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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anyone interested to go?

It's an exclusive invitation to Singapore's first Museum-in-a-Mall exhibition by Lee Hwa Jewellery!!!!

Seems like there are artefacts form the Museum of East Asian Art in UK and Bait Al Zubair Museum in Oman!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A genuine case of mistake?

Well, the title for this post is because, recently, I was buying some gifts for my colleagues farewell party. Stepped into this shop belonging to a local jewellery retail chain, looked at some options they had, and made the purchase.

However, when I went back home, I realized that there was a difference in pricing - between what I was charged and what was advertised in their promotional material!

Sent an email out..

Awaiting their reply...

Shall see if their service levels are as good as what they claim and even endorsed by the Singapore Service Star!

Friday, June 25, 2010

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Event not to be missed!

The Singapore International Jewellery Show 2010!

Be effortlessly chic as the sixth edition of the Singapore International Jewellery Show (SIJS) heralds in the celebratory return of Glam – more sophisticated, luxurious and timeless!

The Singapore International Jewellery Show, more popularly known as the SIJS is the exhibition which all trade professionals in the Jewellery and Gem sector shouldn’t miss! It is also a jewellery show above the rest because it is open to both trade and consumers. With its proven track record and success from past editions, the sixth successful edition of SIJS 2010 returns with a bigger and grander venue – Marina Bay Sands!

Spanning across a period of four days from 29 July to 01 August 2010, SIJS will be the one-stop venue for top industry players to come under one roof and showcase their prized collection of jewellery ranging from the dazzling timepieces to the finely detailed and elegant designs.

Expected number of exhibitors: 180 from 30 countries
Expected number of visitors: 15,000 both trade & public
Larger Exhibition Halls: 7,000 sq metres
Luxurious VIP room featuring the most prestigious line-up of furniture, artwork and collectibles
Expansion to European market, both trade guests and visitors
Extensive Marketing Communication Campaign in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe
Daily Jewellery and Fashion catwalk shows
Showcase of the 2010 collection of masterpieces by Thomas Diego Armonia

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gold prices hit record highs

Time to buy gold? or sell them?

CHARLOTTE -- Coleman Perry sifts through a small pile of gold items at his Charlotte jewelry store. With the price of gold soaring, the phone is ringing a lot these days.

"With money being tight, things that used to have value to them, as far as enjoying wearing, now they can turn it into value that they can buy groceries at the store with now," said Perry.

Jewelry stores across the state are trying to capitalize on the gold rush, advertising they're buying the precious metal. At Perry’s jewelry store, the selling price is on its sign out front—$1,258 an ounce Friday. That's a record high.

"Sometimes during the day we'll get 10 to 15 people a day with 15 of them wanting to sell," said Perry.

Gold prices have risen 12 percent since January and some experts think it'll eventually top $1,300.

Many investors concerned about the uncertain global market are pulling their money out of risky investments and taking refuge in gold.

"Gold is something that doesn't disappear," said Perry.

But Tom Bartholomy with the Better Business Bureau says sellers need to make sure they're getting what they deserve. He says internet sites that promise money for gold are easy, but definitely not the best.

"You will get a check back, but you will probably be disappointed at what that check is," said Bartholomy.

Gold prices are helping other precious metals too. Silver, platinum and palladium are also all seeing consistent rises.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bezozar Pearls

Recently have been doing some reading on Bezozar Pearls...

Check out the information on Wikipedia.

Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me..

Items like bamboo pearls, cloud pearls, snake pearls..

But I really wonder about the authenticity of such items

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

US discovers stunning mineral wealth in Afghanistan: report

US geologists have discovered nearly one trillion dollars' worth of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, including vast reserves of copper and lithium, the New York Times reported Monday.

The deposits, which also include huge veins of iron, gold, niobium and cobalt, are enough to turn the battle-scarred country into one of the world's leading mining exporters, senior US government officials told the Times.

Afghanistan's potential lithium deposits as large of those of Bolivia, which currently has the world's largest known lithium reserves, the Times said.

Lithium is a key mineral used in rechargeable batteries, as well as everything from cell phones and laptops to electric cars.

Afghanistan has so much of it that it could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," according to an internal Pentagon memo quoted by the newspaper.

The iron and copper deposits are large enough to make Afghanistan one of the world's top producers, US officials said.

"There is stunning potential here," General David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, told the newspaper. "There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant."

"This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy," Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines, told the Times.

A small team of US geologists and Pentagon officials uncovered the mineral wealth with help from charts and data collected by Soviet mining experts during the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Afghan geologists took the charts home to protect them during the chaos that followed the Soviet withdrawal, and produced them again in 2001 with the fall of the Taliban, the Times said.

"There were maps, but the development did not take place, because you had 30 to 35 years of war," Ahmad Hujabre, an Afghan engineer who worked for the Ministry of Mines in the 1970s, told the Times.

President Hamid Karzai was recently briefed on the finding, US officials told the newspaper.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

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Friday, June 11, 2010

India demands Koh-i-Noor diamond

The Indian government has demanded Britain to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond which was wringed from the Indian hands by British forces in the 19th century.

The East India Company forces in India made the Maharaja of Punjab give the diamond away as a tribute to Queen Victoria in 1849 following the Treaty of Lahore.

India says the British seized the diamond -- owned by Nader Shah (King of Iran, 1688-1747) and his descendents before finding its way into India -- illegally and wants it back along with other treasures looted during colonial rule.

India's efforts are in line with an international campaign backed by the United Nations for the return of historic treasures to several countries, including Mexico, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.

That said, the British High Commission in New Delhi has called the removal of the gemstone legitimate and its ownership "non-negotiable."

Dr Gautam Sengupta, head of the Architectural Survey of India, who is in charge of protecting the country's antiquities, said if the country required the European museums to return its looted treasures, many of the museums would have to pull down their shutters." - Sponsored Post - allows users to make ringtones with its online flash ringtone maker from audio files

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Life-size diamond ball adds sparkle to FIFA World Cup in South Africa

A South African jeweler has unveiled a 20 million rand (267,000 U.S. dollar) life-sized sized World Cup football to commemorate the FIFA World Cup which kicks off in Johannesburg on Friday.

The ball is made up of 6,620 white and 2,640 black round brilliant cut South African diamonds giving a total weight of 3,500 carats.

Jeweller Yair Shimansky told Business Day newspaper in Johannesburg ball "was not designed for any goal kicking practice."

The diamond encrusted ball weighs about 2.2 kg.

Shimansky said he is in talks with a European soccer club about selling the World Cup ball to them as a 2010 commemorative display piece for their club.

His seven national stores will each exhibit an exact crystal replica of the ball in their windows for the duration of the World Cup, which runs from June 11 to July 11. After the World Club is concluded each replica will be auctioned with the proceeds being given to each regional store's chosen charity.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Event I am looking forward to go!

Was told about this event happening at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
12 Feb 2010 - 27 Jun 2010
@ Special Exhibitions Gallery, ACM Empress Place

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire(1526 – 1858), one of the wealthiest, most powerful dynasties the world has ever known. Treasury of the World features a dazzling array of 402 exquisite jewelled works of art from Mughal India, from The al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait.
The rulers of the Mughal empire were so renowned for their lavish lifestyle, love of beauty and vast collection of precious objects, that the Mughal emperor Jahangir was once described in a letter by the English Ambassador Thomas Roe as ‘the treasury of the world’. Visit this exhibition to learn more about the diverse techniques in the jewelled arts used by the artisans and craftsmen during the Mughal period.

This travelling exhibition began its journey at The British Museum in London and has since been shown in world-renowned venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre Museum in Paris. The exhibition will make its Asian debut at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.
This exhibition is organised by The al-Sabah Collection, National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Kuwait, in collaboration with the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Admission charges: $8 (adult) / $4 (concession) / $20 (family package) Includes admission to ACM permanent galleries.

Anyone interested in joining me?