Thursday, August 18, 2011
Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity auction house will offer a rare glimpse into the life of one of Hollywood’s most colorful stars, Tony Curtis. The rare Hollywood star whose off-screen character was often more sensational than his on-screen one, lived a life that could be its own movie or television series. Curtis’ career spanned six decades with popularity during the 1950s and 1960s enabling him to transpose his good looks into super movie stardom. He acted in over 100 films ranging from light comedy to serious drama and he also made numerous television appearances.
Among Curtis’ most memorable films were 1959’s “Some Like It Hot,” 1960’s “Spartacus,” 1953’s “Houdini,” 1952’s “Son of Ali Baba”, 1957’s “Sweet Smell of Success,” 1965’s The Great Race and of course 1968’s “The Boston Strangler,” often noted as his most serious part. He earned an Oscar nomination for the 1958 crime drama “The Defiant Ones.” The film “Some Like It Hot” in which he acted with icon Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon has been called the funniest film in history by the American Film Institute.
He also acted with such greats as Burt Lancaster in “Sweet Smell of Success” and Cary Grant in “Operation Petticoat.” Curtis was often noted for his impeccable comedic timing. Off screen Curtis earned even more attention for his personal life which was filled with great turmoil and change. He married five times, his first and most famous to actress Janet Leigh.
In addition to being a popular actor, Curtis was a fine art connossiuer. Collectors will have the opportunity to purchase some of his impressive art collection along with items from his illustrious career at Julien's Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills on September 17th, 2011. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Shiloh Horse Rescue, a charitable organization founded by Jill and Tony Curtis that rescues and rehabilitates abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses of all types (www.shilohhorserescue.com).
You can view the order a limited edition auction catalog or flip through the auction catalog online at:
The Estate of Tony Curtis Exhibition:
Tuesday, September 6th – Friday, September 16th
10am-5pm PDT, Monday through Saturday
Free to Public – Closed on Sundays
Live and Online Auction:
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Session I – 10am PDT
Session II – 2pm PDT
Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills
9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has paid tribute to Gerald Rothschild, who has died in Germany at age 86. Mr. Rothschild was a veteran DTC diamond broker, who served as managing director at I. Hennig & Co., and in 1995 set up his own brokerage office.
"Gerald was the impeccable English gentleman, whose gracious manner often hid from view his massive contribution to the diamond industry over the past 60 years," said Avi Paz, WFDB President. "As our business grew, with new production and trade centres being set up in different countries, he more often than not was at the forefront, nurturing companies and individuals who eventually would become major players."
"The diamond community will miss Gerald's vision and innate understanding of our business. On behalf of diamond bourse members from across the WFDB, I send condolences and best wishes to his family," Mr. Paz said.
About the WFDB:
The object of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses is to protect the interests of affiliated bourses and their individual members, and to further the amicable settlement or arbitration of differences and disputes between the individual members of the affiliated bourses and between the affiliated bourses. In furtherance of this object, it is the aim of the world federation to participate in the promotion of world trade and to encourage the establishment of bourses, with the view of eventual affiliation of all centres where diamonds are actively traded.
Members of the bourses affiliated to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses pledge themselves to uphold the traditions, principles of mutual trust, consideration and friendship which prevail among the members of the bourses world-wide. They pledge themselves to abide by and hand down these principles and to ensure that they will forever serve as a basis in business relations between members of the affiliated bourses world-wide.
Monday, August 15, 2011
September 15, 2011
"The Hidden Techniques
of the Macedonian Goldsmiths"
SPEAKER: Dr. Monica M. Jackson, PhD
6:00pm, Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Fashion Institute of Technology
on 7th Ave and West 27th Street, New York
Techniques formulated in ancient times and lands have endured through the ages, and many are used even to this day. Explore these hidden techniques perfected by the Macedonians centuries ago with Dr. Monica Jackson, archeologist and historian specializing in ancient jewelry from the Mediterranean.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Dr. Monica M. Jackson: is a classical archaeologist, author and lecturer specializing in the archaeology of the Mediterranean, Aegean and
The American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH) is a 25-year old non-profit educational organization operated by volunteers who are committed to making the ASJH an up-to-date resource for those interested in jewelry related topics.
ASJH, founded in 1986, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and information on jewelry history and related topics, including ancient to modern jewelry, cultural influences on jewelry design and wear, famous jewelry designers, jewelry design houses, and jewelry collectors.
You needn't be an "historian" to benefit from membership. ASJH members are people who share a passion for jewelry, be it ancient, antique or contemporary. We welcome jewelry collectors and historians, jewelers, jewelry designers and artists, jewelry appraisers and dealers, gemologists - anyone with an interest in jewelry.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Rio Tinto Diamonds Launches
Global Design Competition
Winning designs to be
showcased at the 2012 Oscars
Rio Tinto Diamonds has announced the launch of an exciting global design competition aimed at inspiring creativity and innovation across four categories of diamond jewelry design. These categories reflect the diverse nature of Rio Tinto’s diamonds and its commitment to sustainable jewelry practices.
According to Rebecca Foerster, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds US Representative Office,
“We are delighted to be announcing this competition at a time when the jewelry industry is hungry for product innovation and design. This competition has a number of unique categories which will provide the opportunity for both new and emerging designers to showcase their craft.”
The competition is open to entrants from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, India, and Australia, who can submit designs in the following categories: Champagne Diamonds, Silvermist Diamonds, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewelry. There are also two levels of entry - “Rising Star” and “Master Craftsman” - and participating designers will have the opportunity to express the unique story of inspiration for their design.
The design competition closes on October 26, 2011, with judging to take place in New York on November 2, 2011. The eight winning designs will be chosen by a panel of elite jewelry designers, fashion experts and celebrity stylists. The winning designs will be showcased at a suite at the 2012 Oscars, along with significant media exposure.
About Rio Tinto Diamonds - Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent
interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe. These three mines allow Rio Tinto to produce diamonds for all market segments. Rio Tinto also has an advanced diamond project in India.
Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating mines is sold through its Diamonds Sales and Marketing headquarters office in Antwerp, Belgium with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.
All photos courtesy of Rio Tinto Diamonds