A TUFTS COMMUNICATIONS FINE JEWELRY PUBLICATION
2022 • ISSUE 4
CELEBRATING YOUR MILESTONES
MARCO BICEGO Handcrafted Italian Design PEARLS Prized and Precious CHAIN REACTION A Bold New Fashion Look
ROLEX + ARCHITECTURE
Gina Zeidler Photography
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS
W elcome to the fourth edition of the R.F. Moeller Jeweler Magazine ! For 71 years, R.F. Moeller Jeweler has helped the Twin Cities celebrate life’s milestones. We have embraced Robert Moeller’s legacy and continue to bring joy through exceptional experience, quality, and service. We wouldn’t be here today without the generations of clients that trust us with their most precious heirlooms and allow us to help them celebrate their important milestones. If you’ve visited Highland Park recently, you’ve seen that we have undergone a huge renovation. This project has been in the works for a while and we are thrilled to share our new showroom with you! You can read more about it on page 18 and then make sure to stop in and see it for yourself.
We love celebrating love and want to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Colleen and Nyada (and their photographer, Gina Zeidler Photography) for allowing us to use their wedding photo on our magazine cover. We hope you enjoy the latest issue of our magazine. It provides background to some of the most iconic jewelry and watch brands in the world — brands that have flourished for generations because of their commitment to quality and value. Each year we also make a point to lift up other locally owned businesses and organizations in our magazine. This year, we are delighted to share pieces featuring de Vasco’s Daughters Wedding & Event Design (page 34), Children’s Cancer Research Fund (page 46), Dancers Studio (page 50), and France 44 (learn how to build a crowd- pleasing charcuterie board on page 60!).
As a locally-owned and operated, third generation family business, we take great pride in restoring family heirlooms or providing new, heirloom quality pieces worthy of being passed down for generations. From jewelry handcrafted in Italy and fine Swiss watches to in-house custom designed and crafted pieces, we are proud to provide the best of the best for the Twin Cities. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the magazine. We look forward to seeing you in our stores and bringing joy for generations to come.
With gratitude, The Moeller Family
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4 WELCOME From the R.F. Moeller Jeweler family
8 TUDOR Pure sports models
28 LEXUS RZ 450E Introducing the first-ever fully electric Lexus 30 TAG HEUER The Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph 34 DE VASCO’S DAUGHTERS Raising the bar on wedding and event design 42 IT’S IN THE DETAILS Our definitive guide on engagement and wedding ring styles 45 BAND GLAM The diamond band — an enduring classic 46 R.F. MOELLER GIVES BACK Supporting Children’s Cancer Research Fund
10 PEARLS Popular, prized, and precious
60 A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES Your guide to crowd-pleasing charcuterie from France 44 62 NATURAL BEAUTY The physical and enviromental beauty of natural diamonds 63 R.F. MOELLER SERVICES Home for all your watch & jewelry care needs
14 ROLEX + ARCHITECTURE Rolex does more than make great watches 18 TRANSFORMING A LEGACY R.F. Moeller’s newly remodeled flagship store 20 THE BRIGHTER THE BETTER Rainbow hues add shades of style
24 MARCO BICEGO Handcrafted Italian designs
48 CHAIN REACTION The must-have-now fashion statement for a bold look
50 DANCERS STUDIO Teaching Minnesotans to move since 1986
Todd Tufts • Publisher/Creative Director Bergit Mars • Marketing Manager Lori Roberts • Senior Editor Vence Vida • Production Manager/Designer Carol Besler • Editorial Director Stephen Lewis • Assistant Copy Editor Bart Gorin • Select Jewelry Photography Gina Zeidler Photography • Cover Image
53 ON TREND The most popular trends and front-running styles
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BY CAROL BESLER
T he Black Bay Pro is the star of Tudor’s 2022 lineup, which is saying a lot, since the brand is winning the hearts of watch collectors with the rest of its selections this year, including the Black Bay GMT and the Black Bay Chrono. The Black Bay Pro is an easy-wearing 39 mm watch with a steel case and integrated steel bracelet, a hot combination that is right on trend at the moment. You can swap the bracelet for either a new rubber/fabric strap or a NATO-like fabric strap with a bright gold stripe. This looks great next to the gold-color snowflake-shaped hour hand that indicates POURS ON THE STYLE WITH ITS NEW RANGE OF TUDOR
PURE SPORTS MODELS
the second time zone along the bezel. The fixed steel 24-hour bezel is the index for the watch’s GMT function, via the caliber MT5652 movement, which has a 70-hour power reserve. The BB Pro is a true, all-around sports watch, with 200-meter water resistance. It is widely considered to be inspired by the Explorer model of its sister brand, Rolex, but the Black Bay Pro has its own character, including an accessible price and modern styling that is setting its own standard for a new generation of sports watches.
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THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORY, TUDOR WATCHES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY SOME OF THE BOLDEST ADVENTURERS. THE BLACK BAY PRO MODEL REFLECTS THE HERITAGE OF THE INSTRUMENTS USED BY THE PIONEERING EXPLORERS. THIS IS A TOOL-WATCH DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL USE.
The same movement is used in the new Black Bay GMT S&G (steel and gold), which is aptly being nicknamed the “root beer” for its bi- colored brown and black bezel — a name given to another watch with that color scheme, the Rolex GMT-Master II. The color scheme looks great with the two-tone steel and gold bracelet and gold bezel edges, along with the matching numerals, indexes, hands, and crown. This is a good-looking sports watch that is equally at home in the boardroom. The Black Bay Chrono S&G takes the yellow gold a step further to the dial, in a bold rendition of the iconic two-register chronograph, here with
black subdials — a reverse dial variant of the Black Bay Chrono from 2019. The fixed bezel is yellow gold, with a black anodized aluminum insert with gold-plated markings. The crown and chronograph pushers are all yellow gold. It contains the Tudor caliber MT5813, a high-end integrated chronograph movement with a column wheel and vertical clutch with a power reserve of 70 hours. With 200-meter water- resistance, this watch is a pure substance-plus-style sports watch that, when you consider its accessible price, blows comparable luxury sports watch brands out of the market.
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BY CYNTHIA UNNINAYAR
Mikimoto 18k Yellow Gold Diamond & Pearl Earrings, $1,950.
pearls POPULAR, PRIZED, AND PRECIOUS
P earls have long been a symbol of elegance and refinement. In the past, fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O were rarely photographed without their pearl necklaces. Today, pearls continue to fascinate, whether seen on Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker,
original and varied designs, whether classical, edgy, or contemporary.
One of the fastest rising trends is to combine pearls and gemstones, creating new looks and ways to wear them. They are often a featured element in cocktail rings, forming the center of a beautiful flower or in a circle of colorful gems. Another popular trend in pearl fashion jewelry is the use of baroque pearls. Their unusual and freeform shapes lend themselves to a wide array of designs in brooches, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. Designers also pair pearls with leather, rubber, and other non- traditional jewelry materials for today’s contemporary look. Clusters of pearls create volume and color in all types of jewelry. Even traditional strands can be dressed up or down, knotted, worn as a belt, or even combined with blackened metals for a vintage aesthetic. The possibilities are endless, depending only on the imagination of the designer.
the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, or Gigi Hadid and Dua Lipa.
The most popular way of wearing pearls remains the traditional strand, long or short. Yet pearls also come in a range of colors, sizes, and shapes, and have become an integral part of
Mikimoto 18” Pearl Strand with Blue Sapphire Roundels, $7,870.
Mikimoto 8.25mm Pearl & Diamond Necklace, $1,400. Mikimoto 10mm Golden South Sea Pearl Pendant & 18k Yellow Gold Chain, $1,800. Mikimoto 6.5mm Pearl Teardrop Cradle Pendant, $1,300.
White South Sea Pearl & Diamond Flower Earrings, $9,500.
Mikimoto 11mm Golden South Sea Pearl and Diamond Bypass Ring, $6,200.
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John Hardy Classic Chain & Pearl Earrings, $650.
John Hardy Classic Chain & Freshwater Pearl Necklace, $1,100.
Pearls can be natural, meaning they were formed in the oyster with no human intervention, or they can be cultured. Natural pearls are very rare and found mainly in the Gulf region of the Middle East. Understandably, they carry a hefty price tag. Cultured pearls run the gamut as far as price goes. At the least expensive end of the spectrum are freshwater pearls, ranging in color from cream to pink, from gray to lavender, and even golden hues. They are cultivated mainly in ponds and small lakes in China. Freshwater varieties are also sometimes dyed various colors for use in inexpensive costume jewelry.
R.F. Moeller Designs 14k Rose Gold & Pearl Drop Earrings, $1,225.
The more luxurious saltwater pearls can be divided into three general categories: South Sea pearls from the oyster Pinctada maxima , from the warm waters off Australia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, ranging from white to spectacular gold; Tahitian pearls from Pinctada margaritifera oysters in French Polynesia, ranging from black to multi-color peacock; and Akoya pearls from the Pinctada fucata oyster, grown in the cool to temperate seas near Japan and China, with a brilliant luster in cream to pink to gold.
Because pearls are organic, they require special care. They can be damaged if they come in contact with perfume, cosmetics, hairspray, or household cleaners. It is good practice, therefore, to put them on last and, take them off first, and then store them in a soft cloth pouch — never in plastic, because it can emit a chemical that damages the pearl’s surface. Pearls should also be worn often to let them absorb moisture from the skin, which prevents them from drying out. With a little care, these popular, prized, and precious gems can be enjoyed forever.
Mikimoto 8-8.5mm AA Pearl Stud Earrings, $1,520.
Marco Bicego Africa Collection 18k Yellow Gold & Pearl French Wire Earrings, $1,460.
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De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve
Beautiful, Rare, Responsibly Sourced
CREATING A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET
BY CAROL BESLER
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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed Rolex’s new building in Dallas, Texas.
Two of Rolex’s most recent projects, one in Dallas and the other in Milan, showcase the key values underpinning the design and construction of all Rolex buildings, including a sustainable, environmentally sound approach. The seven- story Rolex building in Dallas, Texas, was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to include a series of planted terraces on every floor. The adventurous and environmentally sophisticated design, typical of Kuma’s work, uses natural light, space, and subtly modulated surfaces. The form and environmental qualities of the tower have set new benchmarks for architecture in the city. In New York City, Sir David Chipperfield is currently redesigning the Rolex North American headquarters, where he says he is “creating an exemplary building befitting the heritage and culture of the Rolex brand.” The stacked, jagged, 25-story tower was designed to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, representing the highest level of sustainability and leadership. The 165,000-square-foot building will demonstrate the quality, precision, and excellence that are the hallmarks of the Rolex brand.
THE WATCHMAKER WITH A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
R olex does more than make great watches. Over the decades it has made lasting contributions across the arts and culture, and architecture has been a large part of that endeavor. Rolex’s commitment has been demonstrated by not only supporting the architectural community at large, but also in the construction of its own buildings. For more than 60 years, Rolex has commissioned buildings for its worldwide operations, designed according to sustainable principles by renowned architects who have made their marks on history.
Sir David Chipperfield, Rolex Mentor in Architecture 2016-2017.
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The new Rolex Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
Rolex also works to promote excellence and sustainable practices in the global field of architecture. Since 2014, the company has served as exclusive Partner and Official Timepiece of the International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The biennial gathering is the world’s premier forum for architectural ideas and debate. The Rolex Pavilion is set in the Giardini, the picturesque park on the eastern edge of Venice that has been the site of the Biennale since it started in 1895. Over the years, the Rolex Pavilion, with its facade shaped like the brand’s iconic fluted bezel, has been a major attraction of the exhibition and a space to showcase Rolex’s architectural works. The pavilion has featured work by participants in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, including works by Sir David Chipperfield and his protégé Simon Kretz, and Sir David Adjaye and his protégé Mariam Kamara. The program seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one- to-one mentoring relationship. Since 2002, the mentor and protégé pairs in architecture have exemplified Rolex’s mission to contribute to global culture and ensure the world’s artistic heritage is passed on to the next generation.
Sir David Chipperfield, Rolex Mentor in Architecture, with his Swiss protégé Simon Kretz.
The work of the two most recent pairings includes: In 2016-2017, British architect Sir David Chipperfield and his protégé young Swiss architect and urbanist Simon Kretz used an East London site as an example of how to help create cities that promote well- being through greater inclusiveness and innovative thinking. Their successful partnership resulted in a book: On Planning — A Thought Experiment . In 2018-2019, Sir David Adjaye and Mariam Kamara developed plans for a cultural center in Niamey, Niger. The goal is for the center to meet local needs and to both serve and dignify the communities, while using simple, affordable, local materials that are ecologically, climatically, and culturally appropriate. It will feature sustainable and traditional methods of building to forge a new kind of architecture that, at the same time, reflects an African identity. With these and other programs, Rolex has proudly made a lasting contribution to the arts, culture, architecture, and sustainability — a commitment that is parallel to, yet amounts to much more than, making great watches.
Sir David Adjaye visits the regional market in Dandaji, Niger, with his protégé Mariam Kamara, whose practice designed the project.
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BY JENNIFER BRUGH
TRANSFORMING A LEGACY A NEWLY REMODELED FLAGSHIP STORE SOLIDIFIES OUR PLACE IN HIGHLAND PARK. R.F. MOELLER
F or over 71 years, R.F. Moeller Jeweler has been the Twin Cities’ trusted jeweler, celebrating every milestone with you by providing exceptional experiences rooted in quality and service. At our flagship store located in Highland Park, we’ve been witnesses to a booming and growing community. Here, the past, present, and future collide, sparking an infectious and joyous spirit
that runs deep and transcends the generations — much like fine jewelry and timepieces. Now, our own past, present, and future are colliding, transforming into something brand new — a newly remodeled store that’s reflective of our high-quality reputation and the legacy we’ve built over the past seven decades. For years, the building at the corner of Ford
and Cleveland has been our home, becoming a reliable and trusted face in the neighborhood. In 2018, we purchased the space, envisioning a storefront that was transformative, luxurious, and reflective of the community in which we thrive. What started out as a simple facelift quickly evolved into a complete renovation, inside and out.
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“Since 1951, when my mother and father first opened a small neighborhood watch and jewelry repair shop, the sole purpose has been to bring joy to our friends and clients. Twenty-one years ago, when we built this store on the corner, we designed it to be a state-of-the-art environment. Yet it needed to be a warm, welcoming place that was both comfortable and elegant. And it was!” says Bob Moeller, President and Director of Sales. “The new renovation will be the crown jewel of Highland Park and allow us to continue to be a place that delivers an exceptional experience. I am confident that people will still feel that familiar aura of a place that generations have trusted, but with a new modern excitement.”
Throughout this process, one thing remained clear: Designing a space that felt familiar yet brand new was a must. We worked closely with the team at IA Interior Architects to create a new store that feels luxurious, yet grounded and humble. We are incredibly grateful to Prime General Contractors for bringing together a team of experts to execute our vision. Around every corner of this new space, you’ll find exquisite new details surrounding familiar features. Stunning herringbone hardwood floors guide your path around modern jewelry cases, providing a 360-degree view of every sparkling diamond and gemstone on display. Our famous pillars remain staples but with a new look, and the exclusive client rooms offer even more privacy. We expect the final phase and finishing touches to wrap up in spring 2023. To us, this transformation solidifies our place in Highland Park, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
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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.
Marco Bicego Paradise Collection 18k Yellow Gold Mixed Gemstone Multi Strand Earrings, $1,770.
THERE IS A SHIFT FROM MOSTLY MINIMAL TO TOTALLY MAXED-OUT.
Spark Creations Ruby & Diamond Band, $2,095. Ruby & Diamond Edge Eternity Band, $13,895.
John Hardy Sterling Silver Classic Chain Pull Through Bracelets Pink Tourmaline, $995.
Citrine, $895. Peridot, $895. Swiss Blue Topaz, $995. Aquamarine, $995. Amethyst, $895.
ADDING GEMSTONE JEWELRY MAKES EVERYTHING A BIT MORE WEARABLE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE.
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2.70ct Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant with 14k Yellow Gold Chain, $5,050.
3.84ct Emerald Cut Watermelon Tourmaline Pendant with 14k Rose Gold Chain, $2,995.
Spark Creations Oval Ruby & Emerald Cut Diamond Three Stone Ring, $2,995.
1.25ct Pear Shape Blue Topaz & Diamond Halo Pendant, $875. E.L. Designs Blue Topaz Paragon Pendant, $425.
Post-lockdown, people are eager to have fun! What better to celebrate than with gemstones in playful pops of color or a statement piece containing juicy jewels? (Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they look good enough to eat.) Even more, these pieces can zhuzh up some already-loved items and breathe new life into them; that family heirloom that has packed on some years can now have a totally refreshed and modern look. Adding gemstone jewelry makes everything a bit more wearable for everyday life.
R.F. Moeller Designs 2.02ct Mandarin Sapphire & Diamond Ring, $8,750.
As for which color is the top contender, this season, it’s an equal opportunity for all. Candy colors are reigning, but all are certainly more than welcome. After all, to quote fashion maven Iris Apfel, “Life is gray and dull, so you might as well have a little fun when you dress.” We couldn’t agree more.
Estate Norman Covan Multi Colored Gemstone & Diamond Bracelet, $17,550.
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BY JENNIFER BRUGH
Some will say it’s talent or years of practice, but Marco says jewelry design and craftsmanship are in his DNA, crediting his work to his deep Italian roots. Since launching the line in 2000, Marco Bicego’s designs have famously earned recognition for three things: hand-twisted coils, hand engraving, and the use of multi-colored gemstones. Now, R.F. MOELLER IS EXCITED TO INTRODUCE MARCO BICEGO’S STUNNING COLLECTIONS in our stores.
Paradise Collection 18k Yellow Gold Blue Topaz & Mixed Gemstone Single Strand Necklace, $2,990. Single Strand Bracelet, $1,390.
Paradise Collection 18k Yellow Gold Diamond, Topaz & Mixed Gemstone Short Drop Earrings, $740.
MARCO BICEGO HANDCRAFTED ITALIAN DESIGNS A ll roads lead back to Trissino, a commune tucked in the northern region of Italy. Here, Marco Bicego spent his childhood days in wonder at his father’s workshop, where the specialty was gold chains. Every summer, he spent countless hours learning traditional Italian techniques that now inspire every piece he designs.
THE EVOCATIVE NATURE OF GEMSTONES PARADISE is a selection of Marco Bicego’s most precious designs to date. This season’s focus highlights the magnificence of natural gemstones. Vibrant colors combined with soft 18k yellow gold create unique designs that are unmistakably Marco Bicego.
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THE ELEVATION OF LUNARIA Marco’s love of nature takes shape here through hand-engraved 18k yellow gold petals that pay homage to its inspiration: the lunaria flower. In the newest versions, he adds texture and appeal with the addition of pavé diamonds set by hand in yellow gold, elevating the latest additions into a powerful yet delicate collection.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Petite Double Leaf Necklace, $1,660.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold 36” Long Necklace, $6,170.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Medium Drop Earrings, $1,200.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Medium Ring, $3,180.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold Medium Width Bangle, $2,650.
ONE OF MARCO’S FAVORITE COLLECTIONS, LUNARIA REMAINS A GRACEFUL TOUCH WITHIN THE BRAND’S LINE.
Lunaria Collection 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Medium Drop Earrings, $1,750.
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Jaipur Collection 18k Yellow Gold Drop Earrings with Diamonds, $1,440.
Jaipur Collection 18k Yellow & White Gold Diamond Circle Link Pendant, $1,730.
Jaipur Color Collection 18k Yellow Gold London Blue Topaz Stud Earrings, $1,220.
Jaipur Collection 18K Yellow Gold & Diamond Link Stud Earrings, $3,220.
NEW TIMELESS GOLD SILHOUETTES THAT GIVE AN ODE TO MARCO BICEGO’S COMMITMENT TO LUXURIOUS AND HAND-CRAFTED ITALIAN JEWELRY.
Jaipur Color Collection 18k Yellow Gold Blue Topaz Stackable Ring, $1,090.
THE EVOLUTION OF JAIPUR Marco Bicego revisits the Jaipur Link collection by reshaping the iconic 18kt yellow gold round links into an elongated form. Creating two silhouettes, one focusing on the traditional all engraved style, and the other a mix of a completely new high-polished links paired with the oval elements, adding a dynamic and unique look to a classic design.
Jaipur Collection 18k Yellow Gold Flat Link Bracelet, $3,300.
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FUTURE + LEXUS RZ 450E INTRODUCING THE FIRST-EVER FULLY ELECTRIC LEXUS. THIS IS THE NEXT CHAPTER OF ELECTRIFIED MOBILITY, WHERE SUSTAINABILITY MEETS SLEEK LINES AND POWER. THE FUTURE IS NOW.
A s the first globally available dedicated battery electric vehicle from Lexus, the new RZ marks the next step for the brand into a fully electrified future. The RZ 450e utilizes a dedicated battery electric platform to significantly evolve vehicle performance for an exhilarating drive. This Lexus-first platform offers high levels of stability and ride comfort by mounting the battery under the vehicle floor for a low center of gravity and moment of inertia.
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FORWARD-THINKING The front cockpit design advances the human-centered philosophy of Lexus. Inspired by the tazuna reins favored by traditional Japanese equestrians, the steering wheel features switches that are precisely synced with the available head-up display, creating a space where drivers can control various functions, such as navigation, audio, and drive mode select, while concentrating on driving. A NEW SOUND Under the Lexus Electrified vision, Lexus engineers pursue the creation of expressive in-cabin sounds that convey the exhilaration of driving. The RZ 450e establishes a dialogue between car and driver by matching sound frequencies to the vehicle’s speed and sound levels during dynamic actions such as acceleration. LEXUS INTERFACE The highly intuitive Lexus interface connects you like never before. Among its available features, Intelligent Assistant integration enables you to control most features with just your voice, and it gets smarter over time. Cloud-based navigation offers more accurate directions and can provide real-time route information.
DESIGNING THE FUTURE The exterior design of the RZ expresses the seamless acceleration and dynamic torque-filled performance unique to electric vehicles. The signature Lexus spindle grille is replaced by a spindle body, which focuses on aerodynamic efficiencies, optimized proportions, and style — versus serving the cooling and exhaust needs of an internal combustion engine. This styling evolution ushers in a new Lexus aesthetic and establishes a new design direction for future electrified offerings.
Expected to start at $ 55,000
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BY CAROL BESLER
TAG H EUER AQUARACER SOLARGRAPH 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.
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To embrace the power of possibility.
de Vasco’s Daughters are passionate designers of your uniquely beautiful, one-of-kind stories. Their mission is to curate, design, and guide the busy, style-led couple desiring an effortlessly elegant, one-of-a-kind wedding. With impec- cable attention to detail, they replace the stress of wedding planning with the serene calm of knowing that you and your dreams are being handled with the care and imagina- tion they deserve. We asked them to share some of the wedding trends they’re seeing for 2023.
VIBRANT AND ELABORATE COLORS By 2023, the trend we are seeing when it comes to colors is the presence of vibrant, elabo- rate, and bright colors. This usually comes from the Pantone color of the year and event planners
and couples wanting to incorporate that color into their event. We are seeing the majority of these vibrant and bright colors in the florals, lin- ens, paper products, and usually in what the brid- al party chooses to wear. Another trend that has
been going around lately is couples asking their guests to wear a certain color or stay within a certain color palette to match the vibe of the day. This is another area where we might be seeing those vibrant and elaborate colors.
SMALLER GUEST LISTS When COVID hit, couples were forced to either postpone their day or continue with a much smaller and more intimate guest list. This small and intimate guest list is not going away anytime soon. Not only is it safer during
these times, but people are realizing how much more intentional and intimate their event feels with a smaller group. We are also seeing the trend of multiple-day events so everyone can be included. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony
with a reception the next day for more people or a newlywed celebration after the wedding, there are creative ways to accommodate intimate settings, while still being able to celebrate with all the people important to the couple.
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DETAILED AND ELEVATED PLACE SETTINGS
Those hosting the smaller, more intimate event want their guests to walk in and feel like they are being transported into a different world, full of grace and elegance. There is an emphasis on the guest experience, which means particular attention to the table settings. Beautiful floral centerpieces, sparkling candles, and extravagant linens matching the overall color scheme create that warm and inviting feeling.
SATIN DRESSES This past year and continuing into 2023, we have seen satin dresses become popular for the bridesmaids and even the bride. We are seeing sexier and sleeker silhouettes and simple elegance over the more traditional ballroom gowns. Jenny Yoo, BHLDN, and Umsala are a few brands that carry a wider range of satin dresses.
UPGRADED STATIONERY Stationary, save the date cards, and especially, invitations, are the first looks into the couple’s love story — a picture of the two of them and the feel for the whole experience. This is a serious decision, as costs can start at $1,800. Save the
date cards are sent out at the beginning stages, to make sure the guests have plenty of time to plan. Invitations communicate the details of the wedding and should include the dress, food, transportation, and accommodation choices.
And don’t forget the RSVP card, email link, or QR code for the wedding website where guests can RSVP online. Day-of stationery consists of signage at the ceremony and other events, menus, drink signs, escort cards, seating charts, etc.
Photographer: Flow Event Group | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Cake Designer: Copper Hen Cakes | Bartending: 4 Liquid Motion Bartending | Makeup: Melissa Tomfohrde | Stationary: Hunt Wright Design Co | Hair: Styled By Abbi | Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rental, Linen Effects, and Ultimate Events & Rentals || ♥ Photographer: Lindsey White Photography | Videographer: Blush Film Co | Venue: The Whim Events | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Catering: Green Mango Catering | Cake Designer: Ink Sweets | Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen & Linen Effects || ◆ Photographer: Marit Williams | Stationery: Bri’s Stationery
HISTORICALLY UNPOPULAR DATES Due to COVID, we have started to see a trend of scheduling during traditionally unpopular dates for weddings. Before, the busiest wedding season would be May to September. Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in popularity of September and October weddings, so now the more unpopular dates are between November
Thursdays being the most popular unpopular dates. A big benefit is that these dates can be more cost-effective, as vendors are more willing to give price breaks to couples who are choosing traditionally unpopular dates or days, since those are less likely to be booked, otherwise.
and April. But because of the number of postponements and new engagements, many are choosing to get married in less popular months. We are also seeing a rise in weddings on Fridays and Sundays, instead of the majority of Saturdays. Many couples are also choosing to have their event on a weekday — Mondays, and
A fun addition to the wedding is the pre-wedding cocktail, especially for a summer wedding. Enjoying a refreshing cocktail such as a margarita, mojito, or other unique signature drink while watching the couple say I do is an extra- fun touch for guests on an already special day.
STATEMENT DETAILS Similar to the trend of elaborate stationery and elevated place settings, we are also seeing popularity rising in statement details. Think elaborate hanging installations or mood lighting. Couples could choose different escort systems or seating charts, perhaps a moss champagne wall!
✦ Photographer: The Byes Photo | Videographer: Blush Film Co | Venue: Woodhaven Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Abloom Floral | Stationary: Amelia Niu Studio | Cake Designer: Ink Sweets | Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Girl Friday Creative | Linens: BBJ Linen | Hair & Makeup Artist: Cristina Ziemer Beauty | Dress Boutique: Annika Bridal || Photographer: Ali Leigh | Venue: Aria | Floral Design: Sadie’s Couture Floral | Lighting: PHOS | Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen & Linen Effects
DE VASCO’S DAUGHTERS’ WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE:
1. Enjoy every minute. 2. Start the three big conversations right away:
BUDGET It’s important to sit down and discuss what the most important items are for both persons. There are so many unrealistic wedding budgeting pie charts that don’t take everything into account. Stationery, linens, and decor are often forgotten, and budgets become unrealistic. If a wedding planner is to be used, that should be at least 10 percent of the entire budget for the event. It’s important to discuss who will be contributing to the wedding. Will either set of parents or grandparents be helping? This can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s important to enter into budget planning with realistic expectations. GUESTLIST First and foremost, the couple should never feel like they need to invite everyone in their life. It’s important to consider who will still be in their life 10-20 years down the road. There should be multiple lists made: An A-list of must have, no questions asked guests, a B-list of those who you would love to invite but less sure of, and then the C-list of distant relatives, coworkers, and those from out of town whom you haven’t seen in quite some time. LOCATION/VENUE It is important to do research on the venue and the inclusive costs attached before getting your heart set on a location that you might not be able to afford. 3. Ask each other questions, don’t just assume the answers. Make individual top-10 lists, then come together to create one list of the most important things. How important is the food choice? Do you want live music or a DJ? Full hosted bar versus a cash bar? Are flowers important? How elaborate do you want the design to be for your wedding? 4. Stick to your budget. 5. Hire a wedding planner as soon as possible. A planner will know the important questions to ask, understand the process inside and out, and know the vendors. While it’s an investment, initially, a wedding planner can save you money and time, because they can advise ways that costs can be cut and budgets be made more efficient. 6. Don’t spend every minute planning; live your life. This is where a planner and designer can save you time by handling the details. 7 . Communication is key — with everyone: your partner, family, friends, vendors, and planner. 8. Listen to the experts. Ask your vendors and planner anything. No question is too silly. 9. Be present in the moments during the planning and at your wedding. 10. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not everything will go according to plan.
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 diamond from its setting, securing your ring for generations to come.
1.07ct Lazare Diamond Solitaire Ring with Double Prongs, $16,475.
14k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring Mounting with 0.12 Total Carats of Scattered Diamond Sides, $1,050. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
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1.29ct Marquise Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring Set in 14k Yellow & White Gold, $6,625.
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 shape 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.
Platinum Engagement Ring Mounting with 0.50 Total Carats of Pear Shaped Side Diamonds, $5,225. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
4.01ct Oval Center Diamond with 0.35 Total Carats of Accent Diamonds Set in 18k Yellow Gold & Platinum, $87,500.
3.00ct Cushion Cut Forevermark Center Diamond with Pavé Side Diamonds, Price upon request.
1.04ct Oval Center Diamond with 0.61 Total Carats of Accent Diamonds Set in 14k Yellow Gold, $9,250.
PAVÉ Who doesn’t want more sparkle and shine for less? Pavé — French for paving — is a great way to add sparkle and shine to your ring. In these settings, smaller diamonds accentuate the larger diamond by creating a field of sparkle. In many of these rings, the gold between each diamond is barely visible, further enhancing the look of the entire piece.
18k White Gold Christopher Designs Engagement Ring Mounting with 0.74 Total Carats of Pavé Diamonds Along the Band & Crown, $5,150. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
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Sylvie 14k White Gold Engagement Ring Mounting with Milgrain Edged Bezel for a 2.00ct Center Diamond & 0.32 Carats of Side Diamonds, $2,650. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
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.
14k White Gold Engagement Ring Mounting with Milgrain & Filigree Details & 0.12 Total Carats of Side Diamonds, $975. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
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.
Sylvie 14k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring Mounting for a 1.00ct Diamond with Milgrain Edging Along the Sides, $1,195. (Center diamond is chosen separately.)
ENGRAVING Making an engagement ring or wedding band your own goes beyond what’s visible from the outside. Especially meaningful details can be crafted on the inside as well. With today’s modern engraving technology, a special hand-written message or date can be added on the inside of his or her band that will add a special touch to a special occasion. Engraving can also be done on the outside of a band, adding really unique details to the ring. The possibilities are endless. Customizing a band is easier and more versatile than ever.
Adding engraving to your wedding band is a complimentary service
when you purchase your wedding bands at R.F.
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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. BAND GLAM THE DIAMOND BAND HAS BEEN A CLASSIC AND ENDURING LOOK FOR DECADES.
Christopher Designs band with 1.04 total carats of Crisscut oval diamonds & 0.54 carats of round diamonds set in 18k white gold, $8,975.
Christopher Designs band with 2.34 total carats of pear shaped diamonds & 0.78 carats of round diamonds set in 18k white gold, $16,250.
Christopher Designs band with 2.13 total carats of Crisscut diamonds set in 18k white gold, $14,225.
Alyssa Collection band with 0.71 total carats of marquise cut diamonds set in 18k White Gold, $4,100. Christopher Designs band with 1.46 total carats of pear shaped diamonds & 0.38 carats of round diamonds set in 18k yellow gold, $9,750.
Alyssa Collection 5 Diamond Bands: 1.20ct Oval Diamond Band, $10,725.
1.58ct Emerald Cut Diamond Band, $10,895. 1.25ct Pear Shape Diamond Band, $7,995. (Carats are total weights.)
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
R.F. MOELLER GIVES BACK SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S CANCER RESEARCH FUND
F or four years, R.F. Moeller Jeweler has proudly partnered with Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). They invest in bold new ideas to revolutionize the way childhood cancer is treated. Each September, we donate every dollar from watch battery sales to CCRF in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. With your help, we have donated over $16,000 to fund important research on more effective treatments for leukemia and brain tumors, the two most common childhood cancers. CCRF’s primary focus is to support the research of bright scientists across the country whose ideas can make the greatest impact for children fighting cancer. They also fund resources and programs that help families who are fighting cancer stay strong, find community, and take care of themselves. AMPLIFYING THE POWER OF A DOLLAR Every donation to Children’s Cancer Research Fund supports the early stages of childhood cancer research and fills in gaps along the way, when funding from federal or
other sources just isn’t available. Donations help jump-start new ideas and make better treatments and cures possible. Every dollar donated leads to an average of $18 in additional funding. Forty-six children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the U.S. By spreading the word and funding research, we can make treatments better and safer for kids fighting cancer. Today there are only six drugs that were approved first for use in cancer treatment for children. By the age of 50, more than 99 percent of survivors have had a chronic health problem caused by the toxicity of the treatment that initially saved their life, including brain damage, loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility, and more. Kids fighting cancer deserve better, safer treatments. That’s why we have partnered with Children’s Cancer Research Fund to help make those treatments possible. You can learn more about the amazing work CCRF is doing by heading to their website: ChildrensCancer.org
GIVING BACK Each year, we proudly give back to our local
community through non-profit involvement and donations to organizations that are important to our clients and neighbors. R.F. Moeller Jeweler annually donates to more than 400 Twin Cities area charities, non-profits, and schools. If you would like to request a donation for an organization that you care about, please visit: RFMoeller.com/Giving-Back.
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BY ANNIE DAVIDSON
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.
GOLD LINK CHAINS ARE THE MUST-HAVE-NOW FASHION STATEMENT FOR A BOLD LOOK.
Above: Roberto Coin Navarra Collection Diamond & 18k Yellow Gold Bangle, $7,950.
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Roberto Coin 18k Yellow Gold Oro Classic Bracelet, $5,100.
Marco Bicego Jaipur Collection 18k Yellow Gold Flat Link Bracelet, $3,300.
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.
Roberto Coin 18k Yellow Gold Paperclip Chain with Diamond Accent Toggle Closure, $2,550.
Marco Bicego Jaipur Collection 18k Yellow & White Gold Diamond Circle Link Pendant, $1,730.
John Hardy Classic Chain Curb Link Bracelet, $595.
Great for both men and women, gold chains — even oversized — are really as versatile as jewelry gets, which also leaves plenty of room for personalization. Add a charm, medallion, or family heirloom to make it your own — whatever gives you that dopamine boost!
John Hardy Asli Classic Chain Bracelet, $625.
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ANCERS STUDIO TEACHING MINNESOTANS TO MOVE SINCE 1986
F or years, you may have passed by Snelling Avenue and noticed the gleam of lights and the swirl of movement coming from Dancers Studio, the long-running independently-owned ballroom dance studio in Merriam Park. A St. Paul mainstay for nearly 40 years, Dancers Studio was founded in 1986 by Marcy and Shinya McHenry who wanted to provide fun and easy ballroom dance lessons for everyone, whether you have two left feet or one of each.
Originally located at the old Firehouse 14 at 91 Snelling Avenue for over a decade, the McHenrys eventually fully renovated, customized, and moved into the building next door, 99 Snelling Avenue North, in 1998. In 2010, Dancers Studio expanded into a former bingo hall in the Midway Shopping Center to accommodate their burgeoning event business. For a period of 10 years, 415 Pascal Street was the home of Dancers Studio, when due at first to pandemic shutdowns and then significant building damage during the civil unrest in the summer of 2020, the doors to Dancers Studio were closed.
Dancers Studio reopened in the winter of 2020, now under the full ownership of longtime Dancers Studio employees, Kate and Gordon Bratt. It is now back at 99 Snelling Avenue North, which holds great sentimental value for the new owners and many of the students.
The studio has provided dance instruction to local celebrities, such as Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, Prairie Home Companion pianist Richard Dworsky, and entertainer Leslie Ball. Through private lessons, group classes, and weekly dance parties, thousands of Minnesotans (and some Wisconsinites!) have waltzed through the doors of the beloved institution. Whether you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing first dance at your wedding, a new hobby, or a great date night, Dancers Studio will make it fun and easy!
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