Top 5 most famous loose diamonds

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Diamonds are a symbol of wealth, status and luxury in almost all parts of the world. Many people across the world sport diamond engagement rings, pendants, tennis bracelets, brooches or earrings, for both style and pleasure. Diamonds are synonymous with class in many countries and many people prioritize having at least one piece of diamond jewelry in their collection. Though diamonds in these settings are a common sight, there are a few loose diamonds in the world of particular prestige and awe. Have you ever been to a museum and gone the gemstone exhibit? Have you ever been blown away by the size, brilliance and quality of gemstones, unsure if you can even believe that something so lovely was found in a mine? You are not alone. While it is hard to fathom, some of the most beautiful diamonds have come from deep in the Earth and the chances of stumbling upon them have been slim to none, making their discovery all the more amazing. Over hundreds of years, people have been searching for diamonds, hoping that they will be lucky enough to discover the next big thing. Here are five of the most famous diamonds ever found:

  1. Chloe Diamond- Weighing in at nearly 85 carats, the colorless Chloe Diamond was found in Angola. It was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva, Switzerland ten years ago (in 2007) to the founder of the popular clothing line, Guess. This man, Georges Marciano, purchased the diamond for 18.2 million Swiss francs (nearly 18.4 American dollars) making it the second highest priced diamond ever sold in an auction.
  2. Hope Diamond- This is probably the most well known diamond due to the fame it received after the movie Titanic came out. The Hope Diamond, now on display at the Smithsonian Museum, weighs approximately 45 carats and is a lovely blue grey color. It was found in India and legend has it that this diamond is cursed…which probably explains why it was used in cinema.
  3. Eureka Diamond- The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond ever to be found in South Africa (thus the name). It was found at a little over 21 carats but was later sent to be cut, where it ended up at about 10.7 carats total. Found by a young teenage boy in the 1860’s the Eureka diamond has an unmistakeable brownish yellow color.
  4. Cullinan Diamond- Coming in at an astounding 3106.75 carats, the Cullinan Diamond is the largest diamond ever found. It was discovered in 1905 in South Africa, this colorless, gem quality diamond was later cut into more than 100 smaller diamonds, two of which are now part of the Crown Jewels.
  5. Lesedi la Rona- A colorless diamond found in Botswana, the Lesedi la Rona weighs an impressive 1111 carats and is famed for being the second largest diamond ever discovered.

While custom engagement ringsnecklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and more are popular pieces of jewelry and a way to display a diamond, there are many in the world that are so large or impressive that they remained in museums or part of collections of historic diamonds.

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Top 5 things residents of senior living facilities don’t miss

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Often times when elderly people are about to move to senior living facilities, they are nervous and agitated. They are worried about giving up their independence or being viewed as someone who needs help and cannot function on their own. This is an extremely natural response and one that many children of elderly people report experiencing. It is completely understandable that someone who has spent their whole lives taking care of themselves would be wary of living in a place where everything was done for them instead. While this is a common sentiment before moving into a senior assisted living facility, when asked again after having lived in the facility for a while, many residents are overjoyed by the fact that they no longer have to do tasks like cooking and cleaning. In many cases, they have realized that they now have more time to do the things they love like read, play cards, do art and watch movies. When asked, here are the things that residents at senior living facilities identified as things they do not miss.

  1. Driving- Many seniors are so glad they no longer have to worry about driving. As people get older, driving gets more difficult for a variety of reasons. This could be worsening vision or slower reflexes, both of which can make driving stressful and unenjoyable. Seniors also don’t miss paying for gas, paying to get their cars fixed and maintained, getting stuck in traffic and worrying about parking at any location they go to.
  2. Cooking- Even seniors who previously loved to cook say that it has been nice having other people cook for them for a change. Much of this revolves around the fact that they no longer have to go to the store, spend hours in front of a stove followed by mountains of dishes. Some have said that it feels like they go to a restaurant every day, which seems pretty decadent and luxurious.
  3. Household chores- Seniors overwhelmingly noted that they do not miss mundane chores like mopping, sweeping, cleaning gutters, shoveling driveways and vacuuming. These are task that most people are not particularly fond of so it makes sense that residents of memory care assisted living facilities would name it as something they didn’t’ miss.
  4. Struggling with technology- Many residents who lived alone prior to moving into the facility said that they struggled with technology often like computers and remote controls. After living in the facility, however, there is always staff around to help with those types of things. Many said it is less frustrating and they do not miss being frustrated with technology.
  5. Working- Naturally, residents have come to appreciate being retired.They spend the majority of their days doing things they love like reading and playing games and talking to friends. This is miles better than working a stressful job and having to sacrifice a social life to succeed.

Even if they were initially resistant, many residents of senior living facilities eventually realized how much it benefited their health, happiness and well-being to live in an assisted living facility. The mundane tasks of their former life were identified by many as things they did not miss at all.

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Here’s how to deal with storm damage to your windows

 

It is a frustrating but sometimes unavoidable threat: weather can often cause damage to cars, homes gardens and more without much advance warning. If you live in an area with high winds, heavy rain, frequent hail and/or freezing temperatures, you’ve likely dealt with this on more than one occasion. Hurricanes, tornados, blizzards and more have been known to cause damage to homes including roofs, porches and windows. Even minor damage is not only frustrating for homeowners, but can even be dangerous if not dealt with properly and in a timely manner. It’s helpful to know the steps to take following any kind of window damage so that you can solve the problem safely and efficiently. The below checklist will help you with this.

  • Take stock of your windows regularly- Before any kind of damage occurs, it’s especially helpful to know the “before” condition of your windows. This will allow you to more accurately assess any damage by comparison. Since inclement weather can’t always be predicted, try to regularly inspect your windows for any weaknesses. That way, you’ll be prepared in case any damage does occur.
  • Safety first- If you notice that your windows are damaged during a storm, the most important thing is the safety of you and your family. Seal off the room with the damaged windows if possible and take shelter in another room, particularly one with little to no windows. The reality is that during a storm, you can’t do anything to repair the damage, so it’s best to wait it out safely.
  • Assess the damage post-storm- Once the storm has cleared, then you can assess any damage that has occurred to your windows. This might include cracks, chips, broken frames or even entirely blown out screens or glass. Make sure to sweep up any glass on the floor if it got inside your home. Make note of whether you think the damage is too severe to repair and you might need replacement windows.
  • Call a specialist- Even if you know a bit about windows, construction or the like, it’s important to get in contact with a true professional who has dealt with similar situations often. A professional will be able to see why your windows were damaged as well as recommend the best course of action going forward. If you live in an older home or perhaps didn’t have any say over the choice in window style, a specialist might suggest window installation of storm windows, which will be highly beneficial in preventing similar situations in the future.
  • Keep up with regular maintenance- To ensure your windows take care of you, take care of your windows. With regular cleaning, maintenance and inspection, you can help avoid any frustrating situations that could force you into costly repairs or replacements.

Many times window damage cannot be predicted and it is important to stay calm and level-headed about how to proceed. With the help of preparation and some window specialists you are sure to keep your home safe for years to come.

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There are many reasons people are afraid of yoga classes Houston

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If you have ever been invited to a yoga class but rejected the offer out of fear and nervousness, not to worry. You are not alone. In fact, many people are extremely intimidated by yoga classes, especially people who have never taken yoga classes before. Yoga has risen in popularity over the years among all age groups, but there are still some people who have consistently decided against giving yoga a try.

One of the most common reasons people avoid yoga classes is because they think they are not flexible enough. Many people will say things like “I can’t even touch my toes” or “I can’t do the splits”, but this perception of yoga is actually quite wrong. In fact, yoga is not about flexibility at all. One of the beautiful things about yoga is that each person’s practice is totally individual to them. That means that they are focusing on themselves in class and not watching you and making comparisons. Often times in a yoga class, people are so deeply entrenched in what they are doing that they may not even make eye contact with other yogis in the room. This is a good thing to know because it can help you to feel like you have a little more privacy, even in a room full of yoga students. In addition, yoga is not about being the most flexible person in the room or the strongest person in the room. It is about being the best version of yourself and finding your own limits and boundaries. Over time you may push these and become more strong or flexible (and this is very common for people who start to practice at a yoga studio) but it is certainly not required in any sense.

Another reason people avoid yoga is because they think it will be too hot and they worry about fainting. This is because of the common misconception that all yoga is “hot yoga” in which the room is heated specifically to make students sweat out toxins. While yoga classes will work up a sweat, many do not involve increased heat in the room, only increased heat within your body–and that’s a good thing! If you are against hot yoga classes, don’t worry, a yoga schedule will be very explicit about which classes are hot or not.

The last reason people avoid vinyasa yoga is because they think they are overweight. There is a perception that people who do yoga are lean and dress in tiny shorts and tank tops. While there are some yogis who fit this stereotype, there are many, body types in between. Yoga is actually one of the most inclusive types of fitness for all body types because it is such a personal journey.

Even if you have been hesitant to try yoga before, knowing that you will not be judged and that all you have to worry about is your own personal journey may encourage you to give it a go. Chances are you will really like it.

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Top 5 problems you may encounter without industrial roof coating

industrial roof coatingIt may sound almost too obvious, but roofs are one of the most important parts of a structure. Without roofs, anything inside a building is completely exposed to the elements. The chances of it getting damaged, sometimes even beyond repair, is highly likely. So, as the owner of a building, it is critically important to do what you can to keep your assets safe and protected. This is likely a top priority for business owners, especially those who own industrial buildings like factories or production plants.  A good way to ensure the safety of your assets is by getting industrial roof coating. This is a smart expense for a business owner because there are numerous issues that can arise without it. For a list of these possible problems, read below.

  1. Escalating leaks- A leak is never good, but it is a helpful sign to aid you in discovering potential issues before they escalate. If you don’t identify this leak, or worse, don’t do anything about it, you run the risk of the leak escalating to a much worse leak, getting bigger, weakening your structure and ultimately leading to the worst case scenario, explained in number 2.
  2. Roof collapses- This is the worst case scenario for a business and happens when there is no industrial waterproofing on the roof. A roof collapse will often cause irreparable damage to everything inside the building and will cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace not only the assets inside, but the whole roof as well. Roof collapses can also be extremely dangerous to anyone working at the time.
  3. Damage to equipment- Leaks and collapses are both capable of damaging equipment. In an industrial building, equipment and machinery is often heavy, expensive and custom made. This means that any damage to it will be a costly fix. Plus, you will not be able to run the equipment while it is being repaired or replaced, meaning you will lower your overall production numbers and then your sales numbers, by default.
  4. Employee Injury-As mentioned, a leak or collapse can damage machinery, but it can also injure workers. This can be from falling debris, puddles of standing water, slips, falls and more. If an injury is bad enough, you could face legal fees or workman’s compensation claims, which are a significantly expensive endeavor.
  5. Slowing in production time- With damage to the structure, equipment, machinery and potentially injured employees, your production schedule will suffer. With less equipment to run and less manpower to run them, you’ll end up behind schedule, which could affect your output and sales for months to come. Playing catch up is never easy, especially when you have fallen so far behind.

As you can see, one small event can truly damage your business. If you want to avoid this, try working with a company like Metalguard of TX, so you can be sure that your assets are protected, your roof is stable and secure, and your building is working just as hard as you are.

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Cocktail bars recall eras of the past

cocktail barHave you ever watched an old movie and been overcome by the glamor and glitz of the old speakeasy vibe? The 1920-1940 era of bars were sophisticated and classy and decidedly different from many of the options offered today. This is interesting considered this era was also prohibition: the time in America when alcohol was outlawed. During Prohibition, which lasted from 1920 to 1933, speakeasies began popping up across the country. A speakeasy is a secret cocktail bar that sold alcohol illegally. Many times speakeasies were hidden in secret rooms, in basements or through secret passageways. They grew in popularity solely through word of mouth since owners were not allowed to advertise for fear of being shut down and imprisoned.

It is said that the speakeasy got it’s name because of the way in which people talked about it: “easily”, meaning quietly or in hushed tones in that time. As fear was an initial part of the speakeasy culture, speakeasies were small. It wasn’t until they began growing in popularity that speakeasies began including performers such as jazz singers and musicians like pianists. This provided a bit of entertainment for patrons, meaning they’d stay longer and usually tell the friends they trusted. In this way, the culture grew and grew until it became one of the biggest, most prosperous business types.

Around this time, the practice of rum running was popularized. Speakeasies, particularly those in Florida, found a way of getting access to cheap rum from nearby islands like the Bahamas. However, this didn’t help the speakeasies profit much because of the low quality and cost of the rum. Since alcohol was illegal, those who ran speakeasies (some say a few speakeasies had ties to the mob) had to make their own liquor. This was often strong and low quality, but enjoyed by many. During Prohibition, speakeasies didn’t really offer specialty cocktails  because they lacked the space for ingredients and because the strong, homemade liquor wasn’t a good match for fancy drinks.

As the demand for alcohol steadily increased, the practice of bootlegging began, which got it’s name from the people who sold alcohol on the streets out of flasks they kept strapped to their legs under their pants or tucked into their boots. It is said that Al Capone ran one of the largest bootlegging practices, which made him millions of dollars a year.

During the era of Prohibition in America, it is interesting that alcohol consumption actually increased significantly. Records show that there were more arrests for public intoxication and alcohol related fighting during Prohibition than there was before. In 1933, Prohibition ended, in large part as a response to the Great Depression. With the popularity of alcohol, it made more sense to monetize the industry and create more jobs. Also, with alcohol legalized again, more types of bars such as specialty cocktail bars, were able to return to their former greatness. Since Prohibition ended in 1933, the bar and alcohol industry has remained one of the most profitable in the United States.

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You can combat worry during a basement remodeling

basement remodelingDeciding to remodel any part of your home can be stressful, time-consuming and nerve-wracking. It seems like so much can go wrong and often these types of thoughts can keep you up at night and make you rethink your basement remodel all together. Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from improving your house. While there are indeed lots of ways a remodel project could become a nightmare, being aware of some of these things can be useful in helping you mentally prepare for the project. Plus, if any of these issues do arise, you will be better equipped to deal with them calmly.

Perhaps one of the biggest concerns during a remodeling project is budget. The fear of going over budget is terrifying to many home owners because generally, if they have planned a remodel, they have put in as much money as they feel they can feasibly invest. The reality is, it’s fairly easy for a project to go over budget. While a basement contractor will try to give you the most accurate estimate possible, there are numerous ways in which that could change. For example, contractors may run into a problem such as wiring or plumbing that is faulty or in the way, which may require that it gets rerouted or replaced all together. This is not a cheap task but unfortunately, it’s something neither you nor your contractor could have foreseen. If you have a bit of time before the project begins, it may be helpful to set aside a bit of extra money for emergency situations such as this. If this isn’t an option, you can start a small fund now that you add to throughout the remodel process. If all goes to plan you won’t need that money and then you are simply left with a little extra to do with what you see fit. However, if a problem does arise, you’ll be glad your were putting some money aside to help begin making additional payments.

Another common concern of homeowners is timeline. Remodeling is exciting and homeowners want it to be done as quickly as possible, but sometimes that just isn’t what happens. There are numerous factors that contribute to the timeline of a project and almost all of them are out of your control. Some of these factors include back-ordered materials, issues with the contracting crew, or, as mentioned above, unforeseen circumstances like faulty pipes, mold, and electrical issues.

A good way to combat these concerns is by making sure your contractors are as professional and experienced as they come. Companies like Evoke Custom Builders know how important it is to homeowners to feel totally at ease and confident during the remodeling process. While no contractor will be able to predict certain problems, they can do their very best to problem solve, help you understand your options and advise you on the best path forward. Knowing you are working with contractors with this capability will provide you with peace of mind and a boost of confidence so you can get back to being excited about your remodel.

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Choosing Cosmetic Dentists

You already know how important it is to take good care of your teeth. Healthy teeth can be the difference between you being healthy or not, in fact. The condition of your teeth can have a huge impact on your overall health. The way your teeth look can also play a huge part in your confidence levels. While it is certainly vital that you make regular visits to the dentist for health reasons, you should also consider finding a cosmetic dentist to help enhance the look of your teeth as well. This could be particularly important if you have a big event coming up. Weddings, graduations, and reunions are great reasons to consider cosmetic dental work, as you want your smile looking absolutely stunning during all of the pictures people will be taking of you.

So how you find a good cosmetic dentist? You want to make sure you use a company that will take your needs very seriously and that knows their stuff well. You do not want to go with any old dentist. You want the very best. Here are a number of things you should do while searching for your perfect cosmetic dentist.

Start by asking your friends and family if they have had particularly good experiences with any specific cosmetic dentists. You can also ask your general dentist for a recommendation if he or she does not provide cosmetic services. Ask lots of questions about the practice and how the dentist treated them. You want to make sure that you will have a similar experience. If you do not know anyone who has had cosmetic dental work, then you can find a lot of dentists online. You can do a simple search on the internet using Google.

If the cosmetic dentist was not specifically recommended to you, then make sure that you check out all of their online testimonials and then ask for references. You want to make sure that the company you are considering is reliable. Also look for certifications and awards that the dentist or the practice has attained over the years.

Now that you have decided that you need a good cosmetic dentist for whatever work you would like to get done, you might want to check out Levin Family Dental. Levin Family Dental is a fantastic company that offers a number of great cosmetic services. You are sure to find everything you could possibly need with them. Further, they have won several awards over the past few years and are highly qualified to perform cosmetic dentistry. You will not be disappointed if you decide to choose this company for your dental work. If you would like to learn more about their company and the various services that they offer, you should take a few minutes to review their website. They list a lot of information about the various cosmetic procedures and this can help you decide what methods would be best for you. If you want to schedule an appointment, you should call (303) 333-2221 today to get started making your appointment!

 

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Why an Extendobed is the Solution for You

Do you depend on your truck for everything? I mean everything. From hauling trash, hunting gear, and home construction materials to using it for all that work projects you have going? If so, then there is a product you absolutely need to know about. Have you ever heard of an Extendobed? If not, you should really keep reading because it is about to completely redefine the limits of your productivity and utterly change your life.

So what is an Extendobed? Extendobeds are, quite simply, extensions added to your truck. There are so many different options for the kinds of extensions available, such as truck bed extenders, truck bed slides, and truck bed organizers, just to name a few. Where can you get an Extendobed? Great question. There is actually a company, called Extendobed, which makes them! Here is a little information about this awesome business.

You are about to be so thrilled to have learned about Extendobed. Seriously, you may start jumping up and down. Extendobed is a company founded in the US and sticking with the US. That is right. They are fully committed to creating and maintaining jobs here the in ol’ United States. Regardless of cheaper labor prices elsewhere, Extendobed is dedicated to sustaining the industry locally. That is reason enough to support the company, right?

But there is more. Let us take a look at what they do. To put is simply – Extendobed simplifies your life by developing custom-fit units for your truck. This can make your truck so much more functional. You’ll be able to load more, carry more, work more, and do it all in less time and with less effort. Not to mention the safety enhancements of using such products. But I digress. Not only do Extendobed products provide you with superior products, they also provide you with peace of mind with their 20-year limited warranty. Their products are built to last, however, so you probably will never need it. In fact, the first unit they produced in 1987 is still function and working today. That is durability! Why are they so durable? Because Extendobed is leading the conversation in terms of superior design. They are creating ingenious truck bed solutions every year and their products are being utilized throughout the entire world.

Need more reasons to start picking your unit? There are still more benefits to explore!

How about the fact that Extendobed will custom design your unit to fit your specific vehicle and your unique needs? That is right. The unit you end up with will be exactly – and I mean exactly – what you and your truck need. It is completely customized to you and the types of projects you complete.

There are so many reasons to buy an Extendobed and you could not choose a better company to support. Why not start the process right now? You can be sporting your truck upgrade in no time, as well as getting more done. Go to Extendobed’s website and start building your custom slideout unit right now. You can also call 800-752-0706 to speak with a representative who will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

 

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