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November 6, 1992 | PHYLLIS CHACHERE LOWE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine holding a piece of history in your hand, a golden treasure culled from a Spanish galleon that was driven by a hurricane onto the deadly coral reefs off the Florida Keys in 1622. The Nuestra Senora de Atocha, laden with the heaviest consignment of royal and private treasures from the New World, was buried by the forces of nature and shrouded in secrecy by the sea for more than 3 1/2 centuries before being discovered by explorer Mel Fisher in 1985.
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April 19, 2014 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Documentary filmmaker Susan Rockefeller's eponymous ocean-inspired jewelry line is filled with treasures inspired by an overworked sea. Sea creatures carefully crafted in gold, silver and precious gems are the tools she uses to spotlight the plight of our world's oceans. Married to fellow sea-lover and philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr. in 2008, she launched the jewelry line on World Ocean Day in 2012. Her pieces ($190 to $16,600) use natural-colored cultured freshwater Honora Ming pearls and recycled metals.
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February 24, 1989 | GEORGE BUNDY SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Florida police have captured a man who allegedly robbed a Chicago jewelry store earlier this month with Michael Douglas Taylor, the mastermind of one of Orange County's largest jailbreaks. Taylor, 35, led five Orange County Jail inmates on an escape Nov. 20 by rappelling from the top of the four-story building in downtown Santa Ana. Four of the inmates were captured or turned themselves in; Taylor is still a fugitive.
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April 19, 2014 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Along with ivory and conflict diamonds, the jewelry aficionado now has another exploited treasure from which to refrain: sea coral, which is finding itself under attack worldwide. In 2007, SeaWeb, an ocean conservation nonprofit based in Maryland, teamed up with the Tiffany & Co. Foundation for Too Precious to Wear, a campaign that advocates against using coral in jewelry, fashion and home decor. (Tiffany stopped selling coral jewelry in 2002.) "We want people to celebrate the beauty of the ocean, rather than pull life from [it]
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May 17, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE
Tonight, the late Millicent Rogers will have a moment, as they say in fashion circles. The famed style-setter, socialite and media star of the '30s and '40s, best known for the Taos, N.M., museum named after her, will be the center of attention in Santa Monica. Antique dealer Federico Jimenez is hosting a preview of silver jewelry reproduced from Rogers' designs and newly available at his Montana Avenue shop.
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October 23, 2010 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
While visiting the Hawaiian island of Kauai , Marion Levy of Los Angeles spent some time on  Poipu Beach . The ocean was rougher than she expected, and she said she had to body surf back to shore. “This was not my intention as I am 75 years old,” she wrote to us in a letter that is publishing in the Oct. 24 Los Angeles Times Travel section.  About an hour after she got back to shore, her heart sank when she glanced down at her hands: Her wedding ring, a cherished keepsake that carried an inscription from 1896, was gone.
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August 15, 2009 | Chris Foster
A suit has been filed against Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo for breach of contract over nearly $150,000 in custom jewelry, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the complaint, Mayo, who played at USC during the 2007-08 season, met with representatives of the store on April 1, 2008, to request "specially manufactured" jewelry. The order included a diamond bangle, diamond ring, diamond necklace, watch and bracelet. Further orders, "as much as $150,000 a year," were to be expected, according to the complaint.
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May 2, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Lately, celebrities have been launching their own jewelry lines faster than you can say "B-list baubles." And even though stars drape themselves in millions of dollars worth of fine diamonds when they walk the red carpet, when it's time to get down to business, they are more likely to go the bargain route. Here's a cheat sheet on the newest lines. The line: Grayce by Molly Sims The look: '60s sex kitten The stats: Model-turned-actress-turned-designer Sims launches her jewelry line after success selling at HSN. Inspired by vintage jewelry scored at estate sales, the collection is priced from $75 to $250 online at graycebymollysims.
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December 31, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police responding to a pre-dawn alarm Tuesday at the Nordstroms at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia found a smashed window and broken jewelry cases. Jewelry and designer women's handbags were missing, and the store's surveillance video showed three men wearing dark clothes filling bags with items from the shattered cases. The three fled through an emergency exit, setting off the alarm shortly after 4 a.m., Arcadia police said. Store officials estimated that $100,000 to $200,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen along with purses worth between $20,000 and $30,000.
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May 22, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Archaeologists working at Tel Megiddo in northern Israel have uncovered a cache of jewelry dating from about the 11th century BC in a jug hidden in a private dwelling. The highlight of the jewelry is an unusual gold earring, probably influenced by Egyptian culture, that is decorated with molded ibexes (wild goats). The piece is "without parallel," said archaeologist Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University, who announced the discovery Tuesday. Tel Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state until the early 10th century BC and a pivotal center of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 9th and 8th centuries.
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April 4, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay, This post has been updated as indicated below
Henri Bendel, the uber-feminine, New York-based store with smaller Southern California outposts at the Beverly Center, Westfield Topanga and South Coast Plaza, is upping the girly factor of its in-house accessories collection with a new jewelry line called Henri Bendel Luxe. Launched April 1 in Henri Bendel stores and on henribendel.com , the line feels right for layering and wearing in a maximalist way -- not unlike the Bendel's line of baubles that the retailer introduced in 2007.
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March 27, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Disney's “Maleficent” may not be hitting the multiplex until May, but details about some of the merchandise (think: fashionable goods for the bad girl) are starting to trickle out. Among the notable stylish “Maleficent” merchandise set to drop in advance of the film's May 30 release: Stella McCartney kids' clothes, Italian-made scarves and a jewelry collaboration with prices as high as her Winged Wickedness' prosthetically enhanced cheekbones. Crow's Nest for "Maleficent" Daniel Belevitch, creative director of U.K.-based Crow's Nest, mined the movie's dark motifs - think feathers, fire, thorns, horns and dragons - to create a high-end, seven-piece jewelry collection that includes a dangerous-looking cuff that evokes the shape of Maleficent's horns rendered in black rhodium and set with a pear-shaped onyx ($5,720)
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March 26, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Detroit's efforts to once again become a vibrant and self-sustaining city has gained some cachet with L.A. residents, says Detroit native Tiffany Allison. She sees that with her jewelry line,  Detroit Trash . She is the granddaughter of an antiques dealer and learned from him the value of lots of tiny items, "little bits of history," as she calls them. They include Masonic star pendants from a jewelry store that burned down, keys to auto workers' lockers and metal ID tags for the workers' tools, high school class rings, carnival prizes and miniature license plates.
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March 25, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
A collection of jewelry once owned by the late Eydie Gorme that is headed to the auction block in New York City next month will be previewed locally -- for one day only -- this Sunday. The March 30 preview at Sotheby's Los Angeles marks the public unveiling of the auction-bound lot, which is  set to go under the gavel in New York on April 29. If you know anything about Gorme -- beyond the fact that she was a singer -- it's probably that she was half of the vocal duo Steve & Eydie.
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March 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Two days before HBO's "Game of Thrones" returns for its fourth season, a collection of talisman necklaces and rings inspired by the show will hit retail jewelry brand Pyrrha, it was announced Thursday.  A partnership between the Vancouver-based jewelry design studio and HBO Global Licensing, the official Pyrrha for Game of Thrones collection, which rolls out to retail on April 4, will include a range of sterling silver and bronze unisex talisman...
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March 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Something's missing from Khloe Kardashian's life: about a quarter-million bucks of jewelry. The theft was discovered Monday and reported the same night to police, who are now investigating, according to L.A. Now . Law enforcement sources said there was no sign of forced entry at the Tarzana home, which is in a gated community and was once shared by Kardashian and Lamar Odom. The reality-TV diva, who killed it as a judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in an episode that aired Monday night, filed for divorce in December.
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October 18, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections. The same could be said for her sunny, art-filled Venice home, where gold accents blend with sparkling glass, and vintage barrel chairs share the living room floor with new Ikea ottomans and a cool lamp bought off the flash sales site Gilt . “Everything is very specific,” Keidan said of her decorating style. “I want your eye to look at something.
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December 30, 2013 | By Tim Traeger
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an appeal in its efforts to locate jewelry made by Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father, Joseph Gatto, who was shot to death in his Los Feliz home. Investigators believe last month's slaying of the 78-year-old may have resulted from a home invasion robbery. They issued an alert earlier this month, seeking any of his jewelry that may have been purchased or sold by pawn shops, the Glendale News-Press reported.
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February 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Burglars cut a hole in the roof of a Laguna Hills jewelry store and made off with as much as $1 million in merchandise, Orange County sheriff's officials said Thursday. The burglary occurred sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning at South Bay Jewelry, which is surrounded by restaurants and stores. The jewelry store owner and employees have so far calculated that more than 1,000 pieces of jewelry worth from $700,00 to $1 million were taken the store at 24261 Avenida De La Carlota, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.
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February 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A detective gathering used or old prescriptions from a drug drop-off box found a pill bottle filled with gold jewelry, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday night. The drop-off boxes are like mailboxes set up in front of Sheriff's Department stations so that people can drop off prescription drugs they no longer need.  "The jewelry was apparently placed in the drop-off bin by mistake" at the Santa Clarita Valley Station, department officials said in a statement.
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