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  • Cleopatra Demonstrated Her Wealth to Marc Antony by Drinking a Pearl Cocktail

    August 8, 2022

    Legend has it that in the year 41 BC Cleopatra gulped down a pearl-infused cocktail to demonstrate to her lover — the Roman leader Marc Antony — her immense wealth and power.Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD) offered a detailed account of the event in…

  • Music Friday: Paul Simon Sings About a Girl With 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes'

    August 5, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fabulous songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, rock legend Paul Simon tells the story of an unlikely romance between a poor boy and a rich girl in New York City. Simon says the boy is…

  • Might August's Birthstone — Peridot — Play a Key Role In Reversing Climate Change?

    August 4, 2022

    Did you know that olivine, the non-precious variety of August's birthstone — peridot — could play a key role in the global effort to reverse the effects of climate change?According to scientists at the Project Vesta, olivine's chemical makeup is perfectly suited to counter ocean acidification and permanently remove carbon…

  • 170-Carat 'Lulo Rose' Could Become One of the Most Celebrated Gems of All Time

    August 3, 2022

    Remember the name “Lulo Rose” because this 170-carat rough pink diamond has the potential to become one of the most celebrated gemstones of all time.Discovered by Lucapa Diamond Company at its Lulo alluvial diamond mine in Angola, the Type IIa, chemically pure specimen is believed to be the largest pink…

  • Music Friday: Unlucky-in-Love Liam Gallagher Is Shining Like a 'Diamond in the Dark'

    July 29, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring new brand new tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher laments his recent separation from a long-time love in the 2022 release, “Diamond in the Dark.”In the song he co-wrote with Michael…

  • NYCFC Players Finally Receive Their 2021 MLS Cup Championship Rings

    July 28, 2022

    A little more than seven months after capturing their first-ever MLS Cup with a thrilling 4-2 shootout win over the Portland Timbers, members of the New York City Football Club finally received their 2021 championship rings during a ceremony last Thursday night.Designed by Baron, the rings incorporate gemstone representations of…

  • Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet Featuring 6 Precious Stones Is Now a Real-Life Collectible

    July 27, 2022

    The Infinity Gauntlet featuring the Six Infinity Stones from the Marvel Universe is now a real-life collectible, thanks to a collaboration between Marvel and East Continental Gems. The six precious stones boast a combined total weight of more than 150 carats and are valued at $25 million.The one-of-a-kind collectible was…

  • Queen Elizabeth II's Iconic Jewelry Goes on Display at Buckingham Palace

    July 26, 2022

    Many of the most notable and recognizable items from Queen Elizabeth II's jewelry collection — including the breathtaking and historic Diamond Diadem — are now on public display in Buckingham Palace as part of a 10-week exhibition.The special presentation titled “Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession” celebrates the start of the…

  • LA Rams' Super Bowl Rings Contain 20 Carats of Diamonds, Turf and Game Ball Leather

    July 25, 2022

    The Super Bowl LVI rings presented to the Los Angeles Rams' players, coaches and staff on Thursday set a record for the highest diamond carat weight in the history of NFL championship rings while pushing the envelope of conventional design.Certainly, each ring pops with 20 carats of white diamonds, along…

  • Music Friday: Gypsies Claim, 'If You Wear Golden Earrings Love Will Come to You'

    July 22, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we frequently feature throwback songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, music legend Willie Nelson sings his rendition of the haunting love song, “Golden Earrings.”Originally performed by Murvyn Vye in the romantic 1947 spy film of the same name,…

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