Bargain Hunters Beware

Some gifts beg a hand-written note of thanks, a token of gratitude, or maybe even a kiss under the mistletoe.
But for an 11.33-carat natural fancy yellow diamond ring, after a faint to the floor would communicate thanks quite well.
This ring was what Betty Batey, Advertising Director at Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels at 1700 Utica Square, would call “lots of bling.”
Including the half-moon side diamonds, the ring by designer Louis Glick weighs a total of 12.8 carats – not to mention that the center yellow diamond is internally flawless.
The price: $350,000.
“What do you get a woman who already has a big white diamond? Go to colored,” said Michelle Holdgrafer, assistant manager and graduate gemologist.
A ring priced in the same neighborhood as a typical mid-sized south Tulsa home commands accompaniment. How about a 35.17-carat diamond opera necklace by A-Link, set in 18-karat white gold — or maybe a 24.02-carat diamond necklace by Kwiat, on which each of the 101 stones would fetch an average of $1,708? The necklaces are priced at $68,350 and $172,590, respectively.
Pearls are hot items during the holidays, both Holdgrafer and Batey said. To save from blending in with the crowd, however, perhaps a South Seas pearl bracelet worth $12-$14,000 would be in order.
The bracelet, purchased from a Tulsa estate by The Antiquary at 1325 E. 15th St., was new in the 1950s. Each of the pearls on this bracelet weighs greater than 10 milligrams and each is an individual.
“Antiques need to be part of people’s lives,” The Antiquary co-owner Sherri Hardy said.
As for the pearl bracelet: “Is that not just the coolest thing?”
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jewelry is not the only luxury gift for Holly Golightly types this holiday season. An entire day at a local day spa awaits those who need a little R&R after a holiday shopping spree.
The Woodhouse Day Spa at 3509 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 250, promotes holiday-themed packages during this time when “lines are out the door,” said Georgianne Gilliam, spa director.
The most luxurious holiday package at The Woodhouse is the “It’s a Wonderful Life” package, which includes what Gilliam calls the “nicest” massage at The Woodhouse, the Volcanic Stone Massage. After 2 hours with the masseuse is the Minkyti Facial, followed by a 1.5 hours manicure and Egyptian Pedicure. Next is the Magnolia Souffle, a top-of-the-line body treatment.
And life just wouldn’t be as wonderful without take-home versions of The Woodhouse Robe and Sensi Sandals, each of which is worn at The Woodhouse Day Spa during regular services.
The “It’s a Wonderful Life” package is more costly than any other holiday or regular spa suite at The Woodhouse at $560.
Gift certificates are a great choice for a favorite stressed-out man or woman, said Sarah Cruncleton, spa director at Ihloff Salon and Day Spa.
“Gift certificates are our largest sale item during the holidays,” Cruncleton said. They’re an especially popular choice for corporate shoppers, she added.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
“Just because something may be only $62, it’s the workmanship and craftsmanship that go into it, and the very finest of products and materials,” said Leah Dillingham, Home and Gift Buyer for Miss Jackson’s at 1974 Utica Square. “So even though it may not be expensive, it’s a quality item. And that, to me, equates to luxury.”
Not that that Home and Gift department at Miss Jackson’s doesn’t carry items in lofty price ranges. Faberge eggs – the ultimate luxury gift for the history buff, said Dillingham – run from $85 to $3,000. Pieces for the home by William Yeoward, an internationally famous glass and crystal designer exclusive to Miss Jackson’s in Oklahoma, range from $85 for a wine glass to $960 for a seafood server.
Other items that top the luxury list for home and bath at Miss Jackson’s include Crane’s Paper ($10) on which personalized engraving is available, St. Francis sterling silver spoons for the baby who must have the very best ($65), and soaps ($20) and candles ($52) from Santa Maria Novella, a pharmacy in Italy that distributes its products to Miss Jackson’s exclusively in Oklahoma.
Picture frames by jewelry designer Jay Strongwater are priced at a premium ($695 for Strongwater’s first frame design), but “a lot of times don’t even make it to the floor because people want it so badly,” said Dillingham. Hand-etched sterling silver image cases designed by photographer Monica Rich Kosann are good gifts for the traveling businessman and grandmothers, said Dillingham, and a popular one featured in InStyle magazine retails at Miss Jackson’s for $1,650.
For Guys Who Like “Really
Cool Stuff”
Jerry Parkhurst, president of The Gadget Company at 1760 Utica Square, said his shop “has customers from all over the country.”
Parkhurst lures customers to Tulsa with items like jewel-embellished custom pocketknives by Cory Shoman, the world-famous knife maker from South Africa. The “Rolls Royce” of flashlights that are “as bright as the headlights of a 747” that retail for up to $5,000 are popular with “guys who you wouldn’t think would even be interested in such things.” Orvis zero-gravity fly-fishing rods, $700, are in-demand year-round at The Gadget Company.
“Guys love this kind of thing,” Parkhurst said. “That’s really cool stuff.”
For those who have visions of Ipods and home theatres dancing in their heads, Damon DoRemus at Geek Rescue suggested HDTV, which has a price range between $600 and $50,000.
“I get asked about this daily,” DoRemus wrote in an e-mail. “Everyone wants one of these.”
Other items on DoRemus’ list for the techie this holiday season are the ubiquitous Apple iPod ($79 to $349, based on options), Tivo ($70 to $1,000), Microsoft XBox ($300 to $700), and flash memory sticks ($9 to $330).
All the golfer wants for Christmas is a free game of golf, said Lance Allen, Head Golf Professional at the upscale, 72-par Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow.
“We’ve always been known as the upscale public golf course here in Tulsa, mainly because of our country club atmosphere,” Allen said. “We spend a lot of money on the golf course on things like over-seeding, and this year we’re going to have new golf carts with GPS.”
A gift certificate for a Saturday morning golf game for the non-member would set a shopper back about $60, but the ultimate golf package available at the Forest Ridge Golf Club is the Gold Club Card, $300. Card privileges include free use of the driving range, discounts for the golfer and guests, complimentary green and cart fees the first time of play, discounts on green fees and club-sponsored tournaments throughout the year and advanced tee times.
Gift certificates are also popular gifts for golfers, Allen said.
“Golfers are pretty picky, and each person wants something different. If it were me, I’d want a gift certificate so I could buy what I wanted,” Allen said.
Holiday Hospitality
Feeling as though you’d give anything for an escape from the holiday frenzy?
Check out the Presidential Suite at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th East Ave.
The suite is on the top floor of the hotel and overlooks Tulsa toward downtown. A balcony surrounds the suite’s entire bed and bath area, and the small kitchenette, dining and living rooms “look like a residential apartment,” said Kim Carpenter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Renaissance.
“In a lot of hotels, the Presidential Suite is designed for groups and company entertaining, and they’re big – but they’re not intimate,” Carpenter said. “Ours is designed for a couple or a very small gathering.”
The Presidential Suite at the Renaissance rents for $799 per night.
Another escape from visiting in-laws and shopping and holiday dinner planning (oh my!) is the Cherokee Casino and Resort.
The Chief Suite is the accommodation of choice at the resort and starts at $365 per night. If a weekend at the casino will be part of the getaway, count on the Chief Suite to run at around $515 per night.
“The suite is absolutely beautiful, and like all of our rooms, it has original, hand-crafted Cherokee art,” said Amanda Clinton, Media Relations Coordinator for Cherokee Nation Businesses.
Not to mention that “you could practically live in the bathroom – it’s huge,” Clinton added.
For those looking for a ritzy way to ring in 2007, the Renaissance Hotel has a solution.
The New Years Eve event at the Renaissance will feature Grady Nichols and Toni Estes, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter originally from Tulsa, as they pay musical tribute to the 1980s.
There will be several ways to enjoy the evening, but the most luxurious package at $439 will include entertainment by Nichols and Estes in the 28,800 SF Renaissance Grand Ballroom, dinner from a special menu at the Renaissance’s award-winning Cyprus Grille, a night in one of Renaissance Hotel’s 35 suites, and breakfast the next morning.
“It will be a lot of fun,” Carpenter said. “We want to establish a tradition of people coming back again and again for this event.” ?



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