ACCENT: THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS • BRUCE G. WEBER • FALL/WINTER 2020/21
Mothers We Love 4 Noteworthy Tulsa Women Cheers To Our Newest Couples
HOLIDAY GIFTS THAT WOW
TABLE OF CONTENTS 04 WELCOME LETTER 06 BRIDAL CUSTOMERS 10 NASHVILLE 13 MOTHERS WE LOVE 21 HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE 32 STAFF PICKS 37 RED & ROWDY 38 WATCH FOR THE WATCH 40 TEAM WEBER
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WELCOME For many people, this year can’t end soon enough. And certainly, it’s been rough. But if there is a silver lining—and we believe there is—it’s that we’ve all realized what matters most are the people we love. Connections with those we love are what drew both of us to this career in the first place. We are artists at heart, and we relish the idea that jewelry is wearable art that connects people and generations. It serves as a constant reminder of special moments and special bonds. Inside this issue of ACCENT magazine, we feature a handful of amazing Tulsa women who talk about their emotional connections to jewelry. They share how it links them to the people they love—the generations before them and the generations after them. Love of any type, whether it’s between lovers or family members or friends, is truly something to behold. If we can help people capture it in a form that will have meaning for generations to come, we’re very proud to be part of it. Especially this year. If there is any time to celebrate the people we love—and to tell them and show them just how much—it’s now. Wishing you a safe and beautiful holiday season with those you love the most. Cheers, & Michelle Holdgrafer Store Director Sasha Patterson Store Director
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cheers to our newest couples! SUSAN ALYSE PHOTOGRAPHY
TAYLOR BLEVINS & TAYLOR SHORTRIDGE Engaged December 21, 2019
THE ASK On our way to brunch, Taylor said he wanted to show me a pretty area that has a view of downtown Tulsa. As we walked down the steps, I saw a blanket laid out with flowers and huge white block letters that spelled out LOVE. With tears in his eyes, he asked to spend forever with me.
THE RING When choosing the engagement ring, the groom wanted a ring that was timeless and sophisticated while still keeping it simple. He loved that the round cut is classic. The diamonds on the band made the ring that much more beautiful.
SHE CAN’T WAIT TO BE WEARING IT WHEN... I walk down the aisle toward my other half and am reminded of all that the ring represents.
THE MOMENT HE KNEW IT WAS FOREVER The moment I knew this was forever was when I realized she was exactly what I needed and couldn’t imagine life without her.
B R I DA L C U S TO M E R P H OTO S
ACE CUERVO PHOTOGRAPHY
HARRY & NATALIE HARDY
XAVIER DUSSAQ PHOTOGRAPHY
As was the case for many couples in 2020, COVID forced Natalie and Harry to pivot. They had planned a larger wedding for May 30, but had to cancel. They ultimately hosted a small, backyard ceremony on their original wedding date and rescheduled a bigger event for fall. THE ASK Natalie had always wanted to go to this quaint little winery down in Virginia called Pippin Hill Farm, and I knew that would be the perfect place to pop the question. I had our friends “invite” us down for the week in hopes of throwing her oﬀ. When we got there, we walked along the hillside next to the vines, and I asked to her spend forever with me. As soon as I did, her family surprised her all the way from Oklahoma, and we spent the day celebrating at the farm. —Harry
THE RING The ring is so special to me. The original was given to my grandmother by my grandfather. Growing up, I always thought it was the most beautiful ring and hoped I would get to wear something similar one day. When Harry and I began talking about rings, I would always fall back to the style of ring that my grandmother had. Harry worked with my mom to reset and update the ring to ﬁt my style a bit more. My grandmother was my best friend, so getting to wear this small piece of her is beyond special to me. —Natalie
ON SILVER LININGS
It was so important to us to get married on May 30, no matter the size or scale of the wedding. We decided two weeks before that we were going to get married in my parents’ backyard, and quickly pulled everything together. It was so sweet for us to start our new chapter surrounded by our closest family and friends. Although we missed celebrating with a larger group, the moments we created on that day are some we will never forget. —Natalie
B R I DA L C U S TO M E R P H OTO S
PATRICK BASS & HANNAH LONG Engaged August 30, 2019
THE ASK We began our night at dinner where we spent our first date four years ago. Afterward, we went to my parents’ to play family games, and we were both met with blindfolds outside with limited instructions, or so she thought. Once her blindfold was removed, she soon found me on a knee with 20 of our closest family and friends peering from inside!—Patrick
THE RING We did not think we had an opinion on a ring until we went to go look at a few. Donna guided us through the process, and we couldn’t have had a better experience because of her. There was no doubt that this was the right one after seeing the look on Hannah’s face.
SHE CAN’T WAIT TO BE WEARING IT WHEN... We travel and take on adventures, spend time with family and friends, or stay at home with just the two of us.
MATT CARNEY & MARGARET BLACK
B R I DA L C U S TO M E R P H OTO S
GRANT CLARY & JESSICA SULLIVAN Engaged June 5, 2020
THE ASK The proposal was planned months in advance and was originally going to be in Chicago, where we met. A big group of family and friends had purchased ﬂ ights and hotels to surprise Jess at one of our favorite bars. But of course, COVID-19 happened, and I had to pivot. So, I set up a beautiful umbrella with ﬂowers and champagne and proposed in our backyard. It was perfect—just us and our dogs for the proposal and a surprise engagement party with our family and friends that evening. –Grant
THE RING We went ring shopping together one time, and we both loved emerald cut for the diamond. It’s timeless and elegant, and when paired with a thin, plain band, the diamond really stands out. I still look at it in awe; it’s a stunning ring. –Jessica
THE MOMENT THEY KNEW IT WAS FOREVER It’s cliché, but we took a trip to Paris about six months into dating, and that sealed the deal. It was a dream vacation full of sightseeing, eating crepes and croissants, and drinking wine at cafes all over the city. Ah, time to go back… –Jessica
CHLOE REED PHOTOGRAPHY
HELLO, MUSIC CITY Diamond Cellar opens Rolex shop & luxury jewelry store in Nashville. Diamond Cellar Holdings has brought Nashville an unprecedented Rolex shopping experience and a luxury jewelry store featuring some of the world’s most noteworthy fashion brands. The Rolex store features an unrivaled collection of Rolex timepieces, a trained and dedicated Rolex team, and a certified Rolex service center. In an adjacent store, Diamond Cellar carries Cartier, Chanel, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, LAGOS and other fashion brands, as well as a stunning selection of De Beers diamonds. 10
“ This is a partnership with the largest luxury brands on Earth,” said Diamond Cellar Partner and President Alex Johnson, who spearheaded the expansion into Nashville. “You get to step into the worlds of Rolex, Cartier, Chanel and others—all at once.” The two shops share a 10,000-square-foot building. And rumor has it that inside, internationally celebrated jewelry designer Stephen Webster is designing a custom bar and lounge where guests can enjoy drinks while they shop. Cheers!
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In 1926, Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf created the ﬁrst waterproof wristwatch. Nearly 100 years later, the visionary entrepreneur’s Swiss company continues making the world’s most collectible timepieces.
Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly all famously wore this elegant, iconic French brand for a reason. It’s classic, timeless and still as inspiring as ever.
Founded in Milan by Pino Rabolini— whose family members were goldsmiths—this brand is known for its creative, colorful designs and impeccable craftsmanship.
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s r mothe e w ove l They build the wings and bandage the scrapes. Nourish the bellies and practice the ďŹ‚ashcards. Play the board games and swim in the waves. And many of them do it while running businesses as well as families. Here, we celebrate a few of Tulsaâ€™s many amazing mothers.
H E AT H E R D U N C A N
Tulsa native Heather Duncan has long been active in helping make Tulsa the amazing place it is. She is past president of The Junior League of Tulsa, former director of School Advancement at Preparatory School, and current director of fundraisers and events at Farthing Events. She is also mother to two sons and a daughter.
GREATEST LESSON YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU? Love always wins.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU? I hope I inspire my kiddos to leave each person, place or situation in a better place than they found it.
WHAT’S THE SECRET TO GOOD PARENTING? Shoot—I wish I knew! I know that I cannot do it alone. It takes a team of strong and loving people to raise a child. I am so glad that I have my team to help me along with my three kids. I think it is OK to make mistakes in parenting, as long as you are not too proud to recognize it and do better the next time. Parenting is not easy, but it’s crazy fun.
BEST PART OF BEING A MOM? Watching my kids laugh and have fun with each other and my husband. It most deﬁ nitely does not happen every second of every day, but when they talk and especially laugh together, it is the best.
ANY SPECIAL PIECES OF JEWELRY YOU HOPE TO PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN? My husband is the best gift-giver and has given me a special diamond band at the birth of each of my kids. I love wearing them all stacked together, but I plan to pass each one along to each of my kids when the time is right. I also have a special sterling silver charm bracelet that I collected as a little girl. It took me almost 10 years to ﬁ nish it. I have kept is safe for almost 40 years. I am excited to share it with my daughter Brett someday soon!
M I C H E L L E E VA N S
Michelle Evans is a former prenatal intensive care nurse who has used her status as Mrs. Oklahoma and Mrs. America to bring public awareness to the challenges of addictionâ€” something that claimed the life of her brother, Josh Wilson. She is also a model, philanthropist and mother to two daughters and one son.
GREATEST LESSON YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU? This woman I get to call Mom is amazing beyond words. She’s the most selﬂess, hardworking, and the kindest person you’ll ever meet. It’s all because she loves Jesus. She’s taught me so many very important lessons in life. She’s taught me to be humble, kind, and to know my worth, but the greatest lesson she has ever taught me is to love the Lord with all your heart and live for Him.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU? I’m going storybook on this one: I hope they remember to have courage and be kind. Have courage to do things that get them out of their comfort zone, to make a diﬀerence, to grow, to challenge themselves. To me, that’s when you ﬁ nd out who you are, and who you want to be. I hope they learn kindness. This world is tough, you never know what battles people are facing. You never know how a small act can make or break someone. I hope that they can be a light to others, and be kind.
WHAT ARE THE SECRETS TO GOOD PARENTING? As we sit here on the couch wiped out from a day with three kiddos, my husband says inﬁ nite patience, inﬁ nite energy, and inﬁ nite creativity. I’m going with investing in them. Your children are your biggest investment. Face-to-face talk to them, be with them, hug them. As easy as it is to get caught up with emails, deadlines and meetings, relish the present. You never have this day with them again. Tomorrow they
will be a little older, so pay attention. Snuggle, study their little hands and feet, and perhaps the crinkle in their nose. I often hold my baby and close my eyes and pretend to freeze time and try and lock holding him in my memory forever. Babies don’t keep!
WHAT SPECIAL PIECES OF JEWELRY ARE MEANINGFUL HEIRLOOMS FOR THE WOMEN IN YOUR FAMILY? Jade is considered to be the essence of the heaven and sky, representing longevity and health and conveying an auspicious meaning in the Chinese culture. It’s very meaningful to us. And my mother has two beautiful pieces she wears often that were her mother’s and that she will one day pass down—as will I to my daughters.
ANY OTHER SPECIAL PIECES YOU HOPE TO PASS DOWN TO YOUR CHILDREN? Aside from my engagement ring, I have two other very special rings. I have an emerald ring formed into a crown that I received when I won Mrs. Oklahoma, and a diamond eternity ring that I received when I won Mrs. America. All very special to me, not just because of their beauty but because I’m reminded of all the hard work and grit that those titles entailed, and I hope one day the pieces will be special to them.
S A L LY H U G H E S & H O L LY L E H M A N
Holly Lehman is an active member of Southern Hills Country Club and the Tulsa community at large, supporting organizations from First Presbyterian Church to Bishop Kelley High School, and is mother to three daughters. Her mother, Sally Hughes, has bettered Tulsa in a myriad of ways, from mentoring students at Alcott Elementary and Emerson School to serving as an elder at First Presbyterian Church to supporting organizations like Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Salvation Army and Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, where she and her husband are in the Hall of Fame.
HOLLY LEHMAN GREATEST LESSON YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU? My mom is such wonderful role model to me and the rest of our family in so many ways. One of the biggest lessons that she demonstrates to all of us is putting family ﬁ rst. My mom has taught us the value of spending time with and supporting one another. She’s always hosting a family event or holiday, going to a grandchild’s sporting event, texting, calling or coming by to check in. We don’t have a big family, but we are very close, and I give her full credit for that.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU?
SALLY HUGHES GREATEST LESSON YOUR MOTHER TAUGHT YOU? My mother, by example, taught me the sharing of boundless love and caring that can exist between a mother and a daughter. For example, at my mother’s memorial service, a friend said to me, “Your mother took good care of her mother. You took good care of your mother. And someone will take good care of you.” And so the story goes.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU? I hope that my children learn from me the joy and importance of family. I also hope that they learn that life is not without challenges. Our adjustment and acceptance are not about the challenge but how we handle the situation.
WHAT’S THE SECRET TO GOOD PARENTING? I think that successful parenting is, of course, unconditional love monitored with paying attention and trying to keep a good perspective.
BEST PART OF BEING A MOM? The best part of being a mom is all of the fun shared with my children and grandchildren and the joy of watching them grow and develop into such ﬁ ne people.
I hope they enjoy every stage of their life and enjoy the moments. I hope they continue to give back and enjoy being a part of their community. And I hope they cherish friends, family and one another as sisters.
WHAT’S THE SECRET TO GOOD PARENTING? I wish I knew a secret! I know my mom was always there for me, and I felt that she was on my side supporting me every step of the way, and still does. I try to do the same for my girls.
BEST PART OF BEING A MOM? I love watching the girls spread their wings and ﬁ nd their paths. All three of them are so diﬀerent, and yet they share a special bond. It warms my heart.
ANY SPECIAL OR FAVORITE PIECES OF JEWELRY YOUR MOTHER OR GRANDMOTHER GIFTED YOU? My grandmother left me the stone from her wedding ring. I absolutely cherish it and love that it came from her.
ANY SPECIAL PIECES OF JEWELRY YOU HOPE TO PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN? With three girls, that gets tricky! I will deﬁ nitely want them each to have something special that their dad has given me that I can pass on to them.
ANY SPECIAL PIECES OF JEWELRY YOU HOPE TO PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN? My mother left her wedding rings to me, and I shall leave mine to my daughter. 19
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ROBERTO COIN Diamond Love In Verona Bangle $16,500
MARCO BICEGO Siviglia Diamond Pendant $2,620
PENNY PREVILLE Diamond Galaxy Bracelet $7,225 ARMENTA Old World Earrings $2,390
DANA REBECCA Alexa Jordyn Marquise Curve Necklace $935
DANA REBECCA Lulu Jack Diamond Studs $395 Pearl Ivy Bezel Curve Studs $400 ALESSANDRA DONA Spiked Ring $900
PENNY PREVILLE Bangles starting at $4,630
SUTRA Kashmir Diamond Earrings $11,000
CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS Lâ€™Amour Diamond Band $8,895
MIKIMOTO Akoya Pearl and Diamond Classic Earrings $1,400
ROBERTO COIN Venetian Princess Medallion Charm $5,250
ARMENTA Crivelli Stack Ring $1,790
RAHAMINOV Forevermark Diamond Earrings $26,980
RAHAMINOV Diamond Bean Earrings $9,600
PENNY PREVILLE Petite Double Star Diamond Earrings $2,445 ELIZABETH LOCKE Handmade Chain $18,700 Gold Honeybee Pendant $3,700
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IPPOLITA Carnevale Lollipop Ring $695
KWIAT Starry Night Three-Row Diamond Band $8,500 Starry Night Diamond Demi Riviera $5,450
SUTRA New World Tassel Collection Diamond Ring $8,200
SUTRA Diamond Tassel Earrings $12,000
PESAVENTO Polvere Inﬁ nity Ring $365
ROBERTO COIN Diamond Princess Tassel Bangle $9,900
e kl ar sp e in sh & RAHAMINOV Diamond Flower Studs $13,300
CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS L’Amour Diamond Eternity Band $24,316
FOREVERMARK Diamonds By The Yard Necklace $1,566
KWIAT Lyric Diamond Earrings $4,950
ROLEX Datejust $16,700
MIKIMOTO Pearl and Diamond Ribbon Earrings $9,100
PENNY PREVILLE Diamond Medallion Pendant $2,465
RAHAMINOV Emerald-Cut Diamond Flex Bangle $48,000
MARCO BICEGO Masai Open Circle Earrings $2,540
DANA REBECCA Alexa Jordyn Earrings $2,475
RAHAMINOV Diamond “O” Band $14,400
STORE 5A Pre-Owned M2Malletier Annabelle Bag $395
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OMI PRIVÉ Platinum Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Price upon request
STEPHEN WEBSTER CH2 Slimline Shard Stack Ring $2,500 SUTRA Kashmir Ruby and Diamond Earrings $5,250
IPPOLITA Rock Candy Lollitini Necklace $5,995 Jumbo Stone Teardrop Earrings $995
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SUPREME JEWELRY Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Ring $36,019
OMI PRIVÉ Sapphire and Diamond Earrings $80,000
STORE 5A Pre-Owned Hermés Birkin 30 Pourpre $15,950
SUPREME JEWELRY Emerald and Diamond Chandelier Earrings $11,054
DAVID YURMAN Renaissance Blue Chalcedony Cuﬀ $3,8 00
ELIZABETH LOCKE Venetian Glass Intaglio Bracelet $9,375
IN A YEAR LIKE THIS, WHAT YOU GIVE HER SHOULD BE MORE THAN A TOKEN OF YOUR LOVE. IT SHOULD CONVEY YOUR ADMIRATION FOR EXACTLY WHO SHE IS.
DAVID YURMAN Show the woman in your life how much you care by giving her a piece (or two) from the legendary brand’s 2020 offerings. The Starburst Collection, inspired by fireworks, features clusters of gold and diamonds, while the new Renaissance pieces reinvent the classic David Yurman Cable with the addition of precious stones, mixed metals and diamonds. Satisfaction guaranteed. Clockwise from top, Starburst cluster necklace in 18K yellow gold with pavé diamonds; Starburst cluster earrings in 18K yellow gold with pavé diamonds; Renaissance ring with pearls, 14K yellow gold and diamonds; Renaissance ring in 18K yellow gold with full pavé diamonds; diamond Renaissance bracelet in 18K white gold.
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STORE 5A Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Ultra Light Paint Stripes Tote $1,900
TUDOR Black Bay Fifty-Eight $3,700
STEPHEN WEBSTER England Made Me Switchblade $850
FABER-CASTELL Faber-Castell Guilloche Cisele Fountain Pen $593
TUDOR Black Bay Bronze $4,150
DAVID YURMAN Deco Cigar Band Ring $425
TUDOR Black Bay Chrono S&G $7,000
TUDOR Black Bay GMT $3,950
ROLEX Oyster Perpetual 41 $5,900
DAVID YURMAN Fused Meteorite Tag $650
DAVID YURMAN Black Diamond Carbon Tag Enhancer $1,600
ROLEX Day-Date $37,550
ROLEX Submariner Date $9,550
s nt ge for the STEPHEN WEBSTER Rayman Pavé Ring $750
DAVID YURMAN Square Cuﬄ inks $495
DAVID YURMAN Chevron Rubber Weave Bracelet $395
DAVID YURMAN Black Diamond Chevron Bracelet $1,250
STORE 5A Pre-Owned Hermés Reversible 42mm Belt Kit $795
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DAVID YURMAN DY Unity Cable Band $695
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DANA REBECCA Lulu Jack Open Oval Studs $880
BICEGO Diamond Marrakech Onde Necklace $2,520
PESAVENTO Timeless Oval Link Necklace $1,070
STORE 5A Pre-Owned Fendi Sunglasses $140
ELIZABETH LOCKE Small Puï¬€ Earring with Turquoise $5,175 SUTRA Turquoise and Diamond Feather Ring $20,000
BICEGO Diamond Marrakech Onde Ring $2,050
ROBERTO COIN Love In Verona Sapphire and Diamond Bangle $15,000
celebrate your love this holiday season
S P E C I A L F I N A N C I N G O P T I O N S AVA I L A B L E With approved credit. See store for details.
ks ic p staff DAVID YURMAN Stax Five Row Ring $8,900 CHOSEN BY... Store Director Sasha Patterson, who enjoys Mexican food, a good margarita and raising money for All Saints Catholic School, which her 9-year-old attends
ROBERT PROCOP American Glamour Sapphire & Diamond Bracelet $42,350 CHOSEN BY... Store Manager Byron Gaines, who has sold more than $1B in jewelry in his lifetime
PENNY PREVILLE Mid Emerald-Cut Art Deco Necklace $5,030 CHOSEN BY... Jewelry & Watch Professional Lynn Redwine, whose newfound passion is playing mahjongâ€”a tile-based game developed in China using skill, strategy and calculation
RAHAMINOV Diamond Hoops $16,000 CHOSEN BY... Store Director & University of Kansas alum Michelle Holdgrafer, who enjoys Jayhawk basketball in Allen Fieldhouse— though it can’t hold a candle to watching her own kids compete
ROLEX Sky-Dweller $38,850 CHOSEN BY... Designer Goldsmith Randy Deere, who has been at the jewelry bench for 50 years and still looks forward to taking his seat every day
ROBERTO COIN Pois Moi Luna Diamond Bangle $5,900 CHOSEN BY... Jewelry & Watch Professional Erin Burgess, a jewelry school grad who is equally comfortable holding a blow torch as she is dancing in a Zumba class
CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS L’Amour Crisscut Diamond Engagement Ring $6,415 CHOSEN BY... Jewelry & Watch Professional Donna Grant, an avid reader who loves a good latte— especially at All About Cha in Broken Arrow
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OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW(ISH)
V I N TA G E R O L E X G M T
PRE-OWNED LOUIS VUITTON
RED & ROWDY Born in Paris in the roaring twenties, the Boulevardier is getting a well-deserved fresh look. After all, it’s the twenties again.
BOULEVARDIER INGREDIENTS ½ oz. bourbon or rye whiskey ¾ oz. Campari ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
DIRECTIONS Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist. RECIPE COURTESY OF SIMPLYRECIPES.COM
WATCH for the
BY HALEY LONGMAN
WHAT’S ONE REASON CERTAIN TV SHOWS ARE UNFORGETTABLE? A TIMEPIECE WITH CHARACTER HELPS MAKE A CHARACTER.
There’s a timeless quality to certain distinctive television series, but their key characters always seem to know what time it is. That’s because they’re cool, they’re charismatic, they have that special swagger that glues you to the screen. And it’s also because they’re wearing watches. But a wristwatch tells more than the time. It speaks silent volumes about the wearer’s confidence, judgment and flair. It pushes our understanding beyond the script and hints at what makes someone tick.
HERE ARE THREE PROGRAMS, CURRENT AND CLASSIC, THAT ARE WELL WORTH WATCH-WATCHING:
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE An upper middle-class family in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in which Joshua Jackson and Reese Witherspoon play Mr. and Mrs. Richardson, is the main subject of this ’90s-set Hulu series that examines race, motherhood and privilege. (Kerry Washington has a prominent role, too, as their new neighbor, Mia Warren.) Jackson plays Bill, a hotshot lawyer who appreciates the finer things in life—he wears gold rings on his pinky and ring fingers. But the father-of-four’s most notable piece of bling—his wife Elena has a “hers” version too—is his yellow-gold Rolex Daytona on a yellow-gold bracelet. It’s hard to determine if these timepieces chosen by costume designer Lyn Paolo (known for ’90s dramas The West Wing and ER) are authentically from the era, but they may well be, as Jackson’s appears to have a El Primero-based caliber 4030 movement inside; Rolex changed to its in-house caliber 4130 in 2000. Gold had a major style moment in 1997, and Rolex was (and still is) one of the most soughtafter brands, so such jewelry choices feel very on-point for these well-off, fashion-conscious characters.
MAD MEN Jon Hamm had quite a few iconic style moments over his seven seasons of playing Don Draper, a top ad-agency exec in the 1960s and ’70s. But as dapper as his three-piece suits, skinny ties and slicked-back-hair were, nothing was as suave as his 36mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer. The watch was introduced circa 1953 with a Calibre 3132 movement and a smooth bezel, and it was (and still is) Swiss chronographer-certified. That piece became a special Draper trademark, but over the years the character also wore a Rolex Explorer I, an Omega DeVille Prestige and a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox. Each wristwatch is as classic and powerful as Draper—and soberer.
THE SOPRANOS Tony Soprano and the Rolex Day-Date go hand-in-hand in this award-winning drama. The New Jersey mob boss played by the late James Gandolfini wears this watch early on in the opening credits and throughout the show, and it’s a powerful choice. Soprano has the 36mm model in 18K yellow gold with a champagne dial and water resistance up to 300 meters. Also notable is the gold “President” bracelet, a symbol of status and wealth by itself. But Soprano doesn’t brand-discriminate—in a famous scene that first aired in 2002, he buys a blinged-out Patek Philippe Ref. 5037/1G as a gift for his cousin-in-crime, which some say was an expression of Gandolfini’s real-life affection for luxury timepieces. 39
Michelle Holdgrafer remains an artist at heart. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from University of Kansas before becoming a graduate gemologist at Gemological Institute of America. Then, she spent years handcrafting fine jewelry before evolving into store director at Bruce G. Weber Diamond Cellar. Now, Holdgrafer relishes helping people find and design jewelry that will stand the test of time and be handed down for generations. Here, meet the Tulsa wife and mother of two.
THREE THINGS I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
MOST MEMORABLE PIECE OF JEWELRY I’VE MADE
Family, fashion and sports.
I enjoy food, and nothing is better than fresh seafood. It doesn’t even need to be a fancy restaurant. A fun and cool setting is key!
Early on, when I was first making jewelry, I made a wide turquoise ring. The turquoise was a cool, long, rectangular shape. It had no matrix. Truly a beautiful stone. It was bezelset in silver, and it was probably the best of my bezel settings.
DRINK OF CHOICE
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
ULTIMATE DATE NIGHT
Margaritas, mojitos and cold beer—anything that makes me feel like I’m in the tropics.
FAVORITE CITY Edgartown, Massachusetts. It—along with the Vineyard and Nantucket—stole my heart. The food and the atmosphere of old town America is just lovely.
It is so rewarding helping my customers and friends with surprise gifts or engagement rings. I really enjoy being part of that process and the special moments in their lives.
VENETIAN PRINCESS COLLECTION
the pavefle x collection