Oct 14, 2013
The beauty and unique structures of gemstones have enamored the world for over 3,000 years. The history of the diamond is thought to date back to early populations in India where they were first used as engraving tools and later as religious icons. The diamonds of today serve as tokens of luxury and wealth, as well as symbolize devoted love, as they are often the first go-to stone for unique wedding jewelry and engagement rings. While all gemstones have a special meaning and story, the following are some of the most famous of all:
The Cullinan and the Star Africa
Coming in at over 520 carats, the Star Africa is the largest cut diamond in the world. Discovered in South Africa, this monster sized stone was actually carved from an even bigger stone by the name of the Cullinan. The Cullinan is thought to be the largest diamond crystal ever found, with a total size of 3, 106 carats. The original shape of the Cullinan suggested to some that the crystal was actually just a slice of a much larger crystal, though this theory has never been definitely proven. Jewelers went on to divide the Cullinan into nine major and 96 small stones, the largest being the pear shaped Star of Africa. The Star of Africa is currently kept in the Tower of London with a number of other famous diamonds.
The Regent is commonly considered to be the most beautiful diamond in the world. This gem’s beauty comes from its perfect transparency and an all around flawless cut, traits that have made it a much sought after stone since it was first discovered in 1698. After its discovery in India the Regent was sent to England to be cut, where it was then sold to the French Crown. The Regent went to adorn the crowns, rings, and even swords of French royalty before ending up on display in the Louvre museum in Paris, where it remains to this day.
The Tiffany Yellow Diamond
First purchased by Charles Tiffany, the founder of jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the most famous and largest of its type. Tiffany purchased the stone shortly after it was discovered in South Africa in 1878; a Paris gemologist then spent over a year examining the raw stone before trimming down roughly 140 carats from its original weight of 287 carats. The Tiffany Yellow Diamond was the largest yellow diamond of its time, and remains one of the largest to date. Still under Tiffany & Co. ownership, the diamond made a brief appearance at the Smithsonian Museum in 2007, where it was the largest diamond to ever be displayed in the U.S. up to that point. This laser bright diamond also made a notable appearance in promotional photography for the famous film Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a centerpiece in the necklace worn by actress Audrey Hepburn.
The above are just three of the many famous and historical diamonds that remain on display at museums and in private ownership. Gemstones have been a notable part of human history; the history of the diamond is a unique and alluring as the gems themselves.
Oct 12, 2013
Many people don’t know that at one point in my life I was bi-lingual. Yes, that’s right. My first language was not English rather it was Tagalog and I could speak it fluently. Unfortunately, once our permanent stay in the United States began my dad forbade my mother from using the language and allowing us to use it as well. I understand why he decided to go that route but I do hate the fact that I have forgot 99% of the language.
In light of that, I do want to eventually take some classes to relearn the language that I lost. I think it would be awesome to have the potential to work in translations services, especially for a language that is not as common in the United States. In the meantime, I think that I’ll look into a translation service whenever I run into words or phrases that I do not understand. I do still listen to music in Tagalog so it helps that these companies exist to help me get a better grasp on context. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find some classes in the area that will help me relearn Tagalog, otherwise I suppose I can always rely on Rosetta Stone.
Oct 8, 2013
Recently, I’ve been on a mission to try to learn as much about SEO as possible. This effort is not for me however, it’s for a website I intend to create that will offer services to businesses and individuals who do not understand or are unsure of how SEO works.
In addition to that knowledge, I am also working on trying to better understand the ins and outs of Google Analytics, seeing as Google owns about 65%-70% of the search engine market. I think this would be a great service to offer, especially for businesses who are trying to better understand how internet traffic impacts their consumer base and revenue.
At the present a lot of my research has been mostly internet based but I intend on branching out and picking up a few books as well. Not only will this help me professionally but it is also good knowledge personally as well.
I have to admit that there are days when I miss how easy it was back in the day. SEO, Google Analytics, PageRank, etc. weren’t things anyone had to worry about, and admittedly it was nice. However, as with all things, times change and now it’s time for me to understand these concepts so I can provide the solutions my potential clients need.
Oct 6, 2013
When we first purchased our house, we decided to use the 8,000 tax credit we received to refurnish the house. We certainly don’t regret the decision but I think we should have waited until the puppies were a big bigger. As a result of not waiting we ended up with a turn cushion in one of the arm chairs we got. I know, I know, frustrating!
In any event, I’m been trying to find cushion deals to replace the one we have but it’s difficult. I’d like something that matches the arm chair but obviously I know that’s not guaranteed. A last resort I suppose is to just use a seat cover but those can be a huge pain in the butt. Hopefully, we can find a solution soon!
Sep 17, 2013
Unlike most married couples, I didn’t go through the whole wedding planning, stressing process. I started it and then realized that at the end of the day, I wasn’t willing to put up with a husband with no opinion and being forced into planning something myself.
I realize that most brides would probably kill for that but I needed some direction and he wasn’t much of a help in providing it. So the most logical solution was to go down to the courthouse and then renew our vows and hope that by that time he’d have some input and ladies and gentlemen, he finally does!
First things first in that I’m glad we didn’t have the wedding. At the time I was obnoxiously obsessed with pink so my dress was white with pink embroidery. I hate it now and I’d hate to look back on that day and realize my color choices were just a fad. Can you say “Dodged a bullet?”
This of course means dress shopping. When we first went shopping I loathe it, though in fairness, that probably had to do with the fact that marriage scared the shit out of me. I was literally near tears after trying on the 3rd dress. Yup, I would have made a terrible bride. Now, though I’m actually really excited. I’ve looked at several places online, including Dress First just to get an idea of the style I like and if I’ll wear white or ivory or nothing close to that.
I do like the idea of a dress with straps because I like to dance and frankly, I like the support BUT there are some many beautiful dress without straps that it’s hard to say no:
I also have to decide if I want big and poofy or something a little more elegant:
It’s a good thing the renewal is still quite a ways off or I’d be in serious trouble. At the very least I have some things to ponder over!
Sep 14, 2013
I’ll be the first person to admit that when it comes to RSS I fail. Now, don’t get me wrong I have a feed on my site but in terms of using it? While, I understand the value I’m a little old school in this department.
For those of you who aren’t sure of what RSS is, it is rich site summary, or in other words it summarizes all the posts on a blog into a simple format which is easily accessible for to the readers. Again, I understand the value, but I like to visit websites and see the layouts in rich HTML. I guess I’m a little vain in that regard.
Despite that I know of many individuals who find value in RSS and use it to keep up with their favorite blogs. Many were disappointed when Google decided to shut down Google Reader but I’m hearing a lot of great feedback about Feedly which is another RSS reader that seems to offer a few more features in comparison to others.
Thankfully despite losing Google Reader, there are many different options that readers can use. What’s your favorite reader to use and if you don’t currently use RSS, will you?