At the risk of sounding like US TV presenter Robin Leach, it's good to be rich and famous. Check this: crystal designers Swarovski have just released a coffee-table book called A World of Beauty full of glittering photos about its designs.Friday, 10 February, 2006, 12:00am
To see why the United States is a leader in the studio art glass movement, check out Galerie Vee's Art in the Party exhibition (from Friday until November 17), featuring works by top contemporary American artists such as David Levi, James Mongrain (yellow goblets, pictured; $2,300 each) and Boyd Sugiki (olive martini glass, mixer and bowl, pictured; from $3,400 to $9,300).9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am
Rosettes and roses are the must-have details for this season and Alexandre de Paris has imbued a series of hair accessories with the romantic flower theme. Hairpins, brooches and hair bands are sculpted in soft nappa leather and suede. Some petals are individually wired to keep the rose in a bud or to let it blossom.18 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
Zhejiang Glass of Jiangsu province has begun a trial run of a 1.6 billion yuan production line with the opening of the first phase of a soda ash plant in Qinghai province, which is expected to lower glass production costs significantly.1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am
Australia - Art & About
Reviewed: June 1721 Jun 2005 - 12:00am
GLASS ART MAY not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Australia. Traditional Venetian work is better known, US technical and artistic innovations made glass sexy, and various European and Nordic nations have carved out their own niche reputations.8 May 2005 - 12:00am
For Cicy Ching Sze-yin, glass is more than just windowpanes or something you can drink out of - it's art. And the studio jeweller says she's determined to show people how beautiful it can be.
Ching is one of five glass artists from around the world featured in an exhibition, Tangents and Dispersions, which opened yesterday.6 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
Spring is almost here and one of the biggest trends is tropical prints. Add a splash of colour to your wardrobe with Swarovski's latest jewellery and accessories collection, which takes its cue from the catwalk with floral motifs and shimmering materials, including mother-of-pearl and crystal beads.27 Feb 2005 - 12:00am
Indulge yourself and splash out on some new and vibrant pieces of jewellery. There's nothing like feather-light bracelets, brilliant rings and flashy earrings to make you sparkle.
Diamond simulants drop-pendant necklace ($2,200) from Carat.
Diamond simulants earrings ($3,750) from Carat.30 Jan 2005 - 12:00am
Look and learn12 Jan 2005 - 12:00am