Friday, December 27, 2019

Music Friday: Marilyn Monroe Is All About the Bling in 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you classic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Marilyn Monroe lights up the silver screen with her iconic 1953 performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the hit movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Playing the gold-digging Lorelei Lee, Monroe sings, "The French are glad to die for love / They delight in fighting duels / But I prefer a man who lives / And gives expensive jewels / A kiss on the hand may be quite continental / But diamonds are a girl's best friend."

Later in the the song, Monroe acknowledges that physical beauty won't last forever, but diamonds will always stand the test of time: "But square-cut or pear-shaped / These rocks don't lose their shape / Diamonds are a girl's best friend."

Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" was sung by Carol Channing in the original 1949 Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

It was Monroe's version, however, that has stood the test of time. Her performance has inspired contemporary interpretations by Beyonce, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Gerri Halliwell, Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilera, Anna Nicole Smith and many more. The American Film Institute voted Monroe's performance the 12th most important film song of all time.

It's been reported that the elaborate showstopper took four days to shoot on the Fox lot, with Monroe providing nearly all of the vocals. The operatic "No, no, no's" at the beginning of the song were dubbed by soprano Marni Nixon.

Please check out the video of Monroe's amazing rendition of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along...

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
Written by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. Performed by Marilyn Monroe.

The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental
On your humble flat, or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

...Tiffany's... Cartier... Black Star, Frost, Gorham
Talk to me, Harry, Winston, tell me all about it!
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

There may come a time when a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you're awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice
He's your guy when stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend
It's then that those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl's best friend

I've heard of affairs that are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl's best friend

And I think affairs that you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets if little pets get big baguettes
Time rolls on and youth is gone
And you can't straighten up when you bend
But stiff back or stiff knees
You stand straight at Tiffany's

Diamonds... diamonds...
- I don't mean rhinestones -
But diamonds, are a girl's best friend

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Let's Revisit the Wonderful, Over-the-Top Championship Rings of 2019

Sports fans and jewelry lovers will certainly remember 2019 as the year of wonderful, over-the-top championship rings.

It was a year the New England Patriots celebrated their sixth Super Bowl victory, the Boston Red Sox commemorated a franchise-record 108 wins, the Toronto Raptors brought the Larry O’Brien trophy to Canada for the first time, the St. Louis Blues finally carried the Stanley Cup aloft, breaking a 52-year drought, and Atlanta United players came out on top in just their second MLS season.

Each amazing accomplishment was accompanied by an equally impressive ring.

• In June, the New England Patriots' sixth Super Bowl ring was described by the team as the largest and most ornate ring ever created for any team in any sport. The football-shaped, 10-karat ring glistened with 422 diamonds weighing 8.25 carats and 20 blue sapphires totaling 1.60 carats.

The ring's design was loaded with symbolism. For instance, the design called for the iconic blue and red Patriots logo to be surrounded by 38 diamonds, with a 39th diamond set in the star. Combined, these 39 diamonds represented two NFL records achieved by the Pats with their Super Bowl LIII win. It was the franchise’s 37th playoff victory — more than any other NFL team. In addition, the Pats became the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls.

• Two months earlier, the Boston Red Sox received their World Series rings set with 185 gemstones weighing a total of 15 carats. The ring was a fitting tribute to what has been called a "team for the ages." The dominant Red Sox of 2018 notched a franchise-record 108 wins during the regular season and then pummeled three postseason opponents — the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers — at an 11-3 clip to secure their fourth title since 2004.

The 185 gems represent the 162 regular season games, 14 post-season games and nine World Series titles now held by the Red Sox. The iconic Boston “B” logo on the face of the 14-karat white gold ring is formed by 21 custom-cut genuine rubies, which represent the four World Series titles won by the Red Sox during the 17 seasons of Fenway Sports Group ownership.

• In October, the Toronto Raptors celebrated their first-ever NBA championship with gigantic 14-karat yellow gold rings emblazoned with 650 diamonds weighing 14 carats. The number of diamonds and the total diamond carat weight were touted at the time as records for a championship ring in any sport.

The ring also set a new record for the largest single diamond in any professional championship ring. A 1.25-carat round diamond stands in for the basketball in the ring's representation of the Larry O’Brien trophy. The face of the ring is made up of 74 diamonds, representing the number of wins during the 2018-19 season.

• At the end of September, the St. Louis Blues' received their first-ever Stanley Cup rings, which sparkled with 282 diamonds and 51 sapphires. The impressive 14-karat white and yellow gold rings boasted a total gem weight of 10.6 carats.

The ring face features the Blues' distinctive Blue Note logo rendered with 16 genuine, custom-cut blue sapphires. The number 16 represents the number of playoff victories earned by the Blues on their path to the championship. The Blue Note logo sits atop the Stanley Cup, rendered with 45 pavĂ©-set diamonds. To the left and right of the Cup are 30 more diamonds for a total of 75 — a number representing the goals scored by the Blues during the 2019 postseason.

• And, finally, we revisit the rings presented to the Atlanta United players this past March. The ring's design uses white diamonds, yellow diamonds, custom cuts of garnet and onyx, and a single ruby to tell the story of a remarkable franchise that shot to the top of the soccer world in just its second season. The diamonds weigh a total of 2.03 carats.

Crafted in 10-karat white and yellow gold, the rings were adorned with 101 white diamonds that create a cascading waterfall effect on the ring top. An additional 14 color-enhanced yellow diamonds form the “A,” which sits atop the iconic five stripes, which mimics the distinctive red and black uniform of the team. Ring manufacturer Jostens rendered the five stripes in alternating custom-cut slices of garnet and black onyx. The stripes represent the five pillars of the team: unity, determination, community, excellence and innovation.

Credits: Red Sox, Patriots, Blues and Atlanta United images courtesy of Jostens. Raptors ring courtesy of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Baron Championship Rings.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Car Detailer Spots Engagement Ring in Dusty Bucket of His Commercial Vacuum

A Frisco, Texas, woman was miraculously reunited with her missing engagement ring after a car detailing specialist spotted it in the dusty bucket of his Shop-Vac®.

Gregory Weatherford, the owner of Mr. G's Mobile Car Wash and Detailing, makes a living by restoring showroom freshness to dirty and grimy autos. This often entails vacuuming the icky stuff that gets between the seats and collects on the car mats.

Recently, his high-powered vacuum was giving him trouble, so he popped off the top.

"You know sometimes things get stuck in there," Weatherford told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

He poked around in the bucket and was shocked by what he found under layers of dirt, pet hair and food crumbs.

"I happened to be fumbling around and I looked down, and I see this ring," he said.

Meanwhile, Michelle Seale was trying to noodle out the best way to tell her husband that she lost her engagement ring.

"It was scary knowing that I had to tell him I officially may have lost it this time," Seale told WFAA.

Weatherford and his team knock out about 10 vehicles each day, so he knew the ring had to belong to one of the clients they served most recently.

He made a list of 70 customers and launched a text message to each of them. One of the recipients was Seale.

"I got so excited. I was like, 'It has to be mine, it has to be!'" Seale exclaimed.

After Weatherford sent her a pic of the ring, Seale new that her detailer had saved the day.

"I was super excited," Seale said. "And I got to tell my husband I lost it, but it was found!"

Check out WFAA's report at this link...

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