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September 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An elderly woman was robbed inside her Lakewood home early Wednesday morning by two men who used brute force. The 81-year-old woman called authorities at 12:13 a.m. after she had been robbed at her home in the 11500 block of 215th Street . She told Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies that two men entered her home and forced her to give up her jewelry. "No weapons were used by the suspects during the robbery," according to the Sheriff's Department. The men fled and had not been found when the department released information about four hours later.
September 18, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Come October, a new generation of young lovers will bring “Romeo and Juliet” to the big screen in Julian Fellowes' adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. This time the young couple will be played by Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, with a cast including Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence, Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince of Verona and Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet. The film, directed by Carlo Carlei and set to open in the U.S. on Oct. 11, is the first offering from Swarovski Entertainment, a new venture by the jewelry company whose principals figured that since Swarovski jewelry is often used in films, the company might as well get into film production.
September 9, 2013 | By Susan Denley
It's not too long after Labor Day that the glow of summer starts wearing away. Back in an office cubicle or in a classroom, that beach vacation or afternoon enjoying the great American pastime in a ballpark can seem very far away. But Dune Jewelry offers a way to keep the memories close -- as close as a sterling silver necklace, bracelet or ring that incorporates a tiny bit of sand from your favorite beach, or, in some cases, ball field, park or other vacation-reminiscent spot.
September 2, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
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 21, 2013 | By Amina Khan
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.
August 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
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 | By Tiffany Hsu
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 | By Adam Tschorn
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 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
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 23, 2013 | By Booth Moore
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.
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