Real Life Malibu Barbie Dream House!

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You might have heard it on the news, but Barbie (the doll) just had her 50th birthday. And Mattel (makers of Barbie) created a real life Malibu Barbie house! And guess who’s house did they use?! My friends, Steve and Rita’s house!

Well… I have to say that their house is pretty amazing. Mattel had celebrity interior designer, Jonathan Adler, decorate that house (no… that’s not what Rita and Steve’s house normally looks like). And there’s been all these amazing parties at the house since.

Rita wore my “Vinissimo” Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings to the red… well… “Pink Carpet” event. So awesome, I’ll post pictures of Rita and Steve later. And some other cool pics that I get from the event.

Their house in Malibu is… well…. are… pretty HUMONGOUS… did I spell that right? Oh ya, did I tell you they have more than one house?! Ya, we’re talking MTV CRIBS AWESOME!

BTW- Steve and Rita are pregnant with their first baby! And we all went out on Friday to the Sage Room with good friend, Raena, to celebrate! We sat in the private back table (our host told us that Britney Spears and Mel Gibson always request our table for the privacy… I should have sat longer… maybe I could win a Grammy or Oscar?!) If you like homestyle Italian food, the Sage Room is perfect… had pasta, salad, red wine. During dinner, Steve was telling me he was having sympathy pregnancy symptoms… I think had them too… I ate too much… ha ha ha.

Congrats to Steve & Rita!!!




Kogi- LA Street Food Taco Style

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So, some of you all may know my friends, Mark and Caroline Manguera, opened a new business. He used to work at the Ritz Carlton and Beverly Hilton hotel. Caroline works at the Four Season Hotel. Well, Mark came up this incredible idea over a late night of drinking and late night hunger. Korean BBQ tacos!

He got his bud, Roy Choi, from the Beverly Hilton and Rock Sugar and started rollin… so a 5-star chef on a taco truck! Pretty cool and perfect recession food.

In 4 months, he’s got a cult following that has to be seen and tasted to believe. The lines are 2-3 hours long in some stops. Take a look at the photos of the people waiting in line! He was so busy, I helped him out for a couple of weeks in Febuary.

Some people were asking everybody at the INTA Gems, “Where’s Peter?!!”

Peter’s on the taco truck!!

Sounds crazy…. Well… it’s not an ordinary Taco Truck. Kogi has been written up in Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, International Herald Tribune, New York Times and Newsweek!! It’s the biggest food craze hitting the Streets of Los Angeles. And Mark’s working on his new New York venture… and a lot more stuff… He’s worked hard and he deserves the success. I’m really happy for Caroline & Mark.

BTW- check out Caroline’s HUGE diamond ring… that’s INTA Gems & Diamonds Bling Bling on her hand!

So, if you want some AMAZING $2 tacos and some hip “Kogi Kulture” (I helped coin that term)… then hit up Kogi!

http://www.kogibbq.com






Jenn & Jeff’s Diamond Ring – MTV & Medium cool!

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Jeff & Jenn (awesome people) got this diamond engagement ring from us. Jeff is really cool. He owns his own biz and edited shows for MTV! That’s pretty important to my life… as I’ve watched a lot of MTV! But, I still can’t dance like Usher… ha ha ha. I wish I could… maybe one day…. Jeff, you gotta edit my head with Usher’s body!

Jeff works now for NBC cutting for the show Medium!… I see a wedding in the future… I wonder…. whooooo…..

So, I made a little post of Jeff and his beautiful and super nice, beautiful fiance, Jenn.

Congrats Jeff & Jenn!


Flash Flash Baby Photoshoot!

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We had a photoshoot with Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA 2009 and Chelsea Gilligan, Miss California Teen USA 2009. Are they gorgeous?!!!

We also took some photos with Steve and Anna’s baby, Kylee. Maybe one day, she’ll be the next Miss California USA or Miss California Teen USA! She’s cute enough. Here are the cute photos, and I’ll be posting more of the behind-the-scene stuff soon.

Hey Baby! Flash! Flash! Flash! Hey Baby Kylee! Look here! Smile… ha ha ha….




Lisa and Greg’s Hug It Engagement Ring and Wedding Band!

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Greg and Lisa got a beautiful three stone diamond ring for us! A real beauty! Lisa wanted a matching wedding band that would fit her ring which had channeled set princess cut diamonds down the sides. As with all three stone rings, it’s kinda hard to get the three stone diamond ring to fit flush with a wedding band with a straight edge. After trying on a bunch of rings, we came up with a “Hug-it” Ring! Basically, a middle ring that would be contoured up to the engagement ring and a wedding band can smoothly fit against it. This way the wedding band and the engagement ring can be worn separately and not look funny. I’m pretty happy with the results and so were Greg & Lisa. The rings looks AWESOME together! Love it!



Shhhh….. Peter’s Trip to Israel in April… Don’t Tell Mom or Dad!

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Shhhh…. don’t tell my parents, Jerry and Connie, they don’t read the blog… so they don’t know that I’ll be going to Israel… ha ha ha. I’m serious… they don’t know. My mom is SERIOUS worry wart, so if she finds out I’m going to the Middle East, she might FREAK out! It’s our secret.

A lot of people are afraid of car bombings, but I think there’s more chances of me getting in a car accident on the 10 Freeway in LA. So, live and let live right? I’m leaving on March 29th and back on April 17th. I’ll have my laptop, so if you want to follow my trip, follow this blog.

So, I’m taking a few weeks off to go to Israel!!! I’ve always wanted to go and visit the Holy Lands. I’ll be going to Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Masada, Dead Sea and Jerusalem. I’ll be in Jerusalem for Passover and Easter! So cool. Really looking forward to walking around. Going by myself, but have a few friends in Tel Aviv that are going to show me the city.

I can’t wait to go to the Ratam Gan Diamond District and float in the Dead Sea like these people!


Tips on Buying Blue Sapphires

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I think a lot of people have a more difficult time looking for sapphires or other colorstones vs. a diamond. White diamond buying is a lot more straight forward. So, here are a few tips when buying these beautiful colorful beauties.

When purchasing a blue sapphire gemstone the key factors one must consider are color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Color is the most important factor when searching for the right sapphire. The main points when choosing a blue sapphire based on color are its hue, tone, and saturation. The ideal color hue of a blue sapphire is of one having a primary shade of blue. The tone indicates the depth of its color, which can range from black (the deepest) to almost colorless (the shallowest). The ideal tone for a sapphire is medium. The saturation measures the color intensity, with ranges from “strong” to “vivid” saturation. The ideal saturation for a sapphire would be one that is vivid.

When choosing based on cut, one must realize that sapphires, like all gemstones have no particular “ideal cut,” like that of a diamond. Blue sapphires are also cut differently. They tend to have greater depth than a diamond. Instead of “ideal cut,” sapphires with a good quality cut is one that accentuates even medium color tones, reduces the prominence of inclusions, increases reflection, and therefore refraction of incident light (avoidance of “windows”), and showcases the maximum carat weight of the stone when set in jewelry. Commonly found shapes for sapphires are ovals and cushions.

When choosing based on clarity, one must put into account that almost all non-synthetic blue sapphire gemstones have internal inclusions. Finding one without inclusions is extremely rare and highly valuable. Almost all blue sapphires have been heat-treated to enhance its color, so heat-treating is a common enhancement among sapphires as well as other colored gemstones.

When choosing a sapphire based on carat weight, one must consider that sapphires have higher density than diamonds. A one carat diamond would look larger than a one carat sapphire.

After putting all these factors into consideration, you can now distinguish between a good quality sapphire and a poor one. At INTA Gems (located in the heart of the Los Angeles Jewelry District), we only sell high quality Ceylon (Sri Lanka) blue sapphires that are hand picked from our company’s very owner, Jerry Pheng Young. Choose from our extraordinary collection of loose blue sapphire gemstones, sapphire rings, earrings, necklaces, and other sapphire jewelry. In fact, within the Jewelry District, INTA Gems offers one of the hugest collections of Ceylon Blue sapphires. We even offer customization to assure you get the ideal blue sapphire you want.

Miss California USA 2009 Contestants Visit INTA Gems!

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Just before Thanksgiving, we had the contestants of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA 2009 visit our store.

Shanna Moakler, former Miss USA, was also in attendance. She’s really nice!

It was pretty fun time. All the contestants wore their blue INTA Gems & Diamond shirts. The media interviewed Raquel Beezley, Miss California USA 2008 and Taylor Atkins, Miss California Teen USA 2008. Of course, both were blinged out in INTA Gems and Diamonds!

All the contestants received free gemstone and two of them actually got diamonds! It was a lot of fun for all of us. Here’s some photo and a video of the event. We’ll be planning on doing it again, so keep an eye out for the date if you want to meet all the contestants at the INTA Gems & Diamond store!




Miss California USA ’07, ’08 and ’09 Together

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We had a very special dinner with a few weeks ago with Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA 2009 and Chelsea Gilligan, Miss California Teen USA 2009. Both Carrie and Chelsea brought their families and we went to dinner in Chinatown a CBS Seafood. Carrie will be representing CA at the Miss USA 2009 pageant in April. And Chelsea will be competing for the title at Miss Teen USA in the summer.
Also joining us that evening was Meagan Tandy, Miss California USA 2007 and Raquel Beezley, Miss California USA 2008!

As the Official Jeweler of Miss California USA, we feel pretty fortunate to be involved with all the titleholders. And we’ve developed some great relationships with the titleholders and their family. We all pretty much feel like family members… well.. really glamourous, gorgeous family members!

With all the beautiful ladies at our table (including my Mom, Connie), it was pretty fun getting to know Carrie and Chelsea and their families.