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October 1st, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Eddy Grant’s 1984 hit, “Romancing the Stone,” which he wrote as the title song of what would become the international blockbuster movie starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and a giant-sized emerald that ends up in the belly of a crocodile.



Grant sings, “I have found a love so precious, like an emerald so bold / It’s a firelight escaping from the jeweler’s hold.”

Although the song reached #26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, an apparent dispute between the music artist and the movie’s producers left nearly all of the title song on the cutting room floor and completely off the soundtrack album. Only a remnant of the song — a guitar solo — can be heard in the scene where Douglas and Turner's characters, Jack and Joan, enter Juan's house in the jungle.

In this action-adventure romantic comedy that grossed more than $115 million worldwide, all the main characters are in pursuit of “El Corazon,” a huge faceted emerald. ("El Corazon" in Spanish translates to "The Heart" in English.)

In the final scene of the movie, Jack is wearing boots made from crocodile skin as he lounges on his new yacht. He jokes that the crocodile that swallowed "El Corazon" got a "fatal case of indigestion."

Grant’s original video for the song featured scenes from the film. Later, the video was re-edited with no Romancing the Stone clips.

Grant eventually included “Romancing the Stone” as the first track of his 1984 album Going for Broke. The artist is best known for his 1983 hit, “Electric Avenue,” which reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 chart.

Born in Guyana in 1948, Edmond Montague Grant was inspired to pursue a music career after seeing a live performance of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry.

The international success of the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the government of Guyana along with a 2005 postage stamp featuring his likeness.

Check out the original music video of Grant performing "Romancing the Stone." The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Romancing the Stone”
Written and performed by Eddy Grant.

I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away
I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away

Tonight, tonight I’m falling where the peaceful waters flow
Where the unicorn’s the last one at the water hole
I have found a love so precious, like an emerald so bold
It’s a firelight escaping from the jeweler’s hold

I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away
I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away

Oh and in the heat of rapture when I feel the cold winds blow
Through the broken glass, I’ll see at last the sweet desire in you
I will climb up on my pulpit and I’ll preach a sermon, you
On the mountain roads, in Harlem, feel my jeweler’s hold

I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away
I’m romancing the stone, never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day gonna love the hurtin’ away



Credit: Screen capture via YouTube.com.
October 4th, 2021
It took retiree Noreen Wredberg less than one hour to score the largest diamond of the year at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.



The Granite Bay, CA, native spotted the 4.38-carat yellow diamond sitting on top of the ground in a plowed field that is actually the eroded surface of an extinct, diamond-bearing volcanic pipe. It is also the only public diamond mine where novice prospectors get to keep what they find.

She and her husband, Michael, had been touring Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas when they realized that the Crater of Diamonds State Park was only 60 miles away on US Route 70.

“I first saw the park featured on a TV show several years ago,” Noreen said. “When I realized we weren’t too far away, I knew we had to come!”

The couple arrived at Crater of Diamonds on Thursday, September 23, a sunny, but cool, fall morning. They started to search in a shaded area near the mine entrance, but her husband suggested they venture farther out to the middle of the field where it was sunnier and warmer.



His suggestion paid off about 40 minutes later when Noreen noticed the sparkling gem while walking just north of a central pathway of the search area.

“I didn’t know it was a diamond then," she said, "but it was clean and shiny, so I picked it up!”

The Wredbergs had timed their visit perfectly because it had rained heavily two days earlier.

“We plow the search area periodically to loosen the soil and promote natural erosion," said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox. "Diamonds are somewhat heavy for their size and lack static electricity, so dirt doesn’t stick to them. When rain uncovers a larger diamond and the sun comes out, its reflective surface is often easy to see.”

Michael brought his wife's find to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center for identification. After examining the stone, park staff informed Michael that he was in possession of a very large yellow diamond.



Park Superintendent Caleb Howell said, “When I first saw this diamond under the microscope, I thought, ‘Wow, what a beautiful shape and color!’ Mrs. Wredberg’s diamond weighs more than four carats and is about the size of a jellybean, with a pear shape and a lemonade yellow color.”

Noreen was surprised and excited when park staff gave her the news a few minutes later, saying, “We really didn’t think we would find one, let alone something that big!”



The Californians named their gem "Lucy's Diamond" in honor of their kitten, which is mostly grey in color with slight hints of yellow.

Noreen has yet to decide if the gem will stay in its natural state or be made into a faceted diamond.

“I don’t even know what it’s worth yet," she said. "It’s all new to me!”

As of this publication, 258 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in 2021, weighing more than 46 carats in total. Visitors have found more than 33,000 diamonds since the Crater of Diamonds opened as an Arkansas State Park in 1972.

Credits: Images courtesy of Arkansas State Parks.
October 5th, 2021
A gift from engineer and philanthropist John A. Roebling II to the Smithsonian in 1926, this 2,585-carat opal specimen is an extraordinary example of October's official birthstone.



More than 95% of the world’s gem-quality opals originate in Australia and the finest black opals are commonly sourced at Lightning Ridge — an Aussie mining area that has been yielding top-quality opals since 1903.

But, what's unique about the opal seen in the photo, above, is not only its size, but its origin. It was discovered in Virgin Valley, a dry and isolated area of southeastern Nevada just 15 miles from the Arizona border.

The Smithsonian explained that "The Roebling Opal" formed in an unusual way. Scientists believe that this now-arid area was once the location of a large lake and lush forests. The area was devastated by volcanic eruptions that buried the area under layer upon layer of ash. Over time, silica-rich water collected in voids that remained after buried tree limbs had rotted away. In some cases, opals from Virgin Valley resemble casts of the original tree parts.

Opals with a vivid play-of-color and a black or other dark body color are called black opals. The Roebling Opal is a black opal with flashes of blue and green play-of-color. Other varieties of October's birthstone include white opals, boulder opals, crystal opals and fire opals.

An opal’s silica structure contains 3% to 20% water, according to the American Gem Society. The value of a fine opal is based on a number of factors, including brightness, color, pattern, body tone and consistency (how it looks from multiple angles).

While Australia remains the primary source of fine opal production, the October birthstone is also mined in Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, the Czech Republic and parts of the U.S., including Nevada and Idaho.

Today's featured stone had been owned by John A. Roebling II, who was named for his famous grandfather, the original designer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

John A. Roebling is credited with being the mastermind behind one of most impressive engineering feats of the 19th century — a suspension bridge that would span 1,595.5 feet, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 14-year project was started in 1869, the same year Roebling would pass away at the age of 63.

Roebling’s son, Washington, supervised the construction of his dad’s vision, with the assistance of his wife, Emily. On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was unveiled to the world during a celebration attended by President Chester A. Arthur. More than 150,000 people earned the privilege of crossing the bridge on opening day.

Besides being a world-class engineer, Washington Roebling was an avid collector of rocks and minerals. Upon his death in 1926, Roebling’s collection of 16,000 specimens and an endowment of $150,000 for its maintenance were donated by his son, John A. Roebling II, to the Smithsonian Institution.

The collection, which included the The Roebling Opal, has become an integral part of the National Gem Collection.

Credit: Photo by Chip Clark / Smithsonian.
October 6th, 2021
A novice treasure hunter using his metal detector for the first time recently stumbled upon one of the largest, richest and most beautiful hoards of gold artifacts in Danish history.



Ole Ginnerup Schytz was looking for a place to try out his new metal detector, so he asked an old classmate if he could explore his property in Vindelev. Within a few hours, Schytz had literally struck gold — although he initially believed the crunched up, muddied metal he pulled from the ground was "the lid on a can of sour herring."



The lucky metal detectorist continued to strike gold at the site, netting 22 pieces dating back 1,500 years to pre-Viking times. The hoard weighed a total of 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds).

The site was subsequently excavated by archaeologists from Vejlemuseerne, in collaboration with experts from the Danish National Museum. The project was funded by Denmark's Agency for Culture and Palaces.

Archaeologists determined that the treasure was buried in a longhouse that was likely owned by an Iron Age chieftain.

"Only a member of the absolute cream of society would have been able to collect a treasure like the one found here," explained Mads Ravn, Head of Research at Vejlemuseerne.



The Vindelev Hoard consists of saucer-sized, beautifully decorated medallions, also known as bracteates. The recovery also included Roman coins that had been made into jewelry.

The burial of the gold may have been connected to a climate disaster that struck in the year 536 AD. Ash clouds from a large volcanic eruption resulted in many years of crop failure and famine.



According to many researchers, the catastrophe of 536 AD caused the inhabitants of what is now Denmark to reject the old rulers and bury lots of gold during this period — perhaps to to save it from enemies, or possibly to appease the gods.

In less than four months, the Vindelev Hoard will be presented to the public as part of Vejlemuseerne's large Viking exhibition, which opens on February 3, 2022.

Credits: Top two images courtesy of Vejle Museums. Bottom two images courtesy of Conservation Center Vejle.
October 7th, 2021
Are diamond riches hiding in the seabed just off Greenland's southwest coast? Mining giant De Beers wants to know.



Multiple news agencies have confirmed that De Beers commissioned a survey to measure the viability of off-shore diamond mining near the town of Maniitsoq. De Beers would capture those diamonds using the same ship-based processing technology employed successfully near the coast of Namibia.

A De Beers spokesperson told Rapaport News that the early-stage research was intended to understand the region's topography.



The initial study was conducted by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), which is part of the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities.

Reuters reported that diamond deposits — formed under the intense pressure and heat of volcanoes — are known to be present onshore in west Greenland.

Off-shore diamonds are particularly prized because of their high value.



Ninety-five percent of the diamonds pulled from the seabed near Namibia, for example, are classified as gem quality. This compares to just 20% of gem-quality diamonds coming from De Beers’s top mine in Botswana. Some experts surmise that the diamonds in the ocean have endured such a pounding for so long that only the gem-quality ones could remain intact.

The initial survey in Greenland was conducted at a depth of 50 to 200 meters. The GEUS told Reuters that it would take months to analyze its data.

Off the coast of Namibia, Debmarine — a 50/50 joint venture between the Republic of Namibia and the De Beers Group — operates a fleet of ocean-based mining vessels that comb the ocean floor at a depth of up to 400 feet using advanced drilling technology.

Dredged gravel is pumped to the ships, where sophisticated X-ray machines and other diamond-sorting devices separate the gems from the gravel, and leftover material is returned to the sea bed. Recovered diamonds are securely sealed in containers, loaded into steel briefcases and flown by helicopter to De Beers's land-based facilities.

The newest ship in the Debmarine fleet will have the capacity to extract 500,000 carats annually.

Credits: Southwest Greenland coast image by Algkalv, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Map by Google Maps. Diamond recovery vessel image courtesy of Debmarine-Namibia.
October 8th, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice expresses female empowerment in her 2013 debut single, “Gold.”



In the song, a girl is trying to tell a long-time buddy that she’d like to be more than just friends.

She sings, "Hey, boy, whatcha gonna do / If you want me like I want you, then man up and make your move / I’m Gold, Gold."

Justice explained to Artistdirect how the word "gold" in the lyrics is intended to convey empowerment, not conceit.

"It's not like I'm saying, 'I'm gold. You should love me because I'm amazing and awesome.' It's more like, 'I feel empowered about myself. I feel good as a woman. I have self-respect. You should go for me!'"

Called the “perfect summer tune” by MTV Buzzworthy, “Gold” combines flirtatious, confident lyrics with an upbeat, carefree vibe.

The 28-year-old Justice became a household name in 2010 when she starred on the hit Nickelodeon series Victorious. With the release of her debut single, she followed the leads of fellow Nickelodeon alumnae Ariana Grande and Miranda Cosgrove, who also transitioned from acting to music.

Born in Hollywood, FL, in 1993, Victoria Dawn Justice made her acting debut as a 10-year-old on The WB comedy series, Gilmore Girls. Two years later, she landed the role of Lola Martinez on Nickelodeon's comedy-drama series, Zoey 101. From 2010 to 2013, she played Tori Vega on Victorious.

After releasing "Gold" in 2013, Justice took a seven-year hiatus from the music industry, returning in December 2020 with her single, "Treat Myself."

Trivia: Justice's love interest in the official video for "Gold" is played by Colton Haynes, who starred in the MTV series, Teen Wolf.

Please check out the video of Justice performing "Gold." The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Gold”
Written by Tove Nilsson, Peter Thomas, Jason Weiss, Sam Shrieve, Ben Camp, Jakob Jerlström and Ludvig Söderberg. Performed by Victoria Justice.

I’ve tried to let it go
But these butterflies I can’t ignore
‘Cause every time that I look at you
Know we’re in a catch-22
We’ve been friends for so long but I
Need to tell you what’s on my mind
I’m sick and tired of playing games
‘Cause I know that you feel the same

I know you inside out, so I’m asking now
Take a chance on me
How much clearer can I be?

Hey, boy, whatcha gonna do
If you want me like I want you, then man up and make your move
I’m Gold, Gold
You, me, good as can be, want to be more than your company
So bet your money on me
I’m Gold, Gold

Do I really need to spell it out?
My heart skips when you’re around
I got everything that you need
So come on baby get close to me
So confused that I’m not surprised
From greater bells, and rolled the dice
Know all your moves, don’t know why I fall
Should put me out, but I want it all

I know you inside out, so I’m asking now
Take a chance on me
How much clearer can I be?

Hey, boy, whatcha gonna do
If you want me like I want you, then man up and make your move
I’m Gold, Gold
You, me, good as can be, want to be more than your company
So bet your money on me
I’m Gold, Gold

Na ra ta la la
I’m Gold, Gold
Na ra ta la la
I’m Gold, Gold

Been to cool just to tell you straight out, but by now I wish you figured it out, I wish you figured it, I wish you figured it, I wish ya
You’re not a fool you see what I’m about, so by now I think you figured it out, I think you figured it out, I think you figured it out, I think ya!

Hey, boy, whatcha gonna do
If you want me like I want you, then man up and make your move
I’m Gold, Gold
You, me, good as can be, want to be more than your company
So bet your money on me
I’m Gold, Gold

Na ra ta la la
I’m Gold, Gold
Na ra ta la la
I’m Gold, Gold



Credits: Screen capture via YouTube.com.
October 11th, 2021
Monica Puig, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in women's tennis, has a lot to smile about despite having to bow out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to multiple surgeries. The Puerto Rican athlete announced with a series of Instagram photos that she got engaged over the weekend to fellow athlete Nathan Rakitt.



The jagged mountains of Lost Dutchman State Park in Arizona served as a majestic backdrop for a romantic proposal that saw Rakitt going down and one knee and presenting his girlfriend with what we believe is a princess-cut diamond ring.



"He said: Ready to jump?! I SAID YES!!!!!!" Puig wrote on Instagram. She punctuated her caption with two emojis: a red heart and a diamond ring.

Rakitt shared the same photos on his Instagram and exclaimed, "SHE SAID YES!!!!!!!"



Puig added a closeup photo on her ring to her Instagram story and captioned it, "Ninety percent sure I'm still dreaming."



A second image on her Instagram story showed the athlete in a workout room. She's grasping her morning coffee and aiming her new ring at the camera. She wrote, “Actin totally different this morning" and added three diamond ring emojis.

The tennis star also cleverly established a catchy wedding hashtag — #RacketsToRakitts — that links her profession to her new fiancé's last name.

Puig has been battling a series of injuries that prevented her from defending her Olympic crown. She had elbow surgery in December of 2020 and went under the knife again in June 2021 to have her rotator cuff and bicep tendon repaired.

Still, the 28-year-old told ESPN.com that her goal is to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

It's not clear how long the couple has been dating, but People.com reported that Puig began commenting on the 28-year-old Rakitt's Instagram posts in December of 2020.

This past April, the relationship seemed to advance to the next level on Instagram, where the couple traded sweet comments, each punctuated by a red heart emoji. Rakitt posted a photo of him and Puig and captioned it, "This girl." She commented, "I love you."

Credits: Images via Instagram / monicaace93 and Instagram / nrakitt.
October 12th, 2021
Hailing from San Diego County, CA, and standing 11 inches tall is “The Steamboat” tourmaline — a truly amazing example of October's birthstone.



The specimen’s two parallel crystals — which resemble steamboat stacks — display a range of vibrant colors that start at vivid reddish-pink at the bottom and transition to a bright bluish-green at the top. The tourmaline crystals rise out of a base of Cleavelandite, which is perched atop a large quartz crystal "hull."



Frank Barlow Schuyler is credited with discovering the fascinating formation at the Tourmaline King Mine in 1907. Three years earlier, Schuyler and a partner, D.G. Harrington, literally stumbled upon an enormous pocket of tourmaline crystals while searching for pegmatite in the Pala Chief Mountains.

Schuyler soon discovered that the tourmaline-rich pocket extended 30 feet in length and 10 feet wide, a single zone that would yield about eight tons of beautiful pink tourmaline. Schuyler would eventually sell most of the bounty to the Imperial Chinese government for $187.50 per pound. The $3 million worth of tourmaline that was pulled from the mine more than a century ago would be worth more than $86 million in today's dollars.

By 1915, Schuyler was still riding the wave of his tourmaline-based good fortune. At the Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco, the owner of the Tourmaline King Mine marketed his gems with the slogan, “Wear a tourmaline for luck.”

The “Steamboat” tourmaline was later purchased by master engineer Washington A. Roebling, who included it in his collection of 16,000 mineral specimens. Roebling was most famous for supervising the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Roebling’s son, John A. Roebling II, donated “The Steamboat” to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is has been on permanent display at the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, which is part of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

According to the Smithsonian, the tourmaline family consists of more than 30 distinct minerals, but only one — elbaite — accounts for nearly all of the tourmaline gemstones. Varieties of gem-quality elbaite include rubellite (red-pink), indicolite (blue), Paraiba (neon greenish-blue) and the multicolored watermelon (pink surrounded by green).

Tourmaline shares the spotlight with opal as the official birthstones for the month of October.

Credits: Photos by Dane A. Penland / Smithsonian.
October 13th, 2021
A colorful array of 355 gemstones imitate embroidered fabric in a Fabergé brooch that will be auctioned by Christie's London on November 29. The auction house set the presale high estimate at $122,000.



Christie's noted that the "incredibly delicate and rare brooch is one of the most imaginative and recognizable designs produced by Fabergé."

Peter Carl Fabergé and his company famously designed a series of 50 bejeweled eggs for the Russian Imperial Family from 1885 to 1917. Alexander III and Nicholas II commissioned many of the “Imperial” eggs as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. The meticulously crafted objets d’art were produced up until the Russian Revolution, when the Fabergé family fled Russia.



Designed in St. Petersburg circa 1913, the piece seen above measures only 4.3 cm across (about 1 5/8 inches). Despite its small size, the platinum trellis-work panel contains 640 holes — 40 across and 16 down. More than half of them are set with diamonds, rubies, topaz, sapphires, demantoids, garnets and emeralds in a Russian-influenced floral motif. The perimeter of the brooch is framed by diamonds, but many of the holes just inside the perimeter are left empty to create a sense of dimension and negative space.

Fabergé artisans cut each of the square holes by hand and each gemstone had to be calibré-cut in such a way that it would perfectly fit into its designated space of approximately 1mm x 1mm.

According to Christie's, the same technique was employed for the Imperial Mosaic Egg presented by Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra Feodorovna in 1914. That egg is now part of the Royal Collection.

The Mosaic Egg was designed by Alma Pihl (1888-1976), who had deep ties with the Fabergé organization. Her father, Oscar Pihl, was head of Fabergé’s jewelry workshop in Moscow and her grandfather, August Holmström, was a Fabergé workmaster. According to jewelry-industry lore, Alma Pihl was inspired to produce the floral embroidery motif after watching her mother-in-law do needlework by the fireside.

Most recently, the piece was owned by Harry Woolf, a London-based businessman, who began to collect Fabergé items in the early 1970s. Christie's November 29 auction is titled "A Selection of Fabergé Masterpieces from the Harry Woolf Collection."

Credits: Images courtesy of Christie's.
October 14th, 2021
"What gemstone is found in Utah that is rarer than diamond and more valuable than gold?"



That was the compelling headline penned in 2002 by the Utah Geological Survey to introduce its readers to red beryl, a little known gemstone found primarily in the state's Wah Wah Mountains.

Discovered in 1904 by Maynard Bixby, this raspberry-red gem had the bookkeeper-turned-miner scratching his head. He had a hunch that the stunning crystals represented a variety of beryl, but the red color didn't correlate with any beryl known to exist at the time.

Today, the best-known varieties of beryl include emerald (green), aquamarine (blue), morganite (pink) and heliodor (yellow).

One year after Bixby's discovery, W.F. Hillebrand, a geochemist from the National College in Washington, D.C., confirmed that Bixby's find was a new type of beryl. In 1912, Dr. A. Eppler named the fiery gem "bixbite" in his honor.



Over time, bixbite assumed several names, including "red emerald" and the more proper "red beryl." The name bixbite fell out of favor because it was often confused with bixbyite, a black manganese iron oxide also discovered by Bixby, in 1897.

Even though more than 100 years have passed since Bixby first encountered the curious red variety of beryl, the mineral has been unearthed in just a few locations — Utah's Thomas Range, Utah's Wah Wah Mountains and New Mexico's Black Range.

Of the three, only the Wah Wah Mountains have produced gem-grade crystals that are large enough to be faceted. The gems are primarily sourced at the Ruby-Violet Claim in Beaver County, Utah. The best specimens of red beryl display a raspberry-pink to slightly purplish-red color.

Writing for the Utah Geological Survey, Carl Ege noted that red beryl was worth 1,000 times more than gold and was so rare that one red beryl crystal is found for every 150,000 diamonds. Because red beryl is rarely found in large sizes, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain estimated that a 2-carat beryl has the same rarity as a 40 carat diamond.

The British gem association reported that the largest known faceted red beryl weighs in at 8 carats.

Gemsociety.org wrote that most fine red beryl crystal specimens are "zealously guarded by mineral collectors and never faceted." The one shown, above, is part of the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection in Washington, DC.

Credits: Faceted red beryl photo by DonGuennie (G-Empire The World Of Gems), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Red beryl crystal photo by Chip Clark / Smithsonian.
October 15th, 2021
Eddie Murphy's movies have earned more than $6 billion at the box office, but did you know that the actor-comedian-writer-producer also came thisclose to topping the Billboard music charts in 1985 with his hit song, “Party All the Time”?



The synth-pop ditty penned by Rick James is about a heartbroken lover who is clueless about why his girlfriend likes to party without him even though he lavishes her with expensive gifts, including diamond rings.

He sings, “I buy you champagne and roses and diamonds on your finger (Diamonds on your finger) / Still you hang out all night / What am I to do?”

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun — and often nostalgic — songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title.

Coming off a successful run on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Axel Foley in the movie Beverly Hills Cop, Murphy found himself in an exciting, but strange, new venue — James’s home-based recording studio in Buffalo, NY.

Besides writing “Party All the Time,” the famed “Super Freak” artist produced and arranged the song, provided backup vocals and even appeared in the music video.

The catchy hook, “My girl wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time,” proved irresistible to the masses and the song quickly ascended to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, helped along by MTV, which put the song in heavy rotation.

"Party All the Time" may have been a #1 tune had it not been for Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me," which wouldn't budge out of the top spot in the fall of 1985.

Now, more than 35 years after its release, “Party All the Time” is trying to find its rightful place in music history. The official Youtube video has been viewed more than 64 million times since being posted in 2014. The song accumulated 529,000 likes compared to only 19,000 dislikes.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction of the masses, VH-1, Blender and AOL Radio all ranked "Party All the Time" on their lists of the “Worst Songs Ever.”

Trivia: It's rumored that Murphy recorded "Party All the Time" to settle a $100,000 wager with fellow comedian Richard Pryor, who claimed Murphy had no singing talent.

Please check out the official music video of Murphy performing “Party All the Time.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

Party All the Time”
Written by Rick James. Performed by Eddie Murphy.

Girl
I can’t understand it why you want to hurt me
After all the things I’ve done for you.
I buy you champagne and roses and diamonds on your finger –
Diamonds on your finger –
Still you hang out all night
what am I to do?

My girl wants to party all the time

Party all the time
party all the time.
My girl wants to party all the time
party all the time.

She parties all the time party all the time
She likes to party all the time party all the time
Party all the time she likes to party all the time
Party all the time.

Girl
I’ve seen you in clubs just hanging out and dancing.
You give your number to every man you see.
You never come home at night because you’re out romancing
I wish you bring some of your love home to me.

But my girl wants to party all the time
My girl wants to party all the time

Party
Party
party she likes to party all the time.
She likes to party all the time
She lets her hair down
she lets her body down,
She lets her body
She lets her body down.
Party all the time do you want to get any party
Yeah.
Party all the time party all the time.



Credit: Screen capture via Youtube.com / Eddie Murphy.
October 18th, 2021
A rare 93-carat natural black diamond — one of the largest in the world — recently made its debut at the Natural History Museum in London. The limited engagement will run for 12 months.



The “Anastacia Diamond” was cut from a rough gem weighing just over 300 carats, which likely originated from Brazil. The rough diamond was acquired by the owner's family during the late 1800s in Goa, India, which was well known as a gem-cutting center at the time. The gemstone has remained with the family since. More recently, the stone was named for the owner's daughter.

The diamond was set into a pendant that features a large crescent moon and three yellow-diamond stars on the front and a depiction of the constellation Al-Dubb al-Akbar (a.k.a Ursa Major) rendered in diamonds on the back. The pendant, which includes 41 colorless diamonds and 26 yellow diamonds, was designed specifically for the diamond's namesake.



The “Anastacia Diamond” is now the largest diamond of any color on display at the museum. It can be see in "The Vault," alongside other impressive gems and minerals, including the Aurora Pyramid of Hope (the largest collection of fancy colored diamonds currently on display in the world), the 1,384 carat Devonshire Emerald and the recently discovered Winchcombe Meteor.

Black diamonds are different from other colored diamonds because they do not get their color from chemical impurities, such as nitrogen, hydrogen or boron, in the diamond’s makeup. Instead, black diamonds owe their color to numerous dark inclusions (mostly graphite). Their opaqueness is caused by a “polycrystalline” structure that inhibits the reflection of light.

According to the Natural History Museum, the inclusions made the cutting and polishing of the gemstone much more challenging. The tiny interlocking grains can be seen as lines on the surface of the polished faces. The diamond is translucent rather than opaque, and the inclusions can be seen as scattered "glitter" within.

The “Anastacia Diamond” is 25.5 carats larger than the world-famous Black Orlov diamond, which was discovered in the early 1800s in India and weighs 67.50 carats. That gem had been previously displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Natural History Museum, London.



The London museum is recognized as a leading science research center and the most-visited natural history museum in Europe. The Natural History Museum in London welcomes more than five million visitors each year, while its digital content reaches hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries each month. Touring exhibitions hosted by the museum have been seen by approximately 30 million people in the past 10 years.

The museum is also the custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections, comprising more than 80 million specimens. The museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world.

Credits: Jewelry images © Trustees of the Natural History Museum London, used with permission. Museum image by Chiuchihmin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
October 19th, 2021
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker surprised reality star Kourtney Kardashian with a massive, oval-cut diamond engagement ring on Sunday. The proposal took place within a heart of red roses at the beachfront Rosewood Miramar Hotel in Montecito, CA.



Based on photos of the ring that began flooding Instagram on Monday, the oval diamond could be as large as 15 carats with a value upwards of $1 million. The ring design is a simple platinum solitaire with a pavé diamond band.

Kardashian shared two proposal pics with her 147 million Instagram followers. Her simple caption read, "forever."



Sister Kim Kardashian later posted a video to Instagram of her sister and Barker enjoying a celebratory dinner with their families. During the clip, Kim zooms in on the oval diamond on her sister's finger. Using a fun mashup of the new engaged couple's names, she wrote, "KRAVIS FOREVER."



Also on Monday, Atiana De La Hoya, the daughter of Barker's ex, Shanna Moakler, posted a clear shot of Kourney's ring to her Instagram Story.

An eyewitness to the proposal told E! News, "It looked very romantic. I could see Kourtney smiling from ear to ear and put her hand over her mouth looking surprised. The family cheered for them and went back into the hotel."

It's also being reported that the romantic moment was filmed for the Kardashian's upcoming, still-untitled Hulu series.

Celebrity jewelers are generally placing the weight of the diamond in the range of 8 to 15 carats and the value in the range of $350,000 to $1 million, depending on the actual size and quality of the diamond.

Barker, 45, and Kardashian, 42, went public with their relationship in January of 2021. Throughout this year, they've been hinting on social media that their relationship was evolving into a lifelong commitment.

This will be the first marriage for Kardashian, although the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has three children with former boyfriend and fellow TV personality Scott Disick. The upcoming nuptials will be the third for Barker, who was formerly married Melissa Kennedy (2001 to 2002) and Moakler and (2004 to 2008). He shares two children with the latter.

Credits: Screen capture of beach proposal via Instagram.com / kourtneykardash; Screen capture of dinner celebraton via Instagram.com / kimkardashian; Screen capture of ring closeup via Instagram.com / atianadelahoya.
October 20th, 2021
Carrying a pre-sale high estimate of $10.8 million, a 6.75-carat fancy vivid purple-pink heart-shaped diamond set in a platinum ring with yellow gold prongs has the honor of being the top lot at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva on November 9.



The gorgeous ring is one of five diamond lots with high estimates surpassing $4 million. Here's a look at the head-turners that will be up for grabs at the Geneva Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.



-- Exceptional Colored Diamond Ring (Lot 77). The purple-pink diamond mentioned previously is flanked by colorless tapered baguettes and features a hidden — but beautifully finished — yellow gold gallery in a shape that mirrors the center stone. The diamond's shape is officially classified as a heart modified brilliant-cut. Estimated price range: $7.5 million to $10.8 million.



-- Exceptional Unmounted Diamond (Lot 11). This pear modified brilliant-cut diamond weighs an astounding 55.50 carats and is the largest of all the diamonds being offered at the Christie's sale. It earned a color rating of D and a clarity rating of VVS2. This is a Type IIa diamond, which means that it is colorless and chemically pure with no traces of nitrogen or boron. Estimated price range: $4.3 million to $5.4 million.



-- Important Diamond Ring (Lot 52). Also a Type IIa diamond, this 43.19 carat oval brilliant-cut diamond is flanked by baguettes and set in a platinum ring. The D-flawless diamond is secured with four claw prongs. Estimated price range: $3.2 million to $4.3 million.



-- Exceptional Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring (Lot 71). A fancy vivid yellow rectangular cut-cornered diamond of 42.98 carats is complemented by a pair of kite-shaped diamonds with 1.70 and 1.69 carats, respectively, in this stunning platinum and yellow gold ring. The yellow diamond carries a clarity rating of VVS1. Estimated price range: $2.1 million to $4.3 million.



-- Harry Winston Colored Diamond and Diamond Brooch (Lot 76). A fancy light pink marquise brilliant-cut diamond of 7.37 carats adds a bloom of color to this floral-motif diamond brooch. The pink diamond is surrounded by a colorless 10.31-carat marquise pear brilliant-cut diamond and colorless pear brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 9.59, 9.38 and 4.87 carats. Eight smaller colorless marquise-shaped diamonds fill out the stem. The piece carries the maker's mark Jacques Timey and is displayed in a black Harry Winston case. Estimated price range: $2.1 million to $4.3 million.

Credits: Images courtesy of Christie's.
October 21st, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks received their truly innovative 2020-2021 NBA championship ring/pendants during a special on-court ceremony before their season opener Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum.



Designed by Jason Arasheben, CEO of Jason of Beverly Hills, the convertible jewelry — which features more than 400 diamonds — addresses the dilemma of today's professional athlete: How to comfortably wear an enormous championship ring.



“We wanted to once again rewrite the rules of what a championship ring should be,” said Arasheben. “We sought to create something that had a bit more versatility than rings of the past. As championship rings have gotten bigger, they have become less and less practical to wear."

The jeweler and his team developed a push-button system that allows the players to remove the top of the ring and wear it as a pendant. In the video below, the animation shows how the top spins off to reveal a hidden bail that swings out to accept a chain.



With the top off, the lower portion of the ring, reveals a QR code that, when scanned with a smartphone, plays a highlight video of the Bucks' championship season.

The ring vividly tells the story of the Bucks' history and championship season. It also features many symbolic references baked into the choices of stones and precious metals used.

For instance, the Milwaukee Bucks championship ring has 360 diamonds on the top to represent the total wins since the current ownership purchased the team.

The 16 emerald-shaped diamonds on the left side of the ring represent the 16 playoff wins during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, while another 16 emerald-shaped diamonds on the right side of the ring represent the 16 division titles in team history.

In total, there are approximately 4.14 carats of emeralds in the design, representing the 414 Milwaukee area code. The 50 round stones on the inner bezel stand for the 50 years since the team’s last championship win.

There are two trophies on the inside shank to represent the two franchise championships, and Fiserv Forum’s brick-themed architecture is also prominent on the side of the ring.

The NBA Larry O’Brien Trophy on the face of the ring is made up of a signature batch of 65.3-karat yellow gold, which represents the team's winning percentage during the championship season.

Even the carat weight of the stones has meaning. Approximately 3 carats of diamonds on the shank represent the three conference championships in Bucks history.



The left side of the ring includes the team's rallying cry, "Fear the Deer," as well as the player's name, uniform number and the team name, "BUCKS."



The right side of the ring carries the phrase "BUCKS IN 6," which is the number of games it took the champions to beat the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. Also noted are the win-loss records for the four playoff series, the city name Milwaukee, the year 2021, the Larry O'Brien Trophy, and the score of the deciding game in the championship series, 105-98.

Check out the video showing how the ring transforms into a pendant…



Credits: Images courtesy of Jason of Beverly Hills.
October 22nd, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you outstanding songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, red-hot recording artist Dua Lipa channels the synth-pop sound of the 1980s with her 2020 international dance hit, "Physical."



In this song inspired by Olivia Newton-John's 1981 classic of the same name, Lipa uses a gem metaphor to describe the extraordinary feeling of being head-over-heels in love.

She sings, "Common love isn't for us / We created something phenomenal / Don't you agree? / Don't you agree? / You got me feeling diamond rich / Nothing on this planet compares to it / Don't you agree? / Don't you agree?"

Lipa told Billboard magazine that the song she wrote with Jason Evigan, Clarence Coffee Jr. and Sarah Hudson is very '80s inspired.

"It's quite Flashdance-y," she said, referencing the 1983 cult classic. "It's fun, you can dance to it. It's definitely my craziest of high energy songs."

The retro vibe of "Physical" instantly connected with the Brit's international fan base. The song charted in 48 countries, including #1 spots in Croatia, Israel, Lebanon, Poland and Slovakia. The song went platinum in the US, Canada and the UK.

"Physical" earned the critical acclaim of music critics, as well. They called it "this decade's perfect workout song," "a perfect pop song" and "an instant classic." It was also nominated for International Song of the Year at the 2020 NRJ Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 2021 Brit Awards.

Now 26, the London-born model-turned-singer was musically influenced by her father, who was the frontman of the Kosovan rock band, Oda.

At Fitzjohn's Primary School in London, Lipa wasn't disheartened when the teacher heading the school choir told her "she could not sing." Instead, the nine-year-old took weekend singing lessons at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

As a high-schooler, she uploaded to YouTube videos of herself covering the songs of Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera.

Lipa became a model, which led to a role as the "singer" in and ad for The X Factor music competition show in 2013. A year later, she would ink a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Please check out the audio track of Lipa performing "Physical." The lyrics are below if you'd like to sing along…

"Physical"
Written by Dua Lipa, Jason Evigan, Clarence Coffee Jr. and Sarah Hudson. Performed by Dua Lipa.

Common love isn't for us
We created something phenomenal
Don't you agree?
Don't you agree?
You got me feeling diamond rich
Nothing on this planet compares to it
Don't you agree?
Don't you agree?

Who needs to go to sleep, when I got you next to me?

All night I'll riot with you
I know you got my back and you know I got you
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical
Lights out, follow the noise
Baby keep on dancing like you ain't got a choice
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical

Adrenaline keeps on rushing in
Love the simulation we're dreaming in
Don't you agree?
Don't you agree?
I don't wanna live another life
Cuz this one's pretty nice
Living it up

Who needs to go to sleep, when I got you next to me?

All night I'll riot with you
I know you got my back and you know I got you
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical
Lights out, follow the noise
Baby keep on dancing like you ain't got a choice
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical

Hold on just a little tighter
Come on
Hold on, tell me if you're ready
Come on
Baby keep on dancing
Let's get physical
Hold on just a little tighter
Come on
Hold on, tell me if you're ready
Come on
Baby keep on dancing
Let's get physical

All night I'll riot with you
I know you got my back and you know I got you
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical
Lights out, follow the noise
Baby keep on dancing like you ain't got a choice
So come on, come on, come on
Let's get physical

Let's get physical
(Physical)
Let's get physical
Come on, physical



Credit: Image by Justin Higuchi from Los Angeles, CA, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
October 26th, 2021
The Tampa Bay Lightning's players, coaching staff and owners celebrated their back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in a private ceremony on Thursday with massive championship rings set with 338 diamonds and 52 genuine sapphires — for a total gem carat weight of 31.67 carats. These are the largest championship rings — carat-wise — in the history of Jostens, a jewelry company established in 1897.



Winning back-to-back Stanley Cups is no easy feat. So, when the Lightning beat the Montreal Canadians to capture the title in 2021, Tampa Bay's ownership was determined to award a championship ring reflecting that awesome accomplishment.

Diamonds and sapphires are used throughout the design to represent the Lightning's blue and white team colors. Specifically, each 14-karat white gold ring features 273 round diamonds, 45 custom-cut diamonds, 20 princess-cut diamonds, 30 custom-cut sapphires and 22 tapered-baguette sapphires.

“Our previous partnership with Jostens resulted in a spectacular ring and an overall fantastic celebration,” said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. “It is a uniquely special opportunity to be working with them again less than a year later to celebrate our second Stanley Cup in two seasons. This ring is the culmination of a year of determination and sacrifices and pays homage to the dedicated fans of Bolts Nation.”

The ring top features the iconic Lightning logo created from 30 custom-cut genuine sapphires set atop a bed of 45 brilliant custom-cut and baguette diamonds. Accenting the top and bottom of the ring top is the title earned by the Lightning in their 2021 season, STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, in raised white gold lettering against a blue background.

Fifty-six diamonds cascade from the top of the ring, while the top and bottom edges of the ring are each bordered with 10 princess-cut diamonds, for a total of 20.

The left side of the ring features the Lightning's home city, TAMPA BAY, and the player's name, both rendered in raised white gold lettering on a blue ground. Below the player's name is the player's jersey number in blue raised lettering within a circle accented with "skate marks" in the background.

The right side of the ring displays the team name, LIGHTNING, featuring two Stanley Cups underneath with the championship year dates in blue. Completing this side is a sea of Bolts fans who seem to be holding up the two Stanley Cups.

The palm of the ring proudly displays the phrase BACK 2 BACK.



The interior of the ring features the Lightning logo created from custom blue ceramic. To the right are the series results from the team’s 2021 playoff journey. Below these details is the phrase CLINCHING SHUTOUTS, a reference to the NHL record shattered by goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy by recording shutouts in five straight series-clinching games going all the way back to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final win over the Dallas Stars.

Also included on the inside of the ring is the Lightning’s playoff record over the past two seasons: 32–13. Incredibly, that stretch of 45 games included no back-to-back losses. Each ring also features the player's unique signature.

As an added bonus, each ring top flips open to reveal a hidden story. The left side has a bold headline, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, which reflects the sentiment that some of the players would be moving on to other teams. The circle around the headline includes all the jersey numbers on the 2021 roster.

On the opposite side, the center reads CUP PARADE REPEAT, a nod to the franchise’s back-to-back Cup wins. The words encircling the outside of the crest hold significant meaning to the team: the mantra of head coach Jon Cooper in the locker room before Game 5 against Montreal, PROCESS OVER OUTCOME. WORK OVER HOPE.

The final detail lays within the three diamonds set between the phrases. These are symbolic of the Lightning franchise's three Stanley Cup victories.

Credits: Images courtesy of Jostens.
October 27th, 2021
Atlanta Braves fans are hoping that slugger Joc Pederson’s pearls will help carry the team to its first World Series title since 1995.



Back on September 29, the Braves 6’1’ 220 lb outfielder stepped up to the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies sporting a strand of white cultured pearls around his neck. His surprising fashion statement generated a buzz that hasn’t let up as the Braves vanquished the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers on the way to the Fall Classic against the Houston Astros.

“I just saw the pearls and I was like, you know what? That looks cool,” Pederson told the Associated Press. “I’ve done the black chain and the gold chain and all those different ones and — I think a lot of other players have. But I don’t know, [the pearls] kind of caught my eye. I was like, you know, those look good.”

The Braves acquired Pederson from the Chicago Cubs in July, and the 29-year-old has been a clutch performer, especially after the pearls became a key component of his game day uniform.

After blasting the go-ahead home run in Game 3 of the Brewers series, Pederson tweeted a photo of himself and captioned it "pearl Jam."

Fans wondered, "Were the pearls somehow responsible for the Braves' success?"

Pederson's pearls didn't escape the attention of former Braves slugger Dale Murphy, who threw out the first pitch before Game 2 of the Los Angeles Dodgers series. While standing on the mound, Murphy pulled out his own pearl necklace, flung it around to excite the fans and then placed it around his neck.

At Truist Park, the home of the Braves, clubhouse stores began selling replica pearl necklaces at $5 apiece, according to published reports.

Pederson's pearls are worth far more than $5. He told reporters that his pearls are, indeed, real and that he purchased them from a jeweler.

With Pederson and his favorite accessory in the national spotlight you can be assured that millions of baseball fans — including men, women and kids of all ages — will be talking about cultured pearls.

Credit: Screen capture via YouTube.com.