October 16, 2016

Celebrity Jewelry: Forget Bling, Bring Back Pearls!

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By Amy Drescher

Call me old fashioned, but Ill take glamorous stars like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor over spoiled pseudo-celebs like Paris Hilton, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Ritchie and their ilk any day of the week. Whereas Old Hollywood oozed class, sophistication and mystery, todays overexposed starlets lack graceand sometimes even talent! Take the way they present themselves: Todays stars walk the red carpet barely clothed, dripping in outrageous, tacky bling, yammering on about their personal lives. Yesterdays iconsJackie O and Lady Diana come to mindprojected a glamorous elegance one would actually strive to emulate. They dressed with flair, accessorized with style and kept their private lives private. Whats more, many of the Old Hollywood elite wore my favorite gem, the pearl, whose ladylike, demure reputation is so fitting for these elegant women. Luckily for me, and the rest of the world, pearls are making a big comeback. Lets hope Hollywood revives old-style ladylike behavior along with the ladylike gem. As an homage to Old Hollywood glamour, lets take a look at the pearl jewelry made famous by some of our most beloved female icons.

Elizabeth Taylor: Perhaps the most famous jewelry collector of our time, legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor also owns the most famous pearl, La Peregrina. Given to her in 1969 by then-husband Richard Burton (yep, hes the one Liz married twice), La Peregrina, an enormous, pear-shaped white pearl, was found by a slave in the early 1500s in the Gulf of Panama. First given as a wedding gift to Mary Tudor, the daughter of King Henry VIII, the rare and extraordinary gem was owned by a succession of royalty before being purchased at auction by Burton for Taylor as a Valentines Day gift. (Why she divorced him I dont know. Why she divorced him twice is even more of a mystery. Any man who gave me jewels like that would be a keeper.) After receiving the huge pearl, which was hanging from a thin chain, Taylor instructed famous jewelry designer Cartier to create a ruby and diamond necklace incorporating the gem. The breathtaking result is absolutely stunning. (Search online for a photo; the necklace is truly special.) Trivia: Taylor once lost the famous La Peregrina pearl in her white-carpeted home. A frantic search turned up the enormous white gemin her dogs mouth! Thank goodness Taylor found it before it was scratched!

Marilyn Monroe: You wouldnt think luscious Marilyn, emulated by every modern day celebrity from Madonna to Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera, would sport a demure single strand of pearls. With her blonde locks, eye-popping cleavage and breathy voice, the Marilyn Monroe we love is more over the top than thatbut a single strand of pearls is exactly what she wore. Marilyn received the luminous saltwater pearl strand from baseball slugger Joe Dimaggio, her second husband. Joltin Joe presented Marilyn with the gorgeous 16-inch Mikimoto necklace made from forty-four matched round white Japanese akoyas while they were on their honeymoon. Perhaps Dimaggio, in giving luscious Marilyn the gorgeous pearl strand, was trying to turn the sexy star into the perfect 1950s housewife? They were known as Mr. and Mrs. America, after all. Alas, their marriage lasted but a year.

Audrey Hepburn: Breakfast at Tiffanys is a classic film not only because its a wonderful romantic comedy that stars beloved screen legend Audrey Hepburn, but because it showcased the waiflike Ms. Hepburns elegant and effortless style. The dress she wore in the film, her now-famous simple black sleeveless style, was the perfect backdrop for the six-strand pearl and rhinestone necklace she sported as adorable Holly Golightly. (In the film, the beguiling but penniless Golightly would endearingly stare in the renowned jeweler Tiffanys window, daydreaming of owning the treasures within.) Trivia: Hepburns necklace in the film is faux, made from marquise-shaped rhinestones (not diamonds) that cascade gorgeously from the imitation pearls. Faux or not, the ornate pearl necklace looks just gorgeous on Hepburns graceful neck.

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Jackie O: Surprisingly, Jackie Os famous and much-photographed triple strand pearl choker is also simulated. The gorgeous pearl choker shes known for featured round white pearls” on strands of graduated lengths, and typified Jackies signature crisp, elegant style. The necklaces popularity went through the roof when Jackie was photographed holding her son John-John while he played with her pearls. Trivia: Jackies triple-strand faux pearl necklace was up for auction in 1996. The simulated pearls, nearly valueless were it not for their association with Jackie, were expected to fetch $500-$700. The Franklin Mint bought the piece for $211,500!

Princess Diana: Another beloved icon of style, wealth and class, Princess Dianas most famous pearl piece is probably her dangling pearl and diamond tiara. Dubbed the Cambridge Love Knot, this exquisite piece of jewelry was given to the princess by her mother-in-law, the Queen of England. Copies of Lady Dis pearl tiara are now worn by brides the world over on their wedding day. But Lady Di wore the Spencer family tiara on her wedding day, not the Cambridge Love Knot, and paired it with a sapphire and pearl choker she received as a wedding gift from her husband-to-be, Prince Charles. Over the top? Not when you consider the dress this jewelry was meant to accessorize: Princess Dianas ivory silk gown had a 25-foot long train and was decorated with 10,000 pearls and sequins. Fit for a princess, indeed.

Other famous pearl admirers

When dishing about celebrity pearl jewelry, no article would be complete without mentioning fashion maven Coco Chanel, the scrappy French designer who made pearls her signature look in the 1920s. Wearing pearl ropes as easily as other women wear jeans, Cocos House of Chanel used pearls in many jewelry pieces, and put out such gorgeous jewelry as a bracelet made of 105 akoya pearls surrounded by diamonds and gold. Recently, the Paris-based fashion house premiered its annual jewelry collection, which features one-of-a-kind pearl pieces priced from $29,000 to $450,000.

When talking about celebrity pearl jewelry, we must also mention Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress and modern day style icon who made layered oversize pearl necklaces chic in her memorable Gap ads from last year. Nor can we neglect Rene Russo. The necklace the model- turned-actress wore throughout the movie Tin Cup, which featured white pearls evenly spaced on fine chain, received almost as much attention as the Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy. Renes Tin Cup necklace, now a jewelry staple, sparked a new trend in modern, sophisticated pearl jewelry. Today, several stunning variations of this simple and elegant Tin Cup necklace can be found in jewelry stores worldwide.

Speaking of modern chic, Kiera Knightly rocked pearls at the premier of her movie The Black Pearl by sporting a black baroque pearl choker made with different shades of Tahitian pearls. (Lucky girl not only gets to wear gorgeous jewelry, she also gets to work alongside Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp.) Life isnt fair! And we cant forget style icon Kate Moss; the fashionable model is also frequently seen in long pearl strands.

So how about it young Hollywood? Why not drop the outrageous bling, daring dresses and outlandish behavior in favor of the ladylike glamour, sophistication and enigma that surrounded the screen legends of the past? America is sorely lacking screen icons that we admire, much less want to emulate. Lets bring back style, class, and pearls.

About the Author: A graduate of the Gemological Institute of Americas Graduate Pearls program, Amy Drescher is a fashion writer and accessories buyer for


. She welcomes your comments and questions. Reach her at adrescher@moonriverpearls.com.



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Fall ’08 styles at New York Fashion Week: the ’70s are back

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The fourth day of New York Fashion Week debuted few daring designs even from designers known for such work. With few exceptions, the overwhelming theme was “old is new” and that the ’70s were even more in fashion than the shows on Sunday suggested. Among the designers to unveil their Fall 2008 lines on Monday were Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson, Proenza Schouler and a rejuvenated Halston line, under the direction of designer Marco Zanini.

Both global warming and the slowing economy have been cited as reasons for the overwhelming use of lighter fabrics over heavier attire. Also, retro designs and continuing trends have been used in effort to save money, like the tights that were expected to go out of fashion this year. Even in the glamorous world of high-end fashion, money has been tight, and with the world economies in a collective downturn, major designers have been more wary of continuing to churn out the stream of couture designs that past Fashion Weeks have seen.

Proenza Schouler’s show took the ’70s retro theme to a fever pitch, liberally using bows on designs and debuting more retro-era wide-legged pants that were first seen in Sunday’s shows. Zanini’s Halston label also brought back the ’70s, resurrecting old designs that the founder of the line made famous. Since the designer Halston’s death in 1990, many designers have tried to take the label in different directions. Zanini’s unveiling on Monday brought the line back to its Studio 54 roots, while using trenchcoats, sheer fabrics, and cardigans to finish the ensembles with a modern twist.

Betsey Johnson also debuted old and new styles on Monday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her fashion label. Copies of her original 1978 one-piece bathing suit as well as some early 1980s fashions started off the show. Her new pieces, such as animal print leggings coupled with a short twill jacket, were perceived as very skintight and criticized for not representing more fuller figures. Johnson brushed off the criticism, noting, “It’s tighter and sexier, but I still believe the girl brings the sex to the clothes…You won’t look sexy in a tight, below-the-knee skirt if you don’t feel good in it.”

The lone daring designer for the day was Carolina Herrera, who discarded the furs she promoted in the Fall 2007 show to focus on a Peter Pan theme, with earth tones and bird feathers. To further the “flying Peter Pan” motif, models donned such designs as a chiffon dress with ostrich feathers and a taffeta gown with a feather waistband.

Oscar de la Renta opted for more traditional blacks, golds and grays, debuting lines for men and women in fabrics he is familiar with. Men were outfitted in tweed while women were fitted in dresses that experimented with embroidery and tulle, both shades of past collections.

New York Fashion Week runs until Friday. Among others, labels Badgley Mischka, Diesel, and Vivienne Tam unveil their newest collections on Tuesday.

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Wikinews interviews Mario J. Lucero and Isabel Ruiz of Heaven Sent Gaming

Friday, November 7, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico — Online entertainment is a booming market, and plenty of players are making their play; back in March of this year The Walt Disney Company bought the multi-channel network Maker Studios. What is web entertainment, and the arts therein? And, who are the people venturing into this field? Wikinews interviewed Mario Lucero and Isabel Ruiz, the founders of Heaven Sent Gaming, a small entertainment team. This group has been responsible for several publications, within several different media formats; one successful example was aywv, a gaming news website, which was #1 in Gaming on YouTube in 2009, from September to November; Heaven Sent Gaming was also the subject of a referential book, released in 2014, entitled Internet Legends – Heaven Sent Gaming.


  • 1 General questions
    • 1.1 Influences
    • 1.2 Religion
  • 2 Media-related questions
    • 2.1 Comics
    • 2.2 Games
    • 2.3 Music
    • 2.4 Novels
    • 2.5 Video
    • 2.6 Web
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  • 5 External links
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April 29, 2016

Casual Diamond Rings Great For All Occasions

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Casual diamond rings are ideal for daily as well as occasional wear. Featuring simple and elegant designs, these rings go well with both formal and casual outfits. Diamond rings are great accessories that complement almost all kinds of outfits. Available in casual, contemporary, and traditional designs, diamond rings can be used for both daily and party wear. Whether you are attending a business interview or going on a first date, a casual elegant ring can create a best impression than loads of jewellery. If you enjoy wearing rings, then you will surely love to check out this collection of these designs.

Five-petal Floral Ring:

Made from 18 karats yellow gold, this ring is not just beautiful, but fits your budget too. This unique ring features intricately carved five open petals with round diamonds set at the ends of the filament. Bring attention to your delicate manicured fingers with this awesome floral ring.

Classic Two-leaf Flower Diamond:

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Add sparkle to your ensemble with this gorgeous yellow gold and diamond ring. The design features seven diamonds set in the shape of a flower at the centre. The yellow gold band with two elongated leaves in the front supports the flower at its centre creating an elegant look. This ring is a perfect combination of traditional seven stone diamond studded flower with classic design. This ring is a perfect party wear piece.

Rising Sun Pearl and Diamond Ring:

Featuring a round Chinese fresh water pearl at the centre and diamonds lined twirls on each side of the pearl add a magical finishing touch to the ring. This elegant ring is great for daily as well as party wear. This ring is perfect for those whose birth stone is pearl.

Hamesha Duo-Tone Diamond Ring:

This combination of yellow and white gold with three round diamonds is a sure attention grabber. The highlight of this beautiful ring is its simplicity and elegance. You can wear this charming ring when you go for work or for an informal party. The unique feature of this ring is the combination of white and yellow gold in the same band.

Now that you have taken a look at these amazing pieces, do you want to buy a diamond ring? Well, you can buy them from online jewelry stores. These trendy designs are difficult to find in physical jewelry store. However, you can copy the design and give to any jewelry designer and get it custom-made for you.

If you want to buy them in online, just log on to CaratLane e-store, and browse the web pages to pick a stunning diamond ring. The interactive website helps you to choose the perfect ring that meets your requirement as well as your budget. You can also make your own unique ring design in just a few minutes by following some very simple steps. The website also offers a comparison table that you can use to determine the diamond ring s price while designing the ring. Once you have picked a readymade ring or have designed one on your own, order for it. The e-store ships it free of cost to your home. Indulge in your passion for rings without breaking a sweat by shopping online at this incredible e-store.

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Home-invaders pose as NYC police

Monday, July 16, 2007 

In two separate incidents, men posing as members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), have invaded homes in the New York City area. In both cases, they robbed the residents, but in the most recent, they sexually assaulted a woman.

On Saturday, July 14, at 1:09 a.m. EDT (UTC-4), four men knocked on the door of a Yonkers, New York, apartment. The 33-year-old male that lives there opened the door, as the men outside wore NYPD hats and t-shirts, and had badges hanging around their necks.

The men promptly ordered the male victim to the floor. “When this guy pushed me, he had a gun in my face,” the victim said. “I could see the other guy. He motioned to the others, come on, let’s go, let’s go.” The intruders shouted “Where are the drugs?” as they ransacked the apartment.

Two of the men entered the bedroom and sexually assaulted the 30-year-old female. The couple has a five-year-old child, who was sleeping in another bedroom. “The more I resisted, the more he began to hit me,” the woman said. She said she was sexually assaulted by two of the men while her boyfriend was bound and guarded.

Police said the men then left with a cell phone, a laptop computer, a diamond ring and a gold chain. Police do not believe that they were real officers. As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, July 5, shortly after six p.m. in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn five men knocked on the door claiming to be “the police.” When the victims opened the door, they pushed their way in demanding the family give them drugs and money.

When police responded to a call reporting a robbery, they found the family, husband, wife and their daughter, tied up. The man suffered a head injury when he was pistol-whipped. Police say the robbers got away with a camera, jewelry, and US$5,000 in currency.

Neighbors told NY1 that they were stunned. “Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know,” said one of the neighbors. “Now you be asking for all this ID and stuff and even still you’re going to wonder, are they for real? So it’s kind of scary.”

There is no word about whether the two cases are connected. Yonkers is on the border of New York City, but is outside the jurisdiction of the NYPD.

April 28, 2016

Zimbabwe government allocates US$10 million for relocation of thousands of families near diamond field

Saturday, November 14, 2009 

The Zimbabwean government has allocated US$10 million worth of funds for the relocation of thousands of families living near the Chiadzwa diamond fields in the Manicaland province.

Murisi Zwizwai, the Deputy Mines Minister, said that the funds would be used to build houses for the residents in the area, and for developments in . “I can confirm that US$10 million has been set aside for the relocation. The relocation may take place after they have harvested their crops,” he said in an interview, as quoted by the New Zimbabwe news agency.

Zwizwai also added that “the money would be used to build new houses, clinics among others.” According to him, the residents would not be relocated until the 2009–10 agricultural season.

In a 100-day plan, the Zimbabwean coalition government noted that diamonds in the area might be a large source of funds and finance for the country, and could help revive the economy.

Zimbabwe government allocates US$10 million for relocation of thousands of families near diamond field

Saturday, November 14, 2009 

The Zimbabwean government has allocated US$10 million worth of funds for the relocation of thousands of families living near the Chiadzwa diamond fields in the Manicaland province.

Murisi Zwizwai, the Deputy Mines Minister, said that the funds would be used to build houses for the residents in the area, and for developments in . “I can confirm that US$10 million has been set aside for the relocation. The relocation may take place after they have harvested their crops,” he said in an interview, as quoted by the New Zimbabwe news agency.

Zwizwai also added that “the money would be used to build new houses, clinics among others.” According to him, the residents would not be relocated until the 2009–10 agricultural season.

In a 100-day plan, the Zimbabwean coalition government noted that diamonds in the area might be a large source of funds and finance for the country, and could help revive the economy.

February 2, 2016

Rules Of Affiliate Marketing Do You Follow?

Rules of Affiliate Marketing – do You Follow?


Karen Thomson

Can you imagine running a business without adhering to some basic rules and principles? The chaos and problems that it would cause not only for the business owner but for their customers and others would not be a happy sight. If you are setting off in your own affiliate marketing business, you must understand that you need to follow rules set down by the merchants that you promote for just like any other business enterprise. For this reason, it is extremely important that you get to grips with these rules and that you follow them carefully.

Affiliate marketing is not a difficult thing to do but you will soon find that there are many companies that offer affiliate programs and they will all have rules that you must adhere to; many of these are the same but you must always look over the terms and conditions very carefully. In the vast majority of cases, these rules are not difficult to adhere to and, in fact, make perfect sense. Difficulties can become apparent if you find yourself an affiliate to numerous merchants who may apply a mixture of different rules.

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This article will cover a few of the more common areas that need to be understood when agreeing to become an affiliate for a product before you start promoting it on the web.

For instance, some companies do not allow you to mention the brand names of the products that they sell anywhere on your your own site to having a name of the particular market within your domain name. If your site is already up and running you may run into problems if you cannot market that particular merchants products or services.

Some merchants just do not like the competition from their affiliates and you have to agree not to have a PageRank higher than theirs when certain keywords are used. For example, should you choose to market cushions and then decide to market for Fluffy Red Cushions who had encompassed this policy, your site wouldn’t be able to hold a position in the search engine results that was above the Fluffy Red Cushion website when red cushions or Fluffy Red Cushions were used in the search term. After all, they don’t want to be paying you all that commission if they can be top and grab it all for themself!

The best way to solve the problem of knowing what you can and cannot do for each merchant you are promoting for is to use a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. That way, you can easily remind yourself of what you can and cannot do and avoid any potential law suits or lost earnings.

There is also software available for affiliate marketers (just type in ‘affiliate marketing software’ into your search engine) and this will help you to keep track of everything very easily.

When learning to become an affiliate marketer, it is very important to learn from those who understand the process and how frustrating it can be as a newbie to get those first programs creating profit for you.

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Millions of old New Zealand coins still to be handed in

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 

On November 1, 2006 the old five, ten, twenty and fifty cent coins will be illegal tender, but the Reserve Bank of New Zealand says there are still at least 100 million still to be returned.

According to the Reserve Bank, most of the old coins have been lost in drains or buried in rubbish. “We think there is still another 100 million sitting around in people’s homes,” Brian Lang, currency manger for the Reserve Bank, said.

Lang said: “So far, just over 280 million coins have been returned, but there are more out there. Since 1967 the Reserve Bank has issued more than a billion of the old ‘silver’ coins. So if you don’t want to be stuck with loads of old coin – there’s never been a better time to empty your coin jars, sweep the car glove box and rummage behind the couch cushions.”

The coins still awaiting to be handed in, by either spending them, taking them to a bank or donating them to charity, are estimated to be worth between NZ$5 million and $50 million.

“A last-minute burst of publicity may convince people to bring the coins in. It’s a bit of a hassle though. Human nature being what it is, people just don’t care,” Lang said. The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary located in Wellington say that they have collected over $9,000 in old coins. Sanctuary spokesman, Alan Dicks said: “The campaign was particularly fitting because the old coins depicted tuataras and kiwis, both of which can be found living at the sanctuary. The money will go towards supporting general ecological restoration of the sanctuary. We want to get over ten grand, but the more the better.”

Lang said: “Though the coins will no longer be legal tender, banks will continue to exchange them until at least the end of the year,” and the Reserve Bank will always exchange them. “We are still getting people coming in with two-dollar notes,” Lang added.

Ohio man dies after sitting in chair for two years

Friday, April 1, 2011 

A morbidly obese Ohio man died Wednesday after being found unconscious in his home several days earlier. The man had been sitting in a chair for two years and was physically fused to it when he was discovered by two roommates, one of which was his girlfriend.

Authorities who arrived at the house in Bellaire reported seeing the man sitting amidst his own urine and feces, which were infested with maggots. The man’s skin had become attached to the recliner’s cloth, said law enforcement officers, one of whom had to dispose of his uniform after responding to the home. In order to transport the man to the hospital, officers had to carve out a portion of the wall.

Identified as 43-year-old Richard Hughes, the man died after being taken to Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia. The residence’s landlord said Hughes, weighing 348 pounds (157 kilograms), began sitting in the chair after his knees started to hurt, and refused to get up. Hughes’ girlfriend told police that she fed him because he was unable to move around.

Jim Chase, a city official, called the room where the man stayed “very filthy, very deplorable” and said it was “unbelievable that somebody live[d] in conditions like that.”