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Is this true? And if so, what match? I cannot find anything other than vague references to a grueling rally at the '87 Open...
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What a cool story Mark!

I recall hearing an anecdote about this once, but when I searched for news about Evert and a bracelet during the 1987 US Open it came up empty.

If her bracelet fell off on court and then sparked a rush of orders it suggests a televised match of course. Since she lost to Lori Mcneil in the quarters the best candidate would be her third round or (more likely) fourth round matches on Labor Day weekend.

Those matches would have been televised by CBS.

If only Daze were around these days he could ask her. Could we email Chris?

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Yeah the same story is repeated over and over on many websites, almost word for word, but nothing specific. Whatever happened to Daze? I think I saw the same blurb on the site, so maybe he started the whole rumor?

I don't have Chris's email. Do you?

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The phrase "tennis bracelet" was in use and associated with Evert by late November 1986, with no mention of any on-court incident. Searching the Los Angeles Times .pdf archive shows that "tennis bracelet" first appears in advertisements only in 1986. In one of the following articles ("Slip off wrist led to Evert jewelry line"), Evert herself says it happened in the early 80s, but does not say which tournament.

Interestingly, the story about Chrissie losing her bracelet (or diamonds from the bracelet) doesn't seem to exist before October 1987, and the previous reason for the name is usually given as simply because she wore them. "Toward a Beautiful Backhand" suggests that the eternity bracelet was first marketed as a tennis bracelet in south Florida.

I would guess that if she did lose a bracelet, it would have been before 1982, and at a non-Slam and non-Florida tournament. But then, that would mean it also took a relatively long time for the term in catch on in jewelry advertising/promotion.
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San Jose Mercury News
November 12, 1986
Mary Gottschalk

The latest status symbol among the "haves" is a tennis bracelet.

You know, one of those simple gold bracelets with simple, sparkling diamonds all around that's meant to be an everyday accessory. Jewelers of America, an industry trade group, says the tennis bracelet "has taken us by storm." They credit the fad to tennis champions Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova, who regularly wear diamond bracelets on the court.

Prices start at about $1,000.

The "have nots" might consider explaining that the bracelet aggravates their tennis elbow.



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PET ROCKS - The real jewels women want
Houston Chronicle
November 19, 1986
LINDA GILLAN GRIFFIN, Houston Chronicle Fashion Writer, Staff

Probably since women first walked upright, they have wanted men to give them jewelry.

Whether it was a necklace of flowers, seashells strung on a strip of hide or a sparkling bauble the size of a bird's egg, real women have always wanted real men to lavish them with adornments. They still do.

Why, then, are more and more women buying not just costume jewelry but fine jewelry for themselves? Why are they plunking down their own hard-earned money or the grocery money for their own pieces of the rocks?

The trend, say several Houston jewelers, can be understood in the light of these observations:

Men think of fine jewelry as an investment, and they purchase jewelry they believe will hold its value over time.

Women want fine jewelry, but they want their jewelry to make a statement, whether about their style, their wealth or their confidence. Women are also conscious of the investment value of jewelry, but it's not their main concern.

Men buy their women the kind of jewelry they saw their mothers and grandmothers wear - classic styles. Most men are uncertain about what their women will wear, and once again, it comes down to money: They don't want to take a chance when a large sum of money is involved.

Men most often purchase diamonds and gold for women. If they go for stones other than diamonds, they tend to think in terms of large center stones - rubies, sapphires, emeralds or aquamarines, usually surrounded by diamonds.

Women still think men should buy the diamonds, but women want other jewels as well.

Both men and women attach a lot of emotion to jewelry. Men almost always give jewelry with love; women almost never return or exchange it.

More women now have the means to buy their own jewelry. Many make substantial salaries, but even the women who do not work outside the home are sharing more equally in their husbands' paychecks.

That fine jewelry has become a fashion item is brought home to Houston jewelers daily. The craze for large earrings is an example of a fashion that has extended to "real" jewelry.

"When a woman goes out now, she will nearly always wear a pair of earrings," said Harry Gordon, owner of Harry Gordon Jewelers. "But earrings are the hardest thing to buy. You nearly have to try them on, and every pair of ear lobes is different. It's very hard for a man to buy a woman earrings, even with expert advice."

Large mabe pearls and blister pearls (a mabe pearl with a collar of mother-of-pearl around it) set in gold are very good sellers in Houston. Black onyx is another popular jewel, set in gold, perhaps with diamonds or pearls or mother-of-pearl. This can be traced to the popularity of black the past few years and the fact that most women, no matter their hair color, can wear black.

Earrings with some sparkle to them, says Walzel's Toby Howard, make most women look so good they are almost "an alternative to cosmetic surgery." She also sees women wanting fine jewelry they can wear from morning through dinner, more versatile jewelry.

Women who have moved up corporate ladders no longer find the little gold chain or the string of pearls adequate for daytime dressing. Women want heavy gold chains, diamonds and cut stones - not just rubies, emeralds and sapphires, but also peridots and pink and green tourmalines - and they want them done tastefully for daytime wear.

They are also looking for sports watches "less attention-getting than the Rolex," said Howard, pointing out a tailored Patek Philippe with diamonds dispersed about the bezel, priced at $11,500.

At Camberg Jewelers, Shelia Camberg notes that the diamond "tennis bracelet," a narrow strip of diamonds worn with a wristwatch, has become almost a must among her clients. It was dubbed the tennis bracelet after Chris Evert-Lloyd was spotted wearing one on the courts.

Sharon Seline Saper, division vice president for Tiffany's, says it is very seldom a woman will buy diamonds for herself. Gold or sterling silver teamed with semiprecious stones, such as the designs by Paloma Picasso, are often bought by women, she says.

Jewelry designer David Yurman, in Houston last week for a showing of his jewelry at Harry Gordon Jewelers, said most of his customers are women.

Yurman, a non-conformist who used to astound his track coach by crossing finish lines backward, says his designs, while modern in style, were influenced by the history, architecture and sculpture he has studied. Currently he is twisting gold and silver cable for bracelets, necklaces and rings, then studding it with pearls or semiprecious stones.

Women's purchasing threshold for jewelry has risen tremendously from five years ago, said Yurman, when women generally never spent more than $250 to $500 on their own jewelry. "Now they'll look at $1,000 or $1,500 bracelets and they'll buy two of them," he said.

"The jewelry is often a reward to themselves for doing something good." Other women who do not work, said Yurman, have renegotiated the amounts they can purchase on their own. "They do not live by grocery money alone."
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The Miami Herald
November 26, 1986
JANE WOOLDRIDGE, Herald Staff Writer

In your quest for the perfect holiday gift, you may well consider fine jewelry.

You don't care that dozens are following the same course and that more than one-third of all fine jewelry purchases will be made during the holidays. You care about the look on the face of someone dear when he or she opens the package.

For successful jewelry shopping, you need to think quality, value, budget and the needs of the recipient.

There are tips for buying wisely, and following them will help you. But unless you are a trained gemologist, the truth is, when it comes to determining the quality of a stone, you must depend on someone else. Shop around. Don't be shy. Ask about the piece you are considering and any gemstones it contains; don't buy from a shop where none of the staff can answer you. Ask about return, refund and repair policies. Ask about the jeweler's qualifications. Deal with reputable firms with a long history in business. If you buy at auction, deal with a well- known house -- (Sotheby's, Christies and Phillips are the best known) -- that offers guarantees.

Look for jewelers who are members of trade associations with ethics codes. The Jewelers of America Inc. is one. Another is the Los Angeles-based American Gem Society, which has strict certification standards for its rankings of registered jeweler, certified gemologist and certified gemologist appraiser. AGS arbitrates disagreements between customers and society members.

And now, the tips.

* Consider the needs of the person for whom you are buying. Will he or she wear it every day? If so, avoid rings that snag or styles that can be easily damaged. Even diamonds can crack. If the piece is an expensive, special-occasion item, is the person willing to put up with the risk of robbery and the inconvenience of keeping it in a bank vault?

* Choose jewelry that complements the recipient's coloring and taste. In the case of truly expensive jewelry, you might want to take the recipient along.

* Buy the best quality you can afford. Better quality pieces are more likely to retain and even increase in value over a period of time. For $250 you can buy a gold bracelet or gold chain. For $500, you can buy a six-millimeter strand of good quality pearls; a pair of diamond stud earrings (one-quarter carat each quality diamonds); a pendant or earrings made from a color gemstone, perhaps with a few small diamonds. For $1,000 you can upgrade to colored gemstone jewelry with more or nicer diamonds or with more costly gemstones, such as rubies and emeralds, or a larger-size strand of pearls.

Jewelers emphasize that you get what you pay for. Herbert R. Levine, president of the American Gem Society, warns against television-selling schemes that offer gemstones at low prices. "We've seen a few pieces. They've been low quality, inferior pieces," he says. Also, be cautious about off-priced jewelry that may have been overpriced so the merchant can offer a markdown -- a price that may be roughly equivalent to the starting price at a regular, quality jeweler. Levine suggests asking these questions about any sale item. What was the original price when you first carried it in the store? When did it go on sale? When will it go off sale?

* Look for careful craftsmanship. Check the way the clasp works. Look at the quality of precious metal used. "The way a piece is made will give an indication about how the craftsman who made it felt about," says Steve Moorman of Carroll's Jewelers in Coral Gables."If he has a fine stone, he's going to make a nice piece. If he has an inexpensive stone, he's not going to put as much into the jewelry."

It will also help to know what's in style.

Trends in fine jewelry -- like trends in other high-price items -- change more slowly than in clothes or costume accessories. "There's fad and there's fashion," says Samuel Getz, vice president of Mayor's Jewelers. "You want fine quality and fine design." Classic items such as a strand of six- millimeter pearls, diamond stud earrings and a gold bangle bracelet are good bets.

For the past couple of years big has been in -- big chain- link necklaces and bracelets, watches, earrings in precious metals and colored gemstones.

Diamonds are stronger this year than in the past three or four years, says Steve Moorman of Carroll's Jewelers in Coral Gables. The diamond industry is promoting styles that can be worn day or night. One top look is a single strand of diamonds in what is called a tennis bracelet -- reminiscent of styles popular in the '50s. One story has it that the current bracelet derives from one worn on the courts by Chris Evert Lloyd. A woman wears her tennis bracelet on her left wrist, next to her watch.

Anniversary rings, introduced five or six years ago, are also selling strongly, says Herbert Levine, president of the American Gem Society, a trade association. A row of diamonds extends part or all the way around the band, worn on the left ring finger with the engagement ring and wedding band.

Rubies are also very popular this year, mainly because of the ruby ring Prince Andrew gave Sarah Ferguson for their engagement, Moorman says. A 15-carat ruby pendant brooch hit the world record for any colored stone in October when Sotheby's auctioned it for $1.5 million.

"The American public is becoming much more sophisticated in its buying," says Getz. "People are aware that there's more than just diamonds, emeralds, rubies and saphires." Other colored gemstones -- once called semi-precious but now considered quite precious indeed -- have been used increasingly in the past six years or so and continue to be popular. These colored stones are available in large sizes and are often an excellent value for the money. Although you will be acquainted with some -- turquoise, garnets, amethyst, aquamarine, amber, jet, opal and topaz -- others may be unfamiliar, such as tourmaline, rubellite, hematite, lapis lazuli, peridot, blue topaz and citrine.

Gold is still the favorite precious metal, though platinum and silver are the newest trends. Black may be used as an accent color.

In estate jewelry, Art Deco-vintage pieces are all the rage -- especially designs by Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpel, says Areta Kaufman, Miami representative for the Sotheby's auction house. Cartier is designing new pieces resembling styles it first issued in the '30s. Animal pieces by David Webb and jewelry by Bulgari are also hot, Kaufman reports.

Pins are getting stronger, though more so in the north where fabrics are heavy and can support more easily the weight of a pin, Getz says. Crystal is being used increasingly in necklaces, earrings and even rings. Status watches such as Rolex are still popular. A new name: Ebel watches.

Jewelry for men has shown a dramatic increase; purchases in the men's diamonds rose 31 percent from 1984 to 1986, according to National Family Opinion Inc., a research organization. About 72 percent of men's jewelry is gifts. Hot items include cuff links and tie tacks with inlaid stones or gemstone studs, tuxedo sets and rings with inlaid stones. AGS president Levine says favorite stones for men include ruby, jade, onyx, mother-of- pearl, hematite, opal, lapis and diamond.
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Diamonds for casual daytime wear soar in popularity
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
December 21, 1986
Mitzi Gammon Staff Writer

Diamonds for daytime have become de rigueur. Women are taking a more casual approach to their precious jewels, preferring rocks they can wear around the clock.

"People are buying pieces that have greater use," said John Tipton, divisional vice-president of Atlanta's Tiffany & Co. "Most people in Atlanta don't spend huge amounts of money on diamond extravaganzas to wear out at night. Instead, they are looking for things they can wear to a nice dinner party as well as to a ball and during the day."

Lloyd Jaffe, chairman of the American Diamond Industry Association, reports that the growing desire for versatile designs and an increase in disposable income has consumers spending more dollars on their diamonds. He also says the United States is the largest consumer of diamonds. Last year, 37 percent of the world's diamond jewelry was sold in the U. S. - a total of 17 million diamond set pieces at a value of $8.1 billion.

One of the more popular designs is the diamond line bracelet, a classic link of same-size diamonds. Demand for the bracelet, referred to in years past as the straight line or eternity bracelet, has been generated by tennis star Chris Evert Lloyd. In the past year, she has been photographed wearing the bracelets, which can cost up to $10,000 each, both on and off the court.

More men are wearing diamonds - but they aren't necessarily doing the buying. According to studies done by the Diamond Information Center, the acquisition rate of men's diamond jewelry is up 30 percent from '84 to '85, and 75 percent of all men's diamond jewelry purchases are made by women. Understated, distinctive rings are the best-selling pieces.

Nationwide statistics gathered by the American Diamond Industry Association show this year's best-selling women's rings have bigger, fancier diamonds set in yellow gold. Stone sizes most in demand are those weighing a carat and up.

"A round stone is the most brillant cut," said Harry Clein, a jeweler in Atlanta for the past 65 years. "The very traditional, round-shape diamond set in a six-prong Tiffany setting has been popular in Atlanta for the past fifteen years. But this year, people are buying larger-size stones - two-, two-and-a-half and three-carat sizes."

Brilliant cut stones, says Clein, are popular because they are more likely to hold their value and are easier to trade than the marquis, oval, emerald, heart or pear cut stones.

Weight of a diamond is insignificant to the quality of its color, cut and clarity. Diamonds with a colorless white fire are the most readily available fine stones. The outer rims of finer cut diamonds will have razor-sharp edges. And, of course, stones with fewer imperfections such as cracks or black spots are the more valuable gems.

"There aren't any bargains when you buy a diamond," said Patrice Phillips, an account executive with the Diamond Information Center. "You get what you pay for. If you want a quality stone, you will have to pay more."

Diamond prices vary by carat according to the stone's quality. The superior stones are currently selling between $12,000 and $15,000 a carat. A fine quality gem will sell for around $8,000. And good stones will sell anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 a carat.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 19, 1987
Ann Holiday

A falcon from the Wildlife Center of Virginia exchanged glares with children at Maymont Park's "Adopt-A-Living-Thing" Relatives Picnic Saturday afternoon. The Richmond Concert Band and crowds of children didn't seem to bother it.

On the side of the barn nearby, a paper eagle with talons big enough to pick up a truant teen-ager was getting dressed one paper feather at a time, each bought with a donation toward a future exhibit of birds of prey. Storytellers, mask-making, animal exhibits and a bring-your-own picnic completed the festivities.

"This has become an annual rite at Maymont," said Stephen Slipek, the Maymont Foundation's director of development. "Adopt-A-Living-Thing" began in 1980 as a way to raise money to maintain the animals.

David Smock, 5, adopted a Canada goose and named it Eddie. He made a mask of feathers, bangles and beads, called it a bear, and put it on to search for Eddie. Karen Bruner, 7, still hadn't seen or heard her screech owl. Ellie Shaffer, 7, picnicking on a quilt in the shade with her family, said she had wanted a rabbit one Easter but settled for adopting a cottontail.

"I've always liked rabbits," she said. "So I kept on adopting the same thing and will keep on adopting it."

ROUSING THE RABBLE . . . Under a yellow tent in the lower garden of Wilton Museum House, members of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Richmond, accompanied by their husbands and representatives of the tourism industry, snacked on artichoke fritters and rabbit pate with cognac.

Up by the house, a New Jersey Continental linesman stood at attention, guarding the Marquis de Lafayette, who was inside preparing to whip the British at Yorktown.

Or was he?

A Virginia militiaman ran up the steps from the yellow tent toward the house, followed by some of the crowd.

"Let him make an appearance!" demanded the militiaman.

"Hear! Hear!" the townspeople and militia cried.

Suddenly the dames and their husbands and guests had become militia members, merchants and townspeople in a living history presentation. William Balderson, the New Jersey soldier in a fine blue uniform, held off Dick Cheatham, as the 18th century militiaman leading the 20th century crowd up the brick steps.

Living History Associates staged the unexpected rabble-rousing as part of a soiree honoring both Gen. Lafayette's sojourn at Wilton in May 1781 and National Museum Day, which was yesterday.

It capped several days of activities, including the breaking of ground Wednesday for a dependency to house meeting rooms and the society's annual meeting at Alexandria. The dependency will be as exact a copy as possible of an 18th century outbuilding that still stood in the 1930s, when the Dames moved Wilton upstream from its original site, Joanne Williams, president, explained.

WHERE'S MILES . . . "Is Miles coming?"

Miles -- Miles Davis, but nobody had to mention the last name -- was still playing in the Mosque auditorium when people started trickling into the ballroom for the Richmond Jazz Society's party after the concert.

They wore Izod shirts and double-breasted blazers, cocktail dresses and shorts with T-shirts, dreadlocks and long, straight, blond hair.

They were still trying to decompress.

"Everybody is worn out," said B.J. Brown, who organized the party. "They played for two hours non-stop. I'm tired and I didn't blow a note."

"I was in tears. It was wonderful. It was as if he was from another universe," Charity McDonald added.

Miles skipped the party, but some of his band members were there. Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett autographed Bob Walker's program. Lead bass Foley (just Foley) signed ticket stubs. Garrett, who's been with Miles for eight years, called the crowd "reserved." A few started dancing, not all with partners, but with music like that, the feet just couldn't stand still.

TIEBREAKER TO HAWAII . . . The party for cystic fibrosis wasn't over until Saturday afternoon. That's when Richard Sharp, president of Circuit City Stores, knew for sure he'd bought a winner at the black-tie auction and dinner-dance at the Richmond Marriott Hotel the night before.

Sharp was high bidder for a gift package that included a summer wardrobe, a Seiko watch, dinner at La Petite France, a weekend at the Marriott and Tom Magner, tennis director for Lakeside Country Club, and Claud Crosby, his partner in Saturday's pro-am tennis tournament.

The Magner-Crosby team beat Chris Blair and Jeff Lovejoy in a tiebreaker, winning for Sharp the grand prize, a trip to Hawaii.

"It's the biggest success in Virginia chapter history for any event," said Jayna Eller, executive director of the Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation yesterday after she'd tallied up the proceeds -- $62,465 after expenses. "It's going to go a long way toward finding a control for CF. We've just found the gene."

Sharp also played in the tournament, with pro Hugh Hill, last year's winner and a cystic fibrosis patient. The most expensive gift was a diamond bracelet, like the one made popular by Chris Evert, bought for $4,500 by Dr. David Draper, the cystic fibrosis clinic director at Medical College of Virginia and an amateur player in the tourney.

THEY'LL NEVER FORGET . . . Caroline and David Silek, Children of the Confederacy, stood in the back of the Confederate Memorial Chapel and took turns pulling the bell cord to open the 100th anniversary dedication of the chapel.

The 80 guests, many wearing the ribbons, pins and ancestor bars of the daughters, sons and children of the Confederacy, sang Gen. Robert E. Lee's favorite hymn, "How Firm a Foundation." Samuel J.T. Moore stood between Confederate and Virginia flags and told the history of the chapel behind the Virginia Museum.

Its Carpenter Gothic style makes it an architectural gem, he said. Ulysses S. Grant donated $500 toward its construction, and women held bazaars to raise money. It was dedicated May 8, 1887. In 1960, Moore was honorary chairman of a committee to restore the chapel.

"Don't let it go. Keep it up," Moore said. "We rededicate it to you, the Children of the Confederacy."

HONORED . . . The 1987 Richmond graduates of Randolph-Macon Woman's College will be honored guests at spring buffet Thursday at the home of Mrs. A. McDaniel Rucker Jr., sponsored by the college's Richmond alumnae group. Mrs. John F. Newsome III is chairman of arrangements. The graduates are Susan Cain, Elizabeth Kay, Harriette Kent, Susan Le Hew, Susan Patterson, Dana Puryear, Ann Scott, Nancy Smith, Mary Woods and Uraivan Willoughby.

ELECTED . . . By the Richmond Academy of Medicine Auxiliary: Mrs. Donald G. Seitz, president; Mrs. William L. Harp, president-elect; Mrs. John M. Daniel III, Mrs. Joseph V. Battista Jr. and Mrs. John M. O'Bannon III, vice presidents; Mrs. John E. Caughdrille, Mrs. L. Michael Breeden and Mrs. Frederic P. Moore, secretaries; and Mrs. Edward E. Haddock and Mrs. Edward M. Saylor, treasurer and assistant treasurer.
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Toward a Beautiful Backhand
July 17, 1987
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It has been five years since Lu Lesser of Berkeley Heights, N.J., was presented with a flexible, narrow, straight-line, classic diamond bracelet by her husband, Mike. ''Back then, it was just a bracelet to be worn with other diamond bracelets on dressy occasions,'' Mrs. Lesser said.

These days, Mrs. Lesser refers to it as her tennis bracelet and wears it with her sport clothes, including her sweat pants.

The store where Mr. Lesser bought the diamond bracelet for his wife, S.Marsh & Sons in Millburn, N.J., still sells it. S.Marsh & Sons refers to it as a tennis bracelet. The customers who buy it refer to it as a tennis bracelet. Women who wear it along with a Piaget or Rolex watch call it a tennis bracelet. Almost everyone who knows diamonds refers to it as a tennis bracelet.

Why, you may ask, a tennis bracelet? Most likely because Chris Evert, among others, has worn one on the tennis courts. Legend has it that the bracelet was first retailed as a tennis bracelet in southern Florida, where Ms. Evert has her home.

In former, more innocent, times it was known as an ''eternity bracelet,'' on the assumption, perhaps, that the woman who received one could count on her beau's love for eternity. By Another Name

The name change - and resulting boost in sales around the country -is, according to Helene Fortunoff, secretary-treasurer of Fortunoff's, ''a phenomenon.'' For those women itching to wear diamonds during the day with sports attire, Mrs. Fortunoff said, what better way than a bracelet of simple rope design that moves with ease and bends with the wrist?

At Fortunoff's, the tennis - nee eternity - bracelet is said to be doing very well at prices from $1,500 to $30,000. At Tiffany & Company, where a pleased spokesman said, ''No one wore diamonds with sports ensembles before the tennis bracelet,'' the price range is $5,000 to $13,500; the $6,700 version in 18-karat gold is most popular. Versions of the bracelet, at $1,200 and up, are also moving briskly at Bonwit Teller.

At Abraham & Straus, one can find a $39 version studded with cubic zirconia (simulated diamonds) in a gold-tone setting, and other versions ranging from $99 to $3,000. ''The perfect piece of jewelry to wear to go shopping,'' said Lauren Mandel, the store's divisional manager of fine jewelry. ''They're status on the Miracle Mile in Manhasset.''

Lu Lesser put it this way: ''It's a pretty bracelet no matter what you call it. It's just great to have another occasion to wear diamonds.''

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Cash, Quiche a Good Combo for CHS Bash
August 4, 1987
Ann Conway
Los Angeles Times

The quiche was divinely riche, but it was a peek at 1987 Wimbledon champ Pat Cash that members of the Children's Home Society hungered for at a fashion show and brunch.

The 22-year-old Aussie, who is making accessory waves with the sparkling diamond stud he sports on his left ear, had declined to model men's finery for society members before playing in the finals of the Hartmarx Tennis Classic at the John Wayne Tennis Club.

"Pat didn't want to disturb his concentration," said Joseph Starzec, senior vice president with Racquet Club Apparel, during the society's $50-per-person brunch and fashion show Sunday at the Newporter Resort. "He's relaxed about fashion and intense about tennis."

No matter. Cash might just as well have been stalking the ramp with tennis pros John Fitzgerald, Vijay Amritraj and Kevin Curren (who upset the favored Cash to win the Hartmarx classic) for all the discussion about him by show commentator Thomas Gurtner.

"Cash may do for the diamond stud what football great Jim McMahon did for the headband," Gurtner said. And let's not forget what Chris Evert did for the diamond "tennis bracelet."

"Cash is fashionable because he's a winner, freer than most mortals to be an individual," Gurtner said, noting that individuality has always been the key to style.

Children's Home Society members, who weren't able to view Cash in one of Racquet Club Apparel's dapper business suits, got an eyeful of his colorful on-court attire: A black-and-white checkerboard headband reigned in his shaggy brown hair; his wristbands were a mismatched pair in peacock blue and flamingo coral, and teal green and red stripes played across the front of his pristine white shirt. And that sparkler--tricky to spot in the blinding sunlight--served up occasional volleys of refracted flash.

At a party the night before, Cash had looked as though he'd walked off the cover of Gentlemen's Quarterly magazine, Starzec said, when he arrived for the chic get-together at the Newporter for tourney participants and customers of Hartmarx Corp., a $1.1 billion Fortune 500 company celebrating 100 years in the clothing business.

"He wore, oh, I don't know, purply-silky pants, a white shirt and had his lovely girlfriend, Anne-Britt Khristiansen, with him," Starzec said.

The champ stayed until the party ended, he said, "but didn't drink alcohol--only orange juice."

Orange juice, along with the sinfully riche quiche and strawberries-with-cream were on the "Serve Love" brunch menu for members of the Children's Home Society. Table centerpieces of clear tennis ball containers bearing lemon-yellow daises and tennis balls and hearts on sticks, were the creation of Irvine watercolorist Ron Roesch, who has been a supporter of the society for the last 12 years, according to Nanette Sutherland, event chairwoman and chairwoman of fund development for the society's regional board.

Sutherland estimated benefit proceeds at approximately $5,000. "For this year's tournament, Hallmarx said they'd let us have one dollar from every gate ticket," she said.

Committee members included Rebecca Brundage, Allison Deerr, Pat Prickett, Kathy De Peri and Helen Hamilton. Melissa Dodson, director of the southern region for Childen's Home Society of California and Dorothy Fitzgerald, director of volunteer services, were among the guests.

The society--with its southern region office in Santa Ana--serves children through adoption, foster care, child care, counseling of expectant parents, public education and child advocacy services.
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Going for Glitter . . . Jewelry Adds That Fresh Touch
Omaha World-Herald
August 6, 1987
Kathleen Brown, World - Herald Staff Writer

Summer wardrobe doldrums getting you down?

Weary of crinkled cottons and wrinkled linens?

Thinking about being fickle to your faithful polyesters?

If you said yes to all of the above, you need a mid - season pick - me - up.

Nothing adds instant life to triedbut - tired clothing faster than jewelry. It makes you smile and adds mileage to dutiful duds.

Take a summer staple a black cotton shirtdress, for instance and experiment.

One day wear white accessories with gold jewelry. The next, switch to silver mixed with copper accents. Then try brown that's the hot color coming up for fall.

Be adventurous. Pair colors: yellow and green, red and purple, silver and turquoise, red and white, blue and green.

If simple elegance is your trademark, change your ways. Wear several bracelets instead of one. Put away that single strand of white pearls in favor of delicate gold chains.

The most fearsome costume jewelry around growls for attention.

Wooden, plastic, metal and leather necklaces, bracelets and earrings are naturals to go with the popular animal prints and safari styles.

Tie a zoo around your neck, snap tiger faces on your ears or wrap a snake around your wrist.

Gold jewelry in a variety of textures and styles comes plain or with an antique - looking patina in turquoise and cream shades.

Remember those simple gold hoop earrings, the ones the fashion experts said would be standard fare for this summer? Well, set them aside.

Instead, put on an oversized dangling version that's half gold and half antique turquoise, or half gold and half wood.

For glitter - loving gals, rhinestone jewelry abounds.

And regulation white, of course, still dazzles. But why not try a gold choker with a royal blue rhinestone engine and caboose for a front clasp? Or a gold bracelet accented with a fake watch face in a black and white checkerboard design?

Inexpensive watches with brightly colored bands add pizazz to any wardrobe. They look especially great with a "tennis" bracelet a simple, loose - fitting gold chain adorned with diamonds.

The item once was known as an "eternity bracelet," on the assumption, perhaps, that the woman who received one could count on her beau's love for eternity.

For women itching to wear diamonds with sports attire, what better way than a bracelet that moves with ease and bends with the wrist?

Versions of the tennis bracelet are moving briskly in the Midlands.

"It is one of our most popular items in the store," said Mark Schmelzer, manager of Borsheim's. "Prices range from $1,200 to $25,000 based upon the quality and size of diamonds. The sales are unbelievable. Chris Evert made them a hot item." If you can't afford the real thing, buy a copy.

At the Carriage Shop, for example, one can find a $20 version studded with a few cubic zirconia (simulated diamonds) in a gold - like setting.

But, according to a store spokesperson, you'll have to wait for a new order to arrive. "We're all sold out."
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This one claims that Prince Rainier had a diamond bracelet created for Chrissie. I know she "got around" but have never heard of a fling with him before.

Lexington Herald-Leader
September 3, 1987
Sue Wahlgren, Herald-Leader Lifestyle columnist

The invitations are out for a reception to mark the opening of the Laura Ashley store in Victorian Square.

Linda Carey, chairwoman for the reception, said "a garden party atmosphere with a blend of England and Kentucky" was being created in the atrium of the square for the preview party, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

There will be cocktails and a buffet supper by Truffles. Music will be by the Ashland Trio, dulcimer players Bob and Susie Hutchison and guitarist Dan Brock.

"All this for just $25 a person," Mrs. Carey said, and the proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation.

Many of the Laura Ashley products are manufactured in McKee.

Among those who have been invited to be special guests at the reception are Mayor Scotty Baesler and his wife, Alice, and Gov. Martha Layne Collins and her husband, Dr. Bill Collins.

Sarah Callander, vice president of Laura Ashley's American operations, was in Lexington recently to discuss details for the opening.

She said she and all the Laura Ashley people were excited about the establishment of a store in Lexington.

She was the luncheon guest of Lois Mateus Musselman, a former commissioner of the Kentucky Department of the Arts. She became interested in the Ashley operation when former Kentucky first lady Phyllis George Brown was encouraging an interest and support of Kentucky arts.

Reservations for the opening can be made by mailing a check to Mrs. Carey, 1616 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Ky. 40502, and should be made out to the
Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation.

A reception is planned on Sunday for New Zealand artist Peter Williams, who is giving a one-man show at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Oct. 28.

Williams is known in Kentucky for the series of equine paintings he did for Keeneland in observance of its 50th anniversary.

The reception is by invitation.

It's celebration time at The Lexington School.

On Oct. 9, an evening of festivities will include a gourmet dinner and a live and silent auction.

Proceeds go for improvements to the school on Lane Allen Road.

The invitation reads, "Bring your family and friends to a Greek experience of good food and fun. Abandon your cares and woes, for at a Greek festival, anything goes."

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Hall at Lexington Center on Sept. 13. It will include Greek food, Greek music and dancing, Greek pastries, an art exhibit and Greek boutiques and jewelry.

This is the second year that the Greek Orthodox Church has presented the festival.

More details are available by calling the Rev. Pierre Delfos, 266-1921; John Pantazakos, 273-3083; or Michael Kouremetis, 873-4242.

Auction items for the annual Bash of the University of Kentucky Athletic Club will range from pigskin to diamonds.

The big party will be held this year at The Red Mile to accommodate the crowd that traditionally gathers after the first UK football game.

This year, the party will start right after the last whistle on Sept. 12 when the Wildcats meet Utah State University.

The diamonds are in the form of what is called a "diamond tennis bracelet"
because it is a copy of one that Prince Rainier had fashioned for tennis star Chris Evert. It was donated by Lansdowne Diamond Gallery, where it is now on display.

The pigskin, of course, is the game ball, which has brought in big profits at past parties.

This is the 15th year for The Bash, and club secretary Kay Sargent said club officers were hoping that those who attended that first event will return for this year's celebration.

Tickets are $20 in advance and are for sale at all First Security National Bank & Trust Co. branches and Randall's stores. Tickets at the door will be $25.

Information on tickets is available by calling the club office, 272-3309. All proceeds go to Cardinal Hill Hospital

The members of the Lexington Philharmonic Women's Guild have planned an old-fashioned family picnic in the country to honor members of the orchestra and board.

The outing will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the home of Jerrye and Peter Haggerty on Old Frankfort Pike.

Features of the evening will be a lemonade stand and ice cream sundae bar. A disc jockey will furnish music for dancing.

Barry and Macki Warren are sponsors for the event.
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Earliest known jewelry malfunction story.

Diamond Buyer Must Know C's
Omaha World-Herald
October 1, 1987

Considering buying a diamond?

Let the four C's be your guide, says Mary Pat O'Rourke, spokeswoman for the Diamond Information Center in New York City.

And go to a jeweler you trust.

"Two diamonds that look alike at first may, in fact, be very different," she said. "And two diamonds of equal size can have very unequal values.

"Consumers need to trust their jewelers, just as they do their doctors and dentists. Reputable dealers usually belong to either the American Gem Society or Jewelers of America. Another way to select a jeweler is to go to one your parents or friends use." Then, learn the lingo.

"The 4 C's to consider when shopping for a diamond are cut, color, clarity and carat weight," Ms. O'Rouke said. She explained: Diamonds are cut into a number of shapes. The most popular are round, oval, pear, heart, marquise and emerald. When cut to good proportions, the diamond is better able to handle light, creating more sparkle.

The best color is no color. A totally colorless diamond allows white light to pass effortlessly through it and be dispersed as rainbows of color. On a color grading scale, no color is the highest followed by near colorless, faint yellow, very light yellow and light yellow." To determine clarity, a diamond is viewed under 10 - power magnification by a trained eye. Most diamonds contain natural flaws or inclusions. One that is free of interior or exterior inclusions is rare and therefore more valuable.

Weight is measured in carats. One carat is divided into 100 points. A diamond of 75 points weighs .75 carats.

Improper storage is a common mistake people make when caring for their jewelry, Ms. O'Rourke said.

"A diamond is the hardest substance there is. And the only thing that will cut a diamond is another diamond." So don't put your diamond jewelry together, side by side, she said. Instead, place each piece in a felt bag or wrap it separately in tissue paper to prevent scratching.

The current trend in diamond jewelry is the tennis bracelet, Ms. O'Rourke said.

"The diamond - lined bracelet has been around for awhile, but it came into popularity when one flew off Chris Evert's wrist while she was playing tennis. The television cameras panned in on the bracelet, and it has been a hot item ever since." Cost of the single strand of sparkling stones varies, she said, depending on size and quality of the diamonds. "They start at $500 and can go as high as, well, anything." Imagine that.

L'Oreal has two additions to its Studio Line Styling Products: Modeling Spritz and Mega Gel.

The spritz is a non - aerosol spray designed to dispense quickly and dry slowly to give the user more styling time. The gel is meant for those hairstyles that need extra - strength holding power. Both retail for $4.35.

From Elizabeth Arden comes a new member of its Visible Difference collection: Refining Moisture Lotion. The lotion has sunscreen protection (SPF4) and comes in a frosted glass cylinder. Cost: $22.50 for 1.35 ounces.

Q. Do you have any tips on how to keep a tie in good condition?

A. Some ties are easier to take care of than others.

A lightweight silk, for example, may be prone to distortion and puckering along the edges.

And some dyes are water soluble and bleed when the you try to remove a stain, making the stained area look even worse.

However, there are several moves you can make to keep your ties looking good, according to the International Fabricare Institute: Take stained ties to a reputable dry cleaner within a week. Many stains become deeply set with the passage of time.

Unknot the tie when you take it off and hang it or store it rolled up in a drawer. This will relieve stress on the fabric and allow wrinkles to relax between wearings.

When you buy a tie, inspect it for puckering and distortion of the pattern and for pulled threads. These problems will get worse in wear and cleaning.

Q. Last week you mentioned a new product, Stock Exchange boxer shorts, and suggested they would be a good Christmas gift for the man who has everything. Where can I find these shorts that are imprinted with daily stock market quotes?

A. According to Gigi Nichols, a spokeswoman with the Menswear Mart in Dallas, the shorts made by Waddles Sportswear are available in Omaha at Innovations, Karen's Hallmark and R.S.V.P. Ms. Nichols said the shorts, which retail for about $17, are also available through the Paragon mail - order catalog. To order, call 1 - 401 - 596 - 0134.

Q. How is hair styled into a French twist?

A. The neat, pulled - back hairdo popular in the late 1950s and early '60s is back.

To get the look, gather long hair into a ponytail, twist locks and loop them in the middle at the back of your head. Tuck the end of the ponytail under with hairpins, forming a seam - like line. Pin stray hairs at the top, sides and bottom.

For a flirty twist at the top, curl end of ponytail in a spiral effect.
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The Morning Call
Allentown, PA
December 13, 1987
SARA MUIR, The Morning Call

Has the holiday hoopla got you feeling extravagant and generous?

You could indulge that favorite man with a 14-carat gold pocket knife for $320. Or spoil your "perfect" grandchild with a $6,000 life-size stuffed elephant. And the lady of the hour would love a "tennis" bracelet, an anything-but-sporty circle of sparkling diamonds.

But if you and your wallet are in a more realistic realm, then video cameras, designer clothes, electronic keyboards and Winnie the Pooh are on your shopping list this season. These are just some of the "hot" sellers at stores throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Business is brisk for area merchandisers and shoppers are grabbing upscale items. Richard Raab, manager at Sears in the Whitehall Mall, reports that his popular sellers are Camcorders, compact disc players, VCRs, cordless tools and wide-screen television sets. In the unique category, Sear's has a gadget for the tub which gives the effect of a hydro-massage and a top-of-the-line refrigerator for $2,500 that has a wine cooling rack, ice maker, water machine and digital temperature read-out. Winnie the Pooh dressed for Christmas is an attraction for children, as well as pillows with faces called "Pillow People," which sold out in half an hour on a recent Saturday morning.

A sell-out for Macy's in the Lehigh Valley Mall is a home aquarium, available in a bubble gum or hexagon shape for under $30. The men's department has been especially busy this season, according to Judy Clapper, regional manager for public relations at Macy's. Here big items are denim jeans, rugby shirts, plaid flannel shirts and a hand knit sweater with an Aztec print on the front, a surprise seller since it has a price tag of $100.

N For filling the stockings, Macy's has the popular clothes shaver by Windmere, which takes all those pesky dust balls off your sweaters for just $10. And Clapper said all electronics - from keyboards, TV games and radio- controlled cars to hair crimpers - are "going like crazy."

Shoppers at Hess's stores are also heading for the electronics, especially Camcorders and a $200 Fisher-Price video camera for children, complete with a black and white TV monitor. Wayne Holben, director of public relations for Hess's, said the store recently sold a $4,000 6-foot stuffed polar bear and a life-size Santa Claus for over $1,000. But don't panic - you still have time to buy a life-size stuffed elephant ($6,000), giraffe ($3,000) or horse ($4,500) for the child in your life!

Holben reported that fine diamond and gold jewelry and designer clothes are doing well for adults, but "senior" shoppers are still attracted to ready-to-wear designs. His suggestions for stocking stuffers are an emergency light by Totes; "Digits," small finger watches for $34, and the "Calling Card," a hand-held calculator and computer address book for $35.

A computerized "business card" is also one of the four biggest sellers for the home at John Wanamaker in the Lehigh Valley Mall. The other three listed by Robert Reitmeyer, store manager, are the "Beer Bell," a small barbell with a mug attached that goes for $9.99; a $19.99 hand blender for fruits, beverages and desserts, and a portable hot spa for the tub ($69.99). Teens are spending their allowances on acid- or stone-washed jean skirts, jackets and pants and leather mini skirts. Their younger brothers and sisters want the same acid-washed sporty clothes and holiday dresses with a sophisticated look.

"People don't seem to be holding back from buying the more expensive items," Reitmeyer said. Women are dressing up in elegant silk blouses, beaded sweaters and black lace dresses. "Last year we sold mostly wool sweaters," he elaborated, "but this year it's running 50 - 50 for wool and cotton." And in men's accessories, he sees a trend for paisley ties and suspenders.

Men's sportswear is likewise selling well at Leh's, according to Jim Koch, general merchandising manager for the department store. His other items attracting attention are fashion watches and small leather goods in accessories; better sweaters for women; flannel sheets and wool mattress pads and small brass window candles to add a festive touch to your holiday windows.

Pam Campbell, china and crystal buyer for Appel-Jeweler Inc., can't keep enough Waterford crystal in stock.

She is selling its popular designs in stemware, bowls, fancy pieces and this year's tree ornament, "Four Calling Birds," which buyers will add to their Waterford collection. Other hot gift items are personalized stationery in the traditional colors of blue and pink for the ladies, and brown, burgundy and grey for men; music boxes for children, and Herend china, a hand- painted porcelain from Hungary that has been picking up in sales over the past few years.

Gold and silver Tiffany jewelry, designed by Paloma Picasso and Elsa Perretti, is a big seller at Appel's this season, according to Terry Fistner. Women are buying necklaces, pins and earrings, especially in the "scribble" pattern. Old favorites, like add-a-pearl necklaces for little girls and chains and watches for men, are still going strong.

The Allentown store has two new ideas in jewelry: gold-filled and sterling button covers at about $25 a set to take the place of more expensive cuff links and the diamond "tennis" bracelet, so named because Chris Evert dropped one from her wrist during a tennis match.

The gold pocket knife and a $56 gold toothpick, a good item for those who have it all, are listed in Freeman Jeweler's catalog. Elaine Smith, advertising and merchandising manager, reports the store is doing a good holiday business, particularly in estate jewelry, cultured pearls, diamond engagement and anniversary rings and big earrings.

As always, Mr. Claus likes to fill in the spaces of his Christmas bag with books. This year he is choosing "Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe; "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" by Cleveland Amory and the paperback, "Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things" by Charles Panati, according to a salesperson at the Moravian Book Shop. For the kids, seasonal books like "Polar Express" and Shari Lewis' "One Minute Christmas Stories" are favorites. And as usual, Moravian stars, trimmed beeswax candles and traditional tree ornaments are drawing crowds for their annual pilgrimage to Bethlehem.
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