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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Diamonds sparkle for gemologist Nesrine Hamati

Al Parker - November 2nd, 2009
Diamonds Sparkle
for Gemologist Nesrine Hamati

By Al Parker 11/2/09

Nesrine Hamati, owner of Diamond Galleria, the elegant new jewelry store at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, remembers clearly when she first broke into the jewelry game.
“I was nine years old and my dad used to take me on the floor of his shop,” recalls the 27-year-old entrepreneur with a smile. “I’ve had a passion for the business ever since.”
For many years her family has operated several MJ Diamonds stores across the Detroit area. Born in Lebanon, she was a three-year-old when her family came to the U.S. in 1985. She’s one of four daughters and the only one to follow in the family business.
Now the energetic Hamati provides quality diamonds, elegant Swarovski Crystal, fine watches and other elegant items to visitors and customers at her cozy 900-square foot shop, tucked just inside the main entrance of the resort in the Gallery of Shops.
Since opening in June, she’s filled the place with sparkling gifts of all types, including diamond rings, earrings, necklaces and wristwatches, including the high-end Deachi diamond watches.
“We have a real nice assortment of everything from $50 to $10,000,” says Hamati, a Michigan State University grad who later earned her certification as a gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America. “We offer things that are unique, but affordable.”

FINE CRYSTAL
The Swarovski Crystal display is particularly impressive, taking up much of one wall. It’s perhaps the only Swarovski assortment in Northern Michigan and it’s filled with dozens of glittering pieces of the sought-after crystal.
Swarovski’s figurines are highly collectible, with a stylized mouse being the very first figurine created. A smaller version of this mouse, now labeled the “replica mouse” is still available to purchase. There are many types of figurines from ladybugs to limited edition Disney collectibles.
“Swarovski is very prestigious and they’re a big part of our inventory,” explains Hamati. “They’ve come out with a new contemporary line that is very beautiful. And they are reasonable, ranging in price from $75 to $200. They make wonderful gifts.”
If clients are interested in selling their any of their gold pieces, Hamati is currently paying cash for gold items.
Since opening, Hamati has already been visited by a number of repeat customers who are always greeted with a smile.
“Once they come in, they’ll be treated like a precious gem,” she says. “To us, every customer is a gem.”

Diamond Galleria, located at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on U.S.-31 in Acme, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call
(231) 534-6722.

 
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