Gold Price Spikes Up, but VicenzaOro Exhibitors Stay Positive

VICENZA, Italy — “In 2019 we registered a positive growth,” said Guido Damiani, president of Damiani Group, one of the Italian jewelry houses showcasing their collections at international trade show VicenzaOro. “The vibe coming from the industry is good, also considering that LVMH has recently invested $16 billion to acquire Tiffany and that Richemont’s jewelry division grew twice compared to the watch department.” While concerns continue to circulate about the high price of gold, which reached its peak earlier this month, and the international instability in key areas of the world remain, including Hong Kong, one of the most important markets for jewelry trading, the mood was upbeat at the trade show, which registered more than 35,000 visitors during its six days. In particular, the number of buyers and professionals coming from the U.S. and Japan rose 30 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Italian attendees increased 12 percent, while visitors from Asia grew 4 percent. Childrens Color Bracelet, Childrens Color Changing Ring – Quzhiling,

The Crumbling Mansion Ruled by the Gilded Age’s Most Ruthless Matriarch

Of all the storied homes lining the Hudson River, the Mills Mansion should be on the list of anybody fascinated by the time when Americans tried to create their own aristocracy. The Dec. 7 wedding day was unseasonably warm and clear, mild enough to allow guests who had ridden the train up through the lower Hudson River valley to walk the short distance from the station to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. “The village streets became animated with handsomely gowned women and men in afternoon dress,” the Times reported. Among the names delighting the crowds: Astor, Vanderbilt (15 of them), Morgan, Harriman—all now faded into the historical tapestry of New York, recognizable merely as the names of streets, subway stops, brokerage firms, but not much more. So it is hard to imagine these people as people, and harder still to grasp the outsize scale on which they partied, married, and participated in what constituted living large in their day. The Times headline sums up the over-the-top opulence (a “Special Train” just for the wedding guests, $2 million in gifts) and the condescending snobbery (“Villagers Entertained”). For more nuanced insight into how these families lived, gambled, a...