Friday, April 19, 2013

'Diamonds, Daisies and Snowflakes' Describe Marlo Thomas in 'That Girl'

Welcome to Music Friday when we often bring you nostalgic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we present a popular theme song from a groundbreaking television series of the late 1960s and early 1970s — "That Girl."

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In the show, Marlo Thomas plays Ann Marie, a sassy, smart aspiring actress from upstate New York who moves to New York City to seek fame and fortune. The catchy theme song paints a picture of the lead character, which embodies "everything that every girl should be!" The first line of the song is "Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes, That Girl."

The Ron Hicklin Singers are credited with performing the "That Girl" theme. These studio singers from Los Angeles famously provided the real background vocals for many of "The Partridge Family" recordings. They are also the voices behind the theme songs of many popular TV shows, including "Batman," "Flipper," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley."

"That Girl" is often cited as the first sitcom in which the main character was a young, modern woman focused on her own dreams and aspirations. Thomas' character challenged conventional social mores and gave the country an early glimpse at the changing roles of American women.

We hope you enjoy the video posted below. The lyrics are here if you'd like to sing along...

"That Girl Theme"
Theme written by Earle Hagen and Sam Denoff. Performed by The Ron Hicklin Singers.

Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes,
That Girl
Chestnuts, rainbows, springtime...
Is That Girl
She's tinsel on a tree...
She's everything that every girl should be!

Sable, popcorn, white wine,
That Girl
Gingham, bluebirds, Broadway...
Is That Girl
She's mine alone, but luckily for you...
If you find a girl to love,
Only one girl to love,
Then she'll be That Girl too...
That Girl!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Two Fabulous Fancy Pink Diamonds Top the List of the World's Most Expensive Gemstones

Despite speculation that it might sell for a world-record price, the fabulous fancy intense pink "Princie Diamond" came up a bit short at Christie's auction on Tuesday with the gavel slamming down at $39.3 million — or $1.1 million per carat. The 34.65-carat cushion-cut gemstone was purchased via phone by an anonymous collector.


Maintaining its status as the world's most expensive gemstone is another fancy intense pink diamond known as "The Graff Pink." A classic emerald-cut gem with gently rounded corners, the 24.78-carat diamond set the record at a Sotheby's auction in November 2010. British billionaire Laurence Graff bought The Graff Pink for a staggering $46.1 million — or $1.85 million per carat.

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Some diamond experts believed The Princie Diamond had a chance to overtake The Graff Pink because of its purity, rarity and provenance. The Princie Diamond was a product of India's legendary Golconda mine and was first recorded nearly 300 years ago in the holdings of the Royal family of Hyderabad, rulers of one of the wealthiest provinces of the Mughal Empire.

India's most prized diamonds have been known as the "diamonds of Golconda," and some of the most famous stones from the ancient Golconda mine include the Hope Diamond and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond.

In 1960, the London branch of the jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels purchased the diamond at auction. Its name was bestowed at a party at the firm's Paris store. It was called Princie in honor of the 14-year-old prince of Baroda, who attended the party with his mother, Maharani Sita Devi.

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Even though it failed to overtake The Graff Pink, the $39.3 million earned by The Princie Diamond represents a new record for any jewel sold at Christie’s. The previous house record was set in December of 2008 with the $24.3 million sale of the 31-carat fancy deep-blue Wittelsbach Diamond. Graff provided the winning bid at that auction, as well.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New England Inn Marks 40th Anniversary With a $40,000 Ruby Rose Cocktail

In an act of marketing genius, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, will be offering a very special $40,000 Ruby Rose cocktail at its luxury restaurant to mark the Inn's 40th anniversary. Immersed in a delectable ruby-red concoction made with Hanger One Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, pomegranate and a spoonful of rosewater is a genuine 4-carat ruby. Ruby, of course, is the traditional 40th-anniversary gemstone.


The Inn, which offers lavish service, luxury accommodations and ultra-fine dining to wealthy businessmen, celebrities and politicians, devised the ruby-themed promotion to raise awareness of its special anniversary. The New England press was quick to pounce on the story, and other news outlets followed suit.

Maitre d'hotel Matthew Swinford told the Portland Press Herald that he expects to sell at least two $40,000 cocktails during the promotion. For Inn guests with "particular tastes," Swinford said, "the dollar amount is not the issue. It's the experience."

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Colin Joliat, a columnist for the website, had a different take on the clever promotion.

Joliat wrote: "I’ve had that cocktail, minus the rosewater and ruby, a few different times, and it’s damn good... Buying one with a ruby in it, though, is stupid. Do you know where I buy my precious gems? Jewelers. That’s right. I buy very expensive objects from people who specialize in selling very expensive objects."

Hotel guests who want to experience the Ruby Rose cocktail without the five-figure expense can sip the gem-less version for $18.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dazzling $15 Million Solid Gold and Black Diamond iPhone 5 Believed to Be the Most Expensive Smartphone Ever Made

Extravagant jewel-encrusted smartphones are nothing new, but Stuart Hughes, a longtime designer of aftermarket electronics, has bested all other offerings with his exclusive $15 million iPhone 5, believed to be the most expensive smartphone ever made.

The world’s most expensive iPhone 5 worth $15 million sports a large flawless black diamond

The solid gold phone features a rare 26-carat deep-cut black diamond home button said to be worth $14.5 million. But the bling doesn’t end there. Six hundred white, flawless diamonds decorate the phone’s edges and 53 diamonds illuminate the Apple logo on the back.

Hughes is not a newcomer to gold Apple products. According to CNN, Hughes crafted a $9 million iPhone 4S in 2011 boasting 500 diamonds. But with this one, “it’s all about the rarity and value of the deep-cut, black diamond,” he told ABC News.


The phone was custom-made for a Hong Kong businessman, and took nine weeks to complete. The client had already owned the black diamond and decided to have it set into the iPhone after buying other items from Hughes.

For those who find the $15 million price tag a bit steep, Hughes also offers a 24-karat gold iPhone 5 that starts at just over $4,000. A rose-gold version is offered for $5,300. With these options, we’re guessing you’ll never again have to worry about colleagues having the same smartphone as you.