7.12.2006

Diamonds do not suck.

With Stumble Upon, you find some interesting sites. You also find a few that leave you speachless.

For Example: Diamonds Suck

The site claims that moissanites are better than diamonds, and that you should never buy a diamond.

As a jeweler with intimate knowledge of the whole diamond issue, I find this site offensive.

Moissanites are not a naturally occurring gemstone and they do not resemble any type of meteorite. The only gems that come from meteors are moldavite, tektite, and meteorite.

Moissanites are a synthetic diamond substitute created by Charles & Colvard Ltd. These stones, because they are synthetic, have an optical quality known as hexagonal polytypic. In non-jeweler's speak, this means that the facets inside the stone reflect against each other making it look like a disco ball.

Diamonds are the hardest natural occurring material known to man. They are used in industry for saws, sanders, and drills. I own a small diamond drill for widening the holes in string pearls. Out of the millions of diamonds mined every year, only a handful are quality jewelery material. Learning to cut a diamond is a ten year process in which the prospective diamond cutter spends years watching the techniques of diamond cutting masters.

Diamonds, in general, are not hard to come buy. A finely cut diamond is hard to come by due to the small amount available for the jewelers market, mining processes, and the consumption of time it takes to cut the diamond properly.

The De Beers Cartel: The cartel fell apart in the 1990s. 2004 saw its death blow at the hands of the US Justice department in an anti-trust suit. Of course, the cartel only involved industrial diamonds: diamonds used for drills, sanders, and saws. Russian, Canadian, and Australian companies have gained a large piece of the diamond market since the 1990s and most diamonds you see in large chains are from Canada.

Yes, De Beers is responsible for the idea of a diamond engagement ring. Of course, it wasn't that hard a sell in 1938. That was still a time when a man was supposed to show his intended that he could support her symbolically, which involved a gift of great expense. The diamond engagement ring was all that and something your blushing bride could show off to the neighbor.

Of course, diamond haters will tell you that people only look at the setting of the stone, not the stone. I don't know what planet they came from, but apparently they never sat in a group of engaged women comparing stones. The only time the setting is appreciated is when the whole ring is an art piece, such as my engagement ring.

As for the resale of diamonds: If you are looking at an engagement ring as a monetary investment and you aren't a jeweler, your marriage isn't going anywhere. You buy an engagement ring to give to your intended as a gift. Older women who cannot wear those beloved rings anymore still keep them and cherish them. They are passed on to beloved daughters, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.

Diamonds are a real investment. Of course, just like real estate, stocks, and bonds, you have to know what you're doing. A great deal of engagement rings, especially those sold in large chains, have a real diamond top and a false bottom. The end result is not a real diamond and your investment hopes are crushed.

But while I'm on it, here's some advice from a married jeweler:

For guys and gals looking at that big wedding in the future, you should never spend more than $2000 for a ring. In fact, if you are spending that much, you are looking at the wrong rings.

The purpose of an engagement ring is to show your beloved that you have the monetary means, career success, and ability to save money that is necessary to by the ring and therefore support a marriage. For many people, both the blushing bride and proud groom work, so the ring should, instead of having a large price tag attached to it, should reflect your committed relationship. You guys may find that your bride doesn't want a diamond anyway.

Don't go to a large chain store for a ring. Go see a small shop or an artist to make one for you. That's what my husband did.

Oh, and a little heads up for you people who want the big ring anyway: starting marriage in debt from any part of the wedding, including the engagement ring, is a good sign of divorce in the future.

me out

P.S. - Go to marriage classes!!! Don't think you don't need them!!!

7.11.2006

It all makes sense!

You scored as Ms. Bitters. You are the creepy Ms. Bitters. Always floating around, bringing doom upon your poor students.

Zim


100%

Ms. Bitters


100%

Gaz


100%

The Allmighty Tallest


67%

Professor Membrane


50%

Gir


33%

Dib


33%

Which Invader Zim Charecter are You?
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Creepy Injection

It's time for a creepy injection.

Here's what I've got:

Fiendish Curiousities

Strange Dolls

7.10.2006

A Paper Clip for a House!

Kyle MacDonald has done it! He has traded one giant red paper clip, and after a year of trading, has managed to get his goal: a House!

7.09.2006

Another Blonde Joke

When you're a natural blonde, you get tired of the dumb blonde jokes after a while. So here's one for us! And remember, as Mandy says, "If blondes have all the fun, brunettes must ber miserable."

A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer.

She says she is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan; so, the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank. She has the title and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.

The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blonde for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then proceeds to drive the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41.

The loan officer says, "Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely; but, we're a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"

The blonde replies, "The airport wanted to charge me two hundred dollars to store my car. Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"

Not all blondes are dumb
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7.06.2006

J.K. Rowling Gets an Honorary Degree

For her work fighting Multiple Sclerosis.

Did see that coming, did you?

As someone who knows many people afflicted with MS, this just makes me a more dedicated Harry Potter fan.

If you don't have a sense of Humor...

... Your just not going to make it.

A little humor for Christian gamers and horror fanatics.

What makes you a person?

Here's another beautiful thing to go with the rainbow.

Thank you, Ted Harvey and Gianna Jessen for your courage. Praise God!

Gianna is a beautiful woman.

That's what abortion is killing.

Not the 'unborn,' or the 'fetus,' or a 'mass of cells.'

It's killing beautiful women and men.

On a secondary note, I have two coworkers who became pregnant, one as a teen and one in a failed marriage. Both chose to have their beautiful baby boys. Though having a child in difficult circumstances was trying and limitted their personal freedom, they found real happiness and real success because they took the hard path.

Trust me on this:

God rewards those courageous enough to take the hard path.

Fire Rainbow

This beauty occurs when you have a sky full of cirrus clouds, at 20,000 feet in the air. If you have just the right amount of ice crystals and the sun hits them at 58 degrees, the sky becomes... heavenly.

First Beads, then rides...

Geez. Whenever I wanted a longer ride on a ferris wheel or tilt-a-whirl, all I had to do was smile pretty. If you need to go this far, what does that say about you?
Next time you want a longer ride, girls, cough up the cash.

Pizza Bear!

In this photo provided by Jerry Patterson, a bear cub sits in a vintage red Buick convertible in a Lake Tahoe neighborhood, in Stateline, Nev., in this Sunday, July 2, 2006 file photo. The bear drew a crowd of spectators as it munched on barbecue-chicken-and-jalapeno pizza in the back seat of the 1964 Buick Skylark. It also apparently washed it down with a swig of a Jack Daniel's mixer, an Absolut vodka and tonic, and a beer taken from a cooler, the vehicle's owner said. (AP Photo/Jerry Patterson via The Tahoe Daily Tribune)

This is so awesome! Coming from the wilds where bears take walks into town and climb up our trees, this picture brings back memories.