A TUFTS COMMUNICATIONS FINE JEWELRY PUBLICATION
CURATED CLASSICS TAKING CARE OF THE BASICS
NO-FRILLS IS OUT — MAXIMALISM IS IN
CHAIN REACTION THE MUST-HAVE-NOW FASHION STATEMENT
2022/2023 • ISSUE 7
Brother-in-laws, Brian LeClerc and Brian Stamey, travel to visit the diamond mining communities in Africa.
W elcome to the 7th annual issue of IDC Magazine, where we showcase some of our favorite new collections we have in store for you and give you a closer look into the diamond, jewelry, and watch industry. Beyond our showcases being filled, this time of year always causes us to be grateful, and giving back is a guiding principle in our family business. This summer, my brother-in-law, Brian Leclerc and I traveled to Africa to see a mine we trust as our diamond source. We feel a huge responsibility to ensure every diamond we buy is ethically and responsibly sourced and the foundations of employment, healthcare, and education are being properly administered in our mining areas of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Through our Fifth C Foundation, IDC is able to help sponsor several classrooms at a K-12 school in Soweto, and next year we plan on sponsoring the entire school. Closer to home, we are grateful for our IDC family of employees — you’ll see on page 12 that we celebrated together at a fun event this year. We are also proud of the work we do locally — shown on page 54 — to help and educate youth through our support of New Life Solutions’ outreach programs. But first and foremost, we are thankful for you! Without our loyal customers and friends, none of what we do would be possible.
Not much brings us more joy than helping you select special gifts to celebrate the holidays and all the many moments in your life worth commemorating with special gifts, year-round. We wish you happy holidays and a new year full of promise and opportunity.
From our family to yours,
Brian Stamey, Vice President
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS • CLEARWATER • TAMPA • SAVANNAH • PORT ST. LUCIE • GAINESVILLE • LAKELAND ORLANDO WATERFORD LAKES • ORLANDO FLORIDA MALL • ORLANDO SHOPPES AT MILLENIA • NAPLES • SARASOTA
IDC Private Label fancy yellow and white diamond flower ring.
Join us as we revel in all life’s beautiful details.
IDC MAGAZINE | ISSUE 7
IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE
FANCY, RARE, FABULOUS
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
IT’S IN THE DETAILS
BEFORE YOU ASK HER, ASK US
MORE 2 LIFE
WHAT’S NEW IN WATCHES
AS SEEN ON COVER:
Fana 16.89 round diamond 16” adjustable diamond by the yard choker in 14k white gold $92,495 2.47ctw fancy rose cut - 32.81 round rose cut multi-row bracelet 14k white gold $95,000
8.27 round diamond solitaire engagement ring in platinum $99,995 2.26 marquise diamond band set sideways in platinum $10,375 2.80 mix-shaped diamond circle earrings set in 18k white gold
KATJA ZWARA • Model RUSS HARRINGTON • Photography
Todd Tufts • Editor in Chief/Publisher/Creative Director
Brian Stamey • Vice President of Marketing & Operations
Helen Barrott • Executive Director of Business Development
Madison Culver • Marketing coordinator
Lori Roberts • Associate Editor
Vence Vida • Production Manager/Designer
Carol Besler • Editorial Director
Stephen Lewis • Assistant Copy Editor
Bart Gorin • Select Jewelry Photography
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REDEFINING ENGAGED ®
IDC EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR EVENT
Our fearless and humble leader, Keith Leclerc
IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE! E mployees and their guests gathered at the Amway Center in Orlando for a night of fun and festivities. We recognized each other for accomplishments and prizes were given for those who best represented the fun “tourist” theme. Want to join in the fun? We’re growing and hiring every day - you could be the next member of our IDC family.
Brian Stamey, Peggy & Keith Leclerc
MANAGER OF THE YEAR Kevin Macaw, Altamonte Manager
STORE OF THE YEAR - CLEARWATER Nichole Staggs, Karin Cochran, Ken Devaul, Kelley Todd, Nabeel Kandah, Veronica Marston, Marielisa Rivera, David Rosene, Milada Stojkovic, Eric Wolff, Eric Wagner
STORE OF THE YEAR - MILLENIA Ryan Weaver (Manager) Julie Buyukyurt ,Ivette Dominguez , Lee Fagelson, Scott Foster, Garth Francis, Lilia Vazquez, George Williams
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IDC EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR EVENT
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Ryan Weaver, Millenia Store Manager
COMMUNITY HERO Gary Pink, Savannah Store Manager
ACCOUNTING TEAM Dinah Blalock (CFO), Kelly Henson, Courtney Prima (not pictured Linh Do)
SPIRIT AWARDS WATERFORD - Nevzart Ohri • GAINESVILLE - Jill Fundora MILLENIA - George Williams • CLEARWATER - Madison Culver LAKELAND - Tangela Layne • ALTAMONTE - Tod Townsend SAND LAKE - Jack Boiadjian • TAMPA - Elizabeth Salim SAVANNAH - Steve Walker • PORT ST. LUCIE - Vincent Oleandi
A FEW OTHER AWARDS NOT PICTURED
SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR - Veronica Marston JEWELER OF THE YEAR - Eitne Van Der Merwe COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR - Ryan McKellan OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE – Kim Schaller SPOTLIGHT AWARD - Lillian Santalla
2 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Veronica Martson, Lila Vazquez , Sarah Castans , Cale Lytton , Kelley Todd Not pictured: Fortunato Binanti, Milada Stojkovic, Greg Scheinhart
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5.13 Fancy pink radiant diamond with 3.34 ctw oval diamond halo in 18k white gold
Diamonds of this size, in shades of blue, pink, orange and yellow are extremely rare. With his stellar reputation and global resources, IDC’s own, Keith Leclerc is able to purchase the most miraculous diamonds you’ll ever see. fancy, rare, Fabulous THESE PRECIOUS GIFTS FROM THE EARTH ARE TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND
2.80 Fancy blue pear diamond with double halo in 18k white and rose gold
3.02 Fancy vivid orangy yellow diamond with a 2.98 flower design in 18k white gold
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11.36 ctw Cluster 18k white gold earrings $79,500 3.26 pear shaped engagement ring in platinum $79,980 2.15 ctw ring in 18k white gold $15,995 1.21 pear diamond cross pendant in 18k white gold $6,625 1.74 mixed diamond bangle set sideways in platinum $9,625 2.66 oval diamond bangle set east west in platinum $13,500 3.5 ctw emerald and pear diamond bracelet with metal bars in platinum $15,375 3.7 oval and emerald diamond bracelet set east west with metal bars in platinum $11,250 6.39 oval diamond set bracelet in platinum with metal bar in platinum $26,875
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2.22 ctw orange diamond ring in platinum
15.08 carat radiant cut with 1.44 ctw side diamonds in platinum
2.25 Fancy gray blue pear diamond bypass ring with pink diamond halo in 18k white and rose gold
4 carat Pear-shape solitaire with diamond band in platinum
26.29 emerald cut diamond eternity band in platinum
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40 carat diamond necklace in 18k white gold
8 carat round brilliant cut solitaire earrings in 18k white gold
3.03 Fancy vivid yellow-orange pear shaped diamond with a 2.74 double halo with white and pink diamonds in 18k white gold
2.02 Fancy gray blue cushion diamond with a pink diamond halo in 18k white gold
17.22 carat emerald cut
diamond ring with 1.25ctw baguette side diamonds in platinum
3.88 Fancy pink marquise diamond with double halo in 18k white and yellow gold
PRIVATE LABEL COLLECTION
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BY CAROL BESLER
25 ctw blue sapphires and 36 ctw diamonds necklace
Sold as a collection. Price upon request.
11.05 ctw blue sapphires and 10 ctw diamonds earrings
12.95 ctw blue sapphires and 11.35 ctw diamonds bracelet
T his season, fashion is all about sartorial maximalism, and that calls for BIG, BOLD JEWELRY that wows. From sexy maximalist earrings to big necklaces and bold cocktail rings, it’s time to perfect your party look for a new season of events!
4.40 ctw blue sapphires and 2 ctw diamonds ring
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diamond drop pendant in 18k white gold $5,800
Strands and stacks have a part to play in the new WEAR-IT- ALL-AT-ONCE LOOK , and now it’s time to inject a bit of fantasy into the mix. Include at least one statement piece, whether it’s a gobstopper-sized pearl necklace, a bulky gold chain with diamond accents, or a dramatic double row of diamond line necklaces.
34in diamond necklace in 18k gold $18,450
7.50 ctw fancy yellow dimond ring in platinum. Price upon request
Stackable diamond bands in yellow, white and rose gold
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16.89 ctw diamond by the yard chocker in 14k white gold Price based on diamond weight and available by request.
If you’re a diamond fan, you know they work anywhere, for any occasion. Right now, DIAMOND JEWELRY is more expressive than ever, with imaginative mixes of different sizes, shapes, and fancy cuts, some of them set randomly and creatively. The look also includes bolder statement rings and modern takes on lariats and tennis necklaces.
Diamond bezel set dangle earrings in 14k white gold $3,450
4.28 ctw oval pink tourmaline in 14k yellow gold $4,850
10.66 ctw marquise and round diamond bracelet in 14k white gold $12,800
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Fope Bubble Ring 2.98 ctw in 18KYW $21,980 Fope Solo Bracelet 1.20 ctw in 18KWYR $18,510 7 in half bezel diamond tennis bracelet $68,500 2.85 Emerald cut diamond band set in 18K yellow gold $11,625 1.70 pear shape diamond half circle earrings in 18k yellow gold $5,750 Fope Solo Necklace 1.63 ctw in 18KWYR $18,420
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5.5 ctw yellow diamond earrings in platinum $45,680
12.58 ctw oval, marquise & baguette diamond bracelet in
AND BRACELETS? They are key. Layer them on, add at least one bold cuff, and put your party dress on.
Diamond and 18k bracelets by Penny Preville
2.16 ctw yellow diamond bypass ring in 18k white gold $11,850
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Celebrate the Moment
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7.68 oval diamond bracelet $32,375 4.29 pear shaped bracelet set with metal bars in platinum $20,375 5.22 assher cut diamond bracelet set sideways in 18k white gold $17,375 6.76 oval diamond bracelet set straight in platinum $29,000 4.10 ctw emerald cut diamond drop earrings set in 18k white gold $27,375 4.22 radiant diamond eternity band $16.125 Forevermark 6.36 assher H/VSI center diamond set in Platinum $238,500
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BY LORI ROBERTS
9.25 ctw marquise shaped clusder diamond bracelet in platinum $29,995.
on TREND FASHION FORWARD + FABULOUS
We work with leading designers across the globe to forecast the most popular trends and be the first to bring you the front-running styles.
Top to bottom:
15.17 ctw scallop diamond tennis bracelet in 14k white gold. 21.09 scallop diamond tennis bracelet in 14k yellow gold. 20 ctw princess cut diamond tennis bracelet in 14k white gold. 26 ctw GIA diamond tennis bracelet in platinum.
Prices upon request.
Diamond line bracelets, often called tennis bracelets, give us lots of reasons to love ’em. There are so many styles, featuring different diamond shapes and great designs. Today’s look is to find your favorites and wear them all together. line ’em up!
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Wearing multiple necklaces, usually all under 20 inches in length, all together, all the time — that’s the “neck mess” look! Grab a couple of necklaces with a pendant or initial, throw in your favorite chain link, and create a happy mess of your own. the neck mess
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BY ANNIE DAVIDSON
Diamond Cuban link necklace in 14k yellow gold.
GOLD LINK CHAINS ARE THE MUST-HAVE-NOW FASHION STATEMENT FOR A BOLD LOOK.
Diamond Cuban link bracelet in 14k yellow gold.
15.17 ctw scallop diamond tennis bracelet in 14k white gold.
W ith dopamine dressing on the rise (a term recently coined by fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen to describe the intention of dressing for a mood-boosting effect), one of the latest jewelry trends references the feel-good spirit of the ’90s: oversized gold chains. As more and more people are looking to dress up again, they’re looking for something that’s familiar and nostalgic, while embracing a maximalist attitude that might even make a statement. And what better way than through larger- than-life gold links? We’re not even just talking necklaces (although
there are definitely some chunky chokers on the market right now) this trend extends to bracelets, earrings, and beyond. Whether translated through sheer volume or layerable length, many designers are taking the bold link design a step further by incorporating diamond embellishments (diamond cuban chains, in particular, are having a moment) or pops of bright enamel. Essentially, it can be glammed up, pared down, or fall somewhere in the middle.
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7.02 emerald engagement ring in 18k yellow gold $165,885 26.54 ctw diamond Cuban link necklace in 14k yellow gold 16 inches $49,500 5.56 ctw diamond Cuban link bracelet in 14k yellow gold 7.5 inches $13,295 3.79 Asscher cut diamond bangle $15,625 5.55 emerald diamond bangle east west in 18K yellow gold $25,500 2.41 pear shaped diamond bangle set in 18k yellow gold $10,875 9.48 emerald diamond hoops set east to west in 18k yellow gold $28,750
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BY CAROL BESLER
IT’S ALL ABOUT EVERYDAY LUXURY
W hen you look at a piece of jewelry made by FOPE, it’s the volume and depth that catch your eye. The woven layers of lush, sculptured gold links create an intricate three-dimensional composition that fits your body like fabric. The bracelets and necklaces move when you move, and in some cases, they actually stretch, despite being made of hardy 18k gold. FOPE’s proprietary Flex-it method of construction consists of gold mesh chain with dozens of gold springs hidden between each link. The Luna collection of mesh gold chain includes new choker-style necklaces that simulate the look of a rigid choker but with the comfort of flexible mesh. They are made to last, not just in terms of strength but in terms of style: FOPE jewelry is classic with a literal twist — the very definition of understated luxury.
Solo Necklace 18K Yellow Gold and diamonds $7,070.
Luna Flex’It Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold $10,500.
The bracelets, necklaces, and rings at the core FOPE collections are designed to be mixed and matched together in stacks and strands. Some are set with diamond accents, and all are made of 18k white, yellow, or rose gold. New in the Aria collection is a shorter length (37 mm) necklace, along with a new Y-shaped lariat style necklace. Matching earrings are composed of delicate chains that hang from behind the ear and have been designed to be multi-functional — they can be can be worn long or short, looped from the back to the front of the earring, or removed to create a simple stud design. Pieces within the Must Haves collection have been designed to be mixed and matched in the three gold colorways, featuring a rondel set with white or black diamonds for women and men. Now there is even a separate men’s collection set with black diamonds and accents of black rhodium. More reason than ever to have fun with FOPE!
Prima Flex ‘It Bracelets, from top in 18K Yellow $4,195, White $3,170, and Rose Gold $2,580.
Prima Flex’It Rings 18K Yellow, White, Rose Gold
and Diamonds $1,610 each.
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BY JENNIFER BRUGH
ZEGHANI CREATES MEANINGFUL COLLECTIONS FOR EVERY SEASON OF LIFE DAZZLING TREASURES
J ewelry reflects who we are and our journey through life. So, put yourself on display with these dazzling collections from Zeghani. Established in 2008 by siblings Zaven and Hratch Ghanimian, Zeghani’s bridal and fine jewelry collections are a perfect match for every season of life.
ALIGNING THE SIGNS The Zodiac and Constellation collection appeals to the passionate astrology expert in your life. These beautifully crafted diamond and mother-of-pearl pendants represent each of the 12 astrological glyphs. Set in 14k gold, each pendant elevates the adorner’s strength and energy when all the planets, stars, and asteroids align.
A pendant that reflects the strength and energy of your astrological zodiac sign, made of 14k two-tone white and yellow gold set with white mother-of-pearl & round white diamonds.
Compass Polaris — inspired on the north star and the voyagers, our 14k gold, mother-of-pearl, and diamonds compass
pendant will be your fashionable reminder of the past and present Instrument of navigation.
YOUR TRUE NORTH For centuries, the north star was a voyager’s only guide. Zeghani capture’s that same essence with the Compass Polaris, a 14k, mother-of-pearl and diamond compass pendant that takes inspiration from the first true compass of voyagers long ago. This fashionable reminder is both a connection to the past and a guide for the future.
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BY CAROL BESLER
YOUR JEWELRY WARDROBE ISN’T COMPLETE UNTIL YOU TAKE CARE OF THE BASICS
T he showcases of any great jewelry boutique are bursting with sparkling statement pieces that tantalize us with their beauty and drama. Your jewelry collection isn’t complete, however, until you stock up on the basics, the pieces that carry us gently through our everyday lives with grace and elegance and remind us of the importance of classic design. Since there are thousands of pieces to choose from at that level — and only so much showcase space — it’s important to rely on a jeweler who has an eye for choosing the best all-around basics of the moment, the classics-with-a-twist that will carry you safely through any fashion trend. These interpretations of the foundational pieces of any jewelry wardrobe are the season’s must- haves. DIAMOND NECKLACES There are few things more classic than a diamond solitaire necklace, perfect in its simplicity. This year, add a modern twist by making the diamond pear-shaped or trilliant-shaped, rather than a classic round brilliant. Or use more than one, for a diamonds-by-the-yard look. Either will work on their own or blend well with your
DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS Wear them to the gym, the office or to dinner — diamond stud earrings always look like they belong. They are not only a reliable classic, they are versatile: dress them up by using sapphire or pearls instead of diamonds, or replace the classic round brilliant diamond with a pear or square cut. For even more sparkle, surround each center stone with a halo.
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PEARLS The shift toward androgyny in fashion has now permeated the jewelry world, and nowhere is the trend more evident than in pearl jewelry. With Harry Styles and other celebrity men jumping on board, the power of a simple strand of pearls has become even more universal.
LINE BRACELETS The line bracelet has been a staple of every jewelry wardrobe for decades, ever since Chrissy Evert coined the term “tennis bracelet.” Stacked with cuffs or other bracelets it adds volume but not weight. Like ear studs, it can be worn every day, everywhere, from the beach to black tie.
The anniversary band is a token of your ongoing commitment to your life partner, but it’s more than that: it’s a classic, everyday jewelry staple that expresses your style as much as your love. Mix it up with colored gemstones or a combination of diamonds and colored stones. Add it to your stack for extra drama. MIX IT UP Some classics are less pervasive than others, trending in cycles, but universally recognized as classics. Signet rings, engraved gold designs, amulets, and birthstone jewelry fall into this category. They are always acceptable, highly personalized, and sometimes surprising. They remain staples of any great jewelry wardrobe.
Mikimoto cultured pearl strand and studs from our estate collection.
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THE BIG DAY
WEDDINGS ARE BACK! 2022 HAS BEEN A BANNER YEAR FOR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS, AND EXPERTS PREDICT 2023 WILL FOLLOW SUIT.
BR I DE HERE COMES THE
W ith that in mind, it’s time to be bold and shout from the rooftops that you’re in love. Whether your nuptials are lavish or intimate, your wedding is the perfect time to show off your style. Here are some of the bridal wear trends that are giving bridal parties an extra glow right now. Wedding attire wouldn’t be complete without glorious blooms.
Romantic three-dimensional appliques, dazzling beaded petals, or delicately embroidered blossoms — these couture touches add wonderful dimension, texture, and personality to any dress. This season, be prepared to see skirts covered in flowers or a few wonderfully grand blooms strategically placed around the gown. The twist to this look for 2023 is featured florals in colorful prints and vibrant hues. This look will have you blooming with delight.
BY REBECCA VERMA
6.36 ctw Asscher cut diamond solitaire in platinum.
5.12 Marquise-cut diamond ring with tapered baguette side diamonds.
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All by IVAN YOUNG
Color is now a mainstay in designer collections, but the execution of color has become so much more. What initially was an accent color on a traditional white gown has now become the focus. Where blush was the go-to color for brides, blue has been playing a much bigger role this season. Color has been featured in layers of tulle, as a background to a floral print, or as the key design element in a dress. Once you decide to go with color, have fun and be open to all the ways you can showcase your personality — including accenting it with colored gemstone jewelry.
Gowns with sheer lace panels and layers of sheer tulle are a bridal classic, but designers are enabling brides to decide how much or little to show. This trend can be captured in a variety of scene-stealing ways that puts you in control of your story. From the sultry illusion dress that creates a dramatic silhouette to tamer options like high slits and open backs, there is something for everyone. Whatever you choose, wear it with confidence and let your beauty be revealed.
Engagement rings in white, yellow and rose gold featuring Art Deco nuances, old world patterns, and three-leaf side designs from the Lori collection by Kirk Kara.
Diamond halo stud earrings in yellow gold.
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HAPPILY EVER AFTER
BY LORI ROBERTS
it ’ s in the details I t takes hours and hours of design and craftmanship to create a piece of jewelry, and with today’s “more is more” styling, each subtle detail plays an important role in the overall composition of each amazing ring.
AS YOU STROLL THROUGH OUR STORE AND GAZE AT THE HUGE SELECTION OF ENGAGEMENT RINGS, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW HOW MUCH TIME GOES INTO CREATING EVERY BEAUTIFUL RING.
PRONGS You’ve heard the term “gold standard,” and when it comes to prongs that hold significant diamonds and gemstones, the standard is, in fact, gold — karat gold is the most widely used precious metal. The alloyed mix of complimentary metals with pure gold gives karat gold magnificent strength and durability. Although gold does tend to wear down over time, a little maintenance can go a long way to maintaining its longevity. We recommend coming in annually to get your rings cleaned and the prongs checked. It’s a free service and the best way to guard against losing a stone from its setting, securing your ring for generations to come.
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Before you ask her, ask us IDC HELPS HAPPY COUPLES GET ENGAGED EVERY DAY.
Brian & Yadia
Teresa & Ali
Darby & Tyler
Randi & Brent
Caitlyn & Thomas
Sierra & Douglas
Angelina & Javion
Valkiria & Andrew
Kaitlyn & Nick
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FACETS Of the 4Cs, cut (and facet arrangement) is arguably the most important. A well-cut diamond maximizes the reflection of light, enabling the facets to act as tiny mirrors that bounce light back, creating a spectacular sparkle and shine! Facet arrangement varies by shape, but no matter which cut you choose, each facet has an important job to do. The most common diamond, the round brilliant, contains 58 different facets, with the crown (the top of the diamond) and the pavilion (the bottom of the diamond) having the most effect on the light show we witness from above.
Engagement rings by Noam Carver.
Engagement rings by Tacori.
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2.86 ctw pear shaped diamond flower earrings with round center $10,875 10.75 Emerald cut engagement ring set in platinum with trapezoid shape side diamonds, custom ring, price upon request 1.43 Asscher band set in platinum $5375 8 ctw 36” illusion necklace in 14k white gold $16,800 12.04 ctw diamond choker necklace 14kw by Fana 2.45 ctw pear shaped diamond bangle set sideways in platinum $11,375 3.26 emerald diamond bangle in platinum $14,875 3.78 Asscher in straight line bangle in platinum $16,750 13.01 ctw platinum scallop tennis bracelet, price upon request
MILGRAIN EDGING Milgrain edging is a small and subtle finishing feature, but one that makes a big impact on the overall look and style of a ring. If you look closely, you will notice that the look of a milgrain finish is similar to the edge of a coin. Milgrain instantly gives any modern piece of jewelry a vintage flair. The edging provides a nice contrast to polished metals and adds depth and dimension to the overall style. It also pairs beautifully with pavé diamond accents, giving any ring a unique, Art Deco look. This subtle yet eye-catching detail will make your ring stand out from all the rest.
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verragio unlike any other ring
PAVÉ Who doesn’t want more sparkle and shine for less? Pavé — French for paving — gives you all that sparkle and shine without spending the big bucks. In these settings, smaller diamonds accentuate the larger diamond by creating a field of sparkle. In many of these rings, the gold between each stone is barely visible, further enhancing the look of the entire piece.
Rings by Henri Daussi.
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BAND GLAM THE DIAMOND BAND HAS BEEN A CLASSIC AND ENDURING LOOK FOR DECADES.
Diamond bands by A.Jaffe.
W e have always offered a great selection of bands in prong, channel, bar, and other traditional ring settings, but take a look at this major shift in style. The ever-popular diamond band is evolving from traditional to ultra-creative with the use of more fancy-cut diamonds. Here are a few of our absolute favorites, but come in to see all of the new styles we have and choose your favorites.
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ONE-OF- YOUR -KIND
LET US CRAFT A PIECE AS UNIQUE AS YOU I f you can dream it, we can make it. Whether it is a new idea or a dated piece that needs a new look, we will work with you to make your vision a reality. At its core, custom jewelry encompasses individually made-to-order designs that are often one-of-a-kind. But the possibilities are more varied than at first glance. It could be as simple as engraving initials or as multifaceted as redesigning a forgotten treasure. It might start with a collectible bead charm that evolves into a unique thematic bracelet or sketch of an idea that becomes the next family heirloom. Each piece is created as a 3D computer model using the latest design
technology. This removes all the guesswork and allows you to be involved in every stop of the design process. Next, our jewelers use the finest materials and gemstones available, and everything is finished according to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Whether you’re looking for a sentimental jewelry piece for a special occasion or an engagement ring she’ll adore for years to come, our exceptionally skilled artisans can help you bring your imagination to life!
OUR DESIGNERS CAN ALSO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, OR OUT-OF-DATE JEWELRY.
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Forever Custom: an immersive, interactive experience.
Our expertly trained artisans will bring your most intricate vision to life or guide you while you virtually recraft one of our timelessly designed pieces. Available exclusively at International Diamond Center
IDC HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE SET GOALS AND CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH IN LIFE
he Fifth C Foundation is IDC’s way of giving back to all the communities that IDC’s stores serve, and in the process, create an intimate expression of the Leclerc’s family values. Family and faith are the foundation of those values, and that’s why IDC is proud to support New Life Solutions, a charitable organization whose mission is to protect the unborn, share the Gospel, and transform our communities — one life at a time. The organization is involved in youth development and education, women’s health issues, abortion recovery and counseling, and supporting single mothers and children. Women receive free medical services at the many locations run by New Life Solutions, where it works to empower every woman to make informed, educated decisions about pregnancy, health, and the future. Charles DiMarco, president and CEO of New Life Solutions, remembers purchasing his wedding and engagement rings from IDC when he got married in 1997. “I think of what
a memorable event that was and what the ring represents, and I thank IDC for being a part of it,” he says. “IDC’s partnership with New Life Solutions represents that same level of commitment and support, because for 30 years, it has stood side by side with us, helping and impacting thousands of lives and helping them walk through their journeys.” Childhood education is a strong focus of the New Life Solutions philosophy, and IDC is very proud to sponsor a program called More2Life, a youth development initiative that partners with educators, parents, and the community to empower youth to build healthy relationships and confidently stand against risky behavior. More2Life is an outreach within New Life Solutions’ family of ministries. With the help of educators, parents and the community, the teens who encounter this program learn to properly navigate harmful relationships, sexual pressures, drugs and alcohol, bullying, and cancel culture. Many go on
to attend college and establish healthy lives. More2Life gives free presentations in schools, youth organizations, churches, and camps. It has even conducted counseling sessions in juvenile justice facilities, alternative schools, and at after-school sites. Since 1999, it has brought its positive message to nearly 200,000 students across the Tampa Bay area. And now, IDC is helping to make a new initiative possible: More to Life University, an online education program that takes the initiative beyond its current in-person program in order to reach hundreds more young people. The most important takeaway from More2Life is that it is geared to positive action: it teaches young people not just to reject the choices that can hurt them but to set and achieve goals. One participant, Rachel, went from leading a life of self-harm and isolation to helping others find hope. “The More2Life presentation really made me start to think about what I wanted to get out of life,” she says.
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S ince opening International Diamond Center’s doors nearly 30 years ago, Keith Leclerc’s ambitions have always gone far beyond the diamond business. “The Lord has blessed my family and our company,” he says, “and we will always live by the motto, to whom much is given, much is expected.” This spirit inspired Keith and his family to give back to all of the communities that IDC’s stores serve, in a consistent and authentic manner. Hence, Keith is very proud to introduce The Fifth C foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to create an intimate expression of the Leclerc’s family values and an extension of their traditions of philanthropy. The foundation is centered around philanthropic giving and a passion for helping others. The primary focuses leading the foundation’s vision include veterans of war, childhood education, and pediatric oncology. Many of the nonprofits we have supported over the years include Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Academy Prep Centers of Education, Operation Healing Forces, CASA, SAFE Tamp Bay, Johns Hopkins All Children’s, New Life Solutions, Children’s Dream Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys & Girls Clubs, Shepards Village, Safe Shelter in Savannah, Mary’s Place, ARC of Tampa By, Heartworks, Family Promise of Gainesville, SOAR, SD Gunner Foundation, David Maus Foundaation, Thomas Promise Foundation, Polk County Sheriff, Reed Charitable Foundation, and many more.
New Life Solutions is a recognized national leader in advancing the pro-life movement, with outreach providers serving women, men, teens, and families by meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The mission is to protect the unborn, share the Gospel, and transform our communities – one life at a time. This is accomplished through our outreach providers which focus on prevention, intervention, and restoration. Our youth develop- ment program educates and enables teens to build healthy relationships and make healthy choices. Our women’s health clinics have served and empowered thousands of women to make informed decisions about their health and future. In our clinics, expert staff and volunteers are prepared to provide the support needed to empower them throughout pregnancy and beyond. For those women and men who are experiencing grief and trauma from a past abortion, our abortion recovery ministry provides hope and healing through loving and compassionate support groups. In our 37-year history, we have seen over 10,000 babies saved from abortion. Additionally, we have spoken to close to 200,000 students, helped thousands of people find healing from grief and trauma, and seen over 9,000 professions of faith.
Keith Leclerc - President Margaret Leclerc - Vice-President
Brian Stamey - Secretary Brian Leclerc - Tresurer
Ashley Stamey Danae Leclerc Danielle Masters Chad Masters Helen Barrott - Executive Director
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START AT THE BOTTOM An oversized wooden cutting board is classic, but options abound. Really, a flat, clean slab of just about anything will work. A cookie sheet with a decorative towel? Great idea! A scrap piece of plywood washed and rinsed? That works. Directly on the counter top, table, or kitchen island? Absolutely! Hint: layout some parchment paper first for easy cleanup.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MEAT The original charcuterers in 15th-century France would cure and store meats to be sold throughout the year in local villages. In the modern English vernacular, charcuterie evokes visions of piled platters of various fresh delicacies, but the meat is the star of the show. Start by selecting and placing a variety of flavorful cured meats around your board and build everything else around them.
VISUAL FIESTA Look for ways to make it visually enticing. Bright reds, earthy greens and browns, warm, buttery yellows, rich purples, and pops of white make eyes open wide and mouths water in preparation for that first delicious bite.
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES CHARCUTERIE
CHARCUTERIE [“SHAR-CUTE-ER-REE”] IN DIRECT TRANSLATION FROM FRENCH MEANS “PORK-BUTCHER’S SHOP”. UNDERSTOOD
MEANINGS ALSO INCLUDE COLD MEAT, COOKED MEAT, AND DELICATESSEN.
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CONTRAST IS KEY Obviously, flavor is important, but don’t forget texture. Every great charcuterie board offers options to build a complex sensory experience with
every bite. Crunchy crackers and croutons, creamy Gouda and goat cheese, spicy pastrami, hot peppers, cooling cream cheese and fresh veggies, sweet fruits and jams, salty nuts, sinus-clearing Dijon mustard, tangy olives and pickles — the options are endless. Make it your own, and make it exciting and fun with plenty of contrast.
ZHUZH IT UP Looking for that little extra wow? transform your board from everyday to oo-la-la with herbal garnishes. Fresh, colorful aromatics lift your presentation to that next level, and they smell good too! Bright green sprigs of rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender, or basil leaves poking out here and there, filling the spaces and celebrating the bountiful display of yummies, are the cherry on top! Mmmmm, come to think of it, fresh cherries are a great idea too!
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BY CAROL BESLER
WATCHES SPORTY LOOKS, ULTRA-SLIM STYLES, AND LOTS OF COLOR WHAT ’ S NEW IN
— COLOR — THE HOTTEST TREND IN WATCHES THIS YEAR IS THE JOYOUS PRESENCE OF COLOR. ONCE THE PURVIEW OF 1990’s FASHION WATCHES, COLOR HAS INFILTRATED THE PREVIOUSLY STAID, CONSERVATIVE LUXURY WATCH INDUSTRY! FROM NEON BLUES TO BRIGHT REDS AND VIBRANT GREENS, ON BOTH DIALS AND STRAPS, COLOR IS PUTTING THE STYLE BACK IN WRISTWEAR. WEAR IT ANYWHERE, FROM THE GYM TO THE BOARDROOM — MATCH YOUR WATCH TO YOUR FAVORITE TIE OR SHOES. ANYTHING GOES.
FOR MEN The Oris Aquis Date comes with a range of dial and strap colors, including neon green or blue or cherry red. It is water resistant to 300 meters.
FOR LADIES Not only is the dial of the Oris Upcycle full of brilliant color, it is made of recycled PET plastic. A feel-good watch all the way around.
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CLASSICS WORLDTIMER MANUFACTURE us.frederiqueconstant.com
— SPORT — SPORTS WATCHES HAVE BECOME THE MUST-HAVE TIMEKEEPERS OF THE DECADE. TIMEPIECES WITH STEEL CASES AND BRACELETS ARE HOT RIGHT NOW, SOME MODELS EVEN OUTPRICING SOLID GOLD WATCHES ON THE PRE-OWNED MARKET. OVER THE PAST DECADE, WATCH COMPANIES HAVE MADE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO CASE, BRACELET, AND MOVEMENT MATERIALS, RESULTING IN BETTER ACCURACY AND DURABILITY AND ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE. SPORTS WATCHES ARE F1 RACE CARS FOR THE WRIST!
FOR MEN The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is built for saturation diving, with water resistance to an amazing 1,000 meters. The 45mm case is robust but lightweight titanium, with a crown protector and a helium escape valve. The black sunray brushed dial has large indexes and hands filled with Super-LumiNova.
FOR LADIES The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 is a dive watch built for adventure, with 300-meter water resistance, brightly illuminated hands and markers and a rubber strap. The elegant diamond markers make it equally suited for adventures on land.
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Time just changed. Again.
The world’s first electrostatic watch.
BY CAROL BESLER
TAG H EUER WATCHES IN MOTION
TAG HEUER IS ONE OF THOSE WATCH BRANDS THAT SEEMS TO BE ALWAYS IN MOTION. IT IS THE TIMEPIECE OF RACE CAR DRIVING, SCUBA DIVING, GOLFING, AND ANY OTHER SPORT THAT REQUIRES STAMINA, SPLIT- SECOND TIMING, AND PLENTY OF POWER RESERVE.
T his year, TAG Heuer rekindles the flame of one of its original and most coveted sports watches, the MONACO GULF SPECIAL EDITION. The brand has been creating special-edition Monaco models since 2007, but the 2022 edition is the first to contain the in-house movement Heuer 02, an automatic chronograph caliber, a chronometer-rated chronograph with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The famously squared-cushion- shaped watch bears the vibrant blue, turquoise, and orange livery of the legendary race sponsor, Gulf Oil International, colors that adorned many racing teams during the golden age of racing in the 1960s and ’70s. The Monaco was named after the Monaco Grand Prix, and was worn by Steve McQueen, who was sponsored by Gulf, in the 1971 movie Le Mans .
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The AQUARACER PROFESSIONAL 200 SOLARGRAPH is, as its name suggests, driven by light. As the brand’s first solar-powered watch, it’s not only good for the environment, it means you’ll never have to change the battery. The blue green dial, colored to represent the aura borealis — the greatest light show on earth — is partially transparent to let in the sun to power the movement. Two minutes in full sunlight will keep it running for a whole day. Fully charged — after less than 20 hours in the sun — it can run for six months. Put it in PowerSave mode and the power reserve can be extended to 3.5 years! The extreme sports watch, first introduced in 1978, is water resistant to 200 meters, with a bezel, dial, and hands that light up in the dark to keep you safe on deep dives or during night workouts. The AUTAVIA is another TAG Heuer racing legend that collectors just can’t get enough of. For 2022, the model’s 60th anniversary, there are three new models, including two flyback chronographs — one with a black DLC case and the other in steel — and a three-hand GMT. The Autavia is a pure sports watch, with origins that date back to 1933 when Heuer designed the first dash counter for racing cars and aircraft. Three decades later, in 1962, Jack Heuer, the fourth generation head of the company, created his first wrist sports chronograph. He called it the Autavia, a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion.
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BY CAROL BESLER
FROM THE BOARDROOM TO THE OPEN ROAD AND AROUND THE GLOBE FREDERIQUE CONSTANT has you covered
T he Frederique Constant Classics collection epitomizes the classic dress watch, with a twist. The clean lines, Roman numerals, guilloché dial and Breguet-style hands define the classicism of the elegant, go-anywhere watch. One twist is a delicate opening in the dial that displays the balance wheel in motion. The Classics Heart Beat Automatic is one of five new models in the Classics collection this year from the Swiss manufacturer. Other models have date windows and gold-plated cases. It’s all about options.
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The world timer is one of the oldest complications in watchmaking, and it has become hugely popular again, now that globe- trotting is back on the agenda. The blue dial of the Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer is engraved to resemble a globe, surrounded by the 24 city names of the conventional world timer watch. Extras include a 24-hour scale, with day/ night differentiation to help track the second time zone, and a date ring at 6 o’clock. It comes with three different straps.
This new retro-style model in the Vintage Rally collection is a tribute to the legendary Austin-
Healey, the ultimate rally automobile. The limited-edition piece comes in shades of gray, with an off-center small seconds hand, a discreet date window, and large readable numerals coated with a white luminous treatment so they’ll glow in the dark for those late-night car rides. Frederique Constant produced 888
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BY CAROL BESLER
PRE-OWNED WATCHES — GOOD FOR YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT
O ver the past five years, online luxury watch resale platforms have evolved from bulletin-board-style marketplaces operated by largely anonymous sellers to organized professional dealers who own, authenticate, restore, and service their inventory. Many retail jewelers now offer a selection of pre- owned watches that rivals the breadth of their new collections. With access to top trained watchmakers or in-house watchmakers familiar with top brands, retailers can
offer pre-owned watches in top condition, some with warranties attached to them. The pre-owned boom is driven partly by the fact that previously owned watches are more readily available — including limited editions that were previously unattainable. A luxury watch has long been considered a long- term heirloom or investment, with a level of craftsmanship and engineering that means it can be worn for a lifetime and passed on for generations. But that doesn’t mean it has to be
worn on the same wrist for a lifetime. A decade ago, when a luxury watch showed up on the secondary market, it was often past its prime and in need of repair. Today, collectors are more eager to sell what they’re not wearing and move on to other pieces, and that means letting go of perfectly good watches. As aficionados broaden their collections, buying and selling more frequently, the number of great watches on the pre-owned market has exploded. Far from being worn out, many are almost new.
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BUYING A PRE-OWNED WATCH IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. BUYING SOMETHING THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN THE WORLD INSTEAD OF SOMETHING NEW, AND GIVING A HOME TO A PIECE THAT SOMEONE ELSE NO LONGER HAS A NEED FOR, IS A GREAT WAY TO SHOP SUSTAINABLY.
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