January 2008

In the pursuit of jewelry education

"Study the past by studying jewelry." This is one of the cries of the newly created Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts LLC (ASJRA) and a mantra that would have made my general histo read more..

Star sighting: Kate Beckinsale

My in-box is normally overloaded this time of year with photos of celebrities attending award shows, but given the continuing writers' strike and cancelled Golden Globes ceremony, it's been something ... read more..

Are tax rebates and cuts enough?

Concurrent mergers, divestitures and internal restructurings in large retail companies are resulting in store closings and displaced workers—from chief executives down to administrative assistants. Ca... read more..

Star sighting: Salli Richardson

Yes, I know, the fashion magazines are heralding short, earlobe-hugging accoutrements, but I can't stop gawking (in a good way) at these shoulder-dusters that I Am Legend star Salli Richardson wore to... read more..

Reykjavik: Cold but cool

It's nearly 10 a.m. in Reykjavik and daybreak is minutes away. At 64 degrees north latitude, Iceland's exotic capital city is a rather unusual place to be in January, when gale-force winds blow the sn... read more..

Salvation Army's Valentine's Day contest

Ladies, Cartier isn't the only store your jewel-filled red box may come from this Valentine's Day. A diamond ring donated to the Salvation Army in Tamarac, Fla., back in December is being sold by raff... read more..

And the gold award goes to…

Barring a Golden Globes-style news-conference presentation, the red carpet at the 80th Annual Academy Awards is expected to be adorned in pure gold on Feb. 24. InStyle.com's "Red carpet retrospective"... read more..

The highs and lows of fashion

It didn't take a mortgage crisis or credit crunch for me to learn the beauty of mixing and matching clothing and accessories with vastly different price points. I've been known to pair a T-shirt I bou... read more..

Lending a helping hand

Jeweler Tiffany & Co. thanked foreign tourists for the boost in holiday sales during its recent sales and earnings conference call, Reuters Shop Talk blog reported. Retailers Saks, Neiman Marcus and B... read more..

Coming back as cuff links

Wearing cuff links made from recycled materials shows you have cutting-edge style and concern for the environment—attributes that give an ordinary Joe star power in today's fashion-obsessed, "green"-d... read more..

If you digitize it, will they come?

A fast-growing Internet-based service called NearbyNow tells mall-bound and in-mall shoppers where to find the items they want. Shoppers can use the service to search a mall's general Web site to disc... read more..

Down the aisle in style

Help a bride put a twist on the centuries-old tradition of wearing something blue on her wedding day. Show her engagement rings and wedding bands with diamonds and blue gemstones such as sapphire, tan... read more..

PR or P.U.?

Blogger Zac Bissonnette thinks something is foul about Bidz.com's decision to issue a press release announcing a small repurchase of 100,000 shares. On Bloggingstocks.com, he questions if the purpose ... read more..

'Buy' or 'hold'

Manhattan's Fifth Avenue and the new crop of luxury retailers lining its financial district probably won't see Wall Street professionals lavishly spending their bonus checks in the coming weeks. Accor... read more..

Justifying men's love of jewelry

Men's jewelry—from pearl necklaces to pavé diamond rings—is a fast-growing trend and the topic of a recent article on Wall Street Journal Online. Of all the explanations given for why men are wearing ... read more..

Technology helps jewelry scams

Go to Google.com and enter the search terms "scam," "jeweler" and "consumer." The results will include page after page of information to help consumers avoid scams conjured up by less than scrupulous ... read more..

2007 is out and saving is in

Maryland state tax increased from 5 percent to 6 percent. The Washington Post raised its newsstand price from 35 cents to 50 cents. General Motors increased the price of its 2008 automobiles by as muc... read more..

Mama's got a brand new bag

Jewelry brands are jumping on the bag bandwagon. According to Women's Wear Daily, jewelry brands such as Asprey, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard and de Grisogono are expanding their offerings to include han... read more..
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