March 30-April 1, 2012

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, when starlets glittered and “matinee idol” meant true smolder, the redoubtable Mae West declared, “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”

Mae West certainly had a way with words. Carrots may be healthy for you but what child of Aphrodite is indifferent to diamonds? “Big girls need big diamonds,” Elizabeth Taylor once quipped, evoking Rubenesques weighted down in brilliants. Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe all famously wore diamonds. But small girls like diamonds, too. Even men are being drawn to their sparkle. And despite modern synthetics and changing tastes and fashions, diamonds maintain their magical allure. Don’t they last forever? Aren’t they a girl’s best friend?

Hollywood stars today still show off their favorite designer diamond rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Diamonds and other precious stones still warm the eye. If you’re on the look for THE ROCK, or are just passing through, The International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will give you an excellent opportunity to shop for your dream. With prices ranging from $5.00 to $500,000, no one should go away empty-handed.

The International Gem & Jewelry Show is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals and jewelry in the world. Over 250 exhibitors offer convenience, selection and value, all in one place. For brides-to-be the show also features a fantastic array of engagement rings, wedding bands & sets and loose GIA certified diamonds.

HOURS: Fri. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. | Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
TICKETS: One ticket price good for all three days [$8.00] or purchase advance discounted tickets   [$6.00] at

1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Transcending the ordinary iconic Los Angeles hotel, The Huntley Santa Monica Beach welcomes its guests into a lobby that is truly something special. A dramatic design statement, a wall of piranhas, is lacquered white and lit by spotlights, and beckons guests of all ages to extend their arms and touch them. Book with us for a complimentary upgrade.

Aptly named, Shutters on the Beach is situated directly on the sands of Santa Monica Beach. Guests are instantly welcomed with the warm, coastal feeling of a summer home at this stunning beachfront property. For an unforgettable dining experience, guests need not look any further than the award-winning One Pico Restaurant.  A culinary adventure for all the senses, One Pic offers a modern American menu, a soothing fireplace and breathtaking ocean views. Enjoy great rates during the Spring season.

Close to the Jewelry Show, relax and rejuvenate at a stunning luxury hotel overlooking Santa Monica Bay, Loews Santa Monica. Exceptional service, contemporary elegance and a prime beachside location make Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel one of the most sought after hotels on the West Coast. Guests enjoy step-out balconies or a full patio, 300 thread count linens and unique extras including Keurig coffee makers and a10 inch LCD TV in the bathroom.


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