ACCENT The Magazine of Life’s Celebrations • Spring/Summer 2018
FINK’S JEWELERS ACCENT
THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS
STUNNING ROLEX CREATIONS
FOR MOMS, DADS, GRADS... AND YOU!
GIVING BACK DOING GOOD IN THE DIGITAL AGE
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4 Welcome Letter 10 Fink’s Family Profile: Carlos Merino
CHAIRMAN & CEO Marc Fink VICE PRESIDENT Matthew Fink
12 Fink’s Family Profile: Brittany Howell
VP OPERATIONS Mark Bair
14 A Sparkling Wedding: Matt & Andrea
VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES Todd Stafford DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Lindsey Sinozich
16 Fink’s Love Stories 20 See & Be Seen
PUBLISHER Stuart Nifoussi
22 Hot List for Spring 34 From the Runways 36 Designers: David Yurman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Karen Alberg Grossman
MANAGING EDITOR Jillian LaRochelle CREATIVE DIRECTOR Hans Gschliesser
38 Timepieces: Rolex
PROJECT MANAGER Lisa Menghi DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & CIRCULATION Christine Hamel
40 Fashion: A Love Letter to the White Shirt 42 Spirits: Sipping Through East Asia 44 Spotted: As Seen On… 46 Timepieces: Going Back in Time 48 Weddings: Best Dressed 50 Engagements: Ring in the News 52 Art: Mixed-Media Master 54 Perfect Gems 56 Food: Eat Happy! 58 Speed: Racing Against Time 60 Travel: Earned Indulgences 62 Philanthropy: Digital Do-Gooders 64 End Page: Making it Personal
ADVERTISING SERVICES MANAGER Jacquelynn Fischer
PRODUCTION/ART ASSISTANT Alanna Giannantonio ACCOUNTING Agnes Alves, Megan Frank PUBLISHED BY Wainscot Media CHAIRMAN Carroll V. Dowden PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Dowden SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Shae Marcus, Carl Olsen VICE PRESIDENTS Nigel Edelshain, Tom Flannery, Rita Guarna, Christine Hamel Jewelry has been enlarged to show detail. Due to the fluctuating prices of diamonds, gold and platinum, prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this magazine, we are not responsible for errors or omissions. ACCENT is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Fink’s Jewelers. Copyright © 2018 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, Fink’s Jewelers, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, Fink’s Jewelers, 132 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789, or by telephone 407.629.7944 Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia. com. Printed In The U.S.A. Volume 16, Issue 1. ©2018
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Welcome to Fink’s Jewelers ACCENT Magazine
As a fourth-generation family business, family is at the center of everything we do. Along those lines, there are few things more important to us than providing a rewarding work environment for our valued team of associates—or as we like to call them, our Fink’s Family. We view the role of a Fink’s associate to be much more than just working behind the jewelry counter; we hope they think of themselves as ambassadors in their local communities. We encourage all associates to strive for work/ life balance and support philanthropic causes near and dear to their hearts. At the end of the day, it’s an extension of our mission as jewelers: to affect people’s lives in a positive way. Jewelry purchases are for happy occasions in life, and we hope that guiding you through the process builds a bond between you and your sales associate. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing about an associate who sold an engagement ring to a couple, and because he or she was able to build that trust over the years, is now helping that couple’s child with a ring selection. The jewelry business is a people business, and we believe life is more enjoyable when you interact with nice people. With thanks and gratitude to our amazing Fink’s Family, Marc Fink & Matt Fink
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A Tradition of Elegance, Exclusively at Fink’s Jewelers
VIRGINIA • MARYLAND • NORTH CAROLINA www.finks.com
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More valuable than diamonds or gold.
Take a name, date, special moment, or event and turn it into a lasting piece of handmade jewelry with Heather B. Moore. 419 at Colonial Avenue 540.342.1991 | North Hills 919.881.8247 Thomas Jefferson Crossings 434.237.6301 | SouthPark 704.366.3120 www.finks.com
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ORIGINATOR OF CULTURED PEARLS TO LEGENDARY JEWELER
ince 1893, Mikimoto has celebrated the natural beauty, exceptional quality and timeless elegance that define the originator of the world’s finest cultured pearls. This year marks its 125th anniversary, a time to reflect and look to the future, ushering in a new chapter of the Mikimoto brand. When founder Kokichi Mikimoto successfully created the world’s first cultured pearl, he continued to innovate and develop new techniques and designs, rivaling those of his European contemporaries. At the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, he unveiled the Obidome Kimono Sash Clip. With exquisite detail and Art Deco style, adorned with Akoya cultured pearls and precious stones, it demonstrated a novel versatility. Its 12 interchangeable settings allowed the disassembling and reassembling of parts to form completely different pieces, including a brooch, rings and hair ornaments. To celebrate 125 years, Mikimoto proudly revisits this classic, vintage design and introduces the Yaguruma collection, featuring a belt, bracelet and pendants.
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Recently shown in Geneva, one of this season’s highlights is the Praise to Nature collection. Its exquisite craftsmanship is the embodiment of a song of praise to the glory of the natural world. Fantastic gemstones— diamond, emerald, pink and blue sapphire, and aquamarine—appear throughout the new collections, dancing in a festival of color. In Kokichi Mikimoto’s pioneering spirit, the house’s spectacular pearl collections continue to pay homage to natural origins and evolve with High Jewellery. “2018 is an important year that marks a pivoting point and clear transition to focusing more on High Jewellery, notably nonpearl jewelry,” says Yugo Tsukikawa, senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy, Mikimoto America. Outlining its future, Mikimoto extends its expertise and creativity to brand-new luxury gifts: photo frames in Akoya cultured pearl and diamond, thoughtfully designed in a lacework pattern, as well as radially cut mother of pearl. Both lines signify the next step for the lustrous pearl house, as its luxury offering extends globally and beyond jewelry, growing to meet the demands of today’s customer.
MIKIMOTO celebrates its 125th anniversary.
P R O M OT I O N
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fink’s family profiles
CARLOS A. MERINO Store Manager Chesterfield Towne Center Richmond, VA
diamond. “There is nothing more rewarding than when you sell a diamond!” he exclaims. “David Yurman, John Hardy, Rolex, TAG Heuer: these world-class brands basically sell themselves. But that feeling you get when you find the right diamond for your client—and the happiness it brings them—is priceless.” He hopes that experience will be the first step in building a lasting client relationship. “My favorite part of the job is when I earn the trust of each new client. It shows that I’ve done well by allowing them to be at ease and feel welcomed.” He says the best advice he’s received was given to him by his manager, Steve: “Treat every client the same, no matter if they’re purchasing a bigticket item or just in the store to browse.” Carlos further credits his success to God and family, including his loving wife, kids and parents, who have all contributed immensely to his life and career through their support and commitment. If he wasn’t selling fine jewelry, Carlos says his next passion would have been to become a barber, as he was very good at cutting hair back in the day! His perfect day off would be spent with his family on the sofa, cuddled up while watching one of his kids’ favorite movies.
eet Carlos Merino, our store manager at Fink’s Chesterfield Towne Center. At the time of this interview, he was excited to report that his journey in the jewelry business had just exceeded 856 days! Carlos recognizes that his jewelry career is still in its “infancy stage,” so he’s enjoying every moment of engaging with his clients and soaking up the continuous knowledge he gains with every exposure to new jewelry and luxury timepieces. (Sounds like more of a honeymoon phase to us!) While working for T-Mobile a few years ago, one of his clients proposed that Carlos apply for an open position at our Fink’s Short Pump store. “It took me about two weeks to finally decide to submit my resume,” Carlos recalls, but he immediately liked what he learned about our family-owned business during his interviews with management. He also fell in love with jewelry and began his own collection, including tiger’s eye and black onyx bead bracelets from David Yurman and a Victorinox watch. Now that he’s in the swing of things, Carlos says he gets the most gratification from helping clients find the perfect
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BRITTANY HOWELL Store Manager Valley View Mall Roanoke, VA
She gets most excited about showing engagement rings. “There is just something about those moments that you cannot compare to anything else. You truly become a part of some of the best times in people’s lives and get the opportunity to create memories and connections with them that last a lifetime,” Brittany explains. Working with people is the most rewarding part of her job. “I have many customers that are friends to this day. Connecting with jewelry creates an emotional bond, whether they’re celebrating an engagement, new baby or job promotion, or creating a memorial piece to commemorate a loved one. You will get attached to your customer!” Brittany describes her preferred jewelry design aesthetic as simple but elegant, and prefers dainty pieces that are layered for impact, or big statement pieces that leave a lasting impression on their own. Her passion for jewelry goes far beyond sales. “If I wasn’t selling fine jewelry, I think I would be creating it. I fell in love with this industry a long time ago; it is my passion and I know I will always be involved in one aspect or another.”
rittany Howell has been in the jewelry business for over seven years; she was hired at Fink’s in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since! “I grew up with the company and have always felt like I was a part of the Fink’s family,” she shares. Perhaps that family feeling stems from the fact that Brittany’s mother and sister have also worked for Fink’s. “I can remember when I was in high school, calling my mom at the Fink’s store in North Carolina every day to let her know I was home. The staff became more than my mom’s co-workers to me; they were family.” Brittany recollects telling the store manager, Neil, that she wanted to be a “Fink’s girl” one day. And in fact, her career began that very year. She started out wrapping gifts at the store during the holidays. Today, she has worked her way up to store manager of the Valley View Mall location—and she still goes to Neil for advice. She also relies on support from her parents, who have been her backbone and have instilled in her a strong work ethic. “They told me, ‘Live your life with integrity and the rest will follow.’”
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A Sparkling Wedding
MATT & ANDREA Adding a new member to the Fink family.
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designed.” He chose a colorless round brilliant-cut diamond, set on a petite pavé band without a halo to showcase the striking beauty of the center stone. On September 9, 2017, Matt and Andrea were married at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. Naturally, jewelry played an important role in the weekend. Andrea added matching pavé bands on both sides of her engagement ring, while Matt chose a classic Fink’s platinum wedding band. She selected white motherof-pearl pieces from Marco Bicego’s Lunaria collection for the rehearsal dinner, and Mikimoto drop diamond and pearl earrings with a matching three-strand pearl bracelet for the big day. Matt wore his favorite stainless steel Rolex Milgauss with a black dial, received as a present from his dad years earlier. Despite a hurricane sweeping through Miami, they had beautiful weather and all of their out-of-town guests were able to make it in time for the ceremony. Andrea’s favorite memories of the day were exchanging vows with Matt, and dancing with her new husband and her dad. “I loved getting to spend time with friends and family,” Matt shares. “We had a great band and got to dance the night away.” For their wedding gifts, Andrea gave Matt John Hardy cuff links engraved with their monogram and their wedding date, while Matt decided on a customized Heather Moore bracelet that reads “And so the adventure begins”—a fitting start to their new life together.
ack in 2013, Andrea had just graduated from college and moved to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in speech pathology. Less than a year later, she met Matt Fink, who was in New York working as a public accountant, through the Coffee Meets Bagel dating app. The two connected instantly. While dating, they stayed in the city for another few years. In 2016, Matt decided to join the family business and the two moved closer to home. Though the subject of marriage had come up, Andrea was still surprised when Matt popped the question during a vacation to Portland, Oregon. “I arranged for a Japanese water garden to stay open late, and proposed on a bridge over a lily pond,” Matt shares. “I was surprised!” says Andrea. “I thought it was a joke and started walking away; obviously I don’t do well with surprises!” “The ring was in a pouch in my pocket during the entire trip, because I was worried Andrea would notice a ring box going through security,” says Matt. “I was just happy I didn’t drop it in the water!” Once he decided that it was time to propose, it all happened within a few weeks. “I talked to my dad and the next day we picked out a diamond. A few weeks later the ring was complete, and a week after that I asked Andrea’s parents for permission to marry her.” The couple had never shopped for rings together, and Andrea says, “I knew what I didn’t like, but not exactly what I wanted. I’m very happy with the timeless ring Matt
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Dr. Daniel Michael Hudgins and Ms. Diana Louise Wright Goochland, VA: Engaged July 8, 2017
Zachary Nordstrom and Alexa Irwin Middlebrooke, VA: Engaged August 2, 2017
Melissa and John Addington Bridgewater, VA: Married October 14, 2017
Photographer: Adrienne Eichner Photography
Cynthia and Zachary Sinnen Portsmouth, VA: Married September 3, 2017
Zach and Allison Hammond Charlottesville, VA: Married October 14, 2017
PRINCESS FLOWER COLLECTION
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April Hughes and Melissa Glover
Chris and Joscelyn Hodge
Jillian Burchette and Seth Gurley
Steven Bratcher and Lisa Durland
Charlotte, NC: Engaged October 21, 2017
Anderson, SC: Engaged December 21, 2017
Charlottesvile, VA: Married November 18, 2017
Charlotte, NC: Engaged November 13, 2017
Photographer: Happy Day Media
Brad Beskin and Garrett Burnett Charlottesville, VA: Married December 1, 2017
Know Your Diamond COLOR GRADE
Look for diamonds graded by GIA, the creator of the 4Cs. Learn more at 4Cs.GIA.edu
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See & Be Seen
John Parrott and Dr. Randy Norbo
Andrea Rolle, Aliyah Rolle, Eliana Rolle, Dr. Richard Rolle
Celebrating the PGA
A Day at Quail Hollow
John Parrott and Dr. Randy Norbo enjoyed a rare photo op with the Wanamaker
As special guests of Fink’s Jewelers and Omega, The Rolle
family had a ball at the PGA Championship.
DeeDee Tschour, Tina Wheeler, Christopher Adkins, Charlie Adkins, Vincent Cowen, Cathy Thomas
Michael Youngblood, Floy Pence, Mea Nenn, Leanne Webb, Stephen Webb
Party for a Purpose As a proud sponsor of the CHKD in Norfolk, VA, our
Christopher and Charlie Adkins could hardly contain their excitement after winning
MacArthur Team enjoyed a lovely evening at the Moonlight
a John Hardy bracelet during a summer giveaway.
and Mistletoe Gala.
Celebration of Speed Ike Savvas and wife Cindy attended the Celebration of Speed dinner at Richard Petty’s house.
Mary Dunn, Ike Savvas
Golf by Day, Gems by Night Ike Savvas, Richard Petty, Cindy Savvas
Roberto Coin, Ike Savvas
Cindy Savvas, Roberto Coin
Clients in Greensboro enjoyed an evening
Rubbing Elbows with Roberto Coin
with Peter Webster from Roberto Coin,
Ike and Cindy Savvas flew to Vicenza, Italy, for the trip of a
and Mary Dunn was the lucky winner of
lifetime and spent time with Roberto Coin at his home and
a beautiful pair of diamond earrings.
at the International Vicenza Jewelry Show.
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Roanoke Team Building
Last fall, Fink’s was delighted to partner again with Roberto Coin
All work and some play! Part of our Fink’s team enjoyed some social time
to help “Unlock the Cure” to breast cancer. Congratulations to
at Ballast Point.
Karen Davidson, the lucky winner of the Roberto Coin earrings!
David Sensinger, Lisa Burnham, Cheslea Lucas
Pounding the Pavement and ran together at the Holly Springs Half Marathon.
Keisha Nakhle, Madison Madden, Erin Rose
Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation Annual Golf Tournament.
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Belles of the Ball
Bring on the Bubbly
Keisha Nakhle and Erin Rose from 419 at Colonial enjoyed
Representatives from Fink’s Jewelers 419 at Colonial and home office serve celebratory
an elegant evening at the Black and White Masquerade Ball.
champagne to runners at the Blue Ridge Marathon.
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for Spring Sabel Collection White gold pendant featuring a 2.45ct cushion-cut amethyst center stone with .20cttw white diamonds, $795 White gold pendant featuring a 7mm x 5mm opal and approximately .29cttw diamonds, $1,100 White gold ring featuring a 3.30ct cushion-cut Swiss blue topaz center stone with .40cttw white diamonds, $1,395 White gold ring featuring a 1.66ct oval peridot center stone with .15cttw white diamonds, $995 White gold cushion-cut pink tourmaline and diamond ring featuring approximately .62cttw diamonds and 1.57ct pink tourmaline, $2,095
All in settings of 14K white gold.
Sabel Collection White gold diamond cross necklace featuring approximately .1 cttw diamonds, $395 White gold cross pendant necklace featuring .15cttw blue sapphires and .10 cttw round diamonds. Necklace measures 18â€? in length, $395 White gold curved bar necklace featuring approximately 1.0cttw round diamonds, $2,995 White gold cluster earrings featuring approximately 1.50cttw round diamonds, $2,650
All in settings of 14K white gold.
SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE II 46mm watch with blue bezel and dial, $4,700
KHAKI FIELD AUTO watch featuring a 42mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and brown leather strap, $575
Rings shown are available in a variety of carat weights and prices. Let our diamond specialists help you fi nd the perfect one for her today!
David Yurman Cablespira bracelet with madeira citrine and .077cttw diamonds in 18K yellow gold, $1,700 Cablespira bracelet with peridot and .077cttw diamonds in 18K yellow gold, $1,700 Cablespira bracelet with .077cttw diamonds in 18K yellow gold, $1,700 Rio Rondelle bracelet with turquoise in 18K yellow gold, $1,500 Rio Rondelle bracelet with black onyx in 18K yellow gold, $1,400 Rio Rondelle bracelet with white agate in 18K yellow gold, $1,400 Rio Rondelle long station necklace with black onyx in 18K yellow gold (single necklace, double-wrapped for a layered look), $2,750
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Dao Fournier Jumeaux pendant in 18K yellow gold featuring .13cttw diamond accents on an adjustable 18” chain, $1,400 Jumeaux drop earrings in 18K yellow gold featuring .25cttw diamonds, $3,200 Diamond-shaped frame lariat necklace in sterling silver featuring two .02cttw diamond accents, from the Song Collection, $300 Open diamond-shaped frame hoop earrings in sterling silver featuring two .02cttw diamond accents, from the Song Collection, $350 Open diamond-shaped frame bangle in sterling silver featuring two .02cttw diamond accents, from the Song Collection, $350
Longines Men’s CONQUEST V.H.P. COLLECTION watch featuring a 41mm round case in stainless steel with screw-down caseback and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, $1,000 Ladies’ MASTER COLLECTION watch featuring a 25mm round case in stainless steel with transparent caseback, sapphire crystal, navy dial, diamond indices and automatic movement, $2,350
Ippolita Lollitini necklace in Oceanic featuring clear quartz, mother of pearl, amazonite and blue topaz, $2,495 Mini Lollipop pendant necklace with mother of pearl and clear quartz and .14cttw diamonds, $695 Lollitini three-stone drop earrings in Oceanic featuring clear quartz, mother of pearl, amazonite and blue topaz, $425 Lollipop earrings featuring clear quartz, mother of pearl, and amazonite with .27cttw diamonds, $1,195 Classico slim sterling silver fl at bangle, $295 Classico skinny sterling silver hammered bangle, $250 Rock Candy sterling silver five-stone bangle with clear quartz, $395 Mini Lollipop ring featuring clear quartz, mother of pearl, amazonite and .14cttw of diamonds, $795
All in settings of sterling silver.
Marco Bicego Jaipur station necklace featuring .14cttw diamonds, $3,000 Jaipur four-station drop earrings featuring .11cttw diamonds, $1,950 Jaipur two-station drop earrings featuring .11cttw diamonds, $1,580 Jaipur ring featuring .14cttw diamonds, $1,910
All in settings of 18K gold.
Men’s SEAMASTER AQUA TERRA 41mm watch with stainless steel symmetrical case with a wave-edged design featured on the back, $5,500
Men’s CARRERA CALIBRE 5 DAY-DATE with a polished fixed steel bezel, hand-applied Day Date window at 3 o’clock, and polished steel case, $3,000
Ladies’ SEAMASTER AQUA TERRA with a symmetrical 28 mm case, stainless steel bracelet with a shimmer white dial, eight dotted indexes made from 18K Sedna™ gold, and four diamond indexes in 18K Sedna™ gold holders, $2,800
Ladies’ AQUARACER 32mm watch with white mother-of-pearl dial, 19K yellow gold bezel and diamond indexes, $2,900
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John Hardy Classic Chain graduated pendant necklace with lobster clasp, $750 Classic Chain small graduated hoop earrings, $495 Classic Chain hammered stud earrings with 18K bonded rose gold, $450 Classic Chain hammered saddle ring with 18K bonded yellow gold, $595 Classic Chain 7.5mm-wide hammered station bracelet featuring 18K bonded rose gold accents, $1,295 Classic Chain 7.5mm-wide bracelet with .24cttw pavĂŠ diamonds on the clasp, $1,450 Classic Chain 5mm-wide bracelet with natural Arizona turquoise, $495 Classic Chain 6.5mm-wide hammered bracelet with bonded rose gold accent on pusher clasp, $895 Classic Chain 7.5mm-wide hammered bracelet with 18K bonded yellow gold accents, $1,295 Classic Chain 6.5mm-wide bracelet with .16cttw pavĂŠ diamonds, $1,100 Classic Chain 5mm-wide bracelet with blue sapphire, $595
All in settings of sterling silver, except where noted
John Hardy Legends Naga silver charm pendant necklace with 10mm eagle eye and blue sapphire eyes, $695 Legends Naga bronze beads bracelet with black rhodium with 8mm tiger iron beads, $550 Legends Naga bronze station bracelet on 12mm black leather with black rhodium, $450 Legends Naga bronze station bracelet on 12mm brown leather with black rhodium, $450
All in settings of sterling silver, except where noted.
Roberto Coin Princess Flower small pendant in 18K yellow and white gold featuring .04cttw diamonds, $870 Venetian Princess medium pendant in 18K yellow gold featuring mother of pearl and diamonds, $1,400 Venetian Princess medium stud earrings in 18K yellow gold featuring mother of pearl and diamonds, $2,100 Princess Flower stud earrings in 18K yellow and white gold featuring .07cttw diamonds, $1,050 Princess Bangle in 18K white gold featuring .48cttw diamonds, $5,900 Princess Bangle in 18K rose gold featuring .48cttw diamonds, $5,900 Princess Bangle in 18K yellow gold featuring .48cttw diamonds, $5,900
Heather B. Moore Heather B. Moore Jewelry uses recycled precious metals and vintage tooling to create the fi nest personalized collection. Each piece is handcrafted in Heather’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and is made to the customer’s specifi cations. As you experience life and grow, so can your personal collection of hand-stamped charms. Let one of our sales professionals help you custom design your very own Heather B. Moore piece today!
Fink’s Diamonds Rings shown are available in a variety of carat weights and prices. Let our diamond specialists help you fi nd the perfect one for her.
Cartier TANK SOLO watch, large model, featuring 18K yellow gold case, alligator-skin strap with round scale and quartz movement, $5,200 PANTHÈRE DE CARTIER watch, medium model, featuring a steel case, silvered dial, blue-steel sword-shaped hands, steel bracelet and quartz movement, $4,600
William Henry William Henry P31 Unum sterling silver cross pendant on a simple stainless steel curb chain, $195 William Henry BB10 AMB Zenith bracelet featuring premium 10mm fi nish, $550 William Henry BB19 SOD Zenith bracelet featuring premium natural on a durable paracord, $450 William Henry Barracuda pocket knife featuring a blade made of state-of-the-art powder metal alloy housed in a solid aerospace-grade titanium handle with inlaid red topaz, $595
Citizen bracelet strap and mineral crystal. Black dial with yellow golden hands and indexes and date window. Splash resistant and two-hand Eco-Drive J165 movement, $206.25 32mm case in silver-tone stainless steel with yellow golden accents, sapphire crystal and bracelet strap. Champagne mother-of-pearl dial featuring yellow gold-tone hands and markers. Water-resistant up to 50 meters and three-hand Eco-Drive E031 movement, $243.74
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Mikimoto 18” Akoya cultured pearl 9x7mm graduated strand with 18K white gold Mikimoto signature clasp, $6,000 Akoya cultured pearl 7mm stud earrings in 18K white gold, $420 Bow enhancer in 18K white gold with .35cttw pavé-set diamonds, $3,800 Akoya cultured pearl 6mm and diamond stud earrings in 18K white gold, $850 Akoya cultured pearl 7mm and diamond pendant in 18K white gold, $870
Prices may vary based on carat weight and pearl size.
Alex and Ani Featuring the latest spring and summer collections, assorted expandable wire charm bangles, prices starting at $28. Available in Rafealian gold and Rafaelian silver fi nishes.
Shinola Men’s RUNWELL CHRONO 41mm watch with midnight blue dial and tan Beaumont leather strap, $750 Ladies’ CASS 28mm watch with matte white dial and stainless steel and yellow golden bracelet, $900
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FROM THE RUNWAYS
Mikimoto Japan Collection pearl and diamonds stud earrings $2,250
CAROLINA HERRERA SS 2018 / FIRSTVIEW
Ippolita sterling silver Lollipop mini ring in hematite doublet with diamonds $695
Mikimoto Japan Collection pearl and diamond pendant $1,400
Sabel Collection 14K white gold ring featuring three rows of .75cttw white diamondsÂ $1,695
Sabel Collection 14K white gold bangle featuring 1.50cttw white diamonds $4,195
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FROM THE RUNWAYS
UTILITARIAN Sabel Collection 14K gold V-shaped bar necklace featuring .20cttw diamonds $750
Sabel Collection 14K yellow gold bar necklace featuring .39cttw diamonds $1,050
Ladies’ Cartier Panthere timepiece in yellow gold and stainless steel $8,100
Ippolita sterling silver Stardust five-section bangle featuring .19cttw diamonds $795
TODS SS 2018 / FIRSTVIEW
Sabel Collection 14K white gold cuff bangle featuring 1.00cttw round white diamonds $2,450
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TRUE TO FORM
Jewelry icon DAVID YURMAN talks inspiration, exploration and collaboration.
t all started with a book on prehistoric art that fascinated 11-year-old David Yurman. In high school, he learned welding from noted sculptor Ernesto Gonzales, then lived an artist’s life in California before moving back east to Greenwich Village. In 1969, he met a beautiful young artist named Sybil (later to become his wife) while working for sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp. Then, apprenticing with highly esteemed sculptor Theodore Roszak, Yurman designed a bronze necklace for Sybil that got picked up by a gallery and quickly sold out. This evolved into the Yurmans’ ﬁrst business: selling their jewelry at arts and crafts fairs. David and Sybil got married in 1979, and a year later relaunched the company as David Yurman. Year one, a good omen: an award from the World Gold Council for
the Starlight necklace, precursor to the iconic Cable design. Known to be as philanthropic as they are creative, and now collaborating with their talented son Evan, the Yurmans’ designs are sold in the ﬁnest stores around the world, and their collections extend to one-of-a-kind rare gemstones.
HERE, WE CATCH UP WITH ARTIST/ DESIGNER DAVID YURMAN TO BRING US UP TO DATE:
What inspires your designs these days?
I continue to draw inspiration from art. I’m always inspired by what is modern yet enduring, new pairings of materials, or an unexpected combination of colored stones.
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“Sybil’s works are lyrical with elemental forms, expressed with a poet’s subtle color palette.”
partnership between me and Sybil, along with our son Evan. We exchange ideas as well as artistic exploration. I’d like to think our success can be attributed to remaining true to our origins. When Sybil and I started the company, it was simply to make beautiful things to wear. The business was and is a vehicle for our creative expression.
necklace, precursor to the iconic Cable design. Known to be as philanthropic as they are creative, and now collaborating with their talented son Evan, the Yurmans’ designs are sold in the finest stores around the world, and their collections extend to one-of-a-kind rare gemstones.
HERE, WE CATCH UP WITH ARTIST/DESIGNER DAVID YURMAN TO BRING US UP TO DATE:
You and Sybil are a rarity in the fashion world; what’s the secret to being both business partners and life partners?
What inspires your designs these days? I continue to draw inspiration from art. I’m always inspired by what is modern yet enduring, new pairings of materials, or an unexpected combination of colored stones. My designs incorporate a wide range of cultural influences; we are not a brand driven by trend.
I think because we’re both artists and view life creatively, we have become soul mates. Ironically, we never set out to create a business. It sprang from the way we painted or did sculpture: a private moment, dreaming with our hands. From the beginning, as a painter and a sculptor, Sybil and I responded to each other’s creative ideas. We work and collaborate together every day. I credit Sybil with bringing much of the beautiful color to our collections. Her works are lyrical with elemental forms, expressed with a poet’s subtle color palette. Also, the way she’s always worn jewelry has inspired the casual, bohemian elegance for which our designs have become known. The stacking, the layering, the bold scales. I realized early on that we didn’t have to separate the worlds of form and color, of sculpture and painting—they merge organically in our various jewelry collections.
With such an extensive body of work, do you have a favorite collection or piece? For the past 30 years, I’ve evolved the Cable motif in my jewelry, reinventing the twisted helix into myriad designs. Cable provides a textural contrast to smooth, polished metal. It appears in elements as small as a bead or a clasp, and can be used as an elegant setting for a gemstone. In essence, Cable is the DNA of the brand.
What do you consider the main reasons for your success in this highly competitive business?
Thank you David and Sybil Yurman, for reminding us that in jewelry, as in nature, components that evolve organically form a stronger and more perfect union than if forced or contrived. It’s art imitating life. KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN
We could never have imagined when we started the company in 1980 that it would grow to the size and breadth it is today. The company’s roots are based on the collaborative
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SET IN STONE True works of art, ROLEX timepieces combine superior stones, precious metals and precision gem setting.
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This page: Meticulous steps in the creation process ensure that nothing is left to chance: everything works together to enhance the stones and the watch.
â€œThe precious stones selected by Rolex endow its gem-set watches with unparalleled prestige.â€?
hat is it about Rolex that has kept it in a class of its own for 113 years? In addition to its mechanical superiority, consider the exceptional gemstones that enhance these timepieces. Starting with the most stringent selection criteria, each stone is sorted individually by hand and closely examined to surpass standards of carat, clarity, color and cut. Using only top-quality colorless diamonds in brilliant 8/8, trapeze or baguette cuts, artisan gem-setters then work their magic: bead setting, channel setting, bezel setting and prong or claw setting, all to create an ideal arrangement of perfectly positioned gems. Consider too the Rolex gold, ascribed to the absolute purity of exclusive alloys that Rolex creates in its own foundry by melting noble metals at over 1,000 degrees Celsius. It is at these foundries that its 18K gold (yellow, white or Everose) is cast and formed to ensure a peerless luster for its watch cases and bracelets. (In its 24-karat state, gold is too malleable for watchmaking, so it must be alloyed with silver, copper or other elements; since quality and properties of alloys can vary, Rolex chose to install its own foundry to ensure perfection.) Forever a symbol of purity and eternal brilliance, gold remains the stuff of legends, Rolex gold the crowning glory.
Opposite: After selecting the worldâ€™s finest stones, master gem-setters at Rolex precisely align the height of the gems, their orientation and position.
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“THE SHIRT TAKES ON THE CHARACTER OF THE WEARER MORE THAN ANY OTHER GARMENT.”
ac Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001 after studying womenswear at London’s Central Saint Martins University of the Arts. But it wasn’t until 2014, when he was named creative director at Brooks Brothers, that he began to fully explore his passion for designing the ideal white shirt. At a recent conference hosted by Initiatives in Art and Culture, Posen sat down in conversation with Dennita Sewell, curator of fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum, to wax poetic on what he refers to as “the greatest costume.” “You can tell a really good story because there’s so many ways to morph it,” Posen explains. “The shirt takes on the character of the wearer more than any other garment. “White shirts have the ability to look ‘right’ on a wide variety of people,” he continued. Add pearls to look professional. Undo a few buttons and drape a delicate gold lariat down your décolletage, and suddenly you’re a vixen. “Something that looks fuddy-duddy on one person can go on another person and become flash, attitude,” Posen affirmed. “That’s the power of the woman.” JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
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A LOVE LETTER to the white shirt
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SIPPING through EAST ASIA
Asian whisky can be its own travel destination.
East Asian whisky is wowing collectors and whisky fans. Top: Mizunara Cask bottle Insets: Yamazaki warehouse and exterior
his is the most visited distillery in the world,” says Ian Chang, the master blender for Kavalan, Taiwan’s first high-end single malt whisky. Glancing around the visitor center, where scores of families are dining and wandering, it seems to be the case. While not many Americans yet drop by this whisky mecca, roughly one million Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese and other travelers take advantage of the relative centrality of the nearby city of Taipei to partake in what has quickly become an award-winning Scotch-style whisky (its Vinho Barrique expression won “world’s best single malt” in 2015). In addition to family dining and distillery tours, guests can blend their own signature Kavalan whisky bottle to take home. In Taipei, travelers will find a lovely, friendly city with top-tier dining options, an active night-market scene (food stalls stay open well after midnight) and the stunning National Palace Museum housing 10,000 years of Chinese art and artifacts. In Japan, Suntory Yamazaki has been distilling for nearly a century, but it’s only been in the past decade or so that Americans have caught the Japanese whisky fever. “It’s hard to nail down quite why Japanese whisky has
taken off in the US,” says Gardner Dunn, Beam Suntory’s brand ambassador for Japanese whisky. It helped that industry guru Jim Murray awarded the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask “best world whisky” in 2015, beating out Scotch whiskies for the first time. There’s also a lightness to most Asian whiskies that appeals to Westerners who find Scotch too heavy. “There are three words we like to use: subtle, refined and complex.” Last year, the brand released a $1,000 Mizunara Cask expression, incorporating hard-touse Japanese oak barrels in the aging process, with some component whiskies aged up to 45 years. The Yamazaki distillery is an easy train ride from Kyoto (arguably the cultural center of Japan, where even the Four Seasons hotel is tucked amidst the stunning 800-year-old Shakusuien Pond Garden). While it doesn’t quite have the family summer vacation vibe of Kavalan, it’s beautifully situated among forested hills, and guests can tour the workings and participate in a blending experience. ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
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As Seen Onâ€¦
Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite brands! JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
Louise Roe wore Marco Bicego to the Emmys.
Leslie Mann, with husband Judd Apatow, wore Roberto Coin to the Academy Awards.
Adwoa Aboah wore John Hardy to the Party for a Cause NYFW kickoff.
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DOESN’T CARE HOW MANY STEPS YOU’VE TAKEN TODAY. TH E B E D ROCK AS S EM B LED BY S T RO N G A N D B E AU T IF U L A M ERI CA N H A N DS W I T H U. S . A N D IM P O RT ED PA RTS .
E X C L U S I V E LY AVA I L A B L E AT F I N E WAT C H A N D J E W E L R Y R E TA I L E R S .
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GOING BACK IN TIME T
he past decade in watchmaking has been marked by an undeniable trend: the introduction of “vintage reissue” models. Today, many watch companies are offering as many “old” models as new ones, and for companies with long, storied histories, vintage reissues allow them to connect with their roots, embrace their particular heritage and inject new life into the icons of their past. These vintage reissue models have enjoyed almost universal popularity; they mimic groundbreaking style from decades ago, and at the same time carry with them all the luxury, polish and reliability of a modern, state-of-the-art timepiece. While there are certainly many vintage purists who cherish the pursuit of an original, authentic model, there are a handful of reasons why a watch enthusiast might choose to purchase a vintage reissue instead. First, these updated versions may look like their vintage ancestors on the outside, but often what beats inside them is an updated movement. Modern movements are easier to service and less prone to malfunction. In many cases, modern reissues utilize automatic movements (an automatic movement is one in which a watch’s mechanical movement is wound automatically by a weighted rotor that moves with the motion of the wearer’s wrist). Depending on the design of the original, many companies have found ways to incorporate a date function into the dial’s layout. Last, many vintage watches seem small by today’s standards, so brands have increased the size of their vintage reissues by a few millimeters. Another primary reason why vintage reissues are so desirable is their lower cost when compared to many vintage models. In some cases, the original vintage versions of these watches are so rare and coveted that they’re either prohibitively expensive, or in some cases, simply unavailable no matter the budget. So vintage reissues allow watch enthusiasts access to iconic designs at a fraction of the cost. There’s also a much lower cost of ownership of a vintage reissue piece; they’re covered by warranty if bought from an authorized dealer, and there’s no fear of purchasing a watch that has been altered in any way.
Vintage reissues allow watch companies to connect with their roots and embrace their particular heritage.”
No manufacturer has led the way with vintage reissues like Tudor. Perhaps because the brand was not sold in the US between 2004 and 2013, Tudor chose to re-enter the market with the Heritage Collection, a line that reminded its audience of the iconic sport models that the brand released in the ’60s and ’70s. Back then, many of the components of a Tudor watch were made directly by Rolex; today, the brand remains linked to the world’s most famous watchmaker, but Tudor has become a powerhouse in its own right. Tudor’s offerings are still held to a similarly high standard as Rolex’s, but the brand started to produce manufacture movements on its own in 2015. As a result, its product line is a remarkable marriage of modern watchmaking and vintage styling.
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GOING BACK IN TIME
The first splash Tudor made in the vintage reissue market came with the Heritage Chrono.”
hough vintage Tudor Submariners remain in demand, Tudor waited until 2012 to reinterpret its iconic dive watch with the Black Bay and Pelagos references. Both models echo the design codes of the Tudor Subs from the 1960s and 1970s. Subsequent editions of the Black Bay added various colors and case materials to the line, including the Black Bay Bronze launched in 2016, and the two-tone Black Bay Steel and Gold, which launched last year at Baselworld. With the global cult following that the Black Bay has amassed since 2012, it’s easy to forget that the very first splash Tudor made in the vintage reissue market was with the Heritage Chrono. The style, released in 2010, is a modern take on the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph from 1971, nicknamed the “Monte Carlo.” The update featured an automatic movement—virtually a necessity in a modern sport watch. There are smaller updates as well: the two subdials are reversed; the bezel markings now allow for the watch to be used as a GMT (the original bezel featured a tachymeter); the indices are painted with Superluminova instead of Tritium. The styling of the Heritage Chrono, particularly the “homeplate” dial, recreates the feeling of a vintage watch, but with modern updates.
qually impressive is Tudor’s 2017 release of the Heritage Black Bay Chrono. With this introduction the brand welcomes its first fully integrated chronograph with self-winding movement, column wheel and vertical clutch. Since the introduction in 1970 of the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph (its first chronograph), Tudor has continued to produce watches that are closely tied to the world of motorsports. In the same way, since 1954 Tudor has been constantly improving its professional divers’ watches. The new hybrid Heritage Black Bay Chrono dares to combine the aquatic heritage represented by the Black Bay family with the queen of the racetrack: the chronograph. Remaining faithful to the Black Bay aesthetic with the famous snowflake hands—a brand signature since 1969—the Heritage Black Bay Chrono model offers optimum readability against the domed matte black dial.
These brands stand as remarkable examples of how a watch manufacturer can strive to produce new, cutting-edge designs, but also look to its past for inspiration.” he reissue that garnered the most buzz recently was the TAG Heuer Autavia. In early 2016, TAG Heuer announced the “Autavia Cup,” an online competition allowing TAG Heuer fans to vote on the design of a historic Autavia reissue. The voting began at Baselworld 2016, and offered fans 16 different versions of the Autavia from which to choose. In the end, the fans chose the Autavia 2446 Mark 3, a design from 1966 known as the “Rindt” Autavia after Austrian Formula 1 world champion Jochen Rindt. Original versions of this watch have been known to sell at auction for tens of thousands of dollars, so this reissue allows many TAG Heuer fans to have access to a watch they likely would never be able to afford. Like many other major manufactures, TAG Heuer increased the case size to 42mm (the original was 38mm) and added a newly designed automatic movement, the Heuer-02 Chronograph Calibre. The new design also added a date window in the bottom subdial. With its vintage styling and historic fan-involved development, the 2017 TAG Heuer Autavia sets the bar high for what a company can accomplish with a vintage reissue. These four brands stand as remarkable examples of how a watch manufacture can strive to produce new, cutting-edge designs, but also look to its past for inspiration. When you consider what these brands all have in common—a long history of iconic design, a distinctive vision for what they want their watches to be and a reputation for building reliable, impressive movements— it’s no wonder why these vintage reissues are in such demand. Decades down the line, these timeless designs will become the next timepieces for collectors to covet.
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Provides support for full busts. Accentuate with a simple pendant and a stack of thin bracelets so as not to compete with the unique shape of the neckline.
Elongates the neck and torso, works for medium to large chests. Try a diamond collar necklace to mirror the necklineâ€™s curves and top with diamond button earrings.
Camouflages broad shoulders, wows on taller women. Bring focus to hands and wrists with a statement right-hand ring or bold cuff.
Flatters small chests. Choose drop earrings that graze the exposed shoulders, or long layering necklaces that dip well below the neckline.
Slims round faces, works well on small to medium chests. Fill the frame with a lariat necklace, or go for contrast with a choker.
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Elongates the neck, accentuates collarbones, feminizes petite and athletic shapes. Pair with a bold pendant or trend-right hoop earrings.
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Styles to make every bride sparkle.
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RING IN THE NEWS How to prep your new stunner for its first selfie.
TO KEEP YOUR RING SPARKLING LONG AFTER ITS SOCIAL MEDIA DEBUT: Clean it every few days using a formula that’s safe for your specific stone and metal type. Buy specially formulated cleaners directly from your jeweler. Steer clear of abrasive “household hacks” like toothpaste, lemon juice or pure ammonia.
Be careful about when and where you wear your ring. Leave it in your jewelry box while cleaning, cooking, and hitting the beach or pool, which can expose it to damaging chemicals, oils or forces that can bend the setting or chip the stone.
It’s also best not to wear your ring while applying lotions, makeup, hairspray or perfumes, which can leave your jewelry covered in dulling residue. Consider a “last on, first off” rule for for all of your jewelry, bridal and otherwise.
ou keep staring at the ring on your finger, watching it sparkle in the light. It finally happened! The partner you want to spend the rest of your life with has slipped the ring of your dreams on your hand. It’s all so exciting. Once the shock has worn off, it’s time to let your friends and family in on the exciting news. You know everyone will be dying to see what the ring looks like, so posting a hand selfie to Instagram or Facebook is a must. First, make sure your ring is clean and sparkling (see tips at left). Then get a manicure in a seasonally appropriate hue or a never-fail shade of nude. Choose a background that will let your hand and your ring stand out: nothing too bright or busy. Sunlight will ensure your stone sparkles its brightest. Try a few different angles until you’ve captured your hand and ring looking their absolute best. Lastly, compose a caption that captures your feelings, maybe with a fun hashtag to boot. We love Ashlee Simpson’s #hedidgood, or the classic #isaidyes.
By Kristie Nicolosi, president and CEO of The Kingswood Company. As an expert on jewelry care and cleaning, Nicolosi has offered contributions to a variety of publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot.
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MIXED-MEDIA MASTER The unretouched world of PAUL GERBEN.
His vast body of work ranges from abstract paintings to public sculptures, from tribal masks to mixed-media compositions. But it’s probably his celebrity portraits that most define him at the moment. His unpretentious photography precludes hair stylists, makeup artists, even retouching. “I like things natural. In preparation for these assignments, I spend time with the person, watch or read interviews with them, understand their essence. I go for a very organic shot, using only my small Leica. If I’m lucky, the natural light, the exact angle, the intrinsic expression all come together in one perfect moment.” Is he kidding? Celebrity clients allowing photo shoots without makeup or retouch? “As an art director for many years, I learned the difference between fashion shots and portraits. I make sure my subjects gain trust in me so they can be themselves at the shoot and ultimately appreciate the beauty in my unaltered images.” KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN
hen he started painting at age seven, encouraged by his mother, little did Paul Gerben imagine that his work would gain such widespread acclaim. A native New Yorker often seen pounding the pavement with Happy, his beloved shelter dog adopted seven years ago from the North Shore Animal League, Gerben is considered by many critics a new Andy Warhol, whose art reflects the urban energy he lives and breathes daily. He studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Philadelphia School of Art, but dropped out of college to cut hair for students who paid him with art lessons. His quest for knowledge is as insatiable as his drive. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I’ve freelanced at ad agencies and design companies, started my own branding business, worked as an art director at Condé Nast. I need to keep moving. These days, I do my best work at 2:00 a.m. when I can dive in with no distractions.”
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Explore the little luxuries the world has to offer. BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
FLY STYLE The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Private Jet program allows travelers to fulfill their most extraordinary travel dreams aboard a custom-designed aircraft, while enjoying personalized service every step of the way. Among the special itineraries set for 2019 are the “Latin Escape,” a 16-day adventure for those looking to explore the most exciting natural and cultural offerings of Central and South America (pictured above); “International Intrigue,” which includes visits to Asia, Africa and Europe; and “Timeless Encounters,” taking guests on a three-week journey across four continents, beginning in lush Kona, Hawaii, then visiting Bali, Australia, Dubai and Prague before concluding in London. Guests can tailor trips to their interests, discovering authentic flavors and connecting with local cultures and communities without the added stress of planning air travel, ground transportation, special excursions, meals or luxurious accommodations, as all are arranged through Four Seasons hotels and resorts. A bon voyage, indeed!
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COME SEA ABOUT ME
James Bond might never give up his Aston Martin, but if 007 had to escape by sea, he’d definitely choose the new Hinckley Dasher. Designed by Michael Peters, this sleek 28-foot yacht was built from the ground up for electric propulsion and can reach speeds up to 23 knots. Better still, it features 3D-printed components, like various hardware styled in brushed titanium, as well as “artisanal” teak: faux wood that’s immune to the elements and was hand painted to look like grain-matched teak trim. Clever details include hidden cup holders that slide out with a tap and a windshield that lowers electronically so the driver can converse with passengers seated in the bow. Naturally, the boat’s proprietary touchscreen navigation and digital switching system is as discreetly integrated as everything else. Even Dr. No would say yes to this glorious craft.
If you want a unique photo op in the middle of Times Square, forget the bright lights outside and head inside the beautiful new Luma Hotel Times Square. It has recently introduced Alina, Manhattan’s first hotel robot butler, and encourages its guests to share pictures with the three-foot-tall machine as part of an Instagram initiative (by tagging @lumahoteltimessquare and using the hashtags #AlinaMoments and #RelayRobot). What makes Alina, who was created by Savioke, Inc., so unusual is that she uses advanced technology to fulfill and deliver guest requests directly to Luma’s 130 guestrooms. Designed to travel at a human walking pace, she can independently navigate between floors, even calling the hotel elevator when necessary. This takes room service to a whole new level.
Following up on their acclaimed Flora and Fauna books, Patrick Mauriès and Évelyne Possémé’s latest volume, Figures & Faces: The Art of Jewelry (Thames & Hudson), is devoted to the splendid jewelry collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This newest tome offers 120 photographs of striking and witty works of art, and focuses on jewelry inspired by the human figure and face from the Byzantine era through the medieval and Renaissance periods and beyond. Among the artists celebrated by photographer Jean-Marie del Moral are René Lalique, Alphonse Fouquet, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Lurcat, Line Vautrin and Claude Lalanne.
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Award-winning chefs across the country share their tastiest treats. 8. Dry in a 150ºF oven or dehydrator for 11/2 hours 9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. FOR GARNISH: 6 white pearl onions 1 Tbsp. canola oil 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley 1 loaf good crusty bread 1. Gently peel each pearl onion and cut in half. 2. Heat an 8” saute pan (cast iron works best) over very high heat. 3. Add 1 Tbsp. canola oil to hot pan. (It should begin to smoke almost immediately.) 4. Place pearl onions in pan, cut side down, and leave to sear for 60 seconds. 5. Remove from oil and let cool slightly. Separate onions into petals. 6. Slice bread, dress with olive oil and grill or toast lightly. 7. Pick parsley into individual leaves.
Dry-Aged Steak Tartare
PRIME + PROPER
primeandproperdetroit.com Prime + Proper in Detroit’s historic Capitol Park, originally home to the grocer and butcher Peter Smith & Sons, takes its name from “prime” meats and “proper” service. The restaurant’s new-world take on an old-world steakhouse includes in-house dry-aging and butchering of premier, locally sourced meats by executive butcher Walter Apfelbaum, and meat and seafood dishes prepared by executive chef Ryan Prentiss using classic French technique and modern, international elements. The expansive two-story establishment in the 1912 Capitol Park Building is an homage to Detroit’s post-modern, neoGothic and Art Deco decorative traditions that still retain oldworld grit: a perfect reflection of the textures and depth of the taste sensations it serves up.
RYAN PRENTISS’ DRYAGED STEAK TARTARE
Steak tartare is deceptively simple. Sourcing quality ingredients is what turns simple dishes into great dishes. Use high-quality singleorigin olive oil, Jacobsen’s sea salt (we use it to season all of our steaks and chops) and a fantastic crusty semolina bread.
FOR STEAK TARTARE MIXTURE: 4 oz. NY strip 4 oz. filet 2 egg yolks 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (the “good stuff”) 2 tsp. Jacobsen’s sea salt 1 tsp. black pepper, toasted and ground
FOR CURED EGG YOLKS: 4 eggs 3 cups Diamond Crystal kosher salt 2 cups granulated sugar 1. Mix salt and sugar and place a 1/2” layer in an 8” x 8” baking dish. 2. Make small indentations in the salt/sugar mixture just large enough to hold the egg yolks. 3. Separate yolks but keep them whole, gently setting each into the indentations. 4. Gently cover yolks completely with remaining salt/sugar mixture. (Make more salt/sugar mixture if needed to completely cover.) 5. Leave for 4 days buried in salt/ sugar in a refrigerator. 6. Remove yolks from salt/sugar and brush off any excess. 7. Rinse yolks and pat dry. They should be translucent and slightly firm.
1. Slice beef against the grain, then small dice and place in medium mixing bowl. 2. Dress diced beef with egg yolks, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Mix thoroughly. 3. Place tartare in a ring mold on a plate or shallow dish and form into a rough circle. Remove ring mold. 4. Garnish the top of the tartare with pearl onions and parsley. 5. Serve with grilled bread on the side and enjoy.
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Husband and wife restaurateurs Colby (chef) and Megan (pastry chef) Garrelts have redefined Midwestern cuisine. Whether in a modern but formal approach at their Bluestem restaurant, or in a casual take at their Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza restaurants, the Garrelts’ farm-to-table menus pay tribute to down-home Kansas City (think steak and BBQ) and comfort food (fried chicken and pie), taking family gatherings to new levels.
MEGAN GARRELTS’ BANANA CREAM PIE
1 pre-baked classic or graham cracker pie shell 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted 2 cups whole milk 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (seeds reserved) 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted 4 large egg yolks 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened 3 very ripe bananas, sliced thin 11/2 cups heavy cream, whipped stiff 1/2 cup salted toffee, ground 1. Using a pastry brush, evenly coat the bottom and sides of a pre-baked pie shell with melted chocolate, then refrigerate to set chocolate. 2. In a medium pot heat milk, vanilla bean and seeds, and vanilla extract over medium heat for about 3 minutes to bring the mixture to just below boiling. 3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks and salt. Slowly whisk hot milk into cornstarch mixture in thirds as to not curdle egg yolks. Return
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Banana Cream Pie
ART ROGERS’ GRILLED LAMB CHOPS
8 lamb loin chops from your favorite local farmer, brought to room temperature and seasoned with salt and pepper
FOR BEAN STEW (CAN BE MADE 1 OR 2 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME):
mixture to pot and whisk constantly until pastry cream is thick, about 4 minutes. 4. Whisk in softened butter. Remove pastry cream from stovetop and discard vanilla bean pod. Fold in sliced bananas. Transfer pastry cream into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly to the pastry cream surface. Chill the pastry cream for about 15 minutes so it is cool enough not to melt the chocolate when it is added to the pie shell. 5. Once the pastry cream is cool, fill the prepared pie shell and cover the top with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the pastry cream surface. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. 6. To serve, slice the pie into 8 even slices, dollop each slice with whipped cream and sprinkle the pie slices with ground salted toffee. Alternatively, if taking the pie to an event or for a dramatic presentation, top the entire pie with the whipped cream and ground salted toffee. Keep the pie refrigerated for up to 3 days. Makes a 9” pie.
lentorestaurant.com The local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients that make up the majority of the dishes at Lento are reason enough to call it one of Rochester’s best eateries. Meat is butchered, smoked and cured, vegetables are pickled, and condiments, sauces and dressings are made—all in-house. No wonder executive chef and owner Art Rogers has landed on the James Beard Award’s Best Chef Northeast semifinalist list. The execution of the hearty offerings on a menu that changes daily elevates the farm-to-table culinary feast from ordinary to extraordinary.
Call it breakfast, lunch or brunch— just do it at the converted-garage restaurant Milktooth. This Indianapolis casual fare hot spot, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., was named on the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler “Two hundred and seven of the greatest restaurants around the globe…” list. Chef Jonathan Brooks spins everyday diner grub into fine dining, out-of-this-world seasonal dishes. An egg is black truffle honey-drizzled local sunny duck egg. Pancakes become tarte tatin Dutch baby pancakes. Drink from a selection of over 50 “booze” list items or nearly a dozen coffee and tea offerings while you wait.
1 cup dried white beans, soaked in cold water overnight 1/2 onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 large leeks, cleaned and white parts sliced 1. Sauté vegetables in oil until slightly softened, not browned. 2 Add beans and cover with water just until submerged. Simmer lightly until beans are al dente; keep testing to know when the beans are done. 3. Just before al dente, season with salt and pepper to taste. FOR RELISH (BEST WHEN MADE 1 OR 2 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME): 1 cup Sicilian green olives, pitted and chopped 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp. rosemary, chopped 1/4 red onion, chopped Splash of white balsamic vinegar Extra virgin olive oil to taste Salt and pepper
JONATHAN BROOKS’ CRANBERRY WALNUT, GENEVA AND RACLETTE GRILLED CHEESE 2 slices cranberry walnut bread, not more than 1/2” thick Butter Geneva and Raclette cheeses Black truffle honey 1 duck egg
1. Mix all ingredients together and taste for vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. 2. Keep in mind the olives should be salty.
1. Butter both sides of bread slices and place onto flat-top grill. 2. Divide the cheese evenly on top of the buttered slices. Adjust the heat so the bread sizzles gently. 3. When the cheese is about halfway melted, use a spatula to flip one slice over on top of the other, and press lightly to melt. Keep turning the sandwich, pressing gently, until the sandwich is compact, both sides are crusty and the cheese is melted. 4. Fry the duck egg sunny side up. 5. Once the cheese is melted, top the sandwich with black truffle honey and the fried duck egg.
FOR RAPINI (BROCCOLI RABE): 1 bunch broccoli rabe 1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped 1 tsp. anchovy, chopped Sprinkle of chili flakes Salt and pepper 1. Chop off the bottoms of rapini. Blanch in simmering salted water for 20 seconds, then plunge into an ice bath. Set aside. TO PREPARE THE DISH: 1. Prepare a charcoal grill. 2. While waiting for the grill to heat, keep bean stew warm on a medium flame. 3. Grill the lamb chops to about 120ºF for medium rare, letting the chops rest off the grill for about 10 minutes. 4. While lamb is resting, sauté the rapini with the garlic, chili and anchovy. 5. Divide the beans between 4 plates, then the rapini, then the lamb. 6. Spoon over the relish and serve.
The accolades for Elements’ awardwinning Chef Scott Anderson have been as massive as the restaurant is small (9 tables, 28 seats all within view of the state-of-the-art open kitchen). Elements uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers and producers for a selection that changes daily and emphasizes tasting menus. Patrons will find classic dishes transformed by progressive, modern techniques into something revelatory and new. Innovation meets intimacy, all served to perfection on local artisan-crafted earthenware in this jewel of a dining destination.
SCOTT ANDERSON’S SEA BREAM SASHIMI FOR SEA BREAM: 2 oz. very fresh sea bream, sliced thin FOR CITRUS SAUCE: 1 oz. calamansi citrus juice (Substitute Meyer lemon juice if calamansi isn’t available) 1/2 oz. soy sauce 1 strip kelp/kombu seaweed 1 small handful bonito flakes FOR GARNISH: Thinly sliced cucumber Herbs like cilantro and mint 1. Mix all citrus sauce ingredients and let sit overnight. 2. Slice fish very thinly and dress the fish with the citrus sauce. 3. Garnish the fish with cucumbers and freshly picked herbs.
Sea Bream Sashimi
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RACING AGAINST TIME C
elebrated as the annual event that signals the start of a new racing season, the Rolex 24 At Daytona is more than just a twice-round-the-track race. For drivers and fans, it’s the Super Bowl and the World Series combined, a race featuring the best international drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and other series who find themselves teamed up with drivers they don’t normally race. Among this year’s lineup: Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, a Spaniard in his first endurance race, and F1 driver Lance Stroll from Canada. Former F1 drivers who raced: Juan Pablo Montoya from Colombia, Bruno Senna from Brazil, Paul di Resta from Great Britain and Pedro Lamy from Portugal. For those unfamiliar with this form of racing: IMSA (International Motor Sport Association) is the sanctioning body of the series that will hold 12 races this year (11 in the US, one in Canada). With three classes of cars competing simultaneously at top speeds, the excitement is intense. The three car classes are the “P” Prototype (the fastest and most technologically advanced cars on the track); the “GTLM” (sharing technical regulations with the GT cars
that race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; manufacturers like Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Ford GT use this class as a proving ground for their street car market); and the “GTD” GT Daytona (makers such as Acura, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche modify their street cars to meet FIA GT3 technical specifications). This year marked the 56th running of this iconic event. Since the late Dan Gurney won the first race in 1962, each year has presented its own brand of drama. A 24-hour race in Florida in the month of January can present racers with various handicaps: fog or rain, mechanical problems, and driver fatigue, all of which can make for a very exhilarating event. Rolex became title sponsor for the race in 1991, and since then, a motivating factor for drivers has been the desire to go home with a Rolex timepiece. All winners of the race are awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in two-tone steel and yellow gold. Engraved on the back: “Rolex 24 Daytona 2018 Winner.” In fact, the Rolex name is so synonymous with this event that many refer to the race simply as “The Rolex.” DAVID A. ROSE
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The ROLEX 24 At Daytona is not your ordinary car race.
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INDULGENCES World-class destinations for celebrating life’s milestones.
Explore Greece like a local at Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses.
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hen you’re celebrating one of the major achievements in life, the traditional country club dinner or beach vacation just won’t do. Whether you’re about to embark upon your adult life or saying goodbye to your working days, these are the times to mark the occasion with a unique and luxe experience. JULIANNE PEPITONE
ccessible only by sea, Spetses requires extra travel effort but is worth every minute. This exclusive island is a favorite for Athenians with means, and it offers options for myriad interests: visit historical naval sites, see the island by horse and carriage, or hop on a boat for waterskiing and sailing in the Aegean. After a day of exploring, grab your grad group and retire to the century-old Poseidonion Grand Hotel; its impressive Côte d’Azur-style architecture makes the spot a landmark on the Spetses skyline. Six can stay comfortably in the Royal Suite, which features three bedrooms, a separate living and dining area, and a private terrace. Wander downstairs to one of the two on-site restaurants offering gastronomy lovers the best tastes on the island, or enjoy an al fresco experience at the organic farm. The grounds include an open-air cinema, salon, spa, art gallery and many more ways to while away the heady days before entering the “real world.” poseidonion.com
Indulge and unwind at Remède Spa at the St. Regis Aspen.
25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Venture out on a Botswana safari at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta.
ark 25 years of love, laughter and memories by going wild on an African safari. Botswana’s &Beyond Xudum is a private spot with only nine rooftop suite hideaways available. The property, which lies within a 672,000-acre wildlife concession, overlooks a seasonal lagoon and features several twisty canals. Each suite offers a dramatic panoramic view of the surrounding wilderness…but you’re here to see it up close! So staffers are happy to set up lodge experiences like guided bush walks, helicopter flights, motorized boat excursions and horseback safaris to help you explore the Okavango Delta area from different perspectives. Wildlife in this area includes elephants, large buffalo herds, tsessebes, hippos, lions, leopards and roan antelopes, not to mention 450 bird species. Once you’ve had your fill of safari, &Beyond Xudum is a lovely place to retreat at night with its unique upcycled objects amid luxe design; a playful tractor tire swing somehow seems at home alongside lush comfortable couches. The overall effect is one of earthy glamour, and the space
is a lovely change of pace at the end of a fruitful but busy day on the plains. andbeyond.com
fter spending decades at the office, you deserve to start your work-free life at Remède Spa, named the world’s best hotel spa by Travel + Leisure. Located inside the tony St. Regis Aspen, Remède is dedicated to après-ski indulgence at every turn: Champagne and truffle turndowns, ultra-cozy throws and a host of customized spa treatments (the comprehensive spa menu is centered around bespoke facials, massages and body rituals designed specifically for each guest’s needs). Options include the signature Remède Customized Bath, a relaxing soak incorporating minerals, essential oils, herbs and natural aromatherapeutic humectants like neroli, juniper, oat milk and honey ($75 for a 30-minute treatment). The 15,000-squarefoot spa includes 15 treatment rooms, one couples room, warm and cold plunge pools, a confluence pool and waterfall, oxygen lounge, vapor caves and more. Even better: Remède staffers are dedicated to surpassing guests’ expectations, with attentive service that’s never stuffy or pretentious. starwoodhotels.com/stregis
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DIGITAL DO-GOODERS New ways to give back, in 2018 and beyond.
Charity Buzz offers online access to gala events: An all-inclusive vacation with Sir Richard Branson was auctioned off last year to benefit Cirque de Soleil’s safe water charities.
hese days there are more ways to help than ever. In a world where online giving can be as intimate as five bucks for a friend in need, or as large as anonymously donating your estate with a few keystrokes, where do traditional fundraising models—star-studded galas, silent auctions, frequent phone outreach—fit? “It’s a very interesting topic and certainly something the majority of not-for-profits think about constantly,” says James Kelly, the director of development for Self Help Africa, which aims to end hunger and poverty in rural Africa. The organization raises close to three-quarters of a million dollars each year through galas held in New York and Boston (among other fundraising techniques). “Galas,
of course, are extremely time consuming, and you have to always question what the real return is going to be.” The traditional gala/auction model involves a lot of risk— paying for pricey venues, lining up celebrity appearances, enticing corporate sponsors, and convincing high rollers to attend, all in the hopes they’ll open checkbooks. On the other side of the coin, there are online philanthropy sites like Prizeo and Omaze. Here, a small raffle-style gift (as little as $10) can reap big (usually donated) rewards for the giver: Hamilton tickets and an evening with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, tickets to the World Series, walk-on film roles, dining with a favorite musician after getting the VIP concert treatment. The money raised goes to charities chosen by or
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partnered with the entertainer or venue offering the prize package, including worthy organizations like The Prince’s Trust, Give Kids the World Village and numerous animal welfare funds. CharityBuzz.com goes a step farther, taking that model to the deep-pocketed donor. The auction-based site offers highend accessories, unique travel, music or sports experiences, and even the opportunity for a CEO to evaluate your business plan. These experiences tend to go for anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000 (and sometimes much more), with all items donated by a number of charitable organizations (The United Way and One Drop among them) who will then benefit from the added exposure. “Charity Buzz is our 21st-century solution to the analog gala/auction,” explains Ben Erwin, CRO of Charity Network, a multi-branch parent company that also includes Prizeo. “Why offer up an experience package for 500 people at Cipriani when you can entice 200,000 of the richest, most engaged philanthropic people in the world?” Similarly, the low entry point (and younger target audience) for sites like Prizeo and Omaze “democratizes the experience,” according to Erwin. Because Prizeo works closely with entertainers via social media, “You’re also providing a platform for a celebrity or musician to
notably fickle, often ready to drift to the Next Big Thing just as a brand is achieving significance. Social media algorithms and waning audiences can detonate a brand’s reach overnight. And building dedicated, long-term givers is challenging, as donors might be more focused on the reward than the charity. Self Help’s Kelly says that’s why the traditional methods are still vital for large-scale giving. “As our organization is primarily focused in Africa, it can be very difficult to engage new donors who might not have a direct connection. For us, it’s extremely important to relay our message to our donors and build relationships through galas. It gives donors the opportunity to watch our videos, to hear board members, and helps keep retention levels high.” lending of disciplines and technologies is an increasingly common approach to philanthropic causes in 2018. Marcus John, a New York-based stylist for top fashion magazines, combines artistic photography, fashion models, social media and events like New York Fashion Week and Art Basel to draw awareness and raise funds for scoliosis research through his organization Straight Forward Foundation. “I try to raise funds for medical research through fashion, art and the internet,” he says.
Self Help Africa holds two annual galas among other fundraising efforts.
Charity Buzz has raised more than $200 million for numerous charities with celebrity partners like Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Of course there is plenty of room for crossover between traditional fundraisers and online opportunities. Nonprofits are continually surfing the social media waters themselves. And Erwin notes that Charity Network also operates businesses that offer “best-in-class solutions which help usher more brands, organizations and celebrities into embracing digital solutions.” Part of CN’s goal is to help established organizations, like Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization, achieve increased efficiency and reach through a combination of traditional and online platforms. “We’re certainly not advocating for the end of traditional fundraisers,” insists Erwin. “But we’re helping them extend their reach outside the room.” ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
engage their fan base and explain why their cause is important.” nline giving also provides an entry to the concept of philanthropy to many new audiences, whether through individual giving sites like GoFundMe, or innovative outreach efforts like Daymaker.com, a kid-to-kid giving platform where grade school and high school students can help other kids in need, in partnership with non-profits around the country. “Kids are inherently good,” says co-founder and CEO Thomas Doochin. “We can do a lot in the long run by raising a generation that really cares, and seeks connection for all the right reasons. The online platform also makes gifting easy.” As with galas, there are significant expenses and risks to operating online fundraising sites. Wired audiences are
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MAKING IT PERSONAL
hen I was three, I received a tiny gold ID bracelet as a gift from my grandmother. The occasion, I recall, was the birth of my baby brother; the bracelet: a 14K gold delicate curved corner nameplate on a gold link chain scattered with soldered hearts. My name, Laurie Sue, was engraved in beautiful script. I believe that with this gift, my father’s mother wanted to tell me that despite the fuss over my newborn brother, I remained significant, uniquely me. I wore it on special occasions throughout my childhood, abandoning it as I got older though its message resonated through the years. Fashion is now in a new moment of personalization. A recent study by McKinsey & Company and the Business of Fashion declares personalization the “number one trend in 2018.” We increasingly pursue unique expressions of our individuality in styles that reflect who we are. In this era of computerized everything, disposable fast-fashion, and ubiquitous social media, we look to declare our personal stamp, to remind ourselves (and the world) that we are singular and extraordinary. Fortunately, there have never been more jewelry choices, or fewer rules. For some, it’s one-of-a-kind or vintage. For others, it’s statement pieces, or earrings that are oversized, mismatched
or solitary, all big trends on spring ’18 runways. We layer, stack, mix and match. We wear message jewelry, initial pendants, signet rings and custom-engraved everything. We choose unusual gems, exploded color, mixed metals and novelty charms. We go retro or modern, organic or geometric, bold or delicate. We look for the unconventional, the spiritual, the artisan-crafted. These days, there’s no wrong choice when seeking to convey one’s authentic self. (When my mother asks me if what she’s wearing is “in style,” I respond that if she likes what she sees in the mirror, if she feels like herself, then it’s in style.) As a college freshman, I suddenly got the notion to see if my little ID bracelet still fit. It did. I began to wear it all the time, a golden reminder of my individuality, my loving family and the new paths my life was taking. Then one day, the bracelet fell off my wrist, lost forever in the grasses of time. I was crushed, guilt-ridden for not taking better care of it. Perhaps there was something about that chapter in my life, a period of questioning and discovery and change, that made me yearn for the comfort and inspiration of that little bracelet. I mourn its loss, yet my journey of self-affirmation continues, as does my ability to express myself with all manner of fabulous jewelry. LAURIE SCHECHTER
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Jewelry that defines one’s journey.
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