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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 7, 2011 | Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Major retailers that sell jewelry, including Gap Inc., Forever 21 Inc. and Target Corp., have reached a settlement with a California environmental group that would all but ban the use of cadmium in those items. The legal agreement, approved by an Alameda County Superior Court judge, sets strict limits on the toxic heavy metal, which can cause cancer, genetic problems and kidney damage. By Dec. 31, children's and adult jewelry sold by the companies must contain no more than 0.03% of cadmium, according to the settlement between the Center for Environmental Health and the retail companies.
November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
On the 10th anniversary of the year that Gabriela Artigas designed her first piece of jewelry - a cuff bracelet fashioned out of a boldly colored acrylic toothbrush, minus the bristles, which she purchased at the supermarket while studying fabric design in her hometown of Mexico City - the local brand has opened its first stand-alone studio in West Hollywood. Chelsea Handler, Carey Mulligan, Emma Roberts and Tyra Banks are just a few star fans of the label, which is designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles.
December 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Detectives asked for the public's help Thursday in locating jewelry that may have been taken from the home of Joseph Gatto, the artist and father of a state assemblyman found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Detectives are still trying to determine whether any jewelry was actually taken from the 78-year-old's home, LAPD Det. Chris Gable said, and are hoping to talk to anyone who may have acquired any custom-made pieces from someone other than Gatto himself. "[We're interested in whether]
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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