Friday, July 03, 2015

Music Friday: Beyonce Falls in Love on the 4th of July and Cruises the World for Pearls in 'Summertime'

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you feel-good songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we feature Beyonce Knowles falling in love on the Fourth of July and cruising the world for pearls in "Summertime."


In this 2003 collaboration with rapper P. Diddy, Knowles celebrates that special moment when a woman knows she’s finally found her true love. Very appropriate for this holiday weekend, Knowles states that she “felt our love begin” on the fourth day of July.

In P. Diddy’s rap at the end of the song, he says how much he loves her and how she brings out the best in him. He also promises to take her on a summertime adventure, which includes a search for fine jewelry. “We can cruise the world for pearls,” he says.

Released on 12-inch vinyl as the B-side to #1 mega-hit “Crazy in Love,” “Summertime” also charted, peaking at #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Critics praised “Summertime” as a “breezy dance number” that leaves the listener “on a smooth laid-back high.”

Knowles acknowledged early in her career that “Summertime” was one of her favorite songs. It was part of her set list for both the “Dangerously in Love Tour” in 2003 and the “Verizon Ladies First Tour” in 2004. Her performance of “Summertime” in front of more than 20,000 fans in New York City led MTV News to comment that Knowles “stepped in the name of love” during the breakdown of the song.

We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. And we invite you to kick off the festivities on a high note with Knowles and P. Diddy performing “Summertime.” Check out the video and lyrics below.

Written by Beyoncé Knowles, Angela Beyincé, Sean Combs, Steven "Steven J." Jordan, Adonis Shropshire, Varick "Smitty" Smith, Mario Winans. Performed by Beyonce Knowles, feat. P. Diddy.

[P. Diddy]
There's three things I like about the summertime
Drop tops, long hot nights and summer love
Hey yo, B
Tell 'em what time it is
Let' s go

Out of all the guys that approached me
Walking up to me like they know me
You were the one that stayed aside
Waited a while and took your time
You don't know how impressing
Your curiosity was to me
It was the fourth day of July
Looked in my eyes and saw that I

[Break - Beyonce]
I wanted more than just a man (man)
I needed a friend (I want a friend)
Someone I can talk to (oh)
Someone who'll really listen (yeah)
When you touched my hand (yeah yeah)
The sun got brighter then (brighter then)
Trusting you I closed my eyes
And felt our love begin

[Chorus - Beyonce]
It was the summertime (when we fell in love)
It was the summertime (when heaven shined on us)
It was the summertime (baby there is nothing like the)
Summertime, summertime (ohh)

Now it's been a year and we're closer
Fall in love again when I hold ya
I know that God set you aside
For me and now you are my prize
Wanna grow old with ya
Fill a house with ya pictures
Have a son for you, a little girl for me
Together we'll raise a family

[Break - Beyonce]
I wanted more then just a man
I needed a friend
You are my best friend (yeah)
Someone I could talk to
Someone who'll really listen (yeah)
When you touched my hand (yeah)
The sun got brighter then (brighter then)
Trusting you I closed my eyes
and felt our love begin


[P. Diddy]
Yo let me holla at you for a sec
So what's in gonna be, him or me? (yeah)
We can cruise the world for pearls
And bare boots for girls
Summertime in the linen, fresh fruit
Livin' the life that's forbidden for just you (let's go)
No worries you ain't gotta be stressed out
No hurries you ain't gotta be rushed out
Sit back relax ma take your time
Now have a taste of the finest wine
Every minute that we have's a blessing to me
And in your heart you's a "Child of Destiny" (that's right)
Them hot summers that we had especially
Love who you is girl, you bring out the best of me
And it's like that, you know it's like that (that's right)
And that's your plan, where's your hand let me ice that
You my heart ain't no chance you could fight that
The summertime, when you hot baby take that, take that


Image: Instagram/Beyonce

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Four Ultra-Rare Fancy Red Diamonds Are Among the Five ‘Hero’ Diamonds Unveiled by Rio Tinto at the 2015 Tender

Four ultra-rare fancy red diamonds are among the 65 diamonds in the 2015 edition of the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an annual presentation by mining company Rio Tinto. A world exclusive preview took place last week at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.


Rio Tinto designated the top five diamonds of the tender as “heroes” and gave the stones elegant names to ensure their rightful place among the world’s most important diamonds. The names were inspired by the world of ballet in recognition of Argyle Pink Diamonds' partnership with The Australian Ballet.


The 2015 Tender, known as the “Connoisseur’s Collection,” comprises 65 diamonds weighing a total of 44.14 carats. The diamonds, which were sourced at Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Western Australia, represent the company’s best red and pink gems from its yearly production.

Fancy red diamonds are so rare that the Tender typically releases only four, or so, per year. The finest quality fancy red diamonds can easily sell for $1 million or more per carat.

“This collection is one of the most beautiful in the history of the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender,” said Rio Tinto Diamonds & Minerals chief executive Alan Davies. “This year’s Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is testament to this extraordinary mine that continues to produce the world’s most-sought-after gems.”

Rio Tinto bestowed the following names on it finest offerings…


Argyle Prima™ — A 1.20-carat fancy red pear-shaped diamond coveted for its unique combination of size, shape, color and clarity.

Argyle Aurora™ — A 1.47-carat fancy red oval-shaped diamond, named in honor of Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty.

Argyle Allegro™ — A 0.79-carat fancy red radiant-shaped diamond, named after the brisk and lively ballet movement and reminiscent of the red color dancing within this diamond.

Argyle Spectre™ — A 1.93-carat fancy vivid purplish pink shield-shaped diamond. The vibrant pink color and strong shape of this diamond is inspired by the ballet Le Spectre de la rose (The Spirit of the Rose).

Argyle Élevé™ — A 1.44-carat fancy intense pink emerald-shaped diamond, inspired by the ballet movement of rising high without bending, and reflecting of the perfect long lines and elegance of the emerald shape.

It is believed that red diamonds get their rich color from a molecular structure distortion that occurs as the jewel forms in the earth’s crust. By contrast, other colored diamonds get their color from trace elements, such as boron (yielding a blue diamond) or nitrogen (yielding yellow), in their chemical composition.

The 2015 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender will have viewings in Sydney, Hong Kong, New York and Perth, with bids closing on October 21, 2015.

Images courtesy of Rio Tinto.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July's Birthstone: Did You Know That One of the World’s Most Famous Rubies — The Timur — Is Not a Ruby at All?

In honor of July’s official birthstone, we’d like to share the bizarre story of the "Timur Ruby," one of the world’s largest and most historic “rubies.”  We use the word ruby in quotes, because the massive unfaceted 352.5-carat gem, which resides among the British Crown Jewels, was exposed in 1851 as a red spinel. Oops.


The Timur Ruby gets its name from the greatest conqueror of the 14th century. Hailing from what is now Uzbekistan, Timur’s military conquests were vast, spanning from Mongolia in the east and the Mediterranean in the west, to India in the south and Russia in the north. After successfully capturing Delhi in 1398, Timur left India six months later weighed down with a bounty of jewelry and gemstones. One of those stones was the Timur Ruby.


The unfaceted stone has a semi-polished flat face that is inscribed in Arabic script with the names of four Mughal emperors and two Persian rulers who possessed the stone. These included emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb and Farrukhsiyar, and the rulers Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah. The inscriptions are dated between 1612 and 1771.


In 1849, when the British East India Company took over the Punjab region (which is now eastern Pakistan and northern India), it also took possession of the Timur Ruby and the 186-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond from ruler Ranjit Singh.

The East India Company presented the Timur Ruby to Queen Victoria as a gift in 1851. The Queen was so excited about the gift that she wrote the following in her journal: “The [Timur Ruby] is the largest in the world, therefore even more remarkable than the Koh-i-Noor!”

Later that same year, advancements in gemology and mineralogy led to the determination that the “largest ruby in the world” was just a big spinel.


Nevertheless, Garrards set the Timur Ruby in an Oriental-inspired necklace in April 1853. Two months later, the jeweler adjusted the necklace to allow the Timur Ruby to be detached for use as a brooch and to alternate with the recently re-cut Koh-i-Noor diamond.

Today, the Timur Riby resides among the priceless British Crown Jewels, but has never been worn by a British Royal. Some speculate that members of the monarchy were hesitant to wear the necklace, for fear of backlash from critics, who see the piece as historically Indian.

Gemologists know now that it’s virtually impossible for a ruby to be 350-plus carats. They understand that chromium atoms incorporated in a ruby’s aluminum oxide crystal give the gem its rich, red color. They also acknowledge that the chromium so vital to the ruby’s beauty is also responsible for causing fissures in the crystal, making rubies larger than 3 carats in size extremely rare and very valuable.

Due to this rarity, rubies of good color and fine clarity often achieve higher prices per carat than diamonds of the same size.

Images: The Royal Collection; Pinterest; WikiCommons public domain.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blake Lively Explains Why Her Engagement Ring Is Her Most Treasured Possession; No, It’s Not Because It’s Worth $2M

Actress Blake Lively dished to British Vogue why her light pink, 12-carat diamond engagement ring is her most treasured possession. And, no, it’s not because the ring is said to be worth $2 million.


Lively, who rose to fame in The CW's Gossip Girl and currently stars in the romantic epic, The Age of Adaline, told the magazine that the oval-cut, flawless diamond given to her more than three years ago by fellow actor and now-husband Ryan Reynolds still makes her swoon.


"My most treasured possession is my engagement ring made by my dear friend Lorraine Schwartz, because of the love and meaning it symbolizes,” she said. “I didn't have any hand in its design — I married a gentleman."

Lively’s gentleman clearly has excellent taste in jewelry and a flair for design. It was reported in 2012 that Reynolds and Schwartz worked together to pick the perfect pink stone and then design a custom setting in rose gold and pavé diamonds with a nod to Deco. Lively also wears a matching rose gold wedding band accented by a series of delicate diamonds.


The couple met in June 2011 on the set of Green Lantern. He was the masked and muscular title character and she was his beautiful love interest, Carol Ferris. In quick succession, the real-life couple fell in love, got engaged and wed on September 9, 2012.

In her new role as Adaline Bowman in The Age of Adaline, Lively plays a woman, who — as the result of a near-death experience in frigid waters, and being jolted back to life by a lightning strike — is able to remain 29 years old forever. The film was released on April 24 to critical acclaim.

Images: Ring via; Lively on Gossip Girl set via Getty Images; Publicity shot from Green Lantern.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lucky Park Visitor Uncovers an 8.52-Carat Icicle-Shaped Diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds

A Colorado woman unearthed a super-rare find last Friday while visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. — a gleaming, icicle-shaped 8.52-carat white diamond.


Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colo., found the unusual-shaped stone – about half the size of a quarter and the thickness of a pencil – while digging in the southwest corner of the “Pig Pen,” a muddy search field covering 37½ acres. It was first thought to be a quartz crystal, but park staffers, who help visitors identify and register diamonds, confirmed its authenticity.


Crater of Diamonds, one of the world's only diamond-producing sites that is open to the public, welcomes visitors to hunt for gems and maintains a "finders keepers" policy.

Park representative Waymon Cox told CNN that Oskarson's gem is the fifth-largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972. So far this year, 227 diamonds have been registered.


Added Cox, "Ms. Oskarson’s 8 1/2-carat diamond is absolutely stunning, sparkling with a metallic shine, and appears to be an unbroken, capsule-shaped crystal. It features smooth, curved facets, a characteristic shared by all unbroken diamonds from the Crater of Diamonds.”

Diamond discoveries at the park have been brisk this year, mainly due to above-normal rainfall. "Rain, plus the regular plowing of the search field by our maintenance staff, increases visitors' chances of finding diamonds in the search area," Cox said.

The park does not offer valuation on gems, but does offer the history of some previous rare finds. The largest rough diamond ever discovered at Crater of Diamonds (and the largest ever found in the United States) is the Uncle Sam Diamond, weighing in at a whopping 40.23 carats. Found in 1924, the Uncle Sam Diamond was faceted twice into a 12.42-carat gem that sold for $150,000 in 1971.

Oskarson and boyfriend Travis Dillon had found the park on a highway map while visiting nearby Hot Springs, and decided on a whim to visit. It turned out to be their lucky day. Oskarson named her precious find the “Esperanza Diamond” – her niece's name and also the Spanish word for "hope."

Images: Courtesy of Crater of Diamonds State Park