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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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