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My Beloved Cousin December 05 2010, 0 Comments

Ron Santo, my beloved cousin, passed away on December 3rd 2010, He was a great baseball player, an extraordinary man, and an inspiration to everyone. Please click here to read his story http://bit.ly/fGob4N

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A Decade of Black Diamonds Becomes Today's Fashion September 20 2010, 0 Comments

Ms. Catherine Angiel introduced Black Diamonds into her designs over a decade ago, truly impacting the fine-jewelry industry.  Creating a staple in today's fashion jewelry, it's incredible to watch a once created trend blossom into a world renowned fashion statement. Catherine takes great pride in her designs and as a part of the Catherine Angiel team we are proud to witness the trickle down effect of Black Diamonds onto the Red Carpet at the VMAS!

Please take the time to view the article below from The National Jeweler discussing the images of Black Fashion emerging into the Celebrity Fashion scene!

Article Written By Catherine Dayrit

Sep 13, 2010

Los Angeles—In typical MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) style, the fashions at last night's awards show leaned towards the over-the-top (meat dress, anyone?) but in jewelry, a handful of styles, including oversized earrings, blackened metals and stacked bangles, managed to stand out against an abundance of glitzy shift dresses and flamboyant frocks.

After a strong showing at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, blackened metals and black diamonds continued to dazzle on the VMAs red carpet, where the on-trend designs were worn by the likes of "California Gurls" crooner Katy Perry, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and the evening's host, comedian Chelsea Handler.

Handler, who did a number of quick-changes during the show, took to the stage at one point in a black diamond and platinum cuff bracelet plus black and colorless earrings set in platinum, and a black, yellow and colorless diamond cocktail ring, all from designer Neil Lane. Perry, meanwhile, paired a barely there appliqué dress with a "Pave 3D Heart Ring" in blackened sterling silver from M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, while Vergara glittered in over 500 carats of Lorraine Schwartz jewels, including a blackened platinum cuff and platinum earrings, both with colorless and black diamonds, among other designs.

A fresh, edgy take on the usual white-on-white look of colorless diamonds set in white gold or platinum, other VMA attendees to take part in the trend included Twilight actress Ashley Greene and Lo Bosworth of MTV's recently ended reality series The Hills. Greene sported Lorraine Schwartz platinum earrings with black diamonds, plus a platinum bracelet with black diamonds and black sapphires. Bosworth, meanwhile, selected oxidized gold earrings from Bavna accented with colorless diamonds, paired with a Bavna rose-cut diamond circle ring.

Earrings and bracelet pairings, as worn by Greene, and earrings and cocktail ring pairings, as worn by Bosworth, were among the evening's most popular jewelry duets.

Pop star Perry, who sported the blackened sterling M.C.L. ring, also accessorized with rose-cut diamond earrings from Sutra, while in another of her on-stage looks, Handler wore Neil Lane diamond earrings plus a stack of diamond, gold and coral bracelets and bangles. Vergara piled on the jewelry, too, wearing not only the blackened platinum cuff bracelet and the earrings mentioned above, but also another platinum cuff, two platinum and diamond bracelets and a platinum and diamond dome ring to top it all off.

Bringing a flash of color, meanwhile, was Selena Gomez, who wore "Blue Mordore" crystal earrings and a cocktail ring from Baccarat's "Insomnight" collection.

Gomez's earrings for the evening leaned towards the demure in terms of their short drop style, as did the diamond Le Vian earrings worn Taylor Swift. The Hills star Stephanie Pratt also selected a more understated earring style, specifically diamond stud earrings from Le Vian, plus bangles and stackable rings from the brand. Many of the earrings spotted on the red carpet, however, were notable for their oversized style, such as the Amrapali rose-cut diamond drop earrings worn by actress Rosario Dawson. Other oversized earring styles to get major play were shoulder-grazing chandelier looks and hoop earrings, the latter worn by the likes of the Jersey Shore ladies, Easy A actress Emma Stone and Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos.

Aside from all of the earrings, bracelets and rings in the spotlight, necklaces received a fair share of time on stage. During her performance with Eminem, R&B star Rihanna sported a long diamond chain and cross necklace from Neil Lane. Towards the end of the evening, a necklace worn by Lady Gaga, who swept the VMAs by winning eight awards, might have gotten much attention, too, but that's if viewers were able to get past Gaga's dress, chapeau and purse. As she scooped up her "Video of the Year" award in her third outfit of the evening, the pop star shocked in a get-up made of raw meat, which she accessorized with a blinged-out necklace, bracelets and a cocktail ring.

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'Gold Hits Record Peak Amid Economic Concerns' September 19 2010, 0 Comments

New York—Gold prices hit $1,273 per-ounce Thursday, amid concerns about slow economic growth, with some analysts reporting that the price could top $1,300 an ounce.

The $1,273 figure, which referred to gold for December delivery, was actually a decline from the $1,279 per-ounce trading prices that took place earlier in the day Thursday.

According to media reports, the prices are being driven up by sluggish U.S. job growth, mixed results in the manufacturing sector and the weakness of the U.S. dollar as compared to other currencies such as the euro. The weak dollar, for one, encourages foreign investors to trade in gold, since commodities are priced in dollars.

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Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California August 05 2010, 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO — Saying that it discriminates against gay men and women, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing supporters of such unions at least a temporary victory in a legal battle that seems all but certain to be settled by the Supreme Court.

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GIA to offer more than 140 scholarships for 2011 July 08 2010, 0 Comments

Carlsbad, Calif--The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) launched its 2011 scholarship season this June, kick-starting it with an offering of more than 140 scholarship opportunities for students, including two new $10,000 awards from Tiffany and Co.

Scholarships cover a variety of programs and are available for both GIA's on-campus and distance education programs, including several on-campus awards for GIA's international locations in Thailand, India and London. Among the many courses and programs that students can take part in are jewelry manufacturing arts, the Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional programs, and pearl and lab classes, among others.

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The Black Diamond Angiel June 12 2010, 0 Comments

Catherine Angiel, who truly put Black Diamonds on the map, was featured in Life & Style this past week because of the inspiration from the 5ct Black Diamond Big gives Carrie at the end of SATC2.

Black Diamonds are being more and more recognized. When is the last time that you saw somebody wearing a black diamond ring? It's truly a unique stone and gives more character to today's already impeccable designs.

However, Ms. Anigel has been using Black Diamonds in her designs for years; I'm happy to see that the rest of the fashion world is finally catching up!

Black diamond gets play in 'Sex and the City 2' - National Jeweler

New York--Spoiler alert! Sex and the City fans will remember that at the end of the 2008 film, Carrie Bradshaw got engaged with a diamond-encrusted shoe rather than a diamond-encrusted ring. While it seemed a fitting engagement for the die-hard fashionista, fans who might have been gunning to see Carrie get a ring will finally get their wish.

Back for another round in Sex and the City 2, which opened at the No. 2 spot at the box office this weekend, Carrie and her trio of best friends, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, sport jewelry throughout, but the piece that's getting fans talking is a 5-carat diamond ring from designer Itay Malkin.

The hefty carat weight makes for a talking point of its own, but the real buzz factor is the diamond's hue. For fearless fashionista Carrie--who was ready to get married in the first film wearing a bright blue feather on her head--a crystal clear diamond ring just wouldn't do.

In the final scene, Carrie's longtime love, Big, presents her with a black diamond ring, explaining "because you are not like anyone else."

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Hermes Launches Fine Jewelry Line May 28 2010, 0 Comments

Hermès jewelry, like the above, worn on the fall runway, retails for chump change compared to the new collaborative line. Photo: Dominique Charriau, WireImage

Looks like Hermès is going from Birkins and Kelly bags to bling and carats. Squeal!

The French fashion house has announced that it will be launching a collection of fine jewelry with accessories designer Pierre Hardy, WWD reports.

Equestrian influences flow throughout the 14-piece "haute bijouterie" collection, which includes a whip-shaped diamond necklace and the horse-hoof-inspired rose gold and black jade Centaure necklace, says the paper.

Giddy up!

But hold on to your saddles, mes amies. This collection will reportedly make scoring a luxe Birkin look like a cakewalk, with prices ranging from roughly $23,675 to $880,000 (ouch!) and an estimated waiting time of five to seven months (double ouch!).

Still, it just might be worth rifling through Bill Gates's couch for loose change: the collection's Fouet necklace, for instance, reportedly boasts 3,669 diamonds totaling 36.16 carats, and everything comes packaged in black alligator-leather boxes.

We. Die.

"Hermès is not a very precious universe," Hardy told WWD. "I simply went back to its roots and to the horse's hoof, taking the roughest, strongest, almost radical element and giving it the most feminine, the most modern interpretation."

If you can cough up the cash, book a plane ticket while you're at it: Jewelry orders can be placed during the collection's world tour this fall, which will hit Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Berlin, the source reports.

If you can't cough up the cash, well... join the club.

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"GIA Gives Law Enforcement Crash Course in Gemology" May 27 2010, 0 Comments

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Carlsbad, Calif.-At the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gemological Institute of America campus in Carlsbad, Calif., hosted a group of special agents and detectives hailing from law enforcement agencies worldwide and provided a two-week crash course in gemology, including lessons in the Four Cs and how to read a gemological grading report.

The information is priceless for investigators tracking jewelry crimes, according to Patrick Peys, of the Belgium Federal Police, an experienced gem detective and lead investigator of the 2003 Antwerp Diamond Center heist of nearly half a billion dollars in diamonds, cash and other valuables.

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U.S. Kimberley Process Web site launched May 24 2010, 0 Comments

April 30th 2010

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New York--The United States Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA) has launched a Web site designed to ease management of the Kimberley Process in the United States, and to serve as a model system for efforts to stem the flow of conflict diamonds worldwide, the organization announced in a news release.

The new Web site, USKPA.org, includes information on how to become a USKPA licensee authorized to use U.S. Kimberley Process (KP) certificates to export rough diamonds from the United States. It enables current licensees to manage their KP certificates in an efficient manner, to ensure compliance with appropriate U.S. legislation and regulations.

The Web site will facilitate U.S. Kimberley Process licensing, certificate issuance and record keeping for U.S. government compliance, making the process quicker and more efficient while reducing paperwork, the release states.

Gemological Science International (GSI), a New York-based grading laboratory, assisted in creating the Web site. GSI Chief Executive Officer Mark Gershburg said in the release that the Web site is an innovative step in the fight to keep conflict diamonds out of the trade.

"We believe that this Web site is the first of its kind in the world and may serve as a model of trade and government cooperation in the fight to eradicate conflict diamonds," he said.

Gershburg serves on the USKPA's board of directors along with Martin Hochbaum, managing director of the New York Diamond Dealers Club, and Cecilia Gardner, president and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee.

Based in New York, the USKPA is a not-for-profit trade association formed for the purpose of administering and controlling usage of U.S. Kimberley Process certificates for the export of rough diamonds from the United States. The USKPA is authorized by the U.S. government to provide U.S. Kimberley Process certificates to licensed entities.