There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
It’s not a birthday without cake, so to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th birthday, one cake just wouldn’t do. Public art exhibit Cakeway to the West invited local artists and organizations to design and decorate 250 4-foot tall fiberglass birthday cakes that will be displayed around the city throughout the year.
In his glitzy burgundy jacket and ruffled dress shirt, Steve Lipstein made his way across the parquet floor toward the middle of the stage, where he joined hands with Lucy Fitzgerald and broke into a choreographed East Coast swing routine to Footloose. While dancing for a crowd might be the norm for a pro like Fitzgerald, it was a new and nerve-wracking experience for Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare and 2013 Dancing with the St. Louis Stars champion.
Celebrate the harvest season with a cornucopia of warm metals and colorful gemstones.
Could there be a more appropriate first date for a pair of dyed-in-the-wool St. Louisans than attending a baseball game and cheering for their beloved Cardinals? Regardless of the score, things certainly turned out well for Caley Barnhart and Jack Lawlor.
Add a wrist-worth of dazzle to your day—on and off the tennis court—with a luxurious bracelet made of diamonds, rubies or sapphires.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Joe Genovese finds inspiration for his jewelry in many places. The owner of Genovese Jewelers may purchase a certain stone, like his recent investment in a 16-carat tanzanite, and design a ring around it. Or, he may see a piece his daughter is wearing and can imagine it transformed into fine jewelry with diamonds and white gold. Whatever the inspiration, the results produce one-of-a-kind pieces made in-house, which will soon be offered under a new, branded line. “We’ve gotten so good at the design and manufacturing process that it was time to launch our own line,” Genovese explains. “Those custom pieces are only able to be found at our store, and they’re not just American-made, they’re St. Louis-made.”
Jewelers work on custom pieces at Genovese Jewelers
Give the love of your life a gift she'll cherish for years to come.
Looking for a sparkling, show-stopping holiday gift to wow the lady in your life? Check out these lavish diamond pieces from local jewelers.
Sterling silver, 18-karat gold and turquoise cushion pendant with pearls, $450, Genovese Jewelers
Local residents don’t have to leave the city to take in top-notch art, music and theatrical entertainment. Find out which of the past year’s productions wowed some of our town’s most prominent names.
Joe Genovese, President, Genovese Jewelers: The grand opening of the Peabody Opera House was an impressive event. Even though the entertainment was great, I was much more impressed with the venue itself. From the marble floors to the grand staircases, I could not shake the feeling that I had gone back in time. Plus, I love the fact that it was done by local developers and not some huge, out-of-state company.
This custom emerald and diamond bracelet features 18-karat white-gold with 10 oval emeralds at 18.76 carats total weight, surrounded by 110 round diamonds at 16.82 carats total weight. $96,350, Genovese Jewelers.
Oblong pave earrings in 18-karat white-gold contain two oval drops with 9.10 carats total weight of round diamonds. $16,925, Genovese Jewelers.
This 14-karat white-gold wedding set features a band of 1.50 carats total weight of pave round diamonds and at the center, one brilliant round diamond at 7.11 carats total weight. The shared-prong eternity wedding band features 4 carats total weight of round diamonds. Engagement ring: $150,000; wedding band: $9,000, Genovese Jewelers.
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Once again, Ladue News readers have proven that they’re in the know about our town’s most exciting hot spots! This year’s Platinum List features iconic St. Louis institutions, as well as some new spots you’ll be wanting to check out.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER HER FIRST DATE with Chris Sommers in October 2008, Anne Schuermann had a passing thought about her future—one that she quickly dismissed. “I have to confess that while driving home, I had a feeling he was going to be the guy who I would marry someday,” Anne recalls. “Then my next thought was, Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just thought that.”