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Choosing The Best Cubic Zirconia Wedding Bands

By Melanie Spark

If you are planning to buy a set of cubic zirconia wedding bands for your wedding chances are that you’d rather not publicize the fact that you couldn’t afford diamonds. Maybe everyone knows you’re on tight budget and won’t care but you would prefer to have the most believable looking bridal set you can afford. You’re wondering what the best cubic zirconia wedding bands cost, where to buy them, what things you should beware of while shopping, and you’re probably wondering exactly how to decide which sets will look the most believable. Here are some answers:

1. The best cubic zirconia wedding bands and bridal sets are those that are set in 14k gold. Why? It’s because the best stones will be set in the best metals. The second best will be those set in solid sterling silver. The worst will be the cheapest options, those that are set in base metals with silver or gold plating, and these are not recommended for a wedding set because they won’t last very long.

2. Where to buy the top cubic zirconia rings in bridal set designs and wedding creations that look real is easy. There are about 5 online shops that specialize in top quality cubic zirconia bridal quality sets and engagement rings. One of the best for gold items is Apples of Gold, and another is Almost Diamonds, although they tend to specialize in high quality silver creations. A third place to shop is Emitations, but try to choose smaller gemstone designs that look more real. The forth place is Eve’s Addiction, and the fifth shop that is fun to browse and has a wide selection of some of the best CZ sets is Bling Jewelry. Also just in case you want high end and antique styles, you can also try Ross Simons and Fantasy Jewelry Box as well as the JewelBasket. If you can’t find what you need at one of these places, you’ll have to get something custom designed.

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3. What you should beware of while shopping for cubic zirconia wedding bands that will be an important part of your life, such as weddings sets or engagement rings or anniversary gifts, is that you will not want to buy a very large CZ. Please beware that large stones look more fake than the ones that are less than 1 carat in weight. Also, try to choose white or clear gems and not colored ones. Pink and yellow diamonds are rare and expensive and if you’re not wealthy it will be hard to believe you have a real set of pink or yellow diamond wedding rings.

4. So how can you decide which sets will be most believable? It’s very easy. Choose a real diamond set you love that’s not too outrageous, that would be something you might be able to afford….not something from dreamland, but really what might be in your budget if you earned just a little more. Then choose the basic or similar design and stone size in a CZ ring design. Do not choose a wild crazy huge sparkling gemstone and think that everyone will think you’re rich. They won’t. They’ll just think you’ve got poor taste. Also, try to spend more on the band and mounting, by buying real gold, white or yellow, or going with titanium. It’s better to have a smaller CZ in a gold band than a huge stone in a silver mounting.

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Diamonds: Anglo American to pay US$5.1 billion for 40% of De Beers

Friday, November 4, 2011 

Anglo American PLC has negotiated a price of US$5.1 billion to buy 40% of diamond giant De Beers from the Oppenheimer family. Anglo’s stake will jump from 45% to either 75% or 85%; the Botswanan government has an option to increase its own stake.

“This has been a momentous and difficult decision as my family has been in the diamond industry for more than 100 years and part of De Beers for over 80 years,” said De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer. The Oppenheimers are selling their entire remaining stake in the company they took over in the 1920s. They retain 2% of Anglo, founded in 1917 by Sir Ernest Oppenheimer. Until Nicky’s resignation this year Anglo’s board has always featured an Oppenheimer.

As-of June De Beers assets totalled US$8.2 billion with US$1.2 billion pre-tax profit over the prior six months, compared to a US$863 million pre-tax profit last year. The firm owns two Canadian mines and one in South Africa, along with joint ownership with Botswana in two of the world’s biggest diamond mines.

Part of the sale deal promises the Oppenheimers will be given part of any value increase if the firm is floated within two years. Nonetheless, Anglo CEO Cynthia Carroll denied this means a flotation is planned. She also said there is no connection between the purchase, which is set to be finalised next year, and Chilean state-owned copper firm Coldeco’s recent major purchase of 49% of various Anglo property. The Oppenheimers receive 20% of any price increase if a float occurs within a year, and 10% if one happens the year after.


Home-invaders pose as NYC police

Monday, July 16, 2007 

In two separate incidents, men posing as members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), have invaded homes in the New York City area. In both cases, they robbed the residents, but in the most recent, they sexually assaulted a woman.

On Saturday, July 14, at 1:09 a.m. EDT (UTC-4), four men knocked on the door of a Yonkers, New York, apartment. The 33-year-old male that lives there opened the door, as the men outside wore NYPD hats and t-shirts, and had badges hanging around their necks.

The men promptly ordered the male victim to the floor. “When this guy pushed me, he had a gun in my face,” the victim said. “I could see the other guy. He motioned to the others, come on, let’s go, let’s go.” The intruders shouted “Where are the drugs?” as they ransacked the apartment.

Two of the men entered the bedroom and sexually assaulted the 30-year-old female. The couple has a five-year-old child, who was sleeping in another bedroom. “The more I resisted, the more he began to hit me,” the woman said. She said she was sexually assaulted by two of the men while her boyfriend was bound and guarded.

Police said the men then left with a cell phone, a laptop computer, a diamond ring and a gold chain. Police do not believe that they were real officers. As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, July 5, shortly after six p.m. in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn five men knocked on the door claiming to be “the police.” When the victims opened the door, they pushed their way in demanding the family give them drugs and money.

When police responded to a call reporting a robbery, they found the family, husband, wife and their daughter, tied up. The man suffered a head injury when he was pistol-whipped. Police say the robbers got away with a camera, jewelry, and US$5,000 in currency.

Neighbors told NY1 that they were stunned. “Frightened. Make you think twice before you want to open the door, you know,” said one of the neighbors. “Now you be asking for all this ID and stuff and even still you’re going to wonder, are they for real? So it’s kind of scary.”

There is no word about whether the two cases are connected. Yonkers is on the border of New York City, but is outside the jurisdiction of the NYPD.


Secrets To Attaining Beautiful Hands And Arms Revealed

By Janet Martin

A lot of women concentrate on making their face and legs beautiful and flawless. Although there is nothing wrong with this, it might be better if women should also give ample attention to their arms and hands. No matter how much money you spend on making your face taut and wrinkle-free, if you don’t take care of your arms and hands, your real age will still be visible because the hand is one body part that is prone to skin aging.

Aside from your legs and stomach, your hands and arms are also areas of your body that are exposed during summer. And it is impractical to wear long-sleeved shirts or jackets on the beach to hide their flaws. Thus, in order to have a beautiful overall appearance, it would be wise to put your efforts in making your hands softer and smoother and your arms slimmer.

Here are some of the things you can do to have gorgeous hands and arms:

Don’t Forget To Moisturize

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Your face is not the only part of your body that needs some attention. You also need to make sure that you apply lotion or cream on your arms in order to make it soft and wonderful to the touch. Since your hands are often exposed to soap, water, and other elements, you need to choose a special lotion that is just created for the hands to maintain their softness and smoothness. It is also advisable to bring the lotion or cream with you wherever you go so you can reapply every time you wash your hands with soap and water or when you expose your hands to harmful and drying elements such as alcohol, laundry detergent, bleach and many others.


Dead skin cells pile up in every part of your body that has skin. Therefore you need to exfoliate not only your face and feet, but also your hands and arms. Many women have small spots on their shoulders and arms because they don’t exfoliate them as much as they should. In order to prevent this, you need to use a body scrub to eliminate flaking and to get rid of the dead skin cells and reveal a healthier and more glowing skin layer.

Block The Sun

Many are already aware that the rays from the sun or heavy electrical lighting could cause premature aging and wrinkles on the face. In fact, many people, both men and women, already use sun block for their face, ears, neck and even eyes. However, they often forget to put sun protection on their hands and arms. As a result, their arms and hands age faster than their face. Unless you are wearing gloves or long-sleeved shirts, you need to put on sun protection for all of your exposed skin, including your hands and arms. Just make sure that the sun block you choose protects you from both the UVA and UVB rays.

Lift Some Weights

As you grow older, your arms start to become flabby because the skin on your arms looses elasticity. In order to prevent flabby arms, you need to tone your muscles. This will also help make your skin more flexible. Just carrying a few pounds and increasing your repetitions will drastically improve the appearance of your arms. But if you don’t want to look like Popeye, make sure that the weight of your dumbbells are not very heavy. Ask your gym trainer what is the best weight for you to prevent having ultra-muscular arms.

Banish The Dimples

Women are susceptible of getting cellulites on their arms, regardless of the shape and weight of their body. Exercising and toning your muscles are the best ways to prevent the appearance of cellulite.

About the Author: Janet Martin is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author. Many of her insightful articles can be found at the premiere online news magazine



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New ring discovered around Saturn, could explain dark side of its moon

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 

Astronomers have found a huge new ring around the planet Saturn. The faint dust ring extends up to 7.4 million miles (12 million km) from the planet and could fit over a billion Earths inside it, making it the largest in the Solar System. It could also solve a mystery about one of Saturn’s moons that has puzzled scientists for centuries.

The ring was found with the help of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, with details published today in the journal Nature. It is thought to consist of ice and dust from Saturn’s moon Phoebe, which is kicked up by collisions with comets and then drifts in towards the planet. The ring and moon both orbit in a plane inclined at 27 degrees to the other rings.

“This is one supersized ring,” said Dr Anne Verbiscer of the University of Virginia, one of the authors of the paper. Of Saturn’s other rings, the largest is the E-ring, a mere 150,000 miles (240,000 km) in diameter. Jupiter also has “gossamer rings” of a similar diameter to the E-ring. If the Phoebe ring was visible from Earth, it would appear twice as large in the sky as the full Moon.

However the newly found ring is extremely faint. It is made up of dust particles around 10 microns (thousandths of a millimetre) in size, and according to Verbiscer, “In a cubic km of space, there are all of 10-20 particles.” This explains why it has evaded discovery until now. “If you were standing in the ring itself, you wouldn’t even know it.”

The Phoebe ring does not reflect much visible light, but the Spitzer telescope was able to pick up the dust’s faint infra-red glow. The telescope, launched in 2003, orbits the Sun and is roughly 66 million miles (107 million km) from Earth. It is one of NASA’s four Great Observatories.

The discovery could also finally account for the unusual appearance of Iapetus, another of the planet’s moons. When Iapetus was first observed in 1671 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini, its leading side was seen to be much darker than the other. Until now scientists had been unsure why this was. Now it is thought that the moon orbits in the opposite direction to the ring, and as Iapetus moves through the ring, dust builds up on its front surface. Verbiscer likens it to “bugs on a windshield.”

“Astronomers have long suspected that there is a connection between Saturn’s outer moon Phoebe and the dark material on Iapetus,” said Douglas Hamilton, another author of the paper. The material has been found to have a similar composition to Phoebe’s surface. “This new ring provided convincing evidence of that relationship.”

This is the second major discovery for astronomers studying Saturn in the past month. In September, evidence from the Cassini orbiter showed that Saturn’s other rings were far less flat than expected.


Images show new dimension to Saturn’s rings

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 

NASA’s Cassini orbiter has sent back remarkable images from Saturn, revealing that the planet’s famous rings are far more bumpy than expected.

Astronomers previously thought that the rings were almost completely flat, with changes in height of only a few metres. However analysis of the new images show ridges up to 4 kilometres tall, similar in height to the Rocky Mountains or the Alps.

The images were taken around the planet’s equinox on August 11, when the Sun was directly over Saturn’s equator and caught the rings edge on. A similar equinox occurs today (September 22) on Earth. But whilst equinoxes occur twice a year on Earth, Saturn takes around 29.7 Earth years to orbit the Sun so the events are much rarer.

With the light from the Sun reaching Saturn’s rings at such a low angle, scientists were able to measure the shadows cast by bumps on the rings and discover their surprising height. As Cassini project scientist Bob Pappalardo put it: “It’s like putting on 3-D glasses and seeing the third dimension for the first time. This is among the most important events Cassini has shown us.”

Some of the ring features are known to be caused by Saturn’s moons, but others are harder to explain. “To understand what we are seeing will take more time, but the images and data will help develop a more complete understanding of how old the rings might be and how they are evolving,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini deputy project scientist.

Cassini was launched in 1997, and entered orbit around Saturn in 2004. It is part of the Cassini-Huygens joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.


A Simple And Quick Way Of Getting That Beautiful Smile On Your Face

A simple and quick way of getting that beautiful smile on your face


Chris Hemsworth

Your smile is an important feature of your face as it helps the world see your beauty and charm. It boosts your confidence and let you stand out of the crowd. But what if you suffer from any kind of dental disorder or your smile is ruined due to any of the reasons? Don t worry! Cosmetic Dentistry is there to help you out. The main aim of this dental procedure is to turn your average smile into a tremendous one. And for this, some of the latest techniques are being used. These days, hundreds and thousands of procedures are there that can be applied to your overall dental structure. Veneers, crowns, bleaching, and porcelain inlays and onlays are used for different results. And when these are applied using the latest materials and techniques along with sophisticated treatment planning, you surely get a beautiful smile lift.

If you live in or around Los Angeles and you are looking for a custom designed smile makeover, then you have some of the renowned and reputed cosmetic dentists around. Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Angeles is performed by world class dentists and surgeons. All kinds of procedures are being performed here and that too with latest materials and techniques. There are a few factors that can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles make sure that each of their patients follows various steps to have an affirmative oral health. Like,

Following oral hygiene habits: Brushing teeth regularly and cleaning them after every meal.

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Ensuring good nutritional habits: Sugar, alcohol, tobacco and other similar foods that do no good for your teeth are consumed in very less, in fact nil, quantity.

Older adults are more vulnerable to gum diseases, so they should take extra care of their dental health.

Access to proper dental care: Regular checkups and cleaning.

Well, there are a number of cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles to choose from. But you should always visit one who is known for his skills and experience. The internet is the best way to explore the long list else you can also consult your friends and relatives for the same. With the latest technology and highest quality products available, getting the best of cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles and that too without pain at reasonable fee charges is no more a myth today. So, visit a cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles today and get a superb smile makeover.

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