Archive for December 2014

 
 

La Mine d’Or’s Top 10 Christmas Gifts – 2014 Jewellery Edition

Well, after perusing through a few Google searches about “What’s Hot and What’s Not” for Christmas gifts in 2014, I quickly realized that jewellery was amiss. On that note, we decided to put together our first edition of La Mine d’Or’s Top 10 Christmas Gifts, Jewellery Edition.

Maple-Leaf-Diamond-Bangle-Bracelet#10 – Maple Leaf Diamond Bangle Bracelet – Give her a piece of Canada with this unique bracelet. Beautifully crafted, this bracelet holds seven upper grade Canadian diamonds that weigh a total of 0.69ct. $3400

Elma-Gil-Pendant-Swivel-Halo-Diamond-Pendant-DP300#9 – Elma Gil Designed Swivelling Pendant – This masterpiece can be worn three different ways! Each piece of the pendant swivels to reveal a side littered in upper grade diamonds and the other side in beautiful polished rose or white gold. All this to showcase an exquisite diamond dangling in the center. $4500.

The beauty of these pendants is that they can easily be used to re-purpose a diamond you might not be wearing. So you can pick a style, and we’ll mount your diamond!

 

 

Simon-G-Dinner-Ring-MR2616#8 – Simon G Designed Dinner Ring – Pure art! The handcrafted detailing on this ring is sure to take her breath away. Etched by the finest artisans in the world, Simon G never ceases to impress. $3400

 

 

 

 

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#7 – Rolex Yacht-Master II – For the man who has everything, this timepiece is a trophy for his wrist. This watch screams classy, and you likely won’t see two of these in the same room at the same time. $20000

 

 

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#6 – Stackable Diamond Rings – Stackable rings is the perfect addition to any jewellery box. They add variety to any finger they adorn, and not only that, they’re fun! $269/ea

 

 

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#5 – Waterman Exception Rollerball Pen – As much as we use keyboards and touch screens to write these days, sometimes we still need to sign on the dotted line. Do it in style. This is what we call a “Closing Pen”. $600

in-out-diamond-hoop-earrings#4 – Diamond Hoops – A Classic. Guaranteed never to go out of style. The inside out style keeps her sparkling on all angles, as she should. $2500

Hoops come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We have them all.

 

 

 

 

Pearl-Necklace-Akoya#3 – Pearls – Adorned by civilizations going back as far as history records itself, pearls are the true organic gem. Beautiful Akoya Pearls are enough to inspire any outfit. $700

We have every color, size and type of pearl you might be looking for. From the rarest Tahitian Pearls to beautiful freshwater pearls. get a jeweller you trust to explain the differences between the types of pearls. It’s truly a remarkable gem.

 

 

 

 

KOR4658-RETOUCH_ONLY2#2 – Michael Kors Watch – If fashion is what she likes, then Michael Kors has definitely entered her vocabulary at some point. Littered with crystals, Michael Kors has definitely set the trend for Big, Bold, and Beautiful.  $335

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond-Stud-Earrings#1 – Diamond Studs – A gift that keeps on giving, these will be her favorite for years to come. She’ll wear them every day and probably sleep with them on. Now that’s love. Starting at $450

 

 

 

 

One thing’s for sure, make sure spoil that special someone this Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

The La Mine d’Or Family

The Inventor of Rolex – Hans Wilsdorf

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visionary par excellence – 

Few individuals can be said to have been both of their time and ahead of their time. And yet, Hans Wilsdorf, founder of Rolex and visionary par excellence, was precisely that. This rare and timeless mix epitomizes both the man and the brand he created. The prodigious and prolific innovator, who died in 1960, left an invaluable legacy to watchmaking in general and to Rolex in particular.

Today, it is impossible to imagine a world where the wristwatch is not common currency. Yet, that was the case in 1905. Times were however changing. Lifestyles and dress codes as well. Hans Wilsdorf, only 24, “convinced of its enormous potential in a sports-minded country . . . like Great Britain”, was determined to create a wristwatch as robust and reliable as the pervasive pocket watch, then the order of the day. No easy task. Precision had yet to be perfected in a case of such minuscule proportions, as he distinctly reminds us: “At that period, the wristlet watch was . . . an object of derision. Watchmakers all over the world remained skeptical as to its possibilities and believed this new-fangled object was bound [for] failure.”

THE ONE AND ONLY

Hans-Wilsdorf-Tommy-TaylorIt was especially Hans Wilsdorf’s unbridled daring and determination that led to the development of the ubiquitous wristwatch and catapulted the Rolex brand to the distinguished position it has occupied for over acentury. As early as 1914, in a letter from a body of lifelong and lively correspondence, the resolute Hans Wilsdorf proclaimed: “We want to be the first . . . and the Rolex watch should be regarded as the one and only, thebest!” A crystal ball could not have been any clearer.

Indeed, not only did Hans Wilsdorf shape our perception of the wristwatch per se, its place, its purpose and its potential. He also made Rolex the ultimate reference in fine watchmaking, by consistently upholding the immutable values that defy time. Quality, passion and excellence. To this day, that very spirit, fired as much by dedication and perseverance as by foresight and imagination, permeates every Rolex workshop, every research laboratory, every department, confirming what Wilsdorf knew, in his heart of hearts, to be true from the very start: “Originality and quality [must be] our slogan for the future in every country. Every [Rolex] watch must be an ambassador of quality.”

ZEST AND ZEITGEIST

Rolex Chronometric CertificationHans Wilsdorf’s uncanny ability to take the pulse and set the pace of his times, respond with incomparable deftness and reactivity, and anticipate customers’ evolving needs translated into an unprecedented number of firsts for the brand and for the industry. From chronometric certification to the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, from the Perpetual rotor to the Professional watch models.

COSC logo“Rolex must continuously strive to think and act differently from the rest. Therein lies my greatest strength,” wrote Hans Wilsdorf.

That non-stop spirit of enterprise and innovation extended to every conceivable domain, from intellectual property – and the wisdom of coining, registering and protecting, as early as 1908, a resonant brand name such as Rolex – to avant-garde marketing, communication and testimonial advertising strategies, light years ahead of their time.

 

VISION AND VALUES

By adhering tenaciously to the traditional values he held dear, ever vigilant in the present and continuously imagining the future, Hans Wilsdorf created a truly timeless brand, at once classic and contemporary, and found a virtually magical formula for perpetuity, the very alchemy of the Rolex brand. At 70 plus, Hans Wilsdorf displayed the same unflagging spirit of his early years: “I am over 75 years old. However, I am still full of enthusiasm for the watchmaking cause, to which I regularly contribute fresh ideas.”

BOLDNESS AND BEAUTY

No doubt, his resounding message to us today would be the selfsame message of yesteryear: “Step boldly. Success demands courage and iron will.”