June 26, 2014 |
Kevin McNeal plans to honor his recent marriage proposal to partner Scott George traditionally - with a diamond ring. The bauble is platinum and rose gold, and the bling - a tiny piece of black ice in each of the squarish band's four corners - is understated. "It symbolizes my eternal love for my fiance," said McNeal, 50, a real estate agent who lives in Center City. "I think we needed something that tied us together; it shows our commitment. " Since a federal judge overturned Pennsylvania's 18-year-old ban on same-sex marriages last month, local jewelers have reported an uptick in so-called mangagement rings - engagement rings for men that are more masculine than the traditional diamond band worn by women.
May 13, 2014 |
Linda Jagiela got her first call from Nydia Neubauer four years ago. Jagiela owned a car service in Marlton, and Neubauer wanted a driver. She didn't have a specific destination. She just wanted to be picked up in New Hope in a black Town Car and chauffeured wherever she pleased. To Lambertville, N.J., to get treatment for her dog. To a garage 100 miles away in Milford, Pa., where Neubauer said she had stored her furs. To the Jersey Shore. Neubauer, who typically traveled with two dogs and a woman she called a maid, painted herself as a rich heiress, Jagiela said.
March 31, 2014 |
A neighbor of City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has been charged with breaking into her unoccupied rowhouse in North Philadelphia and then setting it ablaze during a burglary. Edwin Diana, 23, of the 2100 block of North Palethorp Street, lives less than two blocks from the councilwoman's rowhouse on the 2000 block of North Hancock Street. Police said Diana set the fire during an early-morning break-in Friday in which he made off with jewelry and electronics. He was taken into custody Saturday after detectives found some of the stolen jewelry in a pawnshop, and found some of the councilwoman's stolen possessions in his house, police said.
March 25, 2014 |
When a boy is raised by a father who helped pay the bills with gold from people's extracted teeth and their mailed-in jewelry, chances are he's going to have a knack for recognizing value. For Michael Zakroff, being adept at Internet research also helps. He's counting on both, along with financing from father Rick, a pioneer in the cash-for-gold trade, to build his new CashinMyBag.com venture into a thriving exchange for primarily designer handbags. Jimmy Choo shoes and other pricey heels are also welcome.
January 14, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators on Saturday said that Jackson's mother had discovered on Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
January 13, 2014 |
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he's offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators said Saturday that Jackson's mother had discovered Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
October 18, 2013 |
THERE'S NO waffling about it. A Philadelphia rapper who, along with two of his friends, was robbed at gunpoint of $40,000 worth of jewelry inside a Waffle House in Atlanta late last month, doesn't want the cops to investigate. "There's no reason for the police to be involved," said rapper Louie V Gutta, whose real name is Vincent Lamar Robinson. "If I heard on the streets tomorrow who did it, I wouldn't go to the police. " Gutta, 25, a rapper, songwriter and producer who is signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers Records, was in Atlanta the last weekend of September for BET's Hip Hop Awards, according to his Twitter feed.
October 17, 2013 |
Benjamin C. Cope, 92, formerly of Newtown Square, a World War II veteran who with his wife operated a Delaware County jewelry store for many years, died Saturday, Oct. 12, at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Pa. Mr. Cope was born in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, and after graduating from South Huntington Township High School moved to Lancaster County and became a watchmaker for the Hamilton Watch Co. Mr. Cope enlisted in the Marine Corps...
August 22, 2013 |
On the surface, Nydia Neubauer appeared to be living the high life in New Hope, writing checks for more than $100,000 for jewelry and agreeing to buy properties in Bucks County, as well as one in Rittenhouse Square for about $5 million. In fact, authorities say, it was all a fraud. Neubauer, 67, is now in the Bucks County jail, accused of financing her opulent impulses with faulty checks. She also scammed over several years under a variety of aliases, according to authorities and news reports.
July 28, 2013
IF YOU SHOP the rarefied jewelry departments of Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's or Nordstrom, you know the work of Ann King Lagos. Lagos, not the person, but the statement-making baubles she helped create for 20 years, can be seen shimmering in the gleaming cases of such upscale retailers. But then again, if you shop QVC, you probably know her creations, too. Her more midrange line of jewelry, Ann King, has been a fixture of the West Chester-based home-shopping channel since 2001. A couple of weeks ago, Moore College announced that King Lagos, who studied metalsmithing at Philadelphia College of Art, would receive its 2013 Visionary Woman Award (also winning this year: Moore-educated sculptor Kathy Butterly)