September 2, 2013 |
Who says ear cuffs, knuckle rings, chunky chains and spikes are solely the armor of street-storming teens? Now showing up in luxurious, feminine forms - often encrusted with a heavy dose of diamonds - these powerful new pieces are also dangerously chic. Punk meets pretty on Christian Dior's single pearl tribal earring and Repossi's diamond-embellished ear cuff, designed to mimic multiple piercings to glamorous effect. These could prompt even the most conservative ladies to indulge in a hint of rebellion.
August 23, 2013 |
The do-it-yourself trend has taken off recently, helped by the popularity of such sites as Pinterest and Etsy that showcase people's personal crafting projects. Start-up Darby Smart is capitalizing on that and this summer launched a website to sell simple DIY kits for at-home projects including feather-topped drink stirrers, '20s-inspired headbands and monogrammed tote bags. The San Francisco company works with designers to create the crafting kits, which come with materials such as paint and glue, as well as instructions.
August 21, 2013 |
The earliest known iron beads may come from ancient Egyptian tombs, but they were forged from the hearts of meteorites, scientists say. The findings, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, show that humans might have begun working with iron from space long before they managed to unlock iron in the Earth. The beads were excavated in 1911 from separate tombs of two teen boys in a cemetery in Gerzeh, in northern Egypt. Nine strange iron beads among their precious contents were parceled out to museums around Europe that had helped fund the expedition.
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August 6, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Artwork and jewelry worth more than $5 million has been stolen from a home in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday. Eleven paintings were stolen, including a Monet print and a Pissarro print. Sculptures, some Chinese and some by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, were taken along with the jewelry, including elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, and citrine necklaces and bracelet sets, the Sheriff's Department said. The theft occurred June 17 or June 18. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
July 2, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors are accusing a former Tiffany & Co. vice president of swiping and selling $1.3 million in jewelry over a two-year span, charging her with one count each of wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, worked for the Manhattan company as a vice president of design and product development, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her position at the company, which a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday called “one of the world's premier high-end jewelers,” required her to work with manufacturing partners on production costs and requirements for the upscale bijoux.
June 29, 2013 |
Babies love to put everything in their mouths. Add teething to the mix, and they want to gum and chew everything in sight. They also love to grab anything they get close to, including Mom's hair, jewelry, glasses, clothes -- you name it. This can wreak havoc, as anyone who's had a pierced earring tugged on can attest. Or worse, looked down to see a string of pearls coming apart as a tiny fist gives a solid yank. But there's a solution, at least when it comes to jewelry. A company called Chewbeads makes safety-tested necklaces and bracelets out of a non-toxic silicone that they say can withstand the trials of babies.
June 29, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Any hard-core horological enthusiast will be quick to tell you that there's always been a lot more to a high-end wristwatch than tracking the hours, minutes and seconds. But that doesn't mean luxury watch brands aren't continually trying to add new bells and whistles (figuratively and in some cases literally) to their collections of wrist candy. The recent JCK Swiss Watch and Couture Jewelry shows here were full of watches that did more - in some cases a lot more - than simply relay the time, as well as others that told the time in very unexpected ways.
June 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - At the fine jewelry show known as Couture Las Vegas a few weeks ago, there was one big take-away: The sky's the limit. With the economy recovering and gold prices dropping, the fine jewelry business is booming. I talk with Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor Alice Short about the trends in jewelry in the video here. Notably, gold is back. Gold prices surged over most of the last decade, peaking at nearly $1,900 an ounce in August 2011 and forcing jewelry designers to adjust by augmenting their collections with lower-priced metals such as silver and copper.
June 23, 2013 |
As one of a new generation of fine jewelry designers making the heirlooms of tomorrow, Irene Neuwirth is living the California dream. In 13 years, she has gone from stringing vintage glass beads together in her Malibu apartment to having the top-selling fine jewelry brand at Barneys New York. Her jewelry sparkles on red carpets alongside that from such heavyweights as Harry Winston and Cartier. (In the last few months, Busy Philipps wore an Irene Neuwirth necklace to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Julianne Moore a matched set of emerald bracelets to the Met Gala and Julia Louis-Dreyfus onyx earrings to the Critics' Choice TV Awards.)
June 17, 2013 |
Monique Pean is one of the most talented new American jewelry designers working today. She founded her line in 2006, bringing a sustainable approach to her work by using recycled gold and conflict-free stones. Since then she's attracted the attention of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, winning the Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009*, and of First Lady Michelle Obama, model Karlie Kloss, actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson, and many more who have worn her unique designs.