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Warmest personal greetings, We understand that celebrating milestones in our lives can be very emotional and memorable. We are in the celebration business. Each year we are privileged to share milestones with you, our customers and friends. We get to share in the engagement of a young couple, the birth of a child and the birthdays and anniversaries that will follow. This year we would like to share our milestone with you — the 90th anniversary of our family jewelry business. When our grandparents started their jewelry business in October, 1928, they probably were not thinking of building a legacy of three generations that would survive the Great Depression and World War II and witness the lunar landing and countless other memorable events. We have also seen the changes in the way people purchase fine jewelry. We have not only survived but thrived, in large part because of the loyalty, trust, and friendship of you, our clients. In this, our seventh edition of Fredric Rubel Magazine, we have a special feature celebrating engagements and weddings of young couples that we have had the pleasure to meet and guide through the process of starting their own milestone celebrations. If you have been to our Mission Viejo location, you have surely had the pleasure to meet and hopefully work with Valerie Wilshire. Val is an exceptional person who has helped hundreds of clients celebrate special moments. This past year, Valerie celebrated thirty years with Fredric Rubel Jewelers. We hope that all of you continue to enjoy life’s special milestones and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday and New Year With Gratitude, Fredric, David, and Gary Rubel

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CONTENTS FREDRIC H . RUBEL MAGAZINE • ISSUE 7

3 WELCOME

24 PERFORMANCE DYNASTY

42 ITALY BY THE RAILS

14 MEET VALERIE WILSHIRE

26 ROBERTO COIN

46 KWIAT ORIGINALS

15 A BRIEF HISTORY

28 PORTUGUESE PARADISE

48 WEDDING BELLES

18 PENNY PREVILLE

32 CLASSIC BEAUTY

50 MASTER AT WORK

20 DAVID YURMAN

36 MONICA RICH KOSANN

52 THANK YOU

22 THE MAGIC OF COLOR

38 MASTER OF DIVERSITY

56 YOUR BIG NEWS!

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36 28 Todd Tufts • Editor in Chief/Publisher/Creative Director Carol Besler • Editorial Director Lori Roberts • Associate Editor Vence Vida • Production Manager/Designer Kyle Boyer • Art Director Stephen Lewis • Assistant Copy Editor Antfarm Photography • Select Jewelry Photography Prices are subject to change. Please contact the store for current pricing and availability. Fredric H. Rubel Magazine is published by Tufts Communications, 600 Corporation Drive, Suite 106 • Pendleton, IN 46064 T: 765-819-2500 • E: todd@tuftscom.com • © 2018, Tufts Communications. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Valerie Wilshire FREDRIC H. RUBEL’S JEWELRY BUYER EXTRAORDINAIRE HAS

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n 1987, a longtime family friend did us a great service by recommending Valerie Wilshire to Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers. When my father, Fred, interviewed Valerie, who was twenty-three years old at the time, she

said she was interested in being a buyer. That’s kind of a funny story, because in 2012, Gary and I asked her to do the buying, and she is the best buyer we’ve ever had! Obviously better late than never. Valerie started out on the sales floor and was a quick study. She immediately began to develop a very loyal client following. She has a very helpful and unassuming presence that makes her customers feel comfortable. Most would say the jewelry buying experience with Valerie is exceptional. She has an incredible memory and is a really good listener. A few years ago my brother Gary and I were getting a little tired of the jewelry shows and the pressure of merchandising and buying for each store. Gary suggested we

Visiting colleges for Jillian, with Brett, Jillian, Joe and Valerie.

bring Valerie with us to the Couture Show in 2012. Right from the start, we knew that we had made a great choice. We could see Val making purchasing decisions based on what she thought all our clients would like. She has such a great memory that she could catalog in her head all the different pieces of jewelry that so many of our customers would be excited about. It is incredible! When it was just Gary and me doing the buying, we would receive merchandise from the various vendors, once we got back from the trade shows, and say to ourselves, “why did we buy that?” Not Valerie; she has all the items committed to memory — where each piece goes, to what store, and even how to merchandise the pieces within the showcases! Valerie is one of the most thoughtful and generous people I have ever met. She is always putting others first. She told me once that when she was pregnant with her third child, Jillian, about twenty years ago, she had a

Valerie and her boys, Stuart and Brett.

client who could not come to the store to pick up a gift he had purchased for his wife for an important occasion. Valerie agreed to meet the client on the side of the road near his home. What she didn’t tell the customer was that she was low on gas, and when they met, her tank was actually empty! She was embarrassed to tell him and waited for him to leave before she called her husband to come get her. All in the line of duty, I guess. During Valerie’s thirty-one years of employment with us, she has seen many physical changes to the business. She has worked in three different locations since starting out at our original store in San Bernardino. Valerie worked at our store location in Riverside (1991-2001) and finally at Mission Viejo (1999-present). While she has seen the merchandise mix change over the years, she still gets to sell beautifully made jewelry. What has not changed is the exceptional jewelry buying experience all of Valerie’s customers receive every time they interact with her. From left to right: Valerie with her niece, Ava, husband Joe, son Stuart and his girlfriend, Britt, son Brett and daughter Jillian.

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GIVING BACK

Because we live and work in the communities where our stores are located, it’s important for Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers to assist local causes, not only on their behalf, but on behalf of our neighbors and customers in those same communities. Their passion in helping the causes they care about inspires us, and we show our support by contributing to those causes as well. Listed below are just a few of the deserving organizations and charities who work to better the cities we serve. We hope you will join us in supporting them.

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HISTORY A Brief

of Fredric H. Rubel

The storefront of the Rubel family’s early store, called Crescent Jewelers, in San Bernardino, CA, around 1940.

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The grand opening celebration of the second location in San Bernardino, CA, around 1940. In the foreground, you can see the back of Fredric Rubel’s head, who would have been around 13 or 14 at the time.

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Bernard Rubel around 1915.

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Bernard and Rose Rubel on their Honeymoon at Big Bear Lake, CA, in 1928. They also visted nearby San Bernardino, where they decided to open their first jewelry store.

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A fully stocked showcase at the original location San Bernardino, CA, in 1929. It was called Crescent Jewelers.

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Fredric and Joan Rubel, dancing at a friend’s wedding a few months before they got married in 1957. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past August.


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The third and probably the most beautiful store architecturally, in San Bernardino was designed and built in 1971 using black glass and chrome on the exterior. It would be the first mall location. By then, the name had been changed to Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers.

The Mission Viejo location of Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers in 2015, showing the Rolex and David Yurman corners.

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The interior of the third store location, in the 1970s.

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David and Gary Rubel in 1985, the year they were featured in an article about Young Title Holders in the journal of the American Gem Society.

The Laguna Beach location, around 2015.

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designer spotlight

Ruby Amulet Pendant in 18k yellow gold. $3995 Diamonds by the inch chain $1595

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Rose gold Starburst diamond necklace. $2445

Ruby and Diamond Chain in 18k yellow gold. $8995

LARIATS, STACKS, AND THE MAN IN THE MOON

Earrings from the Starburst collection in 18k rose gold and diamonds. $3885

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PREVILLE Penny Preville has distinguished herself among American

stacking bangles, and multicolored looks, with a special emphasis on

designers for her chic, always-on-trend designs with a wearable,

the night sky, celebrating the stars and the moon.

classic element that stands the test of time — perfect for the

For the new Watercolor collection, Penny used soft pastel

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multicolored sapphires, creating the effect of a watercolor

Her philosophy is to create an eclectic mix of collections —

painting, her interpretation of the trend in rainbow-colored

something ultra feminine here, something more casual or edgy

jewelry. The rainbow palette has all sorts of meanings: a rainbow

there — because women have diverse lifestyles, and more than one

results from the combination of both sunshine and rain, which

piece of jewelry is required! Her pieces are designed to be mixed

signifies a healthy life balance; it also represents diversity and

and matched and worn together, old with new, heavy with light,

symbolizes the spirit of coexistence and tolerance. Penny hand

color with diamonds, so that it’s possible to create a different look

selects every stone, and each piece in the collection is one-of-a-

every day. This year, Penny’s sketch book has produced new lariats,

kind or part of a limited edition. 18k White gold diamond bangle bracelets by Penny Preville. $5790-$6995

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Bar necklace set with colored sapphire and diamonds, from the Penny Preville Watercolors collection. Stardust bangle bracelet in 18k rose gold and diamonds. $4260

Various diamond bands by Penny Preville in 18k rose and yellow gold.

Rose gold Stardust earrings by Penny Preville. $3765

The bangle stack is another trend that has become a classic, a look that Penny helped establish. Bangles have long been her specialty, and this year she has brought us more new styles than ever, with new watercolor mixes, delicate diamond bangles, multi-station bead and diamond bangles, and bezel styles with new colors, including moonstone, ruby, and sapphire. Lariats are making a major comeback, and Penny interprets the look with a new multifunction necklace. Her lariat necklaces can be worn in several ways — as a choker, down the back, in a long twist, or as a traditional lariat. Some have stations of gems, including pearls, South Sea pearls, diamond rondelles, and moonstones. Moonstones are, in fact, one of Penny’s favorite gems, and they figure prominently in her collections this year, for which she hand selected each of the stones for her Man in the Moon collection at the gem fair in Tucson, including new fancy cut moonstones. Look for hexagons, rounds, baguette, and other shapes mixed with stars and moons for a playful, wearable look. Penny is always inspired by the cosmos, and this year she has created her own version of the starburst trend. Her large half-star pieces were showstoppers at the Couture jewelry show in the spring. They mix perfectly with her new cuff bracelets with multi-point stars and moons. The crowning piece of the collection is a cluster starburst collar necklace that will make you want to walk the red carpet.

18k Yellow gold and diamond bracelet $4895

Emerald, round brilliant, and princess cut diamond bangle bracelet in yellow gold. $6480

Bangle with fancy colored sapphires from the Penny Preville Watercolors collection.

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avid and Sybil Yurman, both fine artists, have been collaborating together since 1969,

creating beautiful jewelry that has always been inspired by the beauty that surrounds them. “Everything we design is a reflection of our experiences in life,” says Sybil, who was inspired by a long-ago vacation to create the new Tides collection. The diamond-encrusted designs capture her memories of peaceful ease and solitude during a time on Formentera, an island near Ibiza off the southern coast of Spain. “The collection has the vibrancy of the sun, the sea, and the island,” says Sybil. The ripples of polished sterling silver or 18k gold that characterize the Tides collection are designed to emulate the ebb and flow of ocean tides. They are engineered to undulate with fluid movement reminiscent of the cycles of the sea, creating a meditative moment. Sterling silver hand set with diamonds evokes the luminescence of a moonlit walk along the shore. “There’s something about the warmth of the sea and sun, the ease of floating in the water. It was one of the most relaxing times in my life.” Sybil found herself in Formentera in the 1960s, when she decided to leave California to visit friends in London. After a month or two, she took a job as a junior stylist for British photographer David Bailey, a defining force in the era’s Swinging London scene. After a shoot one

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day with the iconic model Twiggy, one of the hairstylists asked Sybil if she wanted to join them on a trip to Spain. Wanting to experience something new, Sybil agreed, and got a haircut along the way. First, they visited Ibiza, and Sybil remembers not only the breathtaking Mediterranean vistas but also the riotous party scene. “It was about dancing and abandonment,” she says. “No one wore tops and everyone was beautiful. I enjoyed living there, but eventually wanted to get away from it all.” That’s when she ventured to Formentera. “I had no idea where I was going, so I and one other person got off the bus at Sant Francesc, thinking it was a town.” The sleepy village had nothing beyond a café and a grocery store. “We both went into the grocery store, and it had only an onion, some rice and a can of sardines. He took the onion and I took the sardines.” After reaching for the same bag of rice, Sybil introduced herself to the other passenger, a Dutch film-and-music critic. She proposed making dinner together, and they became friends. At night, Sybil wandered the island by moonlight, taking in the elemental

The Tides collection is proof that warm memories provide the best inspiration.

beauty of Formentera. “It was just sky, water, pine trees, and rocks.” During the day, she would “have lunch at a little shack on the beach and then just lie in the water as the tides gently moved in and out.” The Tides collection is proof that warm memories provide the best inspiration — a reminder of life’s greatest moments.

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beautiful hues Morganite and diamond pendant from the Châtelaine collection by David Yurman.

SOFT PINKS In jewelry, every color is a great color, but certain hues are dominating fine jewelry this

Penny Preville 18k rose gold open deco pendant. $2995

season. Morganite is a big favorite, particularly for cocktail rings and pendants, because it is generally found in large sizes. The gems are also very clean (inclusion free), and they are hard enough to withstand a few knocks. The light pink color is consistent and fairly saturated and can be found with orange or violet overtones. Morganite, also known as pink beryl, was named after banker and

Shield cut morganite and diamond necklace by Penny Preville in 18k rose gold. $2225

gem collector John Pierpont Morgan.

THE MAGIC OF

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Painter Henri Matisse famously said, “With color, one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.” Indeed, color seems to cast a magic spell over everything it touches. In jewelry, it has the power to transform a simple piece into a masterpiece or add just the right finishing touch to an otherwise subdued palette.

GEMSTONES ADD LIFE, ENERGY, AND THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH TO EVERYTHING

Gemstones of any color are hot right now in jewelry design, partly because stacking and layering is such a big trend. The art of mixing and matching gemstones, metal finishes, textures, and sizes just wouldn’t be possible without the endless variety of colored gemstones. The look is inherently busy, since the idea is to continuously create unique and ever-changing combinations of color, texture, and scale. Colored gemstones are also the best way to add drama to a cocktail ring and give big earrings the pop they deserve. A particular color of gemstone is also frequently the defining feature of a signature style. It can help define your personality.

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2.86 Cushion Modified Brilliant Fancy Yellow diamond ring. $52,000

Yellow diamonds continue to be a fan favorite. Especially in large carat weights, yellow diamonds make powerful statements, and many favor them as an interesting alternative to a white diamond. These diamonds look beautiful in a broad sprectum of hues color intensities, but fancy yellow and canary yellow shades are among the most popular this year.

3.13ct Pear shaped sapphire and diamond necklace set in platinum. $23,000

5.05ct natural fancy yellow cushion brilliant diamond ring.

Yellow Diamond Flower Necklace with 5 pear shaped fancy yellow diamonds 1.91ct. $15,000

0.71ct Round blue sapphire and diamond necklace set in 18k white gold. $4500

Ruby and diamond stud earrings. 2 Ruby=1.03ct $6550 1.32ct Cushion Ruby Necklace with 0.49ct of diamonds. $18,300

Stacks of bracelets in watercolors by Penny Preville.

Sunset sapphire bangle, with a rainbow-colored selection of gems, by Penny Preville.

RAINBOWS Pink tourmaline and pink sapphire are also mainstays of the jewelry palette, and this year they combine with other light colored gems in a combination that is being touted as rainbow — also called sunset or watercolor combinations. The rainbow palette is symbolic in several ways. Nature’s rainbow is the product of both sunshine and rain, both of which are necessary for a healthy life balance. The rainbow is also the chosen motif of the LGBTQ community, representing pride in diversity. It is a celebration of everyone’s uniqueness and symbolizes the spirit of coexistence, cooperation, and tolerance.

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PERFORMANCE

DYNASTY THE NEW ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE

Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. The Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. First used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, Vantage was quickly established as a model in its own right. Highlights include the William Townsdesigned V8 Vantage, spectacular twin-supercharged V600 Le Mans, and the much-loved V8 Vantage. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks, and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head- and tail-lights form dramatic new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence.

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AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE IS CENTRAL TO THE VANTAGE DESIGN CONCEPT Aerodynamic performance is central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car. Together with the new side gills, which have been integrated into the body surface and bleed air pressure out from the front wheel arches, and the pronounced upswept rear deck lid, the Vantage generates a significant level of downforce — a rarity on any production car. The design story continues inside the Vantage, with a dynamic and focused sports car cockpit that rejects long fluid curves in favour of sharp focused lines denoting the more aggressive nature of the car. A high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience and contributes to significant gains in occupant space and significant improvement in headroom compared with the outgoing Vantage. A combination of rotary and toggle style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal center of gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine returns a CO2 figure of *245g/km yet develops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 20005000rpm. The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph. Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andy Palmer notes: “It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation. I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created.”

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Princess Flower diamond and ruby necklace. $49,000

ROBERTO COIN’S CREATIVE UNIVERSE WOULDN’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A COLLECTION DEDICATED TO THE

Roberto Coin’s Princess Flower sapphire and diamond ring.

QUINTESSENTIAL SYMBOL OF GIVING AND BEAUTY — THE FLOWER. THE FLOWER JEWEL IS PART OF THE GREAT CREATIVE BOUQUET — THE PRINCESS COLLECTION.

Ruby and diamond Princess Flower bracelet in 18k white gold. $20,300

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Diamond and Rubellite Princess Flower earrings. $7500

Sapphire and diamond Princess Flower necklace. $5500

Diamond and Rubellite Princess Flower Necklace. $3400

Diamond and Rubellite Princess Flower Ring. $3700

The twisted wire technique, typical of the Princess collection, is used to make these pieces. Some surfaces are smooth and some are rough, as if to evoke the various characteristics of the fragrances. The iconic shape of the petals of the Princess Flower, the same in every creation, are narrated through an infinite variety of hues.

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a sequence of flowers of varying sizes, suggestive of a real flower garden, while the rings and pendants have a single flower, the absolute star of style and sentiment — a marvel of majesty and grace that sprouts from White gold pave diamond Princess Flower earrings by Roberto Coin.

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1. PRAIA DA MARINHA

beaches. Travelers to the region are almost spoiled for choice, as the

Shouldered by stunningly imposing limestone cliffs, Praia da

number and variety of beaches this beautiful stretch of coastline has to

Marinha’s golden sand is a picturesque spot to while away the

offer is a match for any of the world’s top holiday destinations. Beach

hours. Marinha consistently features in lists of Europe’s best

bums and adrenaline junkies alike are well catered for, as the beaches are

beaches and it’s easy to see why. The incredible rocky backdrop

as varied as they are alluring. Here’s a selection of just a few of the best

makes for an amazing setting to lounge around on the powder-

beaches on the southern Portuguese coast:

soft sand or in the warm and gentle waves.

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IT’S NEVER TOO HARD TO STAKE OUT YOUR OWN

3. PRAIA DA FALÉSIA This elegant ribbon of perfect golden sand is a real show stopper. With deep red cliffs

LITTLE PATCH OF PARADISE FOR THE DAY.

on one side and shining blue water on the other, this delightful three-kilometer stretch is a must-see destination for any beach lover. Falésia is popular and well-known location among holidaymakers and locals but, due to its sheer size, it’s never too hard to stake out your own little patch of paradise for the day.

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4. PRAIA DO AMOREIRA If you love exploring, Praia do Amoreira may be the beach for you. The many rock pools make for a fun-filled afternoon jumping from shallow to shallow hunting sea urchins and starfish. When you or the kids tire, you can fall back to the comfort of the wide and clean beach to reflect on the beauty on offer in front of you.

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Flag as a reward for its high standards of quality and environmental awareness. The Praia do Barril is popular with fans of high-octane sports such as surfing and windsurfing. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this charming beach is the anchor graveyard, which features dozens of wrought

David and Kerry Rubel at Fort Sagres Portugal (the Algarve), April 2018.

iron anchors pitched in the sand.

5. PRAIA DE ODECEIXE

The Algarve is a region not lacking in stunning vistas and

This hulking slab of sand forms its own peninsula between the mouth

idyllic beaches. The coastline is peppered with incredible

of the River Seixe and the gently crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

locations, some well publicized, some relatively unknown, but

The wide and open beach is an excellent spot for young families, as the

there is a lot of enjoyment to be had in finding new beaches to

river on one side effectively doubles up as a paddling pool for younger

explore. Whatever beach you choose, the Algarve has got you

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here are so many beautiful trends in fine jewelry this year, from long drop earrings

Small hoop earrings with diamonds from the Tides collection by David Yurman.

to rainbow-colored gemstone bracelets, that it’s never been more possible to

make a bold statement. But sometimes a bold statement is not what is called for. Sometimes just the basics will do — the foundational classics that demonstrate you have good taste and plenty of style, no matter where you are or what the occasion. The great thing about the classics is that they can be updated periodically, becoming classics-with-a-twist — a strand of pearls with a few gemstones added or a stud earring with a small drop or jacket — and they still never go out of style. Here are few of this year’s must-have modern classics.

Pearl and diamond cluster earring by David Yurman

Classic hoop earrings embellished with diamonds by Penny Preville.

EARRINGS Earrings at their most basic are diamond or pearl studs, and what could be more elegant? Some designers add small drops or jackets, but the classic stud is the essential ingredient. This year, classic doorknockers are back in style in a range of sizes, and, of course, hoops are a favorite standby. This year, they are set with gems that hang on loops or chains from the hoop. Hoops are also being set with diamonds on the inner side as well as the outer, so the sparkle of gems shows from every angle.

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NECKLACES The diamond solitaire necklace (DSN, for short) somehow offers a big look, despite its diminutive size. It’s the perfect finishing touch for virtually any outfit, from the beach to the ballroom. For a bigger bang, the classic riviera necklace, with its long string of not-sosolitaire diamonds, is as elegant as it gets. For a less glittering look, stations of diamonds, or diamonds-by-the-yard as they are sometimes called, are a nice alternative to the riviera. Moonstone station necklace by Penny Preville.

Rolex Datejust Oyster, 28 mm in steel and Everose gold with diamonds.

Rings from the Roberto Coin Princess Flower collection.

TIMEPIECE A watch is more than a way

RINGS

to tell the time of day, and it is

Wedding and engagement rings are the epitome of tradition, but

not just a fashion statement. It

women have never been comfortable neglecting the right hand, and that

is a tiny machine on the wrist

is why the jewelry industry celebrates the Right Hand Ring. It could

that represents a high degree

be an embellished wide band, a diamond pavé style (in contrast to the

of workmanship, including a

solitaire on the left hand), or a one-of-a-kind ruby, sapphire, or emerald

miniature clockworks created

masterpiece — the three gemstones that will never, ever go out of style.

by experts in micro-engineering. Wearing one demonstrates good taste and an appreciation for beautiful craftsmanship.

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Classic cable bangle by David Yurman. Roberto Coin Princess Flower cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold and 1.95tw diamonds. $18,500

Classic diamond bangle from the Tides collection by David Yurman.

Sapphire line bracelet by Penny Preville.

BRACELETS Ever since Chrissy Evert dubbed her riviera-style diamond line bracelet the tennis bracelet, it has been a classic in the lexicon of American jewelry. Today, it can be set with alternate gems, including sapphires or emeralds or even a rainbow of colored gems. Stacking also works: the only thing better than one bracelet or bangle is a whole armful!

Gold and diamond bangles from the Princess collection by Roberto Coin.

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MONICA RICH KOSANN CAPTURING MEMORIES AND MOMENTS

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he idea that every woman has a story to tell drives artist Monica Rich Kosann to create

lockets, charms, and other jewels that are destined to become heirlooms. “I like to think that my collection offers my customers heirlooms for our generation while maintaining an enduring sense of fashion and timeless style,” says the NYC designer. “Living and cherishing stories in our lives is universal to us all.” Kosann began her career as a fine art portrait photographer using black and white film and darkroom techniques that are now unique in our digital age. The personal nature and heirloom quality of her portraits informed her interest in jewelry design, and along the way, she began creating lockets and charms to hold special photographs and personal messages. Her unique perspective has made for lockets that are cool, sexy, and contemporary for a new generation. “I believe that a locket captures a moment unique to each of us and, like a fingerprint, is totally unique to that woman.” The brand’s latest innovation, the Locket Bar, is an in-store and digital experience that allows customers to print photos from their smart device onto a locket.

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Posey Rings in 18k yellow gold by Monica Rich Kosann.

Black Onyx Moon with diamonds set in yellow gold on a 32” chain. $2500 Lockets from the ceramic and 18k Gold collection.

Horseshoe Locket on 32” Black Steel Chain. $4100

Next to lockets, Kosann’s charm and message jewelry inspires

that reflect their own personal style. “My collection allows

and empowers. Her Poesy collection includes a variety of delicate

tremendous customization possibilities,” she says, “so the look

ID-style bracelets, bangles, and ring necklaces, inscribed with

a woman creates with my jewelry can become distinctly her

empowering thoughts like “Never Fear,” “Carpe Diem” and “I

own. I love being in a store with a client, playing, layering, and

Love You More.” Her jewelry is crafted in 18k gold, sterling silver,

trying combinations of my jewelry to help bring out her style

and precious stones, in a variety of shapes, sizes, metals, stones, and design details.

and self-expression.” Kosann gives back to the community by donating a portion

For Kosann, it’s important that her

of the sale of special collections, like Unconditional Love to the

collection offers women the ease

North Shore Animal League of America. Her Hope Love Wins

and versatility of finding the pieces

collection benefits Women In Need.

In addition to her photography and jewelry design, Kosann has written two books: Living With What You Love, about decorating with family photos, cherished heirlooms, and collectibles, and her latest, A Possession Obsession, a look at the depth of meaning people attach to their most cherished personal possessions.

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Roman Barocco 18k rose gold and diamond necklace. $2900

ROBERTO COIN APPLIES COLOR AND CREATIVITY — AND SOME SURPRISING NEW TOOLS — TO THIS

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n the 22 years that Roberto Coin has been designing jewelry,

he has sought inspiration in many beautiful things that surround

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him in his daily life and on his many travels — among them are Venetian architecture, his flower garden, the Golden Gate bridge, and a host of adorable animals and flying creatures. This year, his source of inspiration has affected not only his designs but his process. Roberto came across a kind of rapier loom made in the 1920s or ’30s that was refurbished and reinforced in the ’50s and used to make mesh fabrics used in the textile industry. Of course, this sparked an idea in his fertile imagination. He altered the machine slightly to accommodate gold wires and began producing sheets of woven gold for his new bracelets in the Primavera collection. The sheets of gold mesh that come off the

Princess Flower diamond stud earrings. $4400

loom are cut out and sewn together (with more gold wires) like fabric, to create flexible bracelets that fit like a second skin. They are given a satin finish and set with gems or colored gemstones; a station set with diamonds hides the seam where the two ends 18k Rose gold and diamond bangle from the Soie collection. $5700 Rose gold Soie ring by Roberto Coin. $3500

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of mesh are attached. Thus, a new technique of making Roberto Coin jewelry was born.


Dangling earrings from the Princess Flower collection by Roberto Coin.

Reversable Princess Flower necklace with white and black diamonds set in 18k rose gold. $4750

As a designer, Roberto Coin is notoriously prolific. He is in love with renewal and creates about 600 new pieces a year. Some of the new pieces are featured here, including some bold new additions to the new Roman Barocco collection in starburst designs set with amethyst cabochons, an important gemstone color this year that tops the list of Pantone Color Institute’s colors for 2018. The new pendants and earrings are made of 18k rose gold in a twisted gold pattern. Turquoise is another hot gemstone this year, and earrings and rings in the Petals collection have been lavished with long, marquis-shaped turquoise gemstones. Malachite is another current favorite, adding lush tones to the Sauvage PrivÊ and Colored Treasures collections, while the Princess Flower collection now features pearls, the eternally romantic gem. Transformable jewelry is an important trend right now, and the new Cento earrings are a perfect example of how this concept works. The star studs on the upper portion of the earrings can be

Venetian Princess bracelet in 18k yellow gold. $13,000

worn alone or together with the diamond-set floral attachments.

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Classic Parisienne round necklace by Roberto Coin. $1700

Classic Parisienne elongated earrings in rose and white gold with diamonds. $2550

Cento Dolce two stone bypass ring in 18k white gold. $22,080

Long line earrings are also one of the hottest looks in jewelry, and Roberto’s personal interpretation shines through in the Princess Flower earrings, which are made up of four rows of the four-petaled flower motif that is signature to the collection. The look of stacking bracelets is hotter than ever, and this year, wider bangles are increasingly being added to the mix. The Pois Three stone Cento Dolce ring in 18k rose gold.

Moi Luna collection of bangles in different sizes perfectly epitomizes the look, with polished gold and glittering diamond-set pieces adding variety. There are new wideband rings to match. Roberto Coin has remained true to the goal he set for himself when he started his collection in 1996. “It was clear to me from the beginning that this brand would represent diversity,” he says, “and I knew that it was exactly this diversity that would become the fundamental

Classic Parisienne Bracelet in 18k rose and white gold. $3500

characteristic of its identity.”

Princess Flower Flexible Bracelet $23,500

THE LOOK OF STACKING BRACELETS IS HOTTER THAN EVER, AND THIS YEAR, WIDER BANGLES ARE INCREASINGLY BEING ADDED TO THE MIX.

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TRAVELS IN ITALY: NOTES OF THE RAIL JOURNEY FROM SORRENTO TO NAPLES If you’re on vacation in Sorrento, the rail journey to Naples (and return) is an excursion to consider. The 29-mile trip takes just over an hour and carries you around the Gulf of Naples. En route, you stop at a series of stations, each of which is in an area noteworthy for its location or historical connections. 42

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BY THE RAILS


SORRENTO Your rail journey begins here. Like many of the surrounding towns, Sorrento

VICO EQUENSE

has a long history that extends back to

Archaeologists have discovered a necropolis near

the ancient Romans. Moreover, the town

Vico Equense that dates from the seventh century

is a well-established tourist destination in

BC. The town became popular with wealthy Romans

a memorable location. Sorrento station

in later centuries. The remains of a thirteenth-

is relatively easy to reach from the local

century cathedral stand on a cliff directly above the

hotels. You can buy your train ticket at the

Gulf of Naples.

station or from a nearby newsagent outside.

S. AGNELLO S. Agnello (Sant’Agnello di Sorrento) is a village whose history started thousands of years ago. The Chiesa dei Santi Prisco ed Agnello is a particularly fine church that dominates the Piazza S. Agnello.

PIANO Piano (Piano di Sorrento) has a beach set against an impressive cliff topped with trees and shrubs. The English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) included Piano in his poem “The Englishman in Italy.” His descriptions represent travel writing at its most expressive.

CASTELLAMMARE META Meta’s fame rests on its shipyards, which were particularly productive in the mid-nineteenth century. Times have since changed, but Meta still has

Castellammare (Castellammare di Stabia) is adjacent to the city of Stabia. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed Stabia, along with cities such as Pompeii and Ercolano, in AD 79. A ninth-century castle (castello) gives the town its name.

evidence of a seafaring economy that historians have traced to the Etruscan civilization of 750 BC.

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The city of Pompeii.

POMPEII SCAVI — VILLA DEI MISTERI

TORRE ANNUNZIATA — OPLONTI

NAPOLI GARIBALDI

This station is a short walk from some

Villa Poppaea, also known as Villa

Napoli Garibaldi can be a

of the most famous ancient Roman ruins in

Oplontis, is an ancient Roman site

useful stop for some of Naples’

the world: the city of Pompeii. The site has

situated just outside Pompeii. The

restaurants and shops. If you’re

attracted tourists since excavations started

villa is a few hundred yards from the

unfamiliar with the area, ensure

in 1748.

station.

you have a detailed street map.

VIA NOCERA

ERCOLANO SCAVI

NAPOLI PORTA NOLANA

If you wish to see the ancient Roman

Herculaneum is another popular

Napoli Porta Nolana is near

site of Scavi di Stabia, alight at this station.

ancient Roman site. Like Pompeii, it

a fifteenth-century city gate of

The site, with its excavated villas, is not the

provides insights into how the Romans

Naples. It is also the end of your

easiest place to find. You may need to take

lived. Ercolano Scavi is the nearest station,

journey. The station is about 600

a taxi and seek local advice. However, the

but be prepared for a fairly long walk.

yards north of the sea.

effort is worthwhile. The Circumvesuviana is the company that operates the electric rail journey

IT’S NOT THE EASIEST PLACE TO FIND, BUT THE EFFORT IS WORTHWHILE.

from Sorrento to Naples. The trains run throughout the day, although you should always check the schedule in advance. The benefit of the journey is not only that it delivers you to one of Italy’s foremost cities; it also transports you through a fascinating landscape.

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A collection of engagement rings, including an emerald cut diamond ring with trapezoid side stones, an oval diamond ring with pavé diamonds and a split band, a cushion diamond ring in a pavé diamond halo, and a cushion solitaire diamond ring with pavé band, all in platinum settings. 

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Kwiat ASHOKA® diamond engagement ring with sapphire halo in a platinum setting.

ince 1907, the Kwiat family has been crafting beautiful diamond jewelry inspired by the energy, art, and sophistication of New

York City. Sam Kwiat founded Kwiat in New York’s original diamond district on Canal Street. In 1933, the business grew to include his son David, who was one of the first diamond jewelry dealers to move to New

KWIAT

York City’s now-famous 47th Street diamond district in the 1950s. David’s two sons, Sheldon and Lowell, joined the company in the early 1970s, and

ORIGINALS A 35-carat oval diamond Riviera necklace and a 5-carat Riviera necklace set with ASHOKA diamonds in halos, both set in platinum. 

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today, a fourth generation of the Kwiat family leads the company.

Cory, Greg, Lowell and Russell Kwiat.


Splendor diamond earrings in 18k white gold by Kwiat. $8850 Diamond and 18k white gold rings by Kwiat.

Ashoka diamond eternity band. $83,000

A trio of Ashoka cut diamond engagement rings.

Kwiat is known for cutting fine diamonds and designing important diamond jewelry, including the famous Teardrop of Africa, a 50-carat diamond cut from a 126-carat rough diamond for Harry Winston. The company specializes in diamond jewelry, from red carpet worthy designs and everyday luxury pieces to engagement rings and wedding bands. All use diamonds that are cut to the strictest standards. Engagement rings are specifically designed around a center stone created to the highest standards of craftsmanship that focuses on every detail. Kwiat TiaraŽ-cut diamonds are selected and cut to the company’s unique proprietary standards, which result in gems that appear bigger and brighter than other diamonds of the same carat weight. Kwiat has earned a reputation for some of the world’s finest diamond jewelry and is proud to celebrate every milestone and special moment with heirlooms in the making.

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WEDDING Kylie and Matt

photo by The Delauras

Kayley and Eric

Sean and Miguela

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photo by Jake and Necia Photography


BELLES Derek and Nicole

Brie and Paul

happily ever after

Lauren and Jesse

photo by Jen Cyk Photography

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Jack Kelége has been creating wonderful works of art throughout his life and has become one of the premier jewelers of our time. His relentless pursuit of quality and perfection in every piece sets him apart from everyone else. Here, in his own words, are a few insights into his process. When did you know you wanted to become a jewelry designer? Was there a defining point in your career that shaped your aesthetic? My father and grandfather were jewelers, so I’ve been interested in designing from a very young age. I learned everything about the craft from them. There hasn’t been a single defining point that has shaped my aesthetic; it has slowly evolved as I’ve learned more over time. Describe your creative process. The creative process is organic and different from piece to piece. Sometimes I find a beautiful diamond and use the setting to accentuate the beauty of the stone. Other times, I’m inspired by something I see in nature and move forward from there.

Platinum and diamond engagement ring by Jack Kelege. $11,500 Center diamond sold separately.

JACK

You started your collection with engagement rings and now have an extensive fashion jewelry collection. Which do you like designing more? I enjoy making both for different reasons, but I appreciate the freedom that comes in making a fashion piece. Creating an engagement ring has specific conventions and restrictions that don’t apply when I’m designing a piece of fashion jewelry.

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Do you have a favorite jewelry trend? I’m a fan of classic American platinum and diamond jewelry from the mid 1920s through the early 1960s. The creativity and quality of jewelry produced in that period was amazing. Is there a new collection or special piece you would like to share with us? Our new earrings, KGE 218, stand out for me. The technical challenges in setting and assembling the two-tone gold and diamond earrings make them something special. You have been a jeweler for over 40 years, how has your style evolved over time, and how do your pieces stay fresh? Over time, my style has evolved in many ways, but it’s always been a priority for me to create jewelry that will remain timeless. Where do you go to recharge and get inspired to create new collections and pieces? My inspiration comes from different places, sometimes from nature, sometimes from classic art and architecture. There’s a beauty in simplicity that I’ve always made a

Engagement ring set in 18k white and rose gold featuring a total weight of 0.65 carat of brilliant cut white diamonds (not including center stone), by Jack Kelége.

central focus in my designs. What is your favorite part of your day? I enjoy mornings, coming into the studio feeling rejuvenated and ready to start a new day. If you could change one thing about your career to date, what would it be? I wouldn’t change a thing in my career. I feel blessed. What would say is the one word to describe Jack Kelége? Quality. Platinum engagement ring with a total weight of 1.25 carats of round white diamonds (not including center stone), by Jack Kelége.

Set in 18k white and rose gold, this Jack Kelége original band features brilliant cut white diamonds and pink sapphires.

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ongratulations! You’re getting married, and plans are well underway for your upcoming

nuptials. Thankfully, your family and friends are helping to make your vision a reality. Your bridal

Toujours Diamond necklace by Memoir.

party is such an important part of your wedding

Memoire diamond and white gold necklace.

and their assistance is priceless. What better way to thank them than with a personal memento that will last as long as your friendship. Your bridesmaids, whether they are your sisters, cousins, or best friends, probably know everything about you. They have traveled with you through your journey in life and helped you become the person you are today. They planned your bridal shower, helped you select the perfect wedding gown, and let’s not forget the bachelorette party! These ladies have been invaluable. A one-size-fits-all gift won’t do, so spend some time thinking about each one of these incredible people and envision what each one would enjoy. A piece of jewelry is the perfect gift for this occasion and can be selected for each individual in mind. A bracelet featuring their favorite color or both of

THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE

GIVING BACK TO

THE BRIDAL PARTY

your birthstones will endure through time, reminding them that they will always have a true friend in you. A monogrammed necklace will be treasured for years to come; add an engraved message of one of your favorite memories together and it will bring her to tears. Consider gifting her a beautiful frame with a picture of just the two of you. Small details such as these will show them how much you care for them and appreciate everything they do for you.

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Three stone diamond cluster earrings by Memoire.


Halo drop earrings set in 18k white gold.

18k white gold square diamond halo Bouquaet pendant by Memoire.

Martini set diamond studs in 18k white gold from the Diamond Bouquets collection, by Mémoire.

Let’s not forget the groomsmen and the important role they have

out of style. Work together and you will find what makes each of

played in your betrothed’s life. These men have grown up with

these unique men smile.

your guy and have supported him through both the challenging and

The perfect gift for your attendants will be discovered with a little

abundant times. He knows that he will be able to count on them

thought and creativity. A gift tailored to their individual preference

whenever he needs a helping hand or for some good old-fashioned

will go a long way to showing them how much you care.

man-to-man advice. Finding the right gift for them is essential to let them know that they can count on him too. When thinking about

CELEBRATING MOM

a gift for him, don’t think that personalization is just for the ladies.

While everyone is focusing on you and your upcoming wedding,

Cufflinks never go out of style when it’s time to put your best foot

now is the perfect time to celebrate a special someone — your

forward. These fun fashion accessories are easily customizable with

mom. Let her know how important she is to you and that you value

initials, hobbies, or sports teams. A monogrammed money clip or

everything she does. A wonderful way to give her a symbol of your

pen is a useful but personal item that can be used time and time

love and devotion is with a thoughtful gift that can be cherished by

again. Some other personalized ideas include a pocket knife for the

her for years to come. A piece of jewelry is a timeless treasure and

man that always wants to be prepared and a fancy poker chip set to

can be worn on your wedding day and beyond.

make sure the guys always get together. Crystal beer mugs never go

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FUN AND CREATIVE WAYS TO ANNOUNCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT

You’re bursting with excitement and can’t wait to tell the world: you’re

HOST A SURPRISE PARTY

engaged! This fun and special time in a relationship deserves attention as

Love to throw a party? Invite your family and close friends

you share your big news. There are plenty of creative ways to announce

to a surprise party and make it as casual or extravagant as

your engagement that you can customize to fit your relationship and style.

you want. Once the guests arrive, you can announce in a

First things first, be sure to tell your parents either in person or over the

variety of ways, like popping a bottle of champagne and

phone, and no texting. The same goes for other close family members and

making a toast. Or leave little clues around the house, like

friends. Although it’s tempting to post something on social media right

an empty wedding photo frame or wedding magazines, and

away, wait until you’ve announced the news to people close to you. As you

see how long it takes before someone notices. You could

prepare to share your excitement, check out these fun and creative ways to

also make a movie or slideshow to play for your guests that

announce your engagement.

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MAIL ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS Send out announcements the oldfashioned way in the mail. These are fun to create and fun to receive, and the options are seemingly endless. You can go traditional with a beautifully worded card or get as unique and creative as you like. If you already have a date set and plan to send out save the dates, this is a great way to have one card perform double duty. SHOW OFF THE SPARKLE

WRITE IN THE SAND

Arrive at a family event wearing your

Head for the beach to enjoy a special

sparkly engagement ring and show it off. If

afternoon together and write a message in

no one notices right away, feel free to wave

the sand. This provides a beautiful backdrop

your hand around until they do.

for an engagement announcement. SPREAD HOLIDAY FUN If you got engaged just before a holiday and plan to get together with family and friends to celebrate, consider announcing your engagement at the holiday celebration. This is a great option for couples who don’t enjoy being the center of attention because you can share your news in person while everyone focuses on the holiday. Your engagement adds to the festive atmosphere without placing you directly in the spotlight. HOLD A SIGN Jack Kelege engagement ring in 18k white gold featuring diamond baguettes and round brilliant diamonds.

INCLUDE YOUR PETS If you and your partner have a pet, consider letting them share the news. Make a sign to place around

Create a sign and hold it for the camera to capture a fun and simple way to share the news. Small chalkboards, scraps of paper, stationary, or posters all work well for making your sign. Write something sweet, sincere, funny, or unique; just remember to keep it short. “She said yes,” “We’re engaged,” “Getting married,” and “He proposed” are a few ideas for things to write on the sign.

your dog’s neck for a picture that is cute and fun. CREATE A WEDDING WEBSITE Get a head start on a wedding website by posting your proposal story and photos, and then share the link with family and friends. As wedding planning progresses, update the site with information about the wedding to keep your guests informed.

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BAKE A CAKE Make the news even sweeter by sharing it with baked goods. Bake or order a cake, cupcakes, or cookies that say, “We’re engaged,” “We’re getting married,” or some other fun announcement. Share your treats at a party or deliver them to close family and friends.

SING THE NEWS Invite your friends to join you for a karaoke night, and then put in a discreet request for a wedding song. Take the stage and announce the news during the chorus; you’ll have a microphone and a captive audience. WRAP A GIFT Give your loved ones a picture frame. Instead of a picture, place a note inside that says, “Put our wedding photo here.” MAKE IT A BLOCKBUSTER Turn a favorite movie poster into an announcement to either mail or share online. Recreate the poster with your own picture and clever wording about your relationship. This idea also works well as a magazine cover.

Engagement ring and band in platinum with rose gold accents, both by Jack Kelege.

SPELL IT OUT Grab some Scrabble tiles and write a message, using your engagement ring as an O in phrases like “I do” and “Love.” PLAY TELEPHONE Gather around the table for a family meal, then whisper something in the ear of the person

Savor the special moments of your

next to you. Don’t be too obvious,

engagement and have fun sharing the news

and tell them to pass it on. See how

with family and friends. Try one of these

far the news travels around the table before

ideas or use them to spark your creativity

someone shouts it out.

and come up with something new. Engagement ring with diamond halo in 18k white gold featuring 18k rose gold accents, by Jack Kelege.

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