$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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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.”

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“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…

“Goldmine”
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 Diamonds

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.