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Diamond Cutters – Tolkowsky Family

April 5, 2012
Diamond Cutters – Tolkowsky Family

History is filled with famous families such as the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. But in the world of luxury jewelry , one family towers above the rest. With six generations of renowned diamond cutters in its family tree, the Tolkowsky family has been synonymous with some of the world’s most beautiful gems since the 1800s. Marcel Tolkowsky The Belgian Tolkowsky family first got involved in the precious gem industry in the 1800s (when Abraham Tolkowsky began trading gems), and was credited with its first major diamond invention in the 1870s (when Maurice Tolkowsky created the diamond bruting machine). But it was a generation later that the first Tolkowsky gained worldwide fame. Marcel Tolkowsky is known as the father of the modern round brilliant cut diamond, one of the most popular diamond cuts today. A mathematician at heart, Marcel discovered the most ideal symmetry for cutting diamonds to achieve maximum brilliancy . This measurement, which included 58 facets to maximize the amount of brilliance and reflected light, is known as the Ideal Cut, Tolkowsky Cut or Tolkowsky Brilliant. Marcel died in 1991, leaving behind a legacy of diamond cutting expertise that is still carried on today by his nephew Gabriel Tolkowsky. Gabriel (Gabi) Tolkowsky Trained primarily by Marcel, Gabriel Tolkowsky is one of the world’s foremost diamond cutting experts. The master diamond cutter invented flower cuts in the mid-1980s, and has been one of De Beers’ go-to gem consultants ever since. Gabi gained worldwide recognition for his work as master cutter for the Centenary Diamond . At 273.85 carats, the gem is known as the world’s largest internally flawless diamond. It took Gabi and his team three years to cut the Centenary Diamond into its intricate, 247 facet shape, and the team reportedly hand cleaved the massive gem in order to avoid heating-related damage that often results from using saws or lasers. The Tolkowsky’s De Beers Centenary Diamond was unveiled to the world in 1991 and has since joined the ranks of the world’s most exquisite diamonds . Gabi also designed and cut the Golden Jubilee Diamond, a magnificent 755.5-carat rough stone that was presented to the King of Thailand. The final version of the Golden Jubilee Diamond is one of the most stunning examples of a cushion cut that the world has ever known. Boasting 545.65 carats and 148 precisely cut facets, this diamond furthered Gabi’s reputation as the world’s foremost diamond cutter. Gabi also developed the first triple brilliant cut diamond, displayed in the famous Gabrielle Diamond, which has 105 facets and striking brilliance and fire. When it comes to diamonds , rubies , sapphires or other gems , nothing is more important than a quality cut . Diamond & Estate Trust’s collection is filled with exquisite, hand-picked loose gems that exhibit perfect facets and fire. In honor of Marcel Tolkowsky’s celebrated round brilliant cut, consider adding one of our round diamonds to your personal collection . Diamond & Estate Trust is Southern California’s premier luxury jewelry buyer and seller . Our gem experts only select the most beautifully cut diamonds for our exquisite collection . Read more: Diamond Cutters – Tolkowsky Family

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Sandra Thomas: PHOTOS: A Taste Of The Islands At A Hawaiian Food Festival

February 19, 2012

Staring down at the roasted pig’s head adorning a kiosk at the Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Island of Hawaii, I had no idea the wild bore I had just happily sampled would mark the start of a weekend I can only describe as the ultimate foodie fantasy. After flying in from Seattle, we checked into our room at the neighboring Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort with just enough time to shower and change before heading to the Taste event. The rush was worth it. The event showcases everything that’s great about the local Hawaiian food/agriculture scene, including luscious organic produce and top chefs who bring the best out of locally raised (or wild) pig, beef and lamb. The event has a nose-to-tail philosophy which, depending on the luck of the draw, sees chefs creating delicacies from not only the most popular cuts of meat, but also the least appetizing including tripe and the now infamous mountain oyster, aka bull calf testicles. Each year participating local chefs draw to see which meat they’ll prepare for Taste about a month prior to the event in order to come up with a concept designed to wow the large crowd of foodies who attend annually. This year the mountain oyster challenge was presented to chef Jayson Kanekoa and his chef de cuisine Raylynn Kanehailua from the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, who came up with a kind of bull testicle tamale, which I wasn’t brave enough to try — but fed to my more adventurous partner who gave it a big thumbs up. I did indulge in a taste of heart sausage created by the chefs from Roy’s Waikoloa and it opened my eyes as to how the less-noble cuts of meat can be transformed into something delicious. The next morning I was scheduled to take part in the Chef Shuttle tour offered as part of a package at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and was surprised to see my personal guide for the day was Chef Jayson Kanekoa of mountain oyster fame whom I’d spoken to briefly the night before. Chef Jayson and I embarked on our foodie travels at 7 am and headed for two farmers markets in Waimea. On the way, we stopped for breakfast at a local institution called Hawaiian Style Café, where particularly large Hawaiian men cooked up pancakes the size of hubcaps and where you can order the Internet Loco Moco featuring Spam, Spam and more Spam. (My partner and I ended up driving to Waimea twice more to the café for breakfast in the all too-short week we spent on Hawaii.) Fortified with breakfast, Chef Jayson and I headed for the Hawaiian Homesteaders Farmers Market and Town Market where together we sourced out ingredients for what would later become dinner for a group of us back at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. Market-goers and vendors alike greeted Chef Jayson with alohas, handshakes and hugs. Maybe it was being in the company of a celebrity chef, but I found the vendors exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the organic produce, fish, meat, flowers, treats and coffee they were selling. I met a coffee grower who had a photo album on display detailing the history of his family’s plantation from its start two decades earlier, as well as Mike Hodson, a retired vice cop who now owns and operates one of the most successful organic farms on the island, Wow Farm. Hodson told me that after surviving two decades on the force, there was no way he was going die from spraying chemicals on his tomatoes. The end result? Juicy, delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes. By the end of our tours of the farmers markets, Chef Jayson and I had chosen the main ingredients for a four-course meal I will never forget. Our dinner, a deliciously divine example of the farm-to-table philosophy driving the agricultural tourism industry in Hawaii, began with seared ahi tuna accompanied by roasted garlic, Kamuela tomato gazpacho, followed by some of those Wow tomatoes served with the macadamia nut, basil-infused goat cheese I had earlier chosen at the farmers market. Our entrée was a veal chop with poha berry jam, local mushrooms and purple sweet potatoes from the neighboring island of Molokai. Dessert was coffee crème brulee with a cup of brew hand-pressed at our table — both made from beans purchased earlier from that same grower. Even more delightful was the line printed at the bottom of our menu, “Prepared for Ms. Sandra Thomas…” This personalized touch is part of the Chef Shuttle package. Completing our foodie fantasy weekend was Sunday night’s Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott during which we indulged in Kalua pig, which had slow roasted in an underground oven all day, Lau Lau chicken and numerous mai tais. Sure there was talented fire knife dancers, beautiful hula dancers and traditional Hawaiian music, but on this foodie weekend, it was all about that sumptuous buffet. And here’s a brief look at Chef Jayson during one of his Chef Shuttle Tours: More: Sandra Thomas: PHOTOS: A Taste Of The Islands At A Hawaiian Food Festival

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Roseanne seeks Green Party pres. nod

February 4, 2012

JULY 27: Comedian Roseanne Barr speaks during the History and Lifetime portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton on July 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. More here: Roseanne seeks Green Party pres. nod

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Covenant Mortgage Lake Forest CA Announces a New Addition to its Team …

February 4, 2012

Covenant Mortgage , one of Southern California’s most respected and successful mortgage lenders, announces that Tom Sebring has joined its team of loan officers. Read more from the original source: Covenant Mortgage Lake Forest CA Announces a New Addition to its Team …

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Uphill Climb For The National American Latino Museum

December 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Television’s highest-earning actress and a San Francisco art museum chief are two of the key figures in the bid to establish a new museum on the Mall devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos. But Eva Longoria, who will rally public support for a bill in Congress to create the museum, and Jonathan Yorba, chairman of the museum-lobbying group that picked her, also played key roles in the creation of a problem-plagued Los Angeles museum and cultural center focused on the contributions of Mexican Americans in Southern California. See the original post here: Uphill Climb For The National American Latino Museum

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Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes & Jim Carrey Wish You A ‘Drunk History Christmas’

December 22, 2011
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes & Jim Carrey Wish You A ‘Drunk History Christmas’

Funny or Die serves up festive comedy as today’s video lunch in “Drunk History Christmas,” starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Jim Carrey and an inebriated Allan McLeod. The video presents a jumbled version of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” as you’ve never heard it – through a half-bottle of whiskey. more › View original post here: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes & Jim Carrey Wish You A ‘Drunk History Christmas’

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Ana Beatriz Cholo: Gearing Up for Another Fight: Keeping LGBT History in Public Schools

November 21, 2011

The anti-equality folks behind the Stop SB 48 campaign suffered a recent disappointment a few weeks ago. Their ballot referendum to repeal SB 48 — the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Law — failed to qualify because they did not gather enough signatures. But on Thursday, Nov. 17, several homophobic organizations requested title and summary from California Attorney General Kamala Harris for a November 2012 ballot initiative to repeal the FAIR Education Act. It’s on — again. And really, what a shame. Think about all the money that will get wasted on something so inane. The new law simply mandates that public schools in California include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in age-appropriate social studies classes. It’s no different from how, over the years, we’ve come to include the contributions of Mexican Americans, women, African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, European Americans and members of other ethnic and cultural groups. The law goes into effect January 2012, and public schools in California are gearing up to become the first in the nation to do the right thing with regard to inclusivity of LGBT history in lesson plans. Thanks to this new law, students will now have the opportunity to learn a more accurate, inclusive version of history in an age-appropriate manner, one that might include the fact that, for example, the gay rights movement was sparked globally during the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969. This was when gay and lesbians decided to finally fight back against discriminatory, government-sponsored raids and unfair treatment that had spanned decades. Will learning this make kids gay? Not at all, but as you might suspect, a number of conservatives in our state are collectively wringing their hands, frantic with worry. Their worst fears are about to be realized. Homosexuality will now be taught in public schools, starting with little kindergartners as young as 5 years old. This sounds crazy, but the thing is they really believe this. They really believe this law is part of a larger gay conspiracy and that it’s designed to make kids gay and join our team. I know because I got to witness them talking about it firsthand the other night at Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Calif. I drove an hour and a half to hear Karen England, Stop SB 48′s main proponent, discuss their failed campaign and what their next steps are in stopping “the homosexual agenda.” England is the executive director of a “pro-family” organization called the Capitol Resource Institute. As England put it that night, it’s one thing to live with same-sex marriage. After all, even some hardcore conservatives might say with resignation, “Well, that’s in their home. Live and let live.” “But now you’re talking about bringing it into our schools; you’re messing with our kids,” England continued indignantly. “Kids need to learn their ABCs, not about transgendered people.” There were about 40 people at the meeting. The first question came from a gentleman who pointedly asked, “How do we get rid of Mark Leno?” The way he said it, I wasn’t sure if he meant that in the literal or legislative sense. Leno is the out Democratic Senator from San Francisco who introduced the bill. A mother expressed concern over what her two school-age children will be taught at school starting next year. That sparked a conversation over the merits of pulling kids out of school for days at a time in an effort to a) deny the school district the money they would have received for that child during those days, and b) prove a point and show school officials that parents who disagree with the law can’t be bullied. Another woman identified herself as a school employee. She works in her school’s print shop and said she had a conversation with the assistant principal about the new law in recent weeks. “I won’t print that stuff for the children,” she said she’d informed the administrator, referring to LGBT-related materials that might end up coming her way. “I will walk,” she’d told him. The administrator had tried to dismiss her concerns, but she made it pretty clear that she would rather quit her job than allow gay people to be humanized. “I leave it in the Lord’s hands,” she told us, shaking her head. An elderly man said his worse fears were medically motivated. “The gay community has a lot of health issues that straight people don’t have.” What he said made me think back to leper colonies: is that what he wants for gays, to quarantine us so that we can’t spread disease? Now, we’re about to embark on Round Two of this craziness. Last month, they fell short of the necessary 504,760 signatures needed for it to qualify. They claim that they received 497,404 signatures. What we should consider is that this time, they will be ever more determined to make this one stick. As England summed up for her supporters, “We got this many signatures in 70 days; 150 days will be easy.” For months, the Courage Campaign worked to defend the FAIR Education Act as part of a broad coalition that included people of faith, labor organizations, LGBT groups, disability rights advocates, racial justice organizations and many more who care about equality. We will continue to fight. After all, this is no time for the LGBT movement to rest. Our opponents raised $100,000 for this campaign, and their highest donation came from the National Organization for Marriage, in the form of a $4,000 check. That means that lots of people contributed a few dollars here and there to help them out. During England’s pep talk, she mentioned how the churches of California rose up in this effort. These are churches that had never before been active in a political campaign until now. Calvary Chapel alone added 12 new phone lines just for volunteers to reach out and rally other churches around the state to get involved. She spoke of the tireless passion people demonstrated in ways big and small, like one woman in downtown Sacramento, pushing a baby stroller, with three additional kids in tow, who went into their office and told them she was willing to “go out into the streets” to get signatures. All this, England said, “to protect her family.” Did we see that same kind of passion from the LGBT community in trying to stop this ballot initiative? Not really, but we need to, because contrary to what the other side is trying to do, we’re looking out for all students in California. For updates on what’s happening with the FAIR Education Act, check out our blog here . See the original post here: Ana Beatriz Cholo: Gearing Up for Another Fight: Keeping LGBT History in Public Schools

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