A TUFTS COMMUNICATIONS FINE JEWELRY PUBLICATION
EXCEPTIONAL DIAMONDS with JDC
MIKIMOTO pearl trends
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JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER
AUTUMN/HOLIDAY 2022 • ISSUE 1
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Featured on the cover of this magazine is Hannah Potter. Not only is she a talented model but she also has family ties to Jewelry Design Center. Hannah’s mother Autumn, great aunt Vickie, and grandmother Debbie were all employed at Jewelry Design Center and have left a lasting impression on countless generations of clients.
3 WELCOME Celebrating 45 years — The heart of a jeweler 4 THE DIAMOND SCULPTURE A Journey in Art 5 JDC DESIGNS WITH EXCEPTIONAL DIAMONDS We are the largest independent diamond supplier in the northwest
13 JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER We’re very social
14 MEN’S MOVEMENT Why should women get all the fun? 16 BREITLING SPORTS WATCHES Quality, color, and cool design
18 ART + ENGINEERING G Shock + Victorinox
6 ON TREND Fashion forward and fabulous 8 PEARL TRENDS Add lustre to your wardrobe
20 ONE-OF-YOUR-KIND Let us craft a piece as unique as you
34 SWAROVSKI CREATED DIAMONDS Coming of age
22 HERE COMES THE BRIDE Weddings are back! 2022 has been a banner year for wedding celebrations and experts predict 2023 will follow suit
10 THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER The shift is on from mostly minimal to totally maxed-out!
35 LOCATIONS Our Jewelry Design Center Locations
12 DAZZLING DIAMONDS JDC rings in the season
24 TACORI Forever in Love
26 NOAM CARVER Timeless beauty, modern sensibility 28 BAND GLAM The diamond band has been a classic and enduring look for decades 29 A. JAFFE Signature Shank and Quilted Round — A difference You Can feel 33 MONROE COLLECTION Inspired by the Monroe Street Bridge
Special thanks to Roses and Thread Boutique for supplying the model wardrobe for this shoot.
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CELEBRATING 45 YEARS THE HEART OF A JEWELER
D oug Toone grew up in Spokane, WA. Raised on a farm, he decided to spread his wings and intern at a local jewelry shop to feed his creative drive. While sweeping floors, he learned everything he could, and practiced his art. During Expo 1974 Doug Toone was asked to have a booth that would showcase his artistic talents in fine jewelry making to the public. With this, his real journey began. Jewelry Design Center opened in 1977 as “Doug Toone Jewelry Manufacturing”, providing wholesale services to other jewelry shops in the area. By 1979, Doug made the decision to take his business in a new direction, cutting out the middle and working with customers one on one. Jewelry Design Center’s reputation would
grow out of that bespoke, highly personalized service. That first little store has since grown into one of the most innovative retail outlets in the nation. Brian joined the JDC team 27 years ago and is currently JDC’s President and CEO. Denver joined the team 16 years ago and is currently the Vice President of JDC. Doug has taken a step back while Brian and Denver continue in this special art of weaving stories and emotions into treasures made of precious metals and gems. The present-day Jewelry Design Center — recognized by a giant rotating diamond sculpture out front — is now located in an almost 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. In addition, a location in Kennewick, WA was opened in 2016.
We are still family owned — and the premiere importer of loose diamonds and precious gemstones in the Northwest. From luxury brands that reflect our values and standards, to sketch-to-reality custom designed pieces of art produced 100 percent in-house, we carry on Doug’s legacy, 45 years after our humble beginnings. Brian takes pride in hand-selecting the best and brightest diamonds from sources around the world. Being committed to product excellence, exceptional value,` and superior service is a deeply ingrained family value. It’s easy to see why generations of customers have made Jewelry Design Center their jeweler for life.
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This piece is titled Shattered Reflections and was made by Dan Toone out of the remaining pieces that he had from the Jewelry Design Center diamond sculpture.
DIAMOND Sculpture the Spokane, WA
a journey in art
If the JDC diamond sculpture were a real diamond, it would weigh 23,140,370 carats.
D oug and Brian were in Chicago for a trade show in the fall of 2004 when they were inspired by the famous Cloud Gate (lovingly referred to as “the bean”) in Chicago’s Millennium Park. They were drawn in by the reflective nature and artistic vibe it added to the city. It was on the plane ride home that they discussed the impact of that sculpture, and asked, “what if we could make something like that for our new store…but in the form of a perfectly cut round brilliant diamond?” That seed of inspiration blossomed into reality — all because they knew exactly who they could call to bring this vision to fruition.
Artistic blood runs deep in the Toone family, and Doug’s brother Dan had been sculpting stainless steel into pieces of art for years. Thankfully, Dan was up for the task. It may sound simple to create a diamond shape, but the challenge of the project cannot be underestimated. Not only did all the proportions and angles need to be just perfect, but the piece would need to be created without visible seams in order to have just the right effect. Each facet panel had to match perfectly and be juxtaposed with perfect symmetry on the opposite side. A full year later, it was quite clear Dan’s hard work was worth the effort.
Mounted on a spinning motor to show off the reflective qualities of the sculpture, the final piece was a 6-foot-wide diamond weighing 800 pounds in beautifully polished stainless steel, nestled amongst a bouquet of local natural basalt columns representing the journey diamonds make toward the earth’s surface. In reality, this piece of art represents so much more than just the beauty of a diamond. It is special because it represents who we are. We are all artists and craftsmen at heart who love what we do and who we do it for. Today, there is a diamond sculpture made by Dan at the flagship location in Spokane and at the Tri-Cities location. Soon, another will be coming to Missoula.
To see Dan Toone’s other artwork, visit his website at www.dantoone.com
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JDC designs with
The “Beth” ring - A lovingly designed and JDC created ring that was brought to life by Brian Toone for his wife, Beth Toone. A work of art that stands out amongst the others.
We are the largest independent diamond supplier in the northwest and one of the largest in the country. During our specialized diamond selection process, we reject over 95% of everything that we see because we want to make sure that we are offering the best diamond for the best possible price. In doing so, we wanted to design a collection of pieces that are well,
exceptional in all aspects. Every detail has been thought out and meticulously crafted–all 100% in-house. These pieces are simple, classic, and timeless- cast in platinum with romantic center diamonds matched together with specialty cut fancy-shaped sides. From conception of design to completion at the goldsmith’s bench, quality is the priority.
With a total weight of 2.47 carats, the emerald cut diamond and matching trapezoid side diamonds are the perfect pairing. SKU#105-02770
A classic three stone design featuring a remarkable 2.53 carat radiant cut diamond set with two matching specialty cut trapezoid side diamonds. This piece is a show stopper at a total weight of 3.92 carats. SKU#105-02724
Set in platinum, this stunning 3.01 carat cushion diamond truly makes this JDC ring exceptional. SKU#105-02446
This 1.6 carat, colorless princess cut diamond was hand-selected to be set in this 100% in-house designed and created JDC masterpiece. SKU#105-02799
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BY LORI ROBERTS
LaVitta is wearing a trendy yellow gold paperclip chain and a sparkling stationary Memoire diamond necklace that are beautifully framed by an Ippolita 18 karat yellow gold necklace. Accented by a pair of diamond V hoop earrings to complete the ultimate layered look. SKU#’s 430-04026, 165-00214, 430-02737, 150-02249
bundles are better More is more has been a strong jewelry trend for a few years and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s so fun to grab different bracelets and rings and wear them all together. Switch pieces in and out a little bit each day to create variations on your look.
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BY LAURIE BROOKINS
trends W ith pearls dominating the latest designs in both fine and high jewelry, which styles should be on your radar? Here’s a trio of ideas sure to enhance your wardrobe. TO ADD LUSTRE TO YOUR WARDROBE Pearl
PEARL STATION NECKLACE The “Tin Cup” necklace received its nickname from the 90’s classic golf movie where Renee Russo can be seen wearing this beautiful necklace throughout. Characterized by its effortless beauty the “Tin Cup” is just as fashionable with jeans as it is with the little black dress. The versatility makes it the perfect addition to anyone’s collection.
18kt Yellow gold station necklace, also known as a Tin Cup, featuring Akoya Pearls by Mikimoto SKU#325-00612
Grace Kelly famously pronounced the pearl “the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis agreed: “Pearls are always appropriate,” she once said. Two of the 20th century’s most celebrated style icons believed wholeheartedly in the power of the pearl, and now this iconic gem is hotter than ever. The popularity of pearls in jewelry and fashion trends also promises to dovetail nicely with a major milestone in 2023: Mikimoto will celebrate 130 years since Japanese entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto founded the legendary pearl house that bears his name.
PEARL COCKTAIL RING Statement cocktail rings, traditionally worn on the middle finger, will never go out of style, and lately it’s the oversized pearl that’s enjoying the spotlight in this design. Indeed, rather than opting for a gemstone or crystal, seek out a large-size pearl — in either white or cream, or perhaps a spectacular orange or black hue — as the statement stone in a ring that’s sure to be noticed.
Pearl and diamond crossover ring by Mikimoto. SKU#300-00100
PEARL CHOKER While the traditional pearl necklace is eternally classic, it’s the choker length, most often measuring between 14 and 16 inches, that’s enjoying an uptick in interest among younger consumers. This shorter style definitely seems to resonate with fashion fans who previously may have viewed pearls as something worn by their mother or grandmother but now see a choker- length design as a fun, chic addition to their wardrobe.
Pearl necklace and earrings in 18k white gold by Mikimoto. SKU#327-00370
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BY ANNIE DAVIDSON
the brighter, better
T he overarching sentiment spanning across all sectors of jewelry lately is all about not taking things too seriously. When it comes to colors, this translates to brighter being better than ever before. And while colorful candy- necklace-inspired beads and vibrant Ring Pop-energized gems aren’t a new trend, the degree to which they’re being interpreted is.
There is something special about this true royal blue 3.56 carat square emerald cut sapphire. It really is the star of the show set in this JDC one-of-a-kind platinum design with two specialty cut trapezoid side diamonds. SKU#200-02415
This beautiful Tacori ring has been set with a hand selected 2.14 carat JDC sourced Montana Sapphire, allowing the fine details of the ring to truly set off this stunning color. SKU#200-02415
Alyssa Toone, daughter to Brian Toone is shown here wearing an incredible 46.29 carat oval tanzanite pendant. With over 3.00 carats of near colorless diamonds set in 18 karat white gold with an intricate vintage design, this is truly a one-of-a-kind piece. SKU#230-01886
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RINGING IN THE SEASON
We fell in love with this 2.00 carat heart-shaped diamond, set in this A.Jaffe classic quilted ring, the two are a match made in heaven. SKU#105-02802
Ovals have definitely been the most popular shaped diamond for 2022. Hannah is wearing an A.Jaffe solitaire ring that shows the sweetest diamond accents under the prongs. It is no wonder the colorless 3.38 carat oval diamond center is what dreams are made of. SKU#105-02801
Alyssa is wearing a Noam Carver Atelier solitaire ring in platinum that has been set with a JDC 2.51 carat colorless pear shaped diamond center with hidden pave diamond accents. SKU#105-02779
Sydney is wearing this 18 karat yellow gold Noam Carver Atelier ring that has been set with a JDC 2.39 carat round brilliant cut, hearts and arrows diamond to make for a truly timeless,
romantic piece. SKU#105-02802
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MEN ’ S MOVEMENT
O nce a special category of its own, men’s jewelry has become more mainstream as jewelry takes a turn toward more gender neutral collections. Trends in men’s jewelry reflect overall jewelry trends, with a greater focus on multiple sizes and styles that can be worn by both men and women. Stacking bracelets may have started out as a new style for women, but men have been doing it for years, and it’s now a staple. The beauty lies in the ability to personalize the look by mixing and matching materials, colors, and textures.
New looks include combining leather with sterling silver, and gold link chains are being added to everything. Diamonds are becoming important highlights, but so are gemstones, particularly hardstones like turquoise, malachite, lapis, and others. Large single chains and cuff bangles are also becoming a stronger look for men, in chunky metal styles or gemstone-set silhouettes that can be worn alone.
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“Industrial-sized gauges intermingle with delicate hand-carved details led by a unisex design ethos and an intention to empower our wearer,” says John Hardy. “We continue to expand and diversify our men’s offerings, remixing textures from our archive into innovative new iterations.” Color is an important factor in gender-neutral bracelets and necklaces. Turquoise has always been a mainstay for specific styles that can be worn by both men and women. It looks particularly good in white metal, so is often set in sterling silver. In general, men’s jewelry is bigger, including large, more decorative rings that can be worn alone rather than stacked, in keeping with the new gender-neutral trend. This category also includes the classics: diamond solitaire earrings, lapel pins, and pendants — including medallions, lockets, dog tags, and zodiac symbols. Men’s jewelry is all about options, mixing and matching pieces for the perfect mix of accessories — just as it is for women.
Our JDC mens ring collection features a variety of styles in various colors and widths of precious metals. Made 100% in house gives us the option to add diamonds or high quality gemstones to make the piece uniquely yours. Our jewelers can take it one step further by adding a special engraving or a finish of your choice. SKU#’s 405-03221, 405-03484, 405-02820, 115-00296
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BY CAROL BESLER
SPORTS WATCHES B reitling continues to consolidate its position as one of the best quality/value combinations in Swiss sports watches. With in-house movements, bold designs, and eco-friendly packaging, Breitling is crushing it right now. The brand is especially making waves with its Superocean collection, inspired by a design first launched in the 1960s. The new collection really stands out, with its thick minute track, boxy minute hand, and contrasting ceramic bezel — and, of course, its vibrant colors, including neon blue and olive green. There is even a bright orange model, a 1,000-piece limited edition co-designed by surfer and Breitling ambassador Kelly Slater. There’s a size for everyone: 46, 44, 42, and 36 mm, so this is a watch for men and women. Cases are steel, steel/gold, or bronze. QUALITY, COLOR, AND COOL DESIGN BREITLING
Breitling Superocean 42 Kelly Slater Limited Edition
Another great sports watch, the modern version of the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43, originally introduced in 1952, has been updated with a more refined slide rule and a choice of several dial colors. A favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts for nearly 70 years, the modern Navitimer contains the in-house caliber B01, with a 70-hour power reserve.
Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43.
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The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is a Breitling standout because of its signature rouleaux-style bracelet, which is designed and constructed unlike any other. The Chronomat is a true sports watch, with the Breitling chronograph caliber 01, which has a 70-hour power reserve, and you can plunge to depths of 200 meters while wearing it. The original Navitimer Cosmonaute has returned to earth 60 years after astronaut Scott Carpenter wore it in space! Breitling recently resurrected the customized Navitimer it made in 1962 for astronaut Scott Carpenter, who wore it in space on May 24, 1962. Carpenter was one of the Mercury Seven, a crew of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become astronauts in its first human-crewed spaceflights. The Cosmonaute was the first Swiss wristwatch to make the journey to space. The commemorative Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition has the same all-black dial and 24-hour scale, but the bezel is platinum and the caseback is open to reveal a modern chronograph movement, caliber B02. The bridge is engraved with the words “Carpenter,” “Aurora 7,” “Mercury 7” and “3 orbits around the earth.” It is limited to 362 pieces.
Breitling Chronomat B01 42.
(Left to right) Historical Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute from 1962 and the new Navitimer Cosmonaute Limited Edition.
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BY CAROL BESLER
I f you have been in Jewelry Design Center in the last four years, chances are you have seen or talked to Karl about any watch-related question you needed answered. We asked him why he likes watches so much. He said, “I’ve always been interested in watches. A dear family friend David and I were sitting out at the lake in the summer of 2016. I had just finished my first year of law school (which I hated), and I noticed the watch on his wrist, so I asked about it. He took off his watch — a beautiful Rolex Explorer reference 14270 from the late ’90’s — and handed it to me. Right there, he taught me about mechanical watches, and I felt like my brain was going to explode. ‘This doesn’t have a battery?!’ I couldn’t fathom it. That was it; I was hooked. David changed the course of my professional life with one conversation. A fine watch is an object of beauty, marrying both art and engineering. It is both old school and new age at the exact same time. Aside from being a functional tool, it is a steadfast companion — with you through all of life’s highs and lows. A watch is a wonderful way to express yourself and your personal sense of style. On top of all of that, when you are no longer wearing your watch, someone you love will be. I believe everyone can (and should) appreciate both the utility and beauty of a good wristwatch. You only need one — or ten!”
THE VICTORINOX FIELDFORCE CHRONO is the brand’s signature sports watch, with a rugged, 42mm stainless steel case, chronograph and tachymeter functions, and a leather strap with sporty overstitching. The dial is made easy to read with a striking red seconds hand with a Swiss-Army-knife- shaped counterweight and large hands and numerals coated in Super-LumiNova.
THE CASIO G-SHOCK MUDMASTER, as its name suggests, is mud resistant. A dust- and mud- resistant button guard cylinder structure prevents fine sand and mud from getting into the buttons while also helping to absorb any shock to the buttons and improving operability. Aside from that, it has many functions: a digital compass, thermometer, alarm function, world timer, countdown timer, and 1/100th of a second stopwatch.
THE VICTORINOX AIRBOSS MECHANICAL has all the hallmarks of a professional aviator watch, with a large (42mm) case, large hands, and numerals coated in Super- LumiNova for easy reading in the dark. It has a circular slide rule and a reliable, Swiss-made mechanical movement.
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Anti-magnetic. 5-day power reserve. 10-year warranty. The new ProPilot X is powered by Oris Calibre 400.
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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. As the largest jewelry design and manufacturing center in the region, JDC can create any custom piece you desire. From the first sketch to final polish, all work is completed in-house by our team of skilled designers and jewelers — all backed with the guarantee you will love it. From taking the sketch to a 3D digital computer image to casting any type of precious metal, we’re the experts, so you don’t have to be. We want the process to be 100 percent stress-free and fun for each client, no matter the design. Our designers gently walk you through the process, work within the budget and timeline of your project, and are in constant communication using the methods that work best for you. Because we complete our projects on-site, there is less waiting, and you are able to see and interact with a wax version of your piece before our jewelers start working on it — in case there are last minute changes. We want you to love your new custom design, even if that means remaking it. 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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IT’S MORE THAN JEWELRY.
That’s why we’re here: to ensure that even if that cherished piece breaks, there is no reason why your heart needs to break along with it. Our roots are steeped in over four decades of service and repair, and we would love to help restore your treasures back to their former glory. With over 200 years of combined experience, our bench jewelers offer a level of skill and expertise that can be trusted. They all love what they do and stand proudly behind their work, so does JDC, with a one-year guarantee on all repairs. We proudly complete all of our repair and restoration work in-house using state-of-the-art equipment and technology. This means a faster turnaround with no need to worry about your jewelry being sent away. Delicate chain repair, artistic hand engraving, intricate stone setting, cleaning, and polishing — anything it takes to have your piece looking like new again is done right here by our jewelers. Our jewelers work under the guidance of a JA- certified master craftsman, ensuring the highest quality of work and care every time. You’re invited to watch on high definition screens as your stones are set or your precious piece is restored. You can relax knowing your jewelry is in trusted hands, even when it’s not on the jeweler’s bench, it is being kept safe and secure. We offer options based on your budget and what is best for maintaining your jewelry for life, because we want to be your jeweler for life.
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THE BIG DAY
BY REBECCA VERMA
WEDDINGS ARE BACK! 2022 HAS BEEN A BANNER YEAR FOR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS, AND EXPERTS PREDICT 2023 WILL FOLLOW SUIT.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
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RIVINI by Rita Vinieris
RIVINI by Rita Vinieris
Designed and created 100% in-house, this 2.52 carat marquise diamond platinum ring features a classic look with diamonds down the band, an elegance built to stand out. SKU#105-02631
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 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. attire wouldn’t
A timeless addition to any wedding day look, these 2 carat total weight diamond studs are available at JDC. Our diamond stud selection starts at $119.00.
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BY REBECCA VERMA
TACORI FOREVER IN LOVE
Two half-moon diamonds embrace the oval centerstone, while three hidden blooms play above the band imbued with round-brilliant pavé on this ring from the Founder’s collection.
T acori is one of the most iconic bridal designers in the business — and also one of the most prolific. The company produces a vast array of ring designs, from the subtle elegance of Simply Tacori to the alluring sparkle of the Dantela design. There is a collection to suit every taste. The one thing they all have in common is high-level craftsmanship and a double crescent motif that serves as a Tacori signature. The two crescent shapes join together to create the top of a heart, representing the love that two individuals have for each other. Tacori fans love this hidden design detail crafted onto the silhouette of every Tacori ring.
At Tacori, every ring is made to order, and quality control consists of a department of 20 people that oversee every creation at the company’s Los Angeles design studios. The independent spirit of this family-run operation allows them to craft striking designs when inspiration hits. Tacori’s new Founder’s collection, designed by company founder Haig Tacorian, features a hidden bloom and an entirely new diamond-studded signature crescent. The collection is defined by an understated simplicity and distinctive style that makes these
Engagement rings from the following collections (front to back) Founder’s collection, Dantela collection, Simply Tacori, Sculpted Crescent.
Stunning four-prong emerald-cut diamond solitaire engagement ring with an entirely new diamond-intense Tacori crescent signature, from the Founder’s collection.
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Join us as we revel in all life’s beautiful details.
BY REBECCA VERMA
NOAM CARVER TIMELESS BEAUTY, MODERN SENSIBILITY
Engagement Ring in 18 karat yellow gold featuring a pavé basket by Noam Carver Atelier.
Brian Toone, Noam Carver and Lynda Jensen featured at the JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas this year. Lynda has been at Jewelry Design Center for 10 years and has over 40 years of jewelry experience. She says Noam Carver has always been one of her favorite brands given the quality and unique design details of each piece.
Noam Carver Atelier Engagement rings in yellow, rose, and white gold.
N oam Carver is an award-winning sculptor, designer, and goldsmith, who brings a fresh perspective to jewelry that is unique among designers. He seamlessly blends traditional beauty with modern ethos to create a look all his own. His journey began in Montreal over 20 years ago as a master jeweler’s apprentice. That experience, combined with his knowledge of three- dimensional design, has propelled his pieces to a high level of sophistication and precision. All of Noam Carver’s collections exemplify his high standard of craftsmanship, timeless design, and conceptual artistry. Carver’s exceptional attention to detail is evident from every angle. His process begins with envisioning the woman who will don his designs. Who is she, what are her preferences, and what does she want this ring to say about her? He understands that a bride wants a ring with a timeless beauty that will be cherished forever, but also that gives the world a little peek into her essence. From those insights, he makes his design a reality by meticulously hand-crafting each ring, using only the finest metals and gemstones.
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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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A . JAFFE SIGNATURE SHANK AND QUILTED ROUND — A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN FEEL
T hey say a diamond is forever, and we could not agree more. Diamonds were formed billions of years ago from carbon crystallizing under heat and pressure. They are among nature’s most beautiful gifts to mankind, and it is no wonder they are treasured as a prime choice for engagement rings. We have scoured the globe in our effort to partner with the finest designers in every genre of jewelry and watchmaking, so we can confidently offer our clients nature’s most valued treasures at the highest quality possible. When it comes to diamond engagement and wedding rings, A. Jaffe is among the world’s elite.
A. Jaffe has been in the jewelry business for over three centuries, and their signature collection engagement rings are world- reknowned. Their Signature Shank™ features a subtle squaring of the shank to minimize turning on your finger and to maximize comfort. For brides preferring traditional round engagement rings, A. Jaffe offers a patented Quilted™ interior, which affords the same luxurious stability. A. Jaffe’s unparalleled quality standards are due to their high attention to detail, obsession with perfection, and strong sourcing practices of integrity and social responsibility.
Getting engaged is a special milestone in your life; there is no reason you should make any compromises regarding your ring. We know that choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring can seem overwhelming and confusing. However, as long as you are clear about your personal preferences, apply a few basic rules of thumb, and shop at the right place, it need not be a stressful event, and we are here to help at every step of the way. In addition to offering a stellar collection of designer engagement rings from A. Jaffe, we also provide customization services that enable you to design your own ring to the same exacting standards!
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Pictured here is Brian Toone, Simon G. and Doug Toone at Jewelry Design Center in 2006.
S pokane has many historical landmarks with unique architecture but for us, the Monroe Street Bridge stands out amongst them all. According to spokanehistorical.org, the first Monroe Street Bridge was constructed of wood and built with horses and wagons in mind. A new Monroe Street Bridge constructed of steel was completed in 1890. The steel bridge represented a step towards modernity and was completed just in time to accommodate an unprecedented time of expansion for the city. The bridge boasted updates such as overhead lighting and the ability to accommodate doubled-tracked streetcars. It soon became apparent the bridge vibrated heavily with any sort of traffic. In 1907 the elephants of the Ringling Brother’s Circus refused to walk across the shaky span. Today’s Monroe Street Bridge opened November 23, 1911 with over 3,000 Spokane citizens on hand to celebrate. It was the world’s
largest concrete arch-bridge at the time! The Monroe Street Bridge has proven that with time and experience comes perfection. Brian Toone was motivated to create our Monroe collection after he meticulously crafted his wife, Beth Toones, wedding band which features the same
attributes. It is made 100% entirely in-house and has evolved to be the best it can possibly be, a true JDC masterpiece. The hidden design details, inspired by the arches of the bridge, make it more comfortable and secure while allowing an unencumbered view of your diamonds. Our special 18 karat gold blends combined with our expert casting technique
make it more durable and reduces the need for rhodium plating. You can view the full collection in our showrooms or we can make a customized one just for you! The possibilities are truly endless!
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BY CYNTHIA UNNINAYAR
SWAROVSKI LAB DIAMONDS
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COMING OF AGE
C enturies ago, when alchemists dreamed of transforming lead into gold, there were also those who tried tirelessly to convert common coal into diamond. While the former can only be done at a steep cost, creating lab-grown diamonds has become a fairly refined process that is comparatively affordable. Starting in the late 1700s, scientists tried unsuccessfully to create diamonds in the lab. That changed nearly two centuries later, with the work conducted by H. Tracy Hall, a chemist working on General Electric’s Project Superpressure. After several failed attempts, he succeeded in 1954, creating the first man-made diamond. Interestingly, in those days, lab-grown diamonds cost twice as much as mined diamonds. Today, lab-grown diamonds (LGD) have come of age. A surge of LGD manufacturers and jewelry designers is now creating collections featuring not
only colorless gems but also a variety of colored diamonds in affordable prices. Star power has helped to get the LGD message out. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio have endorsed them, while natural diamond producer De Beers has moved into the lab-grown category with its sub- brand Lightbox Diamonds. This is seen by many as a reason to believe that the mined (natural) diamond sector can happily co-exist with the LGD sector, perhaps with each staking out its own territory. Proponents cite two major advantages of lab-grown diamonds: they are priced lower than natural diamonds; and there are claims that they are more eco-friendly than mined diamonds. There is also an argument that LGDs are conflict-free. Whatever the reason for purchasing them, one thing is clear: lab-grown diamonds offer the same characteristics and beauty as mined diamonds. They have indeed come of age.
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WE ARE OFTEN ASKED WHAT HAS LED US TO THE LOCATIONS WE CHOSE- FROM OUR FLAGSHIP IN SPOKANE, TO OUR SECOND LOCATION IN THE TRI-CITIES, WE MAY BE THOUGHTFUL AND DELIBERATE ABOUT OUR CHOICES, BUT ULTIMATELY, IT IS OUR DEEPLY ROOTED CONNECTIONS WITHIN THE INLAND NORTHWEST THAT HAS BEEN THE IMPETUS OF OUR CHOICES.
THE SPOKANE FLAGSHIP Our roots in Spokane run deep. From the creations Doug made at Expo 1974, to the Monroe collection inspired by Spokane’s famous bridge, it made sense for us to build our dream store where the entire legacy began. In 2004 we built our flagship store. We wanted it to be a reflection of our commitment to be your jeweler for life, with an innovative showroom featuring a state-of-the art facility dedicated to this promise. This award winning building is a testament to our goal to offer the very best jewelry experience to our clients in every way. THE INCREDIBLE TRI-CITIES Over the years, we noticed that more and more of our clients would make the journey from the Tri-Cities to our Spokane location. In 2010 the research began. It became clear that Tri-Cities would make a perfect second home for Jewelry Design Center. By 2015, it became a reality. Brian fell in love with the incredible people, Badger Mountain and the Columbia River while living there. What a wonderful place to live and an even better community to be a part of. MISSOULA: A HOMECOMING As we were ready to grow our presence in the Inland Northwest, We knew where we had to go- Missoula, Montana. The Toone siblings have deep rooted connections to the area and the dream to return has never subsided. Brian was a member of the 1991-92 undefeated State Champion Football team at Butte High School and went on to play for the University of Montana from 1992-96. He was a member of the 1995 National Championship team, and in 1996 he proposed to Beth Murray (his high school sweetheart) on the 50 yard line of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Denver, who is also entrenched in the family legacy, graduated from Big Sky High School in Missoula and also attended U of M. He earned his professional ski instructor accreditation and taught skiing at Snowbowl while earning his finance degree. After many years of being asked when we would be opening a location in Montana, we are finally able to say, “Soon. Very soon.”
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MISSOULA, MONTANA OPENING SOON!
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