Friday, July 31, 2015

Music Friday: Justin Bieber Wants to 'Lace You With Pearls' in the 2011 Remix of 'Up,' Featuring Chris Brown

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Justin Bieber singing about pearls in the R&B remix of his 2010 release, "Up."


In the 2011 collaboration featuring Chris Brown, the teen heartthrob refuses to call it quits on a troubled relationship because he believes it can only get better. He promises to take it to the sky, past the moon and to the galaxy. And, taking poetic license with his use of a double-negative, he repeats, "Baby, we can't go nowhere but up."

In the key jewelry line, Bieber sings, "It's a big, big world / And I'm gonna show you all of it / I'm gonna lace you with pearls, oh / From every ocean that we're swimmin' in."

Originally the 9th track on Bieber's chart-topping 2010 debut album, My World 2.0, "Up" was re-released on Valentine's Day 2011 as the 7th track of his Never Say Never - The Remixes album. That release — which featured collaborations with Brown, Jaden Smith, Usher, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Raekwon — also soared to #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. The collaboration album was the musical counterpart to Never Say Never, Bieber's feature-film debut.

The Canadian born Justin Drew Bieber made his mark on the music industry in 2007 as an adorable, fresh-faced 13 year old. Scooter Brown, the singer's current manager, had spotted him on YouTube and was impressed by his talent and potential. With the permission of Bieber's mom, Brown introduced the young man to singer-songwriter Usher, who soon became his mentor. Bieber was then signed by record executive L.A. Reid and the rest is Bieber history.

The 21-year-old Bieber is the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Forbes magazine named the young artist as one of the top 10 most powerful celebrities in the world in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has nearly 73 million "likes" on Facebook, 65.9 million followers on Twitter and 34.7 million followers on Instagram.

We hope you enjoy the soulful Bieber/Brown collaboration of "Up." The video and lyrics are below...

Written by Adam Messinger, Justin Bieber and Nasri Atweh. Performed by Justin Bieber, featuring Chris Brown.

It's a big, big world
It's easy to get lost in it
You've always been my girl, oh
And I'm not ready to call it quits

We can make the sun shine in the moon light
We can make the grey clouds turn to blue skies
I know it's hard
Baby, believe me

That we can't go nowhere but up
From here, my dear
Baby, we can't go nowhere but up
Tell me what we've got to fear
We'll take it to the sky past the moon to the galaxy
As long as you're with me, baby
Honestly (honestly) with the strength of our love
We can't go nowhere but up

It's a big, big world
And I'm gonna show you all of it
I'm gonna lace you with pearls, oh
From every ocean that we're swimmin' in

We can make the sun shine in the moon light
We can make the grey clouds turn to blue skies
Yeah, I know it's hard
Baby, believe me, ooh

That we can't go nowhere but up
From here, my dear
Baby, we can't go nowhere but up
Tell me what we've got to fear
We'll take it to the sky past the moon to the galaxy
As long as you're with me, baby
Honestly (honestly) with the strength of our love
We can't go nowhere but up

Nowhere but up

Baby, we were underground
We're on the surface now
We're gonna make it girl
I promise
If you believe in love
And you believe in us
We can't go nowhere but up

We can't go nowhere but up
From here, my dear
Baby, we can't go nowhere but up
Tell me what we've got to fear
We'll take it to the sky past the moon to the galaxy
As long as you're with me, baby
Honestly, honestly with the strength of our love
We can't go nowhere but up

Nowhere but up
Nowhere but up
Nowhere but up

Image via Instagram/JustinBieber

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Power of Facebook Via 401,000 'Shares' Reunites Soldier With His Long-Lost Military Ring

A former soldier whose military ring was stolen in 2007 was recently reunited with his cherished keepsake — thanks to the power of Good Samaritans, Facebook and 401,000 "shares." What’s more, the ring – which was badly damaged after being buried in the ground for years – was completely refurbished by the manufacturer at no charge to the serviceman.

Patrick J. Dierickx of Kalispell, Mont., had received his ring after completing basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., but less than a year later the ring was stolen in Marshall, Minn.


Eight years would go by before farmer Bob Farris would dig up the ring near the foundation of an old granary near Watertown, S.D., one state over and nearly 80 miles from where it was last seen.


Bob asked his granddaughter, Rachel Farris, to use Facebook to try to get the message out that a military ring with the name "Patrick J. Dierickx" had been recovered.

Farris took on the assignment and posted a message with some photos of the beaten-up ring.


"OK Facebook world, I need some help," she wrote. "My grandpa found a United States Army service ring buried in the dirt at his farm in South Dakota. The name on the ring is Patrick J Dierickx. It's a very old ring and he would like to find the owner or at least the family to return it to. Please share this post so we can try to find the rightful owner or family member."

Her plea struck a cord with Facebook users all over the country. The original post was made on June 11. By June 19, it had been shared more than 401,000 times, resulting in a connection with the original owner.

"I never dreamed that I would see the ring again," said Dierickx. "The years went by, and while I thought about it from time to time, I knew I just had to let it go. I can't thank Bob Farris enough. A keen eye, a bit of luck, and a kind heart can go a long way. Like the inscription on the ring says, 'In God We Trust.'"

Once reunited with his ring, Dierickx visited local jeweler Murphy McMahon to see if the ring, which had been buried for years, could be repaired and refurbished.

McMahon sent the ring to the original manufacturer, Austin, Texas-based Balfour, and within a short time the keepsake was resurrected. The ring, which features a blue center stone as well as military and spiritual slogans and symbols, was returned to Dierickx looking as good as new — and at no charge.

Dierickx turned to Facebook to thank all the people who helped him reconnect with his ring. He wrote, "Thanks for the help everyone! I originally got the ring in 2006, at Fort Jackson SC, right out of basic training. A year later it was stolen. Eight years later it's found in the dirt, a state over, by a very kindhearted farmer. Please share so people know this incredible story."

Credit: Facebook/Rachel Farris; Facebook/Patrick Dierickx; Patrick Dierickx.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe Is Rockin' a Gorgeous 3.5-Carat Halo-Style Platinum Engagement Ring

Kaitlyn Bristowe picked Shawn Booth in Monday night's Season 11 finale of ABC's The Bachelorette, and the handsome personal trainer from Nashville proposed marriage with a "dream ring" — a 3.5-carat halo-style stunner, featuring a round brilliant-cut center diamond and 160 accent diamonds that cascade down an entwined platinum band. The stunning brunette said, "Yes."


While bachelors of past shows have been apprehensive and indecisive with their ring choices, Booth was laser-focused and made his decision instantly. Celebrity jeweler Neil Lane told that Booth, 28, quickly honed in on the 3.5 carat ring after being shown a number of options.


"That’s the ring, that’s the girl and we are moving on together," the determined and confident Booth told Lane.


The jeweler knew that Bristowe preferred a round center diamond and had designed a number of rings that The Bachelorette would like. “I created this ring for her and I was thrilled when Shawn picked it," Lane said. "He knew what he wanted.”


Bristol, a 30-year-old former dance teacher from Vancouver, and her new beau are obviously thrilled with their new engagement ring, as they jumped on Snapchat to post selfies with their new bling front and center while flying to New York City for an appearance on Good Morning America.


The couple, who had to keep their engagement a secret until the show aired on Monday, will be traveling to both Vancouver and Nashville to determine the best place to make a home.

"I think we love the idea of having a summer home in British Columbia or Vancouver and living in Nashville," Bristowe told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "I think that sounds pretty ideal."

Bristowe also revealed that a big family is on the way. "I want four and he wants five [kids]," she said.

The couple seems to prefer a small wedding. "As long as we're surrounded by our family and friends, that's all that matters," Booth told ABC News.

Added Bristowe, "I'm not picky and I've never been that little girl who dreamt about her wedding day. I just can't wait to be in one room with all family and friends and that's the only thing I care about."

Although the early seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette allowed the couples to keep the rings even if they broke up, the rules have changed. Producers now demand that if a couple splits before the two-year mark, the ring must be handed back to ABC.

Credits: Neil Lane; ABC; Kaitlyn Bristowe/Snapchat.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wallace Chan's Unique Carving Style Creates Eerily Lifelike 3D Images Within Gemstones

The human face you see inside this gemstone was created by master sculptor Wallace Chan, who uses a special technique — aptly named The Wallace Cut — to create a three-dimensional image that seems to be looking in several directions at once.


Using a dentist's drill with a specially adapted blade, the 59-year-old Chinese master sculptor cuts into the unfaceted back of a gemstone to render a subject that seems to be floating within the gemstone.

Working the back of the stone requires the artist to carve in reverse. Left is right, top is bottom and deep is shallow. Nevertheless, Chan has overcome this challenges with startling results. The classically trained sculptor incorporates medieval cameo and intaglio techniques in his work that is eerily lifelike and often fetches a half million dollars or more.

"Each piece can take me thousands of hours," he told CNN. "It is like going on a journey each time."


The modified dentist's drill, which spins at 36,000 times per minute, generates so much heat that the process has to take place under cold water or else the stone could be easily damaged.

"It means I can't see clearly when I'm cutting," Chan told CNN. "It becomes a very repetitive process. I make one cut, take it out of the water to check it, dry the stone, check it again, and if it's fine I put it back in the water and make another cut."


"It is a sacred thing to create a face," Chan told CNN. "It's like a ghost appearing in the gem as you work. The dialogue of gemstone, color and light gives it life. There is a Buddhist saying that every person has many selves, and that inspired me spiritually as I created this work."

Chan invented the "Wallace Cut" carving style in the mid-1980s, when he progressed from traditional carving techniques to one that incorporated the power of his modified dentist's drill.

Chan's technique of carving a gemstone from the back side is the same strategy used by Idar-Oberstein-based master cutter Bernd Munsteiner. Called “The Picasso of Gems” and “The Father of the Fantasy Cut,” Munsteiner became world famous for carving a pattern of “negative cuts” into the back of a gem, which reflects the light from within.


A beautiful example of Munsteiner's technique is seen in the obelisk-shaped “Dom Pedro” aquamarine. Munsteiner spent four months studying a 57-pound rough aquamarine crystal before embarking on a grueling six-month adventure to meticulously cut, facet and polish the stone.

Carved in 1992, "Dom Pedro" stands nearly 14 inches tall and weighs 1,363 carats. In December of 2012, the fabulous piece was donated to the Smithsonian's National Gem and Mineral Collection and is now a top attraction at the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology.

Credits: Wallace Chan jewelry courtesy of Wallace Chan. Dom Pedro photo by Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rolene Strauss Adds a New Diamond to Her Miss World Bounty

Rolene Strauss, the South African beauty who earned the Miss World 2014 crown in December, added some new bling to her bounty when she accepted a diamond engagement ring from her longtime beau D'Niel Strauss on Friday.


The fourth-year medical student — who oddly shares the surname of her fiancé — proudly showed off her engagement ring with a selfie on Instagram. The photo instantly sparked international media attention and 6,579 likes.


The oval diamond is set in a delicate diamond pavé band crafted in yellow gold. We're estimating that the white center diamond weighs 1 to 1.25 carats.

"I am so happy that I get to live my dream as Miss World whilst celebrating love," Rolene told the Miss World organization. "I look forward to the next five months continuing my journey as Miss World, spreading the message of unity, freedom, and most importantly, LOVE.”


Rolene was among 122 contestants who competed for the coveted title this year in an extravaganza that was seen by a worldwide television audience of more than 1 billion.

The 23-year-old TV personality and model is currently traveling the world as the reigning Miss World and will reportedly marry her fiancé in 2016 once she has completed her pageant duties. D'Niel Strauss is a fellow South African and the founder of Orientis Venture Capital. The couple has been together for three years.

The new Miss World captioned her Instagram post with an inspirational verse from the Bible: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ~

The Miss World organization congratulated the couple with a post on the official Miss World web site. "On behalf of all of us at the Miss World office, many congratulations and we wish you both all the happiness in the future," wrote Miss World Chairman Julia Morley. "With love and best wishes from all of us at the Miss World Office."


The Byzantine-style Miss World crown is an eye-catching combination of blue and white gemstones that evokes the sense of royalty. Unfortunately, the Miss World pageant has published no information on the value of the crown, the colored gemstones used in the design or the type of metal in which they're set. We might assume that the light blue stones are turquoise, the dark blue stones are sapphires (or a lower-cost simulant) and the white stones are likely cubic zirconia or crystals. The setting seems to be yellow gold.

"I don't know how to thank everyone for their kind messages and words of congratulations after announcing my engagement to the most wonderful person I know!" Rolene noted in a recent Facebook post. "It is an honor and privilege for me to share this joyful time with each and every one of you."

Credits:; Instagram/Rolene Strauss; Getty Images.