VoCE – Hollywood Beauty & Gossip (Japan)

VoCE, one of Japan’s hottest beauty and fashion magazines that also dishes entertainment and gossip, this month features Alex Woo’s jewelry.

For those wondering who is on the cover, it is none other than Iconiq, Japan’s ‘Sinead O’Connor’ of J-Pop.  As the new face of Shiseido, a major Japanese cosmetic giant, she is getting plenty of press in the Far East for her new look and shaved locks.

In the Hollywood Beauty & Gossip feature, Monica talks about some of America’s biggest stars Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry and Miley Cyrus as trendsetters and each of them wearing Alex Woo’s Little Icons Jewelry.

This is one style that is not ‘Lost in Translation’

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Since opening our doors in 1940, three generations of the Binder family have helped Martin Binder Jeweler grow from a small watchmaking shop to a Valparaiso, Indiana destination for the finest diamonds, jewelry, Swiss-made timepieces, writing instruments, and gift-ware. We are proud to say that through the years we have earned a reputation for treating our customers with honesty and integrity. Whether you come into our store or shop online, expect nothing less than outstanding quality and impeccable service.

GEM Awards honors Madeleine Albright

The Jewelry Information Center tonight held its eighth annual GEM Awards gala and honored Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Dr. Albright made history in 1997, when she became the highest ranking woman in the U.S. government, as the first female Secretary of State.  However, what many individuals may not know about her, who took tonight’s stage to a standing ovation, is that she used jewelry as a diplomatic tool during her years with the Clinton administration.  In a riveting speech and introduction to her new book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, she stated “This all started when I was ambassador at the U.N. and Saddam Hussein called me a serpent…. and I had this wonderful antique snake pin.  So when we were dealing with Iraq, I wore the snake pin.”

After that incident, she decided it would be fun to speak through her pins and continued to seek different pins to commemorate a particular event or to signal how she felt.  Balloons, butterflies, and flowers signified optimism and when diplomatic talks were going slowly, crabs and turtles indicated frustration.  The book examines the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own.

Each year, GEM Awards brings together powerful leaders in a the jewelry industry, politics and entertainment to recognize the individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry.  Notable guests that night also included Lindsay Price from the Lipstick Jungle and Eastwick and Russell Simmons the pioneer of hip-hop label Def Jam and the fashion line Phat Farm.

Instyle – Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia!

Wedding Icon

Brides everywhere fell for Amanda Seyfried as Sophie in the film Mamma Mia!  With her ethereal gown and, of course, that hair she and Meryl Streep lead an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities and 8 languages around the world.  Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Summer 2008 was the season for Mamma Mia!

With her notable roles in film and television, Amanda Seyfried has quickly captured the attention of audiences and established herself as a breakout star.  Next month on February 5th, she will star in Dear John, a new film based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, best-selling author of The Notebook.  Recently, she was also in the film Jennifer’s Body written by Diablo Cody (Juno) but won critical praise for her starring role in HBO’s Golden Globe Award-nominated drama Big Love. 

The Pennsylvania native started her career with modeling at the age of 11.  Seyfried soon turned to acting and landed her first role in the soaps with As the World Turns and then in All My Children.  However, her breakout role was in the Alex Woo favorite Mean Girls, the Lorne Michaels-Tina Fey hit in which she co-starred with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.  They won the Best On-Screen Team Award at the MTV Movie Awards the year it launched in 2004.

In the wedding icon feature? Alex Woo’s Little Vegas Diamond.  A hint of gold highlights the décolletage!

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