelry design when she was 18. In 2012, she joined Hearts On Fire—following a stint at the renowned house of Asprey and Garrard in London—with a specific charter to create theme-based collections of diamond jewelry. To this end, “Copley” and the eponymous “Illa” were Lanzoni’s first two projects for Hearts On Fire. Characterized by stars and constellations, “Illa” is inspired by Lonzoni’s love of the nighttime sky, as recalled from her childhood. It is also reflective of her dreams come true. “Copley” was inspired by Lonzoni’s impressions of the architecture of Boston as a new resident, following her move there to join Hearts On Fire.



Next, Lanzoni brought the “Lorelei” and “Atlantico” collections to life. Like “Illa” and “Copley”, both marry diamonds to current fashion trends. They also incorporate bold yellow and rose gold findings to add dimension. Lanzoni says, “While ‘Illa’ represents a dream come true, Atlantico ‘Atlantico’ represents the journey to achieve the dream. Inspired by the endless movement of the Atlantic Ocean, a line of infinite circles characterizes the collection’s look. It’s impossible to tell where the line begins, and where it ends. Meanwhile, the diamonds adorning the pieces represent the memories and achievements experienced during life’s journeys.”


“Lorelei” captures the beauty of flowers in bloom, along with the delicacy of lace. Its interlocking hearts and bows symbolize feelings of friendship and love. Readily identifiable as products of Hearts On Fire, exquisitely scalloped edges mark the signature appearance of the “Lorelei” collection.

On the heels of the successes of “Atlantico” and “Lorelei”, Lanzoni introduced the Hearts On Fire “Aerial” collection. Reflecting the strength, beauty, and charm of nature, “Aerial” is symbolic of the atmosphere. This includes snowflakes, butterflies, sunshine, and raindrops. Bold, yet delicate, “Aerial” is also quite aptly described as both fashionable and timeless. Of “Aerial”, Lanzoni says, “If you think about it, we must breathe to live, so air is life. Air is also freedom and happiness. What better subject is there around which to display the beauty of Hearts On Fire gemstones? ‘Aerial’ also includes teardrop shapes made by clustering two of our exceptionally brilliant stones. Because of the way Hearts On Fire diamonds are cut, we achieve a sparkle like no other teardrop shape in the world.” Wonderfully distinctive, all of Lanzoni’s collections have been well received. Further, they have elevated Hearts On Fire beyond being the purveyors of the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. Under Lanzoni’s creative direction, Hearts On Fire now offers some of the world’s most beautiful jewelry designs as well. Aerial









By Linda Rogers Of all the decisions couples make, one of the most enduring choices is the wedding ring. An everlasting symbol of commitment, your wedding ring must be afforded ongoing care to ensure its luster lasts. When it comes to the fundamentals of wedding ring care, the primary considerations are insurance, cleaning, protection and maintenance.

Insure It — The first thing you should do upon purchasing your ring is get it insured to its full value—ideally, even before you slip it onto your finger. While this may seem somewhat less than romantic, if your ring is lost or irretrievably damaged, you’ll be very happy you took this step.

While it’s true your homeowner’s insurance policy will usually cover your ring, it’s generally only for a minimal amount, and typically only for damage or theft. To get the ring covered for its full value—as well as loss—you’ll have to schedule it separately or add it to your policy on a rider. You’ll be asked to provide either a written appraisal or a detailed receipt to establish the value of the ring. While we’re on the subject of appraisals, it’s a good idea to get your wedding ring reappraised every five years to keep up with inflation. If your ring goes missing and its most recent appraisal is 15 years old, prices will very likely have risen over the course of those 15 years. This could make it difficult to get your insurance company to cover an exact replacement.

Clean It — Because the oils from your skin will dull their brilliance over time, it’s a good idea to avoid touching gemstones

with your bare hand. Of course, regardless of how careful you are, dirt and oil build up over time. For this reason, it is also important to clean your ring on a regular basis to keep it looking its best. Experts recommend doing so once or twice weekly. The safest method is to soak the ring for approximately 20 to 40 minutes in a solution of very warm water and dishwashing liquid. Some people suggest soaking the ring in ammonia-based household cleansers, but this can sometimes have a detrimental effect on its finish. For the same reason, avoid abrasive substances such as toothpaste or Comet. After the soak, brush your wedding ring gently with a baby toothbrush (extra soft), then rinse it under running water. To dry the ring, blot gently with a soft, lint-free cloth. If your ring is still soiled after this treatment, take it to a jeweler for a more thorough cleaning.

Protect It — To minimize the need for cleanings, always remove your ring before showering, washing dishes, sleeping, working out, swimming, baking/cooking, gardening, using household cleansers or the like. In most cases, you should also remove your ring to wash your hands—except in a public washroom. The last thing you want to do is walk out and leave it lying next to the sink, or watch your wedding ring go down the drain at a restaurant.

Maintain It — Your ring should be taken in to visit your jeweler for annual checkups. This will ensure the prongs are tight, the stones are firmly seated, and the shank is free of hairline cracks or fractures. This is also a good time to treat it to a more thorough cleaning than you can perform at home.


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Lewis Jewelers - The LX Magazine Fall/Winter 2016  

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