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Looking for a magnifier lamp, too? The latest gen won my heart!

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Jewelry Magnifier

 

Today I want to share with you a company I came across during my research, when I was looking for a new LED magnifier lamp. Many factors are of importance when you work long hours on the bench, requiring precision all the way. Your eyes will thank you for every Dollar invested in good quality, but I aimed at an affordable solution. I ended up choosing the Lightview XL lamp from Brightech, and I wasn't sure what to expect at that price...

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Pickle Day celebrates its 19th birthday this Sunday!

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Lower East Side Pickle Day

 

Few street fairs have this much right to exist: The Lower East Side and its pickles go wayyyy back!!! Early in the 19th century, mass immigration brought on a boom in pickle production, and non-English speaking Polish, German, and Jewish immigrants began selling their pickles to customers on the street using pushcarts. The first peddlers appeared on the Lower East Side in the 1860s, and by 1900, there were about 3,000 pickle vendors throughout the city. Believe it or not, its fame almost brought the pickle down...

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Here's why fancy pink and red Diamonds are the best investment you will never make

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Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Western Australia

 

There's no time like now. Whether it's the next bear market looming over our near future (or not), or an unnerving bitcoin market volitality, add this note to your near term investment strategy: Red and Pink Diamonds are super rare. And they are about to go extinct!

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Yaf Sparkle Jewelry on Rihanna's runway: Savage x Fenty FW '18

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Yaf Sparkle Jewelry on Rihanna's runway: Savage x Fenty FW '18

 

It's that time of the year again...New York Fashion week makes the streets of New York even more interesting than they already are, in fact even boring back alleys turn into photo locations or runways of some sort, and one can not be informed well enough to not miss out on one of the key events. When Rihanna closes NYFW with her lingerie line and promises to celebrate women however, full attention is guaranteed. The Yaf Sparkle family was partly, present partly glued to the live stream of the show, as we had the honor of gracing several models with our body chains.

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Info: Charters Bus to Washington For March For Our Lives Rally

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Charter bus to March for our lives Rally

 

Huge crowds are expected in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 24 to take part in March for Our Lives, a rally initiated by the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Read on for charter Bus info.

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Senior Women and #MeToo

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Senior Women and #MeToo

 

As the #Metoo movement has owned the media for months now and for a good reason, our dear friend Linda Dyett, a writer and NY Times contributor, published an article about the topic of Senior Women and #Metoo, to add to the perspective - from the women, who truly initiated the movement as you know it today, long before Instagram was around.

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"Beyoncé Is Bonkers for This Woman’s Lace Jewelry" - Monika Knutsson's Gilded Lace Jewelry featured in the New York Times

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Monika Knutsson

 

We are so happy for Monika! This article in the New York Times captures Monika's path to inventing the gilded lace, from discovering her late grandma's lace leftovers in a backyard bin in Sweden when she was six years old to becoming a go-to designer for Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg and other celebrities.

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Delanacre Jewelry featured at Yaf Sparkle

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delanacre

 

We introduce to you Delanacre Jewelry by Cécile Olivera. This line features details and craftmanship cultivated from hands on fashion industry experience.

Traditional Tahitian art is manipulated in a French technique mastered by the designer who discovered an eye for style during her childhood while being involved in contemporary dance. After four years of dance training in both New York and Paris, she was recruited by Christian Dior for their women's and children's department. Soon after Chanel noticed her talents and brought her on board. During her tenure there, a yearning to be set free from boundaries led her to design unique jewelry for Delanacre in 2009.

The Mother of Pearl is what will make your jewelry unique. The shell is cut in different facets to produce its form. Unpredictable iridescent colors and varieties give off light and textures that are unparalleled.

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Mayweather vs. Liz: Who wins the Jewelry Battle of the Bling?

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Mayweather

 

Floyd Mayweathers vs. Elizabeth Taylor would break a few records in a head-to-head, bling versus bling match up. Elizabeth Taylor had no previous boxing experience, but she had a knockout jewelry collection. Here we look at how the two icons measure up. Cast your vote for the winner of the 3 round Big Bling fight.

Tale of the tape: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the Legendary "Jewels Evening Sale" achieved $115,932,000, becoming the most valuable jewelry auction in history and setting the tone for Christie’s highly anticipated four-day series of landmark auctions devoted to the iconic collection of Elizabeth Taylor. A tribute to the discerning eye of this celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian, the sale was 100% sold by lot and 100% by value, with 24 of the 80 jewels fetching over $1 million and 6 jewels over $5 million. 7 new world auction records were established: price per carat for a colorless diamond and for a ruby; a pair of natural pearl ear pendants; a pearl jewel; an Indian jewel and an emerald jewel.

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With August comes the Birthstone of the Peridot!

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Emerald is the birthstone of May

 

Peridot is a mystical gemstone with a captivating history! Not only is this stone considered by Ancient Egyptians as, “The Stone of the Sun”, but it is the National Gem of Egypt!

It is widely known how fond of Emeralds Cleopatra was, but unbeknownst back then, Emeralds were often confused with Peridots. In fact, people believe the Emerald mine she owned, was Peridot!

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Elléments Photoshoot featuring Yaf Sparkle!

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ellements

 

Good day to everyone! We have some exciting news for all of you today as we were just featured in the fashion section of high-end fashion magazine Elléments for the summer edition!

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Supercharge your Solar eclipse experience: Gemstone guidance for transformational moments

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SolarEclipse

 

A very rare celestial occurrence is upon us and with August 21st approaching, I am sure you have been asking yourself where you will be when the light of day disappears and sights and sounds will shift entirely for a rare moment. How does it sound when the animal world responds to this powerful Solar eclipse, and is a trip closer to the epicenter worth the experience? What we know is that we will get the rare opportunity to experience the divinity of the union between the Moon and the Sun. This can bring magnificent change to your life, almost like a new year, and bring a great chance to spiritually shift yourself and awaken yourself to a deeper level of being. Gemstones can help you find your powers in such transformational moments, in particular the following three stones.

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Wedding Planner: Governors Island edition

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Wedding

 

Happy July and a happy summer to all! With wedding season in full swing, we collaborated with some wonderful people to produce a stunning photo shoot. We had the privilege to have off-season access to Governors Island which is a tiny island located between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. The island has an old fort, lots of history and an abundance of beautiful skyline views of New York City.

We wanted to honor that history but also use the beautiful industrial details in the space to feature a shoot that was both feminine and moody. The shoot incorporated lots of color, as well as additional ambiance from hanging lights as well as a multitude of candles. You can sense love in the air and it was the perfect time to do a shoot like this to kick off the summer. If you are engaged and ready to take the next step, here are some wonderful sources you could use to get started.

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May is a great month to be born!

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Emerald is the birthstone of May

 

For all those born in this lovely month of May, we bring to you the Emerald! So sit down and let’s learn about your awesome Precious Birthstone. Did you know, it wasn’t always called an Emerald? Emerald comes from an ancient Persian word, which then transitioned into the Greek, Smaragdus. Through the centuries it has gone from esmaurde, esmralde, and in the 16th century to esmeralde.

This beautiful gemstone is ancient, even mentioned in the world's oldest book, Papyrus Prisse. "But good words are more difficult to find than the Emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks." Although this book is 4500 years old, this is from a passage of writing 1000 years earlier!

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As precious as it gets

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Diamond is the birthstone of April

 

Happy Birthday April babies! This is truly a time for love and celebration, because your birthstone is...drum roll please...the Diamond! Everybody know this is the most precious and therefore expensive of birthstones, but clearly, you’re worth it. The name of your stone comes from the late Latin name, Diamas, which derived from the Latin name, Adamas, which itself originated from the Greek term meaning invincible, and untamed.

In Sanskrit, the Diamond is called Vajra, which means lightning. In Hindu mythology this was the weapon used by Indra, the King of Gods. There is no denying that this Gem is fierce. Early uses for it were as a tool to carve into metal, and refract light, while others used it as a talisman of protection or ingested it for its healing properties. These healing properties are a myth however so do not try this at home. Many others recognized it’s beauty, and chose to adorn themselves with it.

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A few words about Aquamarine

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Aquamarine is the birthstone of March

 

Happy Birthday if you are born in March! Did you know that the name of the March Birthstone; Aquamarine, comes from two Latin Words, "Aqua" and "Marina", meaning “Water of the Sea”? The name is reminiscent of the beautiful shades of Blue that this Gemstone holds, light to dark and ever moving like the sea. Your Gemstone contains many extraordinary properties, utilized throughout history! The ancient philosopher Pliny was just one of many who praised Aquamarines’ name. Multiple uses were applied using Aquamarine to cure eye diseases, as well poisoning. In the 1300’s it became very popular with Royalty, who were constantly in danger of being poisoned.

Warriors also wore this Gemstone for protection in battles, while sailors wore Aquamarine to help guide them through the open seas. The Aquamarine is said to have powers of clarity, which is why it has been used in Crystal Balls since the Middle Ages. Queen Elizabeth I even used one with her advisor John Dee to help find her perfect date for her coronation.

So where does this wonder Gem come from? A modern day Geologist will tell you from the mines of Brazil, as well as Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado / USA, and Zambia. However, if we asked one of our ancestors, you would be told to search for a mermaid's treasure box, not only this, but also the mermaids make them from their own tears before they treasure them.

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Chinese New Year celebrations NYC 2017

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Dancing dragons and firecrackers ... the Year of the Rooster is on!!! Find out where and how to celebrate in Chinatown this weekend!

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January Birthstone: Garnet

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Garnet is the birthstone of January

 

To all you New Year babies out there, congratulations! Your birthstone is the Garnet. While Garnet comes in a myriad of colors, the most popular of Garnet colors is the deep red.

The name Garnet derives from the word, “gernet”. Not fluent in 14th century Middle English? It means dark red, and comes from the Latin word, “granatum”, meaning seed. This is due to the red garnets resembling pomegranate seeds! In fact, during the Victorian era, Garnets were made popular for their small red cluster jewelry resembling pomegranate.

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Should You Sleep With Your Engagement Ring On?

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Engagement rings

 

A new article on Brides.com sheds some light on the question whether there is any reason to take off your engagement ring at night, including my very own humble opinion.

"Let's be honest, if you're like most girls, the only time you ever even think to take your engagement ring off is to hit the gym (which you absolutely should BTW, especially if you'll be lifting weights!). But what about when you hit the hay? Is it okay to snooze with a rock on your finger or should you really be giving it a rest? We talked to some jewelry pros to find out why or why not."

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Choker necklaces throughout time

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Choker necklaces throughout time

 

Here is a new must for your jewelry box. Close your eyes and think of the 90’s. No, its not platform shoes and high waisted denim, its those awesome choker necklaces! This is a major 90’s trend thats upon us again. Although, we associate chokers with 90’s fashion, this style has been around for hundreds of years, being predominantly regarded as high fashion.

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WIN this ring - take a mini survey

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Win this ring

 

We reserved one of our new Yaf Sparkle studded butterfly rings for one lucky winner ($195 value). Simply answer 14 short questions (ca.60-90 secs.), the winner will...

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Buddha to Buddha Leather bracelets sale

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Buddha to Buddha sale

 

Don't miss out! Many Buddha to Buddha sale as many leather and cord bracelets are now on sale!

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Holiday Party at Yaf Sparkle Boutique

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Holiday Party in our Boutique

 

The next event and pretty much the best of all events all year anyway: Join us on Friday, December 16th, from 5-9PM for our annual holiday party! Amongst others we will welcome Lauren Harkness as a special guest. Lauren will show us her latest pieces - after moving back to NYC recently a sudden spurt of creativity...

Their famous pendulums are one of our bestsellers, and the variety of their gemstones keeps getting bigger.

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The Gemstone Girls are coming: Pound Jewelry Trunkshow

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Pound Jewelry Trunkshow

 Meet the Gemstone Girls: Join us on Thursday, December 8th, from 5-9PM for a meet and greet with jewelry designer family Pound Jewelry!

Their famous pendulums are one of our bestsellers, and the variety of their gemstones keeps getting bigger.

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December Birthstone: Turquoise

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Birthstone of December Turquoise

 

Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of December, and the chosen stone for the 11th anniversary gift. A fascinating history follows this ancient stone. Follow me through time and space when we learn more about the Birthstone of the month December.

 

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Engagement Ring Buying Secrets of the Rich

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Diamond Engagement Ring

We felt like sharing this article with you for it's a) really interesting content and b) our 5 cents are in it, and a feature in the Huffington Post is something to be proud of after all ;-) Read on to learn which factors make "the Rich" pick their Diamonds, which shifts in traditions are changing engagement rings' designs, and which ...

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"The unique Pink" changes hands for $16,000,000

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Pear shaped Pink Diamond

 

The auction took less than 200 seconds. "The unique Pink", a pink diamond of rare color and clarity with an astonishing carat weight of 9.14 had found a new (undisclosed) home. Prices for such rare diamonds are on the rise, as ...

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Giveaway of the week

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Buddha to Buddha Giveaway Nov.2016

 

This week we have a nice adjustable hat from Buddha to Buddha for you...

 

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The value of jewelry

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Wedding band unearthed

 

How an ordinary carrot became the gift of a lifetime

Imagine this : An 82 year old man celebrates his 50th wedding anniversary with the love of his life. Just a few weeks later, he looses his band while gardening in his backyard. His wife is not worried at all, "it will come back" she says. She would be right. Six months after her passing, the man is in his garden to pick his carrots and finds his wedding ring grown into one of mother earths gifts.

This miraculous story is almost too good to be true. I cannot even imagine the emotions that overcame him, when his wife seemed so incredibly close all of a sudden. I am sure he smiled skywards and said "thank you my angel".

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New collection: Buddha to Buddha, Fall/Winter 2016

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Buddha to Buddha Fall/Winter 2016

 

The new Fall/Winter collection is finally here, and we are very excited about these cool new pieces that fit into the Buddha to Buddha collection so nicely!! After cutting many established designs from their lineup we were eager to see how the dutch designer would move on with their styles. Many "classic" silver bracelets were discontinued as we learned during the summer months, and it was clear that BTB had some amazing new ideas up their sleeves to fill in the blanks.

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November Birthstone: Citrine

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Citrine Gemstone Ring

 

Born in November? You literally are lucky - Citrine, one of your birthstones, is said to be the gemstone of the fortunate, as many people consider its energy as "bright"! In ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.

Today, Citrine (French for “lemon”) is known as the merchant’s stone and is associated with success and prosperity, but it is also known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. From my experience, people with frequent back pain seek to wear Citrine on them, probably based on a word of mouth advice from friends, which many times seems to come from the fact that the Citrine is considered a solar plexus chakra stone. Citrine's nickname as the "Merchant / Success Stone" also has a deep meaning to many - you will find a Citrine as a staple lucky charm in many cash registers of the world.

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Lauren Harkness Trunkshow

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You're invited: Join us on Thursday, November 17th, from 5-9PM for a meet and greet with jewelry designer Lauren Harkness!

 

Lauren Harkness Trunkshow

 

Let's mingle over snacks and drinks, get mentally prepared for the holidays, chit chat and dance and do whatever else is fun!

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Giveaway of the week

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Buddha to Buddha Giveaway

 

A big thanks to Buddha to Buddha for providing us with some gifts during our recent visit to Amsterdam headquarters. Find out how to participate...

 

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Lower East Cider Festival is back this Sunday!

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Lower East Cider Festival

 

After the great success of last year’s Cider Week, NYC has another opportunity to support local orchards while reviving heirloom apple varieties that won't find a place in modern supermarkets. Starting today with multiple events all over Manhattan and Brooklyn (more infos), Cider Week NY will make a stop in the Lower East Side this Sunday, October 23rd (12-4), when the Lower East Cider Fest brings the Orchards back to Orchard. Read on to find out all you need to know about the trendy apple wine...

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October Birthstone: Tourmaline

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Tourmaline Ring by Yaf Sparkle

 

Two birthstones are assigned to the month of October, the fiery Opal and the colorful Tourmaline, which we will examine further in the following lines. To me, the Tourmaline stands for joy. Why? Well, it is available in a full rainbow of hues (look at this piece for example), in fact sometimes comes with all the colors of the rainbow combined in one piece. This property made the ancient Egyptians believe, that while traveling to the earth’s surface, these gemstones passed over a rainbow causing them to absorb all the colors of the rainbow in the process. The origin of this gemstones name is just as chaotic and lovable as its color scheme...

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Wedding Photography by Wandermore

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Wedding Photography by Wandermore Photographers

 

Wedding Photography has become a very distinctive art form. Pretty much everyone in the first world owns a camera nowadays, but when it comes to capturing one of the happiest moments of your life you probably will want to go with professional wedding photographers who understand the unique requirements of a once-in-a-lifetime situation. With a lifetime of capturing life through the lens and over five years of experience in professional wedding photography, Michelle and Towfiq from Wandermore Photography are not only able to keep their cool when everything gets a bit crazy, but also pick the right lens, composition and guidance to create unforgettable images. But truth be told, ...

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

 

 

Sapphire - a precious stone associated with royalty and romance for centuries, shone brighter than a Diamond back in 1981, when Prince Charles gave a blue Sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer in front of an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people. Her Sapphire ring helped link modern events with the rich history and countless fairy tales surrounding Sapphires.

Tradition holds that the tablets containing the Ten Commandments were composed of Sapphire, so strong that a hammer swung against them would be smashed to pieces. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. Many other cultures have believed that Sapphires imparted healing and calming properties.

Historically, Sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It is an excellent choice for an engagement ring. It is also the the official gemstone ...

 

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Monika's Gilded Lace featured in Martha's Vineyard Island Wedding Magazine

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Monika's gilded lace featured in Martha's Vineyard Island Wedding Magazine

 

The Summer/Fall edition of Martha's Vineyard Island Wedding Magazine has a beautiful feature on one of our favorite jewelry designers, Monika Knutsson, which we wanted to share. Monika Knutsson met with the editor on Martha’s Vineyard early this year, and later interviewed with journalist Erin Ryerson in New York! The article is beautifully written, and we’re thrilled to see Monika be a part of the wonderful magazine.

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August Birthstone: Peridot

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August Birthstone: Peridot

 

The birthstone of the month August, Peridot, comes in such a cheery, bright shade of green, it is no wonder that it has been symbolic of happiness, loyalty, and friendship. It has an interesting history throughout ancient cultures, including everything from preventing "terrors of the night" to being strung on donkey's hair and tied around the left arm to ward off evil.

Ancient Egyptians even believed that peridot disappeared in sunlight and glowed at night, so it was mined in darkness. Today, the majority of the world's production of peridot is mined on the San Carlos reservation in Arizona . . . but we are not sure whether it's mined during the day or night ;-) .

Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone: The ancient Egyptians treasured and valued green gemstones. It is believed that at that point in time, it was hard for the uneducated eye to tell the difference between the two beautiful green stones, Emerald and Peridot, so they occasionally mistook one for the other. Cleopatra however was said to favor the Peridot.

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July Birthstone: Ruby

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July Birthstone: Ruby

Long before Diamonds challenged our birthstone of the month in their role as the most prestigious gemstone, Ruby has been considered the unprecedented king of gems. For centuries, Rubies have graced the kings and emperors of the world and thus became widely associated with powerful words such as courage, power, love and passion. Ruby made for the perfect status symbol, for only the wealthiest leaders were able to show off a medium-dark vivid red stone (preferably with a slightly blue hue), as it was and is a very rare find.

Nowadays, the gemologist will refer to Rubies that appear too light or that have too much purple or orange in them as "fancy-colored", while the darker hues are many times referred to as "Burmese Ruby", reflecting the light in a beautiful "pigeon blood" color. The famous Mogok Valley mines in Myanmar are the origin for these associations. Rubies are said to ensure health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. Ruby is a stone that is considered in crystal healing to be very protective of home, worldly possession, children, as well as psychic protection. It is also said to protect against unhappiness and lightning.

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Hester Street Fair is back

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Hester Street Fair

 

Starting today, Hester Street Fair is back for the 2016 season. Now in it's 7th season, the artisan market will provide the Lower East Side with food, fashion and fun. “We want to embrace what the Lower East side has always been for artists; even if the rents continue to rise the park will always be for the people,” says the street fair team. A new focus this year will be

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May Birthstone: Emerald

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May Birthstone: Emerald

 

As the perfect gift idea for those born in May, precious Emerald stones are a great choice for May babies. Green is the color of Spring and has long symbolized love and rebirth. As the gem of Venus, it is considered to aid in fertility. Due to Emerald’s nurturing qualities a pair of Emerald earrings or a necklace with Emerald gems would be a lovely gift to any mother, even expectant ones. The history of emeralds can be traced back to antiquity, worn by royalty in Babylon and Egypt. Tools dating back to 1300 B.C., during the reign of Rameses II, have been found in Egyptian emerald mines. Queen Cleopatra’s emeralds were believed to originate from mines in Southern Egypt, near the Red Sea. When the conquistadors first arrived in South America from Spain, they saw indigenous rulers wearing emeralds. They stole large quantities of emeralds from the Peruvians during the invasion, but the source of the emeralds was not discovered. In 1537 the Spaniards found the location of an important emerald mine in Chivor / Colombia.

To this day, the most famous emerald mine in Muzo / Colombia is said to produce the world’s best emeralds. Through the ages, many myths were associated...

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Essex Street Market Block Party / Celebrating 76 Years!

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Essex Street Market Block Party

 

The LES Block Party season is about to begin anew, kicking it off with an old school open air jam in honor of Essex Street Markets' 76th birthday on May 21st, 12-5PM. The good taste of the party is guaranteed by local gourmet specialists such as Pies 'n' Thighs, Grey Lady, Cafe Katja, The Fat Radish/The Leadbelly, and Ice & Vice, who will be pulling out all the stops and creating a specialty ice cream flavor inspired by the Market. Furthermore, for all...

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Spring/Summer 2016 Trunkshow w.Cassy Saba Jewelry

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Spring/Summer Trunkshow with Cassy Saba

 

Mark your calendar, as our Spring/Summer Trunk show is coming up! We are looking forward to introduce you to Cassy Saba, a jewelry designer who started find media attention for her creations at the age of 16! She has since found plenty of media attention and developed her talent to a degree that you don't want to miss seeing with your own eyes.

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Meet Yelena Noah

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Meet Yelena Noah

 

I remember first meeting Yelena very well. She's just that kind of person. When you meet somebody new, usually certain parts of that persons character, abilities or history stand out and compose the small talk that follows. Yelena's history makes it hard to focus on one topic but her presence, which I can only describe as comforting and loving, make it obsolete. Despite her gorgeousness (she modeled for Cartier) Yelena radiates inner beauty more than anything else. Her warm smile assured me that I wouldn't be judged for being too nosy, and I would have had all the reasons. All of her family members are throwing long shadows: She is the daughter of Cecilia Rodhe, a sculptor and former Miss Sweden and Yannick Noah, a French open winner and arguably the 

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"Game of Thrones" Coming to the Lower East Side

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Game of thrones in the LES

 

As part of the marketing push for the popular HBO series, which returns next Sunday for its highly-anticipated sixth season, the cable network is coming to the Lower East Side for an exclusive art exhibit.

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Bam it's Kam: The Suffers at Jimmy Kimmel

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The Suffers

 

From the category: Our customers rock!

When Mel and Kam visited our store the other day, immediately there was a great connection so of course we chatted and chatted and found out that Kam visiting the Lower East Side that night to rock the stage at the Rockwood on Orchard Street, where she had a concert with her band. She is an amazing singer and about to really break through! Months later, with the help of a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign Kam brought out her first album with her band, The Suffers, named ..."The Suffers"

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The $400,000 Platinum, Diamond and Pearl Pacifier

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The 400k Pacifier

 


“The pacifier is meant to be a keepsake, not for the actual baby” - funnily enough that was worth mentioning for Diamond dealer Eyal Cohen, owner of Luxury Diamonds, who recently debuted his new line of diamond gifts with a pacifier fit for royalty.

The $400,000 objet d’art is the first of Cohen’s new line of natural diamond gifts under the name Objet de Luxe. It is crafted from 4 oz. of platinum, a 10 mm white pearl, and a natural green-blue diamond.

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April Birthstone: Diamond

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Aprils birthstone: Diamond

Congratulations, if you are born in April! This obviously has many benefits: Spring is here, the circle of life begins anew, baby birds are chirping, you might even be able to celebrate your day with a bbq-party! As if that wasn't enough to love the month of April, your birthstone happens to be the Diamond! So make sure your loved ones know how much you love jewelry as such, and read on to gather some intel about the history and facts of your birthstone. You don't wanna be caught acting like you don't care about this important issue when the calls are coming in asking for a wish list!

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Russell Wilson knows how to make Ciara happy

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Ciara’s Stunning $2 Million Engagement Ring

 

The latest news in our *sigh* section: Something in between 2 to 2.5 Million Dollars now grace Ciara's gorgeous hand. Ciara first showed off her massive rock in a video announcement she posted on Instagram. In it, you can see she’s extremely happy to be engaged to the Football player - and even happier to be wearing such an amazing ring.

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The Jewelry of Chanel's f/w 2016/17 ready-to-wear collection

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One of the most awaited collections has been finally unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, and everybody was tremendously excited about it. Yesterday in Paris, at Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2016/2017 ready-to-wear runway show, the renowned fashion house seemed to pick up where the recent Oscars left off: with a clear message that jewelry, going forward, is very much about pearls. Starting off with eye-catching vivid colors, the Chanel fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection then quickly changes to dusty and earth colors and prints, only to revive the label’s famous black and white proposals at the finale of the show. Of course, at every Chanel show, models are draped in pearls, but for this particular event, Karl Lagerfeld, the brand’s head designer, reportedly said, “I use them now in over-size and over-volume.”

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine

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Aquamarine...(*sigh*) what a gorgeous gemstone. How lucky am I, that it happens to be mine, too?! Its bright cheerful color reminds me of a spring day that is somewhat mild, rather cold really but then it feels so warm once you open yourself to it. In my opinion, March born might feel closer to their birthstone than many others: Being pisces and feeling connected to Aquamarine sounds as natural as it feels, and yes I do love the water just to round this up ;-) Click "read more" to experience this beautiful gemstone with me.

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The Oscar night in Jewelry

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The memorable moment of this year's Oscar night sure is that Leo finally has his. Well deserved, well deserved. This all time great actor has entertained us on the highest level for decades now. But really the Oscar night is all about the red carpet, isn't it? That being said, here a small collage

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Valentine's Day Gift ideas for her

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Get a glimpse of Yaf Sparkle's hand picked gift ideas for her, from cute irregular hoops to radiant statement pieces, 

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The Lo-Down wants to know your #1 Small Business on the Lower East Side

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It's still time to vote, and especially in case we come to mind please don't hesitate to vote for your LES Spot #1 ;-)

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Congratulations Mariah Carey!

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And sorry Beyonce and Kim Kardashian - who recently woke up to reading in the news that Mariah Carey's partner, Australian billionaire businessman James Packer proposed with a 35-carat Diamond and Platinum engagement ring - doubling the size

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Statement Necklaces Rule the Red Carpet at the 2016 Golden Globes

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“The Statement Necklace is Back!!!” proclaimed @StylingSpy, aka Michael O’Connor. And there were so many worn—from Leslie Mann’s Irene Neuwirth mixed gemstone choker to Olivia Wilde’s golden egg-shape gemstone number from Bulgari to Jennifer Lawrence’s (winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Joy) massive Chopard diamond bib—that tweeters and TV viewers had plenty to admire. On that list: Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren (nominated for her portrayal of Hedda Hopper in Trumbo) wore platinum and 

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13th Wedding Anniversary - The Gift of Lace

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Among our long list of new year resolutions is creating a comprehensive list of gift ideas for Wedding Anniversaries. We will kick off the series with the 13th anniversary, for the simple fact that we had many men come into our store that searched online for "Lace jewelry" and were so happy with what they found that we thought we HAD to share our fabulous gift solution. As described by happy-anniversary.com: "Lace is the traditional AND modern material so definitely a gift with lace in it, is right on target." In other words, look no further than Monika Knutsson's "Gilded Lace Collection".

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Event alert: Flawless Foundation launches #Flawless16 at Yaf Sparkle on Feb. 1st!!

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Flawless Foundation Event at Yaf Sparkle

 

Join us at Yaf Sparkle on February 1, 2016 for the launch of #Flawless16, a social media campaign aiming to create a positive dialogue about seeing the perfection in ourselves and every person! Flawless Foundation's mission is to revolutionize the way the world perceives, prevents, and treats brain based behavioral challenges, a move towards a Society where every person is understood and embraced as Flawless. Yaf Sparkle will donate 10% of all proceeds of the entire day towards the Flawless Foundation, however there will be a cocktail party from 6-9PM. Tickets for this event are $40 and all ticket proceeds go to the work of the Flawless Foundation as well. We will have drinks and snacks for you and even a surprise Valentine's gift for all!

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This was Monika Knutsson's Trunkshow

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Countless new styles were introduced by Monika on December 9th, when the gilded Lace Trunkshow too place in our Boutique. Monika even brought a gilded Tarantula, click 'read more' for the pics! 

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Meet the Designer / Trunkshow: Monika Knutsson

 

Jewelry designer Monika Knutsson takes vintage designs to a whole new level with her Gilded Lace collection. Preserving the lost art of lacemaking, Knutsson uses a gilding process to turn pieces of century-old lace

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Pop-up neighbor in December: "Frends" / enjoy 10% off (mention "Yaf Sparkle")

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Our Pop-up neighbor in December: "Frends" - fashionable electronic accessories / enjoy 10% off (mention "Yaf Sparkle")

Today I met Mike from our new (temporary) neighbor, "Frends", a pop-up store right next door at 160 Orchard. I found two good reasons (aside from Mike being a really nice guy!) for you to stop by: First, I think that their collaborations with Zadig&Voltaire and Dolce&Gabbana created some really fashionable headphones that are worth a look. And second, Frends is happy to offer you 10% off their entire collection (mention Yaf Sparkle).  

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Buddha Pendant XS featured in Rebateszone's Gift Guide

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We are proud to be among the editors' picks as Rebateszone included us in their holiday gift guide, picking the Buddha XS Pendant from Buddha to Buddha as one of 30 Gift ideas for women for this holiday season.

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Buddha to Buddha Lifestyle shoot

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Such a wonderful fall day, and such a gorgeous model - we couldn't help but cross the street and shoot some quick images with Maya rocking her favorite Buddha to Buddha pieces...see yourself!

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TV Show "Younger" today in the LES

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Younger TV Show

 

Neighborhood TV Shoot of the day: TV Land's comedy-drama production "Younger", starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, and Nico Tortorella...Orchard Street, Rivington, Ludlow and Essex are packed with trailers, crews etc

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Next gen-private school to open in LES in 2016

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One of the many choices you have to make in life is your child's educational path. What sounds simple at first becomes a real headache once your child is approaching school age. The Lower East Side will soon have an interesting new option on the market, as a Mark Zuckerburg-funded private school is moving east to the neighborhood.

 

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Cider Festival on Orchard Street

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Cider Festival LES

Another great Event ahead on Orchard Street!

The Lower East Side Cider Festival will take place on November 8th, 12-4PM, on Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston Streets. The finest cider makers from Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island and NYC will teach us

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Zagat's top 10 neighborhood choices

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Zagats 2016 rankings are out - meet the Lower East Side Frontrunners! The highest rated Lower East Side entry is the Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street, which is scarcely more than a year old. In the food category, the cafe scored 26 out of 30 points. The top 10 restaurants in the neighborhood for food include: Pig & Khao, Morgenstern’s Ice Cream, Fung Tu, Roasting Plant, Clinton Street Baking Company, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, Cafe Katja, Katz’s Deli and Contra.

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Pickle Day 2015 - this was it

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And the Pickle Day 2015 is in the books! It was a beautiful event with a great atmosphere, perfect sunny weather (and not one drop of rain despite a tiny little chance) and a LOT of pickles. In case you were crossing fingers for me...

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Ghost alert in the Lower East Side!

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Ghost alert on Eldridge Street!!! Even the Ghostbusters had to come and take care of things! Well...not really of course. Once again, New York's most picturesque neighborhood served as a movie set, ...

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It's happening! I accept the challenge!

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You know how sometimes a joking idea becomes reality? That's basically how I got signed up for the 3rd Lower East Side home pickling contest on October, 4th, happening within Orchard Street's finest Pickle Day event. After a first practice batch got raging reviews (which were still good reviews after subtracting 20% buddy buddy cheering bonus), I decided...

 

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Askan is the new guy

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Welcome on the block! It's been a few months now that Askan NYC opened its doors, and we see more and more of their shopping bags on the street so: Spotlight on! In the words of owner Moctar: "Askan boutique is a well-curated amalgamation of treasures for both men and women located at 151 Orchard Street. Initially an online menswear store, with the March 2015 opening of a brick and mortar location, we expanded our product variety by adding women’s...

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Birthstone of the month: Sapphire

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Sapphire (Greek for "blue") to this day is still envisioned by most as the ultimate blue gemstone. Since Ancient times the Blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. To keep with this tradition Sapphires are one of the most popular engagement gemstones today. Fun Fact (always good for

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Empanada Mama will reopen soon - bigger, better, and still in walking distance

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More great news, more change: Empanada Mama will be back! We were pretty sad when they had to shut their doors due to the Houston Street tabula rasa, but they made...

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At first it sounded weird..."Pickle Day"?

Comments  |   Posted in Events Local News   |  By Yaf Sparkle

Don't get me wrong, I love pickles! As a matter of fact I am a proud pickler myself and my taste buds have a long history of admiration for the cuke - I feel you little man, one does not share a sour pickle. Still, a dedicated festival with ...

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Tina Knowles shows Monika some cover love

Tina Knowles apparently got word from her daughter Beyonce that Monika Knutsson's Gilded Lace collection is a must-have-seen. On this cover of Ebony Magazine you see her wearing one of Monika's cuffs, the "Elian", which...

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Yes, it's changing...now meet the artists!

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100 Gates Project 

One month more, another month less - yet change is the only constant, in the Lower East Side presumably a bit more than in most other neighborhoods. In regards of all the fresh paint that we lately get to see before and after store hours, it's easy to...
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Crusoe Fall collection Launch event

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You are invited to a very special Launch event! On September 9, 6-9PM, we will host Maya Ahluwalia's Fall/Winter collection launch in our Boutique. Why are we so excited? Well first of all we love the direction her creations made as her pieces are simple, very wearable and so fresh-chic. But on top of that, we got to know the Non-Profit "Rocking the Boat", as Maya collaborated...

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It's getting serious: Air Guitar Finals

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Playing Piano? -tres chic, Monsieur. Fiddling the Violin? -very sophisticated, honey. Claiming the title of US Air Guitar Conference Champion? SICK DUDE!!!
 
Yes, it is the post season of competitive airguitar! Take this epic event as a living proof that the Lower East Side rocks harder than your average neighborhood!

 

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Cut it out!

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Today I met Rob from the Southern Italian Restaurant "Sauce", located on the corner of Rivington and Allen. I am sure you've been there, probably sitting outside enjoying the sun. Rob is so proud of his new sandwich menu that he invited me over for a free lunch so I could try it.

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LES Day Life Event: Sunday, June 14th

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DayLife Event "Lower EAT Side" this Sunday!

DayLife is once again kicking off the summer season with its annual outdoor LES celebration. This year’s event, sponsored by ConEd and G-Shock, is being called “Lower EAT Side.” 

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Now this was awesome!

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We did it!

After months of preparing this event, countless phone calls, emails, sleepless nights and the constant reminder that real friends are there for you when needed, we have this event in the books. A picture says more than you know what, and the collage above makes for a good recap of the night minus the...

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Introducing "The X-Project"

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More than any other field of expertise, being a mother will narrow down your list of people whose opinion you trust. Your parents' view mattered a minute ago and your best friends belief counted a million times, but when your child needs help things can change. Meet Jennifer Ford, a staple on my quick dial in all things baby. 

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ASB Fundraiser, May 19th: Vintage Circus Party!

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On May 19th, we invite you to a very special event: The ASB Foundation will celebrate a Vintage Circus Party where the golden days of Artistry and Carnival will be relived...

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The fake gun shop message

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Of course we were nosy as hell when the retail space at 149 Orchard, basically right across the street from us, was transformed into a gun shop and hosted a media team for two days. Allwe were able to find out was that this was a commercial, but no one knew what for. Finally, we found out yesterday what it was all about and thought this is definitely a strong message that should be shared...

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Yaf Sparkle at Sandra Bookman's "Here and Now"

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When a mutual friend told Sandra Bookman, the host of abc7's "Here and Now", about the ASB Foundation she reached out to me and...

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Rosario Dawson wearing Monika Knutsson in O'Mag 04/'15

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Monika just sent us this beautiful editorial feature, from O'Magazine 4/2015 which has a special feature on Cuban fashion...Rosario Dawson chose to wear Monika Knutsson's Camille earrings for this picture...click "read more" to see the full image!

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Valentine's Gifts Decoded / The truth behind his treats

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What His Valentine’s Day Gift Says About Your Relationship / Pt.1: Perfume

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