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A Diamond’s Journey from the Mine to a Finger


The story of your diamond (or that diamond you were eyeing online a minute ago) began 3.3 billion years ago and 100 miles below the Earth. That’s right, your diamond is older—like, way, way older—than the T. Rex. In addition to being beautiful, it’s ancient.

The process of its journey to its current state of existence also involved a volcano, a laser, a girdler, a blocker, a brillianteer, a boiling session in a vat of acid, a painstaking beauty contest, several sheets of paperwork, and, let’s face it, many, many marketing dollars.

When the Earth decided to make diamonds, it required a few things: a temperature of 1,700 – 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit, 650,000 – 870,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, a carbon source, and a cozy spot in the Earth’s mantle.
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The Most Expensive Divorces in Recorded History – Part 2

If you thought the last installment of divorce proceedings were pricey, just wait ’til you get a load of these expensive divorces in history…

The Real Estate Mogul(’s Son) vs. the Hong Kong Kutie 

Originally granted $1.4 billion by a Hong Kong court, the Court of Appeal there has very recently readjusted that figure to $411 million: that’s what poor Florence Tsang Chiu-wing must somehow learn to live with now.  The savvy solicitor had her initial cash windfall cut by 2/3rds as her ex, Samathur Li Kin-kan (son of Samuel Tak Lee, who runs Prudential Enterprise) just wasn’t happy forking over the initial 1.4 bil.  Neither was his irked Pappa, who made all those HKDollars to begin with.  Their marriage of 8 years allegedly collapsed after Flo caught Sam cheating / he wanted her to terminate a pregnancy.  Lesson: You play = you pay.
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The Most Expensive Divorces in Recorded History – Part 1

via en.wikipedia.org
via en.wikipedia.org

Divorces cost a pretty penny, no matter what your station is in life.  When your net worth totals in the 10 figure+ range, you can expect to pay the GNP of a small developing nation for your uncoupling.  Scraped from the headlines of reputable news sources and rags alike, here are the most costly divorces on the record books.  Cringe, chortle or smirk as you read about people who’ve lost more in their divorce than most people have earned in their lives.

The King of Quirky British Crime Films vs. The Material Queen

Madonna and Guy Ritchie didn’t just collaborate on one of the worst movies ever made (“Swept Away”), they also made an indelible mark in the books of infamous divorces.  Here’s an example of the wife having to pay the (ex) husband a settlement fee (an important moment in feminist history…maybe?).  Mr. Ritchie finally earned his name, as he swaggered away from the Madge marriage with $92 million in his piggy bank.  Even though their divorce took place in London, which typically favors a 50/50 spilt of assets, Ritchie held a modicum of self respect and didn’t try to fully sap the Voguer of her considerable, pop music funded fortune.
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