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Music Friday: Brandon Heath Seeks Help From the Almighty to Set His ‘Diamond’ Free

Welcome to Music Friday when we often shine the spotlight on inspirational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, five-time Grammy nominee Brandon Heath seeks divine intervention in “Diamond,” his 2012 song about a young coal miner who is hardly living up to his potential. He wants to be a better man, but needs God’s help to find the “diamond” buried deep inside. He sings, “I got something down inside of me / That only You can see / Help me...

Actress Vivien Leigh’s Jewelry and Other Personal Items to Hit Sotheby’s Auction Block in September

Gone with the Wind fans will get a fascinating glimpse at “the real, and unexpected, Vivien Leigh” when Sotheby’s London brings to auction 250 of the illustrious leading lady’s personal items on September 26. Leigh, who is most famous for her role as Scarlett O’Hara, loved clothes and jewelry, and was not afraid to mix historic jewels with contemporary couture. Highlighted lots include a large mid-19th-century diamond bow brooch/pendant that Sotheby’s described as the ultimate accessory. The bow motif appeared frequently in Leigh’s wardrobe, and this piece is...

Rose Gold Is a Rising Star, But How Does the Precious Metal Get Its Blush?

It’s been a symbol of “tech luxury” since the Apple Watch arrived in 2014 and the metal of choice for Pinterest’s most-pinned engagement ring style of 2017. It’s a material that conveys opulence, elegance, and its warm glow complements any skin tone. The summer sensation that’s grabbing all the headlines is rose gold. If you’re wondering how a precious metal like gold can become pink, we have the answer. Rose gold earns its blush when copper is mixed with pure gold. Yes, the magic is the copper content....

23-Carat Carmen Lúcia Ruby Is One of the World’s Most Extraordinary Examples of July’s Birthstone

Since 2004, visitors to the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., have marveled at the Carmen Lúcia Ruby, one of the world’s largest and finest examples of July’s official birthstone. At 23.10 carats, the extraordinarily rare Burmese ruby exhibits a richly saturated red color known as “pigeon’s blood.” When the Carmen Lúcia Ruby joined the National Gem Collection 13 years ago, curator Jeffrey Post called the gem “the most important addition to the collection in the 20 years...

Manitoba Woman Harnesses Power of Facebook to Find Owner of a Diamond Ring Found in West Hawk Lake

Manitoba native Courtney Johnson is harnessing the power of Facebook to find the rightful owner of a three-stone diamond ring her boyfriend found in West Hawk Lake last Tuesday. As of this morning, her Facebook plea had been shared more than 12,000 times. Johnson and her boyfriend were nearly back to shore after swimming in the picturesque lake, about 160km east of Winnipeg, when the eagle-eyed boyfriend spotted something shimmering on the rocky bottom. He leaned over and scooped up the yellow gold, prong-set diamond ring. “He was looking...

Music Friday: Blinged-Out Coconut Crab Is ‘Shiny’ in Disney’s Animated 2016 Blockbuster, ‘Moana’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, a giant treasure-hoarding coconut crab named Tamatoa boasts that he’s the brightest thing that glitters in “Shiny” from Disney’s 2016 animated blockbuster, Moana. Voiced by New Zealand’s Jemaine Clement, Tamatoa is a dastardly — but lovable — Disney villain who collects rare sea treasures from the seabed and conspicuously displays them on his shell. The crab claims to “sparkle like a wealthy woman’s neck.” Among the treasures...

Baseball’s True Holy Grail: Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Ring Sells for $2.1 Million

Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring marking his record-breaking season playing for what is universally considered the best baseball team in history fetched $2.1 million at the inaugural Lelands.com Invitational Auction on July 1. The auction house had called the ring “baseball’s true holy grail.” ESPN.com reported that the Ruth ring set a new auction record for the highest price ever paid for a sports ring, more than quadrupling the previous record held by Julius Erving’s ABA championship ring, which sold for $460,741 in 2011. Actor Charlie Sheen put...

Denver Tattoo Artist Proposes With, You Guessed It, a Tattoo; Video Amasses 12 Million Views

A Denver tattoo artist tricked his girlfriend into applying her first-ever tattoo — on him — and during the nerve-racking process revealed a hidden tattoo that doubled as a surprise marriage proposal. The video starring Vinny Capaldo-Smith and now-fiancée Brooke Wodark has gone viral on Facebook with more than 12 million views. Wodark, 23, told ABC News that Capaldo-Smith, 30, had convinced her to tattoo a small heart on his ankle. Because she had never applied a tattoo before she felt very anxious because “you’re about to put...

Music Friday: ‘You Were a Shining Pearl in a Broken Shell,’ Sings Thomas Dolby in 1992’s ‘Cruel’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, the brainy British performer who blinded us with science in 1982, returns with “Cruel,” a deeply personal song about a one-sided love affair. Thomas Dolby, in a haunting duet with honey-voiced Eddi Reader, uses jewelry imagery to tell the story of an unrepentant boyfriend who refuses to change his ways. He sings, “You were a shining pearl / In a broken shell / Under moonlight /...

Survey: Majority of Tech-Obsessed Millennials Prefer to Shop in Physical Stores

Despite their obsession with technology, millennials prefer to shop in physical stores, according to a new survey released by CouponFollow. The study reveals that while millennials love their mobile devices and are likely to use them to research items online, when it comes to closing the deal, most of them will end up buying the products in a traditional store. Closeup of woman holding shopping bags with copy space Understanding how millennials shop is crucial to the evolution of retail sales strategies. Those born between...

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