10 Things Rocking the Industry

1. CelebritiesElizabeth Taylor had her share of romances—some longer-lived than others—but one love remained constant: jewelry. When the Oscar-winning actress died of congestive heart failure March 23, the industry lost one of its most passionate supporters. Taylor was, of course, known for her love of big rocks—particularly the 68 ct. Taylor-Burton D-flawless pear-shape diamond that memorably starred in a 1970 Here’s Lucy episode. But she also headed her own jewelry line and chronicled her infatuation with all things sparkly in a 2002 book, My Love Affair With Jewelry. “Jewelry is something that strikes a chord in you, or it doesn’t,” she told JCK in a 2007 interview. “But that chord can set you all a-quiver.”2. BaselThe recent Baselworld show was generally a very upbeat affair. (See Show Biz, page 215.) But on March 30, the good feelings were dampened by one of the bi

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