Diamond’s at a Glance!

We’re big fans of infographics here at Union Diamond. And why wouldn’t we be. They help turn the scary world of diamonds and jewelry into something easy to understand and fun to learn about. For example. Did you know that Diamonds are the hardest natural material known to man and that they are made of just one element, carbon? Well thanks to your friends at Union Diamond, and this infographic from the incredible people at GIA you will!

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The true “Art” of Platinum

Happy Arbor Day everyone! I was sitting at my desk this morning, thinking about the beauty of trees, when I remembered this blog post and it seemed like the perfect homage to Arbor Day and the beauty of foliage that surrounds us. So with that in mind… *Cue the rewind music!

 

“Art” is such a nebulous term. Impossible to define, although the Oxford dictionary makes a valiant attempt with; “the expression or application of human skill and imagination, typically in visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. Now, I’m no art expert, but I’ve always felt that art should make you stop and stare. It should challenge your assumptions of the world around you. But where do you draw the line? As a teenager I visited an art museum in Chicago. One of the installations was a string of white Christmas lights puddled in a heap on the floor. As I stood there, I tried to find the meaning, the purpose. Then I noticed the small placard which said that the installation was arranged at the museum’s discretion. Right, so someone sent the Chicago museum of art a string of lights in a box and got money for it.

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Happy Earth Day!

Since it’s Earth Day, we thought that we’d give Mother Earth a break and feature a diamond that was made by man…. from… a man. His name, is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. However if you’re a big soccer/ football fan you’re probably know him better by his legendary moniker, Pele.

 

Known throughout the sport as the best player of all-time, Pele has found a new way to immortalize his greatness that is SO much better than a set of cleats dipped in gold. And that new way involves a few strands of his raven locks and a really fancy pressure cooker.

Photo: EPA

Photo: EPA

That’s right, the Wayne Gretzky of soccer has had himself immortalized in a collection which features a golden sculpture depicting his famous ‘Chilena’ goal as well as a sparkling diamond all encased in a gold plated box. And ok, I may not be familiar with soccer, I know there’s a ball and some goals, and that most other countries in the world go completely crazy over it. Annd I admit that I have never in my life heard of Pele, or his famous ‘Chilena’ goal, and yes I had to google Chilena. So right now, i’m thinking that this guy may be a bit full of himself and that this limited edition, which isn’t altogether that limited as it is one of 1,283 (the number of the champ’s goals).

 

I mean, that’s a really impressive number given that a really high scoring soccer game has what, 4 goals total? But let’s get back to those diamonds and the hair, and the pressure cooker, because each one of those sparklers were created using a high pressure, high temperature process in which the hairs are reduced to their carbon and that carbon is grown into diamonds. And that’s a pretty cool process and all, but to me, expecting your average, everyday person to spend $7,500 of their hard earned money on a crystallized hair follicle is just a bit far fetched. It reminds me of those people that sell Justin Bieber’s used chewing gum on eBay for $50,000.

But then again, maybe i’m out of touch, because the chewing gum always sells, and as I said, soccer fans have a level of dedication to the sport that is beyond the scope of my imagination. So, will these Pele relics sell? Will people place them in shrines like they would the blood of the Redeemer? Only time will tell.

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Most Epic Groom’s Cakes Ever!

There are very few things that a groom cares about when it comes to planning a wedding. And usually they all revolve around food, and maybe the beer list. My fiance fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your point of view, falls into that category. Throughout the wedding process so far, all he has cared about is the cake, or more specifically, the groom’s cake. And he wants it to look… like this.

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Just how many carats can you cram into one watch?

Union Diamond Rewind! Remember this post about the five million dollar watch? Of course you do, it’s hard to forget that much bling. But just in case your memory is a little fuzzy, or you just like pictures of all things diamond encrusted, let’s rewind a bit. *Cue the time travel music!*

 

 

Every day I search the internet for interesting jewelry stories, whether it be notable jewelry auctions, pieces with fantastic histories, and maybe just a little celebrity romance. But one of my favorite things to stumble upon is a story that I can add to my ever growing collection of “My God that’s ridiculous” blogs. Examples of which would include every entry from the diamonds just don’t belong here, as well as a few additions like the lost ring found on a carrot story. I think by now you can see where I’m going with this one. But brace yourselves, because this piece makes those diamond encrusted beats look positively demure… and that’s saying something.

 

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Just in time for the Masters: Golf ball sized diamonds!

How many of you out there had your tv tuned into the Masters to watch Bubba Watson take home his 2nd green jacket? Even if you don’t like golf, the scenery alone is worth changing the channel for. Known for it’s scenic vistas and iconic flowering azalea bushes, the Augusta National Golf Course is hands down, one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Seriously, it’s amazing and yet another reason why Georgia is one of the most beautiful states in the country. And we’re not biased… not at all. But i’m rambling a bit because something that I saw this morning reminded me of those white golf balls, but a whole lot sparklier.

Image : Sotheby's

Image : Sotheby’s

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The Ludwig van Beethoven Diamond

Things that make you go, “Hrmmmm”.  Purple ketchup, Ugg boots with mini-skirts, and diamonds made out of people.  They all make you pause and wonder just what exactly the world is coming to. However, here they are, and hopefully, at least for the first two, they won’t stick around for much longer. But it seems that the latter is here to stay, and I just can’t figure out whether it’s really cool, or really disturbing. I guess I’d much rather wear Uncle Tim on my finger than have him immortalized on my mantle, at least as a diamond he’d be pretty. Now, if you recall, we once brought you a similar story about a grieving dog lover who immortalized her beloved pooch Mack by turning him into a diamond, and that was unusual enough. But this one. Wow. Continue reading

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The Perfect Poems and Readings for Your Wedding!

We’ve all experienced it, that moment when, as a Bride, you sit down to select the quotes and passages that will fill your invitations, programs, and even the ceremony itself. You think, “How hard could this be? There can only be one or two to choose from”. And oh, you are wrong…. so… so…. wrong. There are biblical readings and cultural readings and native american readings. Sonnets from Shakespeare, classic American poets, song lyrics, the mind boggles and there’s always that worry that your wedding will be like a scene from The Wedding Planner

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Happy Birthday April Babies!

Isn’t it amazing how the older you get, the faster time seems to move? I can’t believe that April is already speeding past, which is exceedingly sad for us, because April’s birthstone is the diamond, which is; let’s face it, our favorite thing ever! And we’re also trying really hard not to be envious that your birthstone is so amazing. So today we’re going to take a little jaunt to the past and revel in the myths and lore of diamonds.

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