Friday, August 29, 2014

Music Friday Flashback: High-Society Girl Has Got Her Diamonds and Pretty Clothes in The Rolling Stone’s ‘Play With Fire’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you super songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we feature Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones performing their 1965 release, “Play With Fire.”


A song that takes a critical look at the lifestyle of Jagger’s high-society girlfriend, “Play With Fire” starts off with the line, “Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes / And the chauffeur drives your car / You let everybody know / But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire.”

Although the song is credited to Nanker Phelge, the pseudonym used when the whole band collaborated on a track, reports that lead singer Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards were the only band members awake when the song was recorded very late one night at RCA Studios in January of 1965.

It was reported that record producer Phil Spector stepped in on bass guitar, his assistant Jack Nitzsche played harpsichord and a night janitor helped out with backup vocals. (Who knew?)

In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger said the song still sounds “amazing.”

“I mean, it's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done,” Jagger said. “You can hear all the vocal stuff on it. And I'm playing the tambourines, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty."

Buried on the B-side of their single, “The Last Time,” “Play With Fire” met with only marginal commercial success. It topped out at #96 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The Stones seemed to have a fondness for the song, however, as it was performed in concert during the tours of 1965 and 1966, and then revived more than 20 years later when the band toured in 1989 and 1990.

The Rolling Stones, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, are credited with more than 250 million album sales. They are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

We hope you enjoy the video of The Rolling Stones performing “Play With Fire.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Play With Fire”
Written by Nanker Phelge (The Rolling Stones). Performed by The Rolling Stones.

Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know
But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your father'd be there with her
If he only could
But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Your old man took her diamonds and tiaras by the score
Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Custom Coke Bottles Spell Out Sweet Marriage Proposal; Scotsman Spends $20, Gets the Girl and Earns One Million ‘Likes’

With six personalized bottles purchased from Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke” online shop, Scotsman Donnie McGilvray spelled out a sweet marriage proposal for his girlfriend, Eloise. The romantic young man lined up the bottles shoulder to shoulder across the top shelf of his immaculate refrigerator. They read: “Beautiful” “Eloise” “Will” “You” “Marry” “Me.”


On the middle shelf he placed a bouquet of roses and a Coke glass containing the engagement ring (Who needs a ring box?).


McGilvray posted a photo of his presentation along with this explanation of how the surprise marriage proposal went down on Coca-Cola's Facebook page: “I asked my girlfriend, Eloise, to put the milk away in the fridge and this is what she saw. The ‘ice’ was in the glass. Thanks Coca-Cola for all the help… she said yes!!!”


McGilvray’s post was a viral sensation. His creativity earned him more than one million “Likes” in the first 48 hours and sparked worldwide media coverage. The post currently has more than 53,000 “Shares.”


It also quickly caught the attention of Coca-Cola’s social media specialists, who customized two additional “Share a Coke” bottles — with the names Eloise and Donnie — and posted a congratulatory message featuring two bottles that are clearly in love.

Coca-Cola told BuzzFeed: “All of us at Coca-Cola would like to extend our huge congratulations to Donnie and Eloise on their engagement. We were thrilled to see that Donnie used our personalized iconic glass bottles in such a special and romantic way. That is exactly what Share a Coke is all about: Creating moments of happiness with the people closest to you. We hope they share a very happy life together and will be sending them some special congratulatory bottles to celebrate.”


McGilvray, who is a native of Tain in the Highland area of Scotland, used Coca-Cola’s label customization tool to pick the proposal phrase from 1,000-plus popular names and words in the Coke database. Check it out at this link…

The cost for each 200ml bottle was about $3.30, so the total expenditure for the six-bottle message was a scant $19.80 (plus tax). Shipping was free on orders of six or more bottles.

Sadly for romantics on this side of the pond, the customized Coke bottles are currently available only in the U.K. The U.S. audience has to settle for the “virtual” version of the program, where users can customize two-dimensional Coke bottles for their friends and loved ones, and then “share” them on Facebook or Twitter. See link here…

Soft drink lovers around the world currently consume more than 1.8 billion servings of Coca-Cola brand beverages each day. The Coca-Cola Facebook page has been “Liked” by more than 87 million fans.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cora Unveils 12-Carat ‘Blue Moon’ Diamond; Internally Flawless Gem Goes on Display in LA on Sept. 13

Back in February, we reported on luxury jeweler Cora International’s $25.6 million purchase of an “exceptional” acorn-sized 29.6-carat vivid blue rough diamond. Now, six months later, the company’s expert cutters have completed the transformation of that rough diamond into a 12-carat internally flawless cushion-cut masterpiece named “Blue Moon.”


(The name might be a subtle reference to how often these extraordinary diamonds come along, as in “once in a blue moon.”)


Photo: Cora International/Tino Hammid

The diamond, which the Gemological Institute of America rated "fancy vivid blue" and "internally flawless," is so special and so rare that it will headline a 16-week exhibition, starting September 16, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This is the first — and possibly the last — time the diamond will be on public display.


Among the amazing characteristics of the gem is its unusual color. “You can’t describe that blue,” Cora CEO Suzette Gomes told “You just drown in it.”

Forbes contributor Anthony DeMarco, who got a chance to see the Blue Moon up close, described the color as aqua blue, with the facets appearing as if they are “wavelets on the water.” He was struck by the transparency of the stone. “You can see clear through the diamond,” he wrote.


Unearthed in January by Petra Diamonds Ltd. at its legendary Cullinan mine in South Africa, the 29.6-carat rough was heralded at the time as “one of the most important blue diamonds ever recovered” by Petra chief executive Johan Dippenaar.


When Cora purchased the stone, it was assumed that more than half of its weight would be sacrificed during the cutting process. In fact, nearly 60% of the stone's weight was lost. Although Cora has not put a price on the stone, other diamonds of this pedigree have sold for about $1.8 million per carat.

Blue diamonds get their color from trace amounts of boron impurities in their chemical makeup.

Cora reveals how its cutters transformed a 29.6-carat rough diamond into the 12-carat internally flawless Blue Moon in the video at this link.

Video captures via

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Bangle Bracelet Can Charge Your Smartphone

The latest entry into the burgeoning wearable tech market is a stylish bracelet that doubles as a back-up battery for your smartphone. Called the QBracelet, the unisex bangle can add a 60% power boost when you need it most. Wearable tech is expected to grow into a $10 billion industry by 2016.


Invented by New York-based Q Designs, the QBracelet is cleverly designed to unhinge in the middle, revealing an integrated Lightning adaptor on the iPhone version or a Micro USB on the Android/Windows phone version.


A brilliant combination of form and function, the $99 bracelet conceals a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and is available in three wrist sizes and five finishes, including polished silver tone, matte silver tone, polished gold tone, brushed black and matte black.


When unhinged and plugged into the phone, the bracelet serves as a useful smartphone handle or charging stand. Surprisingly, it weighs less than two ounces.

From music streaming and social media posting to HD video editing and FaceTiming with friends, smartphone users are pushing the boundaries of what their phones can do — and the amount of power they consume.


The makers of the QBracelet understand that consumers’ most important consideration when choosing a smartphone is the battery life, a factor that trumped both “brand name” and “ease of use” in a recent survey by technology research company IDC. So, instead of having to carry around cables or a battery booster in a separate bag, the consumer can simply wear the battery backup on his or her wrist.


Once plugged in, the QBracelet can deliver a 60% charge in about 60 minutes, according to Q Designs. The bracelet itself can be fully charged in 90 minutes and the charge will hold for 30 days in standby mode. The battery level and charging state are shown using four LEDs, which are hidden above the connector in the bracelet.

QBracelets are scheduled to ship in December with a retail price of $99. Those who pre-order via the company's website at will earn a 20% discount.

Images: Q Designs

Monday, August 25, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Into Heart-Warming Marriage Proposal for Kansas Couple

It was only a matter a time before a romantic young man figured out a clever way to incorporate the wildly popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into a heart-warming marriage proposal.


Last Tuesday, Shelby Muha, a teacher from Manhattan, Kan., believed she was simply shooting a video of an Ice Bucket Challenge with boyfriend, Justin Davidson.

Muha introduces herself and nominates three friends to take the challenge. Then she tenses up as she expects Davidson — also a teacher — to dump the freezing water on her head.


But, when it doesn’t happen, she spins around to see him on bended knee with an engagement ring in hand. The startled girlfriends says, “What?” And then she giggles as Davidson asks for her hand in marriage.


She accepts his proposal, but fumbles the ring. As she scoops it off the sidewalk, Davidson blasts her with the bucket of ice water.


The fun-loving Muha takes it all in stride and maintains a smile through her part of the challenge. It was now Davidson’s turn. He steps forward and nominates a few friends. Then, Muha seals the deal by dumping a cooler of ice water on her new fiancĂ©.


The drenched couple embraces, concluding what we believe to be the world's first-ever ALS Ice Bucket Challenge marriage proposal.


Muha told MailOnline that she had no clue the proposal was coming. “Justin is a really quiet guy, and he's not into big, showy things at all,” she said. “He's not a limelight lover, and so even being on video freaks him out.”

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge works like this. A person who has already taken the challenge gets to nominate three of his or her own friends or family members to accept the next challenge. Those who have been newly nominated have 24 hours to film themselves dumping ice water on their heads or they must send a $100 donation to support the non-profit ALS Association. If they successfully complete the mission, they send $10 to the charity. The drenching must be recorded and posted to social media.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a national phenomenon. Celebrities, such as Derek Jeter and Lady Gaga, as well as dignitaries, such as former President George W. Bush, have all accepted and succumbed to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The challenge has been enormously successful in generating awareness and funds for the foundation that aims to find a cure to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.


More than 3.3 million people have used the hashtag “#icebucketchallenge,” with the number spiking to more than 600,000 last Tuesday, according to the social media analytic web site

The ALS Foundation reports having received $13 million in donations between July 29 and August 17. That compares to $1.7 in donations during the same period a year ago.

Check out the video of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge marriage proposal. It has been seen by more than 100,000 YouTube viewers.

Images: YouTube screen captures