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Love and Diamonds

Farah Brook during the filming of Got Vote

“There was a time when love didn’t equal diamonds,” I explain to a girlfriend whose boyfriend is all but guaranteed to be her fiancée soon. She’s freaking out about whether he’s going to pick the right ring. I’m freaking out because I didn’t think my girlfriends did this.

“But everyone asks to see the ring,” She protests, “It’s the first thing they ask.” This is a disgusting and true statement.

“That’s totally untrue,” I lie. “Not all women like diamonds. Not all women should like diamonds. They’re not exactly good for the environment. The diamonds,” I clarify, “or the women.”

She shakes her head. I’m hopeless. She turns back to the Tiffany ad, which started the argument.

If my friend would listen to me, if what I could tell her would calm her mind, or change her perspective I would have said something like this…

Dame Elizabeth Taylor and her “friends.” The diamonds you perverts.

There was a time when love didn’t equal diamonds. Diamond engagement rings weren’t common before the beginning of the 20th century. Before the diamond boom fiancées sometimes gifted a thimble as a promise to wed in the near future (albeit not an exciting choice – quaint none-the-less). But when large diamond mines were discovered in South Africa in the late 1800, diamond giant De Beers had to figure out how to increase the demand for diamonds or watch the price of the once rare jewel plummet.

“Big girls need big diamonds.” – Elizabeth Taylor

In 1937 De Beers hired N. W. Ayer one of the most successful advertising agencies in the U.S. to rehash the diamond’s image. N.W. Ayer attacked on multiple fronts including… Read Full Article

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  1. Hey Raegan, one of your old online friends again….Here’s my two cents: my wife and I will celebrate our 30 anniversary this coming September 11th…..Sad to say that I didn’t buy my wife a diamond and she didn’t marry me because I could buy a diamond. Oh, I could have afforded to buy her a diamond ring but we decided that kind of “materialistic” symbol was not what we valued.

    We valued our love and how we were going to build our lives together and live together for the rest of our lives. On our wedding night, after the wedding, party and pictures were all taken and we were alone having breakfast on our honeymoon at 3 in the morning I said to her…”I’ll always be right here with you..through the hard times and the good times so “never” think that you can’t count on me…..and allways know that I have your back for the rest of our lives” Of course she cried.

    So on our 30th anniversary I’m having a nicely framed professional drawing made with those words and I’m going to present it to her. Not bad for not buying her a diamond ring?

    Back then the divorce rate was less than 23%…today I think its around 68%…..but whatever the number is its no wonder why there are so many failed marriages if the focus is on “I have to show my girlfriends a humongous diamond ring otherwise I’ll be embarrassed.

    I really feel bad for the fiancee….that’s a lot of pressure to live up to. 🙂

    My two cents, Take care Raegan

    Rick
    P.S. I guess I’m too old fashion…..

  2. Thanks Rick! Beautiful story. Just proves you don’t need the big bling to be happy.

  3. When I first saw the title Love and Diamonds:TheGoodMuse on google I just bookmarked it. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was awesome. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already. Cheers!

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