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A 6.13-carat fancy intense green diamond set a new per-carat record when it sold at Christie’s on May 27 for a whopping $3.6 million, or $594,510 per carat. The square cushion cut diamond is the center of a rose gold halo style ring, accentuated by natural pink diamonds.
Next to red, green is the rarest of colors found in natural diamonds. For most colored diamonds, the color comes from trace amounts of mineral impurities or extreme pressure conditions while the diamond was forming. The tight chemical structure makes it very difficult for any impurities to enter, which is why colored diamonds are exceedingly rare. Small amounts of boron in the crystal lattice structure of a diamond, for example, will impart a blue hue; same goes with nitrogen for yellow, and hydrogen for violet. What gives a diamond a green hue however, is the presence of natural radiation over millions of years. Because the radiation exposure is an external force rather than internal force (such as mineral impurities and lattice defects), it acts on the surface only. As a result, green diamonds are not green all the way through; the color is concentrated on the outer layers and tends to be weakly saturated. That is why a fancy intense green diamond, especially one of a size like this one, is almost a once-in-a-lifetime find.
This spectacular diamond joins the ranks of other recently sold, record-breaking gems at Christie’s. At their Geneva auction just last month, there were three record-breakers alone. They include ‘The Blue’, a fancy vivid blue pear shaped diamond weighing over 13 carats, a 76.5 carat light pink square-cut diamond that sold for $10.2 million, and the ‘Ocean Dream’ – a 5.5 carat, vivid blue-green diamond that went for $8.8million.
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March 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.
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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The cherry blossoms are out and this beautiful city is coming alive as the clouds come and go revealing a bright blue sky dotted with pink and white flowers. April is Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival season with many events celebrating the beginning of spring from dance and biking events to Japanese poetry and guided walks.
These delicate beauties are a popular inspiration for jewelry and fashion designers. This year at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards, Vancouver born jewellery designer Gregore Joailliers (now based in Santa Barbara, CA) won the business/Day wear category with his 18K white gold earrings that elegantly feature pink opal Japanese plum blossoms accented with black and white diamonds. It is easy to believe that this piece was inspired from his upbringing in this city.
Perhaps you have a design in mind that encaptures the beauty of this city? Why not find a local jeweler to make your vision a reality. Look for custom jewelry designers in your area.
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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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