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All things bright and beautiful: Contemporary fashion jewellery has never been so diverse or dramatic

From bird-shaped mirror necklaces to Middle Eastern masks...

The Janus Stone, By Elly Griffiths

Funny it's so difficult to find a doctor on call when pathologists seem to be queuing up to sort you out once you're dead. Here comes another one, but Ruth Galloway, expert in Roman remains, is a special creation. She isn't a sexless zombie in a starched white coat; she is really, messily, female. And she doesn't always get things right: her pregnancy is a big surprise. It's even more of a surprise to her puritanical parents.

The messy life of Miss Beckles

Two years after she vanished from Britain mired in scandal, a self-styled education guru has reappeared in the US

Couture shock: The world's most expensive clothes

When it comes to the most expensive clothes in the world, there are no rules. Carola Long reports from Paris, where equestrian grandes dames rubbed shoulders with men in silver suits

Claudia Pritchard: The more you eat, the more you pay...

I applaud a penalty on overweight passengers

Consuming Issues: Dodge the gold jewellery rip-off

One of James Bond's most memorable foes was the gold smuggler Goldfinger. As well as his garish habit of painting women in gold, he wanted to detonate a nuclear bomb at the US gold reserve to increase the value of his insufficiently precious bullion. Thankfully, the fictional force of the British state defeated him, but 007's real-life counterparts at the Financial Services Authority were less effective in thwarting other would-be masters of the universe, bankers. The banking-inspired recession and consequent stock market crash have done for the price of gold what Auric Goldfinger intended at Fort Knox.

OFT investigates poor value offered in 'cash for gold' industry

Gold merchants who buy jewellery through the post are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) amid claims that they offer "shockingly" poor value for money.

Finishing touches: Whimsical accessories for this spring

Cinderella slippers, quilted handbags and strawberry earrings – accessories this spring are as whimsical as they are light and pretty, says Gemma Hayward

Chris Schuler: 'The Queen's Necklace' - a rediscovered classic

It is my good fortune to go to many enjoyable literary events, but few have been as memorable as the launch of a new translation of The Queen’s Necklace by Antal Szerb, in the magical setting of Keats House in Hampstead last week

Great-grandmother celebrates Lottery win

A great-grandmother has scooped more than £850,000 on the National Lottery, Camelot said today.

The Queen's Necklace, By Antal Szerb

A sparkling slice of 18th century life

Games Review: Aion

A worthy challenger to World of Warcraft crown

The ten best necklaces

Chosen by Gemma Hayward

Boys, it's time for bustles and nail-covered balaclavas

London Fashion Week's experimental edge was in evidence at the event's first full day of menswear. Any one missing the week's usual quota of gimp masks could sigh with relief at the Hellraiser-meets-Leigh-Bowery, nail-covered leather balaclavas by Jaiden rVa James, part of the Fashion East exhibition.

Christian nurse moved amid necklace ban

A Christian nurse was taken off frontline duties after she refused to take off a necklace bearing a cross.

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