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Last Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers will probably go down as one of the most incredible comebacks in pro football history.

If you were also following the pre-game show on FOX Sports, you would have been shocked by the NFL’s threat to bench the Seahawks star running back, Marshawn Lynch, for his intention to wear his own 24 karat gold cleats.

The controversial pair in question is the $1100 Nike Vapor Speed Mid TD shoes customized by Soles by Sir. Reminiscent of the Greek messenger god Hermes’ golden footwear, the top is gilded over entirely by reflective 24 karat flake paint, with the sole and cleats also gold-plated. Bright green laces were the only contrast on the shoe, a nod to the Seahawks’ official colors of lime green and blue.

TMZ reported that the shoes were made especially for his return to the Super Bowl, but Lynch was so pleased with how they turned out that he decided to wear them to the NFC Championship game. Unfortunately for him, NFL officials were not so pleased. The league requires each player to wear officially sanctioned footwear – for the Seahawks, they are only allowed black, white, or the official colors of blue or green. Metallic gold does not qualify.

Just before game time, FOX reported the crisis averted – Lynch had reached a compromise with the NFL. He sported green and blue topped shoes, albeit with gold-plated soles and cleats.

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Lynch and his gold-soled shoes carried the Seahawks to a showstopping victory that night. He would not be denied as he barreled down 155 yards on 25 carries for a touchdown. After being down 19-7 with only three minutes left in the game, the Seahawks led an unrelenting comeback – including a recovered onside kick and a successful two-point conversion – carrying them into overtime. Only a few minutes into the extra period, quarterback Russell Wilson completed a 35-yard pass to receiver Kearse in the endzone for the game winning touchdown. They ended the game at 28-22, earning them a ticket to the Superbowl and thus making themselves the first defending champions in over 10 years.

 

 

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After one month and 64 soccer matches played, and it is Germany who achieves the coveted title of FIFA 2014 World Champions. Coming into the tournament as #2 ranked in the world, they captured the World Cup Trophy after scoring 1-0 in overtime in the exciting final game with Argentina.jules rimet trophy

The trophy comes as the second redesign in all of FIFA’s history. The original trophy – named the Jules Rimet Cup after the former FIFA president – was a miniature statue of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The body was forged in sterling silver and plated over in pure 24K gold, which stood on a base of carved blue lapis lazuli. FIFA regulations at that time stipulated that any country that wins three times would be awarded the Cup permanently; just that happened in 1970, the year that Brazil won their 3rd championship and took the cup home. Unfortunately, in 1983 the cup was stolen in Rio de Janeiro and has never been seen again.

The current trophy has thus been used since 1974, but no longer carries the possibility of being owned by any one country as it remains the permanent possession of FIFA.

fifa trophySilvio Gazzaniga, the Italian creator of the current trophy, describes the depiction as thus: “The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory.”

According to FIFA’s official website, the trophy stands at over 36cm tall and made of a whopping 6.175kg of 18 karat yellow gold, which is worth approximately $175,000. The German team will be taking home a gold-plated replica of the trophy, while the actual trophy will remain at FIFA headquarters to only be used at the official ceremonies.

 

 

 

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sunset proposalMarch 20th marks Proposal Day, the day on which an estimated 50,000 couples will get engaged!

Is March 20th the day to pop the big question? Possibly, but this lesser known holiday was initially started for the purpose of giving a nudge to couples who have not yet taken the ultimate step of commitment. Interestingly enough, it was a man by the name of John Michael O’Laughlin who founded Proposal Day. After seeing his cousin being strung along for years by a boyfriend who wouldn’t commit, O’Laughlin decided enough was enough and decided to dedicate one day out of the year just for the act of proposing.

Proposal Day falls on the Vernal Equinox, one out of two days of the year on which the Earth’s North and South poles are both perpendicular to the Sun’s rays. This means that the Sun appears approximately an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth, so that day and night are equal lengths. O’Laughlin specifically chose the day of an equinox because he believed the equal day and night symbolized “the equal efforts of the two required to comprise a successful marriage.” The Autumnal Equinox falls about six months after March 20th, and is considered by some to be a second Proposal Day for that reason.vernal equinox

The holiday is an opportunity to start a conversation about the possibility of a future proposal, according to ProposalDay.com. Besides, nowadays couples wait longer before tying the knot; a recent poll found that roughly 27 per cent of women whose partners had popped the question dated their partner for three to five years. As an added benefit, talking to your partner about the proposal beforehand means that you can go engagement ring shopping together, which takes some pressure off of finding the perfect engagement ring!

Although it’s certainly not as widely recognized as Valentine’s Day, there are signs that Proposal Day is gaining traction. It has been creating a buzz in numerous social media outlets like Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter and has even been featured in the national news media.

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platinum wedding ringShould you choose white gold or platinum jewellery? What’s the differences between white gold and platinum? The first difference between white gold and platinum is the most basic and is the foundation of all the other differences. White gold and platinum are different metals. White gold jewellery are mostly plated. The plating of white gold, which is done using rhodium, is a practice that has been used in the jewelry industry for decades, it makes white gold bright and white. However, it is decorative so it’s not permanent; it’s used to event out the color and soften white gold’s yellow tint. Depend on the wear and tear of the individual, the plating could last several years, but eventually it wears off and needs re-plating.

Platinum is heavier and naturally white metal although a little grayish in color and has been used for hundreds of years. Platinum is harder to work with then white gold. The higher melting temperature makes it more difficult to cast. The platinum solders are also at higher temperature. These and other reasons make platinum more expensive to work with then white gold. It is the preferred metal when it comes to softer gemstones such as emeralds or to consumers who have sensitive skin or are allergic to nickel which is commonly used in white gold jewellery in North America.

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cufflinksToday’s popular male stars, such as Jay-Z, Johnny Depp, the Jonas brothers and Justin Bieber, tend to wear more jewelry and that’s opening the door for other men to realize that jewelry is a part of putting an outfit together. Jewelry is also a status symbol for men who have become more established in life and their careers. The more popular and traditional men’s jewellery are watches and cufflinks.

As men’s jewelry progresses, it will go through those conservative categories, of watches and cufflinks, to more modern categories, including bracelets, rings and pendants. These categories will continue to grow as the younger generation moves into the market. Younger generation may not be able to afford nice watches yet but they can all afford some nice silver men’s jewellery. Men’s jewellery can’t be too flashy, feminine or ostentatious; they need to have a masculine appeal. Brushed and blackened metals are great choices of design, and most of the time men’s jewellery are easy to maintain.

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initial necklace You might have heard or you might not, but it’s very common now to get a “new mommy” or “push present” for baby mama. It is usually given by the husband to wife after she “pushes” the baby out. The tradition of gift-giving to commemorate a birth has long roots in England and India. In a babycenter survey, 30% of new mothers receive a push present while over 50% pregnant mothers wanted one. This present can be anything, as long as you know her taste. If a woman is the practical type and likes gifts that are both useful and thoughtful, consider buying her what she would truly appreciate when the baby is born, like a massage, cleaning help, babysitting help, or a new, comfortable, machine-washable, non-maternity outfit.

If, on the other hand, we’re talking about a wife who loves jewellery and accessories, he can consider an inexpensive charm bracelet or necklace/bracelet with the baby’s name and/or birth stone, which he can add to with each subsequent child’s birth or other important occasions. An eternity diamond ring or half eternity diamond band is also a good idea, especially if you put a natural pink diamond in it if the baby is a girl or a brown/blue/black for a boy, you get the idea. Choice is endless, best to consult with a jewellery professional who understands it’s an important and emotional purchase. In Vancouver, a lot of jewellery stores are very commercialized, it’s a good idea to find a local Vancouver boutique type of jewellery store who will probably accommodate you more, listen to what your needs and help you from there. This gift doesn’t have to be expensive like these push presents celebrities have reportedly being given.

We are sure these new mothers would appreciate the thoughts husbands put into it and feel appreciated, in whatever he chooses!

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CufflinksCufflinks have become less common in recent years as people have opted for the convenience over style. Wearing cufflinks shows an attention to detail and a certain panache. There are many styles to choose from depending on your look and personality. They make excellent gifts too.

Cufflinks can be worn as kissing cuffs (creating a teardrop shape to the cuff) or barrel cuffs (folded over like a regular button cuff . There are many styles from silk knots, to chain link, bars and torpedos. They can be made from metal, gemstones, glass and acrylic. Try matching a coloured link with your tie, or choose a link that compliments your belt buckle.

Designer Scott Kay has the world’s largest selection of cuffwear. Always on the forefront of today’s trends, Kay is an artist with principles always looking for honest designs that are interesting and are a pleasure to wear and to own. Known as a pioneer in wedding jewellery, he has extensive fashion collections, each piece beautifully hand-crafted in the USA with unrivalled attention to detail.

For men, by men, this jewellery is rugged, edgy, stylish. No matter what your occupation, these pieces speak to the heart of the man inside.

Kay’s cufflinks are sterling silver, cast and engraved by hand on every side.

“Scott Kay Engraved Sparta Octagon Filigree”

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