When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4 – 7 PM
Where: Diamonds Forever in Point Loma
Enjoy eats, drinks, and prizes while selling us your unwanted jewelry and perusing our collection of estate jewelry to benefit the young victims of human trafficking and slavery.
Here’s how you can help:
- Sell us your gold, platinum, or diamond jewelry for top dollar
- Purchase your favorite new piece of fashion jewelry
- Donate directly to the charity
Feel free to drop by Diamonds Forever anytime the day of the event to participate.
10% of all proceeds will go directly to the BSCC to build a local shelter for these children. BSCC has worked tirelessly in San Diego to preserve the dignity and well being of exploited children. Please help us help them. www.bsccoalition.org
3689 Midway Dr. Suite A, Point Loma, San Diego, CA 92110(619) 223-2151
White Gold Winning Popularity Contest
by, Ben Stephenson
It doesn’t take an expert to notice the latest trend in jewelry, especially engagement rings. The casual observer will easily come to the conclusion that white gold is in and yellow gold might not be out, but it’s definitely a distant runner up. Fashion will change with the wind. The easiest way to stay on top of new trends in jewelry is to pay attention to young people, especially young celebrities. White gold and platinum are more subtle and easier on the eye where as yellow gold is a definite eye catcher. Subtlety is key here. Medal watch bands are being replaced by leather and stainless steel are replacing precious metals on watch bezels.
An interesting fact about white gold is that it’s a simple alloy, not some magical or rare form of gold. What’s an alloy? An alloy is simple combination of two or more solid metals. Steel, for example, is an alloy of iron and a tiny amount of carbon. All natural gold is yellow. When creating white gold, professionals will use heat and then add a white metal to pure gold. Nickel is commonly used in this process, but beware. One in eight people are allergic to nickel and will develop a rash after prolonged use. If you fall in this category you can still wear white gold, but you have to make sure that another “bleaching” metal is used, like palladium.
White- Metal Moguls: At the 2011 SAG awards, the winner for Best Actress wore a two million dollar set of white gold and diamond earrings. In fact, according The Fashion Spot, the six best dressed women of the evening were wearing white gold earrings. The same goes for the male attendees. Will Smith was sporting a thick white gold bracelet and Johnny Depp was keeping track of time with an 18k white gold Rolex.
by, Ben Stephenson
Young athletes all over the world have sought the recognition and honor that comes with winning the gold medal in the Olympic Games. Today the gold medals given to the young competitors are really gilded silver and not solid gold. The medals are used as symbol more than a prize, the achievement and experience is the true reward.
The first international Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece where the games were born. The marathon was won by the Greece’s own Spiridon Louis, an unknown water carrier who became a national hero after the race. The wrestling competition was also unique because there were no weight classes and no time limit. Most wrestlers also competed in other events of the games. The winner, Carl Schuhmann also won the gymnastics competition. The final match lasted over an hour and took two days to complete due to darkness; in 1896 there was no stadium lighting.
The first place winners in Athens received silver medals instead of gold, second got copper and third got to go home empty handed. The following Olympics in 1900 took place in Paris and the winners received standard cups and trophies. Not until 1912 did the winners receive the gold, silver and bronze that we recognize today. These medals also set the standard for thickness (3mm) and diameter (60mm). The countries that host the games are responsible for minting the medals and have kept to the original design on one side and the symbol of the host country on the other.
The athlete with the most gold medals in a career is the American swimmer Michael Phelps with 14. Phelps leads the crowd by five gold medals and is expected to return for at least one more summer game competition. The United States holds the record for most summer gold and Norway for winter. Since 1912 the games have given out over 16,000 medals.
Even though they are not solid gold the medals still stand for the crowning achievement for the worlds young athletes. The ancient Greeks gave their champions an olive wreath as a symbol of their prominence, honor being more important than valuable prizes.
Gold Coins in Ancient Greece
by, Ben Stephenson
Most historians agree that the first gold coins were made in Egypt around 2700 B.C. These coins were used mostly as tokens or gifts.
The first evidence of gold coins being minted and used as currency comes from Lydia around 600 B.C. Around forty years earlier King Pheidon of Argos, Greece was minting the first silver coins.
These coins were called drachma and through trade and conquest the drachma would spread throughout the ancient world.
To this day the Arabic unit of currency known as dirham and the Armenian dram both derive their names from the Greek drachma.
Just like Greek art, architecture and warfare gold coins from Greece can be broken up into three different groups known as the Archaic, Classic, and Hellenistic.
During the Archaic period coins were made from alloy called electrum, a mix of gold and silver. It is believed these first coins were used to pay Greek mercenaries at the end of their service. During the Archaic period the technology to purify gold was born.
During the Classic period Greek coins saw an extreme rise in purity and quality. Most coins displayed the city-states patron god or goddess with amazing detail.
In a time without mass media to communicate gold coins were a great way to spread propaganda to gain public favor. Athenians produced such a coin to celebrate the Greek victory over the Persian Empire during the Persian wars.
The Hellenistic era saw the birth of Greek kingdoms throughout the ancient world. The empire was so large that the coin had to be mass produced and therefore lost the beauty and craftsmanship of the classical era.
Today the most valuable collection of Grecian coins can be found at the National Numismatic Museum in Athens and caches of coins are still being found in Asia, Africa and Europe.