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Diamonds are De Beers best friends
09-17-2014, 11:55 PM #16
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(09-17-2014, 11:45 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  13.gif It was something I heard one of the big boys at the pool hall say. When I was little.
I'd never do anything that damn dumb. bored.gif


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Considering diamonds represent an emotional union (marriage or whatever), a lifetime bond, etc. any man that can't handle that should run away as fast as he can so as to do the person requiring that sentiment a favor. If, however, he meant a person as a gold (in this case, diamond) digger, I don't think a person would be looking for it from a pool hall guy.
09-18-2014, 02:04 AM #17
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Fellow I know has a gold buyer's store in Ontario. He pays $2/point for 1/2 carat or less. So that 1/2 carat engagement ring some poor guy shelled out $2 grand for is worth $100. I bought a couple really crappy diamond rings off eBay for $80 each. The diamonds are worthless but the gold is now worth ~ $500 rofl.gif
09-18-2014, 03:56 PM #18
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Men like diamonds too.

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09-18-2014, 04:05 PM #19
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(09-17-2014, 11:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Considering diamonds represent an emotional union (marriage or whatever), a lifetime bond, etc. any man that can't handle that should run away as fast as he can so as to do the person requiring that sentiment a favor.

Really? I don't think I can embrace that sentiment.
09-18-2014, 04:12 PM #20
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(09-17-2014, 11:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(09-17-2014, 11:45 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  13.gif It was something I heard one of the big boys at the pool hall say. When I was little.
I'd never do anything that damn dumb. bored.gif


rofl.gif

Considering diamonds represent an emotional union (marriage or whatever), a lifetime bond, etc. any man that can't handle that should run away as fast as he can so as to do the person requiring that sentiment a favor. If, however, he meant a person as a gold (in this case, diamond) digger, I don't think a person would be looking for it from a pool hall guy.

Nice for DeBeers that actually means something to someone.
I guess.
The pool hall thing was total BS, a joke, much like diamonds, only not quite as pretentious.
Real love over material bling - the rest is commentary.

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09-18-2014, 04:14 PM #21
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(09-18-2014, 04:05 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(09-17-2014, 11:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  Considering diamonds represent an emotional union (marriage or whatever), a lifetime bond, etc. any man that can't handle that should run away as fast as he can so as to do the person requiring that sentiment a favor.

Really? I don't think I can embrace that sentiment.

Quote:"It's bridal self-purchases for many women in China [that is driving demand]... Many single women are buying diamonds for themselves in China [too]," he added.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-la...NBQzAwMV8x

The buying drive (to increase slowly) for diamonds for the engagement (sentimental) reasons is 20%, otherwise women and men self-buy because they like diamonds. I don't know of any engaged or married woman in my sphere that does not have a diamond ring.
09-18-2014, 04:17 PM #22
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Gold teeth, face tattoos and horn implants and are really in these days.

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09-18-2014, 04:23 PM #23
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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The history goes way, way back.

Quote:Though both continents were still experiencing the effects of the Great Depression, Americans clung to the idea that diamonds would last forever and be able to be passed down for generations to come. Since then, Americans have consistently purchased diamonds for engagement rings and other commemorative jewelry.

When an engagement ring is given, it is customary to wear both it and the wedding band on the left ring finger. This ancient tradition originated from Greece, whose citizens believe that the vena amoris, a vein located in that finger, is a direct line to the heart.

Prior to the tradition of choosing a mate before purchasing a ring, many men in the Middle Ages would do just the opposite. They typically kept a ring tied to their hats, and would give it to their chosen wife-to-be once she was found.

Quote:Diamonds and rubies, signifying eternity and love, were commonly combined in rings used in the 17th and 18th centuries. Styles also featured many heart patterns, a popular symbol during that time.

Quote:Serpents were considered a symbol of good luck, and used in many engagement rings in the same time period. Queen Victoria was given a ring using this motif.


http://www.abazias.com/diamondblog/diamo...ement-ring
09-18-2014, 04:23 PM #24
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I don't have a diamond ring, my sisters don't have diamond rings nor do any of my friends. At least not wearing them when I see them. But then this is redneck country. People don't wear much jewelry. The culture around here is such that if you have a lot of money it's considered bad form and poor taste to show it off. It's different though down in Helsinki for instance, there you see a lot of bling and fur coats.
09-18-2014, 04:28 PM #25
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(09-18-2014, 04:12 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  
(09-17-2014, 11:55 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(09-17-2014, 11:45 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  13.gif It was something I heard one of the big boys at the pool hall say. When I was little.
I'd never do anything that damn dumb. bored.gif


rofl.gif

Considering diamonds represent an emotional union (marriage or whatever), a lifetime bond, etc. any man that can't handle that should run away as fast as he can so as to do the person requiring that sentiment a favor. If, however, he meant a person as a gold (in this case, diamond) digger, I don't think a person would be looking for it from a pool hall guy.

Nice for DeBeers that actually means something to someone.
I guess.
The pool hall thing was total BS, a joke, much like diamonds, only not quite as pretentious.
Real love over material bling - the rest is commentary.

Diamond engagement rings don't have to cost a fortune - my hubby found a lovely antique two-piece set that didn't cost much and I didn't coax him to buy it, it was all his idea because of the sentiment that he and most people seem to have embraced. Although I did lose the stone a few years back and I had it replaced with a much finer quality diamond.
09-18-2014, 04:30 PM #26
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That stuff is nice if your not scraping by to feed yourself and such.

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09-18-2014, 04:34 PM #27
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(09-18-2014, 04:23 PM)Octo Wrote:  I don't have a diamond ring, my sisters don't have diamond rings nor do any of my friends. At least not wearing them when I see them. But then this is redneck country. People don't wear much jewelry. The culture around here is such that if you have a lot of money it's considered bad form and poor taste to show it off. It's different though down in Helsinki for instance, there you see a lot of bling and fur coats.

I don't see people wearing diamond earrings/necklaces in my sphere, but most of the engaged or married women wear their diamond rings. I took mine off because the setting sits very high and it gets caught on everything, so I am ringless and prefer matching earring/necklace/bracelet sets to rings.
09-18-2014, 04:37 PM #28
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(09-18-2014, 04:23 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  The history goes way, way back.

Quote:Though both continents were still experiencing the effects of the Great Depression, Americans clung to the idea that diamonds would last forever and be able to be passed down for generations to come. Since then, Americans have consistently purchased diamonds for engagement rings and other commemorative jewelry.


Quote:The Most Brilliant Advertising Campaign of All Time: A Diamond Is Forever

The 1930s was a bad decade for the diamond industry: the price of diamond had declined worldwide. Europe was in the verge of another war and the idea of a diamond engagement ring didn't take hold. Indeed, engagement rings were considered a luxury and when given, they rarely contained diamonds. In 1938, De Beers engaged N.W. Ayer & Son, the first advertising agency in the United States, to change the image of diamonds in America. The ad agency suggested a clever ad campaign to link diamonds to romance in the public's mind. To do this, they placed diamonds in the fingers of Hollywood stars and suggested stories to newspapers on how diamond rings symbolized romance. Even high school students were targeted...

In 1948, an N.W. Ayer copywriter named Frances Gerety, had a flash of inspiration and came up with the slogan "A Diamond is Forever." It's a fitting slogan, because it reminds people that it is a memorial to love, and as such, must stay forever in the family, never to be sold (see below). Ironically, Gerety never married and died a spinster. (Source) But equating diamonds with romance wasn't enough. Toward the end of the 1950s, N.W. Ayer found that the Americans were ready for the next logical step, making a diamond ring a necessary element in betrothal

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/01/10-f...ould-know/
09-18-2014, 04:42 PM #29
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we did what we could to keep the wolf from the door I sold some of my jewlery ..but not my wedding ring

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
09-18-2014, 04:49 PM #30
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An old female friend was divorce for 10 years and she was hard up for cash, so I suggested she sell her diamond engagement ring and wedding band, she said "I could never do that". This struck me as odd because she had only nasty things to say about her ex-husband and I could not understand why she could not part with her rings.



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