Blue Diamond Rings

Shirley Temple and the famous blue diamond ring

The famous Hollywood star Shirley Temple owned one of the most talked about blue diamond rings we have known. The child actress worked in several movies such as “bright eyes”, “Heidi” and “Curly Top” earning legions of fan. She was 12 when she acted in “the Blue Bird” and around the time of her film’s release, her father reportedly got her a fancy deep blue diamond for $7210!

That was way back in 1940, and the blue diamond was a 9.54 carat ring that is rare. The actress wore the ring always, throughout her life one spotted her with the blue diamond. The diamond was a birthday present to her from her father and also a celebration of the premier of the film – The Blue Bird.

The family intended to sell it at an auction through Sotheby’s in April 2016. The blue diamond ring retains its original Art Deco-inspired setting, and her family believes that the blue diamond ring, a rare one costs around $25-$35 million. At the time of gifting in 1940, the ring cost around $7210 ($121,000). During the auction, however, the ring closed at $22 million. As such blue diamonds are a rarity and the piece is also famed for its Hollywood connection making it worth a few multimillion dollars. The film debuted 82 years ago, in April 1934.

At one point during her career, Temple was a child artiste who became America’s sweetheart. The Blue Bird in which she acted like a child saw her playing the role of an impolite daughter of a German father. The woodcutter one day came across a special blue colored bird. This bird was like a lucky charm and believed to bring good luck. The father as any other kept it for himself instead of gifting it to a sick friend.

In one of the scenes, the actress goes for a walk in the enchanted forest accompanied by her family dog, cat, and lantern all of which transformed into human form to bring alive the blue bird of happiness.

The lady was born on April 13, 1928, and made a name for herself when she first acted in “Stand Up and Cheer.” The timeless song “Good Ship Lollipop” — popularized in the film “Bright Eyes” — became known everywhere.

Temple had a second career in which she took up ambassadorial roles. A married Temple-Black was appointed a delegate to the United Nations in 1969. The once popular child actress later became the U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

Tragedy struck when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in 1972.

A few days after the surgery, Ms. Temple-Black held a press conference from her hospital bed urging women to be in control of their own medical decisions.

But Temple Black died in 2014 at the age of 85 from natural causes.

Apart from the blue diamond, her family had previously also auctioned off a selection of her costumes, scripts and a dress from her Oscar presence in 1935.

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This money-related blog will cover everything from mortgages, pensions, investments, stocks, bonds, gilts… we might even throw so Bit Coins in. First up — Brexit.

If you’re based in the USA, you may not know what’s happening over the Atlantic with our European counterparts. If you’re reading this and you are based in Europe and you don’t know what Brexit is… then you’re living under a rock! Let’s start with… what exactly is the European Union. To be honest… I bet Europeans don’t actually know what it is, not to mention that Brexit makes it a whole different beast to what is used to be… or should I say, what it is for the moment…? Enough waffle, here are the fact:

The EU–what the heck is it
This region began existence in the early 1950s and was Europe’s attempt to galvanize a war-stricken continent. The reasoning behind its creation for all intents and purposes was to prevent further conflict by building economic ties with member states. This paved the way for what was then the European Economic Community (EEC), which subsequently became the European Union (EU) in 1993.

Brexit–what’s this then?
Brexit is a hodgepodge of Britain and exit… it’s encapsulates The United Kingdom of Great Britain’s (bet you didn’t know that was it’s full name did ya) exit from the EU. The UK… or Great Britain… or Britain, joined the EU in 1973. ‘Joined’ being a loose term, Britain (or what ever the heck you wanna call the place) never really bought into the EU as it retained much of its power and independence from many EU policies and laws due to Euroskepticism. This Skepticism was only worsened by recent macro- and micro-economic events that brought the EU to its knees and all but bankrupted Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain.

They left… what gives?
An EU departure was viewed as absolute lunacy. With arguably little to nothing to gain by leaving it would be reasonable to ask why a referendum was called in the first place. And… yes… you can count on Brits to be as crazy as a box of frogs… so exit they did from the EU. The event sent ripples across the globe with wide and largely-unknown ramifications. Embarrassed and disgraced, Britain’s Prime Minister (the guy who calls the shots) stepped down. Not only that, the rival political party is in turmoil as they try to oust their current leader due to infighting. What’s more… they campaigned for the in vote and are likely to inherit the aftermath of the current government. A stalemate is currently in effect as by standing down, the Prime Minister has avoided his responsibility to authorize/formalize Britain’s departure, leaving the task to his successor… which is… well… no one knows!

So… are you bleeding out of your ears yet? Well you should be. This is an almighty mess of epic proportions which affects everyone. Keep your eyes peeled for more insights.