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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

De Beers Does it again

I mentioned this to Adam, Ed and Kendall at Pizza last night but I'll share it with you. De Bears has found a new way to sucker us into feeling that we must buy more diamonds to show our love a devotion to others.

Some quick history first. De Beers has been credited with making the Diamond the standard gift to symbolize love. They have made the Diamond the choice stone world-wide for engagement and wedding rings. This happens even in countries who have traditionally used other stones or gems (ie India and the sapphire and Japan and the Pearl)

The first campange I can remember is "A Diamond is forever". They also introduced the assumption that an engagement ring should cost as much as a 2 or 3 months salary. But recently we've been told that one diamond is not enough and if you really love someone you give them the 3-stone ring to symbolize past, present and future.




Then the idea of the right-hand ring came into play with catchy line ""Your left hand says 'we,' " reads one ad. "Your right hand says 'me.' " "Your left hand is your heart," claims another. "Your right hand is your voice."




This latest one takes the cake. They have introduced the "love is a journey collection." Please look at the picture below. It seem that guys will now be subjected to endless pressure to provide more and larger diamonds then before. I guess diamonds might not be as rare as they once claimed. The slogan is "with every step love grows."

5 Comments:

Blogger edluv said...

don't worry, i won't fall into the trap.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I actually like the alternative stones that are manufactured.

I also like my mom and Heath's rings. They're made from heather that has been artificially fossilized.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Ann Thrope said...

The right hand ring fascinates me.

Are you supposed to follow the two month salary rule when buying the right hand ring?

Because all I have to say about that is thank god De Beers came along to give me my voice!

Apparently my voice says, "I'm insecure about dying alone and unloved with nobody to buy me artificially expensive chunks of carbon"

9:16 PM  
Blogger Monticore said...

E- That was classic!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Scott & Malisa Johnson said...

I remember when I first hear of the 2-3 month's salary thing. I couldn't believe it.

I really don't find diamonds to be that fascinating, except for the one that can be made from the ashes of a cremated body. That makes me joke that I need to serve Scott more cheesecake.

7:52 PM  

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