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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

Happy Mother’s Day






By Michelle Crowe


Vanessa Redgrave, her late daughter Natasha Richardson and sister Lynn Redgrave in a still from the 2005 Merchant Ivory film, “The White Countess.”


For a few years in the mid to late 2000s I wrote copy for Banana Republic. It was a brilliant experience on San Francisco Bay working with really smart, stylish people. Sometimes though, writing actually meant stripping away as many words as possible. Mother’s Day 2006 was one such occasion. We needed to message a rather complicated combination of an immediate discount and a bounce back offer to use a few weeks later, plus Mother’s Day.

The solution was to keep the romance copy to just Happy Mother’s Day and it was a hit.

Let’s keep it just as simple this Mother’s Day. Mamas have had it rough over the past 14 months and they deserve all the love, splurges and special gifts wrapped up with love. Just don’t worry too much about writing the perfect sentiment. Happy Mother’s Day is enough.

Something in a Little Blue Box

Tiffany HardWare Link Bracelet in 18k Rose Gold, $3,800

Tiffany T1 Wide Diamond Hinged Bangle in 18k White Gold, $19,900

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Sixteen Stone Ring, $9,800

Always remember that nothing bad can ever happen at Tiffany. The designs are exquisite and totally wearable. Make one of these mum’s new daily driver by speaking with your favorite sales associate at Michigan Avenue, Old Orchard, Oakbrook Center or Northbrook Court. You can also shop via online concierge at https://www.tiffany.com. Bonus points if you deliver the diamonds and precious metals with coffee and donuts.



Hair Health by Jillian Seely

Shampoo, $28

Conditioner, $30

Let’s face it, this year hasn’t been especially kind to anyone’s hair. Yet some among us are as exquisitely coiffed as ever. Their secret is quite likely the one two punch of superstar stylist Jillian Seely’s shampoo and conditioner. Developed over three years and packed with the most incredible ingredients available, this three-time Allure Best of Beauty honoree put her heart and soul into developing these formulas. Make these the star of mom’s gift basket or sign her up for a subscription at https://hairhealthbyjillianseely.com.



Mona Lai Gua Sha

Rose Quartz, $28

Gua Sha has been practiced in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Mount Lai is Asian woman-owned and committed to honoring everything wonderful about Gua Sha and its skin firming, self-care affirming benefits. The rose quartz stone is soothing and promotes self-love, acceptance and reflection. It is known as the stone of love, perfect for mothers. You can find Mount Lai at some Sephora stores or order and view how-to videos at https://www.mountlai.com

Tickets to The Hinsdale Kitchen Walk

For the past 15 years the Friday before Mother’s Day found Hinsdale filled with beautifully dressed groups of women, including many sets of mothers and daughters lined up outside a selection of homes. Once inside each abode, they were treated to cooking demonstrations and nibbles by Michelin-starred chefs, shopping and tablescaping tips. As the primary fundraiser of the Hinsdale Historical Society Women’s Board, it’s always a day to remember. This year the May 7 Luncheon is a virtual event, with an option to host friends at home or join a group at Immanuel Hall. The walk, featuring seven outdoor kitchens, will take place on June 25. Create an experience for mom with tickets, raffle tickets or a promise to buy Walk tickets when available. https://www.kitchen-walk.com