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Cooking-up Sparkle Scottsdale, AZ

cooking-up  I think it is common knowledge that Romance, Diamonds AND Food go together!  Famous love stories and memorable wedding proposals seem to always include romantic fires being kindled over dinners.  Also, REAL WOMEN EAT… and great food sparkles my spirit, as well as fuels my travels.  Searching for the next great chef, however, is better left to food critics and food bloggers.  As for me:  “I’m a woman of simple tastes; I’m always satisfied with the best“.   Yes, I am paraphrasing from the over-quoted Oscar Wilde (he said “man” instead of “woman”), but true it is!  I am fortunate to have experienced the signature plates of great luminaries like Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Danielle Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Jose Andres.  Oh, the luminary luxuries of fine dining experiences!  So, my Scottsdale travel itinerary included a beautiful afternoon with the Italian cuisine of  the Award Winning Italian Chef Marcellino Version at MARCELLINO RISTORANTE.  For foodies, I listed all of his luminary experiences and awards at the end of this blog.  For everyone else, here is some info on my Sparkling Jewelry from HYDE PARK JEWELERS …

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In Case You Missed Emmy’s

Padma-Lakshmi- Just a little Sparkle

In case you missed the  Emmy’s last night, the news is spreading that the memorial tributes (I think there were 6 highlights in addition to their usual slide show) prompted headlines:”Saddest Emmy’s Ever”.  Oh, there were some laughs as Tina Fey never disappoints, Michael Douglas was surprisingly funny and the upbeat Host Harris tried his best… but, it definitely needed more Sparkle!

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National Jeweler & a peek behind the retail curtain

NATIONAL JEWELER is the fine jewelry trade’s premier source for breaking news and market analysis for retailers.  They recently published an article I wrote for Independent Jewelry Retailers….suggesting some key lessons they can learn from my experiences serving as an Educationalist and Guest Host on HSN. Click on the link below and you will be able to peak behind the retail curtain ….to see some of the advice I share with sellers of fine jewelry 😉 http://www.nationaljeweler.com/independents/market-developments/archived.shtml?article=Lessons-for-jewelers-from-TV-31469.xml  

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Baselworld

After 8 exciting days Baselworld – the World Watch and Jewelry show in Basel, Switzerland – has come to a close. Each year, Basel is the place to be if you want to discover what’s hot in fine jewelry for the rest of the year.  How big is the show? Over 34 acres of jewelry exhibited in luxury booths hosted by over 1,400 jewelry companies from 40 countries.  This year more than 122,000 visitors and 3,600 journalists were in attendance.

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The Ultimate “Do”

Some women love to play & experiment with their hair color; I love to play (and work) with jewelry in my hair! Hubert de Givenchy once said: Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself. So, omg, don’t forget to bejewel your hair! Bejeweled hair is the ultimate “do.”

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50 Shades of White

Notwithstanding the number of hotel getaway packages, the multitude of bundled bedroom toys and just about anything in every merchandise category that is marketed with reference to Fifty Shades of Grey …I have an unreasonable obsession with all things white.  While my husband carefully strategizes how he can suggest some new bold color additions to our bedroom, I am usually busy studying the nuances of the new available shades of white.  Perhaps I should clarify that I am really only talking about color …and BTW, white is more than the absence of color. For those of you that are still with me, you already know that I detest all covert and hidden color enhancements and treatments when it comes to marketing color diamonds and gemstones.  That does not mean I don’t like color.  I’ve spent many hours mesmerized by the optical properties of Natural Color Diamonds.   BUT, OH THE ALLURE OF WHITE!   Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a British journalist and novelist, best articulates my feeling: “White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.” Sometimes I crave the comfort of a warm white or demand the sophistication of grey museum white. Today I may be in search of some living-room flowers with feelings of creamy antique white, soft white or snow white. Tomorrow, I could be looking for a white-on-white blouse…that will highlight (I mean soften) some of my curves.    My obsession with shades of white is endless.  Science has taught us that all colors are just waves of light and some colors may not even exist scientifically.  So, it is our brains, our eyes and our emotions that all come together with language to enhance our color experience. It is unfortunate that so many people get pulled into the gemological hype of rarity over beauty…which results in huge investments into colorlessness.   Even the tiniest tinges of color (or warm shade of white) will result in the gemological down-grading of a diamond.  However, I recently read somewhere (it must have been in “Discover Magazine”) that scientists are studying and searching for people with brain components that allow them to see colors, which the vast majority of us cannot see.  We cannot even imagine what they might see in the world! It is time for all of us to trust our eyes and our unique power of comparison!  Any subtle color that attracts you is worthy of being pursued and enjoyed! And remember, any diamond grading certificate prepared by a gemological grading lab, offers only a color-grading opinion based on rarity…not beauty. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

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