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Anyone who knows a thing or two about the many kinds of fancy colour diamonds are bound to be aware of the rocky journey champagne gemstones have endured over the years. Indeed, although these rocks are amongst some of the more sought-after diamonds on the market today, they were not always the preferred choice of diamond buyers across the globe. Australians keen to learn more about the reasons why champagne diamonds are selected by people from all walks of life should visit some of the more established brokers of a range of fancy colour diamond stones.
Of course, by being more aware of how these gems are graded for quality, potential purchasers should feel more assured that they are making the right choice in rocks to be incorporated into their engagement or wedding rings design. Some of the more interesting factors related to the grading of champagne diamonds are listed below:
1. Hue, tone and saturation are considered when grading the colour of these gems
2. For clarity – the fewer visible flaws in the stone – the better
3. With cut – the more proportion it has – the more brilliance the stone has
4. Brilliance is less important for darker champagne diamonds
5. The Gemological Institute of America does not use the term “Champagne” on reports
Dark and Handsome
Although it is true to say that most diamonds mined have an undesirable yellowish or brownish tint, coloured precious stones of the champagne variety are still very much in demand. However, it must be said that the most valuable type of champagne diamonds consists of a much darker hue than the typical yellowish diamonds, which some experts consider to be of a much lower grade of stone.
Couples convinced that the champagne diamond is what they will buy should be easily able to find the right cut and shape of rock most suitable for the unique engagement rings from jewellers such as Certified Diamond Network. Of course, shoppers of precious stones of the diamond variety should take the time to carry out some research on all the colour fancy stones available to buy in their part of the world. Aussies who look at reputable websites will be able to learn a lot about the history of fancy colour stones that can be bought in their part of Australia. Indeed, there is a wealth of information on such websites regarding these highly regarded gemstones throughout the globe.
It stands to reason if we have saved up all year in order to purchase champagne diamonds for our wedding that we will want to ensure we do not make a mistake in the design of bands we finally choose. Of course, by being more knowledgeable about how these unique types of rocks are graded, this purchasing goal should be much easier to achieve. As part of the natural brown diamond family, champagne diamonds are considered to be quite special due to the fact they contain nitrogen which is trapped during the formation of these rare rocks.
And as most champagne diamonds come from the Argyle Mine in Australia, people hoping to source one of these stones to be used in their engagement or wedding ring designs could not be in a better part of the world. Indeed, having the main source of these exquisite and versatile rocks on your doorstep should be quite inspiring for couples set on buying champagne diamonds for a special occasion. However, just because these classy rocks are mostly bought by people planning to get married, it does not mean to say that they are not suitable for less formal events.
One thing I have been loving in this hotter weather is this bottle of freshen up from Angela Langford. It is advertised as a hydrating and refreshing tonic and it does exactly that. I have been using it as a toner and also a cooling spritz throughout the day.
To use it as a toner I simply sprayed it on my face and wiped it off with a cotton pad. Then throughout the day when I was feeling hot I would give my face a quick spritz, but this time I wouldn’t wipe it off. It feels so refreshing! I find in the hot weather, I like to refresh my face during the day and it also helps to hydrate as any air con/fans can make your skin dry so it is important to hydrate it.
The active ingredients are:
I find it great to use on my acne prone skin and I am often very sensitive to certain face products but being 99% natural and having calming properties it has really helped to keep my skin calm and refreshed.
The whole range is vegan and cruelty free which is always a bonus. With every order you place, Angela will send out a recipe card to show you how to feed your skin from the inside and out.
Do you use something to freshen your face during the day?
Staying fit and well is essential for both body and mind- we all know the importance of getting enough activity each week. However it’s so easy to put off, not because we’re too busy like so many of us claim but because exercise isn’t always fun. It can be strenuous and hard work and can sometimes feel like torture! However if this is the case for you, it’s just a sign that you’re doing the wrong activity. There are lots of ways you can move your body, tone your muscles and burn calories while having a good time in the process. Here are some ideas!
Take a class
When you think about the gym, chances are you picture yourself slogging away running on a treadmill, cross trainer or weights machine. Maybe this kind of exercise isn’t for you, or perhaps you already do but want to mix up your routine a little. If so, check out your gyms classes schedule. Most offer everything from body pump to yoga to spinning to dance classes. You could bring a friend with you and motivate each other while having fun. It’s only an hour or so a week and can massively boost your fitness and help you to work out muscles that you’d struggle to use any other way.
Get a dog
If you’re serious about getting fit, and know that you have the time, money and energy to look after a dog then why not adopt one? There are millions of dogs across the globe in shelters in need of a home, there are probably thousands in your hometown alone. If you can make just one of their lives better then you’ve done a wonderful thing, and they can benefit your life as much as you can benefit theirs. Choose a breed that suits the level of activity you do, if you like to go on frequent laid back strolls then a smaller or lower energy breed will be fine. If you want to go running, hiking or on long walks then a younger or more energetic dog will be for you. You can find out lots of information about breeds and more on sites like Dogs by Nina. If you’re not in a position to have your own dog, how about walking one for a friend or family member? Often older people struggle to walk their dog for long or far enough so you could help them out as well as making their dog happy. Walking with a dog is so much more fun that walking by yourself too, you’ll usually walk further when you know it’s for them rather than just yourself.
The best exercises are those that don’t even seem like exercise. When you go trampolining, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even be thinking about the huge number of calories you’re burning! There are trampoline parks up and down the country and there are also lessons offered at sports centres and some gyms. Bounce your way to a better physique!
We’ve all heard about crazy cat ladies – those people living in a whirlwind of cat hairs and a thousand meows (you may be one yourself) – but many of us are crazy dog people too. And while it’s fine to fall head over heels in love with our wonderful pets, if any of the following are true to you, your affection for your canine companion is borderline obsessive.
1. You spend more money on your dog than you do yourself
You have bought pooch the essentials. From these fabulous Responsible Owner dog collar and lead sets to feeding dishes and chew toys, you have done all you can to meet your dog’s needs. But if you find yourself adding more things to your Amazon wishlist for your dog than yourself; if you spend more time browsing pet store shelves than your local boutique, and if you spend more time dressing your dog up in fashionable items than catering for your wardrobe, then it’s quite clear where your priority lies.
2. You go overboard with treats
Here’s something you shouldn’t do. Giving your dog the occasional treat is fine, especially when they have adhered to good behaviour, but you shouldn’t confuse discipline with decadence. There is a time and a place to give your dog a treat, but if you are letting your dog eat the tasty morsels from your plate, and if you are handing out treats every time your dog looks at you with pleading eyes, then you are going to have a porker on your hands. And that isn’t a laughing matter, as their health may be at risk. DON’T DO IT!!!
3. Your dog has his own social media profile.
It’s kind of okay to share pics of your dog online, and it’s reasonable to visit pet-oriented social networks, but to set up their own profile? Fun for a while, but if you’re regularly updating their status and sending out tweets on their behalf, that’s a special kind of crazy right there. It can be funny, and many of us do it. But if you spend more time sweating over what your dog needs to tell the world on their social media profiles than you do your own? If you spend more time posting pics of your dog than of yourself, then you are bordering on obsession!
4. Your DVD collection is dog-eared
And no, we don’t mean your dog has chewed your DVD cases beyond recognition. We are saying that nearly every one of your film collection is dog-themed in some way. From family friendly dog-flicks like Beethoven and Benji, to those tear-jerkers you know you shouldn’t watch but still do (in the hope the dog will survive this time) – think Marley and Me and Hachi: a Dog’s Tale – there is no room for your partner’s Bruce Willis movies or those other films you used to obsess over. Not only that, but you probably set up a special movie night with dog-related movies; just you and pooch, a bucket full of popcorn (again, be mindful of those treats), and a box of tissues just in case Marley does pop his clogs again! Nooooooo!
This article may not relate to you at all. But if your dog is sat next to you in shades and a hat; if your dog is taking up all the room on the sofa, and if you’re about to tweet ‘Dogz Rule and Cats Suck’ from your pooches Twitter account, then we wouldn’t like to call you barking mad, but you probably are more than slightly obsessive over your four-legged friend!