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welcome to Reis-Nichols Magazine

I love Indianapolis! No matter where my business or personal travels take me, I am always comforted and proud to call the great state of Indiana my home. We are fortunate that our city has fared better, economically, than many others and we look to the future with optimism and excitement, especially in anticipation of Super Bowl 2012! This year rang in many new milestones for us here, at Reis-Nichols. The remodel of our flagship store on the north side was completed, showcasing a new look and a renewed commitment to providing the biggest and best selection for our customers. We always strive to be ahead of the curve with fashion and technology. The highlight of the new store design is our expanded bridal and diamond gallery, where in addition to our custom design capabilities, we are now using iPads to aid in the education and selection of your perfect diamond. Because fashion is our passion, we have added some of the hottest fashion-forward woman's designers to our already amazing line-up this year including three new jewelry collections by Ippolita, as well as, Channel and Michelle timepieces in our watch department. Additionally, the fantastic new collections from David Yurman, John Hardy and Stephen Webster are out of this world! If you haven't had a chance to visit us on the web lately, you'll want to check out www.reisnichols.com. Our new website enables you to view more jewelry than ever, get great gift ideas and even shop online at your convenience. Wishing you all the best this holiday season and in the coming year... Cheers,

William “BJ” Nichols Jr. President

FASHION MALL COMMONS • GREENWOOD US 31 AT FRY RD. • WWW.REISNICHOLS.COM


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Mikimoto Reis-Nichols Events Color Compendium Ippolita Celebration Watch Collecting Diamond Dreams The Trend: White & Black Mything the Point What 2 Wear Stephen Webster Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Diamond Fashions Michele Watches Style & Substance Diamond Dash Event Precision Set For Men

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Magnifique Couleur Leslie Greene Estate of Importance Go Colts! De-Nimes Histoire Heidi Klum Talks Big Style, Small Budget

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Roberto Coin–Fantasy & Reality

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David Yurman Elements™ necklace in black onyx, hematite, and sterling silver, $2400. Wide sculpted cuff in sterling silver, $750. AlbionŽ ring in sterling silver with hematite and diamonds (.41 ctw), $1300. Sculpted cable ring in sterling silver with diamonds (.50 ctw), $1350.


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TheTempo Collection. Akoya cultured pearls with diamonds, 18K. Necklace $2500. Earrings $3200.

When it comes to pearls, Mikimoto makes the perfect connection between tradition and fashion. Meyer Hoffman, COO of Mikimoto America, recalls working with a college intern who, whenever she came into the office, whether she wore a business suit, casual jeans or something dressier, always wore a 16-inch white pearl strand and matching studs. Sometimes she’d layer on more jewelry, but the pearl earrings and necklace were staples. One day she proudly informed Hoffman that, “These are Mikimoto, and when I get a real job, I’m going to buy a third piece of Mikimoto jewelry.” What is it about a 117-year-old jewelry brand that’s so alluring to today’s fashionable twentysomething woman? With all the contemporary pearl jewelry to choose from, why is Mikimoto the brand that is captivating a new generation of collectors? “For one thing, today we’re a modern jewelry company — not a pearl house,” Says Hoffman. “Because of that, we consistently introduce new collections. Of course, we always have the classics, the simple and timeless white Akoya cultured pearl jewelry, but over the years, we have evolved as an important brand for accessorizing contemporary wardrobes.” Carolina Herrera, international fashion designer and bridal couturier, sees Mikimoto as so in sync with style that, for her

spring 2011 bridal collection show, she accessorized every one of her runway models in the brand’s pearl jewelry. Hoffman points to the following jewelry fashion as important now for women of every age: Longer Lengths. Mikimoto offers strands of either cultured Akoyas or cultured South Seas in lengths up to 100 inches. Or you can buy several shorter strands and layer them. Black South Sea Pearls. From black to peacock green to light gray, it’s a sophisticated look. Mikimoto’s new Black South Sea 45, for example, is a special edition 45-inch, multicolored Black South Sea cultured pearl necklace that can be worn in multiple ways. Baroque South Seas. Asymmetrical is a big fashion look today. With baroque pearls — white, black, or golden — you always get one-of-a-kind, as no two cultured pearls are alike. Akoya Hoops. The matte-finished, gold hoop earrings in the Tempo Collection have a modern, organic silhouette. There are also matching pendants. Pearls in Motion®. In this collection, the patented mechanism in each pearl gives you an infinite number of looks from one necklace, for example, a lariat or a single long strand. Akoya Special Edition cultured pearl necklace and stud earring set, $3,450.

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Despite the many new designs Mikimoto introduces every year, Hoffman says the company still sells pieces that were designed 20 years ago. Mikimoto’s longstanding reputation for quality is key to the continuing cachet. In 1974, it introduced its own pearl grading system for Akoyas and, later on, developed a grading system for South Sea pearls. “Creating grading systems is like raising the bar for yourself and others,” says Hoffman. It’s something with which the best-of-thebest in any field are very familiar.”


events happenings at Reis-Nichols Jewelers

Tissot, the Official Timekeeper of MotoGP, partnered with Reis-Nichols Jewelers to host the Tissot Timepiece Pavilion during the 3-day Red Bull Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Visitors had fun trying on a virtual Tissot watch using Augmented Reality technology and were the first to see the new Tissot Nicky Hayden 2010 limited edition T-Race watch. We even brought Governer Mitch Daniels along to present the pole position award.

Just hours after Dario Franchetti raced for the pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he raced into Reis-Nichols to announce his new signature watch, by TW Steel. Scott Dixon, Arie Luyendyk and a host of famous faces joined the party, too. Dario went on to win the Indy 500, eight days later, and finished out the season by claiming the title of 2010 IndyCar Series Champion.

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events This year marked Reis Nichols’ 14th year for their annual watch event. The 2-day event draws hundreds in to select from the new spring collections by 15 of the finest brands in Swiss timekeeping. With watches priced from $200 to $200,000, there is a something to fit everyone’s style and budget. Worldwide motors joined in the event by bringing over their latest Mercedes and smart car models for our guests to “try on.”

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Colorful gemstones in settings of 18 karat gold. 36" long necklace $3730. Circle necklace $1970. Bracelet, top $2070. Bracelet, middle $990. Bracelet, bottom $990. Ring $2090.


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fashion colors this season? Here’s a

Literally an ethereal shade, taken from the color of the sky, azure indicates youthfulness, open-ness, and a reflective nature. Style Icon — Cinderella and Taylor Swift. Turquoise and diamond ring, 18 karat white gold, by Stephen Webster $8000.

handy check-list, along with a brief look at how to wear it and what it all means, semiotically speaking:

PURPLE Associated with royalty. A regal fashion color that works especially well in autumn and winter. Favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra. Style Icon — Michelle Obama and Gwen Stefani. Amethyst and diamond ring, 18 karat gold $6400.

YELLOW A classic color associated with the sun and precious gold. Represents knowledge, generosity and cheerfulness. Adds polish and sophistication to any ensemble. Style Icon — Reese Witherspoon. Citrine and diamond ring, 18 karat gold $4395.

GREEN The most restful color to the eye. Symbolizes life, abundance, peace and ecology. Associated with beauty, fidelity and environmental conciousness. Style Icon — Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson Green quartz ring, sterling silver, by Stephen Webster $295.

RED At its purest, an extremely energetic, even danger-filled hue best used for single-shot accessories. Great for when you want to stand out in a crowd. Style Icon — Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and Christina Aguilera. Red raspberry quartz ring with diamonds, sterling silver, by Stephen Webster $695.

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WHITE A powerful symbol of purity, peace and strength. Most closely associated with gems like diamonds, opals, moonstones and pearls. Style Icon — Marilyn Monroe’s dress in The Seven Year Itch. Mother-of-pearl and black sapphire ring, 18 karat white gold, by Stephen Webster $6900.

BLACK A powerful shade, its very absence of color indicates strength, individuality, and an air of mystery. Style Icon — Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hematite and diamond ring, 18 karat rose gold $5295

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designer profile

I P P O L I TA C E L E B R AT E S

10 Y E ARS designs that let women look beautiful every day. Sculptural in form and and modern. In honor of the company’s tenth anniversary, Ippolita revisited her archives and created an inspired, limited edition collection of distinctive 18K gold pieces. Born and raised in the hills overlooking Tuscany, Ippolita spent her childhood immersed in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. After earning a degree in sculpture from the renowned Istituo d’Arte in Florence, she was off to New York to pursue her passion for art and craft. Several years of experimentation led to what would become her eponymous Ippolita’s dedication to craftsmanship means that every piece of her jewelry is made by hand. “Everything we do makes a difference, both in the way the jewelry looks and how it feels to wear,” Ippolita explains. Expanding her collection in 2008, Ippolita launched 925 sterling silver and

gloriously. The Ippolita Rosé collection, while ultra-pretty and feminine has a modern edge that makes it perfect for today’s woman. All three Ippolita collections made their debut at Reis-Nichols this year. The 10th Anniversary Collection is available by special order.

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Patek Philippe: Calatrava

There is a thin line between building a watch wardrobe and building a watch collection. If you are a watch lover with a few nice pieces, you are likely to have one or two collector’s items in the mix. If you are strategic, however, you can be sure that all of your watches have some collectible value. The key is to acquire something coveted by other collectors, and that’s what gets you into the game of buying, selling and trading up for your favorite timepieces.

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That said, the first rule of the game is to know that watch collecting is not an investment; if it’s a quick flip you want, buy a condo. A fine watch is something to be enjoyed, as a connoisseur enjoys fine wine — except that you can enjoy the same watch over and over again. The more you know about watches, the more you will enjoy them and prize them for their many wonderful qualities. A watch’s value derives from many variables: historical importance, provenance, brand name, functions, materials and its value as a status symbol or an expression of taste and style.

The best way to start building a collection is to visit a retailer with a good watch selection. Investigate these options, and determine which features are important to you. Decide what interests you. For example, chronometers, chronographs, divers, timeonly, multi-function, automatics, manual wind or vintage... there are many possibilities. While some people buy watches online, it is best to start with a reputable retailer who can service the watch and stand behind it. Some collectors, although they sell pieces on line (in order to trade up), will only buy from a trusted retailer who is an authorized dealer and with whom they have built a relationship.


time to collect If you are a budding watch fanatic, you are not alone. We asked a few collectors why they love watches, and this is what they told us: Sam: “For me, it is a passion, not an investment or an attempt at accumulating something for the sake of accumulation. My watches have all come from precious resources and are the result of high craftsmanship, and as such, mean even more to me than most material things. They bring me a huge amount of personal pleasure and satisfaction, or there would be no point in owning them.”

Jeff: “Books or art collections are for the home, but an interesting vintage watch is something you can wear and enjoy throughout the day, and it has a practical function. Also, I enjoy the process — the search for interesting pieces; it requires some knowledge, some luck and perseverance.”

Marc: “I once thought owning six watches would be a perfect fit for me...I soon learned that just wasn’t going to happen. It has nothing to do with quantity or anything; it’s about owning what I love and loving what I own...with well over 30 watches in my collection I have a special feeling for every one.”

Oliver: “I am fascinated by the mechanics of a watch and I love that they last a long time; watches can actually be handed down from one generation to another. I also love their practicality — watches do track time, can measure gaps of time, and track the day, date and leap year as well.”

4 More Watch Collectors’ Icons

TAG Heuer: Monaco

Patek Philippe

Breitling: Navitimer

Bob: “Watches help me express my mood, even if it’s only to myself. They represent real craftsmanship, something that is lacking in today’s disposable world.”

Watches from the below collections, whether vintage or introduced recently, represent classic favorites. Patek Philippe: Calatrava pictured on the previous page

Panerai: Luminor Marina

Five tips for novice watch collectors: 1. Peruse auction catalogues and sale results: Antiquorum, Patrizzi & Co., Christie’s and Sotheby’s. “Auction darlings” can be expensive — complicated pieces from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and the like can run into the hundreds of thousands — but you can also get deals at auction, starting at under $1,000. 2. Some collect special pieces made in very limited editions. Others go for “transitional” pieces — when a brand takes a well-known collection and upgrades the case size or material, or changes the movement, the models made in the last year before that model was changed are considered “transitional,” and tend to become collectors’ items. 3. Know your seller; until then, stick with authorized dealers. If you do consider buying online, take a look at the “buyer beware” sections of web sites that sell pre-owned watches (such as TimeZone.com, watchnet.com and hodinkee.com); collectors tend to warn each other about bad dealers. 4. Find out about repair and restoration. Some prestigious watch brands, including Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Glashütte Original and Breguet, will authenticate and restore their watches, but others do not repair or provide components for vintage pieces. 5. Build a relationship with an authorized retail dealer. This will pay off when your favorite brand releases a limited edition of which there are only 12 pieces in the world — and you want one. 14

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YOU DESERVE A REAL WATCH. R E V E R SO S Q U A D R A L AD Y D U E T TO.

For women who seek authenticity, the Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto from Jaeger-LeCoultre offers the confidence of wearing a real watch: two back-to-back dials driven by a single mechanical movement, the legendary swivel case set with 36 diamonds, as well as a quick and clever wristband-change system. The perfect combination of style and watchmaking genius.

Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, VallĂŠe de Joux, Switzerland, since 1833.


diamond dreams

Diamond Rivera necklace, 36 carats total weight, price available upon request.

Diamond line bracelet 12 carats total weight, price available upon request. Diamond hoop earrings 5.75 ctw $8100.

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6.69 carat emerald cut diamond ring, price available upon request. 4 ctw diamond band by JB Star $14,390. 5.06 carat radiant cut diamond ring, price available upon request. All in settings of platinum.

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Diamond double-hoop earrings $6750.

Diamond cuff bracelet 10.8 ctw $19,950.

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It’s TIME to make a difference. To learn more about how Baume & Mercier and ANDY GARCIA contribute to programs that improve education for our children, seek to cure cancer and protect the environment, please visit: www.baume-and-mercier.com

CLASSI MA EXECUTIVES XL steel watch, automatic movement, alligator strap


modern good looks

Black diamond bangle bracelets $1995 each. White diamond bangle bracelets $3200 each.

Black diamond necklaces Left, 50 ctw. $2995. Center, $795. Right, 16 ctw. $995.

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Black and white diamond pendant with pink sapphires $4000.

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trend Oval ring $4450 Round ring $2300. Hoop earrings $2375.

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blends fantasy & reality America’s favorite Italian continues to push the boundaries of jewelry design

For more than thirty years, Roberto Coin has rocked the “Made in Italy” label in this country. His jewelry is crafted to the highest standards, and often contains some of the world’s most beautiful diamonds, yet Coin does not just cater to the world of haute couture and red carpet darlings, and that is why we love him. Coin’s pieces are always available in both small and large sizes, and aside from precious metals and high-quality diamonds, he uses accessible materials, such as exotic woods and semi-precious stones. “My jewelry is democratic,” says Coin. “Which is a nice way of saying that you don’t have to buy an expensive item to look stylish.” Coin speaks to the American sensibility with that statement. He understands that jewelry is more about quality and creativity than it is about size and bling. “My job is to be clever and to anticipate the needs of stylish women who love jewelry,” he says. Coin’s home is in Vicenza, Italy, the heart of the country’s gold jewelry production, but his interest in jewelry extends far beyond the borders of the medieval piazzas of Vicenza. Coin’s mastery comes from his world view of design, which is often inspired by the arts. The Moorish designs found in the Andalusia regions of Spain inspired the Mauresque collection. Nature — particularly flora and fauna — also have been major sources of inspiration. And his fondness of Africa, the mysterious continent, is the inspiration behind many of Coin’s animal-themed jewelry, including an array of giraffes, cheetahs and zebras. Coin uses a broad range of precious materials, some of which he popularized in modern fine jewelry wardrobes: enamel, black sapphire, pearls, and his impressive proprietary round brilliant diamond cut, the Cento diamond, which boasts 100 facets, nearly double the number found in most round brilliant diamonds. Lately, Coin has been using more brown diamonds, which add a rich, warm touch to gold. Despite his obvious showmanship and expertise in precious materials, Coin himself remains philosophical about what luxury means today. For him, it is more than high karat gold and sparkling diamonds. “Luxury is a complicated challenge in this more complicated world,” observes Coin. “I think we all agree that it needs to be redefined what luxury is all about. Every person has his own idea of what luxury really means. In the end, this is just a small thought: Luxury can be doing whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it pleases you and all the people that you care about.” 20

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Ebony bracelet $4500. Gold bracelet $13,500

Gold ring $4400.

Gold necklace $7840. Ebony necklace $1750. Ebony earrings $2750.

The CapriPlus Collection All in settings of 18 karat gold, with diamonds.


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Mything the point As much as writers try to cut through the endless BS perpetuated by wine snobs, there’s still a lot of misleading info out there. Take the old story about sniffing corks. This age-old ritual only yields a snootful of cork and no revelation, yet lots of people still think they’re supposed to do it. Myths about everything from wine storage to wine pairings abound, and people go on believing them because nobody tells them otherwise. Consider what follows a myth-busting forum:

Plaid’s Triumphant Resurgence

MYTH: Red wine is best with red meat Although the protein in red meat can soothe a savagely tannic red wine, there’s no rule against drinking white wine. Don't let the establishment lay guilt or shame on you, be the rebel. In fact, the creaminess of chardonnay is kinda refreshing with a juicy grilled sirloin.

MYTH: Serving wine at room temperature A long time ago when wine rules were born, room temperature in European wine cellars meant 62-66 degrees Fahrenheit. Here in the new world, room temperature falls in the low-to-mid-70's range, and even higher in the south. But keep in mind that aroma and flavor of wine change radically at different temperatures, and too much heat kills off a wine's subtleties and interesting characteristics. To demonstrate, try chilling a bottle of red wine for several hours (or better yet, freak out a waiter by asking for an ice bucket with your red). Taste it right after opening, then again every 10 minutes. As it warms up, different flavors will emerge. This is also pretty remarkable with white wines, which are often served way too cold in restaurants. MYTH: All red wines can age Fact: 90- 95% of all wines are meant to be consumed within the first two years after bottling. For the most part, the remaining age-worthy percentage is cabernet sauvignon, syrah or grenache based wines, sturdy pinot noirs, some barrel-aged chardonnays, and dessert wines. Aging tames tannins and acidity, and allows the natural fruit to come forward. MYTH: ”Reserve” wines are better than regular wine In California, the word “Reserve” gets thrown around a lot, but there’s no official definition. This means Joe Blow’s Winery can slap the word on the label and charge extra for no reason at all. Although some wineries use it legitimately for their better bottlings, without official regulations to set quality standards, be wary. MYTH: ”Single Vineyard” wines are better than other wines Single-vineyard wines (those that feature the name of the vineyard on the label) may be trendy, but they don’t guarantee quality. These wines express the character of a certain vineyard – good or bad. Blending wines made from the fruit of multiple vineyards can actually improve a wine by balancing out its flavors, acidity levels, etc. MYTH: Rinsing your glass at wine tastings is a good thing I have no idea where this ritual came from, but there’s no need to rinse. Essentially, this exercise will only water down the flavor of the next wine. There is, however, one situation where you'd want to rinse: if you're changing from red to white wine because the red will discolor and change the flavor profile of the delicate white. MYTH: Opening the bottle lets the wine breathe Oxygen exposure can help tannic reds mellow out, but only if you pour the wine into a glass or decanter. Simply pulling the cork isn’t gonna do squat because the space between the bottle neck and the wine is too small to give the wine enough air contact. Fruity reds and most whites don’t usually need to breathe. Taylor Eason is the wine columnist at Creative Loafing in Atlanta.

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Black onyx hoop earrings, by Ippolita $395.

accessorize your look

Charm necklace, by Ippolita. Black cord $40, mother-of-pearl teardrop charm $350, barrier reef charm $195, pearl charm $125, circle of life charm $125.

Black onyx and diamond necklace, by David Yurman $3500.

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Ring from the David Yurman Moonlight Ice Collection $1900. Matching earrings, by David Yurman $1375.

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Mother-of-pearl ring, by Stephen Webster $370.


The Kali Collection White Topaz and black sapphires in settings of sterling silver • Bracelet $1995. Necklace $1795. • Black sapphire ring $995 • WhiteTopaz ring $695.


accessorize your look

From the Rose Gold collection, by Ippolita Oval smokey quartz necklace $950, smokey quartz station necklace $595, linked chain necklace $795.

18 karat gold textured hoops, by Ippolita $1495.

Smokey quartz earrings $495.

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18K bangle bracelets, by Ippolita, from top: smokey quartz $2700, diamonds $7000, mother-of-pearl $2500, gold $695, green combination $4500.

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David Yurman is a phenomenon in the world of fine jewelry and timepieces. Established in 1980 and based in New York, David Yurman is today recognized as America's leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece brand for men, women and children. David Yurman's signature gold and silver designs, diamonds, pearls, gemstones, and Swiss-crafted timepieces are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. 2010 marked the announcement of the Classic® ladies watch collection. A bold and alluring departure from the Thoroughbred and Cable collections, the Classic® features a round case. The collection is a striking blend of modernity and tradition. Conceived and designed by David Yurman to express contemporary American design and sensibilities, and blending the time-honored traditions of Swiss watch craftsmanship. The Classic® for ladies, like the men's, is entirely designed, engineered and manufactured at the brand's Swiss office, David Yurman S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The timepiece embodies the brand philosophy of creating in the classic tradition, and reflects the DNA of David Yurman through its attention to detail, innovative design and technical performance.

Evan Yurman, Design Director of Men's Jewelry and Timepieces, brought his trademark perspective to the design process. "I wanted to create a timepiece line that honored the Swiss watchmaking tradition," he said, "but one that also articulated the Yurman perspective in a fresh and unique way." "With the launch of the Classic® last year, we brought our design principles to a genre beyond jewelry. This year, we build on this concept with the introduction of the Ladies' Classic®," David Yurman explains. "I have always been intrigued by the traditional Swiss art and precision of watch-making. The Ladies' Classic® is a natural progression for our timepieces, as it continues to integrate the brand's inspired passion for excellence in craftsmanship into the more complicated domain of fine timepieces." While the Classic® undoubtedly breaks new ground, it's unmistakably David Yurman: the brand's iconic cable is wholly integrated into the case and only the finest materials are used. The Classic® is a pure visual expression of David Yurman's singular style. The Classic® timepiece collection, starting at $2800. Pictured: Ladies Classic® with diamond bezel and markers and mother of pearl Roman dial with date window, on stainless steel bracelet $5700.

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designer spotlight

Stephen Webster is one of the leading British figures in the fine jewellery and silver design industries. Webster's keen eye for detail, expert craftsmanship and glam-rock attitude has given way to dramatic creations with an

THE SUPERSTUD COLLECTION

eternally chic aesthetic. The unmistakable amalgamation of precious and semi-precious

Spring 2010: Interna-

gemstones set in specially treated metals has

tionally acclaimed jewelry

led Stephen Webster to a three-time win of

designer Stephen Webster adds a

the “British Luxury Jeweller of the Year”

selection of striking pieces to his acclaimed sterling silver collec-

award and winner of “UK Jewellery Brand of

tion for women ‘Superstud’.

the Year” in 2008. Originating from a modest

Hallmarked with the same edge, attitude and excellence as the

background, Stephen Webster has evolved

highly acclaimed fine jewellery collections, Superstud is a bold

into a powerful global luxury jewellery brand

and striking collection that takes inspiration from glam punk and

with over 120 points of sale worldwide in the United States, United

biker studwork.

Kingdom, Russia, Dubai, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong and over

The Superstud collection is comprised of rings, cuffs, pendants

20 Stephen Webster boutiques internationally. Webster also continues

and earrings set with an ever-evolving range of exotic gemstones,

to build his high-profile celebrity following culminating in an alliance

such as coloured Jades, Chalcedonies and Goldstones, as well as

with musical artist Christina Aguilera who appears in the brand's new

monochromatic combinations featuring Gray Cat’s Eye and White

advertising campaign for Stephen Webster Silver. The Stephen Web-

and Black Mother of Pearl. For 2010 knuckledusters, cocktails

ster brand offers the consumer a true lifestyle experience – one which

rings and multi-chain link Collars and Cuffs appear along with the

has been credited with unprecedented demand.

vibrant additions of Sugalite and Rubelite stones. Executed in an array of metals including polished and black-

From Stephen Webster's Super Stud Collection Top, with mother-of-pearl: Cuff bracelet $2065. Earrings $645.

ened silver, yellow gold and rose gold; this tough collection boasts serious glamour with a rock n’ roll edge.

Below, with grey catseye: Earrings with diamonds $1100. Bracelet with diamonds $1835. Ring $625

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accessorize your look Super Stud ring $335.

From the Super Stud Collection, by Stephen Webster Multi-chain necklace $1850.

Earrings, by Stephen Webster $395.

Super Stud bracelet $995.

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Super Stud hoop earrings $405.

TW Steel Chronograph watch with diamond bezel $575.

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events In February, Reis-Nichols filled the cases with more rings than the Midwest had ever seen at their Engagement Ring Extravaganza event. Shoppers were “wowed� with the selection and also had a chance to meet local photographer extraordinaire, Jennifer Driscoll, as well as sample delectable edibles by the famed chefs at Great Cooks and Company catering.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something... BLUE! Blue topaz and diamonds in settings of 18 karat gold. Necklaces, $1295 each. Earrings with dangle $1675. Earrings $1295.

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Reis-Nichols, Bentley, Ducati and Net Jets took over the hanger at Indy Executive Airport in October to showcase their luxury goods to passionate pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

showcase We thought Cupid could use a hand, so each day in February leading up to Valentine’s Day we hid a beautifully wrapped box filled with jewelry in town, then announced a clue as to where it could be found. Finders, keepers! For each box found, Reis-Nichols also made a donation to the finder’s charity of choice. Just a fun little way to share the love!

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diamond touches

diamond fashions

Heart $1395.

@ Reis-Nichols Jewelers diamonds in settings of 18 karat white gold

Star $1350.

Cross $1750.

Teardrop $1395.

Disc $1100.

Disc earrings $1995.

2041 W. Epler Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46217 (317) 781-0828


miami vices

The Ceramic and Steel Combination Collection, chronographs pictured in black and white with diamonds, $1795 each.

The silicone strap Tahitian Jelly Beans Collection.

The glamour and vibrant lifestyle of Miami has long been reflected in the distinctive style of the luxury watch brand MICHELE. With brilliant diamond cases, natural mother-of-pearl dials, and deco influenced design elements, MICHELE contains all the allure of the runway, appealing to young and fashionable individuals. With exotic and luxurious straps that can be easily interchanged for any occasion,

Available in many colors, $295 each.

MICHELE achieves international recognition as a premier fashion brand. MICHELE's design philosophy fuses timeless elegance with contemporary fashion. Strap materials are sourced from all over the world, and include alligator, python, and calfskin leathers. MICHELE closely follows the international fashion scene, ensuring that the brand is on the forefront of changing fashion and runway

trends. MICHELE interprets and develops these trends to introduce new, luxurious collections of straps seasonally in a fashionable spectrum of colors, textures, and finishes. Today, MICHELE's Deco, CSX and Urban timepieces can be paired with seasonal and classic luxury straps in nearly endless combinations. The style of the brand continues to evolve as new designs, strap collections, and product categories are introduced.

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Substance

Besides making your commitment offi-

While trends come and go, even in bridal

cial to the world, there is probably no more

jewelry, the classic round brilliant solitaire

important decision to make on the walk

engagement ring reigns supreme. “The round

toward matrimony than choosing your

brilliant diamond is still the number-one

engagement and wedding rings.

choice and the biggest seller,” Chase says. “It’s

Fortunately, selecting the perfect ring is

a classic and continues to be.”

easier these days, thanks to a broad selection

“But the diamond and setting can also be

of styles at a wide range of prices, not to men-

an expression of the bride’s personality and Whether you‘re a classicist or a lover of the avant-garde, your bridal jewelry is an expression of your personality

tion the expertise and advice your family jeweler can provide.

style,” Chase adds. “Ovals, for example, are increasingly popular, since they often appear

Since bridal jewelry — especially the

more substantial in some settings. With the

engagement ring — symbolizes your love to

attention some celebrities recently received

the world, it takes on paramount significance.

“Even the most budget-conscious see

for their square and emerald cut diamond en-

An engaged couple might economize by

their bridal jewelry as an investment. They

gagement rings, those, along with princess

deciding to limit the wedding day guest list,

may select a smaller diamond center stone,

and Ascher cuts, are also seeing an upswing.”

or plan a honeymoon closer to home, but an

opt for a white gold or colbalt rather than

engagement ring isn’t something they usually

platinum setting, but the demand hasn’t

scrimp on.

subsided.”

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From the Embrace collection, 14k: $1555. Center diamond sold separately.

From theTiara collection, 14k: $2435. Center diamond sold separately.


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Indeed, some jewelers have seen a renewed interest in fancy cuts and even heirloom diamonds that are passed from one generation to another. “For some, smaller can be better,” adds Chase, who notes that some bridal couples opt for a better cut and better color rather than high carat weight these days. New trends and details in settings can make any diamond appear larger, too, Chase says. Those might include surrounding the center stone with a diamond pavé setting, like many seen here by leading bridal designer, Scott Kay. While Chase reports that many fashion editors have been requesting traditional, solitaire styles for wedding stories, some atypical, even quirky rings, have garnered

attention in popular culture — including the five-carat black diamond ring Mr. Big gave to Carrie in “Sex and the City 2” to the Victorian-inspired Bela engagement ring that played a role in the latest “Twilight” saga. “Some women want a style that very specifically plays off their personality,” Chase says. “It could be a black diamond, which is less expensive than a white diamond, or even

colored diamonds. Yellow diamonds are more popular today; even pink and blue diamonds which are even rarer still, are turning up in custom-made engagement rings. We also see more brides favoring champagne diamonds, which have an earthier feel and are more plentiful.” Others prefer a diamond pavé band or diamond eternity ring as their sole symbol of love. While the engagement ring and wedding bands are the primary purchase of a couple’s relationship, “they are not the only jewelry pieces that can play a role in a wedding. For example, a pair of diamond studs or a diamond bracelet are ideal acoutrements for the wedding day,” Chase adds. Our faith in romance endures; most of us still believe our first wedding will be our only wedding, and it is important to commemorate the ceremony with style and substance.

Scott Kay Cobalt men’s wedding bands Left: 9mm $345, Center: 7mm with diamonds $765. Bottom: 9mm $330. R E I S - N I C H O L S

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From the Venetian Collection Diamond engagement ring setting $3100, center diamond sold seperately. Matching diamond wedding band $2450. Both in 18 karat white gold


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Ring settings Top: 18k, $995. Middle: 14k, $595. Botton: 18k, $790. Center diamonds sold seperately.

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Couple wins $15,000 diamond ring in first-ever Reis-Nichols Diamond Dash What could 800 people running around downtown Indianapolis possibly be looking for? A flawless, 1 ½ carat, $15,000 diamond

to design a setting that would magnificently showcase the 1 ½ carat flawless diamond. It was a sunny Saturday in September for the Reis-Nichols Dia-

ring, that’s what! The one-of-a-kind ring was created ex-

mond Dash - A text message based scavenger hunt where couples

clusively for the event. The 18 karat gold

earned points as they dashed around to different landmarks to

setting was crafted by Reis-Nichols’ own

gather clues. Dashers were allowed to get from here to there in any

award winning designer, Brent Selke. He

creative way that they could, as long as it was not motorized. There

used the latest in CAD-CAM technology

were bikes, skateboards, scooters and roller skates of all kinds.

Dave Smiley, WZPL

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In addition to a chance to win the beautiful ring, everyone also had the opportunity to support a worthwhile local charity, Rupert’s Kids. Indy’s very own local celebrity, (three-time contestant on CBS’s reality show, Survivor,) Rupert Boneham was on hand to sign autographs and deliver an inspiring message to the dashers before the start. Rupert addressed the crowd to say, “just the same way that I lost Survivor three darn times and still won, it counts how we all play.” Rupert’s Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to changing lives by empowering youth to discover their inner strengths, realize their own self worth and their value to society. Rupert’s Kids facilitates this process by providing mentoring and educational programming to youth. Through Rupert’s Kids, we can realize the potential in every young person by building upon the Rupert Philosophy of Life: Life is Good. Be You. Give Back. Every Diamond Dash team of two was encouraged to donate $25, with 100% of the funds going to support Rupert’s Kids, resulting in a sizeable donation for a great cause. Once the Dash teams completed their two-hour course, all teams gathered at the Indianapolis Arts Garden for an after party, where the winners were announced. The third place team won a $100 dinner at the Melting Pot, voted the city’s most romantic restaurant. The second place team won a weekend stay at the downtown Indianapolis Hilton and dinner at Agio. But it was Erin and Austin who earned the most points in the scavenger hunt and won the grand prize ring! The whole room cheered as Austin dropped down on one knee, right then and there, and proposed to Erin, his girlfriend of 2 years. See the video at www.reisnichols.com/diamonddash. 18K bridal set. Engagement ring setting; $995 Wedding band: $895.

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Channel set engagement ring settings, top to bottom: $1395, $1295, $730, $550. Center diamonds sold seperately.


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Precision Set Petite FlushFit Collection. Engagement ring settings, starting at $1575, center diamonds sold seperately. Wedding bands, starting at $1365. All in settings of 14 karat white gold.

Diamonds come in a dizzying array of sizes, quality grades and price ranges, so it’s important to be armed with a few tips about how to evaluate the options. Any diamond purchase begins with understanding the 4Cs: carat weight, clarity, color and cut. Each of these factors, alone and combined has an impact on a diamond’s value. Carat: Obviously, the larger the diamond, the higher the price, as they are valued primarily on carat size. Larger diamonds are more rare than smaller ones and therefore the price per carat rises exponentially with the size of the diamond. Clarity: This refers to the presence of flaws within a diamond. Marks on the surface are called blemishes. Internal marks are called inclusions. The amount, type, size and placement of these imperfections can diminish a diamond’s value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) clarity scale, the industry standard, contains 11 grades: Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2), Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2), and Included (I1, I2 and I3). Color: The closer a diamond is to being colorless, the higher the grade. GIA’s color grading scale for diamonds, the industry standard, starts with the letter “D” (color-less) and continues with increasing presence of color to

the letter Z. Cut: Some experts believe cut has the biggest impact on a diamond’s beauty. Cut reflects the quality of a stone’s proportions, symmetry and polish, which combine to create the ideal combination of light return, sparkle and fire — of course, there is no single

Precision Set selects only the finest quality metals and gemstones. All classic bands are available in 14k or 18k white or yellow gold and platinum. Precision Set hand calibrates each stone twice to ensure correct sizing. All of our jewelry is designed, produced, and hand finished at Precision Set headquarters in Dallas, Texas where painstaking attention to detail assures the highest level of craftsmanship and superior quality.

ideal set of proportions, but certain minimum standards of excellence regarding a stone’s roundness, depth, width, uniformity of facets and quality of finish are considered when assigning a cut grade. The American Gem Society (AGS) diamond cut grading system ranks round brilliant stones (the most common cut) on a scale from 0-10, where 0 is “ideal” and 10 is “poor.” The GIA diamond cut grading system ranks cut for round bril-

liant diamonds on the following scale: “excellent,” “very good,” “good,” “fair” and “poor.” Ideal or excellent cuts reflect most or all of the light that enters a diamond back to the eye; therefore, they are considered top-of-theline, and will command the highest pricess. A poorly cut diamond is one in which its proportions cause light to be reflected out through the sides or bottom (pavilion) of the stone. What makes the issue of “cut” so controversial is that different types of cuts — the number and arrangement of facets — affect a diamond in ways that become quite subjective. One cut might produce more sparkle or “scintillation” than light return, and some people prefer that. Or another cut might create fire — that is, it returns the light in a way that produces a spectrum of color, and although light return is usually highly valued according to most grading systems, some people prefer fire. Although diamonds are graded by very strict standards, each one is unique, and the only way to truly compare two stones is to look at them side by side. If you consult a jeweler you trust, you should have no trouble finding the diamond of your dreams — one with the size and quality you desire, in a price range you can afford. R E I S - N I C H O L S

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Exotic stone dog-tag necklaces, starting at $650.

While the buttoned-up, suit look

Diamonds may still be a girl’s best

of the hit TV series, “Mad Men” has

friend, but more men have developed

spurred an interest in tailored clothing

a buddy-buddy relationship with an

for a new generation, the reality is that

array of precious metals, gems

most men working in 21st century

and, yes, even diamonds. In fact,

America enjoy a more casual

sales of men’s jewelry have

workplace — one that af-

continued to increase year

fords more freedoms than

after year even during tough

Don Draper could ever

economic times.

imagine.

Style experts say jewelry is an essential part of a man’s wardrobe

A perfect example is

That’s

thanks

largely to role models who

men’s jewelry. During the “Camelot”

often pushed the envelope with bling

years in which the series is set, a man

bearing styles. “Sports stars and music

had few options other than a wrist-

entertainers sometime took jewelry to

watch and maybe a pair of cufflinks.

the extremes, but they paved the way

But as corporate policies have loos-

for all men to wear jewelry,” notes

ened up along with neckties, men have

Michael O’Connor, a celebrity stylist

nearly as many options in jewelry as

who advises stars on the Red Carpet

women have.

as well as weekend wear.

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Access all oceans.

Aquatimer Automatic 2000. Ref. 3568: Wear this watch and you’ll waltz past any underwater bouncer, no matter how bloody-minded. And once you’re down there, the 200-bar pressure-resistance will allow you to explore any number of subaquatic nooks and crannies. And if you get caught up in small talk with the morays, the luminescent hands will always tell you precisely when it’s time to call it a day. Mechanical movement | Self-winding | Date display | External rotating bezel | Antireflective sapphire glass | Screw-in crown | Water-resistant 200 bar | Stainless steel | IWC. Engineered for men.


$875.


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Now you can see jewelry on everyone from Justin Beiber and the Jonas Brothers to Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Johnny Depp. “Why I even noticed Clint Eastwood, the quintessential Hollywood man’s man, sporting a lapel pin at this year’s Academy Awards,” O’Connor adds. Men’s jewelry, in fact, makes an ideal gift, especially when marking a special occasion such as a birthday or job promotion. “One of the reasons men’s fine jewelry has been selling well is that younger men who started out wearing rubber bracelets and shell necklaces have graduated to finer materials as they start careers and move up the ladder,” O’Connor says. When selecting the right piece of jewelry for a man, you should follow the same guidelines used when selecting a special piece for a woman. “You have to look at their style and what might be the use of the piece,” O’Connor advises. For instance, if his work environment is casual and open-neck shirts the rule, a pendant might be appropriate. Or, if he tends to be more formal, a bracelet may be a better option. It’s also a good idea to take a style cue from the types of watches he wears. If he prefers classic, dress watches, then more elegant, refined jewelry such as cufflinks, or a link bracelet might be more appropriate.

“Encourage him to try on pieces — even ones you might not expect him to wear,” O’Connor advises. “While it’s unlikely you’ll release his inner Jay-Z, you’d be surprised how much more open men are to new things with a little encouragement from their significant others.”

Finishing Touches: Key Trends in Men’s Jewelry

Enthusiasts of sport watches might want a more casual look, such as a bracelet that mixes metal with rubber, carbon fibre or even leather. Many men, however, wear different watches depending on the occasion. The same holds true for their jewelry, too. “They may favor a bracelet for work and a dog tag pendant for weekends and going out,” O’Connor says. Rings — other than wedding bands — are a good choice, too, but sizing is always an issue. Ideally, as when shopping for women’s jewelry, the gift giver ought to solicit some feedback from the recipient. Which is why it’s good to take him browsing in your favorite jewelry store to see what’s new.

• Exotic and opaque stones, such as lapis lazuli, tiger’s eye, jaspers, agates and fossils. • Black, brown or cognac diamonds. • Cross pendants — from simple to heavy-duty Maltese looks. • Wide leather cuffs decorated with studs. • Beaded and woven leather bracelets. • White metals, including sterling silver, stainless steel, cobalt, titanium and palladium. • Subtler finishes on metals, especially matte, antiqued and blackened techniques. • Textured and decorated dog tags. • Inscriptions, intaglios and monograms. • Exotic skin textures, such as alligator, snake, lizard and stingray. • Tribal and ancient cultural motifs, including Maori, Celtic and Hindu symbolism. • Tie bars for skinny tie fans. • Larger sized cufflinks. • Simple lapel pins for formal occasions.

Top sterling silver cufflinks with black sapphires, by John Hardy: $595. Bottom men’s rubber bracelets with sterling silver clasps, in brown, gray, and black, by David Yurman: $295 each.

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magnificent color Amythest, rhodolite and rose quartz earrings, 18K, $1295.

Magnificent Color at Reis-Nichols Jewelers all in settings of 18 karat gold.

White topaz pendant circled with diamonds, 18K, $425.

Blue topaz and diamonds sizzle earrings, 18K, $2200.

Blue topaz and diamond sizzle necklace, 18K, $1450.

18 karat white gold rings with colorful gemstones, circled with diamonds. From top: Amythest $1450. Blue topaz $1450. Citrine $1750.

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Rings, from top: Green quartz with diamonds and savorite pavĂŠ $2995. Blue topaz with diamonds and sapphire pavĂŠ $3350. Green tourmaline with diamonds $8995.


magnificent color

Colorful shades of pink and plum combine to create this stunning necklace, 18 inches $995.

Chuncky drop earrings $2350.

Top ring $1895. Bottom ring, amythest and pink sapphires set in 18K rose gold $2195.

Gemstone dangle charm bracelet $5500.

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spotlight

"I feel connected to the women who wear my jewelry and I am inspired by their individuality. My collections are always evolving, as are my customers."

An entrepreneur with a creative heart and strategic mind for business, Leslie Greene was inspired to design her own line to satisfy every woman’s desire for fine jewelry that flaunts chic style, luxu-

From the Luna Collection Quartz and diamonds in settings of sterling silver

rious quality and a timeless, classic appeal. Designing jewelry for over 18 years, her talent for combining treasured classics

Ring $935. Pendant necklace $1375. Necklace with quartz stations $825.

with modern trends has truly brought her to the forefront of the fine jewelry industry. Leslie’s philosophy is that jewelry should make a signature statement, personal statement, meaning much more than just a simple finishing touch. She aspires to create pieces that become a reflection of who a woman is, not what she wears. A true designer, Leslie's collections are the culmination of her creative interests, including fashion, home decor, antiquing and the fine arts. As an avid world traveler, rare antiques, vintage wallpapers and historical architecture lend inspiration to new designs. The daughter of a textile designer, Leslie is also very much influenced by fashion and fabrics of the past and present. Since graduating from New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, Leslie has been recognized by the fine jewelry industry for her design talent.

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Quartz bead bracelets with diamond charms heart $630. peace $730. ball $760.


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Fascination in detail Platinum-plated writing implements with barrels made of matt black ebony segments, separated by gleaming platinum-plated rings. Also available with a barrel made of ivory-coloured precious resin segments, polished to a high-gloss. 18-carat gold nib ‘run in’ by hand.


estate selections

Diamond and pearl pin, 14K $1295.

Estate

Jewelry Compass Necklace, 14K $395. Turquoise ring, 14K $395.

Vintage diamond ring in platinum setting $695.

What’s Old...is New Again!

There is a surging interest in vintage or previously owned jewelry and timepieces. For some, it’s about the history, old-word craftsmanship or unique design of the piece, while for others it may be the concept of recycling and finding new use and enjoyment out of an existing item. Having the largest selection of fine Swiss timepieces in the Midwest also means that Reis-Nichols has a large following of watch collectors. Many of our collectors often trade in different models as new ones are introduced, so several timepieces found in our pre-owned collection are like new, but offered at significant savings. Every watch is inspected and serviced by our staff of expert watchmakers and comes with a written warrantee. Reis-Nichols has many amazing, hard to find jewelry items and watches, as well as popular favorites. Our expansive collection changes and grows daily. Whether you have old, unwanted items that you may want to liquidate, or you’re on the hunt for a unique and beautiful new-to-you piece, come check out Reis-Nichols vintage and preowned collections.

Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso, stainless steel $7000. Cartier Pasha, stainless steel with rubber coated bracelet $3300. Rolex GMT, 18K and stainless steel $5775.

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Small diamond horseshoe necklace, 14K $895 Large diamond and sapphire horseshoe necklace, 14K $2495.

Brushed finish horseshoe necklace with diamonds, sterling silver $350.

Go We are proud to be sponsors of the Indianapolis Colts, year after year! Come see our entire “Go Blue� jewelry collection and join us in cheering on our home team.

Diamond and sapphire horseshoe earrings $1295.

Medium sapphire horseshoe necklace $795.

Men's dogtag necklace $425. Cufflinks $330.

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by pa t r ick mcmur r ay

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fashionable denim

Denim jeans and attire have been associated with the range of heavy industry to high fashion and have become one of the most versatile and enduring clothing styles in fashion history. Hollywood stars like Katherine Hepburn aided denim’s progress through fashion in the 70s. And now, Savile Row tailors champion its continuing success, as they cut denim suits for some of the most famous names in the world. But what of its origins? Denim and Jeans have traveled the world. Captured in denim which Americans invented, commercialized, stylized, and popularized (in a word, Levis) is American Wild West culture. But the fabric was adopted from another continent by early Americans, who created functional, hard-wearing work gear. At the same time, they introduced a style without the aid of catwalks and drop dead handsome models. Mr. Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno Nevada decided to put copper rivets on the corners of his denim trouser pockets to prevent them from ripping. Unable to cover the cost of patenting the idea, he sought help from prosperous clothing distributor Mr. Levi Strauss. Mr. Strauss added his own style by putting the garment label on the outside rather than on the inside. Voila! a new style was born. Denim (derived from De-Nimes in France) had already been styled into bell bottom trousers and worn by Italian sailors from Genoa and given the name Geans (Jeans). These trousers had very practical applications. If a sailor went overboard he could easily slip off his trousers without his feet getting caught, and thus, stood a better chance of staying afloat.

De-Nimes Histoire The history of Denim The style has gone from De-Nimes, to Denim, from Genoa to Jeans, from France to America, and traveled the world. Style knows no cultural or geographic boundaries. Experience the histoire of denim.

Did you know maverick screen actress Katherine Hepburn, whose longterm lover was Spencer Tracey, took the extraordinary step of ordering bespoke denim jeans from her late lover’s Savile Row tailor? Katherine was ahead of her time.

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by bruce f re t t s

It's a tough job, but somebody had to do it: eating fondue with Heidi Klum. "I love a real stinky cheese," the ßbermodel confesses, before dipping a hunk of bread into a bubbling pot of her own personal guilty pleasure. Then, after sampling the house blend at a private table in the "cheese cave" of Manhattan's tony Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro, Klum concludes: "It's good, but I could easily go stinkier." The same could be said of Project Runway, Heidi's breakout fashion-design competition that's hosted and executive-produced by Klum. If reality TV is inherently cheesy, Runway qualifies as a classy brand — a brie-ality show. "It's not like Big Brother, where they all have sex with each other and show their boobs," Klum says. "That's not me. The designers should show their talent." They do, and as a result, Runway fans shouldn't be afraid to show their pride. "This is the kind of guilty pleasure you can admit publicly," says designer Michael Kors, one of the series' judges. "It's not just people trying to win at all costs and act like animals." At least not always. The aspiring designers engaged in a bit of animalistic behavior during the first challenge of the third-season premiere: They had fifteen minutes to rip materials for a garment from the contents of their apartments.

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It's this crazy-quilt unpredictability that made Runway a hit, building to a bigfor-basic-cable 3.4 million viewers for its second-season finale last spring. Few people foresaw such broad success. "When we were filming season one, I kept thinking the only way to keep viewers is to show sexcapades," says Tim Gunn, the Parsons School of Design guru who's become a cult icon among Runway devotees. "I've never been happier about being so wrong."

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fashion icon Initially, industry insiders turned up their

But not everyone’s willing to flaunt their

noses at the idea of a haute couture reality

passion for fashion. “Sometimes, these dads

show. "The fashion world is so fickle and crit-

stop me for a picture or an autograph and say,

ical," says Elle Magazine's fashion director,

‘My wife really loves you,’” reports Santino

Nina Garcia, another judge. "They were skep-

Rice, the larger-than-life lightning rod who

tical, and now they’re all obsessed!” (Not co-

dominated season two. “And I always say,

incidentally, guest judges have included such

‘Who are you kidding? You love me, dude!

big-name designers as Kate Spade.) Word of

Say you love me!’ And they stutter out, ‘Oh,

mouth quickly spread beyond fashionistas. “It

you’re right, I love you!’”

was kind of like fashion — it starts percolat-

Klum often gets accosted by fans demand-

ing, and suddenly everyone’s wearing it,” Kors

ing to hear her kiss-off catchphrase: “Auf

says.

wiedersehen!” It wasn’t the producers’ first choice. “We thought about ‘You’re cut!’ but then I was like, ‘Nah, I’m German, why don’t I just make it a nice ‘auf wiedersehen,’ ” she remembers. “And they were like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s genius! That’s fabulous!’ In my business, everything's genius and fabulous. Those words certainly apply to such

Still, Klum, 37, remains Runway's biggest

Runway-created stars as the clownishly

star. During it’s second season, she taped the

bitchy first-season champ Jay McCar-

show while pregnant. Klum has two sons with

roll and and the endearingly genteel

her husband, pop singer Seal, Henry, age 4 and

Gunn. “Tim doesn’t put on a stitch of

Johan, age 3. She also has a 5-year-old girl,

fakeness,” Klum says. “When I go out

Leni, with her ex-boyfriend, sports racing exec,

there, I put my shoulders back, I suck

Flavio Briatore. “We are all so happy and lucky

my tummy in and I want to show myself in a nice light. He's not made-for-TV." Gunn, who balances his

to have a big family,” she says. “For us, that is all that really matters.” Klum says she plans to shift career gears, producing

duties with his adminis-

more

TV

trative demands, agrees.

shows and cutting

“I’m just being me, so if

back on her work

people are responding

in front of the

well, I’m thrilled,” he

camera. “I want to

says. “I have no other

be there when my kids grow up,” she

life. I used to say, ‘I’m married to Parsons,’ and now I say, ‘made me a bigamist.’”

says. “I want days off, and I want to travel with my husband, so we can all go together.” But right now, what Heidi Klum really wants is dessert. After finishing off the cheese, she submerges a pink marshmallow into a vat of dark-chocolate fondue. “You have so many yummy things out there, you have to eat them once in a while,” she figures. “If you never do it, then that’s a really such boring life, no?” She took the words right out of our fondue-filled mouths.

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