July 20, 2015 |
Statement jewelry is making a dainty - albeit sexy - move this year. The Trendlet Layers of necklaces are swaying just above the navel, mixed-metal strands are glistening around waists, and some sparkling chains are being fashioned into vests. Watch out this summer as body jewelry makes jumpsuits, maxi dresses, and cutoff jean shorts more seductive. Where's it coming from? The custom of draping oneself in jeweled chains goes back to ancient India as both a fashion and religious statement.
June 29, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - What to do when you have barely $100 to your name and a retail dream you can't let go of? Two sisters, Lisa Muratore, 30, and Jaime Hannigan, 31 - neither of whom had worked in retail before - are riding the social media wave. They are using online to grow their business that started from Muratore's car trunk nearly a decade ago, and now has grown to three stores near the Jersey Shore. They started White Lotus, a women's apparel, accessories and jewelry retailer in Sea Isle City, in 2010.
June 22, 2015 |
Maker Nicolette Absil, 25, creates hand-painted enamel jewelry set in sterling silver. Her start Absil, whose studio is in South Kensington, learned the ancient art of enameling while a student at Rowan University. Later, she put her own twist on it by adding intricate hand-drawn botanical images, made in graphite or paint and accented with gold or silver foil. Process She starts by sketching from life, then draws the image onto a piece of powdered glass she has fused to a copper form.
May 4, 2015 |
This spring, the stylishly sentimental are sporting a new twist on the original keepsake jewelry - and it's right in time for Mother's Day. The trendlet Lockets are becoming more than the teeny, tiny picture frames crafted to hover over our hearts as necklaces. They are emerging this spring as rings, bracelets, brooches, and key chains, too. Where's it come from? In the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, lockets held fragrant oils. During these more superstitious eras, they also held talismans and hid poison.
April 9, 2015 |
Over three months, Claire Risoldi's jewelry collection - and its insurance policy - ballooned from a couple of pieces worth $100,000 to 52 items worth about $11 million. Weeks later, the Risoldi family's Bucks County mansion caught fire for the third time in three years. The collection disappeared, and Risoldi allegedly claimed that firefighters were to blame. Testifying for the second day in a Bucks County courtroom on Tuesday, insurance adjuster James O'Keefe noted the insurance policy's rapid increase and said insurer AIG would eventually deny the $11 million claim under the belief it was fraudulent.
April 7, 2015 |
A Center City jewelry store worker was pulled into a van by a trio of kidnappers who brutalized and robbed her after she left work Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday. The 53-year-old woman had left the store on the 100 block of South Eighth Street around 4 p.m. and walked to a garage at 733 Chestnut St., where she had parked. She said she noticed a graffiti-smeared, burgundy older model Ford Econoline across from her car. Three men in dark clothes and ski masks jumped out of the cargo van and pulled her inside, police said.
February 20, 2015 |
FOR ED WEINTRAUT, it was always "later. " "He was always putting off what he could do today for himself with the plan that he would do it later," said his son Steven Weintraut. "Travel, see the world," Steve would urge his father as he kept working well beyond the normal retirement age. Sure, Ed would say, "later. " Later, of course, never came for this dedicated, hardworking watchmaker, a fixture on Philadelphia's Jewelers Row for more than 50 years. Edward William Weintraut, who his son said could never "not work," died Monday.
February 12, 2015 |
Kat Mittman Kobak planned to design jewelry for this year's Grammy Awards attendees by personalizing her signature silver, sparkling, beaded choker. But then, three days before the pieces were to be shipped off, Kobak's publicist got the names of exactly who would be getting Kat Designs baubles: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, and John Mayer. The dainty necklaces with edgy panther and arrowhead charms weren't quite right anymore - especially now that Mayer was in the mix. Kobak would have to start from scratch.
December 20, 2014 |
Dozens of jewelers, pawnshops, and other cash-for-gold locations in New Jersey municipalities violated state laws, potentially cheating customers, the state Attorney General's Office said. The most common violations included using unregulated scales, not posting precious-metal prices in prominent places, and not keeping proper receipts, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office. An October crackdown in the state's urban areas led the office's Division of Consumer Affairs to file municipal court summonses accusing 71 stores of 9,967 civil violations.
December 11, 2014 |
Jeweler Steven Lagos, dressed in a custom Nehru blazer with his company's signature deep purple as the silk lining, reminisced about the gold of old. Back in 1977 when he started his Philadelphia-based company, gold was $40 an ounce, so the wavy-haired designer was able to build his collection around the stately metal. Over the years, however, as the price of gold went up and up and up, Lagos focused on metals that appealed to his working-woman target audience. So the company became known for its bold and gleaming silver and platinum pieces, of which roughly 100,000 are sold per year.