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									4                                                                                                            HAPPY HOLIDAYS                                                                                                      TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE Thursday, December 11, 2003

Gift of jewelry sparkles and dazzles for a bright holiday season
BY SALLY D. KETCHUM                                big. Advertisements feature                      ers have access to the new              Boston finds that 50 percent                                  mond buying experience.                                       people have diamonds, per-
Special to the Record-Eagle                        diamonds falling from the                        stones and opinions about               of women would buy man-                                         The Miner’s North premi-                                    haps family pieces, with out-
                                                   heavens like stars. Tiffany                      them vary.                              made stones, 27 percent said                                  um cuts are the highest per-                                  dated styles.
  Diamonds, a girl’s best
                                                   jewelry is especially covet-                       Brett says that “the mys-             they would not, and 23 per-                                   forming diamonds (on a sale                                     Diamonds can be re-cut,
friend at holiday time — or
                                                   ed, lines often form outside                     tique and romance is lost on            cent said they were not sure.                                 of 0-10, 10 being the highest).                               cut down if damaged or
any time — is often a man’s
                                                   of the Tokyo Tiffany’s store.                    a synthetic that was made in              Judging quality in dia-                                       By way of comparison,                                       chipped, or re-set. In that
best friend, too. Fine jewel-
                                                     Michelle Brett, appraiser,                     two weeks.”                             monds is a new (and often                                     Brett said, “Our premiums                                     case, it is even possible that
ry is always a classic and
                                                   jewelry designer and sales                         She points out that the               dangerous) venture for most                                   are the Ferrari’s and the                                     the setting itself might have
favorite gift.
                                                   associate at Traverse City’s                     incredible journey that a               shoppers, but reputable jew-                                  diamonds in our private col-                                  value as an antique piece.
  This season, a piece of
                                                   Miner’s North, says that the                     natural diamond makes is                elers are patient and help-                                   lection are the Mercedes.”
perennial advice rings dur-
                                                   range of diamonds that they                      over millions of years.                 ful. Most jewelers gives                                        Jewelers point out that                                       Sally D. Ketchum is a local
ing the shopping season: In
                                                   carry is wide as far as quali-                     Nevertheless, a recent sur-           clients a concise and educa-                                  there are other options to                                    freelance writer.
placing custom jewelry
                                                   ty and price.                                    vey by Apollo Diamonds of               tional tour through the dia-                                  buying a new diamond. Many
orders, the sooner the bet-
                                                     “There is a lot of change
                                                   happening in the diamond
  Diamonds, of course, are
                                                   industry right now,” she
treasured the world over. It
                                                   said. “Miner’s North works
is interesting to note that
                                                   with four of the major sup-
jewelry fits in to the
                                                   pliers in the industry,
Christmastide in different
                                                   including Hearts of Fire.”
ways in different cultures.
  In the Christian gift-giving
                                                     Much of the change hap-                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pssst....
                                                   pening is the recent success
traditions, the jewelry style
often has religious connota-
                                                   of a method to “make” real                                                                                                                                                                                                       Don’t forget
                                                   diamonds. Carbon gas is
tions, stars or crosses or gifts
                                                   added to a vacuum which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   your friends&
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gift Ca
associated with rarity and
                                                   contains a seed diamond,
preciousness like the gifts of                                                                                 Remember Your Special Sports Fan                                                                                                                                      loved ones!
the Wise Men for the Christ
                                                   about 1/10th of a karat, and a
                                                   larger diamond is “grown”
                                                                                                                  with a purchase from our:                                                                                            for
Child, especially gold.
                                                                                                                        Red Wing & Gordie Howe                                                                                      hristma                                           $5, $10
                                                   from the seed.
  Yet Christmas and jewelry
gifts have entered the cul-
                                                     That’s how man-made dia-
                                                                                                                               Gift Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   C                               rd!)
ture of countries not gener-
                                                   monds that are more or less
                                                   identical to mined diamonds                                                                                                                                                               (Just like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a credit ca                 $25 or $50
ally considered Christian.
                                                   are comingon the market.
                                                                                                                    During the Holidays....                                                                                                                                               (Any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Any dollar amount)

  In Japan, gift jewelry,
especially diamonds, is a
major part of the rush of
materialism that character-
                                                   The prices, of course, will be
                                                   lower than the natural
                                                     So, will the lady (or gentle-
                                                                                                            “Leave the Cooking to Us!”
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izes the Japanese holiday.
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                                                                                                               Enjoy                                                                                                                                      LYNN
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