• Golden Spike Symbolized Completion of Transcontinental Railroad 150 Years Ago

    May 13, 2019

    This past Friday marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, an epic project that spanned six years and 1,800 miles, with the Central Pacific Railroad working from west to east and the Union Pacific Railroad from east to west.When the two railroad lines met at Promontory…

  • Music Friday: Insecure Charley Pride Asks His Wife, 'Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?'

    May 10, 2019

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you throwback songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, music legend Charley Pride portrays a troubled and insecure husband in his amusing 1967 country hit, “Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?”Pride's character tells his wife that he…

  • Tokyo 2020 Organizers Collect Enough Recycled Metal to Create 5,000 Olympic Medals

    May 9, 2019

    It took less than two years for the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to collect enough recycled precious metals to create 5,000 gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals. Among the 47,488 tons of donated material were five million cell phones.Launched in April of 2017, the…

  • Runner Gets Engaged Seconds After Completing the Pittsburgh Marathon

    May 8, 2019

    Pittsburgh-area resident Stephanie Solt captured two prizes at the finish line of last Sunday's Pittsburgh Marathon — a medal for completing the grueling 26.2 mile race and a diamond engagement ring from her boyfriend, JT Mylan.Mylan went down on one knee and popped the question just seconds after Solt turned…

  • 75.61-Carat Emerald Once Worn by Catherine the Great Is Up for Sale at Christie's

    May 7, 2019

    A 75.61-carat emerald worn more than 220 years ago by Russian Empress Catherine the Great will be hitting the auction block at Christie's Geneva a week from Wednesday. The spectacular verdant gem, which was daringly smuggled to England by a James Bond-like character during the Russian Revolution, carries a pre-sale…

  • Unlike Europeans, US Couples Seek Parents' Blessing Prior to Marriage Proposal: Survey

    May 6, 2019

    Unlike their European counterparts, the vast majority of US couples still ask for their parents' blessing prior to the marriage proposal, according to a 14-country wedding survey conducted by The Knot, WeddingWire and first-ever Global Wedding Report — which is based on the experiences of 20,000 couples — sought…

  • Music Friday: 'You're a Diamond to Me,' Sings Eric Bibb in the Inspirational 'Shine On'

    May 3, 2019

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, international blues troubadour Eric Bibb inspires us to keep our eyes on the mountaintop in the uplifting 2006 song, “Shine On.”The two-time Grammy nominee knows that we can do…

  • Mothers Day Specials

    May 2, 2019
  • Gum Tree Leaves Can Signal Gold in the Soil Below, Reports South Australian Miner

    May 2, 2019

    Leaves from the majestic gum tree are helping miners pinpoint high-yield gold deposits in South Australia. Marmota Energy is singing the praises of its innovative biogeochemical tree sampling program that analyzes the leaves for trace amounts of pure gold and “pathfinder” elements.The miner explained that the roots of gum trees…

  • Birthstone Feature: 'Maximilian Emerald' Boasts a Rich History That Spans 150+ Years

    May 1, 2019

    Steeped in a rich history that spans more than 150 years, the 21.04-carat “Maximilian Emerald” is one of the world's most famous — and dazzling — examples of May's official birthstone.Named for its first owner, the ill-fated Emperor of Mexico, the deep grass-green Colombian emerald was purchased by American socialite…

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