Monday, November 30, 2009

The Cameron Diamond Engagement Ring Wins With Customer

Dear Whiteflash Sales Team,


OK, so, I have no words - just squeals of excitement!  It probably took me twice as long to get to work this morning because I was driving like 30mph staring at my ring the whole time!  It is absolutely everything I imagined and dreamed for - I can not tell you how much I am in love with this diamond ring!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for somehow getting inside my head and creating my most perfect ring!  Please pass on my gratitude to all involved!
I can not wait to show my husband and all my friends, my coworkers have been waiting to see and agree it is just beautiful and completely suits me.


Will take some pics over the weekend, it fits like a glove with my scattered band, just sitting perfectly high enough and flush against it - a perfect match! 

Much love, Whiteflash!



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2009 TMR Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Hate holiday shopping at the mall? So do we. Who wants to fight screaming mobs of people in frigid temperatures and wait in uber-long lines just to buy dad yet another tie? If you prefer shopping from the cozy comfort of your own home, office or cell phone, we’re your go-to source this holiday season.

For all the men on your list this year – young, old or young-at-heart – we’ve got you covered. This year, we’re offering the true mother-load of gifts ranging from personalized pub signs, barware and sports memorabilia to grilling, camping, hunting and tailgating gear – and much, much more. Take our advice, and skip those malls and save your sanity this year. If the men in your life want it, we’ve got it – and you can get it all online, right here.

Here’s just a sampling of some of our most popular holiday gifts for 2009 for

Personalized Gifts

Personalized Custom Christmas Gifts

Want to impress the men, brothers, father’s, father-in-laws and friends on your list this year? What could be better than a personalized gift with with their own name or initials emblazoned on it? Not much, if you ask us. Explore our range of personalized gift items here: Pub Signs, Golf Kits, MLB Sports Sets, Coaster Sets, Beer Mugs, Bottle Openers, Koozies, Coolers, Leathermans, Grooming Kits, Zippos, Flash Drives, Money Clips, Watches, more

Home Bar Gifts

Christmas Gifts for the Home Bar

Cheers! There’s no better way to support your own drinking habits and ring in the new year – than by making sure your friends and family have the proper supplies to get their holiday drink on. Browse our selection of bar gifts here: Bar Stools, Books and Tools, Beer Boots, Beer Pong, Koozies, Cigars, Coasters, Coolers, Bar Signs, Drink Makers, Drinkware, Flasks, Pub Tables, Wine Glasses, Cork Skrews, more

Gifts for the Outdoorsman

Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman

Real men don’t get cold, right? If the men on your list are always outside – either hunting, camping, grilling or tailgating at a football game – when it’s only 20 degrees, these are the gifts for you. Check out our gifts for a wide range of outdoor activities: Backyard, Patio, Cabela’s Gift Cards, Camping Gear, Hiking Gear, Fishing Equipment, Hunting Equipment, Tailgating, Water Sports


Check out the full list of amazing gifts here!


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Bonhams to auction world's second-largest pearl

What is believed to be the world’s second-largest documented pearl is being auctioned by Bonhams Auction House on December 6. Valued between $300,000 and $400,000, the five-pound gem found off the coast of the Philippines is a human-brain-shaped-pearl and is accompanied by the lower half of its original giant clamshell. Dubbed the “Palawan Princess,” the gem is next to the 14-pound “Pearl of Allah” in size. Known for its reputation for holding auctions of items in various categories, the auction house is also putting up a diverse array of objects d’art, unusual gemstones, and gold, gold nuggets and native metals for auction.

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Lean Financial Times Gives Boost To Purchase of Higher Quality Goods For Holidays

According to a recent poll by the National Retail Federation, “53% of Americans say they will be spending less money this Holiday season.”  Being in the throws of such challenging economic times, it’s hard to fathom that people are even thinking of shopping for the upcoming Holiday. Well think again! As the great musician Kerry King said, “The show must go on”— and so it will, just a little more fine tuned. This upcoming Holiday people are not totally swearing off of buying gifts for loved ones, but they are shopping with a strategy and are being more discriminating with their purchases. Quality over quantity and less is more will be the mantras controlling consumer’s wallets spelling good news for fine jewelry retailers.


Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC's Today show, reported a key shopping trend during an October 21 appearance on NBC’s Today show. Chatzky stated that “Consumers will cut back on the overall number of

gifts they buy but, will probably buy a higher quality gift for each person.” She also went on to make the point that consumers need to have a game plan and a budget in mind when shopping.  Feeding off of this trend means encouraging sales forecasts for retailers of fine jewelry due to the lasting and personal sentiments attached to such gifts. 


In a sea of choices, where does one get the best bang for their buck when looking for quality “bling” on a shoestring? According to the online internet research website, “This year online holiday sales(excluding travel) will total 32.1 billion, up 10.1% over 2007 and 49% of holiday gift spending among US Internet users will occur online, compared with 44% in stores.” 


One such online resource, a premier online diamond jewelry retailer, offers a plethora of items that put the personal touch back in gifting.  Delivering unique and affordable gifts for any budget, this site is known for its impeccable service and high quality goods.  Another bonus to purchasing jewelry items here can be found in their charity focused sub lines, Dreams of Africa and AWEAR: Jewelry for Conscious Kids.  What is so unbelievably unique about these lines is that a substantial portion of the proceeds from sales, 100% profit from Dreams of Africa and 25% from AWEAR items, goes to support children in nations hit hard by the blood diamond trade.  Gifting with a cause is another powerful trend that stretches hard earned dollars way beyond their face value.  In a time when conscious spending is paramount, this perk makes you feel good about spending.


So regardless of your budget this Holiday, make your dollars count and remember that the most gratifying part of giving is the sentiment behind the gift.

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Will The Rich Will Rescue Christmas?

It looks like luxury retail is getting ready for a comeback. Shoppers in enviable tax brackets are doing a better job of prying their wallets open, at least if you can believe their stock prices. Brick and mortar stores like Tiffany and Saks as well as online e-tailors like all show signs of progress heading into Black Friday, meaning that investors were willing to bet on the wealthy.

Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak, explained to USA Today, "We're resting our (upbeat outlook) on the upper-income consumer, who seems to be holding up pretty well." This group, he continued, "is where the vast majority of spending in this country is done."

Research firm Penn Schoen Berland weighed in with agreement: "Well-to-do Americans are feeling much less of a crunch." Households with incomes of greater than $70,000 a year, the firm found, planned to amp up their holiday spending by 27 percent this year. Those with incomes below $40,000 are cutting their holiday joy by 14 percent.

While the bargain hunters turn to the discount retailers, which are expected to do well this year, look for the higher-income consumers to spend more at places like Williams-Sonoma and other mid-range to upscale retail establishments.

So, with deeper pockets starting to open this year, it looks like the wealthy will turn last year's holiday bust around. A good holiday season for Saks shows that those with the bucks are starting to open up, and recoveries start at the top.

Read the full story here!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Diamond Buying Made Easy with


What a great diamond buying experience from Whiteflash! Their employees are extremely helpful and run like clockwork. From my diamond buying assistance with Liza to their shipping department, every process was well documented by e-mail. Who ever thought buying a diamond online would be so easy!

At first I was skeptical of purchasing a diamond online, but with so many great reviews from diamond forums, I decided to give them a try. I would highly recommend their ACA brilliant rounds. They are such beautiful diamonds for a price much less than other premium branded Hearts and Arrow round diamonds that will not set your "Wallet on Fire." You really can't go wrong with a Whiteflash ACA diamond.

Thanks to the Whiteflash team for their time and kind assistance. I will certainly be doing business with you again in the future






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Why Buy Certified Loose Diamonds?

Sure it's a great diamond engagement ring, but is that rock certified?

A groom not buying certified diamonds is like buying a car without a title make sure to always ask for a certificate.

What is a Certificate?
A diamond certificate, also called a diamond grading report or diamond quality document, is a report created by a team of gemologists. A completed certificate includes an analysis of the diamond’s dimensions, clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics. Also many round diamonds, due to their popularity and brilliance, will also include a cut grade on the report.

A diamond certificate is an expert third party opinion. . The diamond is evaluated, measured, and scrutinized using trained eyes, a jeweler’s loupe, a microscope, and other industry tools.  It states the quality of the certified diamonds. Without the certificate you are left to trust the jeweler’s estimates. This can cause a potential conflict because the jeweler is the one trying to sell you the diamond.

Buying a certified diamond usually costs a little more because the stone had to go through a lab of certified gemologists that has graded every aspect of the diamond.


Whiteflash Diamonds are Certified
Every loose diamond sold by Whiteflash has been evaluated and assessed by either the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS). These two laboratories are among the most respected laboratories in the diamond industry, and are known for their consistency and unbiased diamond grading systems. Diamonds that are accompanied by these types of grading reports and certificates are the most highly valued to consumers.

The advantages of buying a diamond with a diamond certificate are:

1.    You will know exactly what you are buying. Every important factor you need to know about the diamond is described in the certificate.

2.    The seller knows exactly what he/she is selling to you so as to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.

3.    If a diamond comes with a diamond certificate, you do not have to worry about the possibility that you might be purchasing a fracture-filled diamond. These are diamonds that have surface cracks that can be artificially filled to appear as much better diamonds than they actually are. These are in essence, very low quality diamonds that look great to naked eyes. GIA does not certificate these diamonds.

4.    If a diamond comes with a certificate, you will not become a victim of buying a synthetic diamond. Yes, there are real man-made diamonds that hit the market in 1977. Currently, average jewelers have no way of telling if a diamond is natural or man-made (These are not diamond stimulants as CZs, but real diamonds that are man made).

5.    Purchasing a GIA certified diamond will simply provide you with much more confidence and value.

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Bulgari to Auction off $4 Million Worth of Jewels to Charity

Bulgari has dedicated its 125th Anniversary to a worthy cause. The luxury jeweler announced on November 18 its plans to auction off a collection of 11 one-of-a-kind jewels and 7 limited edition timepieces at Christie’s in New York on December 8. The collection's proceeds, valued at approximately $4 million, will go to the Save the Children charity.


The offered jewels include a multi-colored sapphire and diamond necklace, consisting of 396.29 carats fancy colored sapphires and 66.45 carats of round cut diamonds, as well as a diamond "Lucea" choker necklace, a white gold necklace set with 33.82 carats of marquise cut diamonds, 7.16 carats of round cut diamonds and 38.67 carats pave set diamonds.


The proceeds of this auction will be in addition to a $14.85 million pledge that Bulgari made to the charity earlier this year, generated partially by the sales of a limited edition silver ring.

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Happy Thankgiving from Whiteflash would like to thank all of its wonderful customers and friends for their support over the last few years. Without our great fans, we could never have become the #1 online e-tailor selling branded A Cut Above® Hearts and Arrows Diamonds. We look forward to continuing our tradition of exceptional quality and service with the most visually balanced diamonds in the world for our incredible customers.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Whiteflash Team!





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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Big Diamonds Bring Big Prices at Auction

More big diamonds and big prices were seen at the Christie's Geneva auction on November 18. A 62.30-carat, D flawless diamond sold for $8.051 million amid a sale which sold 82 percent by lot and 93 percent by value. Aleks Paul of Essex Global Trading in New York paid $130,000 per carat for the 62.3-carat, Type IIa flawless diamond. Paul was on a buying spree, he also submitted the top bids for two natural color diamonds, bidding $2.68 million for a diamond ring by Wolfers that paired a 3.30-carat, rectangular-cut, fancy intense blue diamond with a 3.90-carat E, VS2 diamond estimated at $580,000 to $740,000. He also spent nearly another $2.68 million on a fancy vivid, fancy intense and fancy blue diamond clasp, circa 1950, which had been estimated at $500,000 to $650,000. He has a history of buying or trying to buy important stones. Last year he was the underbidder against Laurence Graff for the Wittelsbach diamond.

In the same sale a 65.20-carat fancy intense yellow, cushion-shaped diamond pendant sold for nearly $1.04 million and a 4.42-carat fancy intense, square-cut green diamond ring sold for $783,000. The largest recorded fancy grayish-yellowish-green "chameleon" diamond in the world, cut into a 19.13 carat briolette and mounted as a pendant, sold for $987,000, setting a new world record price for a chameleon diamond.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Diamond Cocktail Shaker

The world's most expensive cocktail shake has been dubbed the “Boston Shaker”.

The shaker itself is silver, 18 karat gold, and is encrusted with 480 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 19.05 carats. The price tag on this one-of-a-kind blinged-up barware is approximately $52,164.00.

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - A $3 Million Bra

Every year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is more blinged out than the last. This year, at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City, we saw an array of outfits that were by equal turns beautiful and baffling. We love how Victoria's Secret always manages to dress the Angels in elaborate designs that sit just next to their bodies -- giant wings and capes!

Pictured here is the most expensive item of the evening, the diamond-clad three million dollar bra, being caressed by Marisa Miller, who had the privilege of wearing it.

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Diamond Crown Ready For New Miss California USA

The Miss California USA pageant is eager to put the Carrie Prejean story behind it and has unveiled the crown that will sit atop the new Miss California USA's head. INTA Gems & Diamonds, the official jeweler of Miss California USA, has designed the new crown which they say promotes unity, love and the beauty of California. The crown will be unveiled to the public at the Beauty of California dinner at the Rivera Resort in Palm Springs on November 21 at 8 pm. The stars that line the border of the crown represent the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The curves of the crown are mean to recall the waves that flow back and forth along the California coastline. The crown is made of silver, gold and a total of 768 stones including diamonds, diamond stimulants, natural sapphire, and pearl.

Peter Young, creative director of INTA Gems & Diamonds designed the crown with the idea that after the controversy over Carrie Prejean's opinion on gay marriage at the Miss USA pageant he wanted his design to present a positive view for the next 2010 Miss California USA titleholder. The wave design also represents the different perspectives in California. He says: "I felt a strong need for people to know that although we may have different opinions from opposite sides, the one universal idea that speaks true for all of us is that love unites. Therefore, at the center of the beautifully formed sparkling wave design is a heart. I hope that speaks true to the next Miss California USA."

The 2010 Miss California USA pageant that will be televised on Sunday, Nov 22 on the CW and on My Television television networks.

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Blinged Out Star To Adorn Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Too much Swarovski is never enough, especially during the holidays, when we all want sparkle. And during the holidays in New York City, the most popular sparkle can be found at Rockefeller Center, where each year gaggles of locals as well as tourists stop by to view the Christmas tree, which has been topped by a Swarovski star, made to mimic thousands of blingy diamonds, each year since 2004.

This year's star is 9½ feet in diameter, 1½ feet in depth, weighs a whopping 550 pounds, and comprises 25,000 crystals with 1,000,000 facets.

Rockefeller Center officially began the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 1933, when a Christmas tree was erected in front of the then-RCA Building and covered with 700 lights. This is the first year, however, that the Swarovski star will feature dynamic light movement.

A replica of the Swarovski Star will be on display in Rockefeller Center to allow visitors to get a closer view of the detailing and craftsmanship.

The 77th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 2, from 7-9 p.m. The ceremony will be televised live, locally on WNBC-TV from 7-8 p.m. and nationally on NBC from 8-9 p.m. Spectators can view the lighted tree each day from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; all day (24 hours) on Christmas Day; and from 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The last day to view the tree is January 7, 2010.


Sources: and PR Newswire

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Monday, November 23, 2009 Praised For Conflict Free Diamond Site

One American jeweler determined to address Africa’s continued suffering has introduced a conflict-free diamond pendant. Online diamond retailer along with the World Centers of Compassion for Children International (WCCCI) launched an initiative in which 100 percent of proceeds from conflict-free diamond pendant go to WCCCI.

“ has some of the finest ethically produced designer bridal jewelry available,” said Debi Wexler, president of and conflict free diamond activist. “The site offers the conscious consumer a means to connect directly to diamond beneficiation projects, such as Whiteflash’s Dreams of Africa collection in which 100% of proceeds go to help those children who have suffered under blood diamond conflicts.”

 “While other companies offer commercially produced ‘green rings’ and conflict free jewelry, what makes us different is that 100% of our profits go to those who really need out help,” said Whiteflash.

The $4,400 Dreams of Africa(TM) diamond pendant will only be available from
“Our Dreams of Africa are not for partial peace. They are for total peace,” said Debi Wexler, CEO of Wexler along with WCCCI’s founder Betty Williams are jointly working towards building safe and nurturing environments for children “who need a second chance in life. If we start teaching peace at the beginning of these young children’s education, we will help these children to shine like brilliant diamonds for the world.”

Specifically, will focus on efforts to help children who have suffered from conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other African countries. Conflict or “blood” diamonds are illicitly smuggled diamonds, the sales of which are used to finance wars against countries’ legitimate governments.

Whiteflash is known for its pioneering efforts in conflict free jewelry and educating consumers with the most comprehensive trade and consumer resource on conflict free diamonds.

“We need consumers to understand that there is a huge difference between blood diamonds and conflict-free diamonds,” said Wexler. “Not all diamonds are ill-gotten. When diamond mining is undertaken in the correct manner, without child labor or government conflict, the profits build infrastructure and serve as a source of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of people. As a socially responsible design company in the diamond industry, we believe it is our duty to support children who have suffered under blood diamond conflicts and to create awareness in order to combat such illicit diamond trade.” and WCCCI will work to establish the first learning center, headquartered in Italy, which will provide scholarships for children from Sierra Leone and other locations across Africa, and to instill values of peace and understanding during these children’s early education. Italy’s government donated land to build the learning center.
Whiteflash began this endeavor to support the WCCCI’s commitment to providing safe havens and educational opportunities for children. Whiteflash hopes that their Dreams of Africa collection and education on conflict free diamonds will help in the creation and support to provide a second chance for these children to be educated about peace.

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Whiteflash's A Cut Above Diamond Resonates With A Magic That Satisfies


Dear Whiteflash Sales Team,
Yes I am still enjoying the experience of observing the accuracy of the cut in this diamond. When everything is close the image resonates with a magic that satisfies..... The short-term savings of buying a lesser stone is soon forgotten while the permanence of skills displayed in this one will always be apparent.

Thank you,


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Whiteflash Introduced the Cameron Diamond Engagement Ring


Whiteflash is proud to introduce the “Cameron” Solitaire Engagement Ring to the Whiteflash collection. This Diamond Bezel Ring shank tappers from approx. 2.5mm wide and is available in Platinum and Gold.


The simple design enhances the delicate thin bezel which slightly angles inward toward the “A Cut Above” Diamond. Make sure to put this dazzler on your short list this holiday!


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Conflict Diamonds: News and Updates via


Unlike other retailers who stop at conflict-free, Whiteflash seeks to address the real problem, the people suffering in Africa. “These people are among the world’s poorest. Diamonds are vital to their economic stability. We must stop the exploitation by those in charge, not boycott innocent people into further poverty.”

Though dramatically reduced in recent years, hot spots of conflict and suffering remain in Africa. Whiteflash initiated the Dreams of Africa program as a way for shoppers to be proactive. You can visit the website at


Whiteflash and Dreams of Africa have dedicated to publish the most recent news on Conflict Diamonds for the public. Here are’s top stories:



IDMA and WFDB Presidents Support Ending Diamond-funded Conflict


Zimbabwe Withdraws Security Agents From Chiadzwa


JA Calls for Quick Implementation of KP Work Plan in Zimbabwe


IDMA, WFDB Reaffirm Commitment to Conflict Diamond Prevention


Passop Protests Old Mutual’s Zimbabwean Holdings


Zimbabwe Gov’t to Relocate Thousands from Controversial Diamond Field


Subdued Rough Diamond Trade in The U.S.


Diamond cartel bans dealing in Zimbabwe’s diamonds


Illegal Diamond Dealers Move into Mozambique

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Blinged out bike is gem collector's delight

Milan personifies distinctive style and fashion that sets ever new standards of opulence and class in each product category sans run of the mill bicycles. The super luxury model of mast production features a coating of gold leaf and leather trim python and 8000 Swarovsky crystals to mimic diamond bling.

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Diamond Digialt Watch Ring


Watches in rings have been done before, but not quite like this. This is a new approach and quite interesting. The Digit Watch is design to appeal to both men and women, and given its high level of customization. The producer takes existing mechanical watch movements from major luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Blancpain, and others (buyer can choose), and places them inside of an 18k white gold ring with an Aquamarine jewel face, decorated with 142 diamonds.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diamonds for an Eternity Wedding Ring Set Sparkles!

A Very happy customer receives her Diamonds for and Eternity Engagement Ring and matching  Wedding Band from One of my favorite diamond settings!



A little more about this spectacular piece: Diamonds that seem to go on for an eternity…our eternity diamond engagement ring features Whiteflash ACA diamond melee (approx. 0.90ctw as shown--total carat weight will vary dependant on ring size. Color: F/G, Clarity: VS). The beautifully sculpted eternity wedding band houses brilliant Whiteflash ACA diamond melee (approx. 0.90ctw; Color: F/G, Clarity: VS). Platinum Content: 95% Pl 5% Ir. Make the set complete with our matching 'Diamonds for an Eternity' engagement ring

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Green Diamond Sets World Record

Natural colored diamonds and other colored stones did very well at the Sotheby's "Magnificent Jewels" sale in Geneva this week. The Roxburghe Rubies, a parure of a ruby and diamond necklace and earrings brought $5.77 million, five times the set's estimated price. A rare 2.52 carat vivid green diamond sold for $3.08 million. It was the largest vivid-green diamond ever to appear at auction and the sale set a new world-record price per carat for a green diamond at auction. Swiss jeweler Chatila paid $2.52 million for a 3.17-carat fancy intense blue diamond which set a new world-record price per carat for an intense blue diamond sold at auction. Chatila also paid $3.13 million for a 74.8-carat fancy vivid-yellow diamond ring. The sale brought in $36.68 million putting it safely above the pre-sale low estimate of $29.5 million. A total of 79 percent of the lots up for sale sold.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Alicia Keys Creates Inspirational Necklace For Keep A Child Alive

We've written about Alicia Keys's charity work with Keep A Child Alive before so its no surprise that one of the core pieces in her new jewelry line is devoted to the cause. Keys is launching a new jewelry line, The Barber's Daughters, with jeweler Gisèle Theriault. The collection will be displayed at a pop-up shop at the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York City on November 23 and 24. The inspirational jewelry line features precious metals inscribed with poetry, prayers and other words.

The special design for Keep A Child Alive is a sterling silver double tablet necklace on an oxidized rope chain features the Gandhi quote which says: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." The design is inspired by ancient Inukshuk rock sculptures used to alert others they were on the right path. The necklace sells for $295 and Keep A Child Alive receives $100 from each one.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brad and Angelina team up to create snake-themed jewelry line

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Hollywood Power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are well known for their relentless pursuit of charity, and the duo are now venturing into another new dimension, all for the sake of charity, with their jewelry line for Asprey titled “The Protector.” Angelina found her inspiration from a snake ring gifted to her in her pregnancy days and the couple then dedicated their jewelry line to the serpent. The collection features limited edition gold jewelry and silver accessories including rings, cuff links, bracelets, spoons and cups, all with the snake motif. Reportedly, Angelina even wore one of the bracelets to the BAFTA awards. The collection will go on sale at Asprey stores in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Dubai later this week, according to Asprey officials. And the proceeds will benefit one of Angelina’s charity organizations, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. The snake-motif pieces would go well with your Cobra Vertu, just in case you are contemplating buying one.

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McTeigue & McClelland Designs Necklace to Help Afghan Children

A diamond necklace may be the key to a child's future in war-torn Afghanistan.

Indeed, McTeigue & McClelland, a New York-based jeweler with roots dating back to 1895, has designed a necklace, called "The Ariana Necklace," with all of the proceeds donated to the Rebuilding Afghanistan Foundation. The foundation is a U.S.-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to bringing education to Afghan children by building schools and developing educational programs in Afghanistan. The proceeds from each necklace will provide enough funds to educate three Afghan children for one year at the foundation's Mayor Elementary School in the province of Wardak, Afghanistan.

The butterfly design was inspired by the Micropsyche Ariana species, which is the smallest butterfly in the world. The butterfly is unique to Afghanistan while its name translates to "tiny souls of Afghanistan." The necklace measures 1.5" in length and 1" in width and comes with an 18" sterling silver chain.

McTeigue & McClelland handcrafted the necklace in sterling silver. It will retail for $250 and is available by placing an order at The necklace is available for a limited time only.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Wanna Marry That Man? Put a Ring on It!

There are manties (men's panties), mantrums (tantrum thrown by a man) and now behold the man-gagement ring.

A man-gagement ring is the male version of an engagement ring, given to a man by his girlfriend upon engagement.

The newest trend in men's jewelry (manwelry?... please, no.) reports the New York Daily News from is said to be a way to level the playing field, if you will, once a couple is engaged. The engaged woman is clearly marked as such, typically, with a sparkling piece of jewelry affixed to her left hand ring finger, announcing that she is no longer available. But what of the man? As the piece points out, he can be engaged, but walks into a bar "a free man." Meaning, there is no visible sign of his impending betrothal.

One must wonder if it is only the jewelry keeping him from acting on his supposed "free man" status, perhaps more than a ring is in order.

But as reported by, 45 percent of women are in favor of the idea, while 55 percent thought no man bling, no problem.

Well, maybe the man jewelry phenomenon is cool. Or, maybe it's one more thing that makes you want to tell these couples, stop focusing on the wedding ring and think more about the marriage.

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Kings of Leon Drummer Wedding

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has wed his girlfriend, singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin.

The band's rep says the couple exchanged wedding rings around 5 p.m. at Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tenn., in front of close friends and family, including Scarlett Johansson (who went to high school with Baylin).

"The wedding was beautiful. It was a gorgeous, 70-degree day," the band's rep says the ceremony, which took place in a beautiful, rustic barn. The reception was catered by local Nashville restaurant Miel.

Followill, 30, referred to the couple's wedding in a message on Twitter on Sunday morning.

"I woke up with a married woman in my bed this morning," he wrote. “Luckily she was mine."

The couple first met at the music festival Bonnaroo in 2006.

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State Charm Necklaces

Love your state? State necklaces are a unique way to show your love for your home turf or maybe the place you'd most like to be. The necklaces are hung on 16-inch 14K gold chains and show the outline of the state. For a little personalization you can add a small diamond mounted anywhere along the outline. The pieces are available in 14K gold or sterling silver, with or without the small diamond. The Texas necklace shown at right sells for $300 and is a favorite with Texas natives Eva Longoria Parker and Jessica Simpson.

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Stock up on Diamond Jewelry: Hyperinflation on the Way

If the fears of hyperinflation are realized, you'll look back with pride on your luxury purchases. All that money you've sunk into custom jewelry and top-of-the-line loose diamonds and precious stones will make you look like an absolute genius. Well, that's the position of South African billionaire Johann Rupert, and I'd take the advice of a guy who can be described that way.

According to Bloomberg News, the told investors, "If we enter hyperinflation, you're going to be so glad that you bought that stuff two months or six months ago." He added, "If inflation picks up, you're going to see people running into your stores, buying high jewelry."

Will inflation cause a mob to form outside jewelry stores? Well, I don't think I'd worry too much about the pushing and shoving, but being ready to throw an elbow probably isn't a bad idea.

Of course, Rupert has something to gain – his company, Richemont, is the world's second largest luxury goods maker. In his talk with investors in the company controlled by his family, he forecasted "normal growth" with luxury sales showing signs of recovery this month and next.

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Evening Star Crowns Important Collector's Jewelry Sale

You have to be a very important collector to get your own sale at Christie's. Most collections are amassed into larger sales but a single owner collection of 10 jewels is set for December 10, is set for the same day as the New York Jewels sale at Christie's New York. This smaller sale features some big stones. The most important is the "Evening Star" diamond, a pear-shaped, 39-carat, D-color diamond mounted in a platinum pendant. This stone is a type IIa diamond the type which was found in India's famous ancient Golconda mines. It is certified to be VVS1 clarity and is accompanied by a working diagram indicating that the clarity may be potentially internally flawless.

The Evening Star alone is estimated at $3.6 million to $5.5 million. The name comes from the owner's habit of wearing the stone to evening galas. She wore the stone suspended from a diamond necklace that consisted of 68 graduated pear-shaped diamonds. That necklace is also for sale with an estimated value of $400,000 to $600,000. And to complete the parure you can pick up the matching pair of diamond ear pendants with two pear-shaped, D-color diamonds of 10.21 and 10.51 carats. The earrings which are also type IIa stones are estimated to bring in $1.7 million to $2.5 million.

Other diamond pieces in the sale include a diamond bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpels and a 36.78-carat, rectangular-cut, D-color, internally flawless diamond ring mounted in platinum with an estimated value of between $2.75 million and $3.5 million. If diamonds aren't your favorite you can bid on an a rare color-change alexandrite ring. The 3.6 carat stone show teal in daylight and purple in incandescent light.

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de Grisogono Instrumento Tondo RM S58 Watch

Diamond jewels and high-fashion design. This particular piece capitalizes on the new "brown" trend, of watches where brown is a prominent color. The Instrumento Tondo RMS58 by de Grisogono looks as though it has been dipped in a number of caramel varieties.

Aside from the mocha brown guilloche machine engraved 18k pink gold dial, the warm brown tones come from 94 brown diamonds and orange sapphire. The dial is still easy to read and contains a power reserve indicator and a second timezone subsidiary dial. Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical movement, and the case is water resistant to 30 meters. The final touch is the black diamond set in the crown. Price is going to be pricey on this one!

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