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Contemporary Craft Market June 2006

June 1, 2006

If you have never been, it is an opportunity to meet artists from across the nation, working in various mediums such as glass work, ceramics, sculpture, clothing and accessories. The artists have all undergone a rigorous screening process to qualify as participants in this show and CCM is proud to showcase them. Contemporary Craft Market (Booth 234) at the Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA.

May 2006 – New Diamond Cut Grades

May 1, 2006

GIA recently announced the introduction of its new Diamond Cut Grading System for round brilliant diamonds. Over the course of a fifteen-year research project, GIA researchers performed extensive computer modeling of round brilliant diamonds and conducted more than 70,000 observations on actual stones to validate the science. This system can now predict the cut grade for more than 38.5 million proportion sets. The result is a comprehensive Cut Grading System that accurately reflects all the critical cut factors of a round brilliant diamond.

The Art of Engagement

May 1, 2006

Sculpture to Wear Gallery
808 11th Street (at Montana Avenue)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tel (310) 260-1957
Lisa M. Berman, Proprietor.

The Tahitian Black Pearl

April 1, 2006

The cultured pearl of Tahiti is synonymous with magic and perfection. Commonly known around the world as “black pearls”, the pearls of Tahiti are indigenous to the remote lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Edith Head, Famous Costume Designer

March 1, 2006

Having attended the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style to honor costume designers Edith Head, James Acheson and Milena Canonero in Beverly Hills this past Tuesday, we were inspired to acknowledge Edith Head in this edition. For decades, this accomplished artist enhanced our imagination in film and influenced not only the art of costume design, but also American fashion. She was an icon in her time and for generations to come. Well known almost to celebrity status, she earned 35 Oscar nominations and won 8 awards, making her both the most honored costume designer and woman in Academy Award history.

Tucson Gem Fair 2006

February 1, 2006

Another year of fantastic finds with which to tempt you all. Size does matter, when it comes to the impact of color. The larger the stone the more color saturation. Large stones are as popular as ever and can be found in many different shapes. If you like cocktail rings with large gemstones, we can visualize them with a new modern look.

What You Don’t Know About Ring Sizing

January 1, 2006

Getting the correct ring size can be a little more challenging than you think. Fingers have a tendency to swell and shrink during the day. This is normal. Try and find something that will fit you most of the time. Taking them off or switching fingers is also an option. If your rings are uncomfortably tight most of the time, it may well be time to size them up a bit.

A Brief History of the Birthstone

December 1, 2005

During our research on this topic, we came across several different lists referring to different birthstones. If you are confused, so were we. Not only has the Birthstone list changed through the ages, many stones were not even classified in the ancient cultures. We were surprised to learn that your birthstone depends on which list you are looking at. There are the Mystical, Jewish, Ayurvedic, Traditional and Zodiac lists, as well as the Modern list… And perhaps a few more. The Modern Birthstone list was adopted in 1912.

How to Clean Your Gold Jewelry

November 1, 2005

All jewelry needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain its beauty and luster. Film will develop from perfumes, lotions, soaps and body oils. Gold can also oxidize depending on the karat weight and other metal content.