Posts Tagged ‘diamonds’

Diamonds or dentures?

June 11, 2010

Saw the strangest thing in a jewellery store recently, while I was waiting to pick up a repair.  A woman was having an alteration made to a diamond ring her husband had recently given her, and was discussing the ring alteration with the sales attendant. So far, so normal.

But here’s the thing: that customer had the worst teeth ever: some missing, many crooked, and with chunks out of the front ones – big square chunks, like miniature barn doors, right out of the top front two teeth.  I’ve rarely seen teeth that bad and was hard put not to stare.  I couldn’t help wondering: with choppers that unsightly, why bother with gifts of jewellery? Shouldn’t every possible dollar that couple had be channelled towards getting that lady’s teeth repaired?  That would do so much more for her appearance than any diamond could.  She could be wearing the Hope diamond, the Crown Jewels of England, and the entire contents of Tiffany – but it would still be her bad teeth you would notice first. 

If it were me, I know I’d be dashing out of the store immediately, and running straight to the dental surgery a block south, plonking down every penny for whatever repair work the dentist could offer. But we’re all different and therein, I guess, lies “life’s rich and varied tapestry.”

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Gifts of the rich and famous

March 29, 2010

Check out these amazing celebrity jewelry gifts, such as those exchanged between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, JFK/Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and, more recently, David and Victoria Beckham. 

Ornate and often ostentatious gifts, but interesting nonetheless.

Related post: Diamonds are for Mimi

On the ‘rocks’

March 9, 2010

Further to earlier posts on amusing ice cube molds (which would make good gifts), here’s the latest: ice cubes in the shape of diamonds.  Can’t you just imagine a couple of giant ‘rocks’ rolling around in your glass?

Why did no-one think of this earlier?  In hindsight, it seems so obvious – what with ‘ice’ being a slang term for diamonds!

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Sad Christmas in the Woods house

December 4, 2009

This morning it crossed my mind that, in light of recent events, it is going to be a very sad Christmas in the Tiger Woods/Elin Nordegren household.  For the adults, anyway – hopefully the children will be perfectly happy and oblivious to the tension, anger and sadness that may be simmering between their parents. 

Even if Tiger does buy Elin a four million dollar ‘Kobe special’ diamond ring in order to make up for his “transgressions” (his word), I don’t know whether a diamond, even one the size of a golf ball, can undo the hurt that Elin must be experiencing.  And what will she buy him for Christmas?  A diamond-studded leash, to try and keep him on the porch from now on?

So all in all, these developments have come at the worst possible time for the Woods family.  If the news had blown up in, say, January or February, they would have all the rest of the year to try and work things out and get their marriage back on an even keel.  But as it stands, this Christmas and for many Christmases to come, Tiger and Elin will inevitably remember “that” Christmas back in 2009.

Shining like a diamond

September 21, 2009

Saw the strangest thing in a jewellery store recently.  A woman was having an alteration made to a diamond ring her husband had recently given her as a gift, and discussing that with the sales attendant. 

So far, so normal.  But here’s the thing: that customer had the worst teeth ever.  We’re talking hillbilly teeth – some missing, many crooked, and with chunks out of the front ones; big square chunks, like miniature barn doors, right out of the top front two teeth. 

I’ve rarely seen teeth that bad and was hard put not to stare.  And I couldn’t help wondering: with choppers that unsightly, why bother with gifts of jewellery?  Shouldn’t every possible dollar that couple had be channelled towards getting that lady’s teeth repaired?  That would do so much more for her appearance than any diamond could.

If it were me, I know I’d be dashing out of the store immediately, and running straight to the dental surgery a block away, plonking down every penny for whatever repair work the dentist could offer.

But we’re all different and, I guess, therein lies “life’s rich and varied tapestry.”

Diamonds are for Mimi

June 27, 2009

Did you know that in 2006 the son of the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Azim, sent Mariah Carey an 8 carat platinum-set diamond necklace and matching ring?

The multimillion dollar gift was delivered to the songstress in suitably over-the-top style – by private jet.

There’s no word on whether the attention-getting gift netted Prince Azim a relationship with Miss Carey (if indeed that was his aim), but she has subsequently married someone else, so I guess in the long haul, even 8 carats isn’t enough if you’re not the right guy.

And incidentally, good to see Mariah didn’t take Scarlett O’Hara’s mother’s advice on gifts from gentlemen admirers too seriously!

More info on this eye-popping present here.

Gifts and mixed messages

May 26, 2009

“I told her I hated her and bought her a diamond ring.  She told me she loved me and sold it.”

Actions speak louder than words in this wonderfully succinct excerpt from Microphones up my nose (John Dybvig and Ray Lillis; Random House, 1993), in a chapter where sports commentator John Dybvig reminisces about a tempestuous love affair.