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While you may or may not have heard of Claire Vessot, you have probably admired some of her award-winning work. She is one of leading Canadian  jewelry designers and the master behind the ELLE Jewelry line. Her ELLE designs have been called cutting-edge, contemporary, sophisticated and fashionably classic. The ELLE manifesto says that their jewelry is made to celebrate the modern woman and her sense of style. Claire Vessot’s vision and artistic talent have taken that vision and turned it into a reality.

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Many industries, including the jewelry business, have been hit hard by the nation’s economic recession. This particular recession has affected a broad spectrum of society. It is not just the middle class and the poor who are struggling, the wealthy people are also feeling the pinch. However, there is still that top 1% of the nation who still have money to burn and the jewelry designers to the elite are catering to their needs. For them, it’s “What Recession?” Don’t believe it? Here are just a few of some of the most expensive jewelry items being offered by design houses lately along with their jaw-dropping price tags.

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We at Joolwe.com are excited to introduce another blogger interview who shares our passion for jewelry and fashion. We love to hear from fellow bloggers, guests and customers about their throughts and feelings about jewelry and share it with the Joolwe community. Karen Anderson, a digital journalist, blogger and fashionista from Seattle, is the founder of foodfitnessfashion.blogspot.com. Karen says she started the website to “unleash the consumerista side of me.” Her blog’s tagline is “Work out, eat right, and go shopping!” You’ve heard a little about her and her site, now let’s hear what she thinks about jewelry and style.

id="system-readmore" /> <p><strong>What is your attitude toward jewelry?</strong></p> <p>I love earrings and pins. I’ve been gradually getting interested in pendants and bracelets in the past year. I’m small, and dress in a streamlined manner.</p> <p><strong>What are your jewelry style secrets and philosophies?</strong></p> <p> Jewelry enables me to transform a plain outfit into a fashion statement. I like classic (expensive) jewelry for the office; when I travel or go to parties, I wear bronze and vintage steampunk jewelry or colorful, whimsical ethnic pieces.</p> <p> <strong>What type of jewelry can you not live without?</strong></p> <p> Small silver ear studs with handcrafted, one-of-a-kind detailing. The sort of little pieces that people can’t resist reaching over to touch. </p> <p> <strong>What piece of jewelry do you think every woman should own and why?</strong></p> <p> Gold or silver stud earrings — because they work with everything, and coordinate with all my necklaces and pins. </p> <p><strong> What were some of your favorite pieces of jewelry from our website Joolwe.com?</strong></p> <p>Elle Sterling Silver Green Quartz Teardrop Earring</p> <p> The ELLE Sterling Silver Green Quartz Teardrop Earring. Love the cool blues and greens of the quartz and cubic zirconia with the silver. A perfect summer evening earring. It just says “beach.” J8E-E000004 The Sterling Silver Disco Drop Earrings. Very dressing. I love an earring that has tiered elements and some shimmer! JPE-000172</p> <p> <strong>Who is your style icon and why?</strong></p> <p>My style icon is a woman I worked with some years ago. She wore bold ethnic jewelry from Israel — lot of hardworked gold and silver. This got me away from boring little pieces.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve seen people make while wearing jewelry?</strong></p> <p>Big earrings and big necklaces that clash. One of the two needs to lead, the other to echo or harmonize. Otherwise the eye doesn’t know where to go.</p>"

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Celebrities are everywhere. We see pictures of them on the television, on the internet and in magazines. Even radio personalities talk about how they look, what they are doing and, more importantly what they are wearing. These movie stars and musicians have the money and the access to the best of everything in the world of fashion, jewelry and high-end living.

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Professional thieves are probably scratching their heads in disbelief while learning of one of the largest jewelry heists ever pulled off by one person. Jacmel Jewelers in Queens, New York discovered that $12 million dollars worth of stolen gold chunks and jewelry was missing from their vault in February of this year. Who had managed to steal such an amount right from under their noses? The answer would be shocking to everyone involved.

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Bernie Madoff and his wife Ruth lived a privileged life. Apartments on Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side, a 55.5 foot luxury yacht named “Bull”, two private planes on call, a $9 million mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, memberships at exclusive country clubs, millions of dollars worth of expensive jewelry and $3 million beachfront property on Long Island. Then, suddenly, everything changed for the former investment manager of Ascot partners. The downturn in the national economy and the crisis in stock market had a lot of businesses and families wanting to pull out their money they had invested with Madoff. The truth was, as many of his clients would soon find out, there wasn’t any money. Bernie Madoff and his multi-billion dollar portfolio was all a lie.

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Animals have long been symbols of the human emotions as well as the physical embodiment of heavenly spirits. Their images have appeared on the walls of Neanderthal caves, in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Elizabethan poems, Greek myths and much more. When it comes to jewelry designs, animal images have been used for centuries and are still very popular today.

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January 25 started unlike any other Sunday for Germany’s famous luxury department store Kaufhaus Des Westens (KaDeWe). Security cameras captured three masked men breaking into Europe’s largest most luxurious department store before London’s Harrod’s, smashing the cabinets and display cases and getting away with more than $6.8 million worth of jewelry and watches.

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We at Joolwe.com love to hear from our customers, guests that are browsing our sites and fellow bloggers. We want to know your thoughts and feelings about anything and everything that has to do with jewelry. A few bloggers were kind enough to answer some of our questions about jewelry and their personal style and we would like to share the interviews with the Joolwe community.

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Summer is here and I am sure that you have already done away with the sweaters, wool blazers and heavy coats. Now is the time to break out your softer pieces: flowy chiffon, soft cottons and lightweight tunics. Summer is wonderful time for bright colors in clothing and jewelry. Let’s face it, as the weather gets hotter we tend to show more skin. So, as there is less material to make “statement pieces” from our clothing we have to more with our jewelry. Long maxi dresses, short summer dresses, dressy shorts and halters are must have clothing items every fashionista needs for the long, hot summer. Okay, so you have an idea of the outfits you will be wearing. Well, what about your jewelry?

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