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September 10, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
The cupcake-shaped pendants came in shades of blue and pink, studded with rhinestones. Meant for little girls, they hung on simple faux-silver necklaces and cost as little as $8. And they were potentially deadly, according to consumer advocates. This type of cheap costume jewelry made with the metal cadmium, which can be toxic at high levels, is at the heart of the latest "made in China" scare. Since January, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has targeted more than 200,000 pieces of cheap jewelry from China that were made with cadmium and sold at numerous national retail chains, including Wal-Mart and Claire's.
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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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May 2, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Unearthing gorgeous jewelry in Los Angeles is easy. From big-name brands — think Cartier and Tiffany — to independent boutiques such as Roseark and Des Kohan, there's no shortage of retailers dealing in covetable baubles and watches. But selecting a skilled artisan to replace a dislodged ruby or rebuild a fragile engagement ring is a prospect fraught with potential disappointment. Send your grandma's prized diamond-encrusted brooch to the wrong guy, and it could come back greatly altered — beyond repair.
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December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
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November 10, 1997
Burglars lowered themselves through an air vent into a jewelry store early Sunday and stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise, police said. Police responded to the store alarm at 2 a.m. at Valley Jewelry in the 14500 block of Nordhoff St., said LAPD spokesman Don Cox. No suspects were in custody.
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September 12, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Pop stars Miley Cyrus and Taylor Momsen wear rosary necklaces, sometimes four at a time over a slinky corset dress or vintage rock T-shirt. "Eat Pray Love," whose protagonist travels to India in search of enlightenment, has spawned a collection of charms, rings and bracelets. And the reality-bending Kardashian sisters are designing jewelry based on Armenian religious icons. It's official: The practice of incorporating religious or spiritual symbols in jewelry has become ubiquitous among smaller niche designers as well as more commercial, mass brands.
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April 24, 2013 | By Alice Short
Most of us are collectors, whether we display our obsessions in the workplace or hide them in their original boxes at home. We devote hours to researching and buying wine and designer bags, comic books and antique buttons, action figures and shoes. Neil Zevnik is a slave to costume jewelry. Zevnik has been an actor, a personal chef (his client list has included Liz Taylor and Pierce Brosnan) and a marine mammal rescuer, but it's his 21-year-old hobby that has turned into an obsession.
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January 15, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Not just anyone can pull off the glass bubble bodysuit Los Angeles designer Michael Schmidt made for Lady Gaga to wear on a 2009 cover of Rolling Stone or the Lego dress he whipped up for Fergie to wear onstage at the 2011 Kids Choice Awards. But Schmidt's new line of jewelry lets all women explore their inner rock goddesses. Consider an elegantly draped metal mesh cuff, without seams or a clasp, that rolls onto the wrist effortlessly. A crystal rope infinity knot necklace. A hairy goat fur cuff with spikes.
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July 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Thieves stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry, including and gold watch and jeweled necklaces and bracelets, from the Italian villa of the Netherlands' former queen, Juliana, royal family spokesman Fred Loertzer said today. The theft occurred Sunday, a day after Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard, arrived at the villa near Porto Ercole on Italy's northern Mediterranean coast for their annual vacation. It was kept secret for five days "in connection with the investigation," Loertzer said.
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August 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Items stole from Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home last month included expensive jewelry, various Apple products - and, possibly, an unreleased Apple device The home of the late Apple co-founder and his surviving family was broken into last month while unoccupied due to construction. The thief was apparently unaware whose home he'd entered, according to authorities who said he stole $60,000 worth of items. Among those items were iMac and Mac mini computers, three iPads, two iPhones, three iPods and an Apple TV. The San Jose Mercury News also says a "small 'demo-sized' MacBook" was stolen too, which sounds like an unreleased Apple device.
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