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Jan. 7, 2009
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Mixing Business and Pleasure at AGTA GemFair Tucson
from AGTA
After a long day on the show floor, there are always many great options for evening entertainment and networking at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. Here are just a few to add to your calendar. More

A. Kleiman and Company

Bright Gemstones Lighten Up Jewelry This Season
from The Los Angeles Times
After the deep and ashen color palette of fall clothing, a surge of hard-candy hues is exploding into holiday jewelry. It's bright, brilliant and dripping with fun and a sense of possibility. The trend isn't just about strong colors -- what's striking is the unexpected mix of shades. More

Illinois Jeweler Sells U.S. Senate Seats
from UPI
U.S. Senate seats are for sale in Illinois, says a Peoria jeweler who is producing necklace charms in the shape of the Senate's chairs. In a parody of the legal predicament faced by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to "sell" the vacant Senate seat of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for campaign cash and personal favors, Brad Pettet of Pettet Jewelry Designs says his ¾-inch "Senate seats" are buyable for between $35 and $175, Gatehouse News Service reported Monday. More

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Caddis Fly Jewelry Won’t Bug You
from The Charleston Gazette
The caddis fly is unknown to most people except trout anglers, who appreciate it as a primary food source for the fish they seek, and wildlife biologists, who know the key role it plays in maintaining stream ecology. Kathy Stout of Wheeling also appreciates the aquatic insect, but she admires it mainly for another reason: It makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of jewelry. The spiky-legged, mandible-wielding caddis may not look like an artisan, but for eons, it has fashioned cocoon-like protective casings by piecing together intricate mosaics from selected bits of streambed gravel. If the caddis larva would put colored rocks to work in building their cases, what would happen if they were exposed to fragments of precious and semi-precious stones? More

Who Cut the Hope Diamond?
from GemWise Blog
One dark Parisian night in 1792 someone stole the 69 carat “Le diament bleu diamond de la couronne de France” better known as the French Blue from the Guard Meuble (royal storehouse) where it was kept along with the rest of the crown jewels that had been confiscated from Louis XVI. The gem was never heard of again. In 1812 a 44.52 carat blue diamond surfaced in London (Mawe 1813), in 1830 it again emerged in the collection of the Anglo-American financier Henry Phillip Hope. Since that time, many scholars have come to believe that the Hope Diamond was actually a whittled down version cut from the French Blue. Blue diamonds are extremely rare and the Hope, even in its reduced state is one the largest blue diamonds known. Is the Hope truly the remains of the French Blue and if so, when was it recut and by whom? A recent discovery in the dusty archives of The French National Museum may provide the definitive and final answer to both questions. More

Black Diamond Ski Package Includes Black Diamonds
from Luxist
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort's black diamond ski package includes seven nights of lodging in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom suite, six day lift tickets for two kids and two adults, lessons, equipment rentals, a spa package, $1,225 in dining and food credits and a $10,000 black diamond necklace. It sells for $26,653. More

Connecticut Attorney General to Help Consumers Affected by Christian Bernard Bankruptcy
from DIB Online
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has alerted local consumers that his office would be working on their behalf if any property, be it jewelry or money, is under possession of Christian Bernard Jewelers, who recently closed due to bankruptcy. The jewelry retailer recently filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey and subsequently closed both of its Connecticut stores as well as its stores in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Washington DC, Illinois and Missouri immediately after Christmas. More

Tips for Wearing This Season’s Color: Mimosa
from The Houston Examiner
Pantone, the color consulting firm and manufacturer of graphic arts, fashion, home and paint-related products, named mimosa the color of 2009. Mimosa is described as "a warm, engaging yellow" color, named after the mimosa tree and the yummy cocktail. More

Fashion, Shopping Trend: Stealth Wealth
from Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Sashaying down the street with a telltale Tiffany-blue box and an Oval Room dress bag could get you arrested in the public court of opinion. Flaunting is out, shame shopping is in. In Manhattan, the nation's shopping mecca, Upper East Siders are still buying scarves at Hermes -- they're just asking for generic bags to stash them in. Is rich the new poor? Not exactly. Inverted class envy will never afflict those who have plenty. But being able to afford the ridiculously unnecessary has been tainted by the slime trail of billion-dollar bailouts. More

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