For nearly 20 years, Lucas Ruppli has been Chief of the Design Department at FURRER JACOT in Switzerland, overseeing the development of outstanding luxury partner jewelry.
Lucas Ruppli was born in Schaffhausen, a small town famous in Europe for its gold and silversmith ateliers. This influence, combined with his childhood passion for collecting gemstones, motivated him to become a goldsmith. As the Chief of the Design Department at Furrer Jacot, Switzerland, he is also responsible for the goldsmith students within the company. Mr. Ruppli is constantly teaching willing young apprentices the art of craftmanship and manufacturing of jewelry. In addition, he is a consultant at a technical college for future goldsmiths. In 2000, Mr. Ruppli reached the final of the Diamonds International Awards and in 2004 he was one of the winners of the renowned Diamonds International Awards.
His sources of inspiration are based in so many different fields such as nature, architecture, the society or industrial design. The father of two personally prefers to explain the design idea for each individual as: “I deeply care about creating objects that have shapes and forms and relationships which derive from nature, architecture, society at large or from the mechanical industry. Looking at technical objects, I am interested about the details and on how they are integrated in the whole object.”
The designer also needs peace of mind, physical, mental and emotional well-being in order to be able to create. But the spark itself emerges from something deeper, something that triggers a chain of thoughts that will lead to something as significant as a wedding band. “I combine things that might not fit together,” he says in a calm and reserved voice, “for example, how can I make a wedding ring out of a pigeon that has been run over?” It may sound provocative on the surface, but it makes sense, more often, it may be one of the fundamental laws of creativity. The designer needs the mental tension, the dissonance that seeks a resolution in a finished product.
When a happy couple purchases wedding bands designed by him, then the tension is present as well as the resolution; certainly an excellent prospect for a healthy and harmonious marriage.
Lucas Ruppli will be at Michael C. Fina (500 Park Avenue) for a special Furrer-Jacot trunk show on Thursday, March 6. Clients will be able to speak with him about his designs and the event will be introducing the new 2014 wedding band collections, as well as the premier of Furrer-Jacot’s new engagement ring collection. For more information or to make an appointment for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian McHardy was born in 1953 in South Africa. His family history in the diamond industry dates back 4 generations to the late 1800’s, where his great-grandfather, William McHardy, was appointed the first general manager of Premier Diamond Mining Company at the newly discovered diggings at Cullinan in 1903. Premier Mine would become the world’s focus with the discovery of the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found, and still enjoys that distinction today. The prosperous mine would go on to produce many more large diamonds, and still today accounts for 25 % of world production. The McHardy House at Premier Mine in South Africa where four generations of McHardy’s have lived was declared a national monument in 1986. Family photographs still grace the walls and the furniture and decor have all been preserved and it is now open to the public.
William passed away in 1913, but not before grooming his son, Donald, for the job of general manager. Donald McHardy (Brian’s grandfather) was born at Premier Mine and remained at the helm of the company until Premier was bought out by the De beers Corporation in 1935. At this time he was commissioned by Sir Earnest Oppenheimer to become the resident director of De Beers operations at Kimberley to oversee the 7 mines reputed to be the richest diamond find in the world. His passing in 1965 marked 65 years of service to the company.
In the tradition of the family, Donald McHardy’s son James was born and raised at Premier Mine. After a formal education he entered the employ of DeBeers and began training as a diamond classifier. His keen eye would serve him well and he soon rose to the head of his department. His training would eventually take him to London in 1956 to train diamond sorters at the newly formed Central Selling Organization, the marketing arm of DeBeers.
Brian McHardy, son of James, was born and raised in South Africa and spent most of his formative years divided between Premier Mine at Cullinan and the mines at Kimberley. His exposure to the diamond industry led him on a course to pursue a career in diamond cutting. In 1969 he entered into a diamond cutting apprenticeship program with Gustave Katz, one of the most prestigious diamond cutting houses in the country at the time. He spent ten years at Katz honing his diamond skills in all aspects of the cutting industry.
Brian immigrated to America in 1980 after been offered an opportunity to run a diamond cutting facility in Los Angeles. In 1985 he started Premier Diamond Cutting Works which he still owns and operates today.
In addition, for the last fifteen years Brian has worked as a global trainer and master diamond cutter with the Hearts On Fire Company. He has been with them since its inception in 1996 as part of a team that developed in-store training programs designed to teach sales associates product differentiation and selling techniques. His passion for diamonds combined with forty 44 years of diamond cutting experience has enabled him to present the training programs in a concise and engaging manner. Brian has conducted training sessions and diamond cutting demonstration worldwide and has appeared on television programs including several segments of “Bill Nye, The Science Guy”, currently in syndication.
Brian has been married to his wife, Susan, for 38 years. He has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies include horses, motorcycles, music and travel.
For two days only, Michael C. Fina will be featuring the world’s largest collection of Hearts On Fire diamond jewelry. During the two day event, guests will have the chance to meet and speak to Brian McHardy. The event will take place at Michael C. Fina (500 Park Avenue) on February 12-13 from 10am to 7pm each day. To secure an appointment, please email email@example.com.
Join Georgina Bell, Global Ambassador for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, as she takes you through three one-of-a-kind single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies. Capturing rarity and perfection in a glass and by dispelling myth and stereotype, Georgie will introduce your senses to a truly unique whisky experience from the world’s foremost Scotch Whisky Club.
Meet Maeve Gillies of MaeVona & Preview MaeVona’s New Ring Collections
Co-founded in 2005 in New York City by Maeve Gillies, MaeVona quickly was recognized as a new force in bridal jewelry with a genuine story and authentic heritage. MaeVona offered women something truly innovative, fresh and exciting in a bridal market filled with products that focused mostly on diamond content; Maeve’s designs were all about innovation, practicality, and uniqueness, offering that elusive combination of something modern, but also classic.
As the world changed in 2008 and women sought to break away from established trends – expressing their personality while carefully considering budget – MaeVona quickly became one of the hottest young bridal brands in America. Since this time, MaeVona has grown from being a new young business to becoming established as an industry must-have for top stores across America and Canada, and now also in the UK, available only in the finest independent retail jewelry stores.
Due to an overwhelming response, this event is at capacity.
500 Park Avenue (E. 59th Street between Madison & Park)
Featuring your favorite designs from:
Michael B., Jeff Cooper, A. Jaffe, Penny Preville, Mark Patterson, MaeVona, Temple St. Clair, Erica Courtney, JB Star and more!
Exclusive Event Offer:
Receive a gift certificate* with your wedding band purchase
$250 gift certificate with wedding band purchases between $2,500 and $4,999
$500 gift certificate with wedding band purchases between $5,000 and $7,499
$750 gift certificate with wedding band purchases of $7,500 or more
*May not be combined with any other discount, promotion, or offer. Not valid on sterling silver flatware, loose diamonds and other gemstones, repairs or engravings. Not valid on previous orders. Can only be used on future purchases. Not valid towards the purchase of a Michael C. Fina gift certificate. Not valid on international orders. Expires August 31, 2013.
February 10, 2011 Michael C. Fina hosted our second Gilt Groupe, Gilt City NYC event! Our Valentine’s Day Cupcakes, Cocktails & Diamonds event featured fabulous prizes for the “Sweetheart Giveaway,” a Brocade Heart Pendant from Hearts On Fire, and a get away to the luxurious Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.
At the event guests were invited to peruse our fine pieces, try on diamond jewelry by Hearts On Fire and take pictures of themselves in full glam in “The Digital Photobooth.” Guests also sipped on Mionetto Prosecco, created wish-lists at our creation stations while they enjoyed sweets, treats and more!