In 1992 two brothers, Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland, watched the TV news from the Bosnian conflict with increasing horror. They were so moved that they decided to organise an appeal for food and blankets. Today they as Mary's Meals provide life changing daily meals to over 822,000 hungry children worldwide. It costs just £10.70 to feed a child for a year. The Diamond Studio in partnership with Mary's Meals are raffling off three signed football strips (Aberdeen,Rangers and Cetic FC) for the cause and have written an published a short story about our good friends at Mister Singh's Restaurant which they have kindly agreed to sell for a minimum one pound donation. We hope to raise as much as possible so if you are passing either the studio or the restaurant come in from the cold and give what you can for children worldwide.
Today's Diamond of the Day is the Eureka Diamond. This 10.73-carat brilliant is not, by ordinary standards, exceptional. However, it was cut from the first diamond found in South Africa and therefore has historical significance. In 1866 a shepherd boy found a small, shiny stone on the south bank of the Orange River near Hopetown. The pebble was kept for a while by a 15-year-old boy named Erasmus Jacobs, who later gave it to his neighbour, farmer Schalk van Niekerk, a collector of unusual stones.
In at number 43 of our Celebrity Engagement ring countdown is the beautiful Penelope Cruz, proposed to the Nine star with a vintage 3-carat sapphire ring worth roughly $30,000.