Upcycling: it doesn’t mean trying to ride your bike uphill.
“Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.” – according to the esteemed folks at Wikipedia.
You’ve always known that you could recycle your cans and bottles, for a small profit even. Your local coffee shop has receptacles for plastics, paper and compostable trash. Your automotive store accepts used car batteries for proper disposal and eventually reuse. So why stop there?
The probability of someone referring to a diamond as “waste material” is slim, but you get the idea.
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You’ve been dating someone for a few years now, and the time is right. You’re going to pop the question. But first, you need to drop two months’ salary on a band of metal with a shiny hunk of superheated carbon in it. Why? Because everyone else does. It’s an ancient tradition that goes all the way back to the… late 1930s. Yeah, diamond engagement rings have really only been a thing for just under a century. Sure a few existed, but diamonds weren’t considered a necessary part of the engagement ring until relatively recently. So what were engagement rings like before then? And where did the whole tradition start?
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Continue reading Blast from the Past: The History of the Engagement Ring