December 23, 2009 |
I knew things would be bad even before I set out this week to see how jewelry stores were faring this holiday season. I knew owners of these small businesses were facing a triple whammy: the crappy economy, sky-high gold prices and a product that's a luxury and by no means a necessity. I expected to hear more than a few tales of woe. But I wasn't ready for the complete devastation I came across. "It's almost Christmas," said Joel Taban, owner of Oro Shop in the heart of the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles.
September 16, 2012 |
Some people wait years before their creative talents are recognized. Robert Keith waited less than 24 hours. It was 2005 and Keith, a fashion photographer looking for a new challenge, had just made his first piece of fine jewelry: a gold ring that looked like a miniature version of a ship's anchor chain. "I was so proud of it, I put it on my finger and I went down the street the next day to a Starbucks," Keith said, "and a lady tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Excuse me, where did you get that ring?
July 6, 2008 |
Doris Payne never carried a gun. She never smashed a window or broke into a safe to take what she wanted. She just crossed her pantyhosed legs and murmured about the filigree ring under the glass. She wondered aloud about matching earrings. She would promise to return in 45 minutes, and only after Payne wafted away in her flowered dress would the clerk count the rings and come up short. But the decades passed, and the job grew more difficult. Her face became familiar.
July 17, 2012 |
State officials have filed a lawsuit against 16 downtown Los Angeles jewelry stores and distributors, accusing them of selling items with toxic levels of lead. Capping a three-year investigation, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said at a news conference Tuesday that it had seized 306 pieces of jewelry that were found to be tainted with high levels of lead and cadmium. The jewelry seized was mainly inexpensive adult and children's jewelry, said Brian Johnson, the department's deputy director of enforcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1993
I am compelled to correct a misperception that was created as a result of several statements attributed to me in Timothy Williams' article, "A Case With Many Facets" (Sept. 29). Regrettably, the article has reinforced an undeserved image regarding the merchants in the Los Angeles jewelry district. Further, the observations I made to Williams, when viewed out of context, serve only to fuel the perception that the downtown jewelry industry is replete with corruption. As with any segment of society, there is and likely always will be an unprincipled element who will prey upon the unsuspecting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001
Re "Citing Health Hazards, State Halts Jewelry Making in an L.A. Building," July 28: We know there is a problem with toxic materials in the jewelry district, but here is another case of "Big Brotherism" in the form of the California Environmental Protection Agency. This sort of thing has been responsible for most of the corporate flight from Los Angeles over the last 45 years. How many of us remember the extensive auto and furniture manufacturing industries in this city? Now we have a focus on the jewelry industry.