Christmas Shopping In July For Diamond Engagement Ring?

Unity Marketing has just released the results of a study they conducted on consumer shopping patterns and found that two-thirds of all shoppers who give Christmas gifts started their shopping for Christmas 2009 significantly before Thanksgiving.

The study also showed that those who started their shopping early spent up to twice as much on the holiday compared to those who started on Black Friday or later.

So in the spirit of this study…Ladies and Gentlemen: 275 shopping days to Christmas!

Start Your Engines!

Saturday Night Live! Finds A 4 Carat Diamond!

The New York Post reports that Saturday Night Live’s Staging Director came to the rescue of Bree Candee, an event planner by finding her 4 carat diamond.

Bree Candee celebrated her 36th birthday last weekend by attending a “Saturday Night Live” rehearsal — and noticed later at the chic eatery Nobu 57 that her 4-carat diamond was missing from her engagement ring. Restaurant staff and patrons searched unsuccessfully.

Candee’s despair turned to utter joy when husband Brian phoned “SNL” staging director Tom Popple — whom they had met before the rehearsal. Popple calmly told him, “Brian, I’m holding it in my hand as we speak.”

Brian, 35, who learned that Popple found the rock under his wife’s seat, said yesterday, “It’s like winning the lottery. You can’t believe it.”

Bree said she was “still shaking” after Brian went to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to retrieve the diamond and then returned to put it in her hand — just as he did three years ago when he proposed.

“It’s one of my favorite things,” she said. “I wake up in cold sweats dreaming that I’m going to lose my ring — and the funny thing is, I did.”

Colored Gemstones On Display In New York City.

A collection exhibiting the world’s rarest natural color diamonds has been extended at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The Olympia Diamond Collection is comprised of five diamonds in the – blue-green, orange-yellow, purplish-pink, blue and orange. Each has been independently examined and graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as ‘vivid’, the highest level of color saturation possible.

These diamonds range in size from 1.01 carats to 2.34 carats and represent five of the strongest colors that naturally occur in a diamond.

For example, the Scarselli 1.71 carat heart-cut, natural red color diamond is the largest one in the world,graded by the GIA as a fancy red , and has an estimated value of some $10 million!