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Opening Lines: May 2016





Interchangeable jewelry sets from MARK HENRY — the designer jewelry collection that
specializes in featuring alexandrite — follow
the reasoning that it’s a woman’s prerogative to
change her mind. A concealed clasp inside each
ring releases to allow its central element to be
worn as a pendant, too. No one could possibly
have second thoughts about the wisdom
of getting twice as much wear from a jewelry

18K yellow ring and
pendant set (including
18-inch chain) with
Brazilian alexandrites and
diamonds, MSRP: $4,120

This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of INSTORE.



MATTIOLI’s just-introduced set of earrings will be a
comfort to anyone who believes firmly in color coordination.
Housed in a chic little black box, it contains 18K
gold huggies with 11 different mother-of-pearl drops in
hues from raspberry pink to smoky gray. And for days
when it’s impossible to choose, the mini hoops can go

Gold and mother
of pearl earring set,
MSRP: $1,300



nearly 200-year history
of watchmaking
innovation, including
creating timepieces
for explorers and
aeronautics pioneers.
And the Swiss manufacturer
lavishes just
as much consideration
on the aesthetic
appeal of its creations.
This year its famed
La Grande Classique
women’s watch received
an infusion
of color — pink, blue
or white-on-white —
with the addition of
new mother-of-pearl
dials with star-shaped
decoration and pastel
alligator straps. To
match the delicate
color palette, the
model is available in
a petite 24mm and
29mm case sizes.

La Grande Classique
quartz watch with
mother-of-pearl dial
and alligator strap


COSTAR IMPORTS combines a trio of failsafe elements in its stackable
ring collection: diamonds, colorful birthstones and a simple band silhouette.
The totally customizable pieces can combine multiple gemstones
on request, plus prong and bezel-set variations. While they were created
with weddings in mind, their appeal is more than matrimonial.

14K white gold bands
with diamonds and assorted
gemstones, including peridot,
ruby and amethyst,
MSRP: from $975



Jewelry brand WONDROUS gives pep talks with its
pendants. They’re packaged with upbeat gift cards
that correspond to a variety of themes — nautical,
inspirational, outdoorsy — or simply ask “Will you
be my bridesmaid?” Envisioned as gift items, most
of the gold-plated necklaces feature the word “wondrous”
on one side and on the other “today, tomorrow
& always,” along with a charm. And there’s no
rule against gifts to self.

Gold-plated pendant
necklace and card,
MSRP: $48


Dory’s Tale, the Pixar film that’s a sequal to Nemo’s underwater
adventure, debuts this summer. ALEX WOO
has created a limited-edition line of jewelry inspired by
the film, so that die-hard fans of the franchise can take
home a memento of the film. And the designer has even
more to celebrate than her latest collaboration. This
year marks the 15-year anniversary of her business.

Necklaces in sterling
silver, 14K gold and
diamonds, from
MSRP: $48 to $1,298


DANIEL KOREN knows that love for jewelry crosses
gender lines. That’s why he’s added a men’s collection
to his Dani by Daniel K range of designs in sterling silver
with simulated diamonds and created gemstones.
Pieces include cufflinks decked in glittering emerald-
cut stones and dome rings with satiny blue stones.
It won’t be surprising if women shoppers decide to borrow
a few pieces from the boys.

Sterling silver
and simulated
diamond cufflinks,
MSRP: $425


CHARRIOL reinvents its signature
steel cable construction
over and over, each time putting
an unexpected spin on the
familiar material. Laetitia is the
latest collection to do just that.
The range of ultra-thin bracelets
and rings — some featuring
sterling silver motifs like hearts
and arrows set with gems — are
building blocks for a personalized
collection of bangles,
stacked rings or for pairing with
one of the brand’s watches,
which have cable details of their

Laetitia bracelets in steel
with sterling silver, semiprecious
stones and PVD
coating, MSRP: $165 to


Crisscut stones from CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS
have a patented
cut that delivers a
fiery presence that can
exceed that of conventional
diamonds with
even greater weight.
L’Amour, the brand’s
classic engagement and
fashion jewelry collection,
targets the luxury
shopper with great style
and good sense.

Three-stone halo ring
in 18K white gold and
diamonds (1.29 TCW),
MSRP: $8,450



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Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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