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Posted on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 02:40

Dear Rmac...oh thank you very interesting about that box-thing :-) Why did you ask by the way? :-)



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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 20:38

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Rmac...hm...thinking outside of the box..wasnt it some business thing about some dots? Please do enlighten me :-)

 



You are correct.  It did have to do with some dots; specifically 9 dots.  See the picture.  The idea was to use a pencil and draw four straight connected lines that meet or go through all nine dots.  If anyone had mentioned thinking outside the box it would have been easier.  However, as presented in graduate school creativity classes that clue was not given. 

 

Anyhow that was the origin of the expression.  Now there are a bunch of “Thinking outside the box” puzzles. 

 

In common use though the expression has come to mean a whole lot more. 

 

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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 17:00

...some interesting & fun info about some stones....

 Amethyst

I am AMETHYST, handmaiden to the goddess Diana. Many centuries ago, I was caught in bitter quarrel between the gods. Protecting me from the wrath of Bacchus, my goddess transformed me into a transparent crystal. When the quarrel had ceased, Bacchus, filled with remorse, poured a gentle libation of wine over me, covering my body with an elegant violet gown. Wear me as an amulet, I will protect you from intoxication and evil spells. My presence will calm your spirit and give you focus. Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone which symbolized a variety of virtues to the ancients, including piety and humility. Its name is derived from the Greek word "Amethustos," which means "to prevent drunkenness." No wonder the Greeks loved to drink wine from Amethyst cups! Today, Amethyst is found mainly in Brazil, Uruguay, and Zambia

Emerald

I am EMERALD, sacred goddess of the Incas. The ancients gave me to their young women as a talisman to grant them my protection and give them ease in childbirth. Cleopatra has known me well and I have soothed the eyes of Emperor Nero as he watched the Coliseum games. My cool touch will remind you of spring and give you eternal youth. If you honor me and my daughters I will make your true love faithful and smooth the road you travel. Why Emerald? - Emerald has long been regarded as an amulet of good fortune. Emerald is treasured as a gift for May birthdays and a talisman for the sign of Gemini. Emerald is one of the most valuable, and historically one of the most interesting, gemstones. It is known as the Queen of Gems and the gem of queens. Cleopatra's Emerald Mine near the Red Sea in Egypt has been mined since 2000 B.C. According to legend, the wearing of Emerald not only cured a wide range of ailments, including low I.Q., poor eyesight and infertility, but also enabled the wearer to predict the future. Emerald is found mainly in Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Sapphire

I am SAPPHIRE, the world rests upon my shoulders. The ancients have said that the blue of the wide heavens reflects my image; beyond blue my brilliant colors are as varied as the sunrise. I have been a talisman to emperors, saints and sorcerers. I have inspired Buddhist monks to pray and Hindus believe I will unite humanity with the heavenly spheres. Wear me with sincerity for I am a symbol of truth, and I will protect you always. 

Ruby 

I am RUBY, "Ratnaraj," King of Precious Gemstones. Thousands of years ago I was released from the magical egg of Naga, a ferocious dragon from ancient Burma. My eternal flame has adorned the thrones of great royalty the world over. Wear me as an amulet and I will preserve your health, dispel your fears and bring abundant passion to your life. Touch me to the four corners of your land and I will turn away tempests and disaster... your harvests will be plentiful. 

Diamond 

I am DIAMOND, considered an awe-inspiring "symbol" in our culture, I was equally wondrous in ancient times. Though what we know about diamonds belongs more to legend than to fact, the tales exemplify the power of the diamond. In India, I was sometimes set in the eyes of Hindu statues. Monarchs competed with one another for me and the possession of renowned gems, using them as instruments of diplomacy. They wore me as a symbol of status by sewing me into clothing or using me as a sign of power, by decorating their swords and scabbards. Centuries ago, it was also believed that diamonds protected from harm and actually brought luck and success to the wearer, counteracting the effects of unfortunate astrological events and endowing the wearer with charm and the ability to attract others. Plato wrote about diamonds as living beings, embodying celestial spirits. Through the centuries, rings have perpetuated the talismanic role of the diamond. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, every ring that was set with a precious stone was not so much a piece of jewelry, but an amulet that conveyed the magic powers of the stone upon the wearer. The diamond acquired its unique status as the ultimate gift of love as far back as the fifteenth century. It was said that Cupid's arrows were tipped with diamonds, which had a magic that nothing else could equal. 

Topaz 

I am TOPAZ, keeper of the flame. As day dissolves into twilight, search the beaches of the Serpent Isle for the glimmer of my golden beacon. I am waiting for you. Look deeply into my eyes and I will reveal all the knowledge of the world. Hold me gently and my security will wash over your soul and cool the frenzy in your mind. Keep me in your home and I will gather up the sunlight and radiate good health to all your family. 

Aquamarine 

I am AQUAMARINE, Neptune's gift to the mermaids. Long ago, my charms protected the ancient mariners as they sailed the vast oceans. Carry me with you on your own journeys and I promise you the same blessings of safety and good fortune. Gaze into my liquid blue eyes when you are away from those you love and I will help you to remember them clearly. As you wed your true love, keep me near and I will give you a marriage filled with happiness. 

Citrine

I am CITRINE, daughter of Amethyst. Deep in the heart of a primordial jungle, as my mother cradled me in her arms, the sun's brilliant rays kissed my face and bestowed on me an aura of golden radiance. Gaze upon my sunny glow and I will banish thoughts of evil from your mind. Wear me as a talisman and I will protect you from the venomous bite of the serpent. At all times, my energy will focus your mind, emotions and intuition into singular harmony. 

Garnet 

I am GARNET, the talisman of warriors. Knights and soldiers the world over have placed their destiny in my hands, trusting that I would protect them from death and injury and that my presence would bring them swift victories and guarantee them tranquility after battle. Dream of me and I will reveal the answers to your questions. Give me to your loved ones and I will bestow upon them loyalty and affection. 

Tourmaline 

I am TOURMALINE, the gemstone of many colors. The flowers in the fields, the birds of the air and the essence of the changing seasons are all encompassed within my many hues. I was the final companion to the last Empress of China, her head gently cradled on my lap as she rests in her eternal sleep. My fingers possess a healing touch. Hold my hand and I will restore your "prana," the vital energy of your soul. Wear me as an amulet and I will bring to you both friends and lovers. 

Peridot

I am PERIDOT, born from the tears of Pele, divine Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. My mystical powers have been summoned by Egyptian priests in their ancient rites. My presence helped to gain the pleasure of their gods. As time passed, crusading knights held me forth as a symbol of wisdom and purity. Some have even called me "heavenly stone," for my presence has been discovered in meteorites fallen from the night sky. Cherish me and I will give you courage and bring you great wealth. My gentle touch will brush away your unpleasant thoughts and ease your moments of solitude. (source: online)


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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 16:10

Rmac...hm...thinking outside of the box..wasnt it some business thing about some dots? Please do enlighten me :-)

 


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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 16:06

Rmac...this is some info;

 

 

Studies show that blue is the most unseen color in nature and the combination of the most valuable natural crystal, fortunate enough to encounter boron particles during its enigmatic birth (boron is the element which causes the blue color in a diamond) creates with no doubt the most desirable colored gem throughout history, auction sales and today's market.



In recent years, fancy color diamonds, especially the larger and rarer ones (typically with an individual price tag of $500,000 and above) have emerged as a unique and attractive investment opportunity.



Supply of natural fancy color diamonds has been diminishing over the past six years while demand for fancy color diamonds has been steadily growing...





 

 

 

 

 


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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 16:00

Im sure all will be well...especially if your name IS BeWell my dearest ;-)

 

Star sapphires are nice :-)

 

I dont own one of those...but..one funny story is that I was speaking to a dealer in some country somewhere ;-)

 

...and he showed me a collection of sapphires and in one package he had some very nice star ones..but that wasnt what I was looking for so..then...just after opening that package of starries he opened the case with the sapphire (an original blue, not star) of 44(!!) carats...and that one I bought right and there..so maybe seeing the starries first was a lucky sign?

 

That sapphire I went on designing into an amazing bracelet setting, surrounded by amazing diamonds..

 

Hm...one should not underestimate the amount of travels, work etc it takes to make one excellent piece of jewelry :-) or even to find the perfect stone.

 

(This pic shows a star sapphire, as you can see on getting the light the star arises, dear BeWell)


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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 15:55

Wait up waaaaait a sec..here Ive been busy all week..and return just to ..oh...hmmm...sense some...birdie birdie love potential on here, on this selfproclaimed online island of love...or what you cuuuute two! Send me a private in case you want me to further some contact info to the other one..I will be your mathcmaker only if you invite me to your wedding and show me the...the...diamond ;-)


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Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 15:49

Dakota oh what?? Im not a flawless diamond??? Now I will be sad. ;-)))

 

hehe...cute story and I do agree...you should look that man up and INVEST in that diamond..as this is not just a ´jewelry item its an investment..I would say the best in the world..at least it cant be burnet or accidented down as a house a car or even an aintique item...so go for i!

 

 

Well...sad story but Im sure the best in life is till to come...so I hope that will cure any borken spirits...

 

BeWell...oh...interesting..its a nice thing crystals..used for some therapy by some people who believe in the power of such stones...The Ancients believed that clear quartz was water from the heavens that the gods had frozen into eternal ice. This belief continued to exist as late as the 16th century when even scientists believed that crystals  was fossilized ice....interesting hobby...:-)


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Posted on Sat, Feb 02, 2013 22:55

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Oh Bewel you are beautiful...offcourse you deserve diamonds from a dear man (other than you father)...im sure that time is in you cards...maybe by just expressing your desire publically on here there might be a jewelry that have some wish-granting power amongst all this royal things which will project your man and the diamond with him to soon knock on you life door...attraction...so many powers roaming that we cant see...yeah a diamonds glow has much more to it than just being a diamond..if you study its sparkles in the sun...and offciurse they are forever hence it portays the wishful dreams of a girl for her relashionship i guess :-) Yeah you have good taste..nice fav choices :-)



Thank you for the encouragement, worldmind. Maybe I'll wish upon my star sapphire for that to happen. ;-D

 

I also like diamonds for their virbrational frequency, and crystals too. I've done crystal digging in the state of Arkansas in the South Central USA. Some of them I harvested are quite large (as big as a cantelope, and I found many tiny and medium sized ones too. The crystal mines sell them to computer companies and allows the public to have the leftovers for a small price.  

 

I would post photos, but unfortunately my crystals are in storage while I'm temporarily living and working in St. Louis, Missouri in the Central USA. I'll try to post an example photo similar to some of mine. I miss them. Used to display them in a lighted cabinet along with some beautiful antique crystal bowls I own too................ BeWell


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BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 08:03

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rMac,

 

I love the beauty and sparkle of blue diamonds.  They have always caught my eye, reminding me of the ocean I love so much.  Some other gems have been mistaken for them but once you have seen a blue diamond that is a medium tone, they are hard to not recognize....you fall in love, at least I have.  Their not cheap, your right. 

They say you can get them at a better price in St Thomas, but a friend of mine was just there and didn't feel it was a bargain.  I saw a blue diamond ring in a flea market setting in downtown Seattle by Pikes Market, it was stunning and a great price, wish I hadn't passed it by.  For the price, it was worth it.

 

Mtnsunny



I like them too.  Just to be clear, only as decoration on a lady’s hand.  Does not look as though I will need too many.

 

RMac



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Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 10:08

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RMac..trying to post a quick reply as Im very exhausted been very busy meeting after meeting and my PT pushing my boundaries to the edge...hm..you mean manipulated colored diamonds? Or...? As if they are real diamonds then they COULD be naturally so caleld "fancy" colored ie blue, yello etc...but as I get it the jeweler told you it was "man made" I guess he means treated by a human to color them, I guess their natural color may have been dull..and did you see any black spots? How did you see these was it with you naked eye or did you use any instrument?

 

Wel..I totally agree...its up to eveyone what they want to use as anything..I know some people who had rubys (red) as their engagement ring color and also sapphire...

 

Yeah...and if you think those blue treated ones are costly then....uhm..how about the top clear and clean ones ;-)

 

I have developed some kind of an allergy to black spots in any stone so If I am going to some stone dealer to purchase any precious stones/diamonds..they make sure to just never show me anything with any spot in it..then I dislike something called "feather"..which is an incluson that looks somewhat like a feather but is terribly annoying when I see it...and some freinds ask me oh but comeon, people cant see the inclusions with their eyes, one needs an instrument for it...then I sa: oh well...Im the one using it and such an inclusion in such kind of a precious stone is like i got some kind of drt on my proholense when shooting an object..cant have that..as it ruins alot...

 

 

 

Ah..maybe you might not get all that I said with featehrs and so forth..but the general idea is that clean is queen ;-)

 

 

 

Im getting the notion that you might be a person who dares thinking a bit out of the box...so whats your romantic gift for your eventual woman on the coming Valentines day?



We, the human race, have been able to make diamonds by subjecting carbon to intense heat and pressure imitating the way it happens naturally.  I was first aware of this maybe forty plus years ago.  At that time only little bitty ones could be created.  By now, maybe they can make them as large as the one I saw.  It was a nice size for a ring.  No lady I know would have been ashamed to wear it. 

 

These are real diamonds.  Certain impurities give them color.  Yellow or blue is common.  All this the same as the ones made in the earth again by intense heat and pressure.   The difference is that instead of accepting whatever we find we can add more of the appropriate impurity to make the color more intense and deeper.  The diamond can still be perfect.   And it still is a real diamond.  It does not need to be flawed in any way.  Or it may have flaws, just as in the natural process.

 

In regard to the diamond I saw, I am not sure whether it was made as above, or colored, or manipulated as you say. 

 

I have given a few out of the box gifts, but none I could mention here; a bit personal and private.

 

If I gave a lady a blue diamond for valentine’s day that would be way out of the box for me. 

 

By the way, do you know where the expression, “Thinking outside the box,” comes from? 

 

RMac



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Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 15:27

RMac..trying to post a quick reply as Im very exhausted been very busy meeting after meeting and my PT pushing my boundaries to the edge...hm..you mean manipulated colored diamonds? Or...? As if they are real diamonds then they COULD be naturally so caleld "fancy" colored ie blue, yello etc...but as I get it the jeweler told you it was "man made" I guess he means treated by a human to color them, I guess their natural color may have been dull..and did you see any black spots? How did you see these was it with you naked eye or did you use any instrument?

 

Wel..I totally agree...its up to eveyone what they want to use as anything..I know some people who had rubys (red) as their engagement ring color and also sapphire...

 

Yeah...and if you think those blue treated ones are costly then....uhm..how about the top clear and clean ones ;-)

 

I have developed some kind of an allergy to black spots in any stone so If I am going to some stone dealer to purchase any precious stones/diamonds..they make sure to just never show me anything with any spot in it..then I dislike something called "feather"..which is an incluson that looks somewhat like a feather but is terribly annoying when I see it...and some freinds ask me oh but comeon, people cant see the inclusions with their eyes, one needs an instrument for it...then I sa: oh well...Im the one using it and such an inclusion in such kind of a precious stone is like i got some kind of drt on my proholense when shooting an object..cant have that..as it ruins alot...

 

 

 

Ah..maybe you might not get all that I said with featehrs and so forth..but the general idea is that clean is queen ;-)

 

 

 

Im getting the notion that you might be a person who dares thinking a bit out of the box...so whats your romantic gift for your eventual woman on the coming Valentines day?


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Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 11:50

I looked at some blue diamonds recently.  Not the natural “blue” diamonds, but man made ones that had a lot of whatever impurity it is that makes them blue.   These were a deep intense blue.  Still had that sparkle that diamonds have, but really really blue. 

 

Suitable for a friendship ring, but not an engagement ring -- per the jeweler.  What people want to use for engagement rings would be, my opinion, up to them. 

 

Better check with the lady before you pull any surprises I expect. 

 

Blasted expensive in any case. 

 

RMac

 



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Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 01:51

Oh Bewel you are beautiful...offcourse you deserve diamonds from a dear man (other than you father)...im sure that time is in you cards...maybe by just expressing your desire publically on here there might be a jewelry that have some wish-granting power amongst all this royal things which will project your man and the diamond with him to soon knock on you life door...attraction...so many powers roaming that we cant see...yeah a diamonds glow has much more to it than just being a diamond..if you study its sparkles in the sun...and offciurse they are forever hence it portays the wishful dreams of a girl for her relashionship i guess :-) Yeah you have good taste..nice fav choices :-)



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Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 01:40

Jenknee..yeah isnt it amazing! Oh how interesting that you have done that...must be very fancy..I get a picture in my head of maybe 1800 American ladies endulging in a teatime event..very elegant. Yeah..I think thats kind of what ladyness is about...exteriorly speaking that is...would have loved to see a real pic of your society...I also wish you get to exhibit your nice things soon and enjoy the spirit they embeds :-)



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Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 21:13

Worldmind,

 

Diamonds are a girl's best friend. ;-D Loved your blog on jewels. Very interesting and the pictures are beautiful.

 

Although I do own a few diamonds, I have never received one from a man yet (with my father as the exception.) I think that is something I would like very much to happen in my next relationship. Because they are so beautiful and radiant.

 

By the way..... My favorite is the Diamond Flower Tiara of Queen Amelie of Greece. Marie Antoinette's earings are lovely too. ;-D

 

Love, peace and  joy................. BeWell



BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D

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Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 17:20

I love a lot of old jewerly and embellished items. I also like double-duty items like the beautiful tiara that can also be a necklace. I wish more people would dress up for special events. I also miss being able to use my formal dinnerware and all that goes with it. I used to be a member of a group of ladies called The Victorian Tea Society for 5 years, having a tea gathering once a month just to dress up and socialize.

 

 

 

I have a display table, it's empty because i moved and never unpacked what i had in it before. I had some old make-up containers, old purses, rhinestone shoe clips, etc. All girly stuff the way they used to be made. Next time I move, I hope to finally unpack my favorite stuff to display once again.



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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 16:39

Diamond Flower Tiara of Queen Amelie of Greece


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 16:37

Diamond and emerld brooch owned by Queen Margherita of Italy rectangular emerald is 42 carats.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 16:35

Fabergé snuffbox cirka year 1765


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