I’ll never forget when Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged — that gorgeous ring slayed me. When their relationship came to an end, I mourned it, if only for the fact that she wouldn’t be wearing that beautiful 6.1-carat pink diamond anymore. I vowed that one day, when I was a grown-up, I too would have a gigantic pink diamond. It couldn’t just be any giant rock, it had to be pink. I’m still getting around to that one, but for now let’s all live vicariously through the anonymous buyer who purchased the Pink Star diamond this week. Keep reading »
You know how whenever you decide to hide something in a really clever hiding spot, you end up outsmarting yourself and can’t find it the next day? It usually means you discover a $50 bill and your grandma’s secret peanut butter cookie recipe crammed under your box spring when you move, but for a Huntington Beach woman named Dori Rhoades, the failure of her clever hiding spot was a much more expensive proposition. In an apparent attempt to thwart prospective robbers, Rhoades placed $1500 cash, a ring her husband gave her, and a pair of $18,000 diamond earrings in the pockets of a jean jacket she kept in her closet. And then she forgot they were in there, at least until she had a garage sale…. Keep reading »
Just in case Kelly Osbourne‘s $250,000 manicure wasn’t
vulgar ridiculous pointless fancy enough for you, try this on for size (or don’t, we’re thinking it’s probably more of a museum piece): “young, famous” British designer Debbie Wingham (yeah, we’ve never heard of her either) is now presenting this $5.7 million dress, which she calls “an anthem for a beautiful woman who loves life” and capitalism. As it so happens, the peplum dress, like Kelly’s manicure, was crafted with black diamonds — 50 of them, to be exact.
Our friends over at The Gloss raise a fantastic point: these black diamonds are sooooooo rare and expensive, you can line a dress in them, then crush ‘em up and funnel them into a bottle of black nail polish. No word yet on whether the manicure is World’s Most Expensive (is there even a category for that?), but the World Record Academy has confirmed that Wingham’s dress has set the official world record for Most Expensive Dress. So, um … congrats? [The Gloss]
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the most expensive nail polish in the world: Azature’s Black Diamond. The shimmery black formula contains 267 carats of crushed diamonds, and–yep, you read the headline correctly–one bottle will cost you $250,000. The other day I spent $12 on a bottle of nail polish and felt a little guilty and self-indulgent, so I don’t even know how to fully comprehend the fact that this exists, and that (presumably) someone is going to buy it. I mean, can you imagine? Every time you chipped your manicure on your keyboard, you’d be losing, like, a thousand dollars. Stressful. Apparently Azature is deigning to sell a department store version for $25, but I think I’ll just DIY my own by shredding up some dollar bills, mixing them into a bottle of Wet N’ Wild, and then crying myself to sleep. [Styleite]
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which makes us think of romance, relationships and engagements — and the sparkly glare of a diamond engagement ring. Yes, diamonds are pretty, precious, and these days, cost a zillion dollars. But it wasn’t always so — and you can thank a concerted effort on the part of diamond mines, the advertising industry and Hollywood for mercilessly inflating the price of these glittery gems. Here’s how a stone with little intrinsic value became the most important gem in the world.
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Oh hey, what’s happening in space? Nothing maj, except astronomers discovered a planet made of SOLID DIAMONDS! Go and get that planet, girl! No, for real, before Mariah Carey finds a way to blast Nick Cannon off in a spaceship to go diamond mining for her, the planet is around 4,000 light years away and consists of pure carbon hardened into a crystalline pattern. It’s apparently stuck inside a tight orbit around a distant star. “The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun,” said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. The tiny planet makes its orbit every two hours or so, and has been found to be around the same mass as Jupiter, but around 20 times as dense. So think tiny, compact and full o’ glittering diamonds. And oh yeah, way, way out of reach. [Reuters] Keep reading »
We’re not big fans of diamonds — too conflict-y and we tend to lose anything nice we have. That’s why we love these Cool Jewels Ice Cube Trays. The trays make jewel-shaped ice cubes that sparkle and shine and melt away in your drink. Plus, at under 10 bucks a pop, you can buy a forklift full of Cool Jewels trays for what it would cost to purchase real bling.
Naomi Campbell, no stranger to courtroom appearances, will be testifying in a trial for someone other than her rage-y self, it seems. Former Liberian President Christopher Taylor is on trial for 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and Campbell is being called to testify at the trial. According to actress Mia Farrow, Campbell herself said that Taylor gave her an uncut diamond at a party at Nelson Mandela’s house in 1997. Given that one of the charges against Taylor is that he armed rebels in return for diamonds mined by children, The Trial Chamber thought it reasonable to call on Campbell to testify. Looks like that rock wasn’t quite the freebie Naomi thought it was. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
This is the $190,000 Platinum iPad Supreme Edition designed by a British jeweler. It’s both platinum and supreme, you guys.
This bling-ed out iPad case is made of solid 22 carat gold and encrusted with 85.5 carats of diamonds. And if you’re at this level of conspicuous consumption, you are probably an a**hole. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »