November 2014 Edition

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the holiday edition of the LUXURY Link. It's my inaugural issue and I'm thrilled to be spearheading the project. With the season officially underway, there's a special sense of festivity (and a ton of sparkle) in the stories below.  In addition to featuring the season's best jewelry, we had great fun polling both the editorial and retail(er) communities on all matters holiday—read on to see what jewelry gifts editors and bloggers recommend and how some of our LUXURY retailers will celebrate the season.

Product-wise, our price point-focused Gift Guide will help you navigate each level of jewelry buying with your holiday clients in mind; think everything from affordable stackable bangles and diamond classics to high fashion cigar bands and couture collars. "Winter Wedding" casts the spotlight on some truly magnificent bridal pieces that mirror the decadence of the season. And last but not least, never mind the gift-giving because our Holiday Cocktail story will have you shopping off the page for your party-going self!

Enjoy and best wishes for a successful season!

Desiree HansonDesiree Hanson
Event Director, LUXURY & Swiss Watch
dhanson@reedexpo.com

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Holiday Gift Guide – By Price Point

Under $1k | $2,500-$5k | Over $10k

Under $1k

Stackable bangles, in woven and leather textures dotted with pearls and gemstones, are hugely popular at this price point while diamond pendants and touches of emerald green aren't only covetable this season, they're accessible!

Holiday Gift Guide - Under $1k

  1. Phillip Gavriel – Sterling silver woven bracelets with precious and natural gemstones
  2. Henderson by Lecil – Single strand synthetic leather bracelet, silver with rose vermeil, white sapphires, and a single freshwater pearl
  3. Coronet Diamonds – Inanna Necklace, 14k gold, 0.15 carats diamonds
  4. Steven Royce Designs – Emerald and white diamond ring set in 18k gold
  5. Ariva – Skinny stack bracelets, various precious gemstones and silver
  6. Doves by Doron Paloma – 18K yellow gold diamond pendant with clear quartz over amazonite

$2,500-$5k

Middle-of-the-road luxury consumers gravitate towards classic, diamond intensive gifts as well as trendy rose gold touches.

Holiday Gift Guide - $2,500-5K

  1. Danhov – Misto stackable rings in18k rose, yellow and white gold
  2. Mémoire –18k white gold and diamond stud earrings
  3. A. Link – Festive diamond snowflake pendants in 18k white gold
  4. Coronet Diamonds Mini Themis ring, 14k gold, 1.15 carats
  5. Doves by Doron Paloma –18k rose gold bangle with citrine over white mother of pearl on one side and smoky quartz over white mother pearl on other side

Over $10k

For something extraordinary, it's handcrafted statement pieces with high carat weights, colored gemstones, uniquely fashion-forward looks, and sumptuous precious metals that fit the bill!

Holiday Gift Guide - Under $10k

  1. Coronet Diamonds – Hekate necklace
  2. Omi Privé – Ruby and diamond earrings handcrafted in platinum and 18k rose gold
  3. LJ Cross – Cigar ring in white gold with diamonds
  4. A. Link – 5-row diamond strand bracelet in 18k rose gold
  5. Steven Royce Designs – Tanzanite and diamond earrings in 18k gold
  6. Doves by Doron Paloma – Diamond earrings in 18k white gold

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Winter Wedding

Cue Billy Idol's "White Wedding" as you rest your eyes on this wintry bridal mix. There's something truly special about nuptials that take place between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve—the spirit and sparkle of the season can't help but find their way into the atmosphere. Expect more decadence and bling on all levels from venue to décor, and jewelry of course!

Winter Wedding

  1. Danhov – Trenta earrings and pendant in platinum with diamonds and south sea pearls
  2. Danhov – Eternita wedding band featuring emerald cut diamonds in platinum
  3. Mémoire – 18k white gold double halo diamond pendant from the diamond bouquets™ collection.
  4. Mémoire – 18k white gold asscher style diamond ring from the diamond bouquets™ collection
  5. Mémoire – 18k white gold pavé diamond bangle from the golden bubbles™ collection                                                                                                                                                     
  6. Mastoloni Pearls – Signature Collection Waterfall pendant and earrings featuring south sea pearls and brilliant white diamonds set in 18kt white gold.
  7. A. Link – Diamond halo cathedral engagement ring
  8. A. Link for Forevermark – Modern cufflinks
  9. Doves by Doron Paloma – Diamond earrings in 18k white gold

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Cocktails and Cocktail Rings

With more parties to attend during the next 6 weeks than any other time of year, opportunities for showing off fun jewelry looks are plentiful. From bold rings and cuffs to sparkly diamond pieces and seasonably spectacular emeralds, nothing elevates a little black dress like a few (or many) baubles! Here are our favorite pieces to accessorize the season.

Cocktails and Cocktail Rings

  1. Phillip Gavriel – Black diamond and rock crystal cocktail ring in sterling silver and 18k gold
  2. Danhov – Couture cocktail ring in18k yellow gold with diamond loops.
  3. Coronet Diamonds – Salji earrings
  4. Steven Royce Designs – Statement necklace featuring a 19.09ct emerald set with diamonds and 18k gold
  5. Mémoire – Yellow gold and diamond bubble hoops
  6. A. Link for Forevermark – Bubbles 3-row diamond bracelet
  7. Omi Privé Emerald and diamond ring handcrafted with a 2.53 carat cushion center, set in 18K yellow gold.
  8. Mastoloni Pearls – Signature Collection Pave Bar bracelets featuring south sea pearls and diamonds in 18k gold
  9. Doves by Doron Paloma  – 18K rose gold diamond earring with citrine over white mother of pearl top and smoky quartz over white mother of pearl bottom

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Retailer Roundtable

Continuing with the theme, we asked a few LUXURY retailers to tell us how they "do" the holidays year after year. From in store events, decorations, and unique promotional opportunities within their respective communities, this bunch sure knows how to deck the halls and toast the season.

Scott Meyers

Scott Meyers, Meyers Jewelers, Garden Grove, OH

"For starters we send out the holiday edition of our bi-annual magazine, LX Columbus. Delivered to clients before Thanksgiving, it's chalk full of holiday gift ideas and gets people in the gift-giving spirit. Next up, our In-Store Manufacturer's Party held the week after Thanksgiving is basically a trunk show featuring 5-6 brands such as Fana, Gabrielle & Co., and Gottlieb & Sons. Our customers have really come to appreciate it over the years and look forward to meeting with the brands (who they've developed relationships with). As far as important trunk shows go, we also make sure to get Le Vian and Tacori out before the season (think mid to late October).

As far as decorating goes, our goal is do something unique and special. That's why we decorate the store entirely in purple. It's unexpected but still conveys a sense of festivity (and works very well with our signature chocolate brown color). With lights illuminating the outside, it makes for a really special presentation.

Lastly, we try to immerse ourselves into the community all year round but have a particularly robust presence during the holidays. We are the official jeweler of the Columbus Blue Jackets, our beloved NHL team, and do giveaways ($500 giftcards) at the games during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have a lot of fun with it, counting down the sections, rows and seats until the lucky last one standing—the fans love it.

CD Peacock

Aida Alvarez, CD Peacock, Oak Brook, IL

This will be my 2nd Christmas with the store and I'm really looking forward to another great season. Last year we held the extremely successful Elite Client event and will continue with it again this year. Held in the first week of December, it's essentially an exclusive preview/shopping event held across all four locations. Our associates invite their top 4-5 clients (they get a special invite and gift card to use that night), for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the season's hottest jewelry. It's an impressive affair complete with a step and repeat, florals, photography, a color theme based on one of Pantone's colors of the year, raffles and drawings throughout the night sponsored by the vendors, and giveaways (last year we gave iPad Minis!).

Houston Jewelry

Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

We have been dressing the store for at least the past 30 years in a style that harkens back to the traditions of the great department stores of the past with a unified theme that changes annually. We built this location with two large full sized display windows beside the two entry display windows that flank the entry. The large windows allow us to create large sets for the holidays. We also light the exterior of the store.

Santa is definitely a recurring theme for us. Between Black Friday and New Year's Eve we usually deploy between 20 - 40 sign holders dressed as Santa up and down the street for a mile in each direction holding signs that say "Santa Shops @ Houston Jewelry." Every day at 5:00 pm we call in all the Santas and they do the chicken dance by the sign pylon…it is not unusual for cars to stop with small children and have the kids pose with the Santas.

We kick off the holiday season with our annual Holiday Party the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We mail out personalized invitations to our customers and usually have between 100-200 guests throughout the evening. During the season we have a number of smaller trunk shows, culminating with our annual Levian Trunk show the Thursday before Christmas.

Lastly, we produce holiday themed TV spots for local media and broadcast our famous "Dancing Santa" videos on YouTube. Links for viewing below:
http://www.youtube.com/houstonjewelry

Video of famous "Dancing Santas":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgAd6qi4PeE&list=UUdkdlvug2E-jaPUKf0F73UQ

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Media Spotlight

For this issue, we wanted to mix things up with our media spotlight (which usually profiles a single talent). As we all know, shopping for gifts at any time can be stressful but the holidays are another level entirely. Luckily we called in the experts, asking an editor and a blogger to make gift recommendations. With a trendy friend, a professional, and a globetrotter on the receiving end, here's what they told us:

Media Spotlight

A. Catherine Davis, Veranda Magazine

If I had to buy holiday gifts this season, I would buy the following:

  1. For a trendsetting friend - A silver oversize cross pendant from LJ Cross. It's sleek, minimal, but an uber-chic accessory that looks amazing when layered.
  2. For a professional with a high executive job - Diamond and platinum star studs from Oscar Heyman. They are understated with just enough bling to take notice.
  3. For a globetrotting friend - Cable bracelets from Phillip Gavriel. They come in so many colors so stack them on and you are ready for a night out wherever you are!

B. Becky Cole, Diamonds in the Library

If I had to buy holiday gifts this season, I would buy the following:

  1. Trendsetter friend - Something versatile that she will be able to style in lots of different ways, like a pair of earrings with ear jackets that she could mix and match with other pieces. I might even buy her two different single earrings for double the fun. (Ear Jackets from Gottlieb & Sons)
  2. CEO Sister - I'd try to find just the right high end, adaptable piece that could lend her an extra boost of confidence at her first board meeting. Maybe a necklace or ring with a bit of texture; something that she could touch or glance at to remind her how fabulous she is if she gets nervous. (Kalahari Pendant from Stoili Oro)
  3. Globetrotter - If she has everything, the perfect gift for her is something that she can't easily go out and buy for herself. That means I'd go for something either very personalized (a locket with a photo of home, something with the birthstones of people significant to her, etc.) or one-of-a-kind, like an antique she'd be unlikely to find anywhere else, or a piece made out of unique materials. (Danhov Ring from the Birthstone Collection – June Birthstone shown)

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Community Chatter

Our designers have been everywhere this fall, illuminating the pages of  top bridal and fashion magazines, gracing red carpets (and opera houses!), and winning Platinum awards. What a season!

Community Chatter

  1. Phillip Gavriel proudly placed a high fashion campaign in the Fall issues of Harper's Bazaar and Elle.
  2. Coronet Diamonds sponsored the RedCARpet Safety Event, Ali Landry's fun-filled event to help celebrities, expectant moms and Southern California families make their cars and homes safer for their kids. Ali Landry, who rose to fame as the Doritos Girl in an iconic Super Bowl commercial, is wearing Coronet's Iah Earrings at the event on September 28. Two other lucky winners also went home with Coronet Diamonds. Singer-rapper songwriter Kesha also wore Coronet Diamonds to the 2014 VMA Awards on August 24.  She sparkled in a beaded dress and the Kneph Ring, Bahlam Ring and Heru Bracelet.
  3. A. Link's dressed award-winning soprano singer Angela Meade for the 2014 Richard Tucker Gala Concert on Sunday, October 12th at Lincoln Center in New York City. The singer wore the brand's Signature Diamond Opera Necklace and diamond all-around hoops. The concert will be aired on PBS in December 2014/January 2015. The brand also had three great placements in Bride's 80th Anniversary issue and a great mention in Inside Weddings' Fall issue.
  4. Omi Privé's spessartite garnet and diamond platinum pendant was selected by Platinum Guild International (PGI) Facebook fans as a "Fan Favorite" for 2014. Fans voted via a special Facebook photo gallery, where the 20 images with the most "likes" were selected to be featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.com. Fans were enamored with the cheerful orange of Omi Privé's 6.22 carat pear shaped spessertite garnet and brilliant diamond pendant. Omi Privé artisans prefer working with platinum for its natural white color as well as its durability and strength, providing for a lifetime of wear.
  5. Doves by Doron Paloma has recently dressed some of Hollywood's hottest stars. Actress Kristen Bell wore rose gold and brown diamond earrings as well as a rose gold, white, and black diamond ring to the premiere of The Judge. Daisy Fuentes wore rose gold and diamond earrings to the NCLR ALMA Awards. Julianne Hough looked adorable in an 18k white gold and diamond fashion ring for a PlanInternational.org event and Once Upon a Time's Emilie De Ravin wore a stunning green agate cocktail ring with diamond and topaz accents to the show's Season 4 premiere.
  6. On November 4th Mastoloni Pearls' Waterfall Earrings were recognized with a commendation from the Cultured Pearl Association of America's International Design Competition. The stunning award-winning earrings feature 14.6 mm Tahitian pearls with a cascading mix of sparkling black and white rough cut diamonds suspended from delicate 18k white gold chains.
  7. In October, Sethi Couture had numerous high profile placements, both in print and on the red carpet. Actress  Kerris Dorsey accessorized with the brand's Enchanted Garden Rose Cut and Burnt Orange Diamond Necklace while attending the Los Angeles premiere of 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' at the El Capitan Theatre. Actress Kate Walsh dazzled in their Olive Green Diamond Bezel Set Band in a multiple page spread in Chicago's SPLASH Magazine. Actress Jordana Brewster looked lady-like and chic in the Enchanted Garden Stud Earrings while mixing and matching  an Art Deco Band and Ruby and Champagne Diamond Cocktail Ring at the Hammer Museum's 12th Annual Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, CA. Last but not least, pop singer Pink! wore Sethi's Champagne and White Diamond Argyle Cigar Band while attending the 'No Kid Hungry' campaign fundraising dinner on October 25th in Beverly Hills.

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