Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twilight Saga: New Moon' Premiere

Many stars who attended the Los Angeles New Moon premiere chose to accessorize with jewelry made from black and white diamonds set into platinum. Others wore pieces fashioned from onyx and other black materials.

Medium to large cocktail rings were popular, too, and several women either stacked multiple bracelets on their wrists or wore wide (but delicate) cuffs.

Once you're inside the New Moon gallery, click on a photo to zoom in for a closer look.

Celebrity Jewelry Trends
Jewelry at the 'Twilight Saga: New Moon' Premiere

Stephenie Meyer New Moon PremiereStephenie MeyerKristen Stewart New Moon PremiereKristen Stewart BraceletsKristen Stewart New Moon PremiereKristen Stewart Ring DetailDakota Fanning New Moon PremiereDakota Fanning
Melissa Rosenberg New Moon PremiereMelissa RosenbergChristian SerratosChristian SerratosAshley Greene New Moon PremiereAshley GreeneJustine Wachsberger New Moon PremiereJustine Wachsberger
Elizabeth Reaser New Moon PremiereElizabeth ReaserAnna Kendrick New Moon PremiereAnna KendrickJennie Garth New Moon PremiereJennie GarthJennie Garth New Moon PremiereJennie Garth Bracelet & Ring Detail
Emma Roberts New Moon PremiereEmma RobertsJennifer Love Hewitt New Moon PremiereJennifer Love HewittNoot Seear New Moon PremiereNoot Seear Rings DetailJoan JettJoan Jett
Cat DeeleyCat DeeleyElizabeth Reaser New Moon PremiereElizabeth Reaser Bracelet DetailStella Maeve Stella Maeve Madeline CarrollMadeline Carroll
Nikki ReedNikki Reed

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Celebrity Jewelry

Celebrity Jewelry Trends at the American Music Awards - November, 2009

Black and white diamonds set in platinum seem to be one of the celebrity trends of the season (on Rihanna and Whitney Houston for two), but there are always a huge range of styles at red carpet events. Kristen Bell wore a gorgeous cocktail ring fashioned from a huge moonstone surrounded by diamonds and sapphires, all set in platinum, and Nicole Kidman's diamond and pearl earrings were classic.

Whitney Houston AMAWhitney HoustonJanet Jackson American Music AwardsJanet Jackson PerformanceRihanna American Music Awards AMARihannaPaula Abdul American Music AwardsPaula Abdul
SoShy AMASoShy PerformanceNicole KidmanNicole KidmanAlicia Keys American Music AwardsAlicia KeysFergie American Music AwardsFergie Onstage
Toni Braxton AMAToni BraxtonJulie MoranJulie MoranKristen Bell American Music Awards AMAKristen Bell Ring DetailMorena BaccarinMorena Baccarin

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A close-up of a lead glass-filled Ruby

Ironmaster's Gem
Ironmaster's Gem

A close-up of a lead glass-filled ruby where the internal features with flow structures are visible.
The same ruby before heat is applied.
Ironmaster's Gem
Ironmaster's Gem
The outer layer of the lead glass is considerably altered by applying heat.
A close-up photo of a lead glass-filled ruby shows large bubbles in the glass which indicate the extent of the fill fractures. Photos ©AGTA.

ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 4th, ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" RAN AN EXPOSÉ ON SALES OF UNDISCLOSED "COMPOSITE" (GLASS-FILLED) RUBY, CHARGING WIDESPREAD FRAUD. Many in the jewelry industry believe that the network's investigative methods are as scandalous as its findings. Just what did and didn't ABC prove; and did it go overboard in its tactics and conclusions?

Nobody disagrees with ABC that there are sales of ruby in American jewelry outlets that owe their looks to glass filling. No one disagrees that some of these sales of what is now called "composite" ruby are deceptive because shoppers are never told this critical fact. Indeed, nearly two years ago, gem dealer groups even issued global alerts about this material and demanded that gem labs develop specific nomenclature for this material and flag it as treated on lab identification and grading reports. As proof, we are re-printing our story from that time about this material called "X-Gems: The Rise of the Mutant Mineral," published in January 2008 and preceded by an email bulletin to all subscribers.

Where many in the trade find fault with ABC is over its tactics and conclusions. First, the network never mentioned the trade's own warnings about this ruby and attempts to prevent fraudulent sales of it. The trade was made to look implicitly guilty of indifference and neglect. Second, the network only found deceptive sales at three Macy's stores and in no others. Do sales by one firm in one market constitute proof of rampant rip-off nationwide and in all types of jewelry stores? Did ABC shop high-end stores where one would be less likely to find low-grade ruby? You be the judge. On our website we link to ABC's "Good Morning America" video. Look at the 5-minute segment and let us know if you think it's fair.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jewelry Trends on the 2009 MTV VMA Red Carpet

Jewelry Trends
Jewelry Trends on the 2009 MTV VMA Red Carpet

It's unfortunate that this year's MTV Video Music Awards will be remembered by the scene Kanye West created when he rushed onto the stage and grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift's hands before she could give her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, ranting that Beyonce should have won.

Had he remained in his seat (handcuffs could be a good look for the next awards ceremony he attends) Kanye would have heard the announcement for Beyonce's Video of the Year award, where the class-act star shared the stage with Swift, giving her the speech-time that Kanye took away.

Bling-bling earrings were the primary jewelry theme of the night, not unusual for an MTV awards show, but simple pendants and other necklaces were popular, too. The award for most unusual attire probably goes to Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music AwardsTaylor Swift
Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music AwardsTaylor Swift's Arrival
Beyonce at the MTV Video Music AwardsBeyonce's Arrival
BeyonceBeyonce in the Press Room
Beyonce at the MTV Video Music AwardsBeyonce
Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
Lady GagaLady Gaga
Stephanie PrattStephanie Pratt
Ashley Greene at MTV Video Music AwardsAshley Greene
Kristin CavallariKristin Cavallari
Keri HilsonKeri Hilson
Alexa ChungAlexa Chung

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