Oh, I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener…….
Yes, I know that the photo of the wienermobile is from February 2008. However, what some of you don’t know is that I have had a life long love affair…well, maybe obsession is a better word, with said wienermobile. Don’t you just love the way that word rolls off your tongue? A few years ago the wienermobile broke down in an adjoining burb and sat in the parking lot of a local hotel for a week. I went by every day to say hello. By the way, the drivers parked it at a jaunty angle to show off it’s best side. So Smart. So beautiful. Such an unnatural shade of yellow and orange.
Remember the last few days before holidays in elementary school, the pre-vacation lull where no one wanted to do work? We all made turkey place mats, pilgrim hats and aprons while that weird kid Billy sat in the corner and ate glue and play doh. If you had a cool twenty something teacher there might have even been music and dancing.
I promised you another story about the history of De Beers so here it is!
De Beers….that name is synonymous with diamonds. Books, movies and James Bond have had a field day with the real or imagined De Beers. What a spectacular history! De Beers started as a struggling mining company in the late 1800s. Through a focused vision of the future and close monitoring of their product at every step along the way, De Beers morphed into a global monopoly. It really happened pretty quickly. How did they do it? Just like I said, by controlling every step of the diamond’s journey from the mine shaft to the fashionable showroom floor. I don’t think most people realize that De Beers had always been a privately held business. The family behind De Beers, the Oppenheimer family, has always understood the power and attraction of the diamond.
Everywhere you look outdoors in the month of November you are surrounded by the rich spectrum of autumnal colors. The yellows, oranges, reds and browns create a deep, warm color palette. The November birthstones of citrine and topaz capture those colors in a variety of shades. Rich, deep, saturated….COLOR! Autumnal colors layer well.
I think it is time to get caught up on what some of those big, I mean really big diamonds went for in the last couple of days. Don’t you agree? Tuesday, November 12th 2013, at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva, The Orange went for $35.5 million. Remember The Orange? The 14.82 carat pear shaped, fancy vivid orange diamond I talked about in one of my previous blogs? Yes, $35.5 million would be a world record for a fancy vivid orange diamond and a world record price per carat for any colored diamond sold at auction at $2,398,151 per carat. The Orange shattered its high estimate of $21 million.
It is history in the making, big, big news in the jewelry world. This week marks De Beers’ inaugural sight in Gaborone, Botswana following the relocation of its sales activities from London to Botswana, a move that has been two years in the making. In September of 2011, De Beers announced that it would be moving its rough stone sorting and trading division 5,400 miles south to Botswana when it signed a 10 year sales agreement with the Botswana government. The deal included moving professionals, skills, equipment and technology from London. Rough stone sorting or aggregation operations have been based in the British capital for nearly 80 years, but from now on this will be done in a new $35 million facility in Gaborone.
I have decided that it is the day to tackle a very important fashion question. Are you, have you ever been, do you hope to be, a wearer of the turtleneck? For the last week I have been ensconced in the fashion world (well, my little fashion world, a blog for another time) and it made me realize how each individual has very definite feelings about certain articles of clothing. The turtleneck is at the top of that list.