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Ultimate Women’s Leather Laptop Bag - A Journey To Perfection

My journey with the Grand Career Tote, the ultimate women’s leather laptop bag, began more than three years ago. I wanted to create the ideal handbag for professional businesswomen.  I wanted a design that combined the functionality of a business tote and the beauty of a luxury leather handbag. Of course it had to be an elegant design hand made from the finest Italian leather hides by the most talented crafts people. Early Development - Luxury Leather Handbag or Functional Laptop Bag? During the first part of my journey, I studied the shapes and sizes of other luxury leather handbags as well as many women’s business tote bags. I examined their quality and functionality. I judged whether the bag was...

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Diamonds of Deception- Lies from the Diamond Industry

My Hartique Gems jewelry line promotes life. Luxury doesn't kill. I enjoy reading articles from others who share my opinion on diamonds. I hope my readers find this insightful and enlightening.  "People like to think that when they’re giving someone a diamond engagement ring, they’re harkening back to some glorious tradition passed down through the ages. In reality, they’re harkening back to a “tradition” that began less than a hundred years ago. A tradition created, conveniently enough, by a diamond cartel. You see, in the 1930s, exactly no one was buying diamonds–what with it being the depression and all. People were ostensibly too busy hoarding tin foil and living in Hoovervilles to shower anyone with sparkly, overpriced gemstones. The DeBeers Corporation...

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Ultimate Business Handbags - Behind the Design

Today we are celebrating the launch of the ultimate women's leather business handbags, the Grand Career Tote, with it's designer, Angelina Hart. Angelina and I sat down to discuss the genesis of her new design, her inspirations and what she hopes to achieve with her leather business handbags.  JD- Since this is your first designer leather handbag, can you tell our readers a bit about your background, where you are coming from and how you got into designing women’s luxury products?  AH - I grew up in a very European influenced home. Being half German and half Yugoslavian, I had a lot of exposure to different languages, cultures and food. This inspired me to travel and explore the world. I was also very adventurous...

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The Real Cost of Real Diamonds

How much did you pay to have a child murdered? Do you know what your diamond really costs? So, what is the actual cost of murder? Yes, murder. That is what you paid for, not that worthless hunk of stone. You paid for the hard work of a child to mine your diamond out of the earth. You paid for the death of that child. All so you can have a shiny, over priced pressed piece of coal on your wedding finger, and most likely, it won't be on there forever and ever. You will spend more on your divorce lawyers than you did on your engagement ring. The disillusion of your eternal promises costs more that the murder of...

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Hartique Gems Jewelry - Bringing the Glamour Back!

My whole life I always gravitated towards the glamorous side of life. And one of the simplest ways to add glamour to any moment of any day is with jewelry. Jewelry isn't just for others to admire on you, but it is for you to enjoy how it feels on you and how it makes you feel. Jewelry that captures a certain glamour. It is beautiful, formal and elegant. Not that hippie garbage that is made out of hemp rope and wooden beads. These aren't friendship bracelets that 12 year old girls are trading at the playground. My jewelry reflects the same aesthetic appeal of any expensive boutique on Rodeo Drive. My Hartique Gems collection is superior to those overpriced boutiques in...

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