Happy National Dog Day!

Dogs give us companionship, they keep us safe and they aid those in need. Plus, they can even help with proposals sometimes!

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What is August’s lesser-known alternate birthstone? (HINT: Check our previous posts for the answer)
A. Topaz
B. Pearl
C. Sapphire 
D. Sardonyx

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“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

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Cullinan, billed as the world’s most famous diamond mine, has yielded an incredible 138.57-carat gem-quality rough diamond last week! 

The Cullinan is the site for the largest rough diamond ever found in 1905 and is a frequent source of large diamond finds. It has yielded over 800 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 140 stones weighing over 200 carats and a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats!

Cullinan is also a source of large, gem-quality blue diamonds, which have dominated jewelry auctions over the past year. Cullinan yielded both the Blue Moon of Josephine, which sold for $48.5 million at Sotheby’s in November 2015, and the Cullinan Dream, which sold for $25.4 million at Christie’s last June.

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Have you seen the adorable "runaway flower girl" video?

In a flash, a mischievous 3-year-old flower girl stole the spotlight from a couple at their wedding — Katie and Tom Quirk were exchanging vows in a lakeside ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, when their niece made a mad dash behind them.

A video of the moment shows the girl's mother (the groom's sister) chasing after the runaway tot a second later!

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Nathaly Eiche thought she was just flying to Greece on holiday - but instead ended up getting married on the way there! Her long-term boyfriend Jurgen Bogner popped the question while they were flying at 35,000ft.

And he must have been confident Nathaly would say yes - as he arranged for the pair to tie the knot there and then. Not only did he have a wedding dress, rings and an official to carry out the ceremony, he also had Nathaly's dad on hand to walk her down the plane aisle.

Nathaly later shared pictures of their wedding on Instagram writing: "The perfect moment every girl waits for ... He popped the question! And we got married on the same flight! Amazing day! Can't find the right words for all the feelings right now ❤️ just crazy."

Austrian Airlines, who the couple were flying with, were in on the act and even provided a special wedding cake. So what Nathaly thought was just a holiday turned into a honeymoon! Wow! Very sweet proposal and wedding!

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Michael Phelps' career will end with this summer's Olympics. How many Gold medals will he retire with? 
A. 20
B. 22
C. 23
D. 26 
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One of the most famous spinels, August's newest birthstone, was mistaken as a ruby for most of its history! "The Black Prince's Ruby," which should really be called, "The Black Prince's Spinel," weighs an estimated 170 carats and is currently set in England's Imperial State Crown just above the 317.40-carat Cullinan II diamond. Accompanying its incredible beauty is an amazing history filled with treachery, danger, and deceit!

Its torrid history is recorded back to 1366, when it was stolen from the lifeless body of Moorish prince Abu Said by Don Pedro of Castile. A year later, the evil Don Pedro used the stone as payment to the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, for help against a revolt by Don Pedro's own brother.

A gap in its history leads to 1415, when the stone was nearly destroyed during the Battle of Agincourt while being worn in Henry V's gem-encrusted battle helmet. Legend credits the spinel with saving Henry V's life by deflecting a blow while it adorned his battle helmet, and the notorious gem was passed down through several British kings over the next two hundred years until it was set in England's state crown by James I. In the mid 1600s, the Crown Jewels were disassembled and sold, and the Black Prince's Ruby is said to have been bought by a British jeweler for the modern-day equivalent of about $8. Fortunately he later returned it to the monarchy and it was set into Charles II's state crown.

The poor spinel has faced danger at least three times since then: once when nearly stolen by a rascal named Colonel Blood; once in a Tower fire in 1841 though saved by a brave police inspector; and once again during WWII in an attack by German bombers!

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A 92-year-old man from Oklahoma has melted hearts after a video emerged showing him serenading his 90-year-old wife on their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Harvey and Mildred Wosika were filmed celebrating their wedding anniversary in front of 150 family and friends on August 5. He then surprised his wife by getting down on one knee to sing Bing Crosby's heartwarming classic "Let Me Call You My Sweetheart", with personalised lyrics.

Their granddaughter, Lisa Epperly, posted the video on Facebook and said, "Grandpa serenading grandma ... He's 92 and she's 90 ... 50 years together and still in love ... Of course it made me cry."

The couple married in 1966 after meeting in a cafe where Mildred worked. They have 35 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio are in full swing! Who's been following the games? What's your favorite event? Share with us your favorite moment so far!

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While peridot has been August's primary birthstone, and Spinel is the new edition to August's birthstones, this month also has a lesser-known alternate birthstone: Sardonyx!

Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding. It was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules, believing that this would bring courage and victory.  Sardonyx is said to be a highly protective stone that embodies a vibration of happiness, optimism and confidence.

The most attractive specimens of this gemstone are found in India.

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They say true love stands the test of time, and for Elizabeth and Karl Gfatter, that has certainly proven correct! They met as children, became high school sweethearts, and wed in 1941. On August 1st, they celebrated 75 years of marriage, renewing their vows in their nursing home’s chapel in Poughkeepsie, New York, adorned with white tulle, flowers and their very own priest.

As for advice for a long, happy marriage? Simple. “Honesty, love and faith in each other,” said Elizabeth, 91. 

Wishing this beautiful couple many more years of happiness!

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The 2016 Olympics are happening right now! What do the rings on the Olympic Games flag represent?
A. Seven continents of the world 
B. Five primary colors 
C. Seven primary colors 
D. Five continents of the world

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We've got great news, August babies! For those of you who are not big fans of peridot, the American Gem Trade Association has officially added a new BIRTHSTONE to the month of August! This is only the 2nd update to the official birthstone list since it was created in 1912.

The beauty of spinel has caused it to be mistaken for ruby and sapphire in the past. In fact, many famous "rubies" in crown jewels from around the world are actually spinels!

What do you think of August's new birthstone?

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With summer in full-swing now, we'll continue to share some great tips for caring for your jewelry during the sunny season!

Summer jewelry tip #5: De-bling before gardening! Dirt and small rocks are abrasive to jewelry. Gardening gloves can be dangerous, too. Prongs and gemstones can catch on them and rings can slip off when you take off gloves. To be safe, always remove your jewelry before gardening.

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A Virginia family is celebrating a very special wedding next month, 60 years in the making, that will have three generations of women celebrating their weddings in the same place at the same time! 

On August 20th, Christina Robinson and Michael Puterbaugh are getting married just outside of Washington, DC. Christina's parents Gail and Rob Robinson will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary. The two got married on the same day, August 20th, 1983. But that's not all! Christina's grandparents Walter and Joan Cecchini will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary! They were wed back on August 20th, 1955. All three generations will attend the wedding.

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Which famous singer gave his bride, Priscilla this whopping 3 1/2-carat diamond engagement ring surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds?
A. Johnny Cash  
B. Frank Sinatra  
C. Elvis Presley 
D. John Lennon 

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It's never too late! Chinese couple Song Qinlin, 102, and Song Li, 99, missed out on wedding photos when they married in 1936. Finally, 80 YEARS later, they have their dream shoot!

The couple had the pictures taken on July 23rd, which was their 80th wedding anniversary. The loving couple from eastern China's Anhui Province dressed up in their wedding outfits while holding hands during the shoot.

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Happy Birthday August babies! Here is some interesting information about August's primary and most well-known birthstone, peridot:

This gemstone comes in several variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens. Peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona, US.

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Have you ever wondered what a diamond mine actually looks like? This Canadian diamond mine is more stunning than many might imagine!

Here is a spectacular aerial view of the Diavik Diamond Mine located in Canada's remote wilderness on a 20 square kilometer island, just 220 km south of the arctic circle.  The larger of the two pits is almost 1 km in diameter. The Diavik Diamond mine is the discovery site of the largest gem-quality diamond ever recorded in North America, the 187-carat Foxfire.

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What city is home to the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel?
A) Orlando
B) New York City
C) Las Vegas
D) London

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