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April 1st, 2021
In honor of April’s birthstone we offer you a sneak peek at the 15.81-carat internally flawless gem that will make history on May 23 as the largest fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ever to appear at auction. According to Christie's, this diamond weighs almost one carat more than the previous record-holder.

Named "The Sakura Diamond," the cherry-blossom-colored gem is expected to fetch between $25 million and $38 million when it hits the auction block at Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong on May 23.

The auction house pointed out that unlike yellow and blue diamonds, which owe their color to chemical impurities that were substituted for carbon atoms as the crystal formed deep within the Earth, pink and red diamonds get their rich color from a randomly occurring molecular distortion.

This error of nature ironically yields one of the most beautiful and valuable gems known to man.

"Christie’s has offered some of the largest and the rarest pink diamonds in history across our global sale rooms," noted Vickie Sek, Chairman, Department of Jewellery, Christie’s Asia Pacific. "This season we are very honored to continue this fine tradition by presenting The Sakura Diamond in Hong Kong. This exceptionally rare and magnificent wonder of nature represents a unique expression of identity and mesmerizing beauty through its enthralling purple-pink hue that will undoubtedly capture the hearts of discerning connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.”

According to Christie's, the extreme rarity of the stone is amplified by the fact that fewer than 10% of pink diamonds weigh more than 1/5 of a carat. What's more, only 4% of pink diamonds possess a color deep enough to qualify as "Fancy Vivid," according to the Gemological Institute of America. Pink diamonds fall under the rare Type IIa category of diamonds, which make up less than 2% of all gem diamonds.

The Sakura Diamond will be heading out on a promotional tour, starting April 12 in Shanghai. Other destinations will include Beijing and Taipei before the diamond returns to Hong Kong on May 6, where it will go on exhibit at the Alexandra House. The auction will take place May 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Credit: Image courtesy of Christie's.
April 2nd, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we feature classic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today we shine the spotlight on Marc Broussard and Jamie McLean singing Sam Cooke’s 1962 R&B hit “Bring It on Home to Me.”

Honored as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, “Bring It on Home to Me” is a song about a young man who lets the love of his life slip through his fingers. At first, he doesn't take the break-up seriously, but now he'll do anything to get her back.

Broussard and McLean sing, "I’ll give you jewelry, and money too / And that’s not all, all I’ll do for you / Oh, oh, bring it to me / Bring your sweet loving / Bring it on home to me."

The duo delivers a powerful, soulful rendition of the song that employs a call-and-response format. In the original, Cooke teamed up with none other than Lou Rawls.

The original version of the tune topped out at #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 2019 rendition appeared as the first track on the Jamie McLean Band's 2019 album, "New Orleans Session." The band is described as a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, middle Americana roots, Delta blues and New York City swagger.

Broussard's style has been described as "Bayou Soul" — a Southern-influenced blend of funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop.

While Broussard and McLean injected their own brand of soul into the song, over the past 55+ years the biggest names from every corner of the music world have gravitated to the song. They include The Animals (1965), Sonny & Cher (1966), Otis Redding and Carla Thomas (1967), Aretha Franklin (1969), Lou Rawls (1970), Rod Stewart (1974), Van Morrison (1974), Mickey Gilley (1976), Paul McCartney (1988) and Mandy Moore with Sam Trammell (2017).

Trivia: "Bring It on Home to Me" was actually the "B" side of Cooke's "Having A Party." Both songs became hits.

Please check out Broussard and McLean's studio performance of “Bring It on Home to Me.” The lyrics are below if you'd like to sing along…

“Bring It on Home to Me”
Written by Sam Cooke. Performed by Marc Broussard & Jamie McLean.

If you ever change your mind
About leaving, leaving me behind
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

You know I laughed when you left
But now I know I’ve only hurt myself
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

I’ll give you jewelry, and money too
And that’s not all, all I’ll do for you
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

You know I’ll always be your slave
Till I’m buried, buried in my grave
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

I tried to treat you right
But you stayed out, stayed day and night
I forgive you, bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me

Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah)…

Credit: Screen capture via YouTube / Marc Broussard.

April 5th, 2021
Exactly 140 years ago, a dangerous landslide led to the discovery of the most beautiful and coveted sapphires known to man. High above the nearly inaccessible Himalayan village of Soomjam, the serendipitous event exposed a sheer wall pocked with cornflower blue corundum crystals — gems that would soon be known as Kashmir sapphires.

At first, the locals traded the gem crystals — one for one — for salt. But soon the word got out, merchants recognized their true value and their popularity grew.

Despite the extremely limited three-month mining window due to rough terrain and inhospitable weather, the Kashmir sapphire supply at the original "Old Mine" was completely exhausted by 1887.

The six years of production at the "Old Mine" yielded some of the largest, most beautiful and valuable sapphires the world had ever seen or will ever see. Some of the rough gems were rumored to be as large as 3 x 5 inches. Indian traders referred to their richly saturated blue color as "peacock's neck."

After the initial find was depleted, prospectors attempted to continue their good fortunes at the "New Mine," just south of the original. But those attempts were scrapped because of harsh weather conditions and limited production.

Today, the legacy of the "Old Mine" lies in the valuable stones that were sourced in Kashmir between 1881 and 1887. Two of those stones are headlining Sotheby's Geneva auction on May 11. The 55.19-carat oval-cut Kashmir sapphire, seen above, is being billed as the largest of its kind ever to appear at auction.

The 55.19-carat sapphire is set in a stylized ribbon brooch alongside a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire weighing 25.97 carats. The jewelry, which is dated to the 1930s and designed by Cartier, and was once owned by Maureen Constance Guinness, the heiress to the Guinness beer fortune.

“Kashmir sapphires of over 30 carats are a very rare occurrence, so the appearance of a gem of 55.19 carats — the largest ever to come at auction — is an important event,” said Benoit Repellin, head of Sotheby’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction.

Sotheby's noted that the Kashmir stones exhibit the deep, velvety blue for which sapphires from these fabled mines are best known, owed to fine clouds of dispersed nanoparticles of iron and titanium, which scatter the light and give the stones a dreamy haziness, quite unlike sapphires from other locations."

Sotheby's is estimating that the brooch will fetch as much as $3 million at its Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale.

Credits: Jewelry image courtesy of Sotheby's. Zanskar range of the Himalayas by Kashmir photographer, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Map by Googlemaps.
April 6th, 2021
A diamond battery that can last 28,000 years? Yup, it's about to happen because the concept floated five years ago has evolved into a commercial product.

Back in 2016, scientists from the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute developed an ingenious means of pairing the unique characteristics of nuclear waste and microscopic diamonds to create a battery with a lifespan of more than 5,000 years.

They suggested that these super-long-lasting diamond batteries might be used in satellites, spacecraft and pacemakers.

Now, five years later, California-based Nano Diamond Battery (NDB) is on the cusp of releasing a commercial product that builds on the work of the Institute and extends the battery's capabilities even further.

NDB claims that its diamond battery will run for 28,000 years without needing to be recharged or replaced. Its initial release could come as early as 2023.

The brilliance behind these long-lasting power sources lies in the physics of how diamonds and radioactive isotopes react to one another. Micro-sized single crystal diamonds do a great job of moving heat away from the radioactive isotope materials. The diamonds move the heat so fast that the transaction generates electricity.

When layers of nano diamonds are stacked in battery cells, the power is multiplied and becomes sufficient to run consumer electronics, medical devices or even electric vehicles.

The Nano Diamond Battery is friendly to the environment in a number of ways. It converts nuclear waste into useful material and batteries never have to be changed.

The revolutionary product also has the potential to bring essential power to people who live in remote areas or in hostile environments.

The idea of a battery powered by nuclear waste may sound a bit dangerous, but the principals at NDB explained that the radioactive materials are coated with a layer of poly-crystalline diamond, which makes them safe and tamper proof. The coating is said to be up to 12 times tougher than stainless steel.

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April 7th, 2021
Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski gave birth to her first child, Sylvester Apollo Bear, on March 8 and took to Instagram this past Sunday to show off two gold necklaces to commemorate the momentous event.

In a post that was liked by more than 939,000 Instagrammers, the 29-year-old Ratajkowski modeled a fashionable "mama" nameplate flanked by two princess-cut diamonds on a delicate gold chain, as well as a diamond-pavé "Sylvester" nameplate affixed to a bold curb chain.

Exactly three years ago, Ratajkowski made news when she told The Tonight Show‘s audience how she accepted a paper clip engagement ring from beau Sebastian Bear-McClard when he popped the question at the Minetta Tavern in New York City.

“He didn’t have a ring, so I was like, ‘Hmmm, nah,'” Ratajkowski explained to host Jimmy Fallon. “And then he took the paper clip that the bill was paid with and made me a ring, which I actually thought was really romantic.”

Five months after the proposal, the paper clip ring was replaced with a more suitable double-stone engagement ring stunner — pear-shaped and princess-cut diamonds nestled side by side on a simple yellow-gold band. Ratajkowski said that she and Bear-McClard took an active role in the engagement ring’s design. reported that the end result was a labor of love, as the couple worked on more than 50 sketches before agreeing on the final look.

That ring made a return engagement in Ratajkowski's Sunday Instagram post. You can see it peeking in at the lower-right portion of the photo, at top. Also seen is a wide yellow-gold wedding band that has a story of its own.

During that same Tonight Show interview, Ratajkowski recounted how she and her fiancé were looking to get married at City Hall soon after the proposal and had little time to pick out wedding bands.

Said Ratajkowski: “So then we walked into Chinatown and bought an ounce of gold, and he was like, ‘We’ll melt down the gold and make the rings.’

“So I was like, ‘I just don’t see us melting down gold, like that just seems kind of difficult,’ but then he ended up going to some store in Midtown and met this nice man— this is the night before our wedding, by the way— and this very nice Israeli man was like, ‘I know how to do that.’

“So we came into his studio after hours and then we actually hammered them out, the whole thing, used a little blow torch. And they were supposed to be temporary rings, but now I’m very attached and I really don’t want to get rid of it.”

Three years later, it looks like the hammered wedding band has found a permanent home on the model's finger.

Credits: Images via Instagram/emrata.
April 8th, 2021
By blasting a dime-sized graphite disk at a wall at 15,000 mph (24,100 km/h), scientists were able to emulate the high-energy impact that can turn carbon-based material into super-strong hexagonal diamonds — a variety of the gem that is stiffer and stronger than the diamonds in your jewelry box. That's saying a lot, because the diamonds you own happen to rate a perfect 10 on the Mohs hardness scale.

The researchers at Washington State University's Institute for Shock Physics were looking to mimic the energy of a meteorite striking the Earth because hexagonal diamonds — also known as Lonsdaleite diamonds — have been found in trace amounts at meteorite impact sites, such as Canyon Diablo in Arizona.

Scientists had long theorized that Lonsdaleite diamonds were stronger than conventional cubic diamonds, but the samples were either too small or had too short of an existence to be measured.

During their experiment, the carbon-based disk crashed into a barrier and was rapidly transformed into a hexagonal diamond. Immediately after impact, but before the material was obliterated, the researchers produced a small sound wave and used lasers to measure its movement through the hexagonal diamond. As a rule, sound moves fastest through stiffer materials, such as cubic diamonds. In this latest experiment, sound moved even faster through the lab-created hexagonal diamonds.

Based on that result, the scientist surmised that the hexagonal diamonds were stiffer than cubic diamonds. Stiffness is defined as a material's ability to resist deformation under a force or pressure.

So far, the scientists haven't been able to conduct a scratch test to determine how the Lonsdaleite diamonds stack up against natural cubic diamonds, which are the hardest natural material known to man. The scientists believe, however, the lab-created hexagonal diamonds will prove to be significantly harder than their cubic-shaped cousins.

If these findings are backed up and Lonsdaleite diamonds can be turned out commercially, these super-hard materials will likely find their way quickly into industrial applications, such as drill bits and other cutting devices. Might they also find their way into engagement rings and eternity bands? Only time will tell.

Credit: Image courtesy of ALROSA.
April 9th, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you sensational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today India.Arie delivers a message of inspiration and empowerment in her 2008 Grammy-nominated “Beautiful Flower.” In the song, she tells young women struggling with self-worth issues that they are beautiful, brilliant, powerful, resilient and “more valuable than a diamond.”


Written to support Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, “Beautiful Flower” delivers the motivational message that young South African girls have the talent, intelligence and drive to become a new generation of leaders.

India.Arie sings, “‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower / More valuable than a diamond / You are powerful like a fire / You will heal the world with your mind, and / There is nothing in the world that you cannot do / When you believe in you.”

Born India Arie Simpson, India.Arie (punctuation intended) is a talented singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. She’s also an activist for global health and human dignity. India.Aire was named an Ambassador for UNICEF and traveled to Africa extensively to address the AIDS crisis.

Oprah Winfrey became an avid fan of India.Arie’s music and invited her to appear on her TV show to discuss her music and activism. In 2007, she appeared in Winfrey’s documentary, “Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.” The documentary chronicled Winfrey’s five-year mission to create an academy for disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

“Putting spiritual and empowerment ideals into music concepts… that’s always been the core message of my music—and it seemed I was talking to others…” India.Arie told “But the truth is that it was my message to myself because I was yearning to know the peace of a self-defined life.”

The daughter of a Motown songstress and a former NBA basketball player, the 45-year-old Denver native has won four Grammy Awards from her 23 nominations, and has sold more than 10 million records worldwide.

“I’m happy that the people who inspired me like my music,” she told The Atlanta Constitution. “When Elton John said I was one of his favorite artists — now, that was success.”

Please check out the video of India.Arie’s enchanting live performance of “Beautiful Flower.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Beautiful Flower”
Written by India Arie Simpson and Joyce Anne Simpson. Performed by India.Arie.

This is a song for every girl who’s
Ever been through something she thought she couldn’t make it through, yeah<
I sing these words because
I was that girl, too
Wanting something better than this
But who do I turn to

Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light, yeah
This is the defining moment of our lives

‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You will heal the world with your mind, and

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

This is a song for every girl who
Who’s ever been through something she thought she couldn’t make it through
Girl, you can make it through
I sing these words because I know you’re the one who
Knows there’s something better than this
And you’re gonna define it, yeah

Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light
This is the defining moment of our lives

‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You will heal the world with your mind, and

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

Yeah, you, who are beautiful
Yeah, you, who are brilliant
Yeah, you, who are powerful
Yeah, you, who are resilient

Yeah, you, yeah, you
Hey, yeah, you
Yeah, you, yeah, you
Yeah, you, yeah, you
Yeah, you, yeah, you
Yeah, you, yeah, you
Yeah, you, yeah, you

Credit: Photo by Chris Hakkens, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
April 12th, 2021
Radiating with 232 diamonds and 53 sapphires, the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2020 World Series ring is a fitting tribute to a franchise celebrating its seventh world title. Coaches and players were presented with their rings on the field at Dodger Stadium prior to the team's home opener on Friday. The total weight of all the gemstones is exactly 11 carats.

Steeped in intricate storytelling and artful details, the 14-karat white and yellow gold rings tell the story of the team's march to the 2020 championship, while also paying homage to the storied franchise that began calling Los Angeles its home in 1958.

What instantly stands out in the championship ring are the 17 custom-cut Dodger blue sapphires that make up the "LA" symbol. That symbol is layered atop a baseball "diamond" illustrated with pavé-set gems and punctuated at the bases with princess-cut diamonds. In total, the interior of the baseball diamond is set with 29 diamonds symbolizing the number of Dodgers home runs hit in the Arlington, Texas, Postseason Bubble.

Layered below the LA logo and baseball diamond is a ground of 16 intricately set genuine custom-cut sapphires. The blue gems are encircled by a halo of 44 diamonds. Above and below the halo are the words WORLD and CHAMPIONS set in raised white-gold lettering on a black ground.

Enhancing the edges of the ring face are six princess-cut diamonds set in stylized pennants, which honor the Dodgers' previous six World Series titles. Cascading down the sides of the ring top are 96 diamonds.

Combined on both edges of the ring are 12 princess-cut sapphires representing the 12 home runs hit by the Dodgers in the 2020 World Series, a feat that contributed heavily to the team's 4-2 series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The left side of the ring features the recipient’s name in raised white gold lettering. Below the name is the player's number set in diamonds. Below and to the right of the number is the Dodgers logo rendered in custom blue and red ceramic. Completing the left side of the ring is the logo of Major League Baseball.

The right side of the ring features the Dodgers home town, spelled out in raised white gold lettering. Below the words Los Angeles is the year 2020 set with 36 round diamonds. Splitting the 20s in the year 2020 is the coveted Commissioner's Trophy illustrated in contrasting yellow gold. The trophy is punctuated by a single diamond.

On either side of the trophy are four round sapphires. The eight sapphires and the text NL WEST below are symbolic of the eight straight NL West Division titles held by the Dodgers. Los Angeles palm trees are the finishing detail on the right side of the ring.

The LA logo crafted in blue enamel is at the center of the inside of the ring. On either side of the "LA" symbol are the logos of the teams the Dodgers faced in the run up to the World Series. Also shown are the series results.

The rings were presented to the players and coaches in an elaborate ring box that featured a rotating platform, interior light and an LCD screen that automatically plays a four-minute highlight film each time the box is opened. Jostens called it the most elaborate ring box ever created by the company.

“For 32 years Los Angeles waited for this moment, this team and this ring – and all that it represents. Jostens did a spectacular job designing these rings, which represent the sacrifice, determination and fortitude demonstrated by our players, coaches and entire organization to win a championship while overcoming unprecedented challenges,” said Stan Kasten, Dodgers President and CEO. “We are so proud of this team and thrilled to have presented them with their rings today in front of the best fans in baseball.”

Credits: Images courtesy of Jostens.
April 14th, 2021
In a marriage proposal that caught the attention of CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King and was picked up by People, Newsweek, Essence and iHeart Radio, groom-to-be William Hunn got down on one knee atop an Atlanta skyscraper to pop the question to Brittney Miller with not one, but five diamond engagement rings.

As Miller explained in an Instagram post, the special day started with a helicopter ride that was intended to zoom the couple to a wine tasting. Instead, the helicopter circled the city and then landed on the helipad of the Park Pavilion building. There, a few friends were already on hand to witness Hunn present the love of his life with five diamond rings on a multi-finger velvet display.

“I thought I knew what love was until you came back into my life,” Hunn said. “Not only did you help me realize that I don’t want to live without you, but I realized that I can’t live without you. I have to have you. And I have to spend the rest of my life with you.”

Miller answered "Absolutely" when he asked for her hand in marriage.

Then he gave her the following choice: “You can try all five or pick one.”

Each ring was beautiful in its own way, with many different diamonds sizes, shapes and setting options.

Miller entertained the notion of trying on all the rings at the same time, but she did have a favorite in mind. The ring she pulled from the third finger of the display appears to feature a radiant-cut diamond center stone on a delicate diamond-adorned band.

"I SAID YES!!!!," Miller wrote on her Instagram page. "He proposed with not just one…. but FIVE rings. I had options. @ichillwillfixit went above and beyond to make this day one that we'll never forget. William, you are truly a blessing. You're my best friend, fiancé, soon to be husband and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."

Later in the day, the couple attended a surprise engagement party where both sides of the family gathered to celebrate the big day.

CBS This Morning anchor King was impressed by Hunn's extraordinary efforts to make the proposal so special.

"It was very creative," King said of the five-ring proposal. "And the fact that he cared that much. To me, it sounds like that marriage is off to a very good start."

Miller posted the CBS clip along with this caption: "I can't believe The CBS Morning show covered my and @ichillwillfixit proposal!!! The amount of support we've received over the last week has been astronomical. This is truly amazing to have our story shared with so many people. And by GAYLE KING!?!? I'm speechless. Definitely a humbling experience @gayleking."

Credits: Images courtesy of James D. Love (
April 15th, 2021
Alexandrite is one of the rarest and most expensive gemstones on the planet. During an average year, worldwide production is barely 40 kilograms (88 lbs) and 93% of that production can be traced to Brazil.

Russia ranks a distant second in alexandrite production, but is looking to quadruple the output of the unique color-change gem at its Mariinsky mine in the Ural Mountains. The announcement was made by officials at the state-controlled corporation Rostec, which operates the country’s only emerald placer mine.

(Placer mining is when minerals, such as alexandrite or emerald, are separated from sand or gravel using running water.)

The acceleration of alexandrite production in Russia is particularly significant because the gem — which is often called “emerald by day and ruby by night” — was originally discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1830.

Gem legend states that Finnish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1792-1865) received a mineral sample from Count Lev Alekseevich Perovskii (1792-1856) that seemed very much like an emerald. But when the mineralogist inspected the gem under candlelight, the green gem had turned raspberry red.

According to the Smithsonian, Nordenskiöld had intended to name the new variety of chrysoberyl “diaphanite,” but the Count insisted that it be called “alexandrite” to curry favor with the Russian royal family and Czar Alexander II. (The gem was said to be discovered on the Czar’s birthday.)

Emphasizing that 2020 was a particularly difficult year at the Mariinsky mine due to COVID-19-related issues, Rostec chief executive Kirill Fedorov told the TASS news agency that his company mined just a single kilogram of alexandrite in 2020. That number should reach 4 kilograms in 2021 as production gears up to address a resurgence in demand.

Russia currently accounts for 4% of the world's alexandrite production. Fedorov called alexandrite "the world's rarest precious stone" and added that prices for both alexandrite and emeralds have increased in the range of 30% since 2018.

The color-changing property of alexandrite has been attributed to the presence of chromium in the gem’s chemical makeup. In normal daylight, a fine alexandrite will appear bluish-green, but under lamplight or candle flame, the gem transitions to a vibrant raspberry red. The chromium allows the gem to absorb light in the yellow and blue parts of the spectrum.

Credit: Image by Александр Рудный, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
April 16th, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you classic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today we shine our spotlight on Lesley Gore, who, as a 17-year-old in 1963, exploded onto the music scene with her #1 pop hit, “It’s My Party.”

A heartbreaking account of a teenage girl being humiliated at her own birthday party, “It’s My Party” grew to be much more than a song. The catchphrase “It’s my party. I’ll cry if I want to” became part of the pop culture lexicon to describe a happy event that takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In the song, Gore's boyfriend, Johnny, leaves the party for a while with her rival, Judy. When they return later, Judy is showing off a new piece of jewelry.

Gore sings, “Oh, Judy and Johnny just walked through that door / Like a queen with her king / Oh what a birthday surprise / Judy’s wearin’ his ring.”

The line “It’s my party. I’ll cry if I want to” was originally credited to the Brill Building writing team of John Gluck, Wally Gold and Herb Weiner. But, later, it was rightfully attributed to part-time songwriter Seymour Gottlieb, and specifically, his daughter, Judy.

Judy Solash told the New York Daily News in 2015 that she was a teenager living in Brooklyn when a disagreement over her Sweet 16 guest list sparked an emotional exchange with her dad. Seymour thought it was proper to invite Judy’s grandparents and the birthday girl had other ideas.

Here’s how the song was born, according to Solash: “I, of course, being a bratty teenager, said I didn’t want them there. I burst into tears, and my father said, ‘Don’t cry.'”

Judy, famously answered, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.”

Gottlieb, a restaurant owner and lyricist, passed the catchy phrase to his songwriter friend Weiner, who later composed the song with Gluck and Gold. When the song became a chart-topping hit, Weiner agreed to share his portion of the song’s royalties with Gottlieb.

Gore, who was born Lesley Sue Goldstein, was a junior in high school when she recorded “It’s My Party” for producer Quincy Jones. The song zoomed to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while also charting in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

She followed this chart-topper with other memorable songs, such as “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me.” Gore lost her battle with lung cancer in 2015. She was 68.

Please check out the video of Gore’s live performance of “It’s My Party” on the Ed Sullivan Show in October 1963. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“It’s My Party”
Written by John Gluck, Wally Gold, Herb Weiner and Seymour Gottlieb. Performed by Lesley Gore.

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Nobody knows where my Johnny has gone
Judy left the same time
Why was he holding her hand
When he’s supposed to be mine?

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Play all my records, keep dancing all night
But leave me alone for a while
‘Til Johnny’s dancing with me
I’ve got no reason to smile

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Oh, Judy and Johnny just walked through that door
Like a queen with her King
Oh what a birthday surprise
Judy’s wearin’ his ring

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Oh it’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you

Credit: Screen capture via Ed Sullivan Show.
April 19th, 2021
An 18-karat rose gold horse pavé-set with 169 pink and purplish-pink Argyle diamonds seems to rise from the face of The Perth Mint’s latest 3D "Jewelled" coin.

Priced at $215,605 (AUD $279,000), The Jewelled Horse of 2021 represents the fourth in a series of highly collectible coins showcasing Asia’s revered mythical and mortal creatures. Across many cultures, the horse represents vitality, power and nobility.

The 2018 Jewelled Phoenix, 2019 Jewelled Dragon and 2020 Jewelled Tiger coins sold out within weeks of their release dates.

The rare gems that make up the body of the rearing horse include a mix of pink and purplish-pink diamonds from the now-depleted Argyle mine in Western Australia. Each of these diamonds has a color rating of fancy intense to fancy vivid.

The mine had been the world's main source of gem-quality pink diamonds, but was shuttered in November of 2020. Two golden-colored Argyle diamonds are used to represent the horse's eyes. The diamond total weight is 2.76 carats.

Measuring 61 mm (2.4 inches) across and struck from 10 ounces of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the coin’s reverse artistry portrays a branch of jasmine flowers and undulating countryside with nearby hills topped by pagodas. It includes the Chinese character for horse, which is derived from a pictogram of a standing horse with a flowing mane. The coin's reverse also incorporates the inscription JEWELLED HORSE and The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mintmark.

The obverse features the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the weight and fineness, the “2000 DOLLARS” monetary denomination, “AUSTRALIA,” the Queen’s name and the year 2021.

Recognizing the significance of the number eight in Asian cultures and its association with luck and prosperity, the limited quantity of eight Jewelled Horse coins were issued by The Perth Mint. Each is presented in a luxury, cabinet-style case with double-doors embellished with pink gold motifs and two additional Argyle pink diamonds. Inside, the illuminated coin continuously rotates 360 degrees.

Credits: Images courtesy of The Perth Mint.
April 20th, 2021
Barely four weeks after accepting a 4-carat, pear-shaped diamond engagement ring from Italian singer Benjamin Mascolo, former Disney star Bella Thorne returned the sentiment by giving her new fiancé a diamond engagement ring of his own.

Mascolo, 27, took to Instagram over the weekend to show off the diamond-studded, openwork gold ring, which he proudly wore on the ring finger of his left hand. While couples regularly exchange wedding bands while taking their vows, the concept of engagement rings for men is a novel one.

From the series of photos posted to his Instagram, we can see that Thorne delivered the ring while sharing a romantic meal at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills.

Mascolo wrote, "She got me an engagement ring" and punctuated the statement with a white heart emoji.

Thorne, 23, shared Mascolo's post to her Instagram Stories and captioned the post, "My love @b3nm."

Four weeks ago, Thorne and Mascolo thrilled their fans with Instagram posts announcing their engagement and showing off Thorne's new ring. The proposal took place after the couple shot the final scene of their movie, Time Is Up.

"She said YES," commented Mascolo, while adding two emojis: a diamond ring and a black heart.

“He knows exactly my style @b3nm,” Thorne wrote on Instagram.

Jewelry-industry experts estimated that Thorne's pear-shaped center stone weighs close to 4 carats and, depending on the gem's quality, could be worth up to $150,000. The large center stone is surrounded by a halo of smaller white diamonds on a white gold or platinum diamond-accented band.

Thorne and Mascolo officially announced they were a couple in June of 2019. Their wedding will include celebrations in both the US and Italy.

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April 21st, 2021
Buffeted by menacing winds high upon a cliffside in West Cork, Ireland, Blue Cassidy and his girlfriend, Maria Gilvanda, calmly played their roles as sweethearts enjoying a Champagne picnic at one of the most picturesque places on the planet.

Gilvanda had been convinced by her boyfriend that they were participating in a tourism video. What she didn't know is that the drone filming their perilous rendezvous just steps from a sheer vertical drop into the Atlantic Ocean was actually documenting a stunning, one-of-a-kind marriage proposal.

Photographer and expert drone operator Niall Duffy nearly pulled the plug on the ruse because the drone was having trouble navigating in high winds. At the last moment, he decided to go forward with the plan because Cassidy had already delayed the proposal more than six months due to COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland.

"I was right on the edge with it, to be honest," Duffy told CorkBeo. "I didn't think it would work and I said maybe we could call it off until we got better weather. But, he had already waited six months so we went ahead with it."

In the viral video, the viewer assumes the vantage point of the drone as it soars high above the couple, revealing the awesome, jagged vistas that make County Cork such a unique destination.

After circling the couple, the drone hovers directly above. Dangling from the drone is a cord with a very special package tied to the end. Cassidy stretches to reach the package, which contains a ring box. The drone's camera stays focused on the couple as Cassidy goes down on one knee and proposes to his startled, yet delighted, girlfriend, with a ring given to him by his mother.

Said Duffy, "The drone got there, the ring arrived, she said 'Yes,' and everybody's happy."

In the final seconds of the video, the drone zooms away from the precipice until the couple seems to vanish into the landscape. The couple is circled in the screen capture, below.

The couple has been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic comments and well wishes generated by the viral video.

Gilvanda told the Irish Examiner that part of the beauty of the responses has been the sense of hope the proposal has brought to many people.

"We were saying that we would like to make it a tradition every 10 years that we would go there and do a different video each year until our legs can't walk to the cliff," she said.

See the impressive video here…

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April 22nd, 2021
Celebrity and style publications, from Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to Teen Vogue, are convinced that the matching initial pendants worn by Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson and breakout Bridgerton actress Phoebe Dynevor provide solid evidence that the couple is dating.

Eagle-eyed fans noticed that the "PD" initial pendant Davidson wore during his appearance April 6 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was exactly the same as the one worn by Dynevor during her March 8 International Women’s Day cameo on Brie Larson's YouTube channel.

Rumors had been circulating for months that Davidson and Dynevor were managing a long-distance relationship while he's in New York shooting SNL and she's in London filming the second season of the wildly popular Bridgerton series for Netflix. They had been spotted holding hands in England during recent weeks.

Certainly Davidson, 27, and Dynevor, 25, have the exact same initials, but what are the odds that they would have randomly purchased the same type of jewelry?

It's more likely that they bought matching necklaces and wear them as a sweet and symbolic connection while they apart. Buzzfeed speculated that there is a single "PD" necklace that Davidson borrowed from Dynevor for his Tonight Show appearance.

Nevertheless, the publications are in agreement the couple intentionally used the "PD" necklace to drop a subtle hint to their fans about their romance.

On April 11, during a Zoom session with Marquette University students, Davidson was asked about his celebrity crush. He answered, "I'm with my celebrity crush."

“Pete and Phoebe are still going strong despite not being able to physically spend time together,” a source told US Weekly. "They keep in touch over text and FaceTime. Right now, they’re just focused on work… They’re not looking to rush things.”

Credits: Screen captures via Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Larson.