Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Treasures of the British Museum I

Cross pendant. Gold with a closed back and set with a central pearl surmounted by a garnet and an emerald, flanked by hessonite garnets, a sapphire, and a zircon with a ruby, a chrysoberyl cat's eye, an amethyst and a zircon below. Date 1800 (circa)

Gimmel-ring; gold; enamelled; bezel, set with ruby and emerald, in form of quatrefoil flower with pendant leaves decorated with blue, black and white scrolls; inner faces of bezel decorated with scrolls; shoulders moulded in form of scrolls; inscription on inner surfaces revealed when ring opened. Date 16thC, Germany.
Pendant in the form of an animal head. Made of wood and covered with turquoise and malachite mosaic held in place with pine resin adhesive. The eyes are made from pyrite and white and yellow striped conch (Strombus) shell. The open mouth is encrusted with gemstones (garnet, beryl, emerald, spinel, zircon) and lined with sharks teeth. The pearls, gemstones and teeth are all held in place with beeswax. Culture/period Mixtec; Aztec

Two-colour gold comb-mount in the form of a leafy twig surmounted by a bird, with a ruby eye and ring in its beak, on a trembler spring. The branch is set with gemstones whose initials spell 'dearest', ie. diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and turquoise. There is a hair compartment in the reverse of the bird. Date 1830 (circa) England.
Intaglio of rock crystal: massive, oval, convex on one side, flat on the other. On the flat surface is engraved the Crucifixion between the Virgin and St John; Christ has the cruciferous nimbus and wears a loin-cloth, his head is inclined; cross is plain, without titulus, serpent coiled round its foot; Virgin and St John stand bending forward, raising their mantles to their faces in attitudes of grief; above cross are two medallions containing busts of the sun and moon holding torches, former radiate and wearing chlamys, latter as female figure in mantle with head surmounted by crescent; in modern metal mount; each side of crystal with cylindrical drill-hole. Culture/period : Carolingian Date 846-869 (?)

Gold memento-mori fede-ring. This large ring, either intended as a thumb-ring or to be worn over a glove on the finger, is made of gold, enamelled and set with gemstones. The bezel is in the form of a book, placed horizontally, the upper cover being set with four table-cut gemstones in plain gold collets: a diamond (lower right), a ruby (upper right), an emerald (lower left) and a sapphire, or blue spinel (upper left); in high relief between the gemstones, in the centre, is a white-enamelled skull with a green-enamelled toad above and another below, and two snakes issuing from the skull to left and right. Date 1526-1575

Fire River Gold FINALLY halted - FAU.v

It only took years of outrageous public fraud and a regulator that CANNOT be moved off that grotesque nail for love nor money, and this horrid, horrid example of what is sickeningly wrong with the Venture is finished.

Absolutely amazing says this monkey, and nothing says it better than the FACT the dopey company admitted in black and white it was witholding critical disclosure and the regulator COULD NOT be bothered to "do" thing one about it.
Blow by blow, insult after insult, this was textbook promotion from a career Venture promoter, who, naturally, bailed when the timing was right and is now off to the next promo for utter dopos.

It boogles this little mind how career chitbags can REMAIN career chitbags for decades with no problem whatever. The only possible way is to have a corrupt regulator and Lord knows the BCSC is just about as corrupt as a pack of intrenched and grossly overpaid idiots can get.
VANCOUVER, Dec. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The following issues have been halted by IIROC:
Company: Fire River Gold Corp.
TSX-Venture Symbol: FAU
Reason: Failure to Maintain Exchange Requirements
Halt Time (ET): 10:04

Bloody wonderful. This dopeshow has been 100% fully dead broke for over a year and with no bid for the last 3 months. I suppose a body should be fukkin grateful this PoS wasn't offered at half a cent for the NEXT 5 years.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Synthetic Diamonds

The closest synthetic approximation to diamond is a man-made diamond. Man-made diamonds can be made of pure carbon.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) recognizes these as real diamonds from a compositional perspective. But, the man-made diamonds don't have the rich geological history that natural diamonds do. Laboratories simulate the heat and pressure from the Earth's mantle that create natural diamonds. For some, diamonds come down to a matter of time and money: days versus millions of years, thousands of dollars versus tens of thousands of dollars or more.

If a uniquely coloured, relatively inexpensive diamond is desired, man-made ones in shades of orange, yellow, pink and blue are readily available. Finding a large diamond will prove a greater challenge -- most man-made diamonds weigh less than one carat. To prevent retailers from passing off man-made diamonds as natural ones, the GIA is selling machines that will help jewelers easily distinguish between the two.

It may come as no surprise that the developer behind these machines is none other than the king of the natural diamond industry: De Beers.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Techdirt sums up Kleargear ...

"Among the many, many problems with KlearGear's actions are the following:

1. The non-disparagement clause didn't even exist when John Palmer placed his order. He ordered in 2008, and it did not appear in KlearGear's terms of service until 2012.

2. KlearGear never actually delivered the product that Palmer ordered. The negative review on Ripoff Report appeared to be an accurate complaint about KlearGear's customer service.
3. John Palmer, who made the order, was not the same person who wrote the review. That was Jen Palmer, his wife. Even if the clause had been in there and had been binding, it would only have been on John. While KlearGear claims that John telling Jen about the problems still made him liable, that's just crazy.
4. Even if the clause had been in there, it's completely unenforceable. You can't bar someone from giving an honest review of your crappy service.
5. Palmer explained to KlearGear that Ripoff Report does not allow the removal of reviews, so that demand was impossible.
6. KlearGear not only demanded $3,500 and to have the negative review removed, it also told various credit bureaus that John Palmer owed them $3,500 that he wasn't paying, creating a serious credit problem for the Palmers.
7. When the Palmers disputed the debt claim with the credit bureaus, KlearGear insisted that the debt was legitimate and added an additional $50, again pointing to their terms of service, which had a "chargeback/dispute policy." Yes, this is adding insult to injury. Not only do they tell credit bureaus of a bogus $3,500 claim based on a bogus unenforceable term in a contract that didn't exist at the time of the failed exchange, but they add to the debt when the Palmers contested it."

So lets just spell it out plain shall we? Kleargear is all about selling dead chitty merchandise on a "drop ship" basis. (Co holds zero inventory) Since many sheeple get ripped off as a rule Mr. William Franklin Bermender and his bestus enabler legal buddy Mr. Stephen L. Gutman decided to attack ANYBODY complaining ... even if such attacks are HIGHLY illegal.

Part of Mr. Bermender's plan was to have fraudulent positive reviews posted. Sadly for the crooked basterds the story blew up in their fully fraudulent faces and they are all now underground and/or on the run.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lawsuit Filed in Kleargear offense - Update

KUTV, who initially broke the story, have updated.

"KlearGear has not responded to any of Get Gephardt's requests for comment since our originally story aired. In November they refused to discuss the Palmers citing privacy concerns, but defended the non-disparagement clause. In an email, an unidentified KlearGear representative wrote, "While always subject to change to promote fairness and protect the interests of both parties, for more than a decade our terms have consistently passed the scrutiny of our own in-house counsel, the Better Business Bureau, [the Federal Trade Commission's] Bureau of Consumer Protection, state attorneys general and private attorneys."

"Layton couple sues KlearGear for $3,500 negative-review charge

According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, John Palmer ordered a desk toy and a keychain in December 2008 for his wife, Jen. The items, worth less than $20, never arrived, and KlearGear canceled the order after an email correspondence. Jen then shared her dissatisfaction with KlearGear’s service in a review on RipoffReport.com.

William Franklin Bermender
In November, the couple sent KlearGear a letter demanding that their credit be restored, $75,000 in compensation and removal of the non-disparagement clause from the site’s terms of use. To date, no answer. What’s more, they’re not even sure where KlearGear is based. "There are a number of things we’ve either discovered or read about them that make us concerned about what kind of company it is," Michelman said. "Since we’ve sent the demand letter, they appear to have moved within Grandville, Mich., and both locations appear to be nothing more than a mail drop."

Michelman said that if KlearGear doesn’t show up in court, then the plaintiffs can win by default.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

World's most expensive Diamonds

The Chloe Diamond is a brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 84.37 carats, bought by Georges Marciano, the founder of clothing company Guess Inc. Marciano named the stone “the Chloe Diamond” after his then 12-year-old daughter.

The diamond sold for $16.2 Million at Sotheby's Geneva in 2007.
In November 2012, Christie's sold the cushion-shaped, colourless, 76.02-carat Archduke Joseph Diamond for $21.5 million.
A 14.23 carat diamond, named The Perfect Pink, sold for $23,165,968 in November 2010 to an anonymous buyer after an intense bidding war with four others.

Christie's says only 18 diamonds bigger than 10 carats and showing a distinct pure pink colour have ever gone on the block in 244 years of auction history.
The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond is a cushion-cut fancy deep grayish blue diamond weighing 35.56 carats. It sold at auction in December 2008 for $24.3m

The diamond originates from the Indian kingdom of Golkonda. It's rumored that King Philip IV of Spain purchased the jewel and included it in the dowry of his teenage daughter, Margaret Teresa, in 1664.
On 15 May 2013 Christie’s auctioned the "Winston Legacy" in Geneva for $ 26.7m. A pear-shaped perfect diamond weighing 101.73 carats, this sensational gemstone is not only one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds known to date, it is also one of the world’s most perfect diamonds: a D colour, Type IIA Flawless gem.

The rough stone weighed 236 carats when it was extracted from the Jwaneng mine (DeBeers) in Botswana and required 21 months to polish.
The Orange - Christie’s Geneva sold the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever offered at auction, weighing 14.82 carats, for a record $35.5m or $2.4 million per carat.

The sale set a world record price per carat for any diamond sold at auction, as well as a world record price for an orange diamond. It is the 4rd most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Christie's said: “Time and again, a stone will appear on the market that is truly a miracle of nature. The 14.82-carat orange diamond is one such a stone, a rare gem, which will perhaps only be seen once in a lifetime.
The Princie Pink is a cushion-cut 34.65 carats and is one of the finest and largest of its kind.

The stone can be traced back to the ancient diamond mines of India. The diamond was sold at auction in 1960 where it brought a price of 46,000 pounds sterling (approximately $69,588 in today's currency).

The stone sold for $ 39m in April, 2013.

The Graff Pink is a vivid pink, round-cornered rectangular step-cut diamond weighing 24.78 carats, set between shield-shaped diamond shoulders, in platinum.

It sold on November 10, 2010 for $ 46.2m

The 59.6-carat Pink Star diamond lived up to its hype by selling for a world record price of approximately $83.4 million at Sotheby’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale Wednesday.

When introducing the internally flawless fancy pink vivid diamond, David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division in Europe and the Middle East, called it “one of the most remarkable gems to ever appear at auction.”
Sotheby's David Bennett says the diamond belongs in "the ranks of the earth's greatest natural treasures." He said "it was very rare to have vivid pink diamonds weighing only five carats, this 59.60 carat stone is simply off any scale." It is over twice the size of the 24.78-carat "Graff Pink" diamond that set the world auction record for $46.2m.

The gem, which was mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999, has received the highest possible colour and clarity rating from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It weighed 132.5 carats in the rough, and was cut and polished over a period of two years by Steinmetz Diamonds.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Padparadscha Sapphires

Prized throughout the ages, padparadscha sapphires are as beautiful and exotic as their name.

The term padparadscha is derived from the Singhalese word for a salmon colored lotus blossom. Overall, padparadscha sapphires are pinkish orange in color, but do vary in hue and tone.
A marriage between ruby and yellow sapphire. The question of just what qualifies for the princely kiss of “padparadscha” is a matter of hot debate, even among experts. Today, padparadscha is narrowly defined by gemologists as a Sri Lankan sapphire of delicate pinkish orange color.
Most lotus blossoms are far more pink than orange, and in ancient times, padmaraga was described as a subvariety of ruby (cf. the Hindu Garuda Purana). Today, some define the gem's color as a blend of lotus and sunset.