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Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

April 10, 2012
Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

With spring finally upon us, it only seems fitting to devote some time to the colored diamond , spring 2012’s most vibrant jewelry trend. First up in Diamond & Estate Trust’s colored diamond series is the yellow diamond , which has long been celebrated for its lively hue but has become even more vogue lately thanks to celebrities such as Heidi Klum , Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Mangan. Here’s everything you need to know about the yellow diamond. What are some famous yellow diamonds? The Tiffany Yellow Diamond When most people think of the yellow diamond, the Tiffany Yellow is the first gem that comes to mind. Discovered in 1877 at South Africa’s Kimberley mine, the Tiffany Yellow has a stunning, rich saturation. It was a magnificent 287.42 carats when discovered, but was later cut into an awe-inspiring 128.51 carat cushion cut. One of the most recent yellow diamonds to go up for auction is the 110-carat Sun-Drop Diamond . The fancy vivid yellow diamond , found in South Africa and cut in a beautiful pear shape, fetched $11.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction in late 2011. It’s the latest indication of the yellow diamond’s strong popularity. Other famous yellow diamonds include the 407.48 carat Incomparable Diamond, the 205.47 carat Red Cross Diamond, the 137.37 carat Florentine Diamond, and the 132.43 carat cushion cut Sarah Diamond How rare are yellow diamonds? One in 10,000 diamonds mined is a color other than white. Within the spectrum of colored diamonds , the yellow diamond falls in the middle of the road: it’s more rare than brown or black diamonds, but a bit more common than red or blue diamonds. But even though the yellow diamond isn’t the rarest of the colored diamonds , it is still exceptional to find one with a natural yellow hue: a mere .1 percent of all diamonds mined have an intense fancy yellow color. How do yellow diamonds get their color? A fancy intense yellow diamond Yellow diamonds get their gorgeous, lively hue when there’s a surplus of nitrogen available while a diamond is forming. The more nitrogen trapped within a diamond’s carbon molecules, the more intense the diamond’s yellow hue. When you’re determining the worth of a yellow diamond, remember that a more vibrant hue is generally more valuable. Canary yellow diamonds, which are typically pale in color, are worth less than the darker, richer intense fancy yellow diamonds (although both lately have been commanding much higher prices than white diamonds !) It’s also important to remember that naturally enhanced (heat treated) yellow diamonds are far less valuable than yellow diamonds with a natural yellow color. Be sure to check a GIA certification to make sure the yellow diamond you’re considering hasn’t been artificially treated to achieve its color. What cuts and shapes are best for yellow diamonds? Yellow diamonds are typically seen flanked by white diamonds , which provide contrast that brings out the beauty of the yellow diamond’s hue. Fiery cuts such as the radiant, princess and brilliant cuts are preferred for yellow diamonds, as these cuts have striking facets that amplify a colored diamond’s color and depth. Which celebrities wear yellow diamonds? Marilyn Monroe and the Moon of Baroda Heidi Klum made fashion waves when she selected a large, cushion cut fancy light yellow diamond ring for her engagement to then-husband Seal. Hillary Clinton wore the gorgeous Kahn Canary Diamond to Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993, and Carrie Underwood wears a 5 carat round brilliant yellow diamond engagement ring. Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Penelope Cruz have recently chosen yellow diamonds to complete their Red Carpet looks. And we can’t forget to mention Marilyn Monroe: the jewelry icon wore the famous Moon of Baroda yellow diamond to the premier of her film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . Yellow diamonds and Diamond & Estate Trust Diamond & Estate Trust has an exquisite collection of colored diamonds of every hue imaginable. And when it comes to yellow diamonds, this stunning custom piece in our collection takes the prize.  Called the Aurora , this show-stopping custom piece featured a gorgeous .72 carat GIA certified fancy intense pink diamond bordered by round white diamonds and 7 carats of perfectly matched natural fancy yellow pear shaped diamonds that complete its lustrous look. A buttery 18K gold setting complements the striking color of this ring’s yellow diamonds and ensures that once you slip it on, your hand will glow from every angle. It’s not every day you come across a yellow diamond ring, let alone one with this many gorgeous fancy color graded yellow diamonds. Diamond & Estate Trust is the premier buyer and seller of diamonds, gems, vintage jewelry and luxury watches in Los Angeles and Southern California. For the ultimate statement piece, look no further than our exquisite collection of colored diamonds . Visit link: Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

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Delta 9 Collective Presents 2012 Specials

February 20, 2012
Delta 9 Collective Presents 2012 Specials

Delta 9 Collective is one of the top-rated medical marijuana dispensaries in California. To bring in the New Year right, they are offering spectacular deals for 2012. D9 is committed to providing their patients with the highest quality medications at affordable prices. Located in Van Nuys, California, Delta 9 Collective proudly serves patients in the […]

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Tom Teicholz: Celebrate a Fantastic Klezmatic Hanukkah

February 17, 2012
Tom Teicholz: Celebrate a Fantastic Klezmatic Hanukkah

From left: Frank London, Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Lorin Sklamberg, Paul Morrissett. Photo by Joshua Kessle r On Dec. 19, as part of their 25th anniversary tour, the Klezmatics will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall for a Chanukah concert featuring both their well-known and new repertoire. On the program are songs by the legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie — or, as he’s known in klezmer circles, American-Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt’s son-in-law. The band has just released a double CD, Live at Town Hall ; Erik Greenberg Anjou’s documentary, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, featuring the band’s Town Hall concert, as well as performances in Poland and Hungary, is just out on DVD; and they are also working on a new album. There’s much to celebrate. Klezmer — from which the band took its name — is the joyous, expressive music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, a sound inspired by Bessarabian Romania, as well as the Roma (Gypsies), and is often played at weddings and other celebrations. Originally purely instrumental, Klezmer is a type of music long admired by people of all faiths and performed in Enlightenment-era European churches centuries before becoming the soundtrack to Yiddish life. Its appeal comes from its unique mix of the seemingly conflicting emotions — comic, plaintive, happy, sad, mournful — while also being transcendental and spiritual. It’s an infectious idiom that, like Yiddish itself, is forever being pronounced dead or dying, or dismissed as an artifact of a disappearing Jewish life that, nonetheless, persists in growing and reinventing itself. The Klezmatics got their start in 1986, when Frank London, who had been playing jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, placed an ad in the Village Voice looking to start a Klezmer band. Among the respondents was Lorin Sklamberg, a Los Angeles-born, classically trained musician who had a day job at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. As Sklamberg recounted recently, he worked on the same floor where the sound archives were located. “The YIVO sound archives have touched virtually everybody who plays klezmer music,” he said, “because it was the first place that people knew of that housed historical recordings of Yiddish music, particularly instrumentals for klezmer music. It’s really one of the catalysts of the klezmer music revival. I don’t know if the klezmer revival would have been possible without it.” Sklamberg was allowed to pore through the recordings and make cassettes of whatever caught his fancy. That was, Sklamberg said, “the band’s music education and my own.” Sklamberg still works at YIVO, but today he is “the caretaker of the collection.” “That’s very lovely for me,” he continued, “because now I know enough to help other people who are looking for material the way we were looking in the early days of the band. So it’s a huge privilege and responsibility.” Or as London put it regarding the Klezmatics: “We see ourselves as links in this glorious chain that never stops growing.” Live at Town Hall is about as good an introduction/sampler/greatest hits collection as one can imagine. Tracks include Klezmatics original clarinetist Margot Leverett joining the band on Abraham Ellstein’s “Bobe Tanz” from their first record, high-energy romps from “Rhythm & Jews” featuring clarinetist David Krakauer, selections from their collaboration with Tony Kushner for “The Dybbuk,” “Di krenitse” from their collaboration with Chava Alberstein (who is often referred to as the Joan Baez of Israel) and songs from “Brother Moses Smote the Water,” including “Elijah Rock,” featuring Joshua Nelson — the Jewish-African-American exponent of Jewish gospel singing. All this, as well as songs from “Wonder Wheel,” the aforementioned Woody Guthrie collection, which won the 2006 Grammy for best contemporary world music — the only Grammy ever awarded to a klezmer or Jewish-music band, as well as its follow-up, “Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah.” “It was so much fun to celebrate being together this long as a band, and to do it by getting everyone who has ever played with the band to be up on stage with us,” London said. “There was a lot of nachas — pride — out of the whole concert and CD. So much of what happens to the Klezmatics is more just about being out in the world and being available and open,” he said. Some of this openness has led to collaborations with the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Woody Guthrie. “Who would have known?” London said, adding that he could never have foreseen that “Joshua Nelson has turned out to be one of the most enduring and fun collaborations.” Certainly, no one could have predicted the hugely popular music festivals like the Jewish Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, where klezmer is played day and night, performed primarily by non-Jews to mostly non-Jewish audiences in a country that has few Jews. Sklamberg is philosophical about this turn of events: “It’s part of where this music lives now. … One of the things you are reminded of when you perform in places like Krakow, is that this is where this music came from.” Sometimes these foreign audiences have an immediate and gut reaction to the music that is missing among American Jews who weren’t raised with the music or have no connection to Yiddish, he said. “It’s funny that the music is heard with different ears and is felt in different ways by different people.” The Klezmatics’ documentary is not so much a concert film as it is an Anvil! The Story of Anvil -like tale of the band’s interpersonal, professional and financial travails, which came as a surprise to London. “If you had polled the band on what they thought the movie would be about, I don’t think any one of us would have said that.” In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal declaimed: “While the new album marks 25 years, those who watch the documentary may wonder if the Klezmatics will make it to 26.” I prefer the see the documentary not so much as the story of a fraying band, but of how, despite the challenges of this digital age, it persists. It’s a matter of endurance, as well. Twenty-five years on, as both London and Sklamberg remarked to me, they still find inspiration in klezmer as their birthright and their heritage, but they also are still discovering ways to make it new. Their show at Disney Hall offers a chance to celebrate all that, and Chanukah, too This article originally appeared in print in The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles See original here: Tom Teicholz: Celebrate a Fantastic Klezmatic Hanukkah

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‘God’s Ear’ Deaf to Family Tragedy in New Play at the Zephyr

February 15, 2012
‘God’s Ear’ Deaf to Family Tragedy in New Play at the Zephyr

Jenny Schwartz’s recent play “God’s Ear” arrives in LA with impeccable New York credentials and impressive notices. So forgive us if we couldn’t help feeling like we were watching an extended improv class exercise. more › See the rest here: ‘God’s Ear’ Deaf to Family Tragedy in New Play at the Zephyr

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Manhunt Continues For Real-Life Hamburglar

February 13, 2012
Manhunt Continues For Real-Life Hamburglar

The bandit responsible for a series of fast food restaurant robberies in Los Angeles is still at large as police investigate the recent heists. Between December 9, 2011 and January 7, 2012, a rash of armed fast food thefts occurred in the areas of Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park involving a lone gunman threatening employees with a handgun. more › Continue reading here: Manhunt Continues For Real-Life Hamburglar

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Teacher at Another LAUSD Elementary School Arrested for Sexually Abusing Kids

February 11, 2012
Teacher at Another LAUSD Elementary School Arrested for Sexually Abusing Kids

LAUSD has a long road ahead to deal with the aftermath of the Miramonte scandal, and it would probably help if the tide of sexual abuse allegations against their employees began to stem. But unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening: another teacher has been arrested on charges of lewd acts against children, this time at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. more › See the rest here: Teacher at Another LAUSD Elementary School Arrested for Sexually Abusing Kids

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Taking a Fresh Look at the Bugsy Siegel Hit

February 10, 2012
Taking a Fresh Look at the Bugsy Siegel Hit

Our latest installment of “Cold Case” examines the brazen hit on mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel as he sat inside his rented Beverly Hills mansion reading a newspaper. Read more: Taking a Fresh Look at the Bugsy Siegel Hit

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Important Sandwich News: ink.sack Adding SUNDAY* Hours, Plus "The Vegetarian" Rocking the Menu

February 10, 2012
Important Sandwich News: ink.sack Adding SUNDAY* Hours, Plus "The Vegetarian" Rocking the Menu

Lunchers, your options are expanding over at ink.sack , Michael Voltaggio’s popular SRO sandwich shop a couple of doors down from his celebrated restaurant, ink. more › Read more here: Important Sandwich News: ink.sack Adding SUNDAY* Hours, Plus “The Vegetarian” Rocking the Menu

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Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Getting Sued For A LOT

February 9, 2012

Ryan Kavanaugh, the media mogul behind Relativity Media, is facing yet another challenge. Last year, residents in West Hollywood West, an area made up of almost 1,000 single-family homes north of Beverly Boulevard, complained of the pilot’s noisy comings and goings atop the Sofitel. This year, it’s a pretty hefty lawsuit from one of Relativity’s original investors, Aramid Entertainment Fund. More: Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media Getting Sued For A LOT

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Woman Offers Sex For McNuggets

February 9, 2012

This couldn’t have been a very happy meal. Police arrested a woman outside a McDonald’s in Burbank, Calif. after she allegedly offered sex to a customer in exchange for his chicken McNuggets, The Burbank Leader reports . Khadijah Baseer, known as a local panhandler to police, supposedly opened customers’ car doors near the drive-through window on Jan. 11, The Associated Press says . One man called police after Baseer said she’d have sex if he gave up the breaded and fried pieces of poultry that he’d just purchased, according to KTLA . The man allegedly turned down the proposition. Police arrested Baseer for suspected prostitution, media reports say. See the article here: Woman Offers Sex For McNuggets

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