October 29, 2012 |
Guatemalan archaeologists have found the tomb of what may have been one of the Maya's earliest rulers and perhaps its most influential. King K'utz Chman introduced many cultural features that eventually defined the Maya, including building pyramids instead of square structures and commissioning the production of carved sculptures that depicted the royal family. His grave is the most ancient royal Maya burial to be found and it contains a variety of carved jade objects indicating his wealth and status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1993 |
It was a murder investigation that began more than three years ago when a pair of hikers discovered Ron Baker's mangled corpse lying near the mouth of a railroad tunnel at a Chatsworth park. Baker, a 21-year-old astrophysics major at UCLA, had been stabbed 18 times. His throat was slashed so badly his head had nearly been severed from his slightly built body. Los Angeles police detectives initially thought the body was that of a transient who had been hit by a train.
July 25, 2013 |
If anyone thinks the old-school catalog is dead, try Googling the frenzy that is the Ikea 2014 catalog. The annual showcase of flat-pack splendor has become its own retail event. The company is releasing its free 2014 Ikea catalog app Thursday and shipping its printed catalog next month, but L.A. at Home writer Lisa Boone, producer Dianne de Guzman and editor Craig Nakano previewed what's new and forthcoming by e-flipping the pages of the digital catalog . Here are three First Impressions of the best, the budget-minded and the surprising.
December 23, 2007 |
He made a $450,000 pendant as big as your forearm, shaped like the state of California, and a piece of baby bling for Suri Cruise. Across town, the competition crafted an 18-carat, black-and-white diamond pendant to look like Missy Elliott's face for the rapper to wear in a video, and a 40-carat blue diamond and ruby Papa Smurf pendant for basketballer DeShawn Stevenson. Jacob the Jeweler and Chris Aire? No. We're talking Jason of Beverly Hills and Icee Fresh -- the new purveyors of bling.
September 10, 2010 |
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.
April 27, 2007 |
Forget that girl with the pearl earring. The mothball-size Baroda Pearls, a two-strand necklace that adorned generations of Indian princes, fetched a record $7.1 million this week at Christie's in New York. The price shattered the previous $3.13-million auction record for a pearl necklace, set in 2004 at Christie's in Geneva. The Baroda, 68 cream and pinkish gems with a Cartier diamond clasp, was estimated to sell for $7 million to $9 million. An unidentified Asian buyer bid by phone.
October 10, 2013 |
Modernica, maker of those beloved George Nelson Bubble lamps, announced that it is bringing back the Bubble's cousin, the Net. In 1959, the Net Light rolled out to not exactly a fervor. Fewer than 1,000 of the lights were produced before the design slipped into midcentury obscurity. Helping the design's chances for a comeback this time around is a ready market of Nelson devotees and midcentury design fans looking for something a bit different from the now-ubiquitous Bubble. Whereas the Bubble lamps take their shape from metal skeletons, the Net silhouette emerges when fine netting is stretched over a series of metal rings.
October 21, 2013 |
Most people think of cameos as formal and sentimental; something sweet and Victorian, pinned to a high-collar lace shirt or carved with a dowager portrait. But today's cameos are anything but sweet and sentimental. Traditionally carved from shells or stones, cameos have been in the jewelry lexicon for centuries. In the 21st century, they are playful, colorful, with sly bold images, making for an intriguing high-fashion mix of old and new. "Reinvention, rebirth, unexpected, traditionally punk," is how Amedeo Scognamiglio, a fifth generation southern Italian cameo maker, describes this new world of cameo modern.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1998 |
A collection of jeweled eggs created by the famous House of Faberge will be the featured exhibit next month at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit, "Regal Splendor: Masterpieces from the House of Faberge," opens Nov. 14 and will include 28 pieces. The exhibit will run through Jan. 10. "We think it can provide a very compelling experience" for visitors, said Mark Burson, executive director of the Presidential Foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2004 |
Prosecutors appeared Thursday to be trying to establish a financial motive for Scott Peterson to want his pregnant wife dead. Laci Peterson, along with other family members, had inherited more than $100,000 worth of jewelry from her grandmother in the months before she vanished Dec. 24, 2002, witnesses have testified. On Thursday, prosecutors questioned a jewelry store clerk who said she remembered Laci Peterson bringing in various items to be appraised.