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The Jewelry Insider

June 17, 2008

There is a certain standing amongst gems and it has nothing to do with cut, carat, color or even value. To get on this exclusive list a gem must of course be unique, incredibly expensive and have a few tales to spin, but even then, that’s not enough. To be on this list comes at a price that most of was would shudder at. Basically, you’ve got to be kidnapped, held for ransom, accept that it may take a century or more to set you free, but ultimately you will be set free (usually for a king’s ransom). Only then can you be nominated for this list – the famous gem heists in history list.
Jewelry.com takes a look at some of the fabulous gems that have been stolen over the ages.
Log onto: http://www.jewelry.com/2007-09-jn-gem-heists.shtml and find out which gems have a history that’s stranger than fiction

Barbie Baubles – $15,000 For A Barbie Dogtag

If you were (and maybe even still are) one of those Barbie girls – you know, the girl with the full collection including the camper, the sports cars and shoebox full of other plastic accessories you’d better sit down for this next bit of news.

Barbie has as collection of full-on precious jewelry. This means diamonds, sapphires, gold and more in true Barbie fashion. The jewelry collection is currently being sold at the Alan Friedman boutique in Beverly Hills and online at http://www.rockandrollltd.com/. Prices range from $185 to $15,000.

According to a JCK Magazine ‘the new collection includes two signature necklaces: the Luxe Barbie pendant and Barbie dog tag, both featuring 18k white, yellow, or rose gold with white or black diamonds, or yellow or pink sapphires; and the Classic necklace in sterling silver.

There may be one redeeming feature in this over-the-top kitsch collection, a portion of the Barbie Rocks proceeds will go to the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

Well, if Barbie’s your thing all I can say is go for it (though therapy may be a better choice).

Barbie Baubles – $15,000 For A Barbie Dogtag

If you were (and maybe even still are) one of those Barbie girls – you know, the girl with the full collection including the camper, the sports cars and shoebox full of other plastic accessories you’d better sit down for this next bit of news.

Barbie has as collection of full-on precious jewelry. This means diamonds, sapphires, gold and more in true Barbie fashion. The jewelry collection is currently being sold at the Alan Friedman boutique in Beverly Hills and online at http://www.rockandrollltd.com/. Prices range from $185 to $15,000.

According to a JCK Magazine ‘the new collection includes two signature necklaces: the Luxe Barbie pendant and Barbie dog tag, both featuring 18k white, yellow, or rose gold with white or black diamonds, or yellow or pink sapphires; and the Classic necklace in sterling silver.

There may be one redeeming feature in this over-the-top kitsch collection, a portion of the Barbie Rocks proceeds will go to the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

Well, if Barbie’s your thing all I can say is go for it (though therapy may be a better choice).

The Jewelry Insider

February 13, 2008

If you’re planning on doing some redecorating, you may want to consider adding a discreet touch of opulence to the rooms.

A Picasso and Monet can be picked up at any auction house. Antiques are simple used leftovers, and designer furniture goes out of style as quickly as it came in. We’ve found a few true gems that will make your bathrooms a conversation piece and your dining room table truly fit for a king.

Bathroom Jewels

Starting off with probably the most important piece of ‘furniture’ in the house – the throne. It was Lenin who dreamt of creating a golden toilet for the masses, but it was a jeweler in Hong Kong who rolled up his sleeves and plunged into a golden lav. When it comes to the ‘little room’ a trip to the Orient will provide some decorating tips like this 24 K gold toilet complete with gold wash basins, toilet brushes, toilet paper holders, mirror frames and wall-mounted chandeliers. The price a couple of years ago for this golden bowl was around $4 million, but today it’s probably nearer $8 million. Would have been a great investment…

Bathtub Brilliance

Any ole Trump can buy themselves a marble bath but very few go that extra step to bathe in a tub of pure gem. This Amethyst bath by Baldi is probably the most opulent tub in town. There are even gem accessories such as an amethyst soap dish, lotion dispenser and tumbler.

Dining Room

Crystal glasses are, well, out of style. It’s time to update your stemware collection with something a little more ‘forever’; a set of glasses with a diamond inside. Glass artist Tobias Berger and Natascha Marx have launched a set of handcrafted stemware, caviar dishes, napkin rings, and ashtrays all featuring diamonds. Their “Imperial” Champagne glass has 8.1 carats worth of diamonds and is plated with 180 grams or 6.34 oz of gold. Each glass, which they claim is the world’s most expensive, is selling for about $96,109.

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