A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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$10 Million “Royal Fantasy Bra” Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

fantasy braThe Victoria Secret Fashion Show is an annual extravaganza some wait all year to see – and this year, there is another great reason to. South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel will showcase this year’s fantasy bra, a $10 million jeweled masterpiece encrusted with over 4,200 gems.

Custom designed to fit Swanepoel perfectly, the belt and bra set features floral and scalloped motifs with intricate (more…)

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