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October 21, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
September 10, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
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.
February 19, 2008 | Michael A. Hiltzik and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
A few weeks ago, the chairman of online auction site forecast good news ahead. The company was headed for another blowout quarter, David Zinberg said, with sales topping the already-rosy projections made in November. The announcement was designed partly to quell questions that had been swirling around the Culver City-based company for months.
May 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
February 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" not only has people debating the last hours of Jesus' life but also running out to buy such souvenirs as crucifixes, lapel pins and cards tied to the film's promotion. A particularly popular item is a pendant fashioned from a single nail made of pewter and attached to a leather strap, say officials of Bob Siemon Designs, licensed by Gibson's Icon Productions to produce jewelry tied to the film.
November 16, 2003
"Like a big jigsaw puzzle, the 30-foot, 2,000-pound chandelier was put back together and rehung in the rotunda." The heck with faceless bureaucracy. This town's municipal seat is a 1920s Mission-meets-Deco palace at Temple and Main streets. "City Hall: The Heart of Los Angeles," an illustrated children's paperback from Beverly Hills-based Tallfellow Press, hails the restoration of the building, largely completed in 2001.
May 14, 1998 | CHRIS CHI
Two Oxnard men were in jail on suspicion of committing a robbery in La Colonia early Wednesday, authorities said. The arrests occurred after an unidentified person came to the Oxnard Police Station about 2 a.m. and reported being robbed near the corner of Cooper Road and Grant Avenue, police said. Twenty minutes later, police pulled over a red 1993 Ford Escort in an alley off Grant Avenue and arrested the two men.
September 28, 2003 | Barbara Thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is senior home design editor for the magazine.
It doesn't matter if you're a serious collector like Eli Broad or Peter Norton or a casual fan of Bauer redware vases and Japanese woodblock prints when it comes to cohabiting with art. Everyone faces the same issues: Where should these cherished objects be displayed? How does one light them appropriately? What steps can be taken to safeguard them against the ravages of time and nature? The answers, like the art itself, will differ from person to person and from collection to collection.
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