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NOKIA SIROCCO: GOLD VERSION PHONE WITH DIAMONDS
September 11, 2008
The german jewelry designers group 'Sayn Design' created 1000 mobile-phones called 'Nokia Sirocco', which are made from gold and diamonds. The elite version Nokia Sirocco phone is sold at auction for $3450.

PEARL JEWELRY FOR 7.1 MILLION DOLLARS
August 22, 2008
. A private anonymous jewelry collector from Asia bought a two-strand pearl necklace at Christie's "Magnificent Jewels Sale" auction for the record price ever paid for pearl jewelry - 7.1 million dollars. The spectacular necklace, originally owned by Maharajah Khande Rao of Baroda, has 68 large fine natural pearls.
The bidding lasted less than 3 minutes. The necklace was originally estimated at about $6.5 million. The previous record price for a two-strand pearl necklace was paid at Christie's, Geneva in 2004 for $3 million. At the same auction a new record was set - a 22 karat Kashmir sapphire was sold for $3.1 million - the highest price ever paid for a single sapphire.

BIRTH RING FROM HEAVEN
August 6, 2008
A 57 year old Russian man was very surprised when a jewelry expert from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg told him, that a gold ring he presented for evaluation was nothing less than a lost masterpiece created by the 16th century famous Italian goldsmith and artist Benvenuto Cellini (1500 – 1571). It is believed that at one time the ring was in the possesion of the king of Poland.
Ivan Adamov told reporters that the six-carat ruby ring was a birth present from his grandmother, and was "resting" for many years in an old jewelry box before he took it for evaluation. According to the experts, this original work of Cellini is worth about 250 million British pounds.

SOFT PINK GOLD
August 2, 2008
Jewelry made of pink gold was popular in eastern Europe for a very long time. Today this "soft gold" is gaining popularity among western european consumers.
The most fashionable pink gold jewelry is usually set with "champagne" (yellowish) diamonds, which creates a soft luster in contrast to the sparkling white diamonds.
Some prefer bright or pastel blue colored gemstones set in pink gold, which is more appropriate both for business and casual settings.

BRITISH JEWELRY EXHIBITION OPENS
July 24, 2008
The "Contemporary Alchemy Jewelry from Britain" exhibition started on April 10, at Seef Mal, Bahrain. The exhibition is sponsored by the British Council and presents hand made articles crafted of platinum, sterling silver and gold by leading British jewelry designers.

Alchemy to a great extent was the medieval predecessor of contemporary chemistry, and is a broad process, comprised of both scientific and philosophical practices. It is unknown where and when alchemy was first invented. However, according to some historical data it was widely practiced between the 9th and 18th centuries.
The inauguration was done by the famous Arabic author A. R. Rafie.
The exhibition will last till April 24 and is expected to attract a large number of visitors, both domestic and from overseas.

MISS VIETNAM JEWELRY COMPETITION
July 5, 2008
The Miss Vietnam Jewelry Competition sponsored by the Jewelry & Art Craft Fashion Magazine, the Vietnam Gemstone Association and the Jewelry and Arts Association, is about to take place in Hanoi at the National Convention Center.
All participants are single Vietnamese women ages 18 to 27, living locally and abroad. Ladies must be at least 5.5 inches tall to enter the competition and have at least a high school education. The winner will receive the title of Miss Vietnam Jewelry 2007.
All applications must be submitted by May 19, 2007. The contestants must provide photographs of themselves wearing jewelry and engagement rings crafted in gold or silver with diamonds and gemstones. Only 30 participants will advance to the final stage of the competition which will take place later this year in Hanoi. The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a trip abroad. The first and second runner-ups will also receive lesser cash prizes and a trip abroad.

The special “Golden Hand” title will be awarded to the best jewelry designer. The second and third place winners will be awarded the “Silver Hand” and “Bronze Hand” titles. The winning jewelry designs will be auctioned off to raise funds for various charities.

NEW SKIN CREAM TO THE RESCUE
June 20, 2008
One of the biggest health problems when wearing costume jewelry is the development of skin allergies called "contact dermatitis". As far as jewelry is concerned, contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin usually caused by contact with metals. One of the main metals used in the jewelry industry (especially Costume) is nickel along with other metal alloys such as copper, lead or brass.
NickelBlock Skin Cream, Inc. has invented a skin compound that significantly slows down or completely blocks the development of skin rash after exposure to such metals.
An inflammatory response is the immune system's reaction to contact with foreign particles. When applied once a week, NickelBlock™ Cream begins to act as a natural shield against the allergy causing agent in metal. It also contains vitamins, minerals, lipids and amino acids that greatly improve the natural protective function of the upper skin layers. In the United States, nearly 30% of women wearing jewelry containing nickel develop contact dermatitis.

PERFUME BOTTLE FOR $216 THOUSAND DOLLARS
June 16, 2008
The perfume bottle "trezor de la measures" ("the treasure of the sea") by Rene Lalique, was auctioned off in the city of Lambertville for 216,000 dollars. The owner was a 90 year old woman, who received the bottle as a gift from her late husband in 1939. Her husband acquired the bottle for 50 dollars at the famous "Sacks Fifth Avenue" store in New York. The perfume in the bottle is long gone, but the woman kept this beautiful bottle all this time in its own special box. According to experts, Lalique made only 50 pieces, which significantly raises the value of the bottle.
The bottle was acquired by a collector, who chose to remain anonymous. In the history of the jewelry industry the name of Rene Lalique stands in the same class with the names of such world renowned masters as Karl Faberge, Busheron, Cartier, Tiffany &Co., etc.
Rene Lalique, jeweler and glass artist, is rightfully considered one of the leaders of the "art nuvo" style. He created magnificent museum quality jewelry using a combination of many styles and techniques from the European and Japanese craftsmen of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.

TAYLOR JEWELRY
May 18, 2008
Robert Rankin, 55, the CFO of SWK, Inc, was appointed as chief financial officer for the California-based multi-brand jewelry company - the House of Taylor Jewelry. Bob Rankin will succeed Pauline Schneider, who was appointed to this post two years ago.
During his professional career Robert Rankin served as senior financial officer in numerous well known companies, private and public. His main fields of operations are: strategic planning, public relations, acquisitions and financial planing. Pauline Schneider, will stay on as a consultant during the transition period.


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