| Dec 16, 2008
| 11:57 AM
It's only a block long near the heart of New York's theater district, but most diamonds imported into the United States find a brief home on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. This is where they're acquired, brokered, exchanged, cut into sparkling...
| Jun 21, 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa
A holiday commemorating the struggle against apartheid keeps South African financial markets closed for the day, but Charles Leishman, a gold trader wearing sweat pants, clutches his pocket-sized electronic gizmo and checks...
| Jan 27, 2008
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consumerism is sometimes seen as a psychological disorder that makes sufferers compulsively buy things they don't need.
But I'm not sick. I really needed the 18-karat-gold earrings and little black cocktail dress I bought...
| Feb 3, 2008
Buying jewelry has never been a mystery to me. Someone in my family has always known someone in the industry who has been able to guarantee a good price, excellent advice and plenty of hand-holding.
When I was growing up outside of Chicago, my parents...
| Jul 18, 2010
The days when taking home a souvenir from your favorite hotel meant a bad logo T-shirt or golf visor are long gone.
How about a Rebecca Minkoff bag? The W Hotel's stores have one in an exclusive shade of turquoise. A pair of Band of Outsiders pajamas?...
| Mar 27, 2011
When shopping for an engagement or wedding ring, there is an art to choosing the highest quality gems.
With a treasure trove of diamonds and gemstones available and so many options to consider, couples can speed up the process by familiarizing...
| Oct 24, 2010
Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier. Jewelry boutiques on Rodeo Drive tend to be of the big-brand, high-wattage variety. But the tony shopping row is now home to one of the industry's more irreverent players — Solange Azagury-Partridge....
| Dec 5, 2010
British fine jewelry designer Stephen Webster is famous for treating diamonds, emeralds and rubies with an irreverence typically reserved for rhinestones.
Recent pieces from his eponymous collection include a ring festooned with a giant lobster made of...
| Jan 1, 2011
Silver Lake resident Charles Scott bypassed the malls and the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles in shopping for an engagement ring. Searching for something out of the ordinary, he surfed onto Etsy and started clicking through photos of...
| Dec 19, 2010
Nordstrom has been hearing wedding bells for years, doing brisk business in wedding gowns, tuxedos and accessories for the "big day."
But now, the Seattle-based retailer is fine-tuning its nuptial offerings with the Wedding Suite, a new in-store bridal...
| Jan 15, 2012
It comes by Brink's truck and is hand-delivered by security guards. It is served up on silver platters and in lighted glass vitrines at chi-chi cocktail parties. The finest jewelry in the world is in Hollywood during the weeks leading up to the Golden...