Archive for May, 2011

The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Trade Show is Quicly Upon Us! …

The storefront felt a bit empty today. This is probably because our VP and Jewelry Designer/Gemologist are setting up our Booth, #1455, at the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show from June 2-5!  I received some insights as to what the scene is there in the city of sin (in regards to the jewelry industry anyway.)


Diamonds - GIA Certified

Prices are sticking even firmer than previously expected. This should be a positive venture for Dealer’s, as emerging markets (such as Asia, etc) have been driving up the prices. With the integration of the recent price increase on these particular items and the addition of the overseas funds, prices are seemingly spiraling out of control, even prior to the official opening of the antique jewelry trade show!

Diamond and Luxury Watches are thus far recognized as the most highly sought after pieces, as there are severe shortages of both in the Country as of late. Companies like Rolex and Patek Philippe are shipping goods primarily to the Asian and European markets, and effectively the US. dealers in the US have seriously slim showcases.

Blackened Red Rebel: From Work To Play… Add a Dash of Dare to Every Day!

From Daytime Work Wear to Playful Anywhere…

A Fun Combination of Red, Gold, Black and Grey to Liven Up Any Summer Day!

May 27, 2011
Black Leather Hardware Watch

Black Leather Hardware Watch

Double Wrap Sliced Leather Bracelet

Double Wrap Sliced Leather Bracelet

Jair High Black Trainers

Jair High Black Trainers

$240 –
Liz Larios Black Branch Large Earrings Liz Larios

Liz Larios Black Branch Large Earrings Liz Larios

Rebecca Minkoff Hepburn Bracelet in Italian Black Leather with Gold Chain Links

Rebecca Minkoff Hepburn Bracelet in Italian Black Leather with Gold Chain Links

Betsey Johnson Earrings, Black Camera Stud

Betsey Johnson Earrings, Black Camera Stud

$30 –
Aspinal Brit Clutch Handbag, Black/Gold

Aspinal Brit Clutch Handbag, Black/Gold

$455 –
Elizabeth Cole Mohawk Earrings in Black

Elizabeth Cole Mohawk Earrings in Black

Bottega Veneta Blackened oxidized sterling silver cameo ring

Bottega Veneta Blackened oxidized sterling silver cameo ring

$2,480 –


‘Olivia Wilde’ #15 on Maxim’s ‘2011 Hot 100’: Romance Rumors with Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake Run Wilde!

Olivia Wilde

Romantic Rendezvous Rumors Run Wild About Maxim’s Hot #15

We‘re Just Obsessed With Her Love of Vintage Jewelry and ‘Rolling Stones‘ Tee !

January 13, 2011 - Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images North America)

Actress Olivia Wilde arrives at W Magazine’s Celebration of The Best Performances Issue and The Golden Globes held at at Chateau Marmont on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Olivia Wilde Best 15 Photos

This picture makes me want to break out in Peter Gabriel‘s, ‘In Your Eyes.’

Olivia Wilde: Securing Check at LAX (notice the AWESOME tee!?)

We are wild over Olivia Wilde! You may remember first spotting this charismatic actress during her Abercrombie Modeling days. She has since earned herself accolades for her impressively versatile acting chops, with a recurring role on the hit sitcom, ‘House’ and an upcoming role in July’s ‘Cowboys and Indians.’

Wilde dubs herself the “eBay Queen,” exclaiming that she’s not exaggerating when she notes spending hours at a time antique jewelry and clothing eBay browsing.

While the graceful and unique Olivia Wilde has had an outstanding career throughout these past five years, her work schedule and personal matters unfortunately resulted in the dissolution of her seven year marriage to Tao Ruspoli, a photographer and documentary film maker. Since the split, a spike in media focus and paparazzi attention has been invested in discovering any new romantic interests in the life of Olivia Wilde.

Bradley Cooper Rumors:

Bradley Cooper getting Wilde with Olivia? Maybe. ‘The Hangover Part II‘ star and Olivia Wilde were spotted getting their flirt on at an industry party in New York earlier this week. -via

Bradley Cooper, 35, has just recently called it quits with longtime girlfriend Renee Zellweger, leaving him open to many romantic rumors circulating, as well. They include Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and a few other gorgeous Actresseses, Models and Dancers. 

“Life & Style is reporting that newly single Olivia Wilde and Bradley Cooper have been out together twice since the pair hooked up at the Boom Boom Room last Saturday. The two were introduced while attending the Saturday Night Live finale after party and quickly got very chatty with each other.” –

Watch the PopEater Video of these two getting steamy:

Justin Timberlake Rumors:

Last we heard about rumored Justin Timberlake/Olivia Wilde romance, JT’s rep was saying that the two are JUST FRIENDS, and we were NOT convinced.

Then we heard that the two were seen partying with Mila Kunis at last weekend’s SNL afterparty, “chatting” the night away and then leaving the party “at the same time.” via: Rumor Mill 

According to Celebrity Buzz Reports, JT was spotted last month ‘dancing the night away’ with costar Olivia Wilde in Hollywood.  They were seen together once again last week at Timberlake’s NYC Restaurant, ‘Southern Hospitality‘. Reps for both parties, of course, say that the two are ‘just friends’ and that both are single. 

Rumors about a romance between these two skyrocketed following the announcement that Olivia would play Justin Timberlake’s Mother in an upcoming movie by Andrew Niccol. Not officially released with a title, the  movie is said to be about “a society where aging stops at 25 and time has become the currency. The rich are immortal and the rest struggle to stay alive.”

Wilde With Glamour

When this gal cleans up, she really shows off her over-achieving style skills. With smokey, sultry eye makeup and incredible pieces of jewelry, Olivia Wilde can be found on a hefty variety of best dressed lists.

At the 2010 Golden Globes Awards she was seen wearing a Gucci gown accessorized with an ornate black onyx and diamond fan platinum bangle from Tiffany & Co. worth $165000. She wore a creamy yellow gown with soft ruffles accessorized with an expensive bracelet and vintage style earrings to the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in California hosted by Gaydon Carter.

66th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde in RM by Roland Mouret

TOMTOM JEWELRY’s ‘Future ’70s’ Collection: Back In Time With An Architectural Twist

Another Style Find: TomTom‘s new ’70s-inspired jewelry collection.

TomTom's 'Future '70s' Jewelry Collection

Future 70s Studded Rings by TomTom Jewelry

The various pieces of wearable art by TOMTOM JEWELRY has been a favorite among the press, celebrities, fashionistas and creative expression enthusiasts from the launch of the first collection in 2009. An established architect turned jewelry designer, Elena Coleman Howell utilized her design prowis to conquer graphic design and architecture integration. The result was TOMTOM JEWELRY, a successful modern twist to retro creations that is giving jewelry lines everywhere a run for their money.

While it is easy to spot the detailed precision in certain aspects of the pieces, the jewelry isn’t overly industrial or masculine. There is an element to every piece that brings a beautiful and delicate strength to geometric shapes and hammered metal textures. The unique qualities of the ‘Future ’70s’ Collection include shimmered accents to offset spike designs, the use of hand tie dyed suede to offset the bold bronze chains and hardware and thin golden chains to add a dash of delicate femininity to a totally rocking necklace that can be dressed up, down and manipulated with every chosen ensemble! 

“Tribal Matters” ring. It’s available in seven different finishes, I suggest getting a variation of both gold and silver, and it’s just one of the stunning pieces Elena offers up on her website. $155.

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TomTom’s 2011 Jewelry Collection

Demi Lovato in TOM TOM JEWELRY 'IN MY MIND' bracelet.

Kim Kardashian in TOMTOM JEWELRY 'LEGACY' Necklace

Demi Locato wearing TOMTOM JEWELERY 'DANCE ALL NIGHT' earrings

'Dance All Night' earrings by TOMTOM JEWELRY


With an emphasis on geometry and material interplay, Elena utilizes
digital fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and waterjet + laserjet
cutting to design unique statement jewelry.

In 2010 Elena partnered with Walt Disney Signature to design a capsule
collection of jewelry inspired by the film TRON: Legacy.

TOMTOM Jewelry is carried worldwide and has been featured in The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue Italia,
Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, InStyle and numerous other publications.

Elena holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Arts
in English from UC Berkeley.

“Future 70s,” the collection includes studded rings, pyramid earrings, gunmetal necklaces, quartz pendants, and high-end agate and lapis pieces. -By Becky Bratu

Find More of This Collection at:

Find the TOMTOM JEWELRY Blog at:


‘Converse ♥ Marimekko’ Make Sweet Sneaker Bliss With Spring 2011 Line of Radical Retro Kicks

Converse ♥ Marimekko

Shot in Helsinki, this short film tells the story of the collaboration between Converse and Finnish textile icon Marimekko. The cinematic portrait celebrates the timeless spirit that both brands are born out of and unveils the story behind the women’s focused Converse x Marimekko Spring 2011 collection. The film’s soundtrack features tracks by Finnish music artists Husky Rescue and Uusi Fantasia.

Not only is the Spring Collection of Classic Converse with a Retro Textile Twist CHUCK-full of awesome patterns and incredible details that have never been featured before in the Converse discography, but the packaging is totally original and creative… A Perfect Package!

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The partnership’s debut collection pairs Converse’s most popular styles—Chuck Taylor All Star High and Ox—with three of the Finnish design house’s signature graphic patterns; Tarha and Pikkusuomu by Annika Rimala, and Kirppu by Maija and Kristina Isola. Converse ♥ Marimekko collection; starting at $75; Info via Images Marimekko ❤ Converse Collaboration Collection

About Marimekko:

Marimekko, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories.

Cool Collaboration: Image via

“This enriching collaboration brings together two brands that both have a distinctive idiom and a unique heritage,” says Marimekko’s creative director, Minna Kemell-Kutvonen. “The two companies have always walked their own path, and we also share the same unpretentious and joyful approach to life.” -via designwear daily

From ‘Helsinki Vintage’: Marimekko’s Design Manager Noora Niinikoski stopped by AMERICANA’s shop for a chat about Converse ♥ Marimekko and the whole heritage trend with American & Finnish brands.  She amusingly recounted a similar adventure in Tallinn to find herself a pair of Estonian All-Stars, which also led her to the same back alley post office.

The first partnership between the iconic companies, the women’s spring collection will feature classic sneakers like the Chuck Taylor paired with Marimekko prints created as far back as the ‘60s by designers including Annika Rimala and Maija Isola.

Pick your perfect pair at websites: Marimekko or Converse

Converse ❤ Marimekko Sneakers

Marimekko will be continuing their business partnerships in the United States The company is also collaborating with Crate & Barrel and have opened an exclusive shop in C&’s SoHo NYC location—offering bags, bed and bath, kitchen, dining, and more.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Winner Hines Ward Gives All Accolades to Partner, Kym Johnson

Hines Thanked the Fans and Said He, “Owes It All to Kym.”


Hines Ward on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ win and Partner, Kym Johnson. 

‘Hines Ward’ + ‘Kym Johnson’ Performing either the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha

Previously recognized by the public as the fun-loving Wide Receiver for the Pittsburg Steelers, Hines Ward adds a new trophy to his mantle, and gains a sizable new fan-base with his Season 12 victory on ‘Dancing With The Stars‘. Partner, Kym Johnson was praised through a teary eyed thank you from Hines Ward just as their Season 12 ‘Dancing With The Stars’ win was announced.

After sustaining an intense neck injury just two weeks prior to the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season Finale, the Australian Ballroom Dancer (since the age of 3!), Model and Television Actress, Kym Johnson inspired athlete Hines Ward by returning to rehearsals immediately after her release from the Hospital.

After the physical strength and psychological determination of Johnson brought the pair back to the dance floor with a renewed sense of motivation, the two hard-working and lovable athletes went on to receive perfect scores for their performances. This brought tears to the eyes of Ward, which effectively had both Kym Johnson and unusually emotional Judge Carrie Ann Inaba to small bursts of water-works in reaction to his sincere delivery.

Adam Taylor/ Getty Images: Dancing With The Stars STYLE

“We’ve had some great footballers on `Dancing With the Stars,’ but I don’t think any compare with

Hines Ward,” head judge Len Goodman said during the season finale.

Kym Johnson and Hines Ward Win!

KYM JOHNSON, HINES WARD - ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars'

Hines Ward follows several other Professional Athletes which competed on the adored ABC Sitcom, including legendary Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Pro Wrestler Chris Jericho and NFL star Emmitt Smith. ‘Dancing With The Stars’ has evolved into much more than a Reality Show, but a true testament to physical endurance and the ability to perform exceptionally under pressure and often times, in pain.

Ward, a Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl most valuable player, credits his professional dance partner, Kym Johnson, with their dance victory. He plans to keep his new mirrorball right next to his Super Bowl trophy.

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“Hines is a natural leader. He is like having another coach on the field and in the locker room,…Hines leads by example.” Mike Tomlin, Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

Esquire Author, Matt Sullivan holds a candid interview with the gorgeous and graceful ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Winner, Kym Johnson that ‘Hines Ward Won’t Hear The End Of’.

Esquire's Matt Sullivan Interviews Kym Johnson

Read Entire Interview on Esquire:

KYM JOHNSON: Official Site

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From ‘OK Magazine’:

After Hines and Kym performed the samba and he ran over to kiss his mom, perhaps that was an indication of the stellar night to come. Before earning a perfect 10, Carrie Ann Inaba said, “You learned how to lead in the dancing and you lead you partner out of an injury.” Len Goodman added, “Dance is the product, what is so appealing about you is the packaging.”

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