Photography: Nathan Richards
Styling: Claire Roberts Style (Claire Roberts & Lindsay Benfer)
Hair by Emma Carter; Makeup by Emma McNamara; Beam Beauty Brand
Location + Decor: The Fairview Raleigh / themeworks

Julie Swann

A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Industrial and Systems Engineering, N.C. State University

“During the holidays, I think it’s important to find some time to decompress and get away from work a little bit. We travel to make sure that we can be with family on important holidays such as Christmas. Time off from work can help you come back refreshed and more productive!”


Labradorite ring in 14k yellow gold | Raleigh Diamond | $800

14k yellow gold Victorian tassel necklace with seed pearl center, 26" | Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Estate $3,495

Vintage bracelet in 14k yellow gold, accented with garnets | Raleigh Diamond | Vintage/Estate $2,359

14k yellow gold pink cameo with a halo of 42 rose-cut diamonds, .50ctw | Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Estate $1,150

Antique Edwardian era earrings in 14k yellow gold with black enamel | Raleigh Diamond | Vintage/Estate $795


Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP

Chief Operating Officer

“The holidays for me are about connecting and re-connecting in my relationships. My favorite moments are with my husband sitting in front of our lighted Christmas tree in the evenings when our four children aren’t around. We find time to connect by reflecting and appreciating all that’s in front of us.”

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Vintage starburst pin in silver with white topaz | Raleigh Diamond | $500

14k white gold bangle bracelet with 1.60ctw blue sapphires and 0.95ctw diamonds | Diamonds Direct | Fana $4,140

14k yellow gold bracelet with 4.85ctw diamonds and 9.80ctw blue sapphires, 7.25” | CMI Jewelry Showroom | $10,880

18k white gold ring with 2.16ct oval-cut sapphire and 1.20ctw diamonds | Diamonds Direct | Rebeka Hakimi $11,000

Blue sapphire earrings, 1.43ct each, surrounded by 1ctw diamond jackets, set in 14k white gold | Johnson’s Jewelers | $3,980

Necklace with 12ctw sapphires and 2ctw diamonds set in 14k white gold | Raleigh Diamond | $8,600

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Fink’s Jewelers

Naga collection dragon necklace with dot ring | John Hardy $2,600

Naga collection double coil bracelet with dragon heads | John Hardy $1,695

Chateline statement pendant necklace in prasiolite with diamonds | David Yurman $3,900

Chateline drop earrings with prasiolite and pyrite | David Yurman $1,250

Chateline statement ring with prasiolite and diamonds | David Yurman $1,900

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Johnson’s Jewelers

Black caviar ceramic black diamond yellow gold and sterling bracelet | Lagos $6,000

Primavera bracelet 18k yellow gold | Roberto Coin $2,300

Primavera bracelet 18k white gold | Roberto Coin $2,300

Classic Parisienne 18k rectangular pendant w/diamond bale on chain | Roberto Coin $1,950

Black jade with diamonds pendant in 18k rose gold | Roberto Coin $3,300

Diamond bezel in 14k yellow gold necklace | Roberto Coin $1,290

Black jade drop earrings with black jade and diamonds in 18k rose gold | Roberto Coin $3,900

Tia McLaurin Bethea

Community Engagement, Grow with Google
Age 37

“My husband and I have rich friendships and large families that keep us connected and rooted to the things that matter most. We’ve started a tradition of hosting Friendsgiving the day before Thanksgiving; it’s a great chance to gather some of our closest friends in order to celebrate together before the holiday rush begins.”

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178ct citrine pendant on gold rope chain | Raleigh Diamond | $2,690

21k rose gold cuff bracelet with perforated design | Raleigh Diamond | $5,300

Gold mesh earrings in 14k yellow gold | Raleigh Diamond | $750

18k yellow gold flower earrings with 0.70ctw round, brilliant-cut diamonds in a pavé setting | Diamonds Direct | Rebeka Hakimi $5,700

18k yellow gold Tacori monogram initial pendant with 0.31ctw round, brilliant-cut diamonds | Diamonds Direct | Tacori $2,890

Set of three stretchy pearl bracelets | Raleigh Diamond | $28 per bracelet

Martha Perry, MD

Associate Professor
UNC School of Medicine
Practicing Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Age 46

“The holidays are a wonderful, fun time to enjoy food and friends and dressing up, but I am also reminded regularly by the work that I do that many families struggle to meet their basic needs—like being able to put food on the table—never mind celebrating the way we are fortunate to be able to.”

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Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

18k yellow gold Rio multi-stone bracelet with white quartz, aquamarine, blue topaz, moonstone, and diamond accents (1.8ctw diamonds) | Seaman Schepps $58,000

18k gold Classic Chain collection moonstone and pavé diamond drop earrings, .37ctw diamonds | John Hardy $2,400

18k gold Dot collection hammered pendant with pavé diamond charm, .10ctw, on 18” chain | John Hardy $1,495

18k yellow gold Capri ring with 32.61ct blue topaz | Seaman Schepps $5,200


Emily Neville

Founder and CEO
Reborn Clothing Co.
Age 20

“Wreaths are one of my favorite hallmarks of the holiday and at Reborn, where we upcycle clothing into usable products, we host a wreath-making class with Raleigh Parks and Recreation, transforming past holiday fabrics into a new holiday tradition.”

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100.20ctw black diamond strand (adjustable length, shown at 16”) | CMI Jewelry Showroom | $8,880

51.70ctw black diamond strand (adjustable length, shown at 18”) | CMI Jewelry Showroom | $3,990

Three-strand, 36” sterling silver and black rhodium necklace | CMI Jewelry Showroom | $438

Three-strand, 7” sterling silver and black rhodium bracelet | CMI Jewelry Showroom | $250

Diamond dash earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.51ctw diamonds | Raleigh Diamond | $1,825

Barocco collection bracelet in 18k yellow gold with .35ctw diamonds | Johnson’s Jewelers | $3,750

Five-diamond ring with 1.50ctw round, brilliant-cut diamonds | Johnson’s Jewelers of Cary | $5,000