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Diana Hall on Jewelry



By Judy Carmack Bross



“I have always loved jewelry since I was a little girl.”  Diana Rodi Hall.

Tiffany, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Chopard, and their magical jewels: Kashmir sapphires, Burmese rubies, and Columbian emeralds and so many more which she examined, compared, designed, and sold.   Who but Diana Hall could have impacted the success of global jewelry houses in such an elegant and transformational way? And who could be having more fun now in her career, off on her own heading the Diana Rodi Hall collection?

“After leaving the big houses behind, my husband pushed me to start my own business after several great clients continued to seek my advice. I started very small, and the business has grown organically into a full time job, continuing my passion for jewelry. Now that I am my own boss, there are no constraints, and I search high and low to find the right piece for my client.”

Hall has been selling jewelry since she was 14.

“I grew up on the near North side of Chicago, and my mother frequently took her three daughters to Cassandra’s Jewelry Store, located at the time next to the Esquire Theater. Cassandra and Leona, who were in their mid-80s owned the shop.  One Friday, when we were visiting, one of the employees hadn’t shown up, and they asked if I could fill-in that day. I started working Saturdays and a few holidays and fell in love with both the jewelry and connections I made with clients. I had found my niche.”

Hall told us about how her career in the jewelry business took off quickly, expanding into design and leadership roles.

“At 25, I opened Cartier’s Michigan Avenue salon in Chicago and became the company’s youngest boutique manager.  For seven years, I served as the U.S. representative on the Cartier Design Committee in Paris, where I helped influence Cartier’s design decisions for the global market. After twenty years with Cartier, I joined Graff as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. From there, I moved to Harry Winston as the Global Vice President of High Jewelry. All of these great houses exposed me to the rarest gems in the world.”

“I have developed a world-class eye in terms of both beauty, value, and craftsmanship. I have examined, compared and sold some of the most exceptional stones available across the globe. My strong connection with the diamond industry allows me direct access to sourcing these gems.”

Here’s how she explains the Diana Rodi Hall collection.

“I specialize in three areas: Italian jewelry, engagement rings and classic diamond staples. All are handmade at the highest quality and at the best value. Jewelry should be beautiful but also functional; you don’t want a bracelet where it takes three people to figure out the clasp.”

On the day we talked, Hall had just delivered an order to a customer’s front door. 

“He called at noon to say that it was his wife’s birthday, and he thought she’d already chosen a gift. Knowing she was eyeing some pieces in my collection, he was able to quickly find the perfect gifts. When you buy from the large houses you have to go through unbelievable rigmarole when you place a phone order.”

Hall’s advice you can bank on: here are some of her tips.

“First of all, classics are great and can be complemented with another piece with a twist. My clients like to wear two of my bracelets next to a Cartier Love bracelet.  I adore things in threes;  The look is stackable and not flashy.  Create a look that represents your individual style. Make sure it’s comfortable, wearable, and of course, quality. Just having jewelry that you take out of the safe six times a year is no fun.  Clients want jewelry that feels like a second skin.”

“I remember in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s that it was the fashion to dress head to toe in Chanel.  Now just as you might mix a Chanel jacket with Levi’s Jeans, mixing Cartier with Diana Hall pieces makes sense.  You don’t want to be a walking advertisement for any house.”

One of her favorite parts of her job is helping choose engagement rings.

“There is a lot of confusion in buying diamonds, and clients need guidance. Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight all matter, and it’s essential to have a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate. I like being straightforward when guiding a couple through the nuances and hidden realities of buying an engagement ring. It is such a joy to be a part of the happy occasion and later receive photos of the happy couple.”

Hall has recently returned from Venice where she attended the largest jewelry show in Europe.  “Things are definitely not back to normal yet. There were just a few Americans there. But these shows are so much fun for discovering new designs.”

Hall’s daughter Jackie, global marketing manager for TikTok, has caught the jewelry bug as well.

“We worked together to create a design, and many of her friends have had first dibs on buying it. She’s in the process of launching her own company, RODI design.

Hall herself talks a lot about joy, helping others find just the right fit and just the right piece. “When a customer says, ‘Diana, I just love this item. I haven’t taken it off, it brings me much happiness,’ I feel very blessed”

For further information visit:  dianarodihall.com

Astrologer’s Almanac June 13- 19~Bridge past to Future!




Victoria Martin


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Astrological Forecast Advice & Mass Psychology

June 13– 19, 2021

Highlights This Week 

May 29-Jun 22 FORECAST A marathon that includes successful exercises and therapy is just the thing. ADVICE The information or media choices are best if enhanced by theatrical touches and good branding.

Mercury Retrograde  May 29- June 22 

June 4-24 FORECAST This is the main challenge for 2021: bridge past to future! The schemes are pulled at each end: tradition and novelty. ADVICE Perhaps a bit like the Silver-Gold proverb: make new friends but keep the old.

Saturn Square Uranus

Sunday, June 13

2nd of 3 days FORECAST Confidence in one’s own special talents brings ascent to a higher level. ADVICE Fog-clearing happens with physical exercise, a good night’s sleep, laughter, and healthy nutrition!

Sun Square Neptune 

Wee Hours-Morning FORECAST Talents in performance, media, or sports assist in professional competitions. A powerful network and the ability to make good things happen is a big plus. ADVICE The optimum direction change is away from entitled and narcissist towards humble and service-oriented. An attitude of willingness to work and cooperation will enhance reputation.

Moon Opposed Pluto

Afternoon-Evening FORECAST Strong or athletic physical presence is striking in person. Also, a branded or media-savvy presentation is good. Showmanship demos an engagement with life and captivating imagination. Catalysts for action and action bring a best-case outcome! ADVICE Backup purpose with something noble; best to shun sensationalism! The urge for freedom is natural. An inclination to severe judgment may be slow progress. A crafty nature breeds doubt and stunts fellowship.

Moon Conjunct Mars

Monday, June 14

3rd of 3 days FORECAST Operations call for us to root out the illusion, refute lies, and purge indulgence! Listing facts and figures help that elimination process. ADVICE Clearing and cleansing is a therapeutic exercise! Truth-telling to one’s own self is especially strengthening. Correct insights are valuable to spread around as well!

Sun Square Neptune  

Afternoon-Evening FORECAST Educational events, celebrations, or historical pageants hold special meaning. Participation provides an upbeat context for human life. Upward striving and goal setting are energized. ADVICE Explanations of resources’ categories and usage guides are available; individual customizing is favored.

Moon Square Uranus

Afternoon  FORECAST The miracles shown in theatrical experiences or ceremonies are attractive and often useful.  A test shows prevailing mood and an exam from all angles describes dominant trends ADVICE A temporary schism between brain and gut feelings calls for the integration of both together. This helps to set up healthy work and a sustainable team.

Moon Opposed Saturn 

All Day FORECAST The top oxymoron/conundrum for 2021 is advance to the future innovations yet retain some tradition, sentiment, and ‘Old School’ values. ADVICE Turning points for the year are Feb 17, Jun 14 & Dec 24, We will decide what will swing sy—fy and what will stay classic… or meld the two!

Saturn square Uranus

Tuesday, June 15 

All Day FORECAST We’ll all be making monumental decisions, compromises, and syntheses. ADVICE Passed in previous investments are uploaded into cherished or hoped-for outcome once-in-a-lifetime basis.

Saturn square Uranus

Wednesday, June 16

Wee Hours-Morning FORECAST Supply demand and educational needs are obvious. Assemblies with ethnic, intellectual, or professional peers are favored. ADVICE Great luck via communing with kindred spirits.

Moon Opposed Jupiter

Night-Wee Hours FORECAST Soulful direction and guidance is a welcome addition. The use of innovative or contrary thinking is enhanced by today’s activity. ADVICE Compassionate helpers and/or expert specialty performance round out the program. New human-centered technology and exciting yet satisfying groups are forming

Moon Trine Uranus

Thursday, June 17

Wee Hours-Morning  FORECAST Here’s the focus on fame yet some used for a noble purpose. Retrospectives, reviews, or reenactments get updated in terms of lessons and perspectives. ADVICE These are a big hit and appealing beyond expectations.

Moon Square Mercury

Afternoon-Evening FORECAST Grounding for face-defining operations provides relief and inspiration due to nature’s beauty and or the healing properties of elements sun, wind, and water. ADVICE These sensitizing, centering experiences can balance idealism. That is in nature or ceremonies contain Proverbs and lessons as well as power and awe.

Moon Opposed Neptune

Evening-Night FORECAST Grounding in nature’s glory and ceremonies let’s celebrate rites of passage or seasons are on the agenda. ADVICE They have been—or need to be– upgraded or modernized to suit the needs of 21st-century sophisticates, corporations, and organizations.

Moon Trine Pluto

All Day Peaks at sunset FORECAST Here’s time for troubleshooting or worst-case analysis. ADVICE Outcome indicates that even while expecting the best possible manifestation and living in an ideal mindset. There are static or fascinating contexts that deserve treatment

Moon Square Sun

Friday, June 18.

All Day FORECAST Even if the optimum transaction is initially lacking there are checkpoints, needs, and corrections or improvements to be made. ADVICE Reference to projects started at the solar eclipse June 10 or the new Moon phase June 8 – 12.

1st Q moon ‘Grace Period’ continues!

Saturday, June 19

Late Night- Wee Hours  FORECAST Survivalist cat sticks are enhanced by authoritative wizardry. ADVICE Pull together all skills in science and art to create a good story and a miraculous output.

Moon Trine Saturn

Wee Hours-Morning  FORECAST Engineering feats are helped by tips from experts. ADVICE Emphasize stamina, communication marathons, and other champion behavior.

Moon Trine Mercury 

Afternoon-Evening FORECAST Sacred stories and cultural treasures are used as part of contests and competitions. This is the way to transcend social pressure. ADVICE Contests, games, sports board debates are good formats. A bit of jousting can relieve pressure and new friendships are formed.

Moon Square Venus

Late Night- Wee Hours FORECAST The riches of cultural stories, beauty, and sounds are pleasing aroused passions hard to control. Cultural or ethnic group origins is a hot topic. ADVICE Be sure you know what you’re doing before you appropriate something that is essentially trademarked or privileged.

Moon Square Pluto

Highlights late June – mid July 

June 22-26 FORECAST Hypersensitive, empathetic mode is used for crafting the perfect lesson or initiation. This is a good time to make a positive impact and influence family, community, and colleagues since these arenas are impressionable! We are all questioning what attracts people to go to a place. Is it magnetism, gravity or a special ‘draw’ ? It is obvious and acknowledged as ‘good energy’. ADVICE Add on new methods/ways to reach a more perceptive mental state, clear attunement, or emotional enlightenment. Biometric measurements –as simple as breath and pulse –help track reactions or improve mood.

Full Moon Near Solstice

June 29-July 3 FORECAST Rugged assignments are easier with advanced training. This is a ‘combat zone’ state of mind so self-defense is basic. ADVICE Work smart.  General guidance is that it is time to toughen up! Complaining is no use but it is good to help others and relieve suffering.

Mars Opposed Saturn

July 7-11 FORECAST Discovery of the divine in daily life seems easy at this time. A focus on minerals, chemicals & resources assist progress. Dealers of commodities and pharmaceuticals are featured. ADVICE A small action yields a big effect. Best demeanor is a charismatic, friendly and scintillating one. This is celebrated in people, scenes or ideas.

New Moon Phase @ super Star Sirius

By Victoria Martin

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