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 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.
June 10, 2013 |
Wealthy shoppers will refrain from scooping up expensive handbags, shoes and other discretionary items even as the economy recovers and the stock market soars, a study found. In the second half of 2013, the rich will rein in their spending on material things and seek out experiences that may garner more satisfaction, according to a Luxury Institute survey. "People are less interested in watches and more interested in building lasting memories," said Milton Pedraza, chief executive of the Luxury Institute.
May 31, 2013 |
Did ancient Egyptians prize meteorites so much that they turned them into jewelry? A new study of a 5,000-year-old iron bead hints that the rocky fragments that fell from the sky may have held a special place in the ancient civilization. The findings published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science center around one of the small, tube-shaped beads pulled from tombs in the Gerzeh cemetery on the Nile's western bank, dating from 3600 BC to 3350 BC. Researchers have long wondered whether the metal in the iron beads had alien origins.
May 27, 2013 |
My son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan, was killed in Helmand province in August 2009. In the days and weeks that followed, my wife, Carla, and I spent a lot of time with the 100 or so Marines who served with him. We asked them what they needed most, and the answer was unexpected. Infantry members spend all their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they wash their socks in irrigation canals and air-dry them. But the sand and grit make them unusable again within a couple of days.
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
May 8, 2013 |
The gift shop of the recently opened ABBA museum in Stockholm is stocking an exclusive collection of jewelry inspired by the band and its music and designed by fellow Swede Efva Attling . According to Wednesday's press announcement, the eponymous designer has known members of the band since her nightclubbing days in '70s Stockholm, where she and ABBA's Anni-Frid Lyngstad “often did some disco moves together. " Attling continues: "Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn and Agneta and I stayed in touch off and on over the years.
May 2, 2013 |
Paris-based jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann is in L.A. this week showing her fall 2013 collection. I stopped by her room at the Sunset Tower hotel to take a look. While her spring collection was all about Southern California, her fall collection nods to some of her other favorite places to travel, including Marrakesh and the South of France. In Marrakesh, the Majorelle Garden has inspired everyone from Matisse to Yves Saint Laurent, and now Bidermann, who created a gold collar and ring with twisted vines and flowers evoking a secret garden.
April 24, 2013 |
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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April 24, 2013 |
A Toluca Lake couple and their teenage son were tied up and beaten at gunpoint early Wednesday when three men broke into their home and robbed them, police said. Authorities said the incident began about 1:30 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive near Lankershim and Cahuenga boulevards, next to the Lakeside Golf Club. The intruders tied up the two homeowners with duct tape, and one of the robbers pistol-whipped their 16-year-old son, police said. The robbers went downstairs about 20 minutes later, where they set off a motion alarm in the home that alerted police.