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Modern Love: The Invention of the Diamond Engagement Ring

Aja Raden | Posted 02.14.2017 | Style
Aja Raden

This isn't a hate-on romance, or jewelry. I love both. This is just the story of a story. In fact, it's the story of two stories. One is the story of the very first diamond engagement ring, given to the Princess Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillion when he proposed in 1477 AD.

Africa's Success Story

John Feffer | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
John Feffer

The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were sitting next to each other at a tab...

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend -- and Other Feminist Truths

Dale Elizabeth Meikle | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Dale Elizabeth Meikle

Unlike other objects, diamond rings powerfully inculcate gender differences and sexual status. They say, "I am taken," and a large ring says, "I am taken by a rich man that would crush your man, Darwinian-style."

From Flat Sheet to 3D Art (VIDEO) | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts

Paper. We use it daily in one way or another; to scribble and draw on, to feed our printers or simply just to read off. But this material is capable of a lot more. This is where paper engineers like Lydia Shirreff come into their own.

The Faithful Shopper: Haute Joaillerie

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Last time, I described some of my favorite shops for more casual jewelry - but now it's all about glamour! Whether your tastes run to diamonds, or you...

The Four Cs of... Bacon?

Ira Weissman | Posted 08.12.2013 | Weddings
Ira Weissman

In this parody from Oscar Meyer poking fun at De Beers' romanticization of diamonds, we are taken for a ridiculous ride in which bacon has its own 4 C's, and soon-to-be-engaged couples go speechless looking at strips of bacon displayed in black velvet jewelry cases.

Why You Should Skip The Diamonds This Valentine's Day

Ira Weissman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Weddings
Ira Weissman

There's a lot of pressure to buy the traditional gem, but there are also plenty of reasons to do something different.

South Africa's Five-Star Adventures

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lauri Lyons

If wild safari animals and ghosts roaming around your luxury tent isn't enough of a thrill for you, don't worry -- the South Africans have more wild activities up their vuvuzelas.

Art Basel Miami: Photos From A Week Of Art And Parties In The Heat (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Art Basel Miami Beach went off this week without a hitch - the glitz and glamour of Miami's prestigious art fairs were left in tact to be sure. Wheth...

Race Politics in Free State

Annelle Sheline | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Annelle Sheline

The experience of cheering together for their soccer team will perhaps facilitate the embrace of a new "new" South Africa: a country whose past can be celebrated by all.

Walmart to Chileans: 'We Can Only Spare A Dime'

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Perkins

Walmart, a company that exploits the Chilean labor force and whose profits are astronomical, chose to spare less than their equivalent of a dime to the people of Chile during their time of need.

Diamonds Are a God's Best Friend

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

Diamonds are not rare. Diamonds are not valuable. Diamonds are not naturally in demand. But the big diamond scam is child's play compared to the biggest PR success of all time: religion.

Attention Luxury Brands: Paris Hilton is "Out"; Michelle Obama is "In"

Darryl A. Cobbin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Darryl A. Cobbin

The stewards of luxury brands who are not bold enough to truly redefine luxury in the new world economic order for fear of diminishing the value of their brands are making a big mistake.