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 »
This past weekend, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their second wedding anniversary — and we thought it wouldn’t last! — by renewing their vows. Additionally, Nick said “I do” in a way that only Mariah could appreciate, giving his bride a diamond and pink sapphire-encrusted white gold ring pop. Yeah, like the candy, only not edible. Before you write the gift off as completely wasteful, disgusting, and tacky, know that the message is entirely sentimental. You see, Nick proposed to Mariah three years ago with a diamond ring disguised in a ring pop candy wrapper. Still wasteful, disgusting, and tacky? Yeah. [People] Keep reading »
Apparently, a diamond isn’t forever. De Beers, one of the biggest names in diamond mining, just announced that the company would slow production so they basically don’t rape the world’s natural resources. Explains Gareth Penny, managing director for De Beers, “Diamonds are a treasure of nature that should be properly protected, because there will be less to sell. The reality is that supply cannot keep up, and that will become very accentuated over the next 15 years.” Keep reading »