SWAROVSKI DONATION: Swarovski made its mark at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., recently when it placed the world's largest illuminated crystal octahedron, weighing one ton, atop the tower at the entrance of GIA's headquarters. "It will be like a great diamond in the sky," said Nadja Swarovski, who dedicated the Tower of Brilliance, which took craftsmen at the company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria, over two years to complete. Swarovski also gave the institute more than $1 million to further gem research and education.

LEIBER IN A CLICK: Accessories firm Judith Leiber has launched its first Web site, judithleiber.com. The informational site features the history of the brand, red-carpet moments and special Web pages showcasing minaudières, day bags, evening bags, shoes and eyewear. Visitors can also read about how the bags are made and where to buy them. "This will allow those customers who are new to Judith Leiber to fully understand what the brand stands for," said Victor Lipko, Judith Leiber’s chief executive officer.

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