Archive | January, 2010

My Inner Neanderthal

14 Jan

My Inner Neanderthal

I admit that I've been known to shop as early as 8 AM. It's hard to resist when you can be in the comfort of your own home drinking coffee, ignoring the emails that have multiplied in your inbox overnight. I was admiring this pretty shell necklace, idly listening to NPR's Morning Edition when I heard this amazing story about Neanderthals.

Scientists in Spain have found evidence of "body ornaments and cosmetics," owned by Neanderthals, according to Christopher Joyce for National Public Radio. To put this in plain English – 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals wore jewelry.

"Neanderthals were our evolutionary cousins, but they'd sure stand out in a modern crowd," writes Joyce. "With heavy brows and jutting jaws, they were a rough-looking lot. But archaeologist Joao Zilhao of the University of Bristol in England says he's found evidence at a Spanish excavation that might change that view. He's found shells with holes in them, apparently strung together and worn like beads."

"Ornaments show you're part of the in-crowd, or a big shot," writes Joyce. After having a good laugh about that (I guess status jewelry existed before us, Homo sapiens) I checked out NPR's website.

And I guess we haven't come very far, or I haven't, because the pretty necklace I'd admired and the ancient version – not so very different! This was a profound discovery, one that would require heavy thought and a lot more caffeine…

Am I shallow? Unevolved? Obsessed with status?

I made a note to contemplate all this… after 9 am, or perhaps tomorrow. In the meantime, I bought the necklace.

Charmed Life

12 Jan

Charmed Life

You're fighting rush hour traffic to make it to the dry-cleaners to pick up the shirt you absolutely have to wear to work tomorrow. You pull into the loading zone and put on your blinkers. Five minutes later, dry-cleaning in hand, you have a parking ticket.

Sound familiar?

Problem: evening ruined by very bad mood.
Solution: buy yourself a present to cheer up in amt. equal to parking ticket.

Juicy has been coming out with some really cute jewelry but nothing beats their adorable charm bracelet available here and here. I spotted this cupcake charm right off the bat (if you can't eat one, why not wear it!). For about $75 you've gotten a great new bracelet to wear with your dry-cleaned shirt.

And this store has lots more charms so you're ready for a little pick-me-up next time you forget to feed the meter.

Seen that? – Jennifer Aniston and Platinum at the Emmys

10 Jan

Jennifer Aniston and Platinum at the Emmys The Jewelry Weblog

Seen that? - Jennifer Aniston and Platinum at the Emmys

Maybe some beautiful platinum jewelry will ease some of Jennifer Aniston's current woes if she makes an appearance at the next Emmy Awards. At least, it won't hurt if she makes it to the Platinum Guild International (PGI) USA's Red Carpet Platinum Jewelry stylist suite on Sept. 14 and 15. At this ultra swanky gig, stylists and celebs " will choose from more than ten million dollars in platinum jewelry [...] Read More

Fashion and Jewelry Blogosphere 08/07/06 The Jewelry Weblog

I can't believe summer is almost over! School children down here are even headed back to school today and my own college starts back in just a few weeks. Where did the summer go? Okay, some of it went surfing around the fashion and jewelry blogosphere! The Bling Blog explains that while Jennifer Aniston may not have the best taste in movie roles, she's got great taste in jewelry, for example, [...] Read More

Jewels of Hollywood Past The Jewelry Weblog

I happened to find a wonderful page full of jewelry and celebrity stories, especially about stars from the past like Marlene Dietrich (pictured from According to the International Colored Gemstone Association's web site, Dietrich loved jewelry and often worn her own emerald jewelry in many of her movies. I particularly liked this story about how she almost lost a ring while baking a cake (could you picture Jennifer Aniston [...] Read More

JENNIFER ANISTON TO GIVE UP BAD HABITS The Celebrities Weblog Jennifer Aniston has decided that it's time for her to give up smoking and caffeine, simultaneously. I wish her luck, but man, that's going to be difficult. Aniston has been getting moral support from her pal courtney cox and is using yoga to help her kick the habits, and so far, it seems to be working. This is the link to the story. In other Jennifer Aniston news, and I don't know what this [...] Read More

Jennifer Aniston: Did A Butler Do Her? The Celebrities Weblog

There's been more Jennifer Aniston news of late, mostly about a "reunion" with Brad Pitt. That sounds a whole lot juicier than reality, however, as any reunion would only take place as a chance meeting at a mutually attended social event, such as the "Toronto Film Festival", which, as innocent as it was, kicked up all sorts of ridiculous rumors. But there is Aniston news that has progressed well beyond [...] Read More

Seen that? – Jewelers Help Hurricane Katrina Victims

1 Jan

Jewelers Help Hurricane Katrina Victims at The Jewelry Weblog

Seen that? - Jewelers Help Hurricane Katrina Victims

With any disaster, there is a Domino affect. The jewelry industry is no different. Just think about all the small jewelry stores that dot the map in every town in the Gulf States. Many are privately owned small businesses, the " mom and pop" shop where you might stop in to get a necklace fixed or look for a special jewelry gift. JCK magazine reports that members of the jewelry [...] Read More

Hurricane Katrina Pin from QVC at The Jewelry Weblog

QVC has created a pin to help raise donations for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Per their website: " In order to raise money for the millions of people that were subject to the widespread destruction and devastation, QVC has created this pin, designed as a replica awareness ribbon. For every pin sold, $8 will be donated to the american red cross Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricanes 2005." I think [...] Read More

NY Fashion Week: Focus on Jewelry & Katrina at The Jewelry Weblog

The spring 2006 Fashion Week joined forces with Red Cross to help aid Katrina victims as it also showed off some the latest jewelry fashion trends. In one Sunday show, reports National Jeweler, the following jewelry items were featured: " necklaces worn diagonally across the shoulder as sashes" "doorknocker chandelier earrings courtesy of jeweler Lee Angel" "halter-style components [designed by Esteban Cortazar] held in place with pearl strands and braided gold cord threaded [...] Read More

Hilton adds supply management disaster program to prepare for hurricane season at Supplychainer

Like all large corporations, Hilton Hotels Corp. of Beverly Hills, Calif., has disaster plans in place. But, after the 2005 hurricane season, Hilton's supply chain organization has stepped up its disaster preparedness plans to be ready for anything, according to a news release from The 2005 hurricane season saw an unprecedented 26 named storms, including 14 hurricanes, seven of which were major, and three of which reached Category 5 (Katrina, [...] Read More

Hurricane Katrina: A Look at the Numbers at The Personal Finance Weblog

Let me look at the numbers here. G'Dubya cut funding for the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, or SELA, in favor of the Iraq war. The SELA project is/was projected to cost $744 million, with $555 million of that total coming from the federal government. The project was supposed to last until 2009. The Iraq war has so far mounted to more than $200 billion in two years. If it continues another [...] Read More