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Hawaii’s Amazing Green Beach Is Blanketed With Olivine Crystals Eroded From an Ancient Volcanic Formation

Imagine walking barefoot on a blanket of sparkling green sand that owes its astounding color to olivine crystals eroded from an ancient volcanic formation and delivered to the shore by ocean waves. Mahana Beach on Hawaii’s Papakolea coast is one of only three green sand beaches in the world. The beach sand on the Big Island’s undeveloped southern tip is rich in the mineral olivine (Gem-quality olivine is known as peridot, the August birthstone). Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the...

Ultra-Rare 2.11-Carat Fancy Red Diamond Headlines 2017 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

An ultra-rare, 2.11-carat, fancy red diamond known as the Argyle Everglow headlines the 2017 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender – an annual showcase of the rarest diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia. The Argyle Everglow, which earned a grade of fancy red VS2 from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is the largest fancy red diamond ever to appear at an Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. One gem expert told CNN that he believes the radiant-cut gem may sell for $10 million or more. If the Argyle...

Music Friday: Tim McGraw’s Girlfriend Has an Eye for Things That Glitter in ‘Just to See You Smile’

In this song about selflessness, unconditional love and heartbreak, McGraw portrays a hard-working Texas miner who is willing to do just about anything to make his girlfriend happy — and that includes lavishing her with fine jewelry. In the very first lines of the song, McGraw sings, “You always had an eye for things that glittered / But I was far from bein’ made of gold / I don’t know how but I scraped up the money / I just never could quite tell you no.” The miner...

Maine Man Gets to Propose All Over Again After Rescuing Engagement Ring From Under a Waterfall

So, you thought finding a needle in a haystack was tough. How about finding a diamond engagement ring at the bottom of a cascading — and very cold — waterfall?

That was the challenge for Maine resident Evan Nadeau, whose fiancée, Erin Helfen, had lost her solitaire ring while swimming under the Buttermilk Falls in scenic central Maine. The couple had enjoyed a day of hiking and swimming, but it wasn’t until later that Helfen realized her ring was missing.

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‘Jake the Diamond Dog’ Shines at Minor League Ballparks From Coast to Coast

For the past 27 years, a succession of golden retrievers — each playing the role of “Jake The Diamond Dog” — have delighted minor league baseball fans from coast to coast. Just recently, however, Jake’s brilliant and adorable on-field antics have caught the attention of huge media outlets and made him an instant celebrity. The current Jake, whose real name is Deuce, took over the role in 2009. The handsome, well tempered pooch is often called “the best darn dog in professional baseball.” If you’ve been to a...

Family’s Legacy Lives On as Grandma’s Diamond Ring Survives Apartment Blaze

Last month, Wisconsin resident Destinee Fitzgerald woke up a bit earlier than usual to check the time on her cell phone. She became terrified when she smelled smoke in her apartment and heard the the faint sound of a neighbor’s smoke alarm. She looked out the window and saw flames leaping from her landlord’s air conditioner.

In an instant, she scooped up her four-year-old daughter, Deana Marie, and dashed to safety. Left behind in her bedroom, on...

Music Friday: ‘Diamonds Ate the Radio’ in Coldplay’s ‘Aliens’ — a Song to Support Refugees

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you exciting new songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Coldplay introduces us to the curious phrase “diamonds ate the radio” with the July 14 release of “Aliens.” In the song’s animated video, we see a family of aliens — rendered as armless orb-like beings — fleeing their war-torn planet. They dodge artillery fire while being pursued by giant spike-headed worms. The family ascends skyward to meet up with their spacecraft — and enter...

Choreographer With All the Right Moves Proposes During Dance Routine; Video Goes Viral

In a video that’s become an instant sensation on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, choreographer and dancer Phil Wright proposed to his shocked girlfriend, Ashley Liai, in the middle of an elaborate dance routine.

The couple had started dating exactly eight years ago when she was attending his dance class, so the 26-year-old Wright decided to surprise his 29-year-old girlfriend in front of a large crowd of dance students at the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.

As the...

Lucara’s 1,109-Carat Rough Diamond May Be Too Big to Sell; Will Mining Company Carve It Up?

When the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona failed to meet its reserve price at Sotheby’s London in June of 2016, the disappointing result was the first signal that the massive diamond was just too big to sell. The final bid of $61 million fell short of the $70 million reserve price. Now, 13 months later, diamond-industry insiders are buzzing about the likelihood that Canada-based Lucara Diamond Corp., which mined the stone in Botswana, will have to carve up the world’s largest rough diamond in order to attain its...

Russian Luxury Brand Introduces Solid Gold Fidget Spinner; Price Tag: 999,000 Rubles

A Russian luxury brand famous for its blinged-out, over-the-top iPhones and accessories has just introduced a solid gold version of the world’s most popular toy — the fidget spinner. While many a fidgety kid has doled out less than $10 for his spinner, those with an eye on Caviar’s newest release will have to come up with 999,000 rubles — that’s $16,840 to you and me. The top-of-the-line version is crafted from 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of solid gold and is adorned with “Fine Gold” markings on each...

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