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The Modern Day Gold Rush


Gold Rush Kiosk At Las Vegas

The glitter of gold is always enhanced by fear of financial collapse.  Prices for gold has soared more than 300% and within the past few months it has risen by over 30%.

At the JCK Jewelry Trade Show in Las Vegas from 4th June to 7th June, the Hon Group of Korea introduced the Gold Rush Kiosk. The Kiosk is a 42-inch touch screen machine that allows customers to purchase solid 24K gold bar cards of their preferred weight and size using cash or credit card. Bars are available in six weights, 0.5g/ 1.0g/ 2.0g/ 3.0g/ 5.0g/ 10.0g and will be available for purchase inside of Las Vegas Hotels, casinos, cruise lines, airports, malls, department stores and jewelry stores.

The price of the gold bar follows quite closely that of the global market price of gold.

The Hon Corp., a Korean jewelry group and manufacturer with branches in New York and Hong Kong, unveiled its first Gold Rush vending machine in June 2009 in Seoul.  Hon now has 20 machines in stores throughout Korea. The gold-bar cards are the size of credit cards and range from 0.5 gram to 10 grams. A customer can get a card right out of the machine or have it sent to a specific address. “We wanted to change the role of gold, not only as an investment but as a gift,” says David Lee, general manager of Hon.

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U Hmat – The Ruby King


U Hmat The Ruby King

U Hmat was great here in the days before any Englishman had come within sight of Mogôk.  He is not a foreigner… but a native of the soil. He lives some distance from the market-place in a rambling wooden house on piles…. At one end he has built himself a strong-room of brick, in which lie hidden, according to popular tradition, rubies of extraordinary value.  U Hmat is seldom seen abroad.  He goes, it is said, in terror of his life; and his courtyard is thronged with retainers, who make for him a kind of personal bodyguard.  But in bygone days he travelled every year to Mandalay with a present of rubies, and was received in audience by the king. He is a builder of many monasteries and pagodas; but is said to be less lavish in this respect than most of his compatriots in Burma. He is believed accordingly by his European neighbours to have `his head screwed on the right way.’  His character for economy is the topic of very favourable discussion at the dinner tables of the settlement, and it is a commonplace of opinion that he is the only Burman at the mines who is not a fool. Let it be added that he is the father of a pretty daughter, whose jewels are the despair of every other woman in Mogôk, and that he keeps her in strict seclusion, lest some adventurous youth should steal away her heart, or her person, or both. He has been good enough, however, to show me some of her most beautiful jewels.

V.C. Scott O’Connor, 1905, The Silken East

The King of Mogok being offered rubies and sapphires by his subjects.

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World’s Most Expensive iPad


Gold iPad By Stuart Hughes

For those who find a regular iPad isn’t enough of a status symbol, Stuart Hughes has produced another option: the iPad Supreme, a solid gold and diamond-encrusted iPad.

Hughes, which also brought “elite” individuals the world’s most expensive iPhone, explains the iPad Supreme is encrusted with 25.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in their solid 22ct Apple logo. The rear and screen surround are made from a single piece of solid 22ct gold, weighing an immense 2,100 grams.

A total of ten iPad Supremes, available in the 64GB Wi-Fi/3G model, are going on sale for $189,000 each.

The solid Platinum iPad SUPREME Edition

The Platinum iPad With Encrusted Diamonds

The worlds 1st solid Platinum and diamond iPad is encrusted with 85.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a total amount of 173 individually set sparkling gems sit beautifully on the skillfully crafted solid Platinum rear section which weighs in at a huge 2,700 grams.

This iPad appearance is dazzling even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful reflective appearance. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unrivalled craftsmanship was involved in creating this masterpiece.

The iPad is the Wi-Fi & 3G , 64GB version. This is a limited edition of 5 units to be made.

Price – £299,995.00

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Tiffany Debuts 2010 Collections


Yellow Diamond Jewelry From Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. introduced its 2010 collections, the company reported. The collections were inspired by brilliant-color gems and contain pieces by designers Jean Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso, Elsa Peretti and Frank Gehry.

The collection features yellow diamonds sourced from Gem Diamonds’ Ellendale mine in Australia. Gem Diamonds signed an agreement to supply yellow diamonds to Tiffany in 2009.

Diamonds in the collections are cut, based upon a modified cushion cut derived from the famous 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond (Read here) to maximize the stones’ natural color, Tiffany explained. The diamonds are set in pendants, necklaces, rings and bracelets with yellow and white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat gold.

Designs in the collections are inspired by the Tiffany archives, such as the Garland style from the late 19th century, which inspired diamond drop earrings with delicate laurel leaves and florets. The Tiffany Garden collection features floral brooches, colorful gemstone blossoms and diamond bees and dragonflies. In addition, classic bow and butterfly motifs from the Art Deco period find new expression in diamond brooches and diamond and sapphire bracelets.

Article by Deena Taylor in Rapnet

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Wristwatches Worn Loosely Like Bracelets


Jessica Biel

In the summer heat, there’s something lovely about wearing things that are not tight and constricting – breezy sundresses and gauzy white garments are perennially popular for practical reasons. This season, the same philosophy may be part of the inspiration for a trendy way to wear wristwatches.

Rather than strapping or clasping the wristwatch so that it fits close to the wrist, this trend has the watch worn loose enough to slide up the arm or to fall over the top portion of the hand.

The watch itself may be either a woman’s or oversized man’s style, although the length of the watch strap or bracelet will determine whether the watch can be worn in this fashion. Indeed, it is conceivable that some of this oversized look stems purely from the practical use of what is available by photo shoot stylists. When the watch band happens to be much larger than a model’s wrist, voila!

Burberry Prorsum
Tommy Hilfiger
Patti Hansen
Movada Quest

By Cynthia Sliwa

This story appears in the June 2010 issue of JCK Magazine. (

All That Glitters: Cool Stars, Hot Trends


Natalie Portman in Tiffany jewels at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter in West Hollywood in March 2010.

Nothing dresses the arms of Tinseltown ladies like oversize, jewel-studded bracelets. Any variety will do—cuffs, bangles, multi-coiled strands—and the wider, the better!

Jewels are becoming multi-taskers.  Necklaces double (and triple) as bracelets, and interchangeable earrings can shed a tier in no time. To that end, brooches and strands are aiming higher—for the hair—to perch atop the crowns of famous heads everywhere.

The goal of the oversize pendant is clear: It wants your attention. And celebrities are heeding its command. In saucer-size discs and tassel-laden masses, large pendants clamor for the spotlight and sometimes nab it, leaving the star to serve as the backdrop.

Colored jewels are lighting up awards shows in a rich range of vibrant tones. Sapphires, citrines, garnets…name a stone, and it’s adorning America’s biggest stars. But diamonds needn’t worry—they have supporting roles as pavé.

This story appears in the June 2010 issue of JCK Magazine.  (


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