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F rom t h e be nch T h e E x p er i e n c e o f Pers o n a l T r a n sf o r m a t i o n a n d I d e n t i t y Of all the things in our lives, do we really need jewellery? Probably not but we want it anyway. One of the aspects that attracts me to jewellery is that, just by changing the smallest things I can make a big impact on the perception you have of me. I’m not talking about my tie or suit but my watch, ring or a couple of bracelets, whatever expresses my personality on any given day. I know I can take my outfit to another level just by adding a few small details. The same principle applied when it came time to pick what I think are the coolest looks for 2012. What is so special about them? Take the pearl story (page 72), for instance. When you hear the word “pearl,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably Queen Elizabeth II, something older, conservative, not for everyday use and surely nothing associated with sexy. Well, pearls are making a fresh, sexy and trendy comeback, which ties in with our motto of “personal transformation and identity.” Every single watch we picked (page 62) is an inspiration of what I would wear, as well as what I think would add some flare to anyone’s look. There’s a lot of cool and casual – while still being classic – in there, elements that will prompt others to comment on what you’re wearing the next time you’re out and about. The beautiful thing is that you can achieve that effect on any budget, whether it’s $100 to over $1 million. Olivier Felicio Founder and Editor-in-Chief
F i n d i n g b e au t y We all know what beauty means. However, if you were to ask 10 different people, you would get 10 distinct definitions of what it means to them. For some it might be very concrete, determined by parameters such as colour and balance. For others the answer might be much more intangible and almost mystical. That’s something we should always keep in mind when trying to achieve or capture beauty. It is very personal. Even though we’re filling these pages with all sorts of stunning pieces, it will still be up to you to decide which ones fit your concept of beauty. Trends are great starting points yet the road to beauty is one you have to walk yourself. Jewellery is certainly one of your best allies on your quest for beauty. A single piece can transform you and send a powerful (or subtle) message. There’s also a story behind even the simplest ones, a tale made of metals and stones, shapes and textures, craftsmanship and art. It’s time you let jewellery help you tell your own story, one that will be absolutely beautiful.
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KELECHI ACHONU Kelechi Achonu studied Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion. He won Best Canadian Fashion Stylist at Luminato in 2008 and famously styled celebrity Wyclef Jean. He was a Fashion Reporter at CFRB 1010 Radio Station and an on-air Fashion Consultant for Breakfast Television. Check out some of his work on “The Story of Us” (page 50) and “Not Your Mother’s Pearls” (page 68).
ASHLEY HUNKING Ashley Hunking is a writer and market researcher for Rare Investment, an investment company focusing on natural fancy coloured diamonds and rare jewels that exhibit great potential for appreciation. Hunking holds a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She gives us a crash course on investing in fancy coloured diamonds (page 62).
MAURICE AND GREGORY ARON Qualified as a goldsmith and specializing in fine hand-made jewellery, Maurice Aron moved to Toronto in 1985 from South Africa. Jewellery by Maurice has four generations of experience in the jewellery business. His son Gregory works closely with him, buying, selling and trading fine vintage timepieces. Together they tell us about the fascinating world of vintage watches (page 86).
JOSEPH SARACENO As an accomplished photographer, Joseph Saraceno continues to push the boundaries of contemporary photography, always striving to capture the ultimate image. Recognized internationally, Saraceno’s work covers a broad spectrum from fashion to product photography. This issue he brings us beautiful images of jewellery (page 40) and watches (page 60).
GLEN PELOSO From Take This House and Sell It to Restaurant Makeover, our energetic and enthusiastic design guru is a familiar face on TV. With a philosophy of form following function, he strives to be on the cutting edge with his interior design. He is principal designer of Glen Peloso Interiors (glenpelosointeriors.com). Peloso shows us how a home can be as precious as jewellery (page 86)
BONNIE SIEGLER Los Angeles-based Entertainment Director Bonnie Siegler has been covering the celebrity circuit for more than a decade. Her resume includes two books combining her knowledge of celebrity living and entertaining, as well as contributing to magazines such as Viva, Elle, Redbook, InStyle and Shape. She introduces us to two great jewellery designers, Hera and Neil Lane (page74).
BARBARA KINGSTONE Barbara Kingstone is a Toronto-based awardwinning writer who admittedly doesn’t spend much time in her hometown. Her passion has always been luxury with emphasis on jewellery and travel. She’s been around the globe several times and has lived and worked on four continents. She takes us to Tahiti, the magical home of the black pearls (page 94).
HADRIEN LUM As a conceptualist, Hadrien Lum loves to bring emotion and imagination to his styled work by futuristically mixing dark and beautiful interpretations of the world. He studies each piece and builds and styles an exotic landscape that envelops them. Travel to Hadrien’s world as shown “At the Tip of the World” (page 40) and and “Time after Time” (page 60).
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Multi award-winning designer Llyn Strelau strives to create personal adornments that speak to the wearer and stand the test of the time. “While I may be inspired by a beautiful coloured gemstone or the materials I am working with, ultimately it is how the wearer relates to the fi nished piece that is most important,” says Lynn, proprietor of Jewels by Design in Calgary. A self-taught jewellery designer, Llyn favours designs that tell a story. “If you were to lay the best pieces I have entered in competitions out on a table, the one defi ning characteristic of my work would be that they are wearable art,” says Lynn. Multi-functionality is another key component of a Llyn Strelau design. Many of his designs can be worn in several ways, such as brooch that turns into a pendant, or have a unique design feature such as a clasp system he has perfected. The piece that led him to win in his category is called “Silent Comes the Night:” Hammered-fi nish plaques of black onyx are interspersed with textured 19k white gold dividers for a necklace that is also a dramatic statement in evening jewellery.
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For Vancouver designer Karin Bunzeit of Stittgen Fine Jewelry, ideas for new designs “just flow to me. I am often inspired by a beautiful stone that I see and then dream about what it may look like in a piece of jewellery,” says Karin. “My designs stem from an emotional connection that I have with the stone and then I create a piece of jewellery that sets off its beauty.” Karin is a master goldsmith and designer. “I am a romantic at heart,” she says, “and my designs incorporate intricate patterns, textures and yellow gold to reflect a more romantic look. It’s a trend that I feel is prevalent now.” Karin’s passion is for coloured gemstones or coloured diamonds such as the cognac diamond that she used in her award-winning ring for this year’s Excellence in Design Awards. The ring with its yellow gold fi ligree setting, which she calls “Enchanted Garden,” also reflects her more romantic approach to design. “I envisioned the cognac diamond as a hidden treasure to be discovered in a lush garden of leaves and vines,” says Karin.
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Creating men’s jewellery that is compelling yet understated in its styling is a new direction for Montreal sculptor, designer and goldsmith Noam Carver – one that he feels Canadian men are ready for. The Noam Carver Apex Collection is Noam’s fi rst foray into developing a line of men’s jewellery that he says satisfies a niche that hasn’t been fi lled as of yet. He describes the line as being fashion-forward and edgy to appeal to a man with discerning tastes.“With each piece that I design, I am basically designing for myself,” says Noam. “I have a good sense of fashion and style and if I like it, then I feel it will also appeal to a man who appreciates jewellery with an edge but that is also classic and timeless.” Noam’s schooling in fi ne arts and sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal influences his design approach today. He leans towards clean, geometric lines with a slightly futuristic sensibility, similar to modern architecture such as the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. As for his winning piece, a band of carved quartz and onyx centre stone makes a powerful and bold statement in his platinum men’s ring with 18K yellow gold accents.
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In a time when modern technology has revolutionized every commercial enterprise including jewellery design, a creation by Michael daCosta of Fortunes Fine Jewellery in Toronto, is handcrafted in the tradition of a time gone by. Michael refers to this style of jewellery design as “bespoke” in that the process and exacting standards in workmanship is similar to that of a fi nely tailored Savile Row suit. Drawing his inspiration from nature, which he says has abundant examples of great designs, or from sculptural forms, Michael prefers to work with coloured gemstones, pearls or fancy coloured diamonds in settings of gold or platinum. “When I see a stone I love, ideas begin to form in my mind and I am envisioning what I can do with it even before I get back to my store,” says Michael. As for his winning entry, a pair of South Sea cultured pearls dangle at the end of a single looping strand of 18k white gold set with 1.26 ctw of diamonds. While simplistically elegant, the mirror imaging of these earrings made the design technically challenging.
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BY JESSICA UNIAC Whenever we get dressed we want to make an impression. We want to tell the world something about us and even convey how we feel at a certain moment. There’s no doubt that clothes can help communicate that. However, if you really want to leave your mark, jewellery and watches are the best way to deliver your message loud and clear. Beautiful clothes on a runway may catch people’s attention, yet only a dramatic pendant or a powerful watch will tell a story. A sculptural ring can be a work of art and, when you wear it, it becomes something truly personal. A unique, custom-designed pair of beautiful earrings says it’s been created just for you. Th is season, colourful gems (from glittering greens and deep purples to fiery golds and silvery greys) warm up wintery weather. Let us show you how a few dazzling jewellery pieces (plus some well-chosen clothing accessories), all available in Canada, can turn any generic runway look into something remarkable, and absolutely you.
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1 . F o r a f u n , f u n k y f i n d , t h e s e p e ta l e arri n gs add fl are to all outfits an d c an be com bined with a r ange o f p e n d a n t s , m i x i n g s i lv e r , g o l d , t w o -t o n e a n d g e m s t o n e s t o g e t h e r t o c r e at e a p e r s o n a l s t y l e . ( Pa n d o r a , $ 4 8 9 . 5 0) 2 . F o r a g r e at p u r c h a s e , t r y t h i s d r e s s y wat c h t h at c o u l d a l s o b e w o r n w i t h e v e r y d ay i t e m s . ( L a c o s t e , $ 2 6 9 . 5) 3. These gold earrings will go with e v e r y t h i n g w h i l e p o r t r ay i n g t h e n otio ns o f pow er , stren gth an d perfection, all things any teen w o u l d wa n t t o d e p i c t. ( Pa n d o r a , $ 3 3 0) 4 . BAG . ( D i D o n n a , $ 4 6 7. 5 0) 5 . F o r a m o r e s o p h i s t i c at e d l o o k t h at f r i e n d s w i l l b e e n v i o u s o f. ( Pa n d o r a , $ 2 5 8 . 5 0) R u n way, J o e F r e s h
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From a young age, kids are drawn to pretty things. From a cute-shaped pendant they wear as children, to that amazing watch their friends want as teenagers, they are always looking for the next pretty thing, and they love showing it off, be it at a birthday party or any other special occasion. The principle of jewellery defining an outfit, and saying something about them, holds true for teens and kids as well as it does for you; let us show you some stunning pieces, perfect for 2012, that speak for themselves and reflect your kidsâ€™ unique personalities.
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1. Th is b i rthsto n e n eckl ace co m es i n a s w ee t sh a pe, i n e v ery co lo u r y o u c o u l d i m a g i n e . ( B f ly, $ 6 0 . 45) 2. E v ery c h i l d lov e s t h ei r t ed dy an d th ere is n oth i n g cuter than t h i s l i tt l e b e a r c u t- o u t p e n d a n t. ( F i o r i D i D o n n a , $ 1 8 5 . 9 0) 3 . S i m p l e s t u d s a r e a g r e at c h o i c e f o r a l i tt l e o n e â€™ s f i r s t pa i r o f pierced earrings, a special moment i n l i f e . ( B f ly, $ 8 2 . 4 4) 4 . T h i s s l e e k s i lv e r wat c h h a s p l ay f u l n e s s t o i t w i t h u n i q u e g i a n t n u m b e r s o n t h e fa c e , j u s t t h e t h i n g to use to le arn how to tell ti m e. ( L a c o s t e , $ 247. 5 0) 5. This unfussy br acelet is someth i ng mom an d daughter c an share, a h a r d t h i n g t o c o m e b y. ( Pa n d o r a , $ 8 8) 6. Sweet and simple, this ring does t h e t r i c k . ( Pa n d o r a , $ 6 0 . 5 0) 7. i n s p i r e d b y t h e b u tt e r f ly e f f e c t, t h i s b e a u t i f u l wat c h ta k e s f l i g h t o v e r a n y o t h e r wat c h . ( B f ly, $ 7 1 . 3 9)
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T h i n k o f y o u r s e l f a s a w o r k o f a r t , a c a p t i v at i n g i m a g e o n a c a n v a s . O n l y i n t h i s c a s e y o u â€™ r e t h e a r t i s t a n d t h e p o r t r a i t . Ma k eu p a n d h a i r c r eate a beaut i f u l l a n d s c a p e , o n e t h at j e w e l l e r y t r a n s f o r m s i n t o a m a s te r p i e c e . It â€™ s a l l ab o ut f i n d i n g a ba l a n c e bet w ee n c o l o u r s a n d s h a p e s . T h e r e a r e n o r e c i p e s f o r p utt i n g i t a l l t o g et h e r , h o w e v e r , t h e r e a r e s o m e g u i d e l i n e s t o g et y o u s ta r te d . U s e t h e m t o ta p i n t o y o u r c r eat i v e s e l f a n d be c o m e a l i v i n g , b r eat h i n g s h o w p i e c e .
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Break the rules and rebel against social conceptions by wearing many bold, heavy jewellery pieces all together at once. Emphasizing the eyes with metallic eye shadow, while downplaying the lips with a neutral pink, helps play up and bring out the sparkle of all those unique and extraordinary pieces. TEXT EVER TO WIN! YOU CAN WIN THESE STUNNING EARRINGS JUST BY TEXTING EVER TO 54500 P h o t o g r a p h y: b r e n d a n s m y t h Hair: donna dolphy m a k e u p : e vg e n y lo u k i a n e n kov E a r r i n g s , PA J G r o u p, $ 493 . 9 0 ; T o p, I s s e y M i ya k e , V i n ta g e .
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For a sultry look that doesnâ€™t look overworked, pair classic silver eye shadow and a bright bold lip with natural-looking wavy hair. Continue on the path of classiness by adding simple, clean drop earrings with a stunningly elegant drop pendant. The timeless jewellery and eye makeup work in unison, while the red lip adds that sexy punch, without overdoing it. P H O T O G R A P H Y: J O S E P H S A R A C E N O M A K E U P/ H A I R : W E N D Y R O R O N G MODEL: CLAUDIA PEREZ
W H I T E T O PA Z 1 4 K W H I T E G O L D WITH PINK GOLD BEZEL NECKL ACE, B C O U T U R E , $ 76 4 . 5 0 ; W H I T E T O PA Z 14K WHITE GOLD WITH PINK GOLD B E Z E L E A R R I N G S , B C O U T U R E , $ 5 1 7.
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Dark bronze smoky eyes with messy, in-your-face hair convey the allure of mystery and obscurity. Big structured geometric earrings sparkle against the darkness. Working with the hair to frame the face, the architectural earrings help add to the mystery of the eyes by drawing the attention there. P H O T O G R A P H Y: C H R I S T O P H E R WA D S W O R T H M A K E U P/ H A I R : L I Z R O B E R T S O N MODEL: NICOLE S
EARRINGS, SET IN 18K ROSE GOLD WITH 6 . 24 C T O F W H I T E D I A M O N D S , $ 2 0 , 76 2 . 5 0 ; FA N C Y B R A C E L E T ( W O R N A S N E C K L A C E ) S E T IN 18K ROSE GOLD WITH 15.01CT OF WHITE D I A M O N D S , $ 5 5 ,1 1 0 ; E N A M E L T U L I P R I N G , $14,360.50; PI N K EN A M EL 3 FLOW ER R I N G , $ 24 , 6 2 3 . 5 0 ; B L U E E N A M E L F L O W E R R I N G , $ 9 , 493 ; B R O W N D I A M O N D F L O W E R R I N G , $ 1 5 , 8 7 8 . 5 0 . A L L F R O M C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S .
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A thick layer of frost cloaks the earth as the chill settles in. The fearless combination of cubic zirconium, pearl, silver and brass embraces the winter season. Each precious stone, carefully set into these wearable works of art, begins to sparkle brighter, heating up the atmosphere with awe-inspiring splendour. When the season counters with sleet and squall, respond with true sophistication and style. Crafted with striking techniques and flawless designs, these treasures are your bold statements of individuality and strength of mind. You are prepared to weather the storm. TEXT: E.ZEYNEP GĂœLER TUCK
T H E COOL W H ISPE R OF WINTER SENDS T H E S E G L AC I A L F IGU R E S F L OAT I N G T OWA R D T H E I R D E S T I N Y. Among the cubic zirconia, handmade to perfection, emerges a sparkling pearl to heat up any occasion this winter. The thinner and more numerous layers bring out the fine lustre of this glistening opaque pearl. Witness the light reflect, refract and diffract off the pearl nestled into the warm embrace of this rhodium-plated masterpiece.
O P P O S I T E PA G E : S T E R L I N G S I LV E R R I N G W I T H W H I T E S H E L L PEARL AN D CUBIC ZIRCONIA , HANDMADE A N D L I M I T E D E D I T I O N , R H O D I U M P L AT E D . ( D I D O N N A , R I N G , $ 2 8 4 . 9 0) B R A S S W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M S I LV E R D I A M O N D B R A C E L E T ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , B R A C E L E T, $ 5 2 2 . 5 0) T H I S PA G E : S T E R L I N G S I LV E R N E C K L A C E S E T W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I A , R H O D I U M P L AT E D . ( D I D O N N A , A R R O W N E C K L A C E , $ 3 8 3 . 9 0) S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M D R O P E A R R I N G S ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , E A R R I N G S , $ 7 0 9 . 5 0) B R A S S W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M S I LV E R R I N G ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , R I N G , $ 3 9 0 . 5 0)
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T OW E R I N G H I G H A B OV E , A PA R A D E O F RU B Y R E D S , S PA R K L I N G B L AC K D I A M O N D S A N D G O L D E N RO S E S D O M I N AT E S T H E C I T Y S C A P E .
Competing with diamonds for the spotlight, boasting a virtually flawless and typically colourless composition, cubic zirconiaâ€™s brilliance lies in its price and durability. The prestige and sparkle of this stone positions it among the top gemstones of the world. These drop earrings, with their bold combination of black and white cubic zirconia, are the rising stars of the season. This winter, as the white snow falls peacefully to the ground and the darkness of each day is prolonged, celebrate the fusion of class and confidence in this elegant contrast of black on white.
O P P O S I T E PA G E : S T E R L I N G S I LV E R , R U B Y L O G O , C L E A R C R Y S TA L B R A C E L E T. ( E L L E J E W E L R Y, B R A C E L E T, $ 1 5 2 . 9 0) BL ACK DIAMOND AND ROSE GOLD RING, S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , R I N G , $ 242 ) R O S E G O L D/ S I LV E R / B L A C K D I A M O N D E A R R I N G S , S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M ( 3 PA R T ) . ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , E A R R I N G S , $561) T H I S PA G E : S T E R L I N G S I LV E R R U B B E R B R A C E L E T, S E T WITH BL ACK CUBIC ZIRCONIA , RHODIUM P L AT E D . ( D I D O N N A , B R A C E L E T, $ 2 6 2 . 9 0) S T E R L I N G S I LV E R R I N G W I T H PAV E B L A C K C U B I C Z I R C O N I A , R H O D I U M P L AT E D . ( D I D O N N A , R I N G , $ 24 0 . 9 0) E A R R I N G S S I LV E R D I A M O N D W I T H B L A C K D I A M O N D S T R I P S , S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , E A R R I N G S , $ 5 3 9)
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In the midnight hour, shining with diamonds, a rainbow of gold glows in the darkness. Worlds collide in the Zeghani woven ring, as it intertwines three distinct tones of gold, the metal’s purest form of yellow, its silver alloyed shade of white, and finally, its rose-touched blend of copper and silver. Gaze at each of the 0.15 ct diamonds laid in the Zeghani ring’s eternally interwoven design as if they were distant twinkling stars in the sky. These supernatural stones, produced at high temperatures and under high pressure, naturally form when they ascend to the Earth’s surface through the magma of volcanic eruptions. STYLING: HADRIEN LUM PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH SARACENO
Text EVER to win! You can win this amazing ring just by texting EVER to 54500.
1 4 K T H R E E -T O N E FA S H I O N R I N G W I T H 0 .1 5 C T OF ROUND WHITE DIAMONDS. (ZEGHANI, W O V E N R I N G , $ 1 1 0 0) 14K PINK AMETHYST AND ROSE QUARTZ, P I N K G O L D B R A C E L E T. ( B C O U T U R E , J U L I E T B R A C E L E T, $ 2 1 45) B O W T I E E A R R I N G S W I T H D I A M O N D D R O P, S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M . ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , E A R R I N G S , $ 2 5 3) BR ASS WITH CUBIC ZIRCONIUM ROSE GOLD N E C K L A C E . ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , N E C K L A C E , $ 2 1 4 . 5 0) G E M S T O N E R I N G , S I LV E R W I T H C U B I C Z I R C O N I U M . ( FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , R I N G , $ 45 1 )
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D R E SS , U L A Z U KOWS K A , $ 3 2 8 . 9 0 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 1 5 .1 8 C T EARRINGS, CLASSIC CREAT I O N S , $ 6 3 , 0 8 5 ; 1 8 K W H I T E / Y ELLOW 11 .23C T C U FFS, FI N C H C E N T R E J E W E L L E R S , $51 , 85 4; WAT C H , D I A M O N D W O R K P I E C E , MOP DIAL, DIAMOND ON CASE AND BEZEL, 18K ROSE GOLD, O N LY 5 0 P I E C E S I N T H E W O R L D , T H I S N U M B E R I S 4/ 5 0 . B R O W N CROCO STR AP WITH 18K ROSE GOLD FOLDING BUCKLE, BREI T L I N G F O R B E N T L E Y F LY I N G B C H RO N O G R A P H , $135,261 .50; 1 8 K W H I T E 7. 5 6 C T W H I T E D I A M O N D S 7. 6 6 C T B L U E A N D ORANGE SAPPHIRES RING, C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 5 8 , 5 3 1 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 1 . 45 C T W H I T E D I A M O N D S 1 9 . 5 0 C T B L U E T O PA Z , C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 7, 9 0 9 ; W ED D I N G BA N D, M A LO, 10K $1523.50, 14K $2294.60; SH O ES, VA L E N T I N O , D AV I D S S H O E S TO RO NTO, $1314.50; H I M : RO B E, S T Y L I S T ’ S O W N ; B L A C K FA C E I N S TA I N L E S S S T E E L WAT C H , B R E I T L I N G F O R B E N T L E Y B A R N AT O R A C I N G , $ 1 3 , 3 43 ; 1 8 K W H I T E / Y E L L O W 0 . 3 1 C T, R A D I A N T J E W E L L E R S , $ 4 , 76 3 .
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D R E S S , O S C A R D E L A R E N TA , FA S H I O N A B LY Y O U R S , $ 2 8 6 0 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 1 5 .1 8 C T E A R R I N G S , C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 6 3 , 0 8 5 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 7. 9 1 C T W H I T E D I A M O N D S 2 9 . 6 9 C T CO LO U R ED STO N ES N EC K L AC E, B A R R Y ’ S J E W E L L E R S , $ 5 9 ,1 2 5 ; B R A C E L E T, S C O T T K AY, $ 1 , 9 2 5 ; B R A C E L E T, S C O T T K AY, $ 1 9 2 . 5 0 ; R I N G , S C O T T K AY, $ 6 3 2 . 5 0 ; WAT C H , BREITLING, SHOWN AS BEFORE; B L A C K L E AT H E R C L U T C H W I T H S WA R O V S K I , W 1 0 C O L O U R S , $ 2 0 7. 9 0 ; H I M : T U X E D O J A C K E T A N D PA N T S , DIOR, RETRO; SHOES, PR ADA , R E T R O . C O M M I S S I O N E D PA I N T I N G , C H A L K M A S T E R D AV E .
Broken glass, broken promises all over the floor. I was “the one,” you said. Our love was supposed to weather any storm, you claimed. How quickly you forget! I found you with her, you can’t deny it. Your hands exploring her body like you once explored mine. You can keep her and your empty promises. I’m keeping the rings you gave me and your rare $135,000 diamond-encrusted watch, your most valued possession.
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Your sweet words. Your sour, shallow words. I gave myself to you entirely and all you offered me was pain. It was over on New Year’s Eve. You ruined the holidays for me. From now on every new year will be a reminder of your betrayal. I hate you! I need you … please come back to me!
S TA R L E T S E Q U I N D R E S S , W H Y T E CO UTU R E, $1155; CO LO U R ED LE A F B L A C K R H O D I U M P L AT E D E A R R I N G S , FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 5 1 7; S I LV E R CROSS WITH CUBIC NECKL ACE, FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 3 9 6 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 7. 4 6 C T B R A C E L E T, C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 1 9 ,1 2 3 . 5 0 ; 8 . 9 8 C T B L A C K D I A M O N D B R A C E L E T, C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 2 5 , 0 5 8 ; 1 8 K W H I T E / R O S E 1 3 . 42 C T B R O W N D I A M O N D S R I N G C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 1 5 , 8 7 8 . 5 0 .
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1 8 K W H I T E 7. 5 6 C T W H I T E D I A M O N D S 7. 6 6 C T B L U E A N D O R A N G E S A P P H I R E S R I N G , C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 5 8 , 5 3 1 ; 1 8 K W H I T E 1 . 45 C T W H I T E D I A M O N D S 1 9 . 5 0 C T B L U E T O PA Z , C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 7, 9 0 9 ; N E C K L A C E , L A D U E L L I S TA , S A M A N T H A N E M I R O F F J E W E L L E R Y, P R I C E U P O N R E Q U E S T; B R A C E L E T, G R A Z Y N A , U L A Z U K O W S K A , $ 2 1 4 . 5 0 ; WAT C H , A S S H O W N B E F O R E ; H I M : J A C K E T, D I O R , R E T R O ; SAURO GOLD COLLEC TION SAURO ARTIGLIO COLLEC TION COPPER BANGLE, B A R R Y ’ S J E W E L L E R S , $ 76 4 . 5 0 ; B L A C K CERAMIC WITH PINK GOLD WEDDING B A N D , M A D A N I , $ 493 . 9 0 ; WAT C H , A S SHOWN BEFORE.
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DRESS, C ACHAREL, GEORGE C T O R O N T O , $ 5 7 7. 5 0 ; T U R Q U O I S E S I LV E R P L AT E D E A R R I N G S , FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 2 0 3 . 5 0 ; T U R Q U O I S E PA N T H E R FA C E B R A C E L E T, FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 7 1 5 ; B R A S S M E TA L R H O D I U M P L AT E D B R A C E L E T, FA S H I O N B Y SA KO, $550; W E D D I N G B A N D, M A LO, 10K $1523.50, 14K $2294.60; C U B I C Z I R C O N I A O N B R A S S M E TA L R I N G , FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 2 7 5 ; 8 . 9 8 C T BL ACK DIAMOND BR ACELET ON ANK L E , C L A S S I C C R E AT I O N S , $ 2 5 , 0 5 8 ; S WA R O V S K I C R Y S TA L C L U T C H B A G , C H R I S T O F F, W 1 0 C O L O U R S , $ 76 8 . 9 0 ; S H O E S , VA L E N T I N O , D AV I D S S H O E S TO RO N TO, $1314.40.
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C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R : K E L E C H I A C H O N U P H O T O G R A P H Y: C H R I S T O P H E R WA D S W O R T H HAI R AN D MAKEU P: JORDANA MA XWELL MODELS: ASTRI D AN D DAN I EL
It’s past midnight and I’ve got somewhere to go. Don’t know exactly where, yet I know it will be loud. I will enjoy the arms and mouths of others – each a better man than you ever were – and then I’ll send you my pictures. There are no limits tonight. I am feral and will unleash my wild heart. The night is mine.
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It just got easier to put your best face forward. The ultimate when it comes to fashionable style, a watch not only tells the time, it also serves as a status piece, instantly telling the world how you choose to live. The wide range of covetable styles to choose for 2012 will make even the most savvy watch aficionado quiver with delight. Whether youâ€™re looking to add a splash of colour with trendy rose gold or go for longevity with chic classics, donâ€™t delay in your selection. After all, time waits for no one.
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A ll C loth i n g fro m R e tro; M e r c i e r C l a s s i m a A u t o m at i c C h r o n o Wat c h , B a u m e & M e r ci er, $4,235; Ri ng, Vivi en n e W e s t w o o d , V i n ta g e .
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M i m i N e c k l a c e s i n S i lv e r a n d 1 8 k R o s e G o l d w i t h P i n k S a pp h i r e s a n d B a r o q u e W h i t e P e a r l s , $6, 270 ; P o m e l l at o R i ng 1 8 k a n d W h i t e w i t h Am e t h y s t a n d D i a m o n d s R h o d i o l i t e , $ 1 1 , 5 5 5 ; P o m e l l at o Ta ng o B r a c e l e t in 18k Gold with Pink Diamonds B l a c k a n d B r o w n , $ 3 4 , 4 8 5 ; M i m i R i ng i n S i lv e r a n d 1 8 k R o s e G o l d w i t h S a pp h i r e s a n d B a r o q u e P e a r l W h i t e , $ 1 , 8 4 8 ; P o m e l l at o R i ng i n 1 8 k G o l d a n d B u r n i s h e d S i lv e r a n d P i n k T o pa z B l u e M a gn i t u d e , $ 9 , 24 0 ; R o s e G o l d Q u a r t z Fa c e Wat c h , B a u m e & M e r c i e r , $ 4 , 8 9 5 ; A l l J e w e l l e r y a n d wat c h f r o m B i j o u t e r i e I ta l i e nn e P. M . In c ; G r e c i a n D r e s s , P i n k Ta r ta n , $ 5 4 4 .
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1 . B r i e l – $ 43 0 White cer amic br acelet and r o u n d r o s e - g o l d i o n - p l at e d s ta i n l e s s s t e e l c a s e w i t h r o s e - g o l d p l at e d w h i t e g l a s s b e z e l . W h i t e d i a l f e at u r e s g o l d t o n e -s e t c r y s ta l m a r kers, luminous hour and minute h a n ds a n d lo go. Q ua rt z m ov em e n t. Wat e r r e s i s ta n t t o 1 0 0 metres. 2 . M o va d o B OLD C r o n o g r a p h –$ 93 0 M i d -s i z e ( 3 8 m m ) , c h r o n o g r a p h , h i g h-p o lish ed y ellow-go ld, i o n - p l at e d s ta i n l e s s s t e e l c ase and br acelet with d e p l o y m e n t c l a s p, y e l l o w g o l d -t o n e d d i a l w i t h m at c h i n g s u b - d i a l s , d at e d i s p l ay, K 1 c r y s ta l , 1 / 1 0 Sw i s s q u a r t z c h r o n o g r a p h m o v e m e n t. 3. Versace - $2,300 Sw i s s m a d e , Sw i s s m o v e m e n t, y e l l o w - g o l d i o n p l at i n g , s a p p h i r e c r y s ta l g l a s s , s ta i n l e s s s t e e l b r a c e l e t 4. V e r sac e - $2, 270 Sw i s s m a d e , Sw i s s m o v e m e n t, r o s e - g o l d i o n p l at i n g , s a p p h i r e c r y s ta l g l a s s , g e n u i n e l e at h e r b r a c e l e t 5. B ri el - $500 White cer amic br acelet and r o u n d r o s e - g o l d i o n - p l at e d s ta i n l e s s s t e e l c a s e w i t h r o s e - g o l d p l at e d w h i t e g l a s s b e z e l . W h i t e d i a l f e at u r e s g o l d t o n e -s e t c r y s ta l m a r kers, luminous hour and minute h a n ds a n d lo go. Q ua rt z m ov em e n t. Wat e r r e s i s ta n t t o 1 0 0 metres.
Copper hues graced the runways this season and glimmered on the wrists of starlets as of late, and why wouldn’t they? With its polished finish and luxurious allure, copper is the be-all-and-end-all of wrist-worthy shine. Looking to add sparkle to even the simplest of ensembles? There’s a myriad of trendy rose-gold watches that should do the trick. Whether combined with white ceramic in a bracelet setting, embellished with crystal markers or left to stand on its own, this copper shade will up the ante when it comes to taste and elegance. From Movado to Versace, there’s a fashionable style for the office and evenings on the town alike.
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A ll C loth i n g fro m R e tro; Wat c h , M u e h l e - G l a s h u t t e , $ 4 , 8 76 .
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1 . M U E H L E G L A S H U E T T E – $4, 870 M U 9 4 0 8 , A U T O M AT I C W I T H W O O D P E C K E R N E C K R E G U L AT I O N , GLASHUETTE THREE-QUARTER P L AT E A N D C H A R A C T E R I S T I C S U R FA C E F I N I S H E S . S T O P -S E C O N D . FA S T D AT E C O R R E C T I O N . 4 8 - H R P O W E R R E S E R V E , S TA I N L E S S STEEL WITH BIDIRECTIONAL BEZEL. 2.5 MM THICK, DOMED AND A N T I - G L A R E S A P P H I R E C R Y S TA L . T R A N S PA R E N T C A S E B A C K . S C R E W - I N C R O W N . WAT E R - R E S I S TA N T T O 1 0 B A R S . 2 . H U G O B O S S O R A N G E – $ 247 A N A L O G U E - D I G I TA L D I A L W I T H L U M I N O U S M A R K E R S . S TA I N L E S S STEEL AND PLASTIC CASE WITH B L A C K L E AT H E R S T R A P W I T H O R A N G E W O V E N A C C E N T. Q U A R T Z M O V E M E N T. 3 . E S Q O C TA N E R E D FA C E - $ 3 2 5 S TA I N L E S S S T E E L C A S E W I T H B L A C K I O N - P L AT E D B E Z E L , R E D C A R B O N F I B R E A N A L O G U E / D I G I TA L ARABIC/MARKER DIAL, TEXTURED B L A C K S I L I C O N E S T R A P, S W I S S Q U A R T Z A N A L O G U E / D I G I TA L M O V E M E N T W I T H A L A R M F U N CTION. 4. L ACOSTE PI N K/B L ACK S T R I P/O R A N G E - $ 1 0 4 WAT E R - R E S I S TA N T, P L A S T I C , Q U A R T Z M O V E M E N T, M I N E R A L GLASS. 5 . M O VA D O B O L D G R E Y A N D O R AN GE - $395.00 GREY ALUMINUM C ASE, GREY S I L I C O N S T R A P, G R E Y D I A L W I T H ORANGE HANDS.
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These watches do double duty as a handy timepiece and sleek armwear for men. The ultimate for on-the-go urbanites, sporty and understated watches offer effortless masculine style for the modern man. Straps made of rubber or silicone not only increase their longevity and deter wear-and-tear, they are also water resistant, which is key when looking for a versatile timepiece. Style-conscious gents can don these watches without a second thought, still appearing as though they stumbled upon such trends naturally.
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G l a s s e s , K i r k O r i g i n a l s , K ARIR , M O D, Duan e. $544; Ti e, Pr a da , R e t r o ; S h i r t, P r a d a , R e t r o ; T r e n c h , D i o r , R e t r o ; Wat c h , M u e h l e - G l a s h u tt e , $ 4 , 6 1 2 .
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B E ISN T CL ASS CL ASSICS There are watches and then there are heirlooms. And investing in a classic always pays off. Whether passed down through generations or savoured in the moment, prep meets refined with these standout staples. From ESQ to Lacoste, best in class wows with unexpected details, a lizard-embossed leather strap here, a rose dial there. Go the distance in a favourite, the ultimate fashion element a man needs.
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1. ESQ – Men’s Ch ron i cle - $385 Y e l l o w - g o l d i o n - p l at e d s ta i n l ess s t ee l c a se , s i lv e r -t o n e d dial with stick markers and sm a l l sec o n d s s u b d i a l , b r o w n t e j u l i z a r d - em b o sse d l e at h e r s t r a p, S w i ss q u a r t z m o v eme n t, wat e r r es i s ta n t t o 5 AT M 2. L acoste - $215 Wat e r r es i s ta n t, s ta i n l ess s t ee l , q u a r t z m o v eme n t, m i n e r a l g l a ss 3. M u eh l e G l a sh u e t t e - $4,610 M U 9 4 0 8 , a u t o m at i c w i t h w o o d p ec k e r n ec k r e g u l at i o n , G l a s h u e t t e t h r ee - q u a r t e r p l at e a n d c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s u r fa ce f i n i s h es . S t o p -sec o n d . Fa s t d at e c o r r ec t i o n . 4 8 - h r p o w e r r ese r v e . B r u s h e d/ p o li s h e d s ta i n l ess s t ee l c a se . A n t i - g l a r e s a p p h i r e c r ys ta l . T r a n s pa r e n t c a se b a c k . S c r e w - i n c r o w n . Wat e r - r es i s ta n t t o 5 b a r s . 4 . TW S t ee l C E O Tec h – $ 1 , 42 0 R o se G o l d/ B l a c k - 4 8 mm AA - g r a d e s a n d b l a s t e d PVD r o se - g o l d p l at e d s t ee l c a se . P r ec i s i o n c h r o n o m o v eme n t. S a p p h i r e c r ys ta l . I ta l i a n l e at h e r s t r a p. 1 0 0 me t r e wat e r r es i s ta n t 5 . H a m i lt o n - $ 2 , 0 9 0 H a m i lt o n Pa n E u r o p A u t o C h r o n o , l i m i t e d e d i t i o n wat c h .
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1 . H u g o B o s s R e d C hr o n o Wat ch 3 D i a l - $ 6 5 4 C hr o n o g r a p h Q u a r t z m o v e m e n t t i m e p i e c e . I o n i c- p l at e d bl ack steel with bl ack silicon s t r a p. 2 . B r i e l - $ 49 5 B l a c k d i a l , chr o n o g r a p h m o v e m e n t w i t h d at e , m i n e r a l g l a s s , s ta i n l e s s s t e e l br a c e l e t, 42 m m c a s e . 3 . M o va d o B OLD - $ 1 , 8 6 5 S a p p h i r e s y n e r g y chr o n o g r a p h , b l a c k PVD f i n i s h e d/ p o l i s h e d s ta i n l e s s s t e e l c a s e , b l a c k r u bb e r s t r a p, b l a c k d i a l , 42 m m c a s e . 4. Citizen – L i m i t e d E d i t i o n - $ 93 5 At o m i c t i m e k e e p i n g , 1 -s e co n d C hr o n o g r a p h , p e r p e t u a l c alen dar, r adio-controlled i n five ti m e zo n es, al a rm , pow er r e s e r v e i n d i c at o r , wat e r r e s i s ta n t u p t o 6 6 6 f t, n e v e r n e e d s b at t e r y. 5. M u eh le G l a sh u e t te - $2,590 S W 2 0 0 -1 , a u t o m at i c ; M u e h l e version with woodpecker n e c k r e g u l at i o n , o w n r o t o r a n d ch a r a c t e r i s t i c s u r fa c e f i n i s h e s . S t o p -s e c o n d . Fa s t d at e c o rr e c t i o n . 3 8 - hr p o w e r r e s e r v e . S ta i n l e s s s t e e l w i t h r u bb e r b e z e l . 4 m m t h i c k , a n t i - g l a r e s a p p h i r e cr y s ta l w i t h i n t e r n a l ly g r o u n d l o u p e . Scr e w - i n cr o w n . Wat e r - r e s i s ta n t t o 1 0 0 b a r s .
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You won’t be left in the dark, despite your jet-setting ways. Macho midnight hues give these tickers a much-needed update. Still original-family-owned German watchmaker Muehle Glasshutte didn’t miss a beat when designing their night owl stopper, with stop-second and rapid date correction.
Citizen helps out with a time check. A 1-second chronograph measuring up to 60 minutes means you won’t miss a thing, day or night. An alarm and radio controller in five time zones begs you to travel and will keep you in the loop wherever you are. Meanwhile, Eco-Drive technology absorbs light and converts it into a limitless source of energy. With all that in mind, your new watch is bound to become a clear reflection of your lifestyle.
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Many of us have a traditional pearl necklace tucked away somewhere in the bottom of a drawer; however, we just don’t wear it as often as we used to. Perhaps it’s just too classic, outdated or small compared to today’s fashionable jewellery pieces. Nevertheless we still feel the need to hold onto our pearls. Perhaps it’s the memory of that magic moment when we received our first pearl necklace as a gift, especially if it was an heirloom from our mother, grandmother, mother-inlaw, sister or friend.
While retro, nostalgia and yesteryear are in, we can combine all these trends and redesign the look of an old necklace.
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E A R R I N G S , S T Y L I S T ’ S O W N ; 7 2 ” M U LT I - C O L O U R E D B R O W N F R E S H WAT E R P E A R L N E C K L A C E , I M P E R I A L P E A R L S ; T O P, E M A N U E L U N G A R O , FA S H I O N A B LY Y O U R S , $ 1 9 2 . 5 0 ; R I N G , FA S H I O N B Y S A K O , $ 6 7 1 . 0 0 .
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14 m m kn ot ted gen u i n e w h ite pe arl n eckl ace, C l a u d e A b i t ta n , T h e B e a d e r y, $ 45 6 ; 1 6 m m M . O P e a r l s , C l a u d e A b i t ta n , T h e B e a d e r y, $ 4 4 0 ; W h i t e Go ld C en ter Ed g e i n Tu n gsten R i n g , M a da n i , $594; Wat c h , B r e i l , $ 43 4 . 5 0 . Pat e n t L e at h e r P r a d a T r e n c h , Fa s h i o n a b ly Y o u r s , $ 6 6 0 ; S e c r e t S h e e r Z e b r a Pa n t y h o s e , S e c r e t H o s i e r y, $ 1 3 . 7 5 ; B a g , N i c e b o r e l , d av i d s s h o e s t o r o n t o , $ 5 , 5 0 0 .
HOW TO REDESIGN A CLASSIC Start by unstringing your old pearl necklace. For a 72-inch necklace, it’s likely you’ll need more beads to complete it. Consider adding different colours of pearls and a variety of stone beads that are to your liking: amethyst, malachite, rose quartz, sunstone, peridot, garnet, citrine, tourmaline, lapis lazuli and golden and silver stone beads, and vary the sizes. Don’t hold back – you can mix and match the colours and the pattern can be irregular.
String on a temporary wire to make a 70- to 72-inch chain. You may want to add some yellow or take away some grey, for example, to adjust the size of beads or balance the colour. When you’re satisfied with the look, restring the beads and add knots between each stone bead, or at least on each side of the pearls; there’s no need for a clasp.
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(O N D A N I E L L E ) 1 4 M M K N O T T E D G E N U I N E B L A C K P E A R L S H E L L N E C K L A C E , T I G G R O U P ; N E C K L A C E , PA R I S I A N N O CT U R N E , S A M A N T H A N E M I R O F F J E W E L L E R Y, P R I C E U P O N R E Q U E S T; D R E S S , M A N I O L A , R E M I X C L O T H I N G , $ 2 2 0 ; 6 S T R A N D M U LT I C O L O U R E D B R O W N G E N U I N E F R E S H WAT E R P E A R L N E C K L A C E , W O R N A S B R A C E L E T S , I M P E R I A L P E A R L S ; WAT C H , B R E I L , $ 3 8 5 ; B A G , E V G E N Y, G R E E N P Y T H O N K I S S E T T E , $ 3 24 . 5 0 ; WAT C H , B R E I L , $ 3 8 5 ; (O N AUTU M N) PE ARLS, I M PERIAL PE ARLS. DRESS, MARC BY M A R C J A C O B S , R E M I X C L O T H I N G , $ 242 ; 1 4 M M M . O P E A R L S W O R N A S B E LT, C L A U D E A B I T TA N , T H E B E A D E R Y, $ 4 1 8 .
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N e c k l a c e , B i g B o y, S a m a n t h a N e m i r o f f J e w e l l e r y, P r i c e U p o n R e q u e s t; B l a c k C a g e D r e ss , R e m i x C l o t h i n g ; R i n g , D i D o nn a , $ 2 8 4 . 9 0 ; S e c r e t S h e e r Z e b r a Pa n t y h o s e , S e c r e t H o s i e r y, $ 1 3 . 7 5 .
WAYS TO WEAR IT So take out your old forgotten necklaces from the bottom of your drawers, and use your creativity to make a piece that will be the talk of the town. Here are several ways you can wear your new necklace: 1. A single strand is long and attractive; however, the length is best suited to formal affairs. Actresses walking down the red carpet to accept their Oscar can afford to wear a necklace down to their knees. If need be, put a knot in it to shorten it slightly. 2. It’s easy to wear the necklace doubled-up. The two strands can be of equal length, subtly distanced, or worn as a choker with a long strand. 3. The hottest trend is to place the two strands close to each other and to add a brooch closer to the neck – a beautiful touch that adds femininity to a professional look. 4. A triple strand still allows you to pass it over your head without having to add a clasp. 5. With a quadruple strand, this necklace looks fabulous shortened and worn in disarray or twisted. 6. It can be attached with a shortener, a golden ring that opens, a pearled shortener or even a brooch centred at the front. Look for your old cameos. 7. Mixing the old and the new is all the rage. You can also add a pendant ring with an opening by placing the shortener at the front. 8. This necklace can be transformed into a big bracelet by twisting it eight times around your wrist. The more it’s twisted, the shorter it gets, therefore suiting all wrist sizes. 9. And why not wear it as a belt? It will add refinement to any distinguished outfit (sizes 36 and smaller). Remember, the more you twist, the shorter it gets.
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(O N D A N I E L L E ) R I C H E B O U R G J A C K E T, M A R I E S A I N T P I E R R E , $1 ,078; E A R R I N G S , S H OW N A S B E FO R E; 35 M M M .O P E A R L S N E C K L A C E , C L A U D E A B I T TA N , T H E B E A D E R Y, $ 3 8 5 ; 7 2 ” I N D I V I D U A L K N O T T E D W H I T E F R E S H WAT E R P E A R L N E C K L A C E W O R N A S B R A C E L E T, I M P E R I A L P E A R L S ; (O N A U T U M N ) 3 5 M M M . O P E A R L S P E N D A N T, C L A U D E A B I T TA N , T H E B E A D E R Y, $ 5 5 ; R E D D I S C O PA N T, A M E R I C A N A P PA R E L , $ 1 0 1 . 2 0 ; SH O ES, J EFFERY C A M PB ELL, R EM I X C LOTH I N G , $330; R I N G , D I D O N N A , $273.90; R I N G , M A DA N I , $594.00.
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HER A LIVES LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND H E R J E W E L L E RY D E S I G N S A R E A R E F L E C T I O N O F E V E RY T H I N G S H E L OV E S by Bonnie Siegler
In her everyday work attire of jeans and casual blouse, jewellery designer Hera sits in her Toronto studio creating beautiful pieces that reflect elements of exotic cultures, nature’s magnificence and the ebb and flow of the ocean. Yet there’s a bit of edginess to her comfy look. The stackable bangles on her slender arm and the trendy statement rings on her hands give a glimpse into Hera’s personality and her ability to turn everyday into a special occasion. “I like being comfortable at work,” says the Istanbul native who moved to Toronto as a child. “I wear the bangles and rings every day. They seem to be the perfect accessory for every outfit and a finishing touch to a lot of my looks.” With glowing bronzed skin (Hera divides her time between Toronto and Miami) the stylish designer practices what she preaches with her motto: Live Life. “We should do what makes us happy in life, which is different for everyone,” she explains. “For me, living to the fullest is finding balance in life, spending time with my family and friends, loving my design career and being able to continue travelling. We get caught up in our busy lives and forget how special we are.”
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The loss of her husband two-and-a-half years ago seems to have reinforced Hera’s mantra. “He taught me a lot about the jewellery industry,” she reflects. “He was a true inspiration because he gave me the confidence to pursue designing.” “Gwen Stefani,” Hera answers when asked who in today’s pop culture exudes the essence of being a fashionable and confident woman. “I love that she has the confidence to have such an amazing career as a musician, fashion designer and mom. She has always had a very unique sense of style. “Princess Kate has a true classical look, which is traditionally elegant and totally suits her position in the Royal Family. And her jewellery is also very reflective of her style; very simple classic lines.” On the other side of the coin sits Madonna. “She has great style and has been a true trendsetter,” says Hera. “I think changing her fashion look and reinventing herself as she has over the years really conveys confidence.” Another is Beyoncé. “I think when you’re as famous as she is, people look to you for style,” notes Hera. “She’s a beautiful woman with a flamboyant style, and she’s not afraid of taking chances with color and carries it very well.”
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afraid of taking chances with colour and carries it very well.” If Hera were to recommend any designs from her own collections to accessorize these iconic ladies, what would she choose? “For Kate, I would suggest the orb necklace and earrings from our Paradise Collection, while for Madonna, I would love to see her in our large statement rings and an assortment of stackable bangles. “For Beyoncé I would layer her jewellery. She would look great with our large cuff bangles, layered with the Paradise Collection chains and large statement ring.” In fact, Hera considers long layers one of today’s most complementary jewellery trends. “It’s flattering to every woman’s body type. The statement ring is also a great trend – it’s a very easy way to add nice flair to any simple outfit.” Hera’s own exquisite collections combine precious metals and the casual wear of silver or 18-karat gold highlighted by brilliant diamonds and uniquely cut gemstones that reflect versatility in bold statements. In fact, the philosophy behind her designs is the adaptability to go seamlessly from day to evening. “You can start off by wearing a Life Links necklace and stackable rings to the office and dress it up for a night on the town by simply adding a long layered chain, some bangles and a statement ring,” she says. Aspects of her love of travelling are revealed in Hera’s designs. The art deco architecture and Latin influences of Miami creates a unique look and energy in some of her designs that she finds inspiring. “I have a hard time picking favourite places I’ve been to because every place is unique and I take away a different feeling each time,” she says. “For example, I’ve been to Thailand and the beauty, culture, temples and richness of the colours are truly inspirational. It’s the elements of culture and nature that capture my attention wherever I go.” When not traveling or working in her studio, Hera can be found in the kitchen. “I love to cook and find it very relaxing. Hanging out with my family and having a great meal is what I truly enjoy.” Sounds like a rewarding way to live life.
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Launching his business in 1989 in a tiny booth within a low-rent jewellery outlet in Los Angeles, famed jewellery designer Neil Lane has since created handcrafted, treasured pieces for some of Hollywood’s legendary stars. In spite of his growing fame and A-list clientele, Lane has not moved his emporium from his Beverly Boulevard address where his journey began. In fact, on any given day, you can find movie stars, supermodels and celebrities elbow to elbow, crowded into his small studio. “I know I was always driven,” says Lane about his meteoric rise up the bling ladder. “My inspiration comes from my artistic background and my fascination with historical art and architecture, plus all things beautiful.” As anointed in the media, Lane is the “Star Jeweller” and the “King of Bling,” with his designs being worn by everyone from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson to Angelina Jolie and Madonna. “I have worked with Jennifer Hudson for the past two years helping her create the jewelled Grecian goddess look.” When Hudson accepted her first Golden Globe and Oscar, the actress was a vision of beauty. “I darkened her
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diamond earrings to give her a shimmery effect against the beading of the dress. We added two diamond flower pins to her hair for a sparkle, revealing an element of surprise only when she turned her head. To balance out the whiteness of her dress, we added one thick diamond bracelet and stacked the other wrist with diamond bangles to create an element of glittery fun.” When Charlize Theron won her first Golden Globe, Lane was also well represented: “She wore a yellow Dior gown and we chose stacking large wide diamond bracelets with black onyx highlights and small diamond studs, so it was all about the diamond bracelets and the black onyx against her yellow gown. It really caused a sensation.” An effect Lane has been working on for over five years is a specific layered look, saying that his vision reached an apex with Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was going to a premiere and requested Lane’s expertise. “I went to her hotel and took my bag of tricks with me – it resembles a doctor’s bag. We just opened it up and played around with different looks. We put on one diamond chain, then two and she was fine with that, so we added more. We ended up with 10 diamond chains with about 500 carats worth of diamonds!” The actress’ style became a concept look shown all over the world.
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As irreverent as his pieces, Lane shuns any rules for wearing jewellery with specific clothing and says that there are no guidelines when it comes to casual versus evening wear. Yet he also says that “whatever you are wearing – jeans, suit, gown – a pair of diamond earrings are perfect because they always light up your face.” Along the way his influence has been seen on some of today’s most iconic stars who are setting fashion and jewellery trends. “A few days before the Oscars”, he remembers, “I received a call from Madonna about jewels for her Vanity Fair Oscar party dress. I was given a picture of her black Gaultier dress and immediately started preparing black diamond beads and stringing them together with white diamonds, thinking that would be a great look.” Knowing Madonna likes a large selection, Lane brought over many other jewels, including one of her favourite diamond bangles that he keeps aside just for her, ever since she stated it brought her luck. “The long black diamond chains were perfect for the dress and so was the diamond bangle. For a finishing touch, this large black onyx and diamond ring added the rock n’ roll edge to her look – she’s constantly reinventing herself,” he says. Another pop icon Lane describes as timeless and always beautiful is Jennifer Lopez. “The jewellery I did for her wedding was probably the most spectacular, most jewelled I’ve ever done for such an occasion. Her necklace alone was a couple of hundred carats of diamonds,” he says. The piece, together with another necklace, earrings and bracelet were created for Lopez, but only loaned for the wedding. “No one’s ever seen the jewels because she’s never released the pictures.” Lane has become a leading jewellery designer with his work seen everywhere. So how would Lane describe his own collections? “Glamorous, sparkly and inspirational,” he says.
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KITCHEN In the same way that a beautiful Chanel dress is greatly enhanced with a string of diamonds, an extraordinary watch, elegant diamond drop earrings or a large dinner ring, a kitchen can go from elegant and functional to extraordinary with a few sparkling touches.
J E W E L -L I K E T OUC H E S OF F E R A N E Y E - C AT C H I N G WAY T O A DD S H I N E T O Whether large or small, matte or gloss, tiles used for a kitchen can truly constitute one of the jewels of the room. YOU R DÉ C OR backsplash A backsplash serves a function by preserving the wall behind BY GLEN PELOSO
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While we may only think of jewellery as something that adorns the body or enhances an outfit, it can also be used to describe elements of home décor. Generally, these jewel-like décor touches are items that bring the look of a room together or add that much-needed sparkle or shine to make it a design winner. LIVING ROOM In a living room the sofa, chairs and tables can be considered the outfit of the room. Complementary design elements, such as extraordinary wallcoverings made of detailed fabrics with intricate patterns or tone-on-tone flock velvet, are elements that act like jewels and add a regal touch. Traditionally found in the homes of royalty and the most accomplished people in society, sumptuous wallpapers have never gone out of style and are still available for purchase.
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the stove; however, it also adds eye-catching colour and pattern to the space. A combination of both matte and polished stone tiles or colourful glass tiles can be used to create a dramatic backsplash. In addition, under-cabinet lighting can give the whole room a sense of sparkle and enhance the selection of backsplash tiles chosen to complement the cabinets, countertop and flooring. DINING ROOM In a dining room the chandelier is expected to be its focal jewel; however, an extraordinary wallpaper or fabric detail can enhance its glittering qualities. For example, in the same way that a diamond can be lovely in and of itself, the jewel’s setting can take it from a precious stone to an amazing accessory that impresses anyone who has the opportunity to be in its presence. BATHROOM Another room where jewelled elements make good design sense is the bathroom where faucets can be adorned with beautiful combinations of crystals, metals, carvings and other details. These jewel-like fixtures will grab your attention and tell you that you’re in no ordinary home. Gleaming décor elements can take a bathroom from being yet another space in a house to offering a completely luxurious experience that you and your guests will enjoy.
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Imagine natural fancy coloured diamonds formed billions of years ago, only recently coming to the earthâ€™s surface for the world to see. In fact, not so long ago they were disregarded as geological oddities. Today, however, some natural fancy coloured diamonds are considered the most concentrated form of wealth on the planet. For every 10,000 carats of colourless diamonds mined, a one-carat coloured diamond is found. Natural fancy coloured diamonds are so rare and remarkable that they account for only one per cent of all diamonds mined today. These diamonds are renowned for their scintillating colours, ranging from Champagne, Silver, Pink, Blue, Purple and Violet to Yellow, Red Orange, Black and Green. Some colours are so rare that they go directly from mines to auction houses such as Sothebyâ€™s in Hong Kong where, in October 2011, a 6.01-carat fancy vivid Blue and Pink diamond ring sold for $10 million. That was a world record price per carat for any fancy vivid blue diamond. At the same auction house a 4.19-carat VVS1 fancy vivid mandarin natural Orange and White Diamond ring without modifying hues sold for $2.9 million. Again, that
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was a world record price paid per carat and the highest price for any fancy vivid orange diamond at auction. According to auction results, for every 112 Picasso paintings offered at auction one blue diamond is sold. Due to their increasing rarity, natural fancy coloured diamonds have never in history been poised to appreciate more. They have shown consistent appreciation since tracking began in the 1970s, with some colours appreciating 50 to 100 per cent or more. Last year, a five-carat Yellow diamond appreciated 40 per cent and they’re currently selling for between $75,000 and $100,000. According to journalist Michelle Smith from Diamond Investing News, Gem Diamonds, whose Ellendale mine in Australia supplies Tiffany & Co. with Yellow diamonds, announced that in the first quarter of 2011, it sold natural fancy Yellow diamonds to Tiffany & Co. for an average of $3,379 per carat compared to $2,545 per carat during the first quarter of 2010. To put it in real terms, had you invested in natural fancy Pink diamonds from Australia’s Argyle Mine 25 years ago, you would have seen your investment appreciate 100 times (not 100 per cent) its value! Today, experts foresee the same pattern of appreciation occurring in Champagne, Cognac, Chocolate, Hazel Diamonds™, Silvermist and natural fancy Black diamonds. In the last five years, we have witnessed the Champagne, Cognac, Hazel Diamonds™ and Chocolate diamond industry go literally from zero to $5 billion. Because Brown variations are still currently priced below colourless diamonds they remain for the moment an affordable alternative for many investors. For instance, celebrities and luxury consumers are choosing natural fancy Champagne diamonds in every type of jewellery: • Pop star Jessica Simpson wore a pair of Champagne diamond earrings to last year’s Video Music Awards. • Hollywood star Cate Blanchett wore a Champagne diamond pendant to the SAG Awards. • American Idol pop star and acting sensation Jennifer Hudson wore a Champagne diamond ring at the 2007 Academy Awards when she won the Oscar for Dreamgirls. • Hilary Swank wore a 20-carat Champagne diamond hairclip at the Oscars. • Maria Menounos wore a dress covered in 2,000 Champagne diamonds worth $2.5 million on the red carpet. • Pop star Katy Perry and husband, English actor and comedian Russell Brand, share matching Champagne diamond wedding bands.
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It’s important to note that Champagne diamonds are relatively new to the general public and the potential for new buyers in both established Western markets and developing Eastern markets is significant. Industry experts foresee more and more institutions migrating to diamond investments once this market trend becomes more apparent. The Indian and Chinese market for diamonds is predicted to surpass the U.S. market in size by 2015. As a result, all of the major diamond retailers like Harry Winston, DeBeers, Tiffany and Laurence Graff have opened flagship stores in Asia to anticipate demand from China’s booming economy. According to KPMG, demand for diamond jewellery has never been stronger. They foresee a growth of total revenue from $185 billion in 2010 to $230 billion in 2015. As noted in the Huffington Post, demand for diamonds is growing for two reasons: firstly, they are one of the most reliable investments during financial disturbances and secondly, the growing middle-class population in India and China has started buying diamond jewellery. Natural fancy coloured diamonds are giving the male demographic around the world a whole new incentive for buying a big, beautiful diamond engagement ring … it’s a worthy investment.
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W H E T H ER J E W E L L ERY IS AN IN V ES T M EN T OR S OM E T H ING YOU HOL D C L O SE T O YOUR H EAR T (OR B O T H ), I T ’ S ESSEN T IA L T O H AV E I T PRO T EC T E D
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WHY INSURE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL? Because travel oftentimes involves wonderful trips to exotic locations, making sure your jewellery is insured before you leave is essential; otherwise you might want to reconsider packing valuables at all. Frazzled travellers become easy targets, which is why if you do travel with valuables, you must carry them yourself and never leave them unattended. Sounds extreme? Representatives from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company can assure you it is not. “Airports and hotel lobbies are active public spaces that create a false sense of security. We’ve had reports of thefts that occur in the course of check-in. Travelers become distracted and drop their guard, and when they look back to their valuables they realize they’re gone,” says David Sexton, vice president of Loss Prevention at Jewelers Mutual. When preparing to travel, your first question should be, “Do I really need to bring my valuables along?” If the answer is yes, then there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of stolen jewellery and valuables.
While the average bride and groom might never watch commodity prices like a seasoned investor, making it a yearly practice to check in with your jeweller can save you a lot of grief in the event of loss, damage or theft of your wedding rings. These days, a few years or even a few months can make a major difference in the value of jewellery. A recent U.S. national study of married women by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company revealed that over 54 per cent of respondents had never had their engagement rings appraised or had not done so within the past 10 years. Ten years ago, the price of gold was approximately $240 per ounce as of print date. Now, gold prices have increased by more than 700 per cent, currently sitting at approximately $1,747 per ounce as of print date. Prices of precious stones are soaring as well; a polished diamond costs 10 to 20 per cent more this year than it did a year ago, according to idexonline.com.
Because of the current surge in the value of gold and diamonds, consumers should consult their jewellers to find out the current appraisal of their jewellery and ask their insurance provider if their policy limits are sufficient to cover lost or damaged pieces. Given the results of the national survey, this rather simple evaluation occurs far too infrequently yet is essential to protecting a household’s finances. Making this a part of your yearly financial planning can help you avoid being under or over insured as gold and precious stone prices fluctuate. Engagement and wedding bands are not the only valuable pieces of jewellery that are vulnerable to loss or theft. Wise jewellery owners should consider all of their wearable valuables when exploring insurance options. Expensive pieces like men’s watches and strings of pearls should also be protected. Many couples use their anniversary date as a reminder to have all their jewellery appraised. Since the engagement ring and your anniversary are reminders of your love, why not also think of how you can keep that special symbol protected for years to come?
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TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS * * * * Insure your jewellery before leaving home; be sure your coverage is adequate, and have an accurate appraisal or insurance evaluation in your home records. * * * * If travelling out of the country, confirm that your insurance policy covers you. * * * * Be sure your policy covers theft, accidental loss, and mysterious disappearance. * * * * Be acutely aware of your surroundings. If you feel even slightly unsafe, discreetly cover your jewellery and turn your rings so the large stones do not attract unwanted attention. By insuring your jewellery and valuables before leaving home, and being sensible and aware when travelling, you can minimize risk and travel worry-free. COVERAGE OPTIONS A standard homeowner policy includes coverage for jewellery and other valuable items yet there are limits of liability. Because jewellery is more likely to be stolen than other valuables the standard policy has a fairly low limit of liability, usually $1,500. To increase coverage on jewellery through their homeowners policy, consumers can raise the limit of liability, yet there are often limits on how much you can claim on individual pieces of jewellery, and they are still only covered for theft. Consumers can also purchase floater policies by scheduling their individual pieces of jewellery. This is a more expensive approach, yet one that provides better protection. Scheduling requires an appraisal for each piece of jewellery and these policies will protect against theft and accidental losses (left in hotel bathroom or fell down the sink). A personal jewellery policy, like the one offered by Jewelers Mutual, offers individuals broad coverage, including repair or replacement of jewellery, in the event of a loss, damage, theft, and/or mysterious disappearance (can’t determine if it fell off while shopping or if it was stolen after you washed your hands in the public washroom). APPRAISAL PROCESS Some people will actually avoid having an appraisal done on their jewellery because they don’t think they have the necessary paperwork or think they will have to jump through hoops to start insuring their gems. You’ll be relieved to know that getting an appraisal or insurance evaluation in order to receive coverage is simpler than you think. For items below $5,000, some insurance companies won’t even need an appraisal — a detailed sales receipt dated within the past 18 months will do. Avoid stress on future purchases by asking your jeweller for an appraisal or insurance evaluation right away. This will save you the trouble of having to go back and ask for one later. Make sure the jeweller or appraiser uses official
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business letterhead with their contact information when submitting the appraisal, in case your insurance company has questions about the item. In most cases, the question can be worked out between the two parties without you having to be in the middle. DIFFERENCES IN CLAIMS Most homeowners policies will pay out claims in cash, so if you have a special cut and kind of stone or ring, you might be on your own to recreate your ring. Individual policies vary, so make sure you know what is covered and what you will receive when you file a claim. Specialty insurance such as the one offered by Jewelers Mutual will work with your jeweller to match your previous ring’s cut, quality and brand if you would prefer to replace your ring with an exact match. PEARLS OF WISDOM (great strategies to protect your jewellery): * * * * The best way to keep a valuable or extensive jewellery collection secure is to purchase a fireproof safe. * * * * Some gemstones are prone to fading, so store jewellery away from constant sunlight. * * * * Salt water and jewellery don’t mix — ocean water can damage some stones and metals. * * * * Having your jewellery appraised periodically to accommodate fluctuating value is a good investment. * * * * Remove jewellery before swimming. Fingers constrict in water, making rings more likely to fall off. * * * * If you bump or snag your jewellery, have it inspected for potential damage that may be unnoticeable to you. * * * * Clean your jewellery at home to avoid dirt buildup, which may hasten wear. * * * * Avoid heavy blows to your diamonds. Even though diamonds are among the hardest of all materials, they can chip if struck at the certain angles. * * * * Check your watch and bracelet clasps regularly to prevent unintended damage or loss. * * * * Try to store beaded necklaces flat. * * * * Remove jewellery before getting into a chlorinated pool as chlorine can cause damage to gold and some stones. * * * * Pearls are easily damaged by an array of household products including cosmetics, hair products and lotions.
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Today’s vintage watch market is very exciting for collectors, or individuals wanting to cash in on some of their family heirlooms. Though certain pocket watches are still very desirable depending on the age, maker and the complexity of the movements, in the last two decades the collecting trend for vintage pieces has shifted away from pocket watches to wristwatches of all makes, shapes and sizes. The 1980s was a special time for collecting retro wristwatches from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Prized elements included rectangular or asymmetric cases. The metal was also an important factor in determining the value (though not too much emphasis was put on the millimetre size). For example, when some high-grade watchmakers, such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron+Constantin, made a limited amount of stainlesssteel watches, record prices were attained. Because these high-grade watchmakers normally placed their intricate movements in gold or platinum cases, the production of stainless-steel cases was limited, making the few that were produced very unique and collectible. In November 2007, a stainless-steel Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar wristwatch showing Phases of the Moon
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sold at Christie’s in Geneva for $2,513,000, which was almost three times its estimated value. The watch was produced in 1944 and is believed to be one of only two ever made. Another interesting example is that of the Movado 1912 Polyplan watch. Its movement, designed on three separate planes, was difficult — and expensive — to construct. One other unusual feature of this watch is that its crown was located at the 12 position. The Polyplan was referred to as a driver’s watch. The case was normally 14kt gold and was sometimes made in silver or gold filled by special order. These watches come on the market occasionally and will fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000. The 1990s brought in a whole new generation of watch collectors. And, this time, the market shifted to large wristwatches made between 1940 and 1970. The most popular were chronographs featuring complicated movements and elements, like split seconds and perpetual calendars. Rolex has some of the rarest wristwatches from that time period. For example, the Cosmograph Daytona has become one of the most iconic models ever produced by Rolex. First made in the late 1960s, the Daytona is still in production today. However, now the case is a little larger and the crystal was changed from acrylic to sapphire. Also, the movement
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is now a self-winding in-house design compared to the nice mechanical movements of the 60s and 70s. In addition, Rolex produced many presentation watches that are also highly collectible, including the Eaton ¼ Century Club, produced by Rolex for the Eaton’s Company of Canada. The Milgauss is another rare Rolex model, which was produced for people who worked in areas that had a high magnetic field. However, one of the most popular vintage wristwatches out there is the Rolex Submariner made from the late 50s to the early 80s. Submariners have proved to be the workhorse of the Rolex collection and something like a Porsche 911 to a classic car collector. They are reliable and hardy, and have a ton of character. They’re also the perfect watch to use on a daily basis. This is the reason for the watch collector’s love affair with the Submariner. Though, like the 911, there were many of them produced, they still hold a special place in our minds. Prices have steadily climbed on all vintage Submariners and they now range from approximately $4,000 to $120,000.
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HOW TO S TA RT A C OL L E C T ION What to consider, whether you inherited a vintage wristwatch or are keen to collect them Patek Philippe is still believed to be the maker of the finest of all timepieces, producing wristwatches with many features, such as a minute repeater and other complications that can take years to complete. Many of these rare watches are now in the hands of collectors and rarely come up for sale. However, there are many entry-level watches, both modern and vintage, that are still reasonably priced and that will make very good investments as part of your portfolio. The following are some things to consider before buying … or selling. ORIGINALITY COUNTS Vintage wristwatches are normally more desirable in their original condition; any cleaning or replacement of an original part can decrease the value substantially. Dials should also be left in the original state, and not redone or even replaced. STAR QUALITY Watches will often take on the name of a film star or celebrity, such as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman or Gregory Peck, seen wearing a certain model during the filming of a movie. In Dr. No, Sean Connery as James Bond is clearly seen wearing a Rolex Submariner which is now known as the James Bond Submariner. DON’T BE FOOLED Due to the increasing value and desirability of vintage timepieces, better replicas than ever before are on the market for sale to collectors. Replica producers have invested many thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, in the
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technology and equipment to reproduce some of the most valuable models. Some of these knock-offs have been sold as genuine items for record prices and are in fact worthless once discovered to be fake. For this reason, along with the fact that some of the rare dials are extremely difficult to authenticate, appraisers are busier than ever. WHAT’S IT WORTH? Anyone who is thinking about selling a wristwatch, and is not sure of the value, should take it to an appraiser for an appraisal or just a quick reference check. There is a lot to know about a watch and a very small, almost invisible, feature can more than double or triple its value. Plus, it’s always exciting to know the provenance of a watch and to have any supporting documents or original receipts, which will only add to the value. RETAILER COLLECTIBLES Traditionally, the larger watch producing companies were based in Europe, with Switzerland being the major producer of high-grade watches. However, it’s not uncommon for these companies to make the movements for their watches and have the cases produced in North America or other European countries where they are retailed. So don’t overlook the retail brands. Companies like Cartier and Tiffany and many others may have their company name on the dial of the watch; however, some of their timepieces are very collectible and demand a premium price. Overall, the best way to start your collection (and protect yourself from purchasing a fake) is to buy from a reputable vintage watch expert. They may sometimes be a little more expensive than the deals you may see on the Internet, yet you just can’t put a price on peace of mind.
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When a woman buys the latest shoes or a limited-edition Vivienne Westwood bag, she’s not just supplementing her wardrobe, she’s buying a dream. Similarly, wearing an exquisitely designed brooch can change the way any woman feels about herself. A beautiful brooch can turn a housewife into a femme fatale, a teenager into a woman and a career girl into the consummate professional. Recently, the big story in jewellery has been the power of statement pieces that let you stand out from the crowd. Bold necklaces, gobstopper rings and chandelier earrings have been all the rage. Now there’s another trend to contend with: the re-emergence of brooches, a classic style. To sell this particular dream, clothes need a fairy-tale heroine, and this is where brooches come in. Instead of an official badge of status, today’s brooches are light, whimsical, bold and fashionable. And, like a belt or pair of shoes, they can offer the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, creating timeless sophistication or a retro chic vibe. A new pair of shoes might cheer the soul for a minute, yet for a deeper relationship with yourself, a flirtation with a brooch is life changing. And there’s a whole roster of specialist jewellers out there offering a bit of zap. Nova, for example, has a fashion-forward collection of diamond brooches that range from extravagant sleek or sculptural contemporary designs to affordable classic pieces that offer subtle glamour and imagination. When it comes to putting finishing touches on an outfit, jewels matter. Too little and you can look like you’re one badtaste choice away from fashion gone wrong. One way to get it right is to accessorize with a brooch. As a rule of thumb, the plainer your outfit, the more outlandish your brooch can be. I recommend you get in the game. Also, it’s good to choose a brooch that offers a twist. Perhaps it’s a traditional vintage piece or one that suits a particular clothing style. Needless to say, brooches are no longer the old-fashioned jewellery that your grandmother wore on her church coat. They can be fun, sophisticated, elegant and, best of all, come in all price ranges and style collections. Some of today’s pieces are so fabulous you’d hardly be able to tell if it came from Cartier or Swarovski.
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There are times when most people have dreams of faraway places, places perhaps they’ll never get to see. Yet there are travellers who have the need and the passion to make it happen. Even deserted islands have been discovered and inhabited, and forbidden countries are now waiting with open arms for tourists, making it easier for dreams to become reality. My passion — well, two passions, travelling and pearls — found the perfect destination in the Society Islands of French Polynesia where Tahiti, Bora Bora and Manihi are located. Manihi? Most haven’t heard about this small, exciting “motu” (island) and, because of the wonderful black pearl farms in this part of the Pacific, for a gem junkie like me,
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this long and remote trip was at the top of my “bucket list.” It seems I’m not the only one, though. Second only to tourism, these unique mollusks provide great revenue for the country. However, I did want to see a few of the other islands before heading to my nirvana. After a comfortable and long flight from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui, I arrived late in the evening at Faa’a International Airport in the capital city, Papeete, on Tahiti, the largest of all the Society Islands. Although my room at the Radisson Hotel Tahiti was stunning, come morning I couldn’t resist having breakfast at an outdoor café in the city centre, facing the azure blue waters and harbour that reminded me of the French Riviera. From there I watched the tall ships and cruise liners — which filled the harbour — pass by.
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ENTER THE BLACK PEARLS My first foray was the Black Pearl Museum. This is a must for anyone interested in purchasing black pearls. Robert Wan, who created this small yet enchanting venue, was a pearl pioneer, among the first ones to see the great potential of black pearls. Resisting all the enticing pearl shops along Boulevard Pomare and the side streets was difficult. I just couldn’t wait to own one of those luscious, lustrous pearls. The pearl designs were stunning yet I also knew I would discover equally glorious items at the source in Manihi. If you plan on buying a strand or even a single black pearl, don’t forget to ask for a certificate from a reputable source. If you’re looking for souvenirs, creative designs are to be found at the market at the end of this long stretch of street among the flowers, fish, produce, hats, bags and sun dresses. However, they are less expensive pearls and obviously of poorer quality. When in this part of the world, it is impossible to miss out on the most famous, romantic and beautiful island of Bora Bora, a lagoon enclosed by a coral reef. Looking down from a small plane, the island’s trademark, Mount Otemanu — in the shape of a pregnant woman — stands out among many white, sandy beaches. Five-star hotels are mushrooming on Bora Bora, the newest being the Four Seasons. Others include Bora Bora Pean Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora Beach Hotel, and Intercontinental Bora Bora La Moana Resort. Snorkelling, scuba diving, hand line fishing and any other water sports you could think of, are all available at most hotels, which usually have their own private beaches and also rent out any needed gear. Since hoteliers have realized their allure, the trend in architecture is to include over-the-water bungalows built on stilts. There, the glass coffee and night tables’ tops are removable and the tropical fish can easily be seen through them. Yet most intriguing and thrilling is that the marine life can feed directly from your cabin. Another great feature is stepping into the crystal clear water from your room’s sun deck. Visiting Bloody Mary’s, a meeting place for locals and visitors, is a must. Here you check your shoes and walk on the sand floor and, of course, try out the namesake drink.
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ON TOP OF THE VOLCANO Finally, the long-awaited day had arrived. After a short flight, I was on the volcanic atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago: Manihi, northwest of Tahiti. This is where some of the rarest pearls on Earth are found. Much is due to the fact that these waters have remained pollution-free, rich in plankton and experience little temperature fluctuation. So important is this industry that the government ensures the environment is controlled in a way that does not disturb the fragile balance of nature. Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is an “über” luxury hotel with only a few dozen over-the-water cabins, with easy access to the ocean, where I snorkelled until the appointed time to visit the black pearl farm. It’s a 10-minute, high-speed boat ride from here to Takovea, the pearl farm which, from a distance looked like a desolate shack in the middle of the ocean. I soon saw it wasn’t. After walking over a narrow plank I could see a group of small buildings on stilts. The Compagnie Perliére de Tuamotu, launched in 1968, is one of the largest of hundreds of pearl farms in this part of the ocean. Although there are 70 species of oysters that will make pearls, only three types produce the rarest of them. The large white pearls (South Sea pearls) are found in the waters near Australia, the small white Akoya come from Japanese, Chinese and Korean waters, and pearls from the black-lipped oyster, Pinctada Margaritifera, come from Tahiti. These rare pearls can be found in a wide range of colours, from champagne to grayish white aubergine, magenta, bronze, peacock green and deep black. The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort offers demonstrations before you meet the technicians. Ten kilometres of ropes are sunk into the waters and, at any time, about 60,000-80,000 oysters are attached. It takes more than three years before they can be harvested. If maintenance is not done properly, the shell will not grow. A “collector,” which looks like black steel wool but is soft and more pliable, is where baby oysters,
or spats, which haven’t been eaten by predators, are gathered and where they are fertilized. FROM MISSISSIPPI TO MANIHI Young oysters spend up to a year here before being transferred to rearing baskets. Over the next year, they are regularly checked and moved to bigger nets until they are strong and healthy. As we watched, a skilled technician delicately pried open the mollusk, made an incision in the gonad and implanted a spherical bead (these vary in size and are from mussels imported from the valleys of the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers). Irritated by the bead, the oyster secrets a substance called nacre, which builds up around the nucleus and forms a pearl. In three years the pearls are removed. The highlight of this day was watching a technician actually open an oyster that had produced a perfectly round, very shiny black peal. The staff was as thrilled as we observers were. Prices are high since only 10 out of every 2,000 oysters will produce an “A” quality pearl. Important features to look for are colours, which should be black or gray, as well as size. Black pearls seldom are as large as South Sea pearls and range from 8mm to a very rare and costly 21mm. Light reflecting from the surface gives the pearl its shine and brilliance. Some people now prefer the semi-round, ringed, button and baroque shapes to the perfectly round preferred by Coco Chanel, Jackie O, Princess Grace, Barbara Bush and the Queen of England. The most perfect pearl has no pits, scratches or stains, yet slight depressions are considered “natural perfections.” This session gave me a new perspective as to why pearls are so expensive. Back at the resort, I waited on a comfortable chaise longue beside the sandy-sided pool, which cleverly looks like a beach, for my pre-arranged massage on a table in the shallow ocean near the shore, not far from the swaying palm trees. There are few places on Earth that are as romantic as French Polynesia and the surroundings seem like the perfect reason why French artist Paul Gauguin gave everything up to move here. Before saying my “au revoirs,” I visited the hotel’s on-site boutique where I knew prices of pearls of great quality were, indeed, less expensive than in the cities. My two passions were then satisfied and I now had my memories of this unsurpassable part of the world, which deserves to be called “The most beautiful place on the globe.” And I had my new black pearl purchase. I clutched my great memento and dreamed of coming back.
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HARD-EDGED PUNK This look injects a dose of hardcore glamour to your image. It’s a mix of bondage, gothic and grunge that brings real life and fantasy together. The black patent leather gives it a bondage vibe while still staying within a comfort zone. For jewellery, start with great pieces, keep the heavier elements on the bottom or risk looking top-heavy. The most makeup you should wear should be mascara and eyeliner, hair shouldn’t be overdone. Budget: $1,000
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COCKTAIL CLASSY This is all about looking done-undone. Pink Tartan takes the idea of casual comfort and marries it to a cocktail event. It’s minimal and clean yet still glamorous – and gets you noticed. A bit of sparkle for jewellery, great lashes, coloured lips and glowing skin for makeup. Hair shouldn’t be overdone. Budget: $2,000
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LE FREAK, C’EST CHIC This look is for a strong sexy woman who is not afraid to make a statement. The silhouette is sleek and body focused, with clothes that show their shape on the hanger. Work the colours to your advantage and find a designer that works well with your proportions. The accessories should be kept to wrists only, a mix of bangles, antique and modern – it’s about a key piece of jewellery, such as a heavy cuff, so don’t overdo it. Go for natural or clean makeup and hair either sleeked back or very simple. Budget: $240,000
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W H AT IS I N A DI A MO N D? I F YO U ’ R E T H I N K I N G A B O U T B U Y I N G A D I A M O N D, I T ’ S T I M E YO U L E A R N T H E F O U R “C ” S .
By Duncan Parker
The time to make a decision about buying a diamond has arrived. It’s an exciting prospect: The opportunity to enter into a long-term relationship with a beautiful gem. It seems complicated, yet it isn’t. What you need to know before buying a diamond is actually pretty basic. You should start with the four “C”s: carat, clarity, colour and cut. Each of these is important in its own measure. CARAT Carat refers to the metric measured weight of a diamond. Diamonds are weighed before setting, and the measure should be the same, whoever weighs them. -1.00 carat = 200 milligrams, or 1 gram = 5 carats -1 carat equals 100 “points” (like cents in a dollar). People often refer to weight in “points.” You might hear a diamond referred to as a “75 point diamond,” which means it weighs 0.75 carat. Certain weights are more desired and prices escalate noticeably per carat.
CLARITY Clarity is based on an assessment of internal (inclusions) and surface features (scratches and blemishes) on the following criteria: -Size -Location of the inclusion -Colour of the inclusion -Number of inclusions -Contrast (visibility in their particular location) Grading of the clarity of a diamond is based on 10X (magnified 10 times actual size) magnification in good lighting, using a trained eye, and standardized terms: -Flawless: Nothing internally or externally visible -Internally Flawless: Nothing internally visible under 10X magnification, but may have very minor surface features, such as very small scratches -VVS-1: Very Very Small inclusions, very difficult to find under 10X, usually not under the table (the large centre facet at the top) -VVS-2: Very Very Small inclusions, difficult to find under 10X, must be very small if under the table -VS-1: Very Small inclusions, somewhat difficult to see under 10X, small if in the table -VS-2: Very Small inclusions, seen under 10X without very much difficulty -SI-1: Small Inclusions: Might be seen with some ease under 10X magnification -SI-2: Small inclusions: Can be seen easily under 10X magnification, might be eye visible to good eyes. Can often be seen from the underside (pavilion) -I-1: Included: Features can be seen with the naked eye, but the diamond retains its brilliance -I-2: Very noticeably included. Features are easily seen with the naked eye, and the diamond may have reduced brilliance. -I-3: Extremely obvious inclusions, reduced brilliance, and possible danger of breaking due to large fractures or other inclusions COLOUR Ideally graded in indirect north light or equivalent lamp. This ensures that you don’t have the sun shining directly on the gem. The colour is a grade of the body colour of the gem, not the sparkle or brilliance. Most diamonds are graded alphabetically, (for obscure reasons there is no “A”, “B”, or “C”), so colour grades start at “D” (completely colourless), and range through “Z” (noticeably coloured). Prices are highest for “D” colour and decrease as we go down the alphabet to “Z”.
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Colours more strongly coloured than Z have enough colour to be attractive, and the prices start to go up at this colour range. Colour: Fancy Yellow, brown, and grey diamonds more intense than “Z” are called fancy. Diamond is found in many different colours: –Red is the rarest and most costly –Blue is next –Purple –Pink –Orange –Green –Brown –Chameleon: Green in light and at room temperature, and changing to yellow if left in the dark or heated –Grey –White –Black is very inexpensive and is opaque CUT Cut grade is a term relating to the elements that make a diamond brilliant, sparkly, and lively to the viewer. Cut grade is based on a series of criteria, but there is not a single standard. The factors considered are generally the same for all: –Proportions –Symmetry –Polish –Light return/Light performance –Brilliance The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) uses a wordbased system: excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. This is simple to follow. The American Gem Society (AGS) uses a number based system. Cut grade can affect price more than 50 per cent, from ideal to poorly cut. The shape is separate from cut grade. Round brilliant cut is the most commonly seen standard cut type (as opposed to cut grade), princess cut (square or rectangular) is one of the next most common cut types, and there are hundreds of other cut types available. The shape of a diamond will affect price. The round brilliant cut is the most costly, whereas princess cut is less expensive. One additional factor that we look at these days is the “F” word: Fluorescence is a property of a glow (usually blue) that might be seen when a diamond is exposed to ultraviolet rays. Diamonds can have anywhere from no fluorescence to distinct fluorescence.
W H AT C ODE? By Phyllis Richard, Jewellers Vigilance Canada In the late Fall of 1998 the dream of having diamonds from Canada became a reality as the first ones were extracted from a Canadian diamond mine. Certainly an exciting moment in our history! So how can you be sure your diamond actually came from a Canadian mine? To give consumers a level of assurance, the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Authenticating Canadian Diamond Claims (“the Code”) was born. Along with Canadian Federal Government agencies, the diamond industry came together to establish a standard required to authenticate a Canadian diamond claim. Implemented in 2002 and administered by the Canadian Diamond Code Committee, a non-profit group of representatives from all segments of the diamond industry, as well as a consumer representative, the Code offers consumers an independent third party audit of warranties to authenticate their Canadian diamond. Code signatory retailers are listed on the Code web site (canadiandiamondcodeofconduct.ca). When you purchase a Canadian diamond, the retailer should provide you with, among other information, a unique Diamond Identification Number specific to your diamond. All you need to do is contact the Code Office, relay your information and pay a small administrative fee and the authentication process will begin. The Code Office will then trace your diamond back to the mine from which it came. Within approximately 30 days you will receive a letter from the Code Office authenticating your diamond as Canadian. Canadian diamonds are desirable because of their great attributes and beauty. They are being mined in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and to the highest environmental standards in the world. In addition, they have provided social benefits to the northern communities and have brought about important economic prosperity to that region. There are currently four Canadian diamond mines: three in the Northwest Territories and one in Northern Ontario. In the near future, this list of participants will probably grow to include Saskatchewan and Quebec, as well as Nunavut. The Code is endorsed by the Competition Bureau, which promotes and maintains fair competition in Canada, and the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), which is an international confederation of national jewellery trade organizations, representing over 50 countries.
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REVIVING 5,000 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION
ALL-NEW PRODUCTION WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
FOR 5,000 YEARS in China, culture was heralded as a divine gift. Its glory was long the inspiration of countless artists and poets, until this heritage was nearly lost… Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts seeks to revive this once-majestic tradition by creating a production worthy in its beauty of this noble history—something that enriches the lives of audiences in powerful, lasting ways.
Experience the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance company
“BRILLIANT CHOREOGRAPHY... EXTRAVAGANTLY BEAUTIFUL” — BROADWAY WORLD
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SHEN YUN. For Chinese, the words evoke a sense of wonder, magic, and the divine. To audiences who have seen it, they recall the experience of a lifetime—a moment so powerfully beautiful it touches the soul. Discover the glory of a fantastically rich culture, that of classical China, brought to life through brilliantly choreographed dance and mesmerizing, all original orchestral compositions. Magniﬁcently costumed dancers—the world’s elite—move in poetic arrangements that evoke pastoral beauty, imperial drama, and the glory of an ancient civilization. This season, discover what art was meant to be. Discover Shen Yun.
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The room spins, acid shoots up into your mouth, you pray it’s just a bad dream and you can’t fathom how it could happen to you. Whether it’s an accidental discovery of a text or email you weren’t supposed to see, a credit card bill that doesn’t make sense, or someone sitting you down to tell you about a partner’s infidelity, the reaction is always the same. The good news is that not only can you put your relationship back on track, you can make it stronger than ever, as long as both parties are truly willing and committed. 1. Communicate openly and honestly. Unless you talk about what happened, you will never find a way to move on. So ask and answer questions honestly, no matter how hard they might be. 2. Acknowledge the full effect of the affair. The cheater needs to assume full responsibility for it and validate its effect on the injured party – hurting self-esteem and damaging the relationship. 3. Avoid the blame game. While the cheater is responsible for the affair, constantly berating him or her doesn’t help. 4. Avoid making hasty decisions. Allow at least one week for the shock to wear off before making any short or longterm decisions – you will have a chance to think through the consequences a bit more clearly. 5. Accept a period of mourning. Your relationship as you knew it will never return – something new will have to replace it. 6. If you can’t say it, write it down. If you are having a hard time communicating your feelings, try writing in a journal or writing letters to yourself. Writing also allows you to clear your head and organize your thoughts. 7. Make a list of what needs to be fixed. Once you have a sense of why the affair happened, decide how to address the issues that led to it — unmet needs, unresolved relationship issues, or detachment. 8. Be kind to yourselves. Give yourself a break and cut back on your tasks. Spending time together should be your priority, with one caveat – the affair can’t be a part of every discussion. 9. Work on your self-esteem together. Both the injured party as well as the cheater probably feel pretty low. Do whatever it takes to reaffirm each other. 10. Come up with a game plan. Whether it’s cutting back on habits such as alcohol or Internet use or seeking therapy to start a journey for self-improvement, the unfaithful party needs to commit to ways that will help him or her avoid a future affair. The injured party can’t be expected to believe anything without a clear-cut game plan that factors in accountability – eventually you will be able to rebuild trust.
For many couples, an affair can be a wake-up call that draws attention to how precious the relationship is. Moving past an affair requires a lot of work, yet to stay on the right track, the injured party can’t hold the affair over their partner’s head forever. No one wants to make this journey. If you do need to, remember that it can be done and it’s well worth it to try.
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In recent years the value of gold has reached all-time highs, and that has prompted many people to consider selling some of their gold jewellery. However, before you sell your unwanted gold it’s smart to get answers to some important questions.
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SHOULD YOU SELL? First, be clear that you really want to sell a particular piece of jewellery. You may value your jewellery for its design and the memories associated with it; however, the buyer thinks of its gold value. If your jewellery is a family heirloom or has sentimental value you probably shouldn’t sell it. Also, if you remember what you paid for it you may be disappointed that the gold value is only a fraction of the original retail price. The ideal gold jewellery to sell is an old, broken item that you never wear and to which you have no emotional attachment. ESTATE JEWELLERY Sometimes jewellery can be sold for a good price as estate jewellery; however, there are things to consider. Sentimental value is not the same as heirloom value. You need to get a professional appraisal from the estate department of a reputable jeweller to determine if your item has estate value. The item will need to be in very good condition. Used jewellery is challenging to sell and, like a used car, needs to look and feel new to the buyer. This method of selling estate jewellery usually takes much longer because it depends on finding a buyer for your unique piece. Often you’ll have to leave your item on consignment until it sells. Generally the jeweller sells the piece to the public at a reduced price, taking into consideration that it’s secondhand. When it sells, the amount that the piece sold for is divided between the jeweller and the seller at an agreedupon percentage. In the end, the price you get may not be much more than the gold value. WHAT’S IT WORTH? There are some simple factors that you can use to determine the value of your gold. The most obvious indicator is the karat mark (10k, 14k, 18k, etc.), which should be stamped somewhere on each piece (though it often takes a magnifier to find it). In North America, jewellery is generally stamped with a karat mark, like 10k, while in Europe the mark is generally the decimal equivalent, like .416. There are also electronic and chemical tests available to determine the karat of gold items. Reputable buyers will perform this examination in front of you and explain each step in determining the karat of your jewellery. Another way to determine the value of a piece of gold jewellery is to weigh it in grams. A reputable buyer will weigh your jewellery on an accurate scale so you can see. When items are weighed they must be grouped by purity. For example, 10k and 14k items cannot be weighed together because the price per gram will be lower for 10k. It’s normal to use grams (not troy ounces) to avoid confusion and ensure greater accuracy on small items. It will also make it easier for you to compare prices paid by different buyers A reputable gold buyer will always tell you their price per gram for each karat. The price of gold is simple. White gold is worth exactly the same as yellow gold. Italian gold is worth exactly the same as Canadian gold. Only the karat and the daily market affect the price so there is no reason you should not get a straightforward answer to this question.
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WHAT ABOUT THE GEMSTONES? Some companies will purchase your gemstones (usually diamonds) and some will not. Coloured stones in general have little to no recovery value and are frequently already damaged or damaged in the process of removal. However, a capable jeweller can often remove a coloured stone that’s of particular interest and return it to you. WHO CAN YOU TRUST? With so many consumers wanting to sell their gold for scrap, this is a highly competitive market. So shop around. The price per gram per karat purity is the number that you can compare from one company to another; however, there is much more to shopping around than just price. Deal with a reputable company. They should be able to give trade references and they should have industry experience. Ask questions like: How long have you been in the gold business? Do you have a business licence? Can I see your website? In Canada the bylaws and regulations for businesses buying gold vary in each municipality. Check the requirements with your local municipality and be sure that the company you are dealing with complies with these requirements. A SELLER’S CHECKLIST
F I V E T I PS FOR GE T T I NG T H E B E S T D E A L I N T OW N 1. Examine and weigh your own jewellery according to the guidelines in this article and develop your own estimate of its value according to the prices per gram you obtained. 2. Compare the price per gram being offered by several buyers. It’s important that you do this on the same day you want to sell since prices change constantly. If a potential buyer will not provide a price per gram over the phone do not do business with them. 3. Check the buyer’s website. Look for membership in The Canadian Jewellers Association, Jewellers Vigilance Canada, a local Better Business Bureau, and other ethics organizations. 4. Call Jewellers Vigilance Canada to determine if there are any complaints outstanding against the buyers you are considering. 5. Watch when your jewellery is examined and weighed so you can see what is being done. There should also be a clear explanation of what your jewellery is worth and why. If you’re uncomfortable in any way, ask for your jewellery back and walk away. You can always sell tomorrow.
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It was a crisp, clear evening at The Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles where Hamilton hosted the 5th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, paying tribute to the talented off-screen heroes who contribute to movie-making success. Ever was there to witness all the action Walking the red carpet, looking fabulously fashionable, were presenters and guests including Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas with wife Melanie Griffith, The Help’s Viola Davis, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, JJ Abrams, among others. Banderas presented the award to producer Agustín Almodóvar for his current film, The Skin I Live In. “For me, making The Skin I Live In was a reunion with some very special people in my life that I don’t get to see nearly enough,” said leading actor, Banderas. “Agustín has always been a passionate, intelligent, tenacious, kindhearted, resourceful and imaginative producer. Yet on this film, I got to see up close just how masterful he has become at his vocation.” Toronto native Saum Khashael was also honoured by Hamilton. Attending the recently re-opened Toronto International Film School, Khashael competed against 50 other students and came in among the final three contenders. They each received $1,000 and one special item. As Khashael explained it, “I got chosen to come to Los Angeles for the event – oh, and I also got this watch.” The young filmmaker proudly displayed a large, black round-faced watch from Hamilton’s Khaki collection. Being a 19 year-old, it’s no surprise that the inspiration for his film submission came from video games and action movies. “Call of Duty and Halo, plus films like Bourne Supremacy and Inception were my inspirations,” he said. As for the choice of his five Hamilton watches, it came down to military fashion. “We chose what army men would wear and made them as timers for the bomb that appears in his movie. They had 2 minutes and 43 seconds to plant the bomb and detonate it; if they didn’t – mission failed.” With the Hamilton watch brand being such a prominently featured “prop” in Hollywood films, Khashael said he was aware of them in the James Bond films. “I recently discovered it also was featured in Get Smart and Men In Black.” Where does Khashael go from here? “Graduate and become a full-time director,” he said. “Comedy would probably be my first full-length movie because that’s my favourite genre. Or an action/comedy starring Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. Get them all in one movie and see what happens. And give them all a Hamilton watch. Why not?” 1. ANTONIO BANDERAS, PEDRO ALMODOVAR AND HARRISON FORD 2. JON HAMM 3. VALENTINA LODOVINI 4. HAMILTON’S THOMAS SANDRIN PRESENTS KHASHAEL WITH HIS NEW WATCH 5. ROBERT PATTINSON 6. JJ ABRAMS, MICHAEL BAY AND JON FAVREAU 7. GUEST WITH CHRIS WEITZ
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The discerning buyer appreciates not only the true beauty and quality of our designs but also appreciates that every one of our rings, earrings and pendants are crafted from Canadian Certified Goldâ„˘. What this means, is that you can rest assured that these jewellery pieces are not only magnificent to look at, but that every component is fully compliant with International and Canadian tracking, labour, environmental rules and regulations. We invite you to see our bridal collection at your local dealer or visit us at www.mapleleafdiamonds.com
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