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32 36 8 Welcome Letter 14 Inside Accent: At the Cover Shoot 18 Spotted: As Seen On… 20 From the Runways 26 Natural Instinct 32 Trends: Add More Color to Your Life! 34 Traditional Jewelers Watch Report 36 Events: Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition 40 Watchmaker Picks 42 Wheels: The Need for Speed 44 Rare and Beautiful: Argyle Pink Diamonds 46 Engagements: The New Traditions
48 Giving Back: A Diamonds Do Good Story 50 Fashion: Attainable Chic 52 Culture: What’s Old is New… 54 Travel: Simply Cuba 56 End Page: The Language of Jewelry
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Model Kristina Perec (Elite Miami) wears Kwiat earrings from the Starry Night Collection, ring and bangles from the Stackable and Trellis Collections, necklace from the Allure Collection, all featured in platinum or 18K gold with diamonds. Photography and creative by Edwin Santa. Makeup and hair by Michelle Ortega. Jewelry styling by Jennifer Ferkenhoff.
THE CELLINI A celebration of tradition in watchmaking, combining eternal elegance with a contemporary touch. It doesnâ€™t just tell time. It tells history.
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ONE LOVE, ONE HEART –BOB MARLEY
We may feel that we’re in uncharted waters, as we are finding our way with a new set of dynamics in our country and throughout a very fractured world. Yet, as Americans, we share common values: the love of our country, our freedom, our right to self-expression, and our diversity of thought. Another thing we all share: our innate desire to connect to someone who has a special place in our heart amongst all the others. Someone whose mere presence increases the rapidness of our heartbeat. I know that feeling; you know that feeling! We also know how to personalize a special custom creation for your one and only. In fact, we have become obsessed with the process of understanding our client’s dream for something truly unique. The custom process begins with a simple sketch and then the concept is constructed into a 3D environment using CAD technology. Once your creation has been transformed into a wax mold, you have the opportunity to examine the model before adding the final touches… We encourage feedback as well as suggestions to modify the design until it’s perfect. And then the magic happens: casting, polishing, finishing, setting, final inspection and voila! Your dream ring is ready for the magic moment. We are privileged to have shared that exuberance with thousands of couples over the last four decades. And if you can’t visit one of our stores, we’ll work with you across the digital divide, whether by Skype, Web-ex, FaceTime... you decide! So before we get too bogged down by the daily sound bites of punditry, let’s pause and remember what really matters: those we love and cherish, and how our acts of kindness make a difference.
Michael Pollak CEO Hyde Park Jewelers Traditional Jewelers email@example.com
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AT THE COVER SHOOT
URBAN OASIS Much more than sun and sand, Miami radiates with a booming arts scene that includes street artists, galleries and museums. Shooting took place at a studio in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, home to over 100 art galleries, retail stores and restaurants.
GO GREEN Creative artist Edwin Santa finds inspiration all around him in Miamiâ€™s vibrant art scene and tropical setting. For this shoot, he used fresh greenery to build a tropical rainforest backdrop to frame model Kristina Perec and highlight the jewelry. A small rainforest set was also designed for still-ilfe photography. ARMENTA Flower Cross ring from the Old World Collection in Peruvian opal, white mother of pearl, white quartz triplets and champagne and white diamonds.
HUEB Bahia earrings in 18K yellow gold with diamonds.
OBJECTS OF DESIRE From exquisite nature-inspired pieces to layered bracelets and pendants in exotic mixed metals and gemstones, the jewelry for the shoot was hand-selected by our merchandising team to showcase the newest and most coveted pieces.
WEAR BAMBOO, PLANT BAMBOO JOHN HARDY Bamboo kick cuffs and chandelier earrings with peach moonstone. Each exquisite piece of the John Hardy Bamboo collection gives back through the planting of bamboo seedlings with each purchase, celebrating a respect of the earth.
Photography and creative by EDWIN SANTA Model KRISTINA PEREC (ELITE MIAMI) Styling by JENNIFER FERKENHOFF Makeup and hair by MICHELLE ORTEGA Photo assistance and videography by DANIEL MIRONENKO
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Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite brands! BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
Katie Holmes in Penny Preville at a film screening.
Saoirse Ronan in Stephen Webster at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Sara Bareilles in Marco Bicego at the Oscars.
Damien Chazelle in Jaeger-LeCoultre with Emma Stone at the Venice Film Festival.
Sienna Miller in Stephen Webster at the premiere of Live By Night.
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4 5 1. Marco Bicego Siviglia 18K yellow gold and blue sapphire station necklace 2. Marli Cleo 18K rose gold, diamond and blue lapis drop earrings 3. Traditional Jewelers Reserve 18K white gold, diamond and blue sapphire ï¬‚ower earrings 4. Traditional Jewelers Reserve 18K white gold, diamond and blue sapphire ring 5. Traditional Jewelers Harmony 18K rose gold, diamond and blue sapphire bangle
FROM TOP: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM, MARQUES ALMEIDA, JASPER CONRAN, ULLA JOHNSON, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM / FIRSTVIEW
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White SPECTRUM 1 2
5 1. Pesavento DNA Spring-Polvere rhoodum multi-strand necklace 2. Hueb Rainbow 18K white gold, diamond and pearl open ring 3. Marco Bicego Masai 18K white gold and diamond crossover bracelet 4. Patek Philippe Aquanaut stainless steel and diamond watch 5. Traditional Jewelers Reserve 18K white gold and diamond slice earrings
FROM TOP: MICHAEL KORS, ZAC POSEN, VICTORIA BECKHAM, CAROLINA HERRERA, CHLOÃ‰ / FIRSTVIEW
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5 4 1. John Hardy Dot sterling silver, turquoise and blue topaz necklace 2. Stephen Webster Fly by Night 18K white gold, diamond and hematite ring 3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date platinum, 40mm watch 4. Ippolita Rock Candy sterling silver, clear quartz and bronze turquoise earrings 5. Traditional Jewelers Everyday 19K white gold, diamond and aquamarine sugarloaf ring
FROM TOP: MICHAEL KORS, ZAC POSEN, TIBI, TIBI, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM / FIRSTVIEW
N AT U R A L INSTINC T Embark on a journey into the wild and discover this seasonâ€™s breathtaking jewelry trends. P H OTO G R A P H Y A N D C R E AT I V E B Y E D W I N S A N TA
Roberto Coin earrings, rings and bangles from the New Barocco Collection featured in 18K gold with diamonds.
INTO THE WILD
Stephen Webster rings and bangles from the Magnipheasant Collection featured in 18K gold with diamonds.
Stephen Webster earrings and ring from the Magnipheasant Collection featured in 18K gold with diamonds and rhodolite garnet.
Stephen Webster ring and bracelet from the Love Me Love Me Not Crystal Haze Collection featured in 18K gold with black diamonds, green agate and clear quartz.
Armenta earrings, rings, bangles and necklace from the Old World Midnight Collection featured in 18K gold and sterling silver with diamonds, white sapphires and turquoise.
Marco Bicego bracelets and necklace from the Masai and Marrakech Collections, earrings from the Lunaria Collection, all featured in 18K gold with diamonds. Model Kristina Peric (Elite Miami). Makeup and hair by Michelle Ortega. Jewelry styling by Jennifer Ferkenhoff.
COLOR TOYOUR LIFE!
hink about how certain colors can “take you away” to a special place. Give you a feeling, a sense of calm and serenity, or of excitement. That’s what colored gemstones do for me—and I’m not alone. For the lady who usually defers to diamonds, adding color to your collection can seem daunting. Will I have enough opportunities to wear it? Should I get my birthstone? Should I buy a stone to go with a specific outfit? Should I purchase one that represents my anniversary? My advice: you only live once, so take the risk! Own the color that has you entranced and gives you a special feeling inside. Consider your hair shade and complexion, as well as the jewelry you already have in your collection. When a jewel is able to pair well with your existing pieces, like a fine wine paired with a cheese, you’ll know you found the perfect match. If you choose the right gemstone, it can help your personality shine through. Having one in an uncommon cut, such as a checkerboard, can add extra sparkle and shimmer to your look. Or consider the ancient (and now popular again) cabochon cut, which acts like a mirror to reflect different shades and tones of the gem being worn.
Whenever I’m looking at a cut, dimension is the first thing I check for. The ability to catch the eye and make others want to look deeper into the stone is one reason gems are so unique and special. Layering and stacking new colored gem pieces with your existing look can be easier than you think. You don’t always have to be so matchy-matchy; in fact, it’s much more fashion forward not to be! Buy bangles with blue gemstones like aquamarine and blue topaz to stack with your sapphire tennis bracelet. Layer on a necklace in green (the year’s hottest shade) to bring new life to your amethyst pendant. I also find that yellow and orange gemstones can add a splash of freshness to almost any palette popular today. They will play off the light whether day or night, and they look different every time they’re worn. Sapphire, topaz, garnet, citrine, quartz, tourmaline and spinel all come in these bold warming shades. With our favorite designers turning more and more to colored gemstones, it’s easier than ever to add a pop of natural color to your jewelry wardrobe. Start standing out. —BY BENJAMIN GUTTERY
Marco Bicego Mini Jaipur necklace in hand-engraved 18K yellow gold with mixed gemstones.
A DIAMOND AS RARE AS YOU
For Her JAEGER-LECOULTRE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, 37mm 18K pink gold, silver-toned “Grand Tapisserie” patterned dial, 18K hammered pink gold bracelet, water-resistant to 50 meters. Cartier Panthère de Cartier 27mm 18K yellow gold, ivory dial, 18K yellow gold bracelet, water-resistant to 30 meters. (Available June 2017.) Patek Philippe Calatrava 34.6mm 18K rose gold, silvery grained dial, shiny royal purple alligator strap, water-resistant to 30 meters. Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon 34mm 18K pink gold, silvered guilloche and grained dial, tan alligator strap, water-resistant to 30 meter. Rolex Lady-Datejust 28mm stainless steel and 18K yellow gold, lavender dial with diamond markers, stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Jubilee bracelet, water-resistant to 100 meters.
For Him CARTIER
Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback 47mm titanium, black dial, black leather strap, water-resistant to 100 meters. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm 18K pink gold, blue “Grand Tapisserie” patterned dial, blue alligator strap, water-resistant to 50 meters. Breitling Bentley Supersports B55 46mm titanium, carbon dial, TwinPro strap, water-resistant to 100 meters. Cartier Drive de Cartier 40mm x 41mm stainless steel, silvered ﬂinqué dial, black alligator strap, water-resistant to 30 meters. Patek Philippe Complications 5230R-001 38.5mm 18K rose gold, charcoal gray lacquered dial, brown alligator strap, water-resistant to 30 meters.
The Art of
PATEK PHILIPPE hosts the quintessential watch history exhibition.
arry Pettinelli, president of Patek Philippe US, has a problem. “We’re Patek Philippe; we make an understated luxury product. We didn’t get where we are today by flaunting ostentation or conspicuous consumption. Yet we see this tremendous opportunity in America to educate: many people don’t know about the art of fine timepieces and many don’t know about Patek Philippe. But how much attention should we put out there?” It’s a fair question soon to be answered as Patek Philippe unveils its plans for an exciting world-class exhibition this July at Above and right: Patek Philippe’s open-faced, stem-winding and setting pocket watch bears the portrait of George Washington, presented in 1851. Left: Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 with 20 complications is a double-faced wristwatch that can be worn facing either way.
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Cipriani in New York City. According to Pettinelli, it’s only the fourth time in the 30 years he’s been working at Patek Philippe that the Stern family has done this, even sharing some of Mr. Stern’s private collection museum pieces that date back to the 1500s—long before Patek’s founding in 1839. What’s more, it’s the first such exhibit in America, as the prior three Patek events were held in Dubai, Munich and London. “It makes sense in America: the number of collectors and connoisseurs here rivals anywhere in the world,” explains Pettinelli. “But a question I’m always asked is ‘how can we reach the next generation of watch collectors?’ I think this event will appeal to young people (who might not even wear a watch these days) because 2. it’s not simply about promoting or selling
our product. Instead, it’s about educating people about timepieces: the history, the artistry, the lasting value and what it takes to be a watchmaker. We’re a small niche industry, but at the end of the day, how many things are left in this world that you can actually hold and treasure and pass down instead of throw away?” Pettinelli explains that these educational events are effective because they resonate with the public long after the actual exhibit. “We’ve never done anything on this scale before,” he confides. “We’re custom-building a two-story structure inside Cipriani that will be open to the public for 10 days at no charge. We’ve got 15,000 square feet in a beautiful historic bank building and we’re using every inch.” The exhibit will be divided into rooms that will include a Rare Handcrafts Gallery (where actual artisans will showcase the craft of watchmaking, demonstrating enameling, engraving, dome clock building, etc.), a US Historic Room, a Museum Room with timepieces spanning the last five centuries, a Napoleon Room with limited-edition timepieces, a Film Theatre and much more. Says Pettinelli, “We’re not selling watches at the event, but limited editions will be available at several of the fine stores that carry our product.” According to Jasmina Steele, Patek Philippe’s international communication and PR director, the aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of the company to provide an unforgettable experience for each visitor, as close as possible to the feeling guests have when they visit the company’s workshop and museum in Geneva. “By offering visitors an immersion into the world of Patek Philippe, we want to share our passion for watchmaking so they come out of the Grand Exhibition with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the art of watches.” The show runs from July 13 to 23. Says Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, “I am very proud that American visitors will be able to learn more about the historic and contemporary ties between our company and the American market.” —KAREN ALBERG-GROSSMAN
“How many things are left in this world that you can actually hold and pass down instead of throw away?” Pettinelli asks.
1. Cipriani, NYC. 2. Cipriani interior. 3. The Sky Moon Tourbillon showcases the art of the engraver. Its complications display the nocturnal sky with the motion of the stars and phases of the moon. 4. Calibre 89 marked a milestone in watchmaking history with 33 horological complications. 5. This pendant watch was sold to Queen Victoria of Great Britain (1819-1901) at the London Exhibition on November 30, 1851.
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Art & Igor on COLLECTING
Meet Igor and Arthur Bodin, Hyde Park’s master watchmakers. With a combination of almost 50 years of experience between them, their dedication and passion have earned both Igor and Arthur recognition as two of the finest independent watchmakers in the United States — a distinction that reinforces Hyde Park as one of the foremost independent leading watch service centers. The level of expertise that the two possess is almost unsurpassed. Having worked on well over 150,000 watches, knowing the specific mechanics of each and understanding the true complexity and craftsmanship of these instruments, we had to ask that one burning question: What are some of your favorite timepieces from your collection?
Arthur and Igor Bodin, master watchmakers of Hyde Park and Traditional Jewelers.
Art’s Picks IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound While visiting IWC in Schaffhausen during the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to view IWC’s more esoteric and limited offerings. This timepiece instantly became my “holy grail.” I know it is wrong to play favorites among your children, but I admit that this is the favorite piece in my collection. There is so much to love about the design and craftsmanship of this very fine timepiece. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M In a sea of options, this timepiece is clearly visible. I fell in love with this watch upon seeing it in the flesh during an Omega product training. In my opinion, this is one of the most robust, durable and reliable automatic timepieces ever made. It also features Omega’s in-house 8500 Calibre, which is a finely-designed engine with remarkable performance and reliability. But all that aside, I have always loved the way it looks. This timepiece makes a statement, gets a ton of attention and is a constant conversation starter.
Igorâ€™s Picks Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea The Deepsea is an automatic watch that can be worn during pretty much any activity. In my view, it is structurally the toughest automatic watch in production. If you want to wear a watch you donâ€™t have to worry about, this is the perfect piece.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille This timepiece was presented to me by Art and my wife Galina for my 60th birthday. The Reverso has a captivating history and looks like nothing else in production. This piece is very visually impressive, and Jaegerâ€™s prowess in movement design and manufacturing is very highly regarded amongst timepiece collectors.
IWC Big Pilotâ€™s Watch Spitfire The Big Pilotâ€™s feels absolutely incredible on the wrist. Whenever I tell this to someone, they have no idea what I mean, that is, until they put one on. The entire design is magnificent, including the movement, which is insanely robust and provides an extremely generous 7-day power reserve. IWC has taken an already perfect timepiece and made it simply magical in a rose gold case with a spitfire gray dial.
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1. IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound: 43mm red gold case, silver-plated dial, brown alligator Santoni strap, water-resistant to 30 meters. Special features LQFOXGHDPHFKDQLFDOPRYHPHQWKDQGZRXQGKRXUSRZHUUHVHUYHĂž\LQJ minute tourbillon. 2. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M: 55mm x 48mm stainless steel case, black dial, â€œSharkproofâ€? stainless steel bracelet, water-resistant to 1,200 meters. Special features include a self-winding movement with co-axial escapement, 60-hour power-reserve, helium escape valve, and a bi-directional rotating bezel. 3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea:PP/VWDLQOHVVVWHHOFDVHJUDGHWLWDQLXPFDVHEDFNEODFNGLDOVWHHO2\VWHUEUDFH let, water-resistant to 3,900 meters. Special features include a mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via a perpetual URWRUKRXUSRZHUUHVHUYHKHOLXPHVFDSHYDOYHDQGDWULSOHORFNWULSOHZDWHUSURRIQHVVV\VWHP 4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille: 46mm x 29mm 18K pink gold case, silver guilloche dial, brown alligator strap, water-resistant to 30 meters. Special features include a manual-wind movement, 45-hour power reserve, solid engraveable back. ,:&%LJ3LORWĂœV:DWFK6SLWĂ˝UH 46mm 18K red gold case, slate-colored dial, brown calfskin Santoni strap, water-resistant to PHWHUV6SHFLDOIHDWXUHVLQFOXGHDPHFKDQLFDOFKURQRJUDSKPRYHPHQW3HOODWRQDXWRPDWLFZLQGLQJDQGDGD\SRZHUUHVHUYH GLVSOD\ Get access to the latest in watch news from our blog, Inside the Vault, at traditionaljewelers.com and follow us on Instagram @traditional_watches.
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e live in extraordinary times, when the unimaginable has become almost commonplace. Man has always been fascinated with speed, and just a century ago the goal was to achieve one mile per minute in an automobile. Once that was achieved, the goal became 100 MPH. The desire to exceed record speeds continues to inspire to this day. Rolex has been associated with speed trials for over 90 years. When British race car driver Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record nine times between 1924 and 1936 in his famous “Bluebird” cars, he was always wearing his Rolex. The same was true of Chuck Yeager, who wore his Rolex Oyster as he broke the sound barrier in the experimental Bell-X on October 14, 1947. When William Knight flew the hypersonic X-15 at Mach 6.7 in 1967, he too was wearing a Rolex. Rolex will once again sponsor a British record-breaking project in the form of the Bloodhound SSC. This ultra-aerodynamic vehicle is powered by jet, rocket and internal combustion engines that produce more than 135,000 horsepower. Their goal is to achieve an inconceivable 1,000 MPH. Flight Commander Andy Green of the RAF will pilot this remarkable machine, which looks more like a fighter jet than a car. He’s no newcomer to setting records. In 1997 he drove the Thrust SSC to set the current land speed record while also breaking the sound barrier at 763 MPH—the first and only supersonic speed ever set on land. After several delays, the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt is currently scheduled for October 2017. It will take place at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Richard Noble, Bloodhound project director and a former land speed record holder (who achieved 633 MPH in 1983 piloting Thrust 2), says, “The project is achieving its primary goal even without the car running yet: we’re turning kids on to science.” The Bloodhound is an educational tool designed to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 100,000 children took part in Bloodhound-related lessons or events in the UK last year, and universities involved with the project have reported significant increases in the number of students applying to study engineering. —BY DAVID A. ROSE
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husband, Tucker, in October 2015, did exactly that. “I bought the ring,” Gregory says. “I had already told my family, his family and close friends that I planned to propose. I popped the question on a Friday, and we spent the following weekend picking out a ring for me as well. I also offered for Tucker to shop for another ring in case he wasn’t happy with what I had selected for him, but he stayed with my original design. We wore our rings off and on throughout the engagement, and then used them in the marriage ceremony as our wedding bands.” In lesbian couples it’s also common for both women to wear engagement rings, but they usually purchase wedding bands to coordinate with their existing rings (similar to the typical process for a heterosexual bride).
There are as many variations to the structure of a gay wedding as there are for straight ceremonies. However, tradition holds that in a heterosexual ceremony the groom stands at the altar as he watches his bride being led down the aisle by the wedding party. Gay and lesbian couples often circumvent this complication simply by walking in together, led by their own procession of friends and family. n June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United Another solution is to abandon the aisle altogether, States ruled it was unconstitutional to ban gay and which is how Gregory and his husband handled the lesbian couples from obtaining situation. “Our ceremony was very informal,” legal marriages. The landmark decision Gregory says in regard to his destination CHANGING made sweeping changes to US law wedding in Hawaii. “We didn’t walk down the concerning marriage, all while legitimizing aisle. We didn’t have music. We both wrote our TIMES CALL the relationships of thousands of gay and own vows and exchanged rings using a script FOR CHANGING we created with our officiant. We had drinks lesbian individuals throughout the country. While the notion of gay marriage and appetizers following the ceremony and CUSTOMS. remains relatively new in the eyes of the then a big sunset dinner with all of our guests.” American government, LGBT couples have As for attire, the options are endless. Some been solidifying their relationships for many years on their lesbian couples will both wear wedding gowns, while in own terms, often through the form of commitment other couples neither woman will. Male couples will ceremonies. Along the way, the gay community has created sometimes wear tuxedos, or, like straight grooms, they may many of its own traditions as engagements and weddings choose to go with more casual suits. have become increasingly common.
At the end of the day, a gay marriage is no different from a straight marriage. For each of the examples given above, there are hundreds more homosexual couples creating alternative solutions for their own engagements and weddings—just as heterosexuals have always done. The bottom line is that any successful relationship begins with good communication. As gay and lesbian couples navigate their way through the marriage process, they shouldn’t be concerned about expectations. The only thing that matters is what feels right for them. —BY ADAM GEBHARDT
In heterosexual relationships, the future groom will often purchase an engagement ring for his fiancée to be (although in the modern era, this is no longer a given, either). In regard to same-sex couples, who traditionally proposes? The answer is simple: whoever wants to. Regardless of who asks who the big question, one clear trend is for both members of the couple to wear an engagement ring. Ross Gregory, a man in his early 30s who married his
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atience Osei grew up in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. When she was in high school, her mother was diagnosed with asthma, which meant she had to spend time in the intensive care unit. “They just didn’t have the equipment in the hospital that could help her,” says Patience. As a result, her mom suffered complications, underwent surgery and was on the verge of dying, but miraculously survived. Afterward, her recovery time was so long that she couldn’t go back to her job as a teacher for two years, which pushed the family into poverty. Watching her mom go through this traumatic experience fueled Patience’s desire to study biomedical engineering—a degree she’d need to create cutting-edge medical devices that could help people like her mother. Since there were no places to study biomedical engineering in Africa, Patience’s parents spent their remaining life savings to send her to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. But after one year, their money ran out and she planned to give up her dream and move home—that is, until she found out about the Botswana Top Achievers program. Established by the Ministry of Education in Botswana, the Botswana Top Achievers Program affords high school scholars across the country opportunities to study the field of their choice at any college around the world through a scholarship. Upon graduation, students return to the country to contribute to its economic growth and diversification. Through BTA, Patience was awarded a full scholarship to both Bucknell University for undergraduate studies and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for graduate studies. “This scholarship transformed my life,” Patience shares. Back home, Botswana was commemorating its Golden Jubilee. The celebration was not just for 50 years of independence, but also a celebration of a country transformed, primarily by harnessing the power of its diamond resources (it’s the only country in Africa to have maintained tight control of its mineral wealth). Diamonds were discovered a year after they gained independence and Botswana is now one of the largest producers of gem-quality diamonds in the world. It was the wise management of these diamond resources that led Botswana to rise from its status as one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the fastest growing economies across the globe. And it’s the wealth generated by these diamonds that led to the creation of the Top Achievers program, affording Patience her dream of an education in biomedical engineering. When asked about diamonds’ global impact, Michael Pollak, CEO of
Hyde Park Jewelers and a board member of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, says, “Hyde Park strives to impact our own community in Denver through our support of the Girls’ Inc. program, but we also want to impact diamond producing communities like Botswana as well. Through our support of the Diamond Empowerment Fund and its Diamonds Do Good message, we can work together to provide scholarships to initiatives like the Botswana Top Achievers program, which sends bright students such as Patience Osei to colleges around the world then brings them back to Botswana after graduation to use their new talents to continue the positive growth of the country.” Explains Patience, “I intend to use my communication skills and my technical knowledge in biomedical engineering and medicine to design and create cutting-edge scientific and medical devices to make life easier for the African population. I want Africa to be proud of their own and not rely on the rest of the world for the simplest technological devices. I hope to work for the World Health Organization someday and be based in my home country, Botswana.” The powerful story of Botswana’s rise to democracy and its intelligent use of natural resources has captured the attention of the mainstream media as well. Film director Amma Asante learned of Botswana’s history and was then inspired to produce the motion picture A United Kingdom. The film chronicles the struggle between love and politics as an African prince, Seretse Khama, (played by David Oyelowo) and British beauty Ruth Williams (played by Rosamund Pike) work to win the affections of the people of Botswana and the country’s independence from Great Britain. After many challenges, including exile, Seretse Khama used diamonds as a means to boost the nation’s economy, provide universal healthcare and create access to higher education for its people. Hyde Park Jewelers celebrates this new film for its portrayal of the Khama family’s bravery and for showing how the country of Botswana has been a prime example of how diamonds can truly do a world of good in the communities where they are mined, polished and distributed. We are all a part of a team, working together to ensure the success of the next generation. The future of the world depends on the creativity and determination of young leaders like Patience. As Botswana shows the industry how diamonds can be used to move mountains and exponentially expand a nation, let’s all remember to lead by example and put our diamonds to good use. Maybe then, would we have the means to change the world.
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veteran of the women’s wear industry, Emily Brickel Edelson spent five years as a fashion illustrator, hanging out at trunk shows, boutique openings and backstage at fashion week sketching models. Today, she’s busy giving everyday fashionistas the illustration treatment. Brickel Edelson co-founded Chic Sketch, an app that invites users to upload a photo of their look and receive a custom sketch by a real fashion illustrator. Each drawing is personalized so no two are alike. Chic Sketch users can also watch a feed of the latest sketches as they roll in, view time-lapse videos of the illustrators at work, and check out trending fashions. The point, Brickel Edelson says, is to make a high-fashion experience more accessible. “People loved watching me draw these sketches at shows, but the average person wasn’t able to get it done unless they wanted to spend a few hundred dollars,” she says. Chic Sketch illustrations cost $10. The service is a joint effort between Brickel Edelson and her now-husband Jordan Edelson, an app developer. (“We married technology and fashion, literally,” she jokes.) The pair launched Chic Sketch at New York Fashion Week 2015, and Brickel Edelson says her team of illustrators has since delivered “tens of thousands of sketches.” “It brings the fun back to fashion,” she adds. “For me, fashion is about inspiration. I love inspiring people to feel good about themselves no matter what they look like. People will come in and say, ‘Oh, don’t sketch me—I didn’t wash my hair, I’m wearing all black.’ But everyone looks fabulous in a sketch, which is just fun.” It’s fun on the other side of the sketch, too, and Brickel Edelson fields so many questions about how to illustrate that she decided to write a book. The recently released Sketch and Go: 5Minute Fashion Illustration offers 500 templates and techniques for aspiring artists. What might her readers and illustrators-in-training be sketching throughout the rest of 2017? Brickel expects to see two hot but opposing looks on the runway: details like embellishments and lace appliques, as well as sleek, strong, utilitarian shapes. —BY JULIANNE PEPITONE
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Despite record stores closing left and right, vinyl sales (for both new and classic musicians) are up significantly, with LPs and 45s outselling digital and streaming music in the UK in December, according to Digital Music News. Unlikely retailers including Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble have jumped on the pressed album train. It’s not just audiophiles embracing the trend: At the exclusive Distillery—a new gin-themed hotel in London—three bespoke guest rooms feature minibars stocked with Portobello Road gin crafted downstairs and a vinyl playlist curated by Rough Trade Records. Chao Chao, a cool new Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan, hosts “Vinyl Tuesdays” when you can bring your own records in for diners to enjoy. And the Goodland in Santa Barbara offers a Record Concierge to help you curate a playlist from its library to play on your inroom Crosley. Meanwhile, last summer, electronic music DJs Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill hosted a multi-city “Back to Vinyl” tour, where they “pressed pause on all sync buttons and instead played all their music on vinyl,” both new and old. Radical! Instagram is also getting into it in a big, big way. Sonja is a young Finnish collector who goes by the handle VinylWife and boasts over 32,000 followers for her daily pics: playful, sometimes sensual poses of her with examples from her extensive collection. “I think the appeal for vinyl represents people’s longing for something real and concrete in this digital world,” she explains. Sonja launched her channel after seeing other Instagram pages dedicated to passions as obscure as wax. “I’ve always been a very visual person and I enjoy photography.” Hints for collectors new to the game (or those of us revisiting it after many decades)? “Every record has a story,” says Sonja. “Remember to handle them with love, and the stories will live forever.” We wish that was true of our latest failed iTunes update.
Again. Not all of today’s passions reside on your smartphone.
e live in an era of incredible technological advancements, with smartphones and smart houses, self-driving cars and an increasingly automated workforce. But sometimes “old ways is good ways” (to quote Stanley Kubrick), and not every innovation means tossing out the old tech for the new. Some of the classics are enjoying renewed interest among fans of quality and style.
With the popularity of the artisanal craft food and steampunk movements over the past decade, there’s been a resurgence in all things old-timey and handcrafted among young hipsters, from fancy facial hair to pre-Prohibition cocktails and 19th-century bicycles. But vinyl has transcended niche collecting in a big way.
Above: Hotels like the Goodland in California and the Roxy in NYC (pictured) now offer in-room turntables and curated playlists by the likes of DJ/Instagram star Alix Brown.
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It’s easy enough to use a Nespresso or Keurig machine for your morning Joe, or drive through Starbucks and order a double-whatever-accino. But a new generation of coffee aficionados has discovered there’s a wide range of hidden flavors, aromas and experiences that you simply can’t get from a pod. While some methods approach mad scientist levels—like the painstakingly slow Japanese drip—others are surprisingly old school. Two of the latest crazes for coffee connoisseurs are “cold press” or “cold brew” and “pourover.” OXO, Yama and other stylish brands make special cold brew containers, or you can simply let 3/4 cup of coarse-ground coffee steep in 4 cups of cold water in your French Press for 12 hours. Press or strain the coffee, et voila! Pourover coffee is equally simple: Stick a coffee filter over a cup, fill it with grounds and very slowly pour hot water over it. Chemex is king here, and pourover drinkers are almost religious about their cone-and-decanter equipment. Naturally there are special filters and grinders when you start getting really serious. Pros say there are myriad advantages (especially with cold brew coffee), including lower acidity and a richer, more caffeinated cup. “Sometimes greatness is found in the simplest methods, and with the art of brewing coffee, this is the case,” says Niki Kobrick of New York’s Kobrick Coffee Co. “Sometimes when we adjust for speed and convenience, it adds detrimental layers to the process, like coffee oil residues, water temperature issues or hot plates that burn the brew. The advancements that have been made to the simplest methods—like Japanese cones that come with the perfect filter to match—offer brewers the attention to detail that creates a holistic, pure experience like no other.” Are percolators and cowboy coffee next to show up at the trendy shops?
Sure, fat cats and moguls have never abandoned sparkling wine or fish eggs. But these days, the audience for both is much larger. In addition to French Champagne, prosecco from Italy and Spanish cava have witnessed spikes in popularity. This time around, it’s not simply reserved for wedding receptions and deal closures. Younger drinkers (especially) are finding any time is Champagne Time. “A couple of years ago, traditional brands started to cater to cutting-edge, modern audiences,” says Blaine Ashley, who hosts the annual New York Champagne Week. (She was honored last fall by Wine Enthusiast in its 40 Under 40 cover article.) In lieu of stuffy pairing dinners, NYCW hosts events bearing quirky names like “Let’s Get Fizzacle” and “Back That Glass Up” at trendy bars and wine shops around the city. There’s also an annual cocktail contest where some of the city’s best bartenders compete for cash and prizes with original mixed drinks featuring bubbly.
“The contest takes Champagne even further into everyday consumption, demonstrating its approachability and diversity,” says Ashley. Want further proof Champagne isn’t just for special events? Try pairing it with Indian food or Mexican fish tacos. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
OPERA: Attending the opera, symphony and theater were once a given for the aspiring coming-of-age crowd. Today, while Broadway thrives, other public performance spectacles have experienced something of a decline. The Metropolitan Opera, however, has hosted very successful movie theater and streaming performances over the past few years, a modern update to live radio broadcasts the Met has hosted since 1910, and it continues to innovate. This, along with special attention and benefits for younger members, is proving the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet. Nadine Sierra, 28, is an opera singer (who’s had major roles at the Met and Milan’s La Scala, and is performing this year in Paris, New York and Venice), so she’s arguably biased. But the Fort Lauderdale native also has her finger on the pulse of young America. “I’m of the generation brought up into social media,” she says. “Communication has become so important, it’s almost an obsession. Peter Gelb [GM for the Met] got it right with the HD theater broadcasts.” Arguably social media is another stepping stone for the opera company that hosted Live at the Met on radio and PBS for decades, but Sierra points out that the interaction performers can now have thanks to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook takes things even further. “To get people interested in the artistry, they first have to become interested in the artists themselves. Lady Gaga and Adele do that: communicate very personally with their fans. I have people come and greet me that I’ve only met through social media. They want to know the person behind the art.” The tactic seems to be working: At the most recent season opening and the New Year’s Eve gala (sponsored by Louis Roederer Champagne), a healthy dose of stylish under-30s brought a 21st-century vibe to the dance floor.
ANALOG WATCHES: We don’t have to tell you that mechanical watches—with their crystals and complications and detailed workmanship— are cool. You’re reading this magazine. But with the rise of the smart watch over the past two years, it looked as if digital watches might be moving to the fore again. However, demand has quickly leveled off as many people continue to relish the style and character of a classic timepiece, from fashion to luxury. “Watches are inherently cool exactly because they’ve ‘lost’ some of their functionality, with everyone having a cell phone,” says fashion influencer and Instagram sensation Sam White (260,000 followers). “It’s now a deliberate decision to wear a watch.” What’s more, as many hip-hop fans will attest, luxury watches can pair perfectly well with more casual garb. “I really like wearing a nicer watch with joggers and a hoodie, because the contrast can be unexpected, but not too flashy,” says White. “What’s also dope about watches is that there are a million-and-one different styles, bands, face sizes. With the smart watches and fitness bands, they all look very similar.” We’ll take standing out any day. —BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
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ue to decades of economic embargo and tense political relations, it’s natural for Americans to feel daunted by the thought of traveling to Cuba. That’s why so many opt for the ease of guided tours, in which one price (typically $3,000 and up) covers most everything. Those options range from being herded around in massive blue, red and white coaches—which are ubiquitous at every tourist stop—to traveling with more intimate groups in minivans led by knowledgeable guides. But you needn’t go that route if you prefer to arrange your own itinerary. The reality is that the paperwork required for entry is minimal, the Cuban people are extremely welcoming of all tourists, and, with proper planning, it’s quite easy Clockwise from top left: Hotel Inglaterra and the Gran Teatro on Havana's Paseo de Martí; a mojito at La Terraza in Cojimar; street scene outside of Casayami in Havana Centro; an old American convertible on the streets of Cojimar.
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HOW TO GET THERE Many US airlines fly straight to Cuba now, and the ticket price usually includes the additional medical insurance required by the communist country (though no one ever asks about such insurance once there). For instance, the hour-long American Airlines flight from Miami to Havana is just $120, and AA also flies straight from Los Angeles for about $500. There are also plenty of flights into other Cuban cities as well. Most people are concerned about the visa process, but it’s ridiculously easy. Just buy one for $85 from Cuba Visa Services (cubavisaservices.com). Make sure to fill it out carefully, otherwise you may have to buy a new one at the airport, usually for about double the price. Also, make sure to get it stamped before hopping on your flight to Cuba; the airlines will usually remind you. Much ado is made about the official reasons that Americans are allowed to visit Cuba, which range from religious and family reasons to business research and “support of the Cuban people,” also known as the people-to-people visa. The only time anyone asks about your reasons for travel is in the American airport as you check in for your flight. No one seems to care which one you pick, though people-to-people is the most broad and therefore popular category.
WHERE TO EAT For decades, most of the restaurants in Havana were government-owned, and many remain that way. But changes in the law a few years ago allowed private citizens to start serving food in their homes, and there’s been a culinary revolution exploding ever since. The leader of the pack is La Guarida (laguarida.com), whose rooftop bars and historic dining rooms were made famous in the film Strawberry and Chocolate. There’s also creative farm-to-table cuisine at Ivan Chef Justo (no website, but his Al Carbon is around the corner if you can’t get a reservation); the Swedishmeets-Latin American style of Casa Miglis (casamiglis.com), which has a sweet bar; and 304 O’Reilly (whose name is also its address in the heart of old town). Make reservations before you leave for Cuba: they’re required at most spots, and since a working internet or phone connection is hard to come by for tourists, you’ll need to get your dining ducks in a row before landing in Havana.
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EASY ESCAPES Once you’ve seen a show at the Cabaret Tropicana, sipped on daiquiris with Ernest Hemingway’s statue at El Floridita, and ridden around town in a convertible 1950s Chevy, escape Havana to explore the countryside. An easy half-day is to Cojimar, the fishing village east of Havana where Hemingway used to dock his boat, Pilar. There’s a quaint fort there, numerous shops with cheaper prices than Havana, and the famous author’s favorite table at La Terraza, where a trio will sing your favorite songs as you sip on mojitos and eat escabeche. If you’re hungry, try Café Ajiaco (ajiacocafe.com), one of the country’s best restaurants, home to an amazing taro soup. For a full-day experience, hire a car and guide from taxivinalescuba.com and head west to the UNESCO-protected tobaccogrowing region of Vinales, a quaint town of pastel-colored stucco where amazing limestone mogotes rise steeply from the dark red soil. Explore caves, dine on farmfresh food at Ecologica, get a cigar rolled for you, and grab a Cristal Cerveza while taking in the view from Hotel Los Jazmines. Feel free to doze off on the three-hour ride back to the constant hum of Havana.
There are a number of luxury hotels in Havana with most of the accoutrements — and $500 price tags—you expect at similar properties around the world. Located along the Prado that separates the old town (Habana Vieja) from downtown (Centro), and quite near many of the city’s cultural attractions, are the Hotel Plaza Havana (hotelplazacuba.com) the Hotel Inglaterra (hotelinglaterra-cuba.com), and the Hotel Saratoga, which was rebuilt in 2005 with a rooftop pool overlooking the Capitol Building. Located a bit further away but closer to the waves-splattered Malecón are the famous Hotel Nacional (hotelnacionaldecuba.com)—worth a visit for drinks and music whether you stay From top: Farm-to-table fare at Ecologica in Vinales; there or not—and the Melia Cohiba AND IF YOU DO A Rainier hand-rolls a cigar at his tobacco estate in Vinales. (melia.com), a full resort experience. GUIDED TOUR…. For travelers who are more adventurous, or frugal, or simply want a Don’t hop on one of those huge coaches. Instead, opt for a smaller, more more up-close taste of what Havana has to offer, search out casa focused tour, like the ones offered by Access Trips (accesstrips.com). Its particulares, which are rooms or entire homes that owners are allowed to seven-day experience encompasses the culinary scene of Havana and rent out to guests. The easiest way to book one is through Havana’s massive beyond. And among the cocktail lessons and sustainable farm tours, Airbnb community. A recent four-night stay at the two-bedroom Casayami, you’ll learn all you need to know about Cuba’s economy, how the African for instance, was just $83 a night, and came with homemade breakfast each religion of Santeria is intertwined with Catholicism, and why most Cubans morning (though it didn’t come with tons of privacy). have much hope for a more prosperous future. —BY MATT KETTMANN
ince the beginning of humankind, jewelry has been worn to convey social status, often communicating power, prominence, or authority. For example, Caroline Astor, a formidable New York City Gilded Age doyenne, wore abundant diamond jewels to declare her social influence. Credited with establishing society’s “in and out” list, Mrs. Astor needed these jewels to validate her arbitration. And then there’s my friend Lenore, who always wears her best jewelry when checking in for flights and hotels. Why? To improve the odds of an upgrade. (And she usually gets them: now that’s truly magical!) Today, jewelry still symbolizes strength and status. Take, for example, congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, whose trademark pearls seem to reflect the classic style of Barbara Bush and Jackie Kennedy. But unlike her predecessors, Pelosi sports the real thing: South Sea pearls in a signature statement necklace. (I’m not sure it’s helped her politically, but she sure looks powerful…) In addition to strength, jewelry is very much about sentiment. Some stones and talismans are even perceived to have magical properties. During her campaign, Hillary Clinton wore various personal pieces notable for their meaning, not their monetary value: a charm bracelet with her granddaughter Charlotte’s baby picture, a 40th wedding anniversary necklace. She recounts numerous people giving her “all kinds of charms, mementos that are important to them and I do keep them with me...I get so much love and support from my constituency...I want to remember that always.” Certain style icons are memorable for jewelry choices that proclaim their personalities. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, wears Georgian rivière necklaces, often in multiples. The significance? Rare air. Instead of the more common Georgian-style chatelaine, Wintour favors the exclusive, harder to find, authentic antiques. This year, as Chanel celebrates its famous founder Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the company is commemorating her spirit as “rebel at heart” with a new Gabrielle watch and jewelry collection. I have my own talismans. A pendant with a Kazuko rose quartz heart wrapped in gold wire, for example, was a gift from the designer after we’d only just met. Sadly, she passed away not long after, so this piece is forever special to me. My favorites, however, are two gold bracelets from my maternal and paternal grandmothers. I always wear them together, for special occasions and family gatherings. And when I want good luck for important client meetings or job interviews, I bring my grandmas with me. Like Hillary, I’m enriched and inspired by the love and support that these wise women continue to offer me through their jewelry. —BY LAURIE SCHECHTER
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