Music Friday: She’s Wearing Michael Jackson’s Promise Ring But Still Chasing Other Boys in ‘The Love You Save’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun throwback songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we step into our time machine and dial in May 10, 1970, the day The Jackson 5 performed “The Love You Save” on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In the song, a 12-year-old Michael Jackson is tormented by a girlfriend who can’t seem to shake her cheating ways. When they were little kids, she was always chasing after the boys. Now that she’s older, Michael’s promise ring is not enough to keep her faithful.

Jackson sings, “When we grew up you traded / Your promise for my ring / Now just like back in grade school / You’re doin’ the same old thing.”

“The Love You Save” was the third of four rapidly released chart-toppers by The Jackson Five in 1970. The others included “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.” These songs are often mashed and merged in still-popular Jackson Five medleys.

Music historians believe that the emphatic “stop” at the beginning of “The Love You Save” is a nod to The Supremes’ “Stop! In the Name of Love,” which was released on the Motown label in 1965. Diana Ross, the lead singer of The Supremes, is often credited with having discovered The Jackson Five (also on Motown).

According to Songfacts.com, the original lyrics of “The Love You Save” concerned traffic safety. The writing team of Deke Richards, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell and Berry Gordy Jr. (also known as “The Corporation”) altered the safety song to fit the style of The Jackson 5. In the end, Songfacts.com reported, the only elements of the original to survive were the title and the line “Darling, look both ways before you cross me.”

The founding members of The Jackson Five included brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. During a successful run from 1964 to 1990, the group (later to be called The Jacksons) amassed international legions of screaming fans and sold more than 100 million records, making them one of the most successful groups of all time.

Fun trivia: About halfway through the song, Michael calls out four rivals by name: “Isaac said he kissed you, beneath the apple tree / When Benjii held your hand he felt electricity / When Alexander called you, he said he rang your chimes / Christopher discovered you’re way ahead of your time.”

A closer look at the lyrics reveals that he’s actually referencing Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell and Christopher Columbus.

We hope you enjoy the clip of The Jackson 5 performing “The Love You Save” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“The Love You Save”
Written by Deke Richards, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell and Berry Gordy Jr. Performed by The Jackson Five.

Stop, you better save it
Stop, stop, stop, you better save it, woo
Do do do do do …

When we played tag in grade school
You wanted to be it
But chasin’ boys was just a fad,
You crossed your heart, you’d quit
When we grew up you traded
Your promise for my ring
Now just like back in grade school
You’re doin’ the same old thing

Stop, the love you save may be your own
Darlin’ take it slow
Or some day you’ll be all alone
You better stop
The love you save may be your own
Darlin’ look both ways before you cross me
You’re heading for a danger zone

I’m the one who loves you
I’m the one you need
Those other guys will put you down
as soon as they succeed

They’ll ruin your reputation
They’ll label you a flirt
The way they talk about you
They’ll turn your name to dirt, oh.

Isaac said he kissed you, beneath the apple tree
When Benjii held your hand he felt electricity
When Alexander called you, he said he rang your chimes
Christopher discovered you’re way ahead of your time

Stop, the love you save may be your own
Darlin’ take it slow or some day you’ll be all alone
You better stop
The love you save may be your own
Darlin’ look both ways before you cross me
You’re headed for a danger zone
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on…

“S” is for save it
“T” is for take it slow
“O” is for oh, no
“P” is for please, please don’t go

The love you save may be your own
Some day you may be all alone
Stop it
Save it girl
Baby, ooh
You’d better stop
The love you save may be your own
Please, please or some day, some day baby
You’ll be heading for a danger zone
(All alone)

I’m the one who loves you
I’m the one you need
Those other guys will put you down
As soon as they succeed

Ooh, stop, the love you save may be your own oh baby
You better stop it, stop it, stop it girl or someday you’ll be all alone

The way they talk about you
They’ll turn your name, turn your name
Stop, the love you save may be your own
Don’t you know, don’t you know
Some day baby you’ll be heading for a danger zone
(All alone)

Those other guys will put you down
As soon as they succeed
(Fade Out)

Credit: Image by CBS Television [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Washington Capitals’ First-Ever Stanley Cup Ring Glitters With 10.2 Carats of Patriotic Pizzazz

Rubies, diamonds and a sapphire boasting a total weight of 10.2 carats add patriotic pizzazz to the Washington Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup rings. The handcrafted, two-tone rings, which commemorate the 44-year-old franchise’s first championship, were unveiled to players, coaches and hockey staff during a private ceremony on Monday night.

Overall, the 14-karat yellow and white gold rings are set with 252 diamonds, 35 rubies and one sapphire. Jostens partnered with the Capitals to craft a ring that pays special tribute to the relationship between the team and the nation’s capital.

Three custom-cut, star-shaped rubies accent the Capitals logo on the face of the ring. The three stars are inspired by the Washington, D.C. flag, where they represent the capital, Virginia and Maryland.

The logo is rendered in blue and red enamel and lies above a circular ground of 27 pavé-set diamonds. Those white diamonds are framed by 28 custom taper-cut rubies. The words “STANLEY CUP” and “CHAMPIONS” in raised yellow gold lettering wrap around the upper and lower edge of the ring face.

Exactly 157 round white diamonds create a cascading waterfall effect down the shoulders of the ring.

Just below the shoulders is a single row of 22 channel-set princess-cut diamonds interrupted by the words “WASHINGTON DC” and the player’s name. These are also rendered in raised yellow-gold lettering.

In addition to the player’s name, the left side of the ring features the Capitol building, which is created in stunning detail from 14-karat white gold. A star-shaped ruby and star-shaped sapphire are set on either side of the Capitol dome. The player’s numbers are set with round white diamonds to the right of the Capitol.

The right side of the ring displays the year 2018 and the famous Stanley Cup rendered in white round diamonds. One star-shaped ruby on the Cup represents the team’s first Stanley Cup Championship. The two additional star-shaped rubies flanking the Cup commemorate the Capitals’ two Eastern Conference Championships.

The interior of the ring is engraved with the Capitals’ logo surrounded by smaller logos of their playoff opponents and the victory totals from each series. The Capitals battled back from a 2–0 series deficit against the Columbus Blue Jackets to win the first-round series in six games. In the second round, the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games, and then advanced to the finals after knocking off the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. The Capitals earned their first Stanley Cup by closing out the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

“These rings will now forever be a reminder for the players, coaches, and fans: We did it,” said Capitals owner Ted Leonsis in a release. “We are thrilled today to be able to unveil this beautiful ring, which will always be a proud symbol of the Capitals’ incredible 2018 Stanley Cup run and the unbreakable bond they created among all Caps fans who shared in the joy of that moment together.”

Credits: Images courtesy of Jostens.

6-Year-Old ‘Tiny’ Dutton Finds $10,000 Bridal Set, Teaches Big Lesson About Doing the Right Thing

Six-year-old Alyah “Tiny” Dutton was sure the beautiful diamond rings she found in the restroom of Ballantrae Community Park in Dublin, Ohio, belonged to a magic princess and that they needed to be returned to her right away.

Tiny had been enjoying an outing at the “bunny park” sprayground with family friend John Gerlach when she took a break to use the restroom and happened upon the diamond jewelry worth $10,000. She exited the bathroom and immediately revealed the treasures to John.

“I told her we have to do the right thing,” said John. “They’re not ours and what you do when people aren’t watching is the integrity and character your mom talks about.”

Tiny and John turned over the lost rings to Dublin Police Department. John, who is recovering from addiction, admitted that five years ago those rings would have ended up in the pawn shop. Today, he’s a new man.

Earlier that same day, Caitlin Adkins was also enjoying her day at the park with her husband, Jake, and baby, Ari. Before applying sunscreen to the baby, she slipped off the bridal set and placed the rings into the front pocket of her jeans. Then she went into the ladies’ room to change into her bathing suit.

When the family returned back home later that evening, Caitin realized her precious keepsakes were gone.

“I was hysterical,” she told a reporter from 10TV. “My daughter said, ‘Mommy what’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ And I was just like, ‘Mommy can’t find her rings.'”

In a panic, Caitlin searched her jeans, the car, the stroller.

“I cried knowing I must’ve lost them at the park when I put my bathing suit on and thought about how special those rings were to me… not monetarily, but what they meant and their significance,” she wrote on Facebook.

Jake raced back to the park to see if he could find the rings in the bathroom, but the park had already closed for the night.

He then connected with the Dublin Police.

Caitlin breathed a huge sigh of relief when Jake reported that someone had turned in her rings that day. More surprisingly, that “someone” was a precocious six-year-old who went by the nickname “Tiny.”

After being reunited with her rings, Caitlin arranged to meet with Tiny, John and Tiny’s mother so she could thank them in person.

“Can I give you a hug?” Caitlin asked, as the youngster ran into her arms. “Thank you for being so awesome.”

Caitlin rewarded the young hero with a carload of gifts.

“I went crazy shopping for you if that’s OK,” said said. “I just kept on picking stuff.”

Tiny giggled with excitement.

Caitlin also gave Tiny a card, which her mother read out loud: “Thank you so much for being such a special girl. You are going to do so many great things.”

Tiny’s proud mom kissed the youngster on the head. “I love you,” she said.

On Facebook, Caitlin recounted how she found a wedding ring in the parking lot of a local Gymboree 10 years ago and she made sure it was returned to the rightful owner.

“Someone had a choice to do the same today, or not. They did. Thank you,” she wrote.

“Tiny and John deserve to be recognized for doing the right thing,” Caitlin concluded. “In a day where we judge people, think humanity is lost, and expect the worst, we are shown there [are] good, honest people who are doing the right thing when nobody is looking. Thank you SO much, Tiny and John.”

Credits: Screen captures via 10tv.com.

With a Price Tag of $17 Million, ‘Passion Diamond Shoes’ Are the Most Expensive in the World

Jada Dubai’s new “Passion Diamond Shoes” — elegant stilettos made from real gold and embellished with two round 15-carat D-flawless diamonds — went on sale last week for $17 million and are said to be the most expensive pair of shoes in the world. The stunning stilettos are on display at the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Each shoe is trimmed with 118 smaller round diamonds and features one of the impressive crowning jewels prong-set near the pointed toe. Everything about the “Passion Diamond Shoes” exudes luxury. Even the insoles are inscribed in gold.

Jada Dubai’s record-setting shoes, which were designed in coordination with Dubai-based Passion Jewellers, took nearly nine months to create.

“Jada Dubai designs only shoes with diamonds,” said the company’s co-founder, Maria Majari. “For the launch of our second collection, we wanted to create a piece that is truly unique in the world using very rare diamonds.”

While the prototype shoes are shown in size 5.5, those who place an order will receive a custom pair in the requested size.

The record for the world’s most expensive shoes was previously held by a $15.1 million pair conceived by British designer Debbie Wingham in October of 2017.

Credit: Image courtesy of Jada Dubai.

71-Year-Old Grandma Unearths 2.63-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

A 71-year-old grandma from Aurora, Colo., is being credited with finding the largest diamond so far this year at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park — the only diamond site in the world where amateur prospectors get to keep what they discover. The 2.63-carat diamond is the size of a pinto bean and white in color, with several brownish freckles on the surface.

The retiree, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she found the gem after 10 minutes of searching with her husband, son, grandson and granddaughter. At first, she thought the stone might be glass, but she still asked her son to stash it in his pocket so it could be identified later by park officials.

The woman named her gem “Lichtenfels,” a nod to her hometown in Germany. The word means “a rock between two lights,” which is significant because she was standing between her grandchildren when she found the diamond.

“She wouldn’t have come to the park if it weren’t for her grandkids,” said the finder’s son. “They’re her two points of light.”

The lucky grandma plucked the diamond from the soil about halfway between the park’s East Drain and North Wash Pavilion. Visitors are encouraged to test their luck with basic tools in a 37-acre plowed field, which is actually the eroded surface of a volcanic crater.

Even though she found her diamond early in her search, the family continued to prospect for another hour before returning to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, where experts are on hand to help visitors identify what they’ve found.

When she learned that she’d made the biggest diamond discovery of 2018, the grandma said, “I didn’t know what to think. I was shocked!”

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said, “About one out of every five diamonds registered by park visitors is found right on top of the ground, including many of the largest ever found at the Crater of Diamonds.”

So far this year, 256 diamonds weighing a total of 49.64 carats have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park. The three most common diamond colors found at the park are white, brown and yellow, in that order. In total, more than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the Crater of Diamonds since the first diamonds were found there in 1906 by John Huddleston, a farmer who owned the land long before it became an Arkansas State Park in 1972.

The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed here in Murfreesboro in 1924 during a mining operation. Named the “Uncle Sam,” the white diamond with a pink cast weighed 40.23 carats. The largest diamond ever discovered at the park by a visitor was the 16.37-carat “Amarillo Starlight” in 1975.

Access to the diamond field is $8 for visitors 13 and older. Tickets for children 6 through 12 cost $5, and kids ages 5 and younger get to prospect for free.

Credit: Image courtesy of Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Music Friday: Duawne Starling Pens and Performs His Own Wedding Song, ‘With This Ring’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you inspirational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, contemporary Christian artist Duawne Starling sings his wedding vows in the 2001 release, “With This Ring.”

In the first verse, Starling describes the wedding band as a “circle of trust” and a symbol of his commitment to cherish his bride for a lifetime.

He sings, “With this ring / With this circle of trust / I confess that I must be in love / With this vow / I can promise you now / to be more than you’ve ever dreamed of / With my heart in your hand / and faith in His plan / and with patience to last a lifetime/ I offer you everything / with this ring.”

“With This Ring” appeared as the first track of the wedding-song compilation album of the same name. Billed as a unique, romantic collection of inspirational love songs, the album spawned a second album by various artists called With This Ring… Forever I Do (2002).

Born in Petersburg, Va., in 1970, Starling immersed himself in music after his father died of cancer when the boy was only seven.

“It was then that music became my sanctum, my escape from that reality,” Starling stated in his official bio. “Now, it’s simply my passion.”

Starling worked as a background artist for 10 years before stepping forward as a soloist. He developed his talents touring with the likes of Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Dolly Parton, Michael McDonald, Kelly Price and CeCe Winans, among many others.

Starling’s inspirational music shares the triumphs and trials of his journey through life.

“My gift is God’s tool,” he wrote. “I always speak from the place of truth. We are all intrinsically connected so I know that others will relate to what I’ve experienced. My purpose is to enlighten, encourage and empower the listener.”

Please check out the audio track of Starling performing “With This Ring.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“With This Ring”
Written and performed by Duawne Starling.

With this ring,
With this circle of trust,

I confess that I must be in love.
With this vow,
I can promise you now,
to be more than you’ve ever dreamed of.
With my heart in your hand,
and faith in His plan,
and with patience to last a lifetime,
I offer you everything,
With this ring.

With my mind,
with each thought I’m inclined,
to cherish you more everyday,
With my soul,
I’m completely yours,
You’re the answer to all that I’ve prayed.
With my heart in your hand,
and my faith in His plan,
and with patience to last a lifetime,
I offer you everything,
With this ring.

If perfect is something that people can be,
and heaven is more than just a fantasy,
then I am in heaven and you’re perfect to me.

So with my heart in your hand,
and faith in His plan,
and with patience to last a lifetime,
I offer you everything,
With this ring.

With my heart in your hand,
and faith in His plan,
and with patience to last a lifetime,
I offer you everything,
Be mine for eternity, yeah,
please say you’ll stay with me,
With this ring.

With my ring, Will you stay.
I’ll love you forever,
and ever, and ever and ever.

Credits: Screen capture via YouTube.com.

Christie’s Exec Says the Color of the 18.96-Carat ‘Pink Legacy’ Diamond ‘Is As Good As It Gets’

In terms of its saturation and intensity, the color of “The Pink Legacy” is “as good as it gets in a colored diamond,” according to the Christie’s exec who will be overseeing its sale in Geneva on November 13. The auction house is expecting the 18.96-carat, fancy vivid pink diamond to fetch up to $50 million, a price that would establish a new per-carat world record for a pink diamond.

“To find a diamond of this size with this color is pretty much unreal,” said Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewellery at Christie’s. “You may see this color in a pink diamond of less than one carat. But this is almost 19 carats and it’s as pink as can be. It’s unbelievable.”

Once owned by the Oppenheimer family — famous for its connections to De Beers — the rectangular-cut diamond is the largest fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at auction by Christie’s. The auction house noted that over the course of its 252-year history, only four fancy vivid pink diamonds larger than 10 carats have ever appeared for sale.

“Its exceptional provenance will no doubt propel it into a class of its own as one of the world’s greatest diamonds,” Kadakia said in a statement.

Kadakia explained that most pink diamonds exhibit a secondary color, such as purple, orange, brown or grey. The Pink Legacy is unique because it has an even color distribution, balanced saturation and straight pink hue. Only one in 100,000 diamonds possess a color deep enough to qualify as “fancy vivid,” he noted.

In November 2017, Christie’s Hong Kong sold “The Pink Promise,” an oval-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond of just under 15 carats, for $32.4 million. That figure translated to $2,175,519 per carat, which remains the world auction record price per carat for any pink diamond.

In April 2017, the 59.60-carat “Pink Star” set a world record for any kind of diamond ever offered at auction when it fetched $71 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

The Pink Legacy will be heading out on a global tour, with stops in Hong Kong, London and New York, before returning to Geneva for the Magnificent Jewels auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.

Credits: Images courtesy of Christie’s.