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Making the Most at Museum and Gallery Visits

Making the Most at Museum and Gallery Visits

Museums and large art galleries are treasure houses of historic collections and famous art from many periods in history. Often there is less than a quarter of the collection on display at any time due to space. In the film, European Vacation, the family exhausts themselves by trying to see every major art piece and famous painting in as many galleries and museums as they can cram in during a two week visit to several cities in Europe. While their antics…

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Top 10 priciest pieces of jewellery in the world

Top 10 priciest pieces of jewellery in the world

#1 2009’s World-Beating Blue Diamond Ring The top spot, perhaps unsurprisingly goes to a blue diamond. Master jewellers Chopard set the flawless oval gemstone into a ring consisting of a diamond band set in white gold. Blue diamonds rarely occur in nature, and are caused by traces of boron in diamond’s lattice structure. Diamonds lacking visible nitrogen impurities, which tend to discolour them with a dirty yellow tinge, are rarer still. This one is a vibrant icy blue. The most…

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Kazuri Fair Trade Jewellery – Summer Fashion 2010

Kazuri Fair Trade Jewellery – Summer Fashion 2010

Kazuri jewellery is hand made in Kenya by local women. The fair trade Jewellery made by Kazuri is bright and vibrant, Kazuri is a Swahili word meaning ‘small and beautiful’. The jewellery definitely lives up to its name, every piece is made from many individual beads that are all ‘small and beautiful’. Each bead is carefully hand-crafted by one of 400 women who create the jewellery in a small village outside Nairobi. The jewellery is made from ceramic, the process…

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Jewellery with Jen Putzier

Jewellery with Jen Putzier

How did you used to make products before Ponoko? The process for constructing the finished jewelry it much the same – my two hands + materials. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today if I hadn’t dabbled with all sorts of jewelry making processes – from bead weaving, glass fusing, lampworking, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to metal-smithing. I’ve tried it all. As my style evolved, I increasingly became frustrated with pre-made components. Everyone had the same box of crayons,…

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India’s Gem, Jewelry Exports Gain 55% in February, Council Says

India’s Gem, Jewelry Exports Gain 55% in February, Council Says

Exports of gems and jewelry from India, the world’s largest supplier, advanced 55 percent in February to $2.3 billion, an industry group said. Shipments rose from $1.5 billion in the same period a year earlier, according to preliminary data published by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council on its Web site. Exports in the April-February period climbed to $25 billion, 10 percent more than the previous period.

Last chance to see Belsay Hall sculpture

Last chance to see Belsay Hall sculpture

Art fans have just a few weeks left to see a celebrated sculpture before it leaves Northumberland next month. Stella McCartney’s stunning three metre high leaping horse Lucky Spot is to be removed from display at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens on April 18. The sculpture made from more than 8000 Swarovski crystals was created by the internationally renowned fashion designer specifically for the Grade I historic site in 2004 as part of Fashion at Belsay. One of the venue’s…

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Low sales make jewellers look beyond gold

Low sales make jewellers look beyond gold

Jewellers in Mumbai are trying various alternatives to attract the attention of consumers who have virtually stopped buying gold jewellery due to the huge rise in its price. Kamlesh Shah, director of jewellery brand ‘Incollection’, is launching a collection of wooden jewellery for the Indian markets. “Unlike gold, which needs skilled craftsmen, wooden jewellery is made using a machine. The effect is smooth and classy,” he said. Shah has already procured the machine from China, which is the largest manufacturer…

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‘Best of’ photo exhibition in Troy; emerging artists featured in Hudson

‘Best of’ photo exhibition in Troy; emerging artists featured in Hudson

While the annual Photo Regional may be the best barometer of what’s happening in the medium, the “Best of” exhibition series at the Photo Center of the Capital District in Troy, now in its second year, is becoming the gauge of emerging talent. With 25 artists, “Best of 2009” is rough around the edges, but that’s its charm. The 52 frames jam the center’s cluttered space with a salon feel. It’s easy to miss the pictures lining the tight and…

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