The newest trend in eating is “from farm to table”, it now has shown up in bridal bouquets. A friend of mine has decided to become a vegan-in my opinion hats off to her, I wish I could do it. So now some are doing eco weddings with these beautiful edible bouquets. These fruits and vegetables give a pop of color and a different texture than flowers. I love these bouquets, if I was to do it all over again, of course with the same man, I would definitely do some fruits and/or veggies in MY bouquet! Take a look at the photos and let me know your thoughts.
New findings for online jewelers, their customers want to see the product they are purchasing and they want to deal directly with a salesperson that can answer their questions. More and more online jewelry companies are noticing that their customers are extremely knowledgeable in the field, they do the research. In response, Gemvara decided to open a store in Boston, customers can come in look at the item, try it on, feel the piece. That was one complaint out of many from online jewelry stores, sometimes the customer can’t get a true feel of the piece from an image, they want to see if the piece of jewelry is comfortable, if they like the look. The first thing a woman does is try on the piece of jewelry they are interested in, most likely they decide immediately if they like it or not. So as we can see everyone is coming to the same conclusion-It makes more sense to buy a piece of jewelry in person and not online.
An Oklahoma teenager Tana Clymer found a 3.85 carat canary diamond at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park. Tana, 14 and her family visited the state park after she found out about a boy who found a 5 carat diamond there and wanted to try her luck.
While at the 37 acre park she dug through dirt for about two hours before something caught her eye. “I thought it was a piece of paper or foil from a candy wrapper”, she said. It was a jelly bean size teardrop-shaped, yellow stone. “When I touched it, I thought it was a marble,” she said. “ I think God pointed me to it. I was about to sprint to join my family and God told me to slow down and look. Then I found the diamond.”
Tana is excited about her findings and stated she either keep the diamond for a ring or if its worth a lot use the money from selling it for college. The park has a finders-keepers policy, so Tana gets to keep her diamond. Her diamond is 396th found so far for this year in the State Park. More than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the site since 1906. Other semi-precious stones and minerals, including amethysts, garnets, jasper, peridot and quartz, are also there for the finding.
I think I will go to the park, maybe I’ll get lucky!!!! I would display it at Diamonds by Eyal!
Victoria Secret has unveiled its 2013 Fantasy Bra, “The Royal Fantasy”. The brassiere is 18-karat yellow gold and features over 4,200 hand-set precious gemstones including diamonds, rubies, yellow sapphires and a majestic dangling 52 carat pear shaped ruby in the center. It is accompanied by a matching belt which is being called a belly chain. This conversation piece is valued at $10 million. Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel is the model chosen to showcase this exquisite masterpiece that was made by Mouawad. The Royal Fantasy is the true essence of the word bling-bling. Some other supermodels that have worn the Fantasy Bra are Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen.
Pink diamonds are one of the rarest colored diamonds found on earth and they’re now trending! Can you believe it!? Eyal Cohen’s relatives at the London-Based Moussaieff Jewelers purchased this pink 8.77 carat diamond paying a whopping $721,200 per carat. Fortunately, pink diamonds are in demand among collectors and the diamond sold at Christie’s New York (auction house) for 6.3 million dollars. So where do pink diamonds actually come from? Pink diamonds are mostly mined in Australia, Africa, India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Although, 90% of the words supply of pink diamonds comes from the Argyle mine, located in Australia.
In 2002, actor Ben Afflack presented Jennifer Lopez with a 2.5 Million Dollar stunning pink diamond ring from Harry Winston.
My Favorite pink diamond by far! In 2003 David Beckham purchased a 1.8 million 10 carat pink diamond ring for his wife Victoria.
In 2004 Enrique Iglesias bought his girlfriend, Anna Kournikova a 5.4 Million dollar pink diamond 11 carat ring.
In 2008 Ellen DeGeneres proposed to Portia de Rossi with a 3 carat diamond ring.
There is no doubt that gold is BACK and making its mark on celebs and stylists nationwide! This year all of our favorite actors and actresses were spotted wearing the newest in gold accessories and fashion. Statement necklaces have continued to be popular in the fashion industry, but now covered in beautiful gold! Cocktail rings with white diamonds are all the rage with the fall season approaching in full force. Fashionistas love pairing multiple rings and one statement necklace for a show-stopping look. Wearing a couple gold accessories is the best way to complete a look, making it look fresh and sassy. The best part about gold jewelry is that you can wear it with absolutely anything — black, white, or a colorful ensemble! This fall let your creative juices flow and wear your gold jewelry however you want it — layers, body chains, head wear, cartilage cuffs, mid rings, or the ever popular statement pieces!!! The possibilities are endless when it comes to sporting your gold jewelry this fall — no matter how you wear your accessories, you’ll be golden.
18K Yellow Gold Gucci Large Horsebit Bracelet
18K Pink Gold Gucci 6mm Small Stretchable Bamboo Link Bracelet
14K pink gold Ladies 23 Stone Round Bezel Set Stackable Diamond Bangle with Milgraine Trim and Beaded Accent Diamond 1.13 total carat weight, Color: IJ, Clarity: VS
A carpenter from Missouri found a 2.05-carat brown diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in late July. This find brought the total number of diamonds found at the park this year alone to 327.
It was the fourth trip to the diamond site for Steve Vehige of Flint Hill, Mo., who brought along his 17-year-old son, Matt. The two spent three days in late July digging in the 37 ½-acre search area.
He called his find the “Flint Hill Special.”
Vehige wasn’t the only park visitor to find a diamond that day. Two other visitors picked up their own surface finds: a 33-point white diamond and a 58-point yellow diamond.
Margi Jenks, park interpreter, said that rain increases the number of surface finds and July’s rainfall total at the park was 10 inches.
“Diamonds … stay put when it rains and the dirt surrounding and covering the diamonds washes away. I knew from past experience that Saturday’s sunny skies would probably result in some nice diamond finds,” she said.
The Flint Hill Special is the third diamond weighing more than 2 carats found at the park this year. All three of the 2-carat-plus diamonds found have been brown.
“Brown diamonds are the most difficult to find in the dark dirt here. White diamonds are the most common diamonds registered, with yellow and brown diamonds about even in numbers,” Jenks said, noting that in 2012 a total of 530 diamonds were found, including 131 brown and 100 yellow.
Golden Gate Proposal
Proposal Date: 06/10/2013
Proposal Location: California
On my 22nd birthday, my family, my boyfriend Philip, and I were spending the day in San Francisco. We stopped to take pictures on Lombard Street, walked through the Fisherman’s Wharf, got ice cream at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, and the last stop was (of course) the Golden Gate Bridge. Philip and I stood under the bridge to get a picture, and just as I was about to walk away to let someone else get their photo op, he said that there was one more picture we needed to get while we were there. I couldn’t even process what was happening as he got down on one knee and offered me the ring. I am so glad that my family was there to share the special day with us — and that they got so many great pictures!
Blue Moon Surprise
Proposal Location: New Jersey
Proposal Date: 08/31/2012
We were sitting at home and my fiancé brings up, “hey, we should go to the beach! Its such a nice night.” Since I love the beach anytime is a good time, but tonight was different. It was the Blue moon. We go to the same beach we had our first date. The moon was HUGE and very low hanging over the water. My fiancé says, “Oh wait, I’ll go back and get a blanket for us to sit on.” He goes back to the car and back to me, sits me on a lifeguard boat overturned in the sand, and in front of the moon reflecting waves and boats dotted along the sea horizon, he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I said Yes! Moments later fireworks are set off from the drawbridge along the jetties. His reaction was priceless, “You’ve got to be kidding me!”, he didn’t mean for it to happen but it was a nice surprise.
Proposal Date: 12/01/2012
Proposal Location: North Carolina
We’ve know each other since we were kids, and been in love nearly that long. He had come to spend the day with me, we took a walk just after sunset to the beach at the end of my road. Adam gave me a beautiful engraved photo album filled with pictures of us from the time we were kids until now. It made me cry, just a little! On the last page was a picture of my gorgeous ring, on which he’d written ‘will you marry me?’ I looked up, and he was on one knee. The colors were beautiful in the sky where we had shared our first kiss. It was perfect for two childhood sweethearts!
Surprise at Sunrise!
Proposal Date: 07/04/2013
Proposal Location: Florida
The night before, my love asked me if I wanted to “dawn patrol” “What’s that?” I asked. “It’s when you go to the beach at sunrise to check if the tide is good for surfing.” he said. Knowing he wanted to surf the next day and though I am never up before sunrise I said “sure!” The next morning, coffee mugs in hand, we walked to the beach. After sitting down for a little, he said “hey lets walk down a little more” As we walked along the gorgeous beach, we stumbled upon an engraved sign stuck in the sand. “Omg babe, these people have the same initials as us!” I said (sorry folks I can be a little slow sometimes) “Maybe it is us” he said. Under the sign was a shell that had been made into a jewelry box. I had no idea what happening until I opened the shell and saw the most beautiful canary diamond ring I had ever seen. I turned around and there he was bent on one knee and asked me to marry him with the sun peeking up behind the clouds. His friend was hiding and captured it all on camera!
Our Back to the Future Proposal
Proposal Location: Pennsylvania
Proposal Date: 04/13/2013
My fiance, Ivan, and I have been together for 8 years and our favorite movie is Back to the Future. In order to have a unique proposal, Ivan asked a friend of ours who works at the arts venue in town if he could get rights to and play Back to the Future at the movie theater. Our friend managed to get the rights and our close friends planned a movie outing. Ivan said there were bonus features at the end, so we had to stick around after the credits. The bonus features began with a shot of our neighborhood bar, and moved inside to an entire 5 min professional movie of my fiance using a time machine to travel into the future to see himself. He comes to the present, runs through town, and ends up at the arts center. The movie stops and he proposes! Here’s a link to our video on youtube with the song he wrote me at the end!
Eric Proposes to a Dance Teacher
Proposal Date: 06/15/2013
Proposal Location: Texas
Once upon a time there was a princess; she graces the stage in her final dance of the season, demanding the audience and lighting up the room with her exquisite beauty. She turns to walk off the stage, met by friends who gently nudge her back on, as the music changes to a tune by Frank Sinatra. She sees her “charming” walking towards her. She’s breathless & frozen, and friends in the wing point for her to look behind her. A tiny prince charming struts the stage with the other half of the question. She’s elated, speechless, and happiness is evident in the smile that she couldn’t hide if she tried to. They make eye contact. He walks across the stage closer to her, and friends are teary eyed watching a true life love story unfold in front of their eyes! He takes a knee, & asks her the one question every princess can’t wait to hear. She says YES! She takes her bow in true performer’s fashion, and he looks at her adoringly…like all prince charming’s should. They live happily ever after.
Romance on the Rooftop
Proposal Date: 07/18/2013
Proposal Location: Ohio
I had planned a special weekend for our one year anniversary to take my boyfriend to a major league baseball game. We arrived the day before the game to have a relaxing evening, went for a casual dinner then checked out the roof top terrace cocktail lounge. My boyfriend said he was going to look for the restroom and returned telling me he wanted to show me something. I followed him to the railing, where he told me to look out over the city in the distance. I had no idea what I was looking for, then he said “oh wait, it’s over here”, I turned to find him on one knee, holding the most beautiful ring I’d ever seen. He had arranged everything, the entire hotel staff knew, the manager took tons of photos and had champagne waiting on our table. When we returned to our room a short time later, there were rose petals on the bed…everything was perfect. My surprise for him turned into the best surprise I could ever imagine!
This upcoming year, price per unit for gold and silver is predicted to take a downfall in 2014. Large investment banks have lowered their expectations due to weak investor demand, a stronger U.S. dollar and competition in China. In 2014, the forecast for gold is down a shocking 16 percent in contrast to the average of 2013, which was $1,409 per ounce. 2014 is expected to have gold prices at $1,313 per ounce. Credit Suisse lowered its 2013 forecast for gold from $1,580 to $1,400. Goldman Sachs followed their lead by cutting their anticipated price per ounce from $1,435 to $1,300 for the remainder of this year. By the time 2014 comes to an end, the bank predicts gold prices to be down to $1,050, which started at $1,270. For silver, Morgan Stanley’s 2013 price is now $23.39 per ounce, a 14 percent decline. For 2014, the bank expects the metal to be at approximately $21.01, a 29 percent reduction from earlier forecasts. Credit Suisse jumped on the bandwagon and cut its predictions for silver from $28.50 per ounce to $24.20 per ounce, a 15 percent decline. Both gold and silver, was reported hitting a 3 year low on June 26, 2013. Due to the rapid decrease in value, it is always important to invest in diamonds rather than gold or silver. Diamond investments are stable and constantly moving upward. When it comes to making a wise investment in the jewelry industry, diamonds are the way to go.