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How To Wear A Wrist Watch Properly – The Lesson of Style

When purchasing watches, no one is questioned with how to wear watches, actually. This appears to be logical and rational. Nevertheless, the simplest things happen to be complicated sometimes. Everything is made from details and details sometimes mean far more than the whole. People who really wander how to wear watches properly exist and they are really concerned in this issue.

Cigar Lighters – Torches To Splash Delight

The Cuban leader Fidel Castro, a revolutionary Che Gevara, politicians Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton, writers Somerset Maugham and Mark Twain, the actor and the political figure Arnold  Schwarzenegger – these names are well-known and these figures are best known to the world for their political, social, literary and other achievements. Moreover, the abovementioned people highly esteem cigar smoking and, thus, they come as people who own the greatest number of tools and accessories so requisite for this leisurely process and among others there are cigar lighters.

Crystal Glass Tableware – A Song of Crystal

In the light of a variety and availability of glass items, glass ware is still appreciated by plenty people, especially when it comes to cut glass. The cut glass produces a long, lingering and musical tune when you put your finger at the cut-glass edge. So, in Japan the craftsmen make unique musical instruments. A crystal violin, completely transparent, is estimated for fifty thousand USD. Crystal glass tableware is not so much expensive though it is able to produce the charming, unique and so brittle music providing it is properly cared.

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Luxury Engagement and Wedding Rings: Expensive Presents for Classy Ladies

Saturday, 10 July 2010

luxury engagement wedding ringsIn the perfect world, the amount of love we want to pour on somebody is matched by our financial resources, as people who are dear to us deserve only the most expensive presents. In the world of luxury, even engagement and wedding rings are no longer a declaration of love but an effective means to show off and rub the new status of a woman into everybody's face. The size of the diamond is not necessarily the key as to what makes some of these luxurious rings so famous and recognizable, rather it seems to be a combination of the engagement ring itself and the famous lady it is associated with.

Famous Wedding Rings 

The smallest diamond engagement ring ever made (this fact is registered in the Guinness Book of Records) was given to Princess Mary of Scotland who was married by proxy to the Dauphin of France in 1518. In keeping with the tradition of the time, this wedding ring was very likely a simple golden band. Princess Mary was two years old at the time.

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen had taken the first X-ray of his wife's hand and that's how her wedding ring made history in the late 1890-s. Moreover, it was probably the first published picture of a wedding ring as it was used in Roentgen's article Ueber eine nue Art von Strahlen (On a New Kind of Rays) that appeared in the Proceedings of the Wurzburg Phisico-Medical Society.

French chemist Marie caused a stir in the scientific circles in the XIX century by discovering iron in human blood. Inspired by his success, Marie decided to present his fiancée with an unusual ring made from the iron extracted from his own blood. However, this romantic impulsion ended disastrously - Marie miscalculated the amount of bloodletting and died of anemia.

The story of Princess Diana's engagement ring is no less tragic. Just a few days before the horrible car crash, Diana's lover Dodi al-Fayed bought the 16,600-euro ring from the «Dis-moi oui» (Say Yes to Me) store owned by Monte Carlo jeweller Alberto Repossi, which was found in his apartment after he died along with Diana in a car crash in a Paris underpass on August 31, 1997.

Most Expensive Engagement Rings

Top spot in this category undoubtedly scores Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova with her 11-carat natural pink pear shape diamond engagement ring estimated at 6 million dollars presented by her fiancée Enrique Iglesias in 2004. However, their engagement is still on hold, and no news about the marriage so far.

The stunningly sexy singer/actress Beyonce Knowles broke many a man's heart when she secretly got married to rapper Shawn Corey Carter (aka Jay-Z) on April 4, 2008. Her wedding was simple but her ring was over the top, with $5-million worth 18-carat diamond ring designed by the famous jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, whose client list includes Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez among others.

The notorious heiress Paris Hilton, even though not a pop star but a diva anyway, received 2 diamond engagement rings from billionaire Paris Latsis, a $5 million 24 carat canary diamond ring and a $2.1 million 15 carat white diamond ring.

The beautiful Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the holder of the most expensive engagement ring of the XX century, a $2.6 million 40-carat diamond ring. After Jacqueline's death in 1994, the legendary ring was auctioned.

Elizabeth Taylor was engaged to her third husband, Michael Todd, with an emerald cut diamond that weighed almost 30 carats. However, she is more known for her other pieces of jewelry, one more striking than the other: the 39 carat Krupp diamond, the 69.42 carat pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond and the 17th century heart-shaped Taj Mahal diamond.

Special Rings for Special Celebrations

Maximillan I of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring on record to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. He had the ring commissioned to unite their two houses and make their marriage a unifying symbol to the country.

Russian businessman Vladislav Doronin, coowner of Capital Group Inc., bought a set of engagement rings for the fabulous «black pearl» of the catwalk, Naomi Campbell in the summer of 2009. The rings are white and pink gold sprinkled with diamonds. However, the much awaited wedding is postponed due to unknown reasons.

American Beauty star Mena Suvari had her birthstones, amethysts and citrines in her engagement ring, when she married cinematographer Robert Brinkmann. The stones were set in an asymmetrical design around a gold band. Unfortunately the couple filed for divorce after five years of marriage.

Wedding rings for supermodel Ivanka Trump, the daughter of American tycoon Donald Trump, were purchased not by the bridegroom, but by bride's mother Ivana Trump. She was also the designer of the platinum 12-carat diamond ring.

Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones' with a 10-carat antique marquise diamond engagement ring. Not to be outdone, the couple invited scores of A-list celebrities at their lavish million dollar wedding.

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