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Diamonds make a woman weep and a man weak in the knees

In the 1953 classic Hollywood film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe, gave a legendary performance. Clad in a bright pink ball gown and dazzling diamonds, she epitomised the significance of diamonds with her upbeat and seductive song: Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend. Since the 1950s, a diamond engagement ring has become the obsession of American women influenced by the advertising industries that combined desire with commerce and went onto to say, "Diamonds are forever." 

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Natural vs Synthetic: De Beers Reputation Depends on Spotting the Difference

In nature it takes billions of years to produce a diamond, or a laboratory can grow one in days and to the untrained eye, it looks the same. For De Beers, telling the difference is fundamental to protecting its reputation as the world's leading diamond firm by value and holder of a roughly 30 percent share of the market for genuine rough diamonds. Barabra Lewis from Reutuers explains the challenges.

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Colored diamonds an investor's best friend

In 2002, Ben Affleck made headlines when he gave Jennifer Lopez a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring worth a reported US$1.2 million. Now, US$1.2 million isn’t a small amount of money, but it practically sounds like Monopoly money when you hear what some coloured diamonds are fetching at auction these days. Jen Zoratti of the Winnipeg Free Press has the scoop!

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5 Jewelry Curse Stories: Diamonds Aren't Always A Girl's Best Friend

What does it take for a jewelry artifact, whether it be a single stone or a hoard of gold, to be declared “cursed”? Well, it seems the main ingredient is a populace with a very active imagination, and successive owners who are willing to carry on the legend even if they’ve escaped with all their limbs. Here is a great piece by JR Thorpe from Bustle about the 5 Strangest Jewelry Curse Stories.

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