$3M Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra Glitters With 9,000 Diamonds and Emeralds

More than 9,000 diamonds and emeralds weighing 450 carats embellish the 2016 Bright Night Fantasy Bra by Victoria’s Secret. The $3 million bra will be worn by model Jasmine Tookes at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will be seen December 5 on the CBS Television Network.


This year’s highly anticipated Fantasy Bra was conceived by Eddie Borgo, a New York-based accessories designer, who incorporated many of the elements from his jewelry and handbag collections.


“It was important to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show collection team that the design represented some of the different iconography, shapes and techniques that we use consistently within my namesake collection,” Borgo told Vogue.com.


The result was an edgier design that features an emerald-studded padlock, emerald tassel, and diamond-encrusted spikes and studs. The jewels were handset in 18-karat white gold by AWMouzannar, a Beirut-based fine jewelry company with locations in London, Chicago and Kuwait City. The Bright Night Fantasy Bra took seven months and more than 7,000 man-hours to create. Behind all the embellishment is the company’s “Beautiful by Victoria’s Secret” bra.

Borgo was excited to work with emeralds, claiming he was drawn to the stone’s vividness.

“The color of a true emerald is inimitable,” he said.

Tookes, who was in New York City last week to unveil the new Fantasy Bra, also was excited by the inclusion of emeralds in the design.

“They are one of my favorite gemstones,” she told Vogue.com. “I have a lot of rings that have emeralds on them, so this matches perfectly with my jewelry collection.”

When it came to fitting Tokes for the $3 million bra, Borgo left nothing to chance. The designer utilized a virtual scan on Tookes’s body as well as a plaster mold.

Tookes was surprised to become the latest in a series of high-profile models to have the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra. She follows in the footsteps of supermodels Gisele Bündchen, Claudia Schiffer and Tyra Banks.

“It’s such an honor for me to join a whole group of women who are icons, and who I grew up watching over the years,” Tookes said.

For the first time in its history, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will take place in Paris.

Credits: Instagram.com/VictoriasSecret; screen captures via vspressroom.com.


Music Friday: Newly Engaged Colbie Caillat Compares Falling in Love to Sitting on Top of a ‘Goldmine’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great new songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we shine our spotlight on the newly engaged Colbie Caillat, who sings about falling in love in her brand new release, “Goldmine.”


Composed by Caillat and three collaborators, “Goldmine” captures the elation of finding the perfect soulmate. Billboard magazine described “Goldmine” as “a sunny number that’s liable to have you whistling along in glee.”

Caillat sings, “Fly me back to the moon where you took me / The very first time that you kissed me / In the sweet starlight of your endless eyes when you lit this fire / Feels like we’re sitting on top of a goldmine / Flame so bright that it won’t die / In a billion years it’ll still be here ’cause our love is a goldmine / Yeah, our love is a goldmine.”


“Goldmine” is the second track on Caillat’s new album, The Malibu Sessions. The single stands at #37 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and the album, which was released October 7, is climbing the Billboard 200 and is currently at #35.

Caillat told Billboard magazine that “Goldmine,” which was originally penned by Taylor Berrett, was passed along to her by a mutual friend, Kara DioGuardi.

“Within three minutes of hearing [Berrett’s] idea I was singing it on repeat,” she told Billboard. “I ran upstairs and played it for Jason Reeves [her regular writing partner) and we instantly started writing to it. We called Kara on Skype so the three of us could write it together. She was at her cozy house in Maine and we were at our beach house in California. Within minutes we finished the song and started recording it right away. This happy, warm song is definitely one of the most unique ways I’ve ever written.”

The song meshed perfectly with Caillet’s own experience. She started dating guitarist/singer Justin Young in 2009 and the couple was engaged in May of 2015.

A native of Malibu, Calif., the 31-year-old Caillat got national attention in 2008 when she recorded “Lucky,” a duet with Jason Mraz. The song earned a Grammy in the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” category. Caillat has sold more than 6 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide.

Some trivia: Caillat’s road to stardom has not always been paved with gold. The artist auditioned for American Idol twice and was rejected both times. Caillat rose to fame through social networking website Myspace.

Please check out the uplifting video of Caillat’s live performance of “Goldmine” at Paste Studios in New York City. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

Written by Taylor Berrett, Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi, Jason Bradford Reeves and Colbie Caillet. Performed by Colby Caillet.

If all I had was a dollar and your bright smile
I’d have a dollar more than I would need to get by
‘Cause I’m a billionaire if you count every sunrise
Waking by your side and every good night
If all you had was the way that I love you
You’d have more honey than the honey bees in June
I’ll keep you laughing, keep you smiling, keep your dreams true
Long as I have you, nothing we can’t do

Fly me back to the moon where you took me
The very first time that you kissed me
In the sweet starlight of your endless eyes when you lit this fire
Feels like we’re sitting on top of a goldmine
Flame so bright that it won’t die
In a billion years it’ll still be here ’cause our love is a goldmine
Yeah, our love is a goldmine

If everything we ever owned disappeared today
We’d build a castle in the sand somewhere far away
Don’t need no money, no TV, don’t need no microwave
Just the ocean waves and the love we make

Fly me back to the moon where you took me
The very first time that you kissed me
In the sweet starlight of your endless eyes when you lit this fire
Feels like we’re sitting on top of a goldmine
Flame so bright that it won’t die
In a billion years it’ll still be here ’cause our love is a goldmine

We’ll be rich in wrinkles, old and gray
When the rising tide sweeps us away

Until then fly me back to the moon where you took me
The very first time that you kissed me
In the sweet starlight of your endless eyes when you lit this fire
Feels like we’re sitting on top of a goldmine
Flame so bright that it won’t die
In a billion years it’ll still be here ’cause our love is a goldmine

Feels like we’re sitting on top of a goldmine
Flame so bright that it won’t die
In a billion years it’ll still be here cause our love is a goldmine
Yeah, our love is a goldmine

Credit: Screen captures via YouTube.com.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ First-Ever Championship Rings Are Teeming With Symbolism… and 400 Diamond

The Cleveland Cavaliers commemorated their first-ever NBA crown Tuesday night with super-symbolic championship rings that reflect the spirit of a team that defied all odds to become the first in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.


Designed in 10-karat white gold with 14-karat gold accents, the rings are encrusted with more than 400 diamonds weighing 6.5 carats. The massive 165-gram, two-tone rings are the league’s heaviest to date.

When the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 7, 93-87, they completed a thrilling run that delivered to the City of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years.


The most interesting part of the design is the way manufacturer Baron Championship Rings represented the team’s unprecedented comeback. Set into the bottom of the band are seven gemstones. The white diamonds represent the Warriors’ victories in Games 1, 2 and 4, and the deep red garnets represent the Cavaliers’ victories in Games 3, 5, 6 and 7.

The face of the ring features the Cavaliers’ “C” logo carved from a dark red garnet. The “C” has a black drop-shadow that represents the lucky black-sleeved uniforms that helped turn the series around in Game 5.

The basketball atop the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the face of the ring is replaced by a one-carat round diamond, signifying the team’s first championship.

The words “WORLD” and “CHAMPIONS” border the top and bottom of the ring in contrasting yellow gold. The words are rendered with 216 diamonds, a nod to Cleveland’s area code. Cascading along the right and left edges of the ring are 46 diamonds, representing the number of years the Cavaliers have been in existence.


Encircling the top of the ring are the numbers of each of the players rendered in gold and spaced by a diamond. In addition, each ring has a custom yellow gold banner that features the player’s number encrusted in diamonds. The banner hangs over the skyline of Cleveland rendered in white gold. The Roman numerals “LII” sit under the bridge. This represents the 52 years the city had been waiting for a championship. The drought is now “water under the bridge.” Also under the bridge are Cleveland’s initials “CLE” in raise gold lettering.


The opposite shoulder of the ring shows the player’s last name in 14-karat yellow gold along with the championship year of 2016 in white gold. The “0” in the year is replace with the NBA logo. Under the year is the shape of Ohio encrusted with 11 diamonds to signify the number of years the team has been under the current ownership.

On the interior of the ring is one of 16 puzzle pieces and the team’s chant, “Automatic Work.” The puzzle represents a motivational strategy used by management to propel the team through the playoffs. Each player and head coach Tyronn Lue were assigned a puzzle piece that, when fully assembled, depicted the image of the Larry O’Brien trophy. The team knew that it would take 16 wins (or puzzle pieces) to win the championship.

The black diamond punctuating the puzzle piece is a second nod to the black-sleeved uniforms that sparked the team’s turnaround.

The Cavaliers received their rings prior to their victorious home opener against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. More than 2,000 full- and part-time employees of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization will receive replica rings.

Credits: Images courtesy of Baron Championship Rings.

De Beers Vacuums Gem-Quality Diamonds From the Ocean Floor

Many eons ago, the Orange River ferried precious diamonds from the center of South Africa westward all the way to the Atlantic coast — eventually scattering millions of carats across the ocean floor.


Today, five massive production vessels operated by De Beers — in partnership with the government of the Republic of Namibia — are recovering those gem-quality diamonds from a remote location more than dozen miles off the southwestern edge of the African continent.

The operation, called Debmarine Namibia, employs a 285-ton vacuum that scours the ocean floor 400 feet below sea level. A seabed crawler uses flexible hoses to bring diamond-bearing gravel to the surface. According to The Wall Street Journal, the mining operation yields a handful of diamonds for every 180 tons of material processed.


The publication described the fleet’s high-security recovery rooms, where X-ray machines help separate the diamonds from worthless gravel. The concentrate is collected in jam-sized jars and taken to De Beers’s land-based sorting operations via helicopter a few times each week.

When the undersea terrain is too uneven for the giant vacuum, the focus turns to the other ships, which use use drills to probe and extract material just 18 inches below the surface. There is no need to drill deeper because the diamonds are scattered just below the top layer of gravel.

A few decades ago, it would have been unfathomable for diamond companies to pursue deep-sea mining. But breakthroughs in technology are making this type of project viable and lucrative.

While sea-based diamonds account for just 4% of De Beers’s annual production by carat weight, they account for 13% by value. This is because 95% of the diamonds pulled from the ocean floor are of gem-quality. This compares to just 20% of gem-quality diamonds coming from De Beers’s top mine in Botswana. Some experts surmise that the diamonds in the ocean have endured such a pounding for so long that only the gem-quality ones could stay intact.


The Debmarine Namibia operation has yielded 16 million carats, so far. De Beers predicts that it will take about 50 years to “mine out” the licensed area that covers 2,300 square miles. It starts about 3 miles offshore and extends seaward 10 to 20 miles.

De Beers has aggressively invested in its sea-based operations. In August, the company added to its fleet the SS Nujoma, a $166-million exploration and sampling ship.

Credits: Images courtesy De Beers. Map by GoogleMaps.com.

Diamond Jewelry Worn by Catherine the Great 250 Years Ago Highlights Sotheby’s Geneva Auction

A lavish diamond necklace worn by Catherine the Great 250 years ago is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels auction in Geneva on November 16.


The jewelry offers a rare glimpse at the grandeur and elegance surrounding the Russian Royal Family and, specifically, Catherine II, Empress of Russia. One of the great leaders in Russian history, Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796) commissioned the diamond necklace and bowknot clasp as two separate pieces between 1760 and 1780.


Catherine the Great was a connoisseur of fine jewelry. Her magnificent collections were crafted by the most highly skilled French jewelers. Sotheby’s noted that stylistically, the necklace with bow clasp is consistent with traditional designs of the late 18th century, which would have been fastened around the neck using a ribbon or stitched directly onto clothing.

The necklace boasts 27 graduated cushion-cut diamonds in open settings on an articulated band. The ribbon bow clasp also features cushion-shaped diamonds in an openwork floral pattern. The jewel carries a pre-sale estimate of $3 million to $5 million.

According to Sotheby’s, the survival of an 18th century jewel of this stature is almost unheard of outside royal or museum collections. Oftentimes, these pieces from the 1700s would have been broken up or reworked to align with later fashions.


At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the Russian Imperial treasure was moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and the jewels were stored in sealed cases in the Kremlin. Thirteen years later, a number of items — including the diamond bow necklace — were taken to London and offered at auction at a sale of “The Russian State Jewels.” For the next 89 years, the diamond necklace with the bow-shaped clasp would be possessed by only two private collectors.

Interestingly, the current owner obtained the necklace at a Sotheby’s auction in 2005. At that time, it sold for $1.5 million, which was on the high end of the pre-sale estimate.

Also expected to fetch $3 million to $5 million at Sotheby’s Geneva sale is a suite of colored diamond jewels that date to the early 1700s and are suspected to have ties to Russian royalty.


The jewelry suite — which includes a necklace, brooch and earrings — contains colored diamonds that may have been part of a gift Empress Catherine I of Russia (1684-1727), wife of Peter the Great, gave to Sultan Ahmed III to negotiate the end of the Siege of Pruth in 1711. Apparently, the Sultan accepted the sumptuous gift, leading to a peace treaty between Russia and the Ottoman Empire.

The gemstones were then used by the Sultan Abdul Hamid II (1842 – 1918) for the present necklace, which he offered to the wife of Teufik of Egypt, possibly for the birth of the last Khedive of Egypt and Sudan in 1874, according to Sotheby’s.

“These two stunning jewels carry with them a fascinating insight into the luxury and opulence of the Russian court,” said David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division. “It is difficult to overstate their rarity and historical importance, and I am thrilled to be able to present them side by side this autumn.”

Credits: Images courtesy Sotheby’s.

Smog Free Tower Is Turning Beijing’s Polluted Air Into Fun Jewelry

In September 2015, we reported on a Netherlands-based artist and innovator named Daan Roosegaarde, who was on a mission to install 23-foot-tall “Smog Free Towers” in cities with the most polluted air.


What made the concept even more intriguing was that the super-sized air purifiers conceived by Roosegaarde and his team of experts would be partly financed by the sale of jewelry made from the compressed smog particles captured by The Towers.


A little more than one year later, Roosegaarde’s dream has become a reality as one of his “Smog Free Towers” made its debut in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

According to Roosegaarde, the tower sucks up polluted air, processes it on the nano level via positive ionization and then releases the clean air back into the city. The Towers create smog-free bubbles of public space, which boast air quality 75% more clean than the rest of the city.

Each Smog Free Tower is capable of processing 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour. The device runs on green wind energy and uses no more electricity than a water boiler (1170 watts).

Inspired by the fact that diamonds are composed of carbon, Roosegaarde came up with the idea of using high pressure to form the carbon pollutants into a square black “gemstone” that can be set onto a fashionable ring or cufflink. Each Smog Free Cube is encased in clear resin and measures 8.4mm. The jewelry is made of stainless steel and costs about $270.


Each cube represents the purification of 1,000 cubic meters of air. One Smog Free Tower will be capable of producing 300 Smog Free Cubes per day if it runs 10 hours per day.


“The Smog Free Project is about the Smog Free Tower providing clean air, but it’s also about the Smog Free Ring creating an engagement and making the people in China part of the solution, instead of just feeling part of the problem,” Roosegaarde told Reuters.

“We warmly welcome the Smog Free Project to Beijing. This project is key in our agenda to promote clean air as a ‘green lifestyle’ among Chinese citizens,” said Liu Guozheng, Secretary-General of The China Forum of Environmental Journalists. “Our goal is to guide the public to a healthier lifestyle, low carbon development and to raise awareness amongst the public and reduce smog.”

The Smog Free Project in China has earned the support of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection.

China has earmarked $2.6 trillion for environmental protection between 2016 and 2020, according to state news agency Xinhua. That’s positive news for Roosegaarde, who expects to add hundreds of Smog Free Towers throughout the world’s most populous nation. China’s population stands at 1.36 billion.

Last year’s Kickstarter campaign for the Smog Free Project yielded €113,153 (about $123,000), an amount more than double the initial goal of €50,000.

Credits: Images via StudioRoosegaarde.net.

Music Friday: Country Legend George Jones Put a Golden Band on ‘The Right Left Hand’ This Time

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country music legend George Jones sings about finally finding that special someone in his 1987 hit “The Right Left Hand.”


In the song, Jones sadly recounts how he’s cried a million tears over relationships that had come undone. But now he can rejoice because the Lord has given him “a true love of a lady” who “lets him know her love is here to stay.”

He sings, “So I put a golden band on the right left hand this time / And the right left hand put a golden band on mine / When our hair is snowy white / Time will prove I’m right / I put a golden band on the right left hand this time.”

Songwriters A.L. “Doodle” Owens and Dennis J. Knutson use a clever play on words to describe Jones’ true love in relation to the others. Jones sings about placing the ring on the “right” left hand — as opposed to the wrong one — this time.

Music critics believe the song is a tribute to Jones’s fourth wife, Nancy, whom he credited with saving his life and career. He married Nancy in 1983 and successfully emerged from a dark time brought on by his alcoholism. With Nancy’s nurturing, he was also able to stage a comeback and revitalize his reputation as an A-lister on the country music scene.

“The Right Left Hand,” which was the third track from Jones’s 1986 album Wine Colored Roses, peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album also performed well, hitting #5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Born in a log cabin in the small town of Saratoga, Texas, Jones got his first guitar at the age of nine. By 1955, at the age of 24, Jones had already served in the Marines, was married twice and recorded his first hit song, “Why Baby Why.” In 1969, he married Tammy Wynette. They were divorced six years later, although they continued to perform together after the breakup.

Jones told Billboard in 2006 that when it comes to his music, “It’s never been for love of money. I thank God for it because it makes me a living. But I sing because I love it, not because of the dollar signs.”


Over a career that spanned seven decades, Jones is credited with charting 168 country songs. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. Jones passed away in 2013 at the age of 81 and rests at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn.

Please check out the video of Jones’s live performance of “The Right Left Hand.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“The Right Left Hand”
Written by A.L. “Doodle” Owens and Dennis J. Knutson. Performed by George Jones.

I’ve cried a million tears,
Down through the years
Searching for that special one
And the vows I took before,
Were all forever more,
But no matter how I tried they came undone

Then the good Lord finally gave me
A true love of a lady,
Someone who believes in me
And she lets me know each day,
That her love is here to stay
Lord I finally found someone who’ll never leave

So I put a golden band on the right left hand this time,
And the right left hand put a golden band on mine
When our hair is snowy white,
Time will prove I’m right
I put a golden band on the right left hand this time

I’ll never have to plead
For the love that my heart needs,
She’ll be close enough to touch
And when the nights are long and cold,
She’ll be there to hold,
All dressed up for one more night of love

I put a golden band on the right left hand this time,
And the right left hand put a golden band on mine
When our hair is snowy white,
Time will prove I’m right
I put a golden band on the right left hand this time

I put a golden band on the right left hand this time

Credit: George Jones photo by BstarXO Chester L. Roberts (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons. Woodlawn Cemetery photo by Thomas R Machnitzki (thomasmachnitzki.com) (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

After Three Decades Under Wraps, World’s Largest Faceted Intense Blue Topaz Goes on Display in London

The Ostro Stone — the world’s largest faceted intense blue topaz at 9,381 carats — made its public debut at London’s Natural History Museum yesterday.


Unearthed by gemstone pioneer Max Ostro in the Amazon rainforest in 1986, the flawless gem was expertly cut and polished into a oval shape and then locked away in a vault for three decades.

After Max’s death in 2010, his son Maurice decided it was time for the public to enjoy the gemstone’s magnificence. Recently, he gave the gem to London’s famed Natural History Museum on permanent loan.


“Collecting beautiful colored gems was my father’s passion,” said Maurice Ostro, the chairman of Ostro Minerals, “My mission is to leverage his remarkable legacy in a way that would make him proud. We are delighted that the finest of his gemstones will now be part of the collection at the Natural History Museum, [which shares] our passion for exceptional stones.”

Max Ostro founded Ostro Minerals in 1960, and his company grew to be a leading producer of blue topaz. The senior Ostro is credited with refining the nomenclature used to describe the various colors of topaz. For instance, he coined the term “London Blue” and “Swiss Blue.”


The PBS NewsHour caught up with Maurice during a photo shoot leading up to The Ostro Stone’s debut.


“Having tried to hold it for photography, I can tell you it is very heavy,” Ostro told PBS NewsHour.

In fact, the gem is nearly six inches long, 4.5 inches wide and weighs a surprising 4.1 pounds.

Topaz comes is a wide variety of hues and saturations, but The Ostro Stone is in a class by itself.

“What is amazing about this stone is not just its size,” Ostro told PBS NewsHour. “It’s its quality. The color, the intensity of the blue and the clarity of the stone are what makes it so exceptionally rare.”

The museum announced that it would boost security to ensure the gemstone’s protection. London’s Natural History Museum welcomes more than five million visitors a year and is a world-leading science research center.

Credits: Gem images courtesy of London’s Natural History Museum. NewsHour screen captures via PBS.org.

Smithsonian Launches $300K Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Restoration of Dorothy’s 77-Year-Old Ruby Slippers

Made famous in the landmark 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers have been a popular attraction at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., for more than three decades.


But the 77-year-old slippers are showing their age. The color has faded and the slippers appear dull and washed-out. The ruby-red sequins that once gave the shoes their vibrant color are flaking and some of the threads holding the sequins in place have frayed.


Conservationists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are looking to give Dorothy’s slippers a well-deserved facelift and a new state-of-the-art display case designed to protect them from environmental harm and slow their deterioration.

The price tag to accomplish these goals is $300,000, and although U.S. taxpayers do fund the core functions of the Smithsonian, there are no funds available for the Ruby Slippers project.

So the Smithsonian is embarking on a Kickstarter campaign to generate $300,000 within 30 days. The two-day-old campaign has already generated more than $117,000 from 2,100 backers. Tony Award-winning Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long has created a series of Thank You gifts for contributions ranging from $10 to $100. These include posters, tote bags and t-shirts.


Those who contribute $10,000 will enjoy a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of the Ruby Slippers.

If the fundraising effort is successful — and at this pace it certainly will be — the revitalized slippers with be at the center of a new multimedia exhibition titled “On With the Show,” which is scheduled to make its Smithsonian debut in 2018.

This is not the first time the Smithsonian has turned to Kickstarter to fund an important conservation project. In July 2015, the Smithsonian sought $500,000 to conserve and digitize the spacesuits of Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. The “Reboot the Suit” campaign ultimately raised $719,000.

Acknowledged as one of the most iconic artifacts in film history and often called “the most famous pair of shoes in the world,” the Ruby Slippers displayed in the American Stories section of the National Museum of American History were donated anonymously in 1979.

Movie historians believe that MGM’s chief costume designer Gilbert Adrian created multiple pairs of ruby slippers for the film, but only four pairs are known to still exist. The Smithsonian’s pair is the one Dorothy wore when she followed the Yellow Brick Road.


A second pair was stolen from the July Garland Museum in 2005; a third pair was purchased in 2012 by Leonardo DiCaprio and other benefactors on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and a fourth pair is owned by a private collector in Los Angeles.

In the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s slippers were made of silver. According to film lore, screenwriter Noel Langley recommended that they be changed to ruby red so they would stand out better on the yellow brick road when shot in brilliant Technicolor.


Interestingly, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are not made of ruby at all. In fact, the bugle beads that prop designers used to simulate ruby proved to be too heavy. The solution was to replace most of the bugle beads with sequins, 2,300 on each slipper. The butterfly-shaped bow on the front of each shoe features red bugle beads outlined in red glass rhinestones in silver settings.

Credits: Screen captures via Kickstarter.com/Smithsonian Institution; Ruby Slippers courtesy of Smithsonian.

Football Squad Pitches In to Make Postgame Proposal Unforgettable for This Samford University Couple

Samford University junior linebacker Deion Pierre recruited his teammates to assist in an unforgettable postgame marriage proposal on Saturday.


Right after the Bulldogs’ convincing 55-21 win over VMI, Pierre and his squad — still in full football gear — surprised Jasmine Henderson at the 50 yard line with a choreographed presentation set to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Henderson was clearly caught off guard when the music started to play on the loud speakers and the Bulldog players shuffled toward her at midfield with roses in hand. The players slowly danced a circle around Pierre’s girlfriend.

Then Pierre entered the circle, held his girlfriend’s hand and dropped to one knee.


Each of the players placed a rose on the turf and tightened their circle around the couple.

Pierre asked Henderson if she would marry him and she said, “Yes.” Pierre placed a diamond ring on her finger and the couple embraced.

The 6’3″ 230 lb. linebacker from Pembroke Pines, Fla., scooped up his girlfriend and lifted her in the air as his teammates raised their arms and erupted in a chant, “She said yes! She said yes!”


In a video posted by Samford University Athletics, a beaming Pierre tells the interviewer about his best day ever. Earlier in the day, he had a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown and then his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal. “Pick six. I won twice today,” he said.

When asked if she was surprised by the elaborate proposal, the shy, soft-spoken Henderson said, “Yes.” When asked how she felt, she answered, “I feel great.”

Pierre told WBRC.com that when he met Henderson it was love at first sight.


“I told my friend, ‘[She’s] going to be my wife one day.’ And then when I got to meet her and got to know her personality, she’s the greatest person I know, besides my mom,” Pierre said.

Pierre and Henderson are both juniors and will wait until after graduation to get married.

Check out the awesome proposal video below…

Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com