It be Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRRRR

Arrrr it be #TalkLikeAPirateDay and we’ve been taken over by some piratey speakin’ folk. Very sparkly… piratey speakin’ folk. So to celebrate, we’re going to be havin’ lots o’ piratey fun here on the blog. And we be startin’ win the traditional Jolly Roger which we thought be needin’ a bit o’ sprucing up. Ahhhhr, that be much better.

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Paris Hilton Just Bought the World’s Tiniest Pomeranian…

It’s the biggest news, and possibly the start of the biggest craze, since the chihuaha… Paris Hilton is now the proud mommy to what is possibly the tiniest Pomeranian in the world. Weighing in at a whopping 10 oz this 4.5 month old stud has been appropriately named Mr. Amazing. *We wish we were kidding.*

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Arrrrrrr! Who’s Up For Some Treasure?

Arrrrrrrrr, there be treasure in them thar hills… er water! At least I’m pretty sure that’s what pirate-type people say. That, and a lot of ‘ahoy mateys’, ‘yo ho a pirate’s life for me’, and ‘why is all the rum gone’. Yes, I imagine pirates as a radical cross between a Disney cartoon and Captain Jack Sparrow. Anyways, before I launched into what I’m sure was a super amusing tangent on pirates I meant to post a blog about what it is, besides rum that pirates love most, treasure. And not just any treasure, but x-marks the spot, worth many a gold doubloon treasure.  *There are major bonus points for those of you who actually knew how to spell doubloon before reading this post, because I did not.  Continue reading

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Do you keep priceless heirlooms in your desk drawer?

You know those random bits and pieces of jewelry that you keep stashed around your house? Most of its costume jewelry given to you by a batty aunt and you keep it because she loved it, but you would never really wear it. So there it sits, hidden away in a drawer for 35 years until the day when you realize that it’s actually worth something, hundreds of thousands of somethings. Continue reading

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Gold and Diamonds, the untold story of the world cup.

The world cup is here, and the world is rabid with excitement. I personally may not understand why, never being a soccer fan myself (Sorry), but there has to be a reason for #worldcup and #becausefutbol trending for a month straight. 2 hours of research later, I still don’t get it (Sorry again), but what I do know now, is that this exists.

Shimansky Jewelers

Shimansky Jewelers

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Woman ties baby to dress, and other hilarious wedding fails.

We love wedding fails here at Union Diamond, who doesn’t right? But usually they’re along the lines of cakes toppling over or, the best man tripping and pulling down grandma’s skirt. This however, brings the wedding fail to a whole different level. Allow us to introduce the woman who tied her infant daughter to the train of her wedding gown and then proceeded to drag her down the aisle. Seriously. There are pictures….

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May the 4th be with you!

Ok, this may be the most geek/tastic post we’ve ever created, and you may be wondering what on earth all of this has to do with diamonds and jewelry, but just stick with us on this one oh ye blog reader of little faith. Because we’ve got Star Wars themed wedding ideas, Star Wars jewelry, and gilded Star Wars factoids enough to fill the Death Star! Get excited.

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That’s one sparkling Mint Julep

It’s 52 degrees in Atlanta right now, which is downright glacial when you think about the fact that it’s May, and well, this is GA. You’d expect this sort of thing from places like Chicago and New York, but we had temps in the 90’s in March, and weather is just not supposed to go backwards, us Georgians could very well start suffering from frostbite. But anyways, for the sake of this post, we’re going to pretend that it’s a balmy 90 degrees, and that we’re sitting at Churchill Downs, waiting for the race to start. And oh, what’s that, oh it’s my Mint Julep. Ahhhh, that’s nice.

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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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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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