Friday, July 25, 2014

Music Friday: Dixie Chicks Tell Forlorn Guy That He and His Old Love Should Have Fit ‘Like a Ring, a Diamond Ring’ in ‘There’s Your Trouble’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today’s high-energy, heel-stoppin’ tune is “There’s Your Trouble,” the Dixie Chicks’ first “#1” on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


In this song from 1998, Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines delivers some straight talk to a forlorn boyfriend still pining for a previous love. In the very first verse, she sings, “Should have fit like a glove / should have fit like a ring / Like a diamond ring, token of true love / Should have all worked out, but it didn't / She should be here now, but she isn't.”

“There’s Your Trouble” was the second single off the group’s record-setting 14X platinum album Wide Open Spaces, a blockbuster work that sold more than 8.8 million copies in the U.S. and 14 million worldwide. It’s the fifth-best-selling country album of all time.

"There's Your Trouble" earned the Dixie Chicks a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999, and even met with crossover success as it topped out at #36 on the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Formed in Dallas in 1989, the Dixie Chicks showcase the talents of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Emily Erwin Robinson on acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro and vocals. A 21-year-old Maines joined the band in 1995, replacing former lead singer Laura Lynch.

The Dixie Chicks famously stirred worldwide attention on the political front when Maines criticized President George W. Bush’s policies during the buildup to the 2003 Iraq War. Although there were widespread boycotts of their music in the U.S., the Dixie Chicks recovered nicely from what was to be called “the incident,” nailing five Grammys in 2007.

We hope you have fun singing along to the video of the Dixie Chicks performing “There’s Your Trouble.” The lyrics are below.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

"There’s Your Trouble"
Written by Tia Sillers and Mark Selby. Performed by the Dixie Chicks

Should have been different, but it wasn't different
Was the same old story, Dear John and so long
Should have fit like a glove, should have fit like a ring
Like a diamond ring, token of true love

Should have all worked out, but it didn't
She should be here now, but she isn't

There's your trouble, there's your trouble
Seeing double with the wrong one
And you can't see I love you, you can't see she doesn't
But you just keep a holding on, there's your trouble

So now you're thinking 'bout all you're missing
How deep you're sinking, round and round and dragging down
Why don't you cash in your chips, why don't you call it a loss
Not such a big loss, chalk it up, better luck

Could have been true love, but it wasn't
It should all add up, but it doesn't

There's your trouble, there's your trouble
Seeing double with the wrong one
And you can't see I love you, you can’t see she doesn't
But you just keep a holding on, there's your trouble

Should have all worked out, but it didn't
She should be here now, but she isn't

There's your trouble, there's your trouble
You keep seeing double with the wrong one
And you can’t see I love you, you can’t see she doesn't
But you just keep a holding on, there's your trouble

There's your trouble
There's your trouble
There's your trouble
There is your trouble

Thursday, July 24, 2014

14.7-Pound ‘Devil’s Ear’ Gold Nugget Scooped Out of a Refuse Pile By Eagle-Eyed Siberian Mine Worker

Cast aside by a sifting machine at the Ugakhan mine in Siberia, an enormous 14.7-pound gold nugget in the shape of a creepy pointy ear almost ended up in a refuse pile. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed worker responsible for leveling the pile was able to rescue the golden treasure and dubbed it the “Devil’s Ear.”


In addition to it sinister look, the massive nugget was found under a full moon on Friday the 13th and its weight in kilograms was 6.66 — widely recognized as the devil’s number.

If you’re wondering if the eight-inch specimen, with a precious-metal value of $306,700, is the largest ever found, the answer is an emphatic “no.” In fact, the “Devil’s Ear” is barely one-tenth the size of the “Welcome Stranger,” a 158.78 pound nugget found only one inch under the ground by Aussie prospectors in Victoria in 1869.


At 24 inches wide, the nugget was so large and so heavy that the gold scales available at the time couldn’t handle it. The miners decided to smash it into three pieces so the weight could be taken. Eventually, the world-record specimen was melted down into ingots and shipped to England.

Ugakhan mine officials told The Daily Mail that the sifting machinery, which is calibrated to identify gold, assumed the giant nugget was a valueless rock and kicked it out.


A spokesman for the Novy Ugakhan mining company also noted that the workers will be checking the “dropouts,” or debris, more carefully. “We will have to see what else the clever equipment threw away,” he said.

Superstitious miners believe that such extraordinary finds rarely come singly. They expect the “Devil’s Ear” may have a “brother” within a short time, according to an official statement.

Sergey Kozlov, director of Ukhagan, told the Siberian Times, “For us it is a pleasant surprise. The deposit is new [with] a small gold content, and we did not have hope for such a big discovery.”

Photo of “Devil’s Ear” by Ugakhan Company.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Qatar’s World-Class Pearl Collection Makes Its Americas Debut in São Paulo, Brazil

A very special collection of world-class pearls from the Gulf State of Qatar is making its Americas debut in São Paulo, Brazil. Featuring more than 120 stunning pearl items and works of art, the exhibition will demonstrate Qatar’s 7,000-year legacy as the heart of the natural pearl trade.


Visitors will learn how Gulf pearls have long been some of the most desirable and valuable in the world. It also reveals an historic look at the often-dangerous working methods of pearl divers and shows the trading practices of pearl merchants in the Gulf. Also on display is the equipment once used for weighing and evaluating pearls.

Here’s an example of a pearl chest once used in the Arabian Gulf region. 

The exhibition includes natural pearl jewelry made between 200 AD and 1930 AD, as well as 10 royal tiaras from European monarchies, tribal jewelry and natural pearl earrings once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.


One standout piece is the $2 million Rosebery tiara, owned in the late 19th century by the richest women in Britain, Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery.


“Pearls” is billed as an unparalleled scientific, historical, and cultural journey into Qatar’s role in bringing the world this natural gem. It examines how people in the Gulf region lived long before the discovery of oil and natural gas — when pearl diving was the only way to sustain the local economy.

Divers demonstrate traditional methods of harvesting pearls in the Arabian Gulf. 

The exhibit covers the achievements of Kokichi Mikimoto in developing cultured pearls and how he was able to deliver an affordable pearl product to the masses.

Brazil is the third stop on the “Pearls” tour. The first was in Japan in 2012 and the second was in the UK in 2013.

Photos: Qatar Museums

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Japanese Jeweler Commemorates Godzilla’s 60th Anniversary With $1.5 Million Solid Gold Replica

It’s been 60 years since the world’s most beloved daikaiju (giant monster), Godzilla, first appeared on the silver screen. So, to honor the legendary “king of monsters,” Japanese fine jeweler Ginza Tanaka has created a 24-karat solid gold replica valued at $1.5 million. It officially went on sale Sunday, July 20. 


Standing 9.4 inches tall and weighing a surprisingly hefty 33 pounds, the finely detailed statue is based on the Godzilla that starred in the 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante. Ginza Tanaka’s designers took some liberties with Godzilla’s proportions and physique, adding a bit of bulk and muscle definition, according to a press release.

Travelers to Japan can see the golden Godzilla in person. The first appearances will be at the G Haku Godzilla exhibit in Tokyo’s Shibuya until July 29, and then at the Ginza Tanaka flagship store in Ginza until August 10. From there, it will travel to Osaka for a two-week stint at a famous department store, and then continue to Ginza Tanaka stores throughout Japan.


The giant reptile, which has appeared in 28 films, currently stars in Godzilla, the 2014 retelling of the origins of the alpha predator. The movie, which may be seen in 2D or 3D, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche.


Ginza Tanaka is famous for its over-the-top solid gold creations. In March 2013, for example, the jeweler made news when it revealed a $5.25 million golden replica of soccer star Lionel Messi’s left foot.

The Argentine forward, who is widely considered the best soccer player in the world, was a standout during the recent FIFA World Cup. The golden left foot, which Messi called “exceptional,” weighs an astounding 55 pounds.

(Godzilla Photo: TM & ©Toho Co; Messi Photo: Ginza Tanaka)

Monday, July 21, 2014

‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Aly Michalka Shows Off Vintage-Style Engagement Ring

Two and a Half Men star Aly Michalka took to Instagram and Twitter last week to announce her engagement and show off her brand new — and classically beautiful — vintage-style ring from director boyfriend Stephen Ringer.


Simon G Jewelry CEO Zaven Ghanimian told that he believes Michalka’s princess-cut center stone is set in platinum and weighs 2 to 3.5 carats. He estimated the ring's value to be in the range of $20,000 and $30,000. The princess cut is the second-most-popular diamond shape for brides, trailing only the round brilliant.


In announcing her engagement on Instagram, Michalka had a little fun with her 182,155 followers. First she posted a pic of her and her younger sister AJ with the caption, “ one's noticed yet. #Lookcloser”. A careful inspection of the photo reveals an engagement ring on Michalka’s left ring finger.

Later the same day, 25-year-old Michalka posted a crystal clear closeup of her left hand with this caption: “So this happened…7/8.”

On Facebook, she wrote, "Wanted to share the exciting news! Feel very blessed to know such a great love #engaged x Aly"


Michalka, who launched her acting career with roles in the Disney Channel's Phil of the Future and CW’s Hellcats, recently earned a recurring role as Brooke in Two and a Half Men. She and AJ are also in a band called 78Violet.


One day after announcing her engagement, Michalka was back on Instagram with a romantic closeup photo of her and her beau. She captioned the photo, “So proud to be your girl.” The couple had been dating for a little more than a year and a half. They have yet to announce a wedding date.