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the CANVAS FUEL your EYESIGHT Engaging NEW LOOKS Imagine, Create, and ADORE
STYLE RISE ON THE NEW TRENDS
2020 / 2021 • I SSUE 5
I N T E R N A T I O N A L D I A M O N D C E N T E R M A G A Z I N E • A U T U M N / H O L I D A Y 2 0 2 0
This year, we are all hugging our loved ones a little tighter, appreciating our families, and cherishing the sacrifices we make for one another in the name of health and safety of those we hold most dear. While life-as-we-know-it looks different for the moment, there are still celebrations to honor, holidays to celebrate, and memories to be made. We invite you to shop with us — in store, online, or virtually. We are here to serve you and help you find the perfect gifts for the special people in your life, or perhaps a little something for yourself. It’s an especially good year to recognize your one-and-only. Whether you are thinking of proposing or celebrating many years together, nothing says, “I love you” quite like diamonds. At International Diamond Center, diamonds are our middle name! We specialize in bringing the most robust and quality diamond selection to each and every one of our stores, offering you the best value in every price range. But we are so much more than just diamonds. Our showcases are filled with jewelry — from the classic must-haves to the latest styles and trends. On behalf of all of us at IDC, we wish you a happy and memorable holiday season. Thank you for your business and trust. We are honored to be a part of your celebrations. Cheers!
Brian Stamey, Vice President
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O R L A N D O W A T E R F O R D L A K E S • O R L A N D O F L O R I D A M A L L • O R L A N D O S H O P P E S A T M I L L E N I A
I N T E R N AT I O N A L D I A M O N D C E N T E R J E WE L R Y M AG A Z I N E • I S S U E 5 CONTENTS
26 FUEL YOUR EYESIGHT
48 A. JAFFE
6 IDC LOCATIONS
28 NEW LIFE, NEW STYLE
50 THE 5TH C
8 IDC REMODEL
30 DIAMOND BUYERS GUIDE
52 IDC’S GOLD STANDARD
10 STYLE ON THE RISE
34 GENERATIONS OF EXPERTISE
56 JAMES DEAN
14 DIAMONDS OF DISTINCTION
36 ENGAGING NEW LOOKS
60 NAVY BLUE
16 THE FOREVERMARK PROMISE
42 HOW DO YOU PROTECT IT?
61 DIAMONDS BEST-KEPT SECRET
18 YOU ARE THE CANVAS
44 IMAGINE, CREATE, AND ADORE
62 PRE-OWNED ROLEX
22 JEWELRY WARDROBE STAPLES
46 JULIUS KLEIN
64 FINALLY FIX IT!
Todd Tufts • Editor in Chief/Publisher/Creative Director
Brian Stamey • Vice President of Marketing Opperations
Helen Barrott and Mary Butler • Marketing
Carol Besler • Editorial Director
Lori Roberts • Associate Editor
Vence Vida • Production Manager/Designer Bart Gorin • Select Jewelry Photography
Curt Corzine • Designer
Stephen Lewis • Assistant Copy Editor
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F O R E V E R I S J U S T B E G I N N I N G
F O R E V E R I S J U S T B E G I N N I N G
Discover Forevermark Engagement Rings
I f you’ve shopped for a diamond in Florida, chances are you’ve shopped at IDC. Certainly, International Diamond Center has been recommended to you as the best destination for diamonds, fine jewelry, rare coins, watches and original jewelry design. And it’s easy to see why. When Keith Leclerc opened his first location in 1990, he brought his expertise in selecting and buying diamonds and his business acumen, acquired in the wholesale jewelry business, to his new retail establishment. It was just what the market needed — an excellent selection of diamonds and fine jewelry at direct-to-the-customer prices. Soon, there were nine locations, and the Leclerc children followed their father into the thriving business. Among those children is Ashley Leclerc Stamey, daughter of the founder, and key member of a team overseeing the aesthetic design of the International Diamond Center flagship Clearwater store at 3696 Ulmerton Road. Ashley, with her husband Brian Stamey, Vice President of Operations and Marketing for the company, executed a plan to completely renovate the flagship store and virtually double the size of the retail showroom. “The result is a totally remodeled store,” says Ashley. “It’s modern, but warm and welcoming, with room for more jewelry to be on display. Now, shoppers can really browse our selection and enjoy more privacy as they shop with private presentation rooms and so much more counter and display space.” A great deal of attention is focused on one special feature — the diamond wall. It’s a framed display of more diamonds than most people have seen together at once. In celebration of the remodeling, Brian and the marketing team at International Diamond Center will host special holiday events for smaller groups of shoppers throughout the season. Expect many of the innovative changes at the Clearwater flagship to debut at other stores in the company, as well. “We’ll roll out these design elements as other stores are remodeled over the next few years,” Ashley explains. Many of the new concepts are also showcased in the new 5,500 square feet showroom of the latest International Diamond Center store at 1310 Lakeside Village Circle in Lakeland, Florida. Opening in December, the new store will offer the same professional services, including jewelry repair and custom design, that are a hallmark of all IDC locations. A FRESH NEW LOOK EXCITING CHANGE AT THE CLEARWATER LOCATION
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While famous names abound at International Diamond Centers — like Forevermark, Tacori, Verragio, Henri Daussi, TAG Heuer, and so many more — it’s the other names that distinguish IDC. These are the family names — Keith Leclerc and his children and in-laws and the 40 members of the Clearwater IDC staff, some of whom have been part of the family for 25 years or more. This is the family at the heart of International Diamond Center — the family who welcomes every IDC shopper and does whatever it takes to make each shopping experience a great one.
Brian leads IDC’s new store growth and site acquisitions, while Ashley loves being involved with the design process.
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T R E N D I N G STYLE on RISE the Even in uncertain times, one thing holds true — fashion lives on! It evolves and changes from season to season to breathe new life into self-expression and the joy of wearing jewels. Here are some fresh new picks to liven up your winter wardrobe.
MADE TO MIX Silver and Gold — oh my! Now you can add to that blackened, jeweled, woven, hammered, textured, and more.
Gucci 7” link bracelet with .84 ctw diamonds in 18K rose gold, $2,925.
Diamond bracelet .87 ctw in 18K white and rose gold, $3,584.
Flex cuff stackable bracelets in 18K white, rose and yellow gold, from $1,395.
Bangle bracelet with over 24 carats of pave’ diamonds in 18K white gold, price upon request.
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Diamond hoop earrings, 3.25 ctw in 18K white gold, $4,880.
HOOPS & LOOPS Hoop earrings have eternal appeal and come in every style and finish you can imagine. They can be filled on the inside and out with diamonds, have creative angles and settings, or have multiple hoops and loops. Loop styles are generally longer in length and contain various drops that create movement sure to turn heads.
Memoire 18k white gold classic bending hoop earrings.
3.55 ctw diamond earrings, in 14K white gold, price upon request.
Crossover diamond earrings, 14K gold with .75 ctw diamonds, $2,250.
STACKS & LAYERS More is more when it comes to layering on necklaces, stacking bracelets, and combining rings. And the rules? They are out the window! Experiment with various textures and colors to create a new look each day and a style that is all your own. With necklaces, start up high with a choker style and work your way down to longer chains that move with your every step. If you prefer the designer to do the work for you, many bracelets and rings have stacked looks in a single piece.
Diamond hoop earrings, 10 ctw in 14K white gold, price upon request.
2.87 ctw round and baguette diamond ring, in 18K white gold, price upon request.
Diamond 3-row ring in 14K gold, $2,795.
A. Jaffe stackable rings in white and rose gold.
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12 Gucci signature puffed link 18’ necklace, 14K gold, $1,295.
THE CHAIN GANG There’s no doubt about it, chains are a fashion staple and are here to stay in a big way. From sleek paper clip styles to massive chunky links, the options are endless. Sprinkling in a few diamonds makes them even better! Sterling silver stole the show for years, but yellow gold has a strong center stage presence, now.
Cartier 15 ctw diamond Rivera 15.25” necklace in platinum, price upon request.
Tacori Cresent Link ring, 18K with diamonds.
Cuban link 8” bracelet, 14K gold, $2,419.
O-clasp Cuban link bracelet, 18K gold with .73 ctw diamonds, $5,885.
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exceptional & extraordinary
International Diamond Center carefully selects magnificent diamonds and precious gemstones from around the world to create one-of-a-kind jewelry, with heirloom value, to be cherished for generations… DISTINCTION IDC DIAMONDS OF
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1. 4.5 carat GIA radiant diamond, in 18K white gold with 2.30 ctw diamond setting, price upon request. 2. 8.36 carat radiant diamond, in platinum with 1.68 ctw diamond setting, price upon request. 3. 15 Forevermark round diamonds in a halo setting bracelet, price upon request. 4. Forevermark pear shaped diamond set in platinum and diamond solaria setting, price upon request. 5. 8 ctw round brilliant diamond stud earrings, in 18K white gold, price upon request. 6. 40 ctw diamond necklace, in 18K white gold, price upon request. 7. Over 10 carat tw round brilliant diamond ring, in 18K white gold, price upon request. 8. Emerald cut diamond, in platinum with trapezoid side diamonds, over 11 carats total weight, price upon request. 9. Over 8 carat Asscher cut diamond, in platinum, price upon request.
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BEAUTIFUL RARE AND RESPONSIBLY SOURCED THE FOREVERMARK PROMISE:
Forevermark diamonds represent the top one percent of diamonds in the world in terms of beauty, quality, and rarity. Living up to that statement is no easy feat. It starts at the mines, where only the most ethical operations are chosen as sources for Forevermark diamonds. They come from places, including South Africa, Botswana, Canada, and Namibia, where extracting, sorting, and cutting and polishing them have been proven to benefit local communities. Throughout their journey from rough to polished diamonds, particular care is taken to ensure responsible business practices, support for the advancement of women, and protection of the natural world, which is the ultimate source of natural diamonds. Particular care is also taken to ensure that nothing but the best diamonds make their way into the Forevermark assortment. Each diamond is individually selected according to rigid criteria. Only a handful are eligible to receive the Forevermark inscription, and only authorized retailers may sell them. A Forevermark diamond is, therefore, worthy of representing life’s most precious moments and important promises, so it makes the ideal choice for an engagement ring or wedding band. The Forevermark Engagement and Commitment collection offers an intriguing variety of settings and designs, from solitaires to diamond wedding bands, in a choice of platinum or 18k rose, white, or yellow gold. A Forevermark engagement ring is a symbol of your enduring commitment to creating your forever as a couple — featuring a uniquely inscribed diamond that is as beautiful and real as your love for each other.
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The Forevermark Tribute TM collection celebrates the unique and brilliant individuality of every woman who wears it. Each diamond jewelry piece can be worn stacked or layered to reflect each wearer’s individual style and character. When combined, the look features multiple diamonds, paying tribute to the many qualities that make every stack special and one-of-a-kind.
F O R E V E RMA R K DIAMONDS HAVE
GRACED THE RED CARPET ON MANY OF HOLLYWOOD’S LEADING
LADIES. IN 2020, FOREVERMARK WAS WORN ON THE RED CARPET AT THE OSCARS IN FEBRUARY BY JANELLE MONAE, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, AND CHRISSY METZ; AT THE SAG AWARDS IN JANUARY BY MICHELLE WILLIAMS, AND LUPITA NYONG’O; AND AT THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS IN JANUARY BY SIENNA MILLER AND AWKWAFINA.
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A jewelry wardrobe is like an art collection. It is not a static thing but a work in progress, a collection of delights you develop in accordance with your own personal aesthetic. What distinguishes jewelry from most other works of art is that, while it can be appreciated quite on its own merits, it comes into its full potential only when it fulfills the purpose for which it was created by the artist: personal adornment. Well-chosen jewelry is not only beautiful in its own right; it also brings out the beauty of the wearer. The jewelry you choose and how you wear it determines what others focus on when they see you. Jewelry draws the eye, and so, as you place jewelry on yourself, think about what you want to emphasize.
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This emphasis will in part be a function of dressing appropriately for the circumstances - what image consultants refer to as “situational dressing.”
Round diamond necklace.
Mixed fancy shaped diamonds in 18K brushed finish gold. Ring 1.64 ctw, $14,800. Earrings 1.71 ctw, $15,800. Necklace 1.69 ctw, $13,800.
4.84 ctw diamond cuff bracelet, in 18K gold, price upon request.
CORPORATE In the corporate world, keep the viewer’s attention on your face. Non- dangling earrings and short- to medium- length necklaces as well as brooches worn near your face are optimal choices. Long drop earrings and other pieces with movement distract from your maximally authoritative professional look.
SPORT While participating in sporting activities, wear jewelry that gives you a bit of style but doesn’t get in the way of your active life. Stud earrings and smooth bangle bracelets are good choices.
SOCIAL For social events and special occasions, anything goes. Your style personality will dictate whether you want to appear classically elegant, playfully creative, or downright sultry. Your jewelry choices multiply when you allow your personality free rein.
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Multi-shaped diamonds framed by individual halos, in 18K white gold, price upon request.
10.60 ctw Asscher cut diamond earrings with .37 ctw accent diamonds, in 18K white gold, price upon request.
Fancy yellow radiant cut diamond stud earrings, in 18K gold, price upon request.
In all cases, choose jewelry that flatters you. To determine how to choose flattering jewelry, start by looking at your face as an artist might. Photographs of your face can help you analyze the design elements that compose it. For instance, consider:
ROUND FACE Button-shaped earrings emphasize the model’s round face. The drop earrings contain curved lines that relate to the model’s face and features and also introduce vertical lines that distract from and downplay the roundness of her face. Selecting design details that relate to your face is a technique that can be applied to all your jewelry, not only to those pieces you wear near your face. The overall consistency of the scale of design relates all of the pieces to one another and to you, making the total effect greater than the sum of its parts.
Do you have a readily determinable face shape? Most people don’t! If you do, decide if you want to emphasize the shape by repeating the motif in your jewelry. For instance, if your face is heart-shaped or is long and rectangular, you can subtly incorporate the shape of your face into your jewelry by choosing heart motifs or rectangular design elements. Focus in particular on your jawline. Do you see strong angles or soft curves? Repeat the strength or softness of those lines in the design elements of your jewelry. Is one of your facial features dominant? If you have a wide mouth or a distinctive nose, decide if you want to emphasize it. The more closely you match a feature in size and shape, the more that feature comes into prominence. If you prefer to downplay that feature, choose jewelry that draws the eye elsewhere.
Are your overall features small to average in size? Choose jewelry of similar size or larger pieces that incorporate intricate details rather than oversized, chunky designs. To add volume, wear multiple pieces of small- to medium-scale jewelry together for a highly flattering look. SQUARE FACE Square earrings with angular motifs repeat and highlight the square jaw of the model. Oval earrings, by contrast, soften the angular lines of her bone structure. TRIANGULAR FACE Dangling paisley-shaped earrings bring the eye downward and emphasize the model’s triangular-shaped face. The floral earrings, which sit on, not below, the ears, add width to the mid-point of her face, camouflaging its triangular shape.
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a solid foundation
your wardrobe? WHAT’S MISSING FROM JEWELRY STAPLES EVERY WARDROBE SHOULD HAVE. Eventually, however, we all return to earth, to the pieces that carry us gently through our everyday lives with grace and elegance and remind us of the importance of the basics. These are the classics. Classic jewelry is so-called because it stands the test of time. It forms the basis of any jewelry wardrobe. Here are some foundational pieces that represent the must-haves of any jewelry wardrobe. B uilding a jewelry collection is a personal journey of discovery that can lead to an eclectic mix of treasures: the carefully sourced power necklace for the time you hosted a charity ball, a deeply cherished one-of-a-kind ring that belonged to your mother, or that pair of over-the-top tassel earrings that just graze your shoulder.
Diamond classic jewelry symbolizes both clarity and purity, while effortlessly pulling together and unifying an ensemble. The pristine white of diamonds placed in an understated, clean setting defines a diamond classic. These staple items retain their popularity due to their versatility and elegance. Beyond engagement rings, diamond classic jewelry encompasses everything from tennis bracelets to solitaire earrings, rivière necklaces to eternity bands. Countless hours are spent to hand shape and polish each tiny facet in a diamond to unleash the beauty that lies within. Behind each diamond is a craftsman’s labor of love. Open settings allow for a flood of light, setting off each facet in a fiery display of brilliance. Behind each diamond is your own personal story of love, to be cherished and passed down for generations. From simple to bold, a diamond classic is the staple of every well-dressed woman.
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Pearls have a universal appeal that suits any occasion or level of formality. The variety of types, colors, sizes, and applications make them one of the most versatile gemstones available, easily applied to any jewelry trend or price point. Whether you love the organic look of baroques and freshwaters or the sleek perfection of top-quality Akoyas, there is a pearl for you. Whether you’re dressing up or down, there is a lustrous pearl creation for every event. The only thing you need to consider when choosing a piece for the occasion at hand is your own sense of personal style. There are no rules. Dressing up may bring to mind evening gowns, party dresses, and tailored Chanel suits, but that doesn’t mean they should be paired with stuffy
strands or formal necklaces. And vice versa, formal strands of fine pearls
are not strictly for dressed-up outfits. Pair them with a biker jacket or a cool summer sundress.
GREAT CLASSICS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF A JEWELRY COLLECTION
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Sentimental jewels never go out of style, because, as the saying goes, love makes the world go ‘round. From hearts to initials to emojis and more, sweetly styled treasures featuring tender images and personal meaning pack a big emotional punch. And when acquired over many seasons, collectors’ stories evolve to tell rich tales of life, love, and a taste for memories made permanent and visible to others through fine jewelry motifs. SENTIMENTAL STYLINGS
A. Jaffe maps collection – create your custom piece of jewelry.
The classic watch will take you anywhere, anytime. It should be robust, comfortable, and understated. A watch is more than a way to tell the time of day, and it is not just a fashion statement. It is a tiny machine on the wrist that represents a high degree of workmanship, including a miniature clockworks created by experts in micro- engineering. Wearing one demonstrates good taste and an appreciation for beautiful craftsmanship. An extremely well-made watch with all the right details and an excellent mechanical movement will never go out of style, and will never lose its value. CLASSIC WATCH
Michele Deco Madison Mid Diamond, with a two-tone case and bracelet and silver-white dial.
Tag Heuer Formula 1.
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Beautiful. Rare. Responsibly Sourced.
Less than 1% of the world’s natural diamonds can become a Forevermark diamond and receive the Forevermark inscription.
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Today’s food sources are higher in trans fats and toxins. Thanks to an increase in processed foods, such as refined wheat flours, vegetable oils, and fast-food chains, eye doctors see a steady increase in age- related macular degeneration (AMD). Eyes (ight) FUELYOUR
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF AMD?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, consuming foods that fuel your eyesight and eye health is a great place to start. NUTRITION IS KEY
It’s being discovered that eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and less fat not only benefits your entire body, but it specifically helps fuel your eyesight. Indulging in a nutrient-rich diet also means avoiding common polyunsaturated fatty acids such as canola oil, corn oil, and margarine, and instead using olive oil, coconut oil, and butter. Maintaining healthy blood vessels and arteries that lead to and from your retinas is an essential part of preventing AMD—and you can start by incorporating some of these foods into your diet. “ CONSUMING FOODS RICH WITH LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN, LIKE EGGS, LEAFY GREENS, BROCCOLI, PEAS, AND AVOCADOS, PROTECTS YOUR MACULA. THE MACULA PROVIDES US WITH THE ABILITY TO READ AND SEE IN GREAT DETAIL. ~DR. JEFFERY ZHEUTLIN, VITREO-RETINAL ASSOCIATES
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FoodsforYourEyes GIVE YOURSELF COLORFUL CHOICES Even your medical doctor would agree: A colorful diet is a rich diet. Fruits and vegetables vary in color and nutrient value, so you can’t go wrong with your choices, but balance is key. To support your eyes with lutein and zeaxanthin, consume more spinach and kale. For vitamins A, C, and E, try carrots, oranges, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocados. Your diet doesn’t have to be boring, so go ahead and add some color so you can keep supporting your eyesight and eye health! OMEGA-3S & MINERALS Fatty acids and minerals are just as important for your diet. To reduce AMD risks, experts suggest you consume more cold-water fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, trout, and tuna, while staying away from the Omega 6s that are often found in farm-raised fishing sources. Fatty acids are also essential for tear production and lubrication, just like orange fruits and vegetables. If you need to increase your zinc and copper intake, try black-eyed peas, kidney beans, and lima beans.
These foods will help promote tear production and blood supply to your eyes, which is a vital part of reducing your risk for AMD. Remember: It’s all about fueling your eyes(ight).
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NEW LIFE WHEN (AND HOW) TO RESTYLE AN OLD ENGAGEMENT RING —NEW STYLE
.64 ctw diamond pendant with halo setting, in 14K white gold on 14K yellow gold chain, $1,850.
Diamonds are forever, but sometimes their settings become out of date. Or maybe the relationship celebrated by the diamond has ended and the ring is languishing at the back of your jewelry box. Whatever the reason, never waste a perfectly good diamond! If you have an unworn diamond ring, recycle it. Let our experts reset it into a new piece of jewelry that will bring you years of wearing pleasure. Like diamonds, unique as snowflakes, every woman’s story is different. For example, some couples didn’t have the money to buy a large, fine-quality diamond the first time around, so the stone in the engagement ring is smaller than they would have liked it to be. Maybe a number of years have gone by and the styling of the engagement ring is no longer fashionable. Or, maybe the engagement ring has been inherited from a friend or family member, and its style or size doesn’t quite suit the new owner. Generally speaking, if the sentiment associated with the diamond is positive, the easiest solution is to reset the stone into another ring. Maybe you’d like to keep a similar style in the ring but change the metal. Or maybe it’s the setting that needs upgrading. If the center diamond is less than one carat in size, add a sparkling frame of pavé to make the center stone appear
Over 4 carat diamond with 1.02 ctw halo, in 18K white gold, price upon request.
larger and raise its sparkle quotient. Perhaps turning a solitaire into a three-stone ring is the answer: instead of using tiny diamonds to upgrade the ring, consider adding two side diamonds in a complementary shape, such as trillions, half moons, or baguettes. Or, go for a non- traditional look and set the diamond in a band with other smaller stones to create an anniversary ring.
2.36 ctw oval diamond drop earrings, $11,900.
.75 ctw diamond cluster earrings, in 18K white gold, $2,295.
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A. Jaffe diamond bands, various carat weights available.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH RINGS TO COVER YOUR FINGERS, THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS. Why not remove the stone and turn it into a diamond slide or pendant? Any size or shape of diamond can work for this option, from classic rounds, ovals, and pears to fancier marquises, princess cuts, and hearts. The diamond can be highlighted in a simple gold or platinum setting or it can be framed in pavé diamonds or colored gemstones. Our master designers can remove a stone from its setting, create a stylish bezel around it, and add a hidden bail at the back so it can be worn on a favorite chain. If the old setting was yellow gold and you prefer white gold or platinum, the metal can be easily changed to suit your jewelry wardrobe. By designing a complementary setting that enhances the cut of the diamond and accenting it with pave, our jewelers can turn that unworn ring into a stunning new design that will add new options to your jewelry wardrobe. Choose the style that matches your personal taste: romantic filigree and engraving inspired by Victorian times; clean-lined Art Deco looks with geometric lines; or modern freeforms with asymmetrical elements.
3.54 ctw diamond pendant, in 18K white gold, on 18” chain, price upon request.
LIKE DIAMONDS...EVERY WOMAN’S STORY IS DIFFERENT.
Emerald cut diamond in updated setting.
Finally, to create a piece of jewelry that is totally unique, consider resetting your unworn diamond into a one-of-a-kind pin or brooch. Picture a perfect golden leaf — maple, oak or gingko — dotted with a single diamond raindrop. Or choose a whimsical, nature-inspired design, such as a seahorse with a diamond eye or a butterfly with a diamond head. Don’t allow a gemstone as desirable and wearable as a diamond to go unused! Bring your unworn diamond to one of our design experts, add your inspiration, and help us turn it into a lasting treasure.
Create a new, but classic, look for a round solitaire diamond.
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DIAMONDS THE DEFINITIVE BUYER’S GUIDE
ou’re celebrating a momentous occasion and decide that a diamond is the perfect
is that these things are, contrary to popular belief, measures of rarity not beauty. Just because something is deemed rare doesn’t make it pleasing to everyone’s eye. Color, for example, is the absence or presence of body color in a diamond. The scale that most people are familiar with starts with D (for diamond) and goes down the alphabet, D. E. F. G., etc. all the way to Z. There’s an assumption that D is the best. No, D is the rarest. God made fewer D, E, and F color diamonds than the other shades. It’s also a range of shades. Have you ever tried to buy white paint only to realize how many shades of white there are? Studies have shown that when looking at diamonds without being prejudiced by the grading of a diamond, many people prefer a diamond with a little body color or a little warmth. Many beautiful and lively diamonds are actually in the H to K range. How a stone is made or cut is truly what unleashes the fire and brilliance in the diamond. When a cutter is given a diamond to facet, he’s faced with a decision to either save weight or sacrifice weight to achieve ideal or near ideal proportions. When a diamond loses precious carat weight for the sake of ideal proportions, the price of the diamond is usually higher for the finished product, even though it eventually ends up weighing less.
way to symbolize that moment. It may be the first diamond you’ve ever purchased, or maybe you are upgrading to a larger diamond. You should be beaming with excitement, glowing with a smile so wide it hurts, but for some reason, you are anxious, sweaty, and twitchy. This is an important and costly purchase. You want to get it right — no room for error. What do you know about buying a diamond? Who do you trust? What do you believe? You’ve decided to swim in the sea of information on the internet but now, armed with more information, you are either more confident or even more confused. Now what? I’m here to tell you to stop, and just breathe. All will be right with the world if you take this simple piece of advice: Trust your own eye and heart. We’d like to unlock some of the mystery of the diamond, debunk some myths, and help you make an informed decision so that this eternal symbol of love, commitment, and achievement isn’t clouded by doubt and fear. Most people have heard of the 4 Cs — color, cut, clarity and carat — but what do these words really mean, and what’s the most important? I’m going to avoid the textbook descriptions and spell it out in everyday terms. The first thing you should know
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Clarity denotes what is going on inside and on the surface of the diamond. I prefer to simplify clarity in this way: What does it look like with the naked eye? First, study it hard without any aid of magnification. Do you see any distinguishing characteristics that distract from the brilliance of the diamond? That’s the most important thing. After all, how often will you or your friends be magnifying your diamond? Then study it with magnification. A loupe is what is commonly used at the sales counter. Think about your kitchen window. You can focus your eyes on the window to see the fingerprints and spots on the window or you can look through the window to see who’s in the yard. Do the same thing
to the diamond. Look through the windows. Look to see if you see any identifying characteristics or what I call birthmarks. I never use the word flaws . They aren’t flaws. Sometimes it’s little white lines sometimes it’s clouds. You might see little black spots. Did you know that those little black spots are called included crystals and that if you magnified them they would reveal themselves as tiny diamonds or garnets trapped inside your diamond? Two for one! The grading scale of clarity refers more to how noticeable these characteristics are than to how many are inside the diamond. Again, this is a rarity issue. However, if the diamond is too included, it will decrease the brilliance and beauty of a diamond.
THERE’S ANOTHER C THAT ISN’T MENTIONED VERY OFTEN — CONFIDENCE — CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU FIND BEAUTIFUL.
What size is best? That’s strictly a personal decision. For some, a larger stone is the dream, and they might be willing to give up a little on color or clarity to stay on budget. To others, the color, cut, and clarity trump size. There is no right answer. Beyond the 4 Cs, many other questions have come across our sales counters. A popular topic is shape. What shape is the most expensive? The answer isn’t so simple. In larger diamonds, all things being equal, the round brilliant is still king. It’s timeless. It’s the most brilliant and in highest demand. As fancy shapes such as princess, emerald, marquise, and pear float in and out of demand, prices, though stable, may fluctuate based on their popularity. Another C relates to diamond grading reports, commonly called certs. This is actually an incorrect term, as they are not certifications but reports. There are a variety of diamond grading labs that produce these reports — AGS, GIA, IIDGR, and IGI. These are used to give the consumer an independent opinion and description of the diamond. The important word here is opinion. Each gem lab, even though they might use a common alphabet, has a different
language or set of standards for their reports. Not all reports are the same between companies. This can cause confusion, not only to the consumer but also to the sales professional. To prove this point, we have sent the same stone to several labs only to get different opinions of color and clarity. This is why I stress that you trust your own eye, not a piece of paper. I was once told that choosing a diamond by searching through a pile of diamond reports was like choosing your fiancé from a stack of driver’s licenses. Every diamond is unique. You have to see it and experience it. There’s another C that isn’t mentioned very often — confidence — confidence in yourself and confidence in your ability to recognize what you find beautiful. You don’t need someone else to tell you what is beautiful. You need a jeweler that will help you by answering questions so you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, no one can tell you what you like or what your preferences should be. Just ask yourself these things: Do I love it? Does the diamond do what the diamond is supposed to do? Will I ultimately be thrilled with my decision? If so, then relax — you’ve got this.
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THE HENRI DAUSSI LEGACY
Henri Daussi Loots was born in 1932 in Antwerp, Belgium.Antwerp, located in the heart of Europe, has been at the center of the world’s diamond trade for over five centuries and continues to be known today as the diamond capital of the world. Henri was taught the art of diamond cutting by his father, Jozef Loots, who inherited the skills from his father. He went on to become a respected diamond cutter and eventually build an international reputation. Specializing in large and valuable diamonds, Henri was commissioned to study and cut diamonds for many of the world’s most acclaimed jewelry brands. After years of work, Henri designed a special and unique diamond polishing wheel, called a scaif, which allowed him to cut facets into a diamond, something considered impossible before this. Using this new groundbreaking tool, he cut the first perfect heart-shaped diamond. Since diamonds are a symbol of love and commitment, the heart-shaped diamond became an international sensation. Henri went on to create many more incredible diamond shapes and sculptures, many of which are on display in museums around the world. Henri passed on his knowledge, experience, and fascination for diamonds to his sons Jef and Dirk Loots, both of whom continued to builf on their father’s legacy. Today Henri Daussi is lead by Bart, Jeff, and Kristiaan Loots, grandsons of Henri. “Our family tradition of cutting beautiful diamonds and creating incredible jewels will forever keep true to its heritage,” says Jeff, “We are humbled and honored that our Daussi creations go on to be enjoyed and cherished by generations of families to come. We respect this opportunity and will never compromise on our commitment to quality, responsibility, and integrity.”
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NEW LOOKS Engaging
IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO UNDERSTAND OUR HISTORY IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE HOW FAR WE’VE COME
In Medieval times, the engagement rings of the masses were plain bands, much like many wedding rings are today. Today most engagement rings symbolize a couple’s commitment to each other and their dedication to their future life together, but the tradition has not always been a promise of love. Initially they were given as a sign of ownership — often as part of a woman’s dowry — and demonstrated the wealth and influence attributed to the woman’s fiancé. The premarital giving and receiving of rings is a relatively recent trend, but one which has become popular in many cultures and is now the fashion worldwide.
It was the ancient Grecians who first exchanged betrothal rings to signify romantic attachment, but some believe the tradition originated in ancient Egypt where knots of hair and leather were woven into circles. Later examples of ancient Egyptian rings became much more intricate, but were still limited in design, and metal rings were reserved for wealthier couples. Tombs in Egypt have been uncovered which depict engagement bands set with gemstones, but even they would have been relatively crudely made, because the technology was then not advanced enough to create a smooth metal band.
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In 860 AD Pope Nicholas I decreed that gold rings should be used for marriage and engagement, because they validated the financial commitment being made by the man to the woman. This doctrine was echoed again by Pope Innocent III in the 12th century, but these metals did not become attainable for the masses until much later. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the upper classes occasionally had gold or silver bands set with semi-precious gemstones, and the lower classes still swapped simple copper or iron rings.
Platinum has only been fashioned into jewelry throughout the last two-hundred years, and though its exclusivity has always been highly valued, it is still not an affordable setting for many couples. During World War II, platinum was prohibited for use in jewelry in the United States, even in engagement rings, due to its necessity for manufacturing munitions. During that period, white gold was created to simulate the crisp elegance of platinum and remains a popular choice for brides-to-be looking for a hard-wearing, contemporary engagement ring.
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The type of expensive gemstone ring we think of as an engagement ring now was initially reserved solely for the upper classes. Indeed, the first known example of an exclusive, gem-set engagement ring was presented by royalty at the imperial court of Vienna. It was there in 1477 that Mary of Burgundy received a diamond betrothal ring from Archduke Maximilian of Austria. It was not until the 1800s that engagement rings became more common among less affluent couples and, even then, it was not until the 20th century that diamond rings became the accepted standard to accompany a proposal in Western culture. That was when deposits of diamond rough, the crystalline material from
which faceted diamonds are cut, were discovered in African mines, leading diamonds to have a greater and more affordable presence on the gemstone market. This availability led jewelers to create more intricate and diverse designs in which to set their diamonds, which in turn increased their demand and appeal in engagement jewelry. Throughout history, engagement rings have announced the union between young lovers. Today as much as ever, they serve as a declaration of the love, fidelity, and enduring passion between two people who hope to spend their lives honoring that bond.
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protect that investment
B YOU’VE GOT THE RING! NOW HOW DO YOU PROTECT IT?
asic geology tells us diamonds are the hardest natural substance, but what many of us don’t know is that diamonds, like all gems, are susceptible to chipping. So how do you protect that beautiful engagement ring? First, insure it. And when you do, be mindful that partial losses, such as chipped stones, aren’t covered under typical homeowners policies. A better option is a rider on your homeowners policy, or a standalone policy such as the one Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company offers. According to Jewelers Mutual, more than half of the company’s claims are partial losses. Losing a stone from a ring is one of the more common instances. Winter gloves are notorious for catching on prongs and loosening ring settings. Diamonds are still the favorite stone for engagement rings and, contrary to popular belief, a sharp strike on a hard surface can easily chip a diamond. Even washing dishes in a ceramic sink can cause chipping. Water sports are another culprit for loss. Your fingers shrink when they’re cold, so losing a ring while swimming or snorkeling presents a very real risk. Any sporting activity, in fact, can be hard on jewelry.
ANY JEWELRY THAT IS WORN EVERY DAY, SUCH AS AN ENGAGEMENT RING, IS MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DAMAGE OR LOSS. AND BECAUSE AN ENGAGEMENT RING IS OFTEN THE MOST EXPENSIVE JEWELRY A WOMAN WILL OWN, IT MAKES SENSE TO INSURE IT. When insuring jewelry, check your coverage. On basic homeowners policies, jewelry is protected for only certain types of loss. Damaging an item, or losing all or part of one, typically is not a covered loss. Theft is often limited to $1,000. You can schedule your jewelry on your homeowners policy. It will cost an additional premium but provide better coverage. A stand-alone, specialized policy, such as the type that Jewelers Mutual offers, provides broad coverage and won’t jeopardize your existing homeowners policy if a jewelry loss occurs.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is the only nationwide insurer that specializes in protecting jewelry businesses and individuals’ personal jewelry. The company was founded in 1913 in Neenah, WI., by jewelers who needed more affordable insurance. Today, Jewelers Mutual is licensed in all 50 states and insures $1.5 billion of individuals’ jewelry and more than 10,000 jewelry businesses. The company’s strong financial position is reflected in its continued A+ rating from A.M. Best. Visit Jewelers Mutual’s website at www.jewelersmutual.com.
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IMAGINE CREATE ADORE &
ewelry isn’t just about glamour and fashion: It’s also about the heartfelt stories, joyous occasions, and one- of-a-kind art pieces that shine. At IDC, we take pride in bringing our client’s wildest dreams to life through custom design. Every custom design is a voyage of self- discovery and self-expression, resulting in a unique piece that reflects personal style and radiance — and we love being a part of that magical journey. J
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Nothing beats the overwhelming joy that comes flooding in when an idea becomes a reality, especially when custom design pieces are created with the next generation in mind. If you hold an image in your mind but fear your dreams are out of reach because of your budget, you might be surprised to know that custom jewelry is quite affordable. 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 BREATH NEW LIFE INTO ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, OR OUT-OF-DATE JEWELRY.
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b y V E N C E V I D A SELECT ANY ADDRESS IN THE WORLD AND LET A DIAMOND MARK THE PLACE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING. A.JAFFE designer spotlight MARK YOUR MOMENT One of the best things about fine jewelry is its timelessness. Gold and diamonds last forever, and so can the memories associated with a cherished piece. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate and eternalize life’s most meaningful moments and keep them fresh in your mind and close to your heart for years — even generations.
A. Jaffe’s map tool allows you to zoom in and out on a special location and pinpoint the exact placement of a single diamond to signify a place of importance and, if you choose, to frame the map with an elegant diamond rim. You can also engrave a message on the back! Here are some of our favorite moments to map: Where you first met or had your first date Where you got engaged Where you were married Where you met each of your bridesmaids Where you bought your first home Where you had a baby Where you graduated Where you purchased a business Where you grew up Where your long-distance significant other or best friend lives
Possibly one of the most significant reminders of our cherished memories is the place where they happened: the town, church, or school; our special restaurant, park, or coffee shop; that little starter home, that hospital maternity ward, the tiny storefront where you took an entrepreneurial leap. The list is as varied as it is personal. One powerful way to memorialize these milestones is to capture them in precious metal and diamond, two of earth’s everlasting materials, and shape them into beautifully crafted mementos as jewelry that can be daily physical reminders of what matters most — embodiments of the eternal in an otherwise fast-moving, ever-changing life. Honor the road taken with something precious and everlasting. When A. Jaffe came out with their Maps collection, it quickly became a sensation, and thousands of people have since marked thousands of moments.Don’t miss your opportunity to make your mark and make it last. I personally gave my wife a pendant for Christmas with a little diamond on the corner of Canal and Broadway — the location of our first home together — the place I proposed, where our daughter was born, and so many of life’s firsts happened for us. I took advantage of the opportunity to add an inscription on the back that reads, “ The beginning of everything that matters. ” That was few years ago now, but it is still the most prized piece in her collection.
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ass a secret message on your special day with diamonds that replicate the dots and dashes of Morse code on your fiancé’s wedding band. Whether it’s “I love you” or the date you met, we will customize your message with up to 12 characters of diamonds. P
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SHINING A LIGHT ON OPERATION HEALING FORCES
I nternational Diamond Company is proud to sponsor the efforts and contributions Operation Healing Forces makes to our veterans. Keith Leclerc and OHF founders, Gary Markel and Tony Markel, not only have a special friendship, but they also have a shared commitment to giving back to the community, and they do it by taken care of the most active branch of the military. Since 2011, OHF has been helping active-duty and veterans of the Special Operations Forces and their spouses reconnect through week-long retreats all over the country. Through these therapeutic retreats, SOF and their loved ones can openly discuss the mental and physical wounds they endured while serving their country. “The weeklong, free, therapeutic retreats, which now number over 50 a year, remain the backbone of OHF’s assistance,” Tony said. “These retreats provide opportunities for the couples to get away from the rigors of hospitals, doctors appointments, and raising children, enabling them to focus on their spouse and the strength of their relationship and marriage Operation Healing Forces began as a quiet, simple gesture by Gary, who wanted to graciously donate his yacht and crew free to use for wounded service members to use for week-long trips. The idea quickly took off and in November 2011, Operation Cruise was born. By 2016, the non-profit organization rebranded into Operation Healing Forces and the door opened for more donations of homes and resorts as retreat options, and IDC is proud to be a part of this cause by lending a helping hand.
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