Diamonds in the News

Jewelry is all about emotion. But sometimes the highs and lows it inspires aren't what we as an industry had in mind. Here, two recent news items play to our emotions. The good news: Jewelry had a low-key but unmistakable presence at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Many of the figure skaters, for example—male and female—wore jewelry on the ice. Save for gold-medal-winning Japanese figure skater Shizuka Arakawa, who wore a pair of Lazare diamond three-stone drop earrings, the origin of most of the jewelry at the Olympics went unheralded. According to a statement from Lazare Kaplan, Arakawa's mother bought her the earrings from a local retailer in Japan just before she departed for Turin. Her mother asked for a pair of earrings that would really sparkle during her daughter's performance. That was obviously a gift of love, and the other athletes' jewelry was surely equally b

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