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HOLIDAY ’06 SURE WINNERS

MISTAKES YOU DON’TWANT TO MAKE
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At left, reversible heart pendant has a rose quartz framed by diamonds on one side and pink sapphires on the other. At right, pendant features a 3.75 carat blue topaz surrounded by diamonds. LESS-THAN-REPUTABLE SOURCE. While it’s good to go online

ping for a gift, know what the person you’re buying for loves – or at least likes. Perhaps it’s a special color gemstone, or a certain motif like hearts or flowers. Perhaps she prefers rings to bracelets, or long earrings to small studs. It’s simply a matter of being observant of what she wears, or what she mentions she likes on someone else. Or, better yet, what she wishes she HOLIDAY ’06 SURE WINNERS Stackable rings are available had. If all else fails, ask her in a colorful array of gembest friend, sister or mom – stones. Shown here are red but swear them to secrecy.
rubies, blue sapphires, green garnets and yellow sapphires. 4. SHOPPING ONLINE FROM A

to look around for ideas, it’s always best to touch and see the piece in person first – especially if it’s a gift. You want to be sure of the quality, the feel, the look and the size.
5. NOT GETTING THE WARRANTEES, GUARANTEES OR CUSTOMER SERVICE YOU DESERVE. A good jeweler will give you

value-added extras, such as assistance with sizing (especially if it’s a gift), warranties, appraisals, free cleanings, a money-back guarantee and other perks. Keep these easy steps in mind and buying jewelry will be easier than buying flowers – which will sadly crumble in a week!
ry that we know will draw oohs and aahs from you. Not only will friendly faces greet you, but you will also be afforded the luxury of expert assistance from our professionally trained and knowledgeable staff. Additionally, Julia’s Fine Jewelry will offer one of my favorite things.... our “Wish List” program. What better way to ensure that your special Santa puts the right gift under your Christmas tree?! Come in any time to browse and try on your favorite pieces. We will keep a list of your favorite selections or your must-haves. Then allow us to do the rest when we host our annual “Men’s Night” event, our fun-filled night of holiday shopping while taking all of the guess work and stress out of the hectic holiday season. We look forward to meeting you, serving you and becoming your jewelry store of choice. We wish you a stressfree holiday season and a new year filled with joy, peace and happiness, from our family to yours. – Sherry L. Quinn

I’M PLEASED TO PRESENT JULIA’S FINE JEWELRY
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and supported me throughout this venture. Like many of you, my life as a working mother is filled with fund raisers, soccer games and car-pools. I have two children: Julia, my six-year-old daughter, and Aidan, my soonto-be-five-year-old son. They are my joy and inspiration, hence the name... “Julia’s Fine Jewelry.” Don’t worry, I

promised my son I would name something after him in the near future. Our store will offer you exclusive designer lines, such as Hearts on Fire – the world’s most perfectly cut diamond; bridal lines, such as Verragio & Christian Bauer; and collector lines, such as Hidalgo and Lorenzo. These are just a few names of the many pieces of our fine jewel-

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would like to start by introducing myself. My name is Sherry Quinn and I have been in the jewelry industry for well over 15 years as co-owner of a fine jewelry store located in Northern Virginia. I have now ventured out on my own and am pleased to present to you “Julia’s Sherry and her children, Julia and Aidan, wish Fine Jewelry.” We are an you a wonderful holiday season. upscale full-service jewelry store located in Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. I would like to personally thank all of my friends and colleagues who encouraged
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HOLIDAY GIFT-BUYING TIPS FOR MEN

MISTAKES YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE

uying jewelry, especially when it’s a HOLIDAY ’06 SURE WINNER Journey Diamond pendant holiday-season gift, can be a some- symbolizes how your love what daunting experience. But be- grows over time. The clusfore you opt for fashions, home décor or ter-set diamonds weigh a flowers, instead, please review these five total of .75 carats. common jewelry-buying mistakes and you’ll be totally at ease about making the right purchase...
1. BUYING BASED ON PRICE OR AT A DISCOUNT INSTEAD OF BASED ON QUALITY. Comparison shopping to find

‘WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH’
WHEN IT COMES TO EARRINGS, WOMEN AGREE,

arrings are an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. They draw attention to her face, complement her attire and often reveal a hint of her personality. They can add a hint of sexiness at the beach, an air of sophistication in the boardroom, or a dash of Hollywood glamour to a formal affair. Earrings make terrific holiday gifts, because most women tell us that they can never get enough of them. The good news for gift-givers is that earrings are available in so many styles and price ranges – and they’re fun to buy! From studs and hoops to dangles and Diamond drop chandeliers, your choices are endless. earring in 14Women love their earrings adorned karat gold sport with diamonds, colored gemstones or a a shared-prong combination of design. Circle drop earring in 14-karat both. The most white gold makes a draluxurious styles feature diamatic fashion statemonds, sapphires, rubies or ment. Total weight for

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the best value is a great idea, but it isn’t always the best answer if you look at price alone. It’s more difficult to compare apples to apples with a piece of jewelry. Gold can vary in karatage from 10 to 14 to 18 and even 24-karat – influencing the prices. Similarly, diamond cuts, color and clarity affect the price of the piece, just as the gemstones that are used in a colored gemstone piece do. Don’t assume that HOLIDAY ’06 SURE WINNERS Upper photo, 4.20-carat paraiba one piece of jewelry tourmaline is set in platinum and with the same caressed by .92 carats in diacarat weight of monds. Above, 1.70-carat emer- diamonds (or ald is adorned with 1.95 carats in gems) is equal in white and yellow diamonds. quality to another piece of jewelry with the same carat weight. All stones are not created equal.
2. NOT KNOWING AND NOT ASKING.
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the pair is .50 carats.

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Education is vital and expertise is essen- in 14-karat white gold featial. Before you go shopping, do some tures 34 diamonds weighpre-shopping, even if it is online, to famil- ing 1 carat. iarize yourself with the 4Cs of diamonds, or with the different gemstones. Still unsure when you get to the store? Ask for assistance from one of our helpful associates. Once armed with all the facts, make your own decision.
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Engagement Rings Stand the Test of Time

JEWELRY QUIZ

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nyone alive today won’t remember a time when betrothal wasn’t symbolized with a diamond ring. As symbols of commitment, rings have very early historical roots, but they

weren’t always diamonds, or even gemstones. You may find it hard to believe that one theory holds that cavemen tied up their women to be sure they wouldn’t escape. Once security was established, feet were unbound, and then hands. Finally, just cords were left around the women‘s fingers, creating the first engagement rings – perhaps. Facts are a little harder to come by, but if you take our quiz below, you’ll learn a few things about one of our culture’s most time-honored traditions.

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HERE ARE THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF A JEWELRY WARDROBE

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1) In which country was the engagement ring first worn on the third finger of the left hand? A) Germany B) England C) Italy D) France 2) What did the Greeks call their symbols of commitment? A) Promise rings B) Betrothal rings C) Pledge rings D) Love rings 3) What metal was used for the earliest Roman engagement rings? A) Copper B) Steel C) Iron D) Silver 4) What material is thought to have been used to make Celtic engagement rings? A) Hemp B) Grass C) Human hair D) Horse hair 5) In what year did the Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg give the first recorded diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy? A) 1516 B) 1477 C) 1492 D) 1612 6) From 1939, what caused diamonds to be considered the foremost, if not only, choice for engagement rings? A) Increase in diamond sources B) Celebrities began sporting them D) Advertising C) Decrease in diamond prices 7) How is the Claddagh ring worn if a woman is spoken for, but not married? A) Left hand, crown in B) Left hand, crown out D) Right hand, crown out C) Right hand, crown in 8) Which pope, in 1215, declared a longer waiting period between betrothal and marriage, thereby increasing the “need” for engagement rings? A) Pope Innocent III B) Pope Alexander III C) Pope Celestine III D) Pope Urban III 9) When jewelry was prohibited in Colonial America, what was often proffered as a commitment token? D) Sewing thread C) Horse B) Thimble A) Pie 10) In which year did Charles L. Tiffany introduce the classic Tiffany setting? A) 1886 B) 1902 C) 1928 D) 1867 Answers: 1) C; 2) B; 3) C; 4) C; 5) B; 6) D; 7) D; 8) A; 9) B; 10) A

So simple yet so elegant, diamond studs are a surefire winner this gift-giving season. The Diamond stud earrings in wonder of studs comes from the way 14-karat white gold have a total weight of 2 carats. their flashes of diamond light complement the beauty of a woman’s face, so the quality of the gems matters as much as their size. Buy the biggest, best diamonds you can afford. Cultured pearl necklace. A few years ago, Sotheby’s auctioned off Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s large collection of jewelry. For the auction catalog’s cover photo, the Sotheby’s curators chose a photo of Jackie as a young mother, laughing as her baby son John sits in her lap playing with her pearl necklace. It Baby John Kennedy plays with The was this “everyday” pearl neckFirst Lady’s cultured pearls in this lace that best conveyed the First classic image from the early ’60s. Lady’s renowned sense of style. She was patrician, unassuming, fashionable and always appropriate. So are pearls. Gold bracelet. Be it a bangle or a link style, a gold bracelet offers a perfect formalizing complement to many ensembles. Brooch. Designers offer hearts, circles, and bows, as well as depictions of cats, birds, flowers, purses, gardening tools, golf clubs, paint palettes. A whimsical brooch is the perfect signature accessory. Colored gemstone jewelry. Who can live without color? Chandelier earrings, multi-strand necklaces and multistone bracelets offer the opportunity to mix a variety of one’s favorite gemstones in a single dramatic piece. As with all investments, the key is quality rather than quantity. A jewelry collection that includes these classic styles is off to a great start.
Bracelet pairs citrine with yellow sapphire, blue topaz with blue sapphire, lemon quarts with tsavorite garnet and amethyst with pink sapphire.

ashion mavens say every stylish woman’s wardrobe should include a Chanel (or Chanel-like) suit, a little black dress and a good wool coat for winter. It is smarter, say the fashionistas, to splurge on a few top-of-the line classics than to fill a closet with lesserquality items. So too, are there jewelry “must haves” – versatile, always-in-style pieces that constitute a strong starting point for a well-considered jewelry collection. Here are some suggestions for your holiday wish list:
Diamond-stud earrings.

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Luxurious Colombian emerald earrings are shown in two styles. Top, emeralds dangle from a setting glistening with yellow and white diamonds. Bottom, emeralds are framed with yellow diamonds and punctuated by white diamonds. At right, 14-karat white gold earring style is cluster-set with round diamonds. Total weight for a pair is 1.50 carats.

DIAMOND FACTS
BEYOND THE 4CS
HERE’S THE INSIDE SCOOP ON DIAMOND GRADING REPORTS

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emeralds. But don’t forget the smoky quartz is wide spectrum of other gems that encircled by yellow sapphires. Profile, will do a great job complebelow, shows the menting her colorful diamond accents. wardrobe. Some of the more popular ones are amethyst, citrine, topaz, tourmaline, garnet, peridot and even cultured pearls. Before you dive into an earring purchase there are a few things to consider... I Is the wearer tall or short? Full-figured or slender? What color are her eyes, hair, and skin? Is her hair short or long? What’s the shape of her face? (There are special earring styles to complement the unique characteristics of every woman. We’ll be happy to advise you, so be sure to bring the intended recipient’s photo Cluster-set diamonds add inten- when you visit the store!) In general, if she has an angular face, she should wear earrings of a round sity to this dramatic drop ear- shape: buttons, hoops or studs. A round face ring in 14-karat requires earrings with a little length to them. A white gold. sharp-chinned woman should consider triangular earrings with a broad base. A short-haired woman should usually wear dainty styles. If her hair is long, she’ll need something bold that will stand out – but won’t catch on her hair. I Consider her personality. Is she conservative, modest, old-fashioned? Or bold and dramatic? What styles and colors of clothing does she like to wear? More than most Classic hoop earrings in jewelry, earrings must coordinate 14-karat white gold have with clothes. a combined diamond I If she has had a limited eartotal weight of ring collection so far, stick to the 1.44 carats. classics, such as diamond studs, karat-gold hoops, or simple drop earrings featuring freshwater cultured pearls.
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‘WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH’
WHEN IT COMES TO EARRINGS, WOMEN AGREE,

hough diamonds can look identical to the untrained or naked eye, each one has distinct characteristics that set it apart from all others. Compiled in a Diamond Grading Report, these feature details comprise the stone’s blueprint, serving as its actual identity in much the same way a purebred dog’s papers identify its lineage and pedigree.

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Unlike pedigree papers, however, the certificate does not increase the value of the stone, but rather provides a scientific report of each diamond’s authenticity and quality. Most Diamond Grading Reports are prepared either by the American Gem Society (AGS) or the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which established the International Diamond Grading System in 1953. Reputable diamond grading reports are unbiased; neither the AGS nor the GIA is in the business of buying, selling or appraising diamonds. Grading reports include the following highly standardized criteria, which are recognized worldwide: • Shape, cut and cut grade: Cut grade is determined by the stone’s face-up appearance. • Measurement: Dimensions are given in millimeters. • Weight: Given to the nearest point, or 1/100th of a carat. • Color Grade: Rated on an alphabetical scale, D-F diamonds are nearly colorless, while S-Z are actually light yellow. Fancy-colored diamonds are rated on a different scale. • Clarity Rating: Indicates the number of flaws, or inclusions, while a clarity plot denotes their size, location and type. • Finish: Evaluates facet placement and surface. • Polish: Rates the overall smoothness. • Proportion: Mapped to show relationships between depth, table (top facet), girdle and culet (bottom facet). • Symmetry: Describes the evenness of the diamond’s outline, as well as facet alignment, shape and placement. • Fluorescence: Indicates the strength of the diamond’s color when viewed under ultraviolet light (no color or blue color is best). • Additional comments: Anything else of note. Though diamond grading reports never assign a monetary value, the detailed quality analyses allow buyers to make educated decisions about the diamonds they are evaluating for purchase, particularly if the diamonds are of similar weight or quality. If any of the information in the report is unclear, we’d be happy to review it with you and answer any questions you may have.

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