A Diamond Affair

Proprietor of Winston’s Crown Jewelers, Glenn Verdult, together with wife Michelle, offers a first-class shopping experience in Newport Beach 

Michelle & Glenn Verdult

Michelle & Glenn Verdult

As told to Wendy Bowman

When and how did you first develop a passion for jewelry and under what circumstances did you decide to pursue it professionally? 

My passion started at age 15, when I worked for my uncles in their second-hand jewelry stores. We dealt with all pre-owned merchandise. I learned the value of buying and selling at an early age, dealing with anything from guitars and stereos to fine and estate jewelry.

In what way is your earlier work an asset to what you do now? 

My earlier work taught me various skills that are key to keeping the business successful. Because I started working and was taught what hard work was at such a young age, being an active, hands-on business owner is what I am today. 

When and where did you open your first store and how has it evolved? 

At age 19, I opened Costa Mesa Jewelers, and operated the store for 11 years. After that, I sold Costa Mesa Jewelers and acquired Winston’s Jewelers on Newport Boulevard. Then Winston’s Jewelers built our new Winston’s Crown Jewelers in the Mariner’s Pointe Plaza here in Newport Beach.

Describe the experience of shopping at the store and how its environment enhances this feel. 

The shopping experience is first-class. All clients are warmly welcomed upon arrival. Most of our staff have been here for years, and in turn, are very knowledgeable and helpful. Our clients have a relaxed yet regal, fun experience at our store filled with museum-quality pieces.

Talk about the range of jewelry the store offers. What brands do you carry that resonate with your clientele? 

We have two stores full of inventory. I like to say there’s something for everybody. We carry a huge inventory of large diamonds to all colors of semi-precious gems, and an extensive pre-owned luxury watch selection. The brands that resonate with the clientele are Rolex and Cartier.

Elaborate on the store’s base. Who shops at Winston’s and what is their core concern? 

The clientele we get want the best quality for the best price.

What is Winston’s signature? 

We specialize in large diamonds.

What are some of the most amazing pieces you currently have in your inventory? 

Some of the pieces that I find the most amazing are the larger, rarer stones—a Colombian emerald suite, a 30-carat diamond to a 100-carat tanzanite.

Describe how Winston’s custom design business responds to the market. 

We always have people coming in who have seen something in a picture somewhere that we can re-create for them with the help of our master designers. Our master designers are savvy to the quickly evolving fashions. 

Where do you glean inspiration for your designs? 

One of my biggest inspirations for the custom designs is from my wife, Michelle. Our passion for jewelry and being unique lets us work together to come up with one-of-a-kind designs.

How has jewelry design changed over the years? Jewelry design always changes, but vintage looks always circulate back around again and become the hottest trends. Our master designers help us keep our customers satisfied with creating the designs they love best.

Are events a large part of your business? 

Events have become part of what we do at Winston’s Crown Jewelers. Winston’s sponsors and donates to more than 30 charities in Orange County. We also host philanthropic events at our new Mariner’s Pointe Plaza in Newport Beach.

What are the most creative and also the most extravagant things you’ve done for an event? 

One of the most creative things we do for an event is host it at our Mariner’s Pointe Plaza location, and totally transform the property into a red-carpet affair with a VIP Cabana.

What are the hottest trends in jewelry now? 

More modern and simple things are the hot thing right now. For example, rings that have thin dainty bands accented with diamonds all the way around the finger. Wearing different color golds together is in too—the yellow, rose, white gold combination is popular.

How have you been able to maintain your business success all these years? 

I can say our business has remained consistently successful through our whole team’s perseverance and hard work.

What’s next for Winston’s?

Winston’s has been branching off in our involvement in different charity organizations throughout Orange County. What’s next for us is finding more ways to better our community.

 

WINSTON'S CROWN JEWELERS

100 W. Coast Hwy., Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663 ~ 949.642.5000 | WinstonsCrownJewelers.com

Rejoy Interiors

As owner of Rejoy Interiors, Rejoy Marsella combines strong design principles and style to create luxurious spaces that perfectly capture the vibe and essence of her clients

 

Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

When and how did you first develop a passion for interior design? 

I remember designing my very own Barbie dream house when I was five years old. I asked my grandmother to buy me one of those pink plastic houses. Instead, she responded with ‘Why don’t you make one?’ and handed me a cardboard box. I spent hours designing that little house! I wanted it to be special, so I remember drawing on the walls to create the illusion of wallpaper. I used drinking straws and tape to make curtain rods and hung tissue paper as drapery panels. I’ll never forget the feeling of just using my imagination and playing…being completely lost in creating. On that day I fell in love with designing and I have loved interior design ever since. ‘Thank you, grandma!’

Do you have a specialty or signature you’re known for? 

My work always feels joyful, clean and elegant, but I’ve intentionally stayed away from being pinned down to one ‘signature’ style. I’ve worked on so many different types of projects, including traditional, transitional and contemporary. My ultimate goal is to create spaces that capture the vibe and essence of my clients, so you’ll find that my work varies from home to home. Honestly, the greatest compliment I’ve heard over and over again is, ‘Finally, my home is so me now!’ 

Who is the Rejoy Interiors client? 

I design for clients that live full, rich, busy lives. They work hard because they value a high quality of life, not just in their home, but in their work, personal relationships, physical well-being, everything. My clients want to come home every day to a space that feels artfully, personally and beautifully curated, but they don’t have the time or expertise to create the look they truly desire.

What is your design philosophy? 

I truly believe that when your home feels authentic and beautiful to you, it affects your life on every level. When you walk into a really thoughtfully designed room, you feel this deep sense of pleasure, peace and enjoyment. I don’t just make rooms look pretty, I allow my clients to experience their home, family and friends on an elevated level. I see my work transform lives.

From where do you draw inspiration? 

I’m inspired by nature all of the time! Even while driving, I can see a beautiful sunset and start putting together a gorgeous color scheme in my head. Or I’ll walk along the beach and notice how the colors harmonize on the inside of a seashell, or remember the textural look of rocks against the sand.

You’ve appeared on television. What did that involve? 

That was one of the most fun and intense experiences of my life! I was invited to design for a TV show called Merge with Lisa Rinna. Every episode, we would work with newlyweds who had radically different tastes, and Lisa and I would have to ‘merge’ their two homes while they were away on their honeymoon. It was incredibly fast-paced, and we had very limited budgets. I have to say, it exercised my creative brain in ways that design school, or even other real design projects, never did. I found that having lots of restrictions actually set my imagination into over-drive. It was a lot of fun!

What are some design trends you’re seeing right now? 

Light and bright is so popular right now! Most of my clients are asking for white or very light wood tones for their cabinetry. The lines of furniture have gotten cleaner and more contemporary. My favorite look right now is ‘organic contemporary’—the lines are clean and minimalistic, but the overall feeling is very warm and inviting because it’s inspired by nature.

Your single best piece of advice for a new designer is…? 

One of my biggest designer inspirations, Barbara Barry, once said, ‘Do everything you do with love.’ It sounds like a cliché, but the more I think about it, the more I really believe it’s the key to success. To be good at anything in life, we have put our whole heart into it. When you’re loving what you do, your creativity just works for you. So, if you’re not feeling the love, think about why, or try a different approach.

What elements should be in every well-designed room? 

I think that a room can follow every design rule and still not be complete until it has something personal in it that brings you joy. It could be a souvenir from a vacation, a piece of art you love looking at or a photo of a loved one. Your space has to be beautiful and well designed for you—it has to be uniquely yours, or it never feels quite right.

What’s next for Rejoy Interiors? 

I’m incredibly excited right now because I’m in the process of creating an eco-chic candle line. Beautiful interiors tantalize two of our senses—visual and tactile—but our sense of smell is so powerful. When you add the luxury of an exquisite scent to a space, it blissfully elevates the experience.

Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

Photo courtesy of Tony Florez

REJOY INTERIORS

949.679.2824 - OC | 424.293.0231 - LA ~ info@rejoyinteriors.com | RejoyInteriors.com

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With stars shimmering in the evening sky and inside the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, 400-plus physicians, philanthropists and community supporters gathered at Saddleback Memorial Foundation’s Spring Gala 2017. Galaxies collided for this exquisite black-tie affair benefitting the I’MAGINE space redesign project, creating a magnificent sparkle that radiated throughout the cocktail reception. Festivities started off with a bang, courtesy of a comet-like explosion in the ballroom and a spotlight that beamed down on Saddleback Memorial CEO Marcia Manker as she delivered the program’s opening remarks. Guests then enjoyed a sumptuous meal followed by a heartfelt video spotlighting grateful patients Alan King and his wife Heidi, as well as Roy Scagliotti, who benefitted from Saddleback Memorial’s care. The evening rocketed to a close with dancing, and a special guest appearance by Deborah Lippmann. 

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