Choosing A Moissanite Diamond For Your Engagement Ring

By Victor Epand

The terms “synthetic” and “simulated” are confused in the minds of most folks. Synthetic means a “REAL” diamond material but manmade. Simulated means a material that looks pretty much like a diamond but is made from something else. A “synthetic” diamond is actually diamond but is manmade in the deep secrets of the laboratory. The “simulated” diamond is either a CZ, a Moissanite or other simuilant.

So far to date, the moissanite is the best, even if color might be a bit off. Moissanite is a very durable stimulant for diamonds. The only drawback is the particular stone, since some may show a greenish tint. I suggest you ask to see more than one stone and compare the color for the whitest (least colored) moissanite.

Moissanite is a diamond like clear form of a substance you are likely familiar with: Silicon Carbide. Think of wet/dry sandpaper. That is silicon carbide, a very hard and durable material. When science was able to consistently manufacture clear crystals of silicon carbide, the gemstone “Moissanite” was born, named after the original discoverer from many years ago and before marketable crystals were producible.

This material is harder than most gemstones, not bothered by the heat used in jewelry work (meaning if prongs holding the stone need work in the future, the stone may be left in place for the work to be done). The stone is bright, durable, wonderful to the eye. The only distraction is the “sometimes” slightly off-color. That is why I suggest asking a jeweler to have more than one stone for you to select from. Do this with unmounted stones. Remember, carat is a weight and not a dimension!

Moissanite and diamond do not weight the same and a carat of one is not the same size as a carat of the other. Simply ask for a “diamond, carat, and size” when getting the stones to view. Most jewelers will do this automatically since they understand the size the customer wants is relative to the sizes of diamonds.

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I believe a good look at some loose stones and a mounting selected and they you will be on your way, happy with the stone. These stones beat CZ is all aspects except the sometimes “tint” of color. CZ must be perfectly clean to really look diamond-like but the high refraction and characteristics of Moissanite keep it looking diamond like even when soiled somewhat.

Still, make an effort to keep all gemstones clean! All looks better that way and regular cleaning is the best way to check for wear and loose stones. Many jewelers will clean your item for free. Most should do that, I believe. Moissanite is an excellent choice. But, be sure to see the stone first and pick the whitest(most color free) stone.

“Metals.” Platinum is an excellent choice for a ring but keep in mind that platinum will not keep a shine like white gold will. Platinum is durable, hypoallergenic, holds stones well and all that. Platinum is much more expensive than gold. Still, expect platinum do develop a dullish look after wearing a while. The other metal might be Palladium, another metal in the platinum family.

Palladium is a decent metal but many jewelers cannot work it properly and very, very little choice is on the market in palladium. We have “No” palladium rings in our business. Palladium is mostly used to add to gold to make a form of white gold. Now, a white gold made with palladium is an excellent metal choice.

You will have to go to a knowledgeable jeweler to find someone who knows the difference.This is what I mean: White gold is made by taking pure gold which is yellow, adding other metals to make it a “karat” gold, like 14k or 18k.(Pure is 24k and too soft for jewelry.) Sometimes metals is added to change the color of the karat gold. For instance, more copper makes rose gold. More nicklel makes white gold. In recent years, more manufacturers are using palladium instead of nickel since some people are allergic to nickel or have a sensitivity to the metal.

Those people cannot wear white gold made white with nickel. So, we have palladium white gold which is a slightly different white than nickel white gold but looks great and has no skin sensitivity problems. Some newer nickel metal mixes of gold meet higher standards and have no “sensitivity” issues either.

I suggest asking for white gold(if platinum is out of the budget) and finding out if it is palladium white or nickel white. Ask if the nickel white meets the new ‘European standards’ and is hypoallergenic. If the lady is use to white gold and has no problems with, regular nickel white gold should work fine. Just keep it out of anything with chlorine, like swimming pools, bleaches, hot tubs, etc. Chlorine works real danger on white gold made with nickel.

The wedding ring goes closest to the heart. In other words, put on the wedding ring first, then the engagement ring. In ancient times, it was believed that there was a vein that went directly from your ring finger on the left hand to the heart. That’s where the symbolism of wearing the wedding ring on that finger started. The ring is not the most important thing. The love you two share is and that’s what you need to focus on instead. I know he could be a little more generous with the price, but if that’s his decision, go ahead and settle with it or make a compromise.

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Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009 

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.


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Cross Platform Mobile App Development

Cross Platform Mobile App Development



For businesses the biggest risk in creating app is choosing the right platform to launch it on. We all know that technology is advancing in swift pace and there is no certainty that the big thing today might not be the big thing tomorrow. Surly, there are companies who can just focus on just one platform while excluding all others, but most of the businesses need to target myriad device types. It is no longer enough for companies to go for iPhone app, even small to medium size businesses have to support Android, iPad, windows 7, BlackBerry, Symbian and Android Tablet applications.

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The solution this problem has been solved by apps development companies like Apptellect. The like these can develop applications for as many platforms as you like. This process is called cross platform mobile app development. With cross platform apps, you will always have access to most of the customers. You no more have to worry about being left behind if any platform is left. With cross platform apps you will stay ahead of all while dealing in all platforms and reaping profits from all platforms.

The basic idea behind cross-platform frameworks is to reduce development time by helping developers to write their code in one language that can easily be compiled to multiple platforms. To do this developers have to write app in a dynamic programming language, JavaScript is the most common one but some also use Ruby or Python. For cross platform development the languages like C/Cocoa, Java, C# and .Net are not used.The pros of using a cross-platform mobile app developmentReusable Code: The biggest pro of cross platform development is that developer can reuse the codes in later projects rather than writing the specific action or sequence for each platform. Plug-ins: Developers have easy access to plug-ins and modules that can easily plug into other services or tools. Web Developers friendly: It was difficult for wed developers to jump in to Android or iPhone development. Now with cross platform development web developers can easily use most of frameworks, as they are dynamic or have scripting languages. Reduced Development Costs: The other big benefit of cross platform development is that companies or businesses do not have to invest a team or developer for every platform. They can easily get their hands on all platforms while just developing one time. Enterprise and Cloud Services’ support: In addition to plug-ins and modules for specific functions, most of cross platform frameworks also have the option to directly integrate with cloud services. Easiest Deployment: With cross platform mobile app development, deploying and compiling apps is much faster. This is especially true with many of the new cloud-based build tools that various frameworks are starting to push out. Cross platform designing While developing cross platform applications, iphone app developers need to be aware of app design, whether they are using framework or not. Design of every platform is different. Designing of Android will be different from iPhone, the UX and UI conventions are different, while touch points and menus of both work in different ways. A good cross-platform application always looks at home on whatever platform it is used on while a bad cross-platform tries to look identical everywhere. For instance, you are iphone app developer and your Android app has navigation controls at the bottom of the screen, then you are doing it wrong, as it is iPhone style. For cross-platform mobile app development services, you can contact esteemed app development companies like Apptellect. Developers at Apptellect have extensive experience with cross-platform mobile app development, while you can be sure that the quality of app will not diminish between different platforms. The company has high skill sets for all kind of platforms. Its team is highly experienced in most popular platforms today like Apple iOS, Android, bada, etc.I am a professional writer and love to express my opinion on almost every online or offline topic. Personally I like to write for technology solutions for enterprises with technologies such as iphone, iPad & Android. I am writing on behalf of Apptellect, Inc. which offers iphone app developers for hire.Article Source:

Wikinews interviews a Restore the Fourth organizer

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 

A grassroots movement known as Restore the Fourth, dedicated to the protection of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, are to hold protests countrywide on July 4. The planned protests come in the wake of information about NSA surveillance leaked last month, notably the PRISM surveillance program and the collection of Verizon phone records. Wikinews interviewed Jett, a national organizer from this recently created movement.

Wikinews First of all, could you explain what Restore the Fourth is all about?

WN What is your role at Restore the Fourth?

WN What are your plans for direct action, outreach, etc.?

WN By what means do you hope to achieve such change?

WN Is the movement US-only or will it extend to other jurisdictions as well? Do you think it would be fair for the US to spy on non-citizens?

WN What do you think about Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing?

WN What do you think about his future, given the legal grey zone in which he currently is?

WN Thank you very much for your time.

Teaching Intelligent Design: Incumbent Dover PA school board fails reelection

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 

The Dover, Pennsylvania school board became the first to mandate inclusion of Intelligent Design in a public school biology curriculum. For this year’s November 8 election, Republicans fielded a pro-Intelligent Design slate of candidates including some returning candidates who had previously voted to include a statement about Intelligent Design in the biology curriculum. A mixed slate of Democrat and Republican candidates came forward as an alternative group of school board candidates, the Dover CARES coalition. They proposed to remove Intelligent Design from the biology curriculum but allow discussion of Intelligent Design in courses dealing with philosophy and comparative religion.

All eight open school board seats were won by Dover CARES coalition candidates. Two candidates who had previously voted as school board members to include intelligent design in the public school science curriculum received the fewest votes in Tuesday’s election. One of the newly elected board members is Bryan Rehm, a parent of a Dover school student. Rehm, along with ten other parents, initiated a law suit against the school board for its decision to insert Intelligent Design into the science curriculum.

In October 2004, the Dover school board decided that Intelligent Design is a scientific theory that should be mentioned in biology classes that include discussion of biological evolution as part of the course content. The board mandated that a statement should be read in those classes stating “Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life,” and “The school leaves the discussion of the Origins of Life to individual students and their families.”

The school board’s statement on Intelligent Design directs students to the book Of Pandas and People as a source of information “for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves.” This book is published by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics, a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of “promoting and publishing textbooks presenting a Christian perspective.”

Parents of some Dover public school students filed a lawsuit against the school board, charging that including the school board’s statement on Intelligent Design was an attempt to introduce religion into the science curriculum. The book Of Pandas and People says, “Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency.” The original complaint in the law suit against the school board claimed that “Intelligent design is a non-scientific argument or assertion.”

The US District Court Judge John Jones, who heard the non-jury case, hopes to make his ruling by the end of the year. The evidence phase of the trial ended on November 4, 2005.

A local Dover newspaper, the York Daily Record, editorialized that Dover voters should take trial testimony into account during the general election when they could cast votes for school board members along with other elective offices.

Biology teachers in the Dover schools have refused to read the school board’s statement on Intelligent Design to students because the Pennsylvania state code for education states that “The professional educator may not knowingly and intentionally misrepresent subject matter.” In a letter to their administrator, the teachers stated their view that “Intelligent design is not science.” School administrators have been reading the school board’s Intelligent Design statement to students in Dover public schools.

Internet hackers attack Al-Jazeera website, condemn news service’s Syrian civil war coverage

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 

The website of international news service Al Jazeera was hacked Tuesday by a group idenitified only as Al-Rashedon. The type of group and its exact purposes are unclear at this stage, although it appears to be supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A screenshot of the hacked page contains the current Syrian flag displayed on the top left and a screenshot of a regular Al Jazeera homepage, overlaid by a graphic resembling a rubber stamp with the word “HACK” written on it and a silhouette of two men sitting at a desk.

As well as identifying the group which hacked the website in English and Arabic, the bottom left of the image also contains an Arabic language statement from the group criticising Al Jazeera for its coverage of the Syrian civil war. When roughly translated, the message means: “We have hacked you because your lack of support of Syrian government and militant groups backed by that government. Al Jazeera has been spreading lies. We’re compelled to do so on behalf of the Syrian people.”

According to technological weblog Gizmodo, reports have emerged of the .net and not the .com version of the website being hacked. The site reports that some users have not been able to access the website.

Wikinews contacted Al Jazeera English about the incident and as of 8:31pm UTC, had received no response.

Top 4 Computer Training Centers In India

Top 4 Computer training centers in India



The incredible growth and boom of the IT sector in India is something that cannot go unnoticed. Its rapid progress in recent years has captured the attention of everyone. It s no wonder then that so many Indian students are running to various computer training centers across the country.

Computer training centers are the future go to educational institutions in India. Offering courses that vary from simple computer courses in Ms Office to advanced specialized courses in Multimedia and Animation the amount of options for students is overwhelming. Modern day computer training centers is offering you a plethora of IT Courses to choose from. The list of IT Courses is: Animation Multimedia, Embedded System, Hardware & Networking, CISCO, Oracle Certification, IBM Mainframe, Software Testing, SEO/SEM, Data Warehousing and Informatica. The amount of students opting for computer courses across the country is on such a rise that the amount of computer training centers sprouting up is equally high.

Below we will be listing the Top 4 computer training centers in India.

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1.NIIT Limited: NIIT is a leading Global Talent Development Corporation, building a skilled manpower pool for global industry requirements. NIIT today ranks among the world s leading talent development organizations and offers learning solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions across 40 countries. NIIT s training solutions in IT, Business Process Outsourcing, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Executive Management Education, and Communication and Professional Life Skills, touches five million students each year. NIIT offers a comprehensive range of learning solutions and services to address the needs of diverse audiences. They are today amongst world s leading talent development companies offering learning solutions to individuals, enterprises and schools.

2.Jet King: Jetking is India s no1. Hardware and networking institute. Jetking Certified Hardware & Networking Professional is a premium course offered by Jetking which comprises of comprehensive training in the field of hardware and networking. The course itself boats of a 100% job guarantee to all its students. Over the years, Jetking has built a strong relationship with International and Indian majors of the IT Industry like Hewlett Packard, IBM, Zenith Computers, Reliance, Samsung, Tata, Sify, HCL, CMC, Allied Digital, LG, WeP and have been providing these reputed organizations with confident and qualified professionals. Jetking also offers a Masters in Network Administration.

3.HCL : HCL is a pioneer in the IT industry and a leader for 31 years. HCL has been on the forefront of most of the innovations in Information Technology. With strengths in hardware, software and networking technologies, HCL has emerged as a global leader in IT space. HCL has tied-up with global technology leaders, viz. Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Red Hat and Thomson Prometric. These alliances will help students learn the contemporary technologies through different modes of learning.


Aptech Computer Education

: Aptech Limited is a global retail & a corporate training solution has its headquarters in Mumbai/India, with its presence across 5 Continents.The Company commenced its IT training business in 1986. A pioneer in IT and animation education, over the years, Aptech Limited has trained over 5 million students. Aptech Computer Education is one of the education brands of Aptech Limited.

As you can see the options when it comes to

computer training centers

in India is unbelievable. With the IT sector only moving upwards and showing no signs of stopping whatsoever it s easy to understand why computer training centers are gaining in popularity and expanding exponentially.

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Mars rover engineers build test sandbox

Sunday, May 8, 2005 

Mars rover engineers have built a test bed simulating the condition of the Mars Rover Opportunity, which became stuck in a Martian sand dune on April 26. The test bed uses a combination of materials including play sand for children’s sandboxes, diatomaceous earth for swimming pool filters, and mortar clay powder.

Opportunity dug into soft sand to wheel-hub depth as it drove over a dune about one-third meter (one foot) tall and 2.5 meters (8 feet) wide. “We’ve climbed over dozens of ripples, but this one is different in that it seems to be a little taller and to have a steeper slope, about 15 degrees on part of its face,” said Mark Maimone, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) rover mobility engineer. Tests will be conducted using an Earth-bound twin of the rover and the simulated Martian dune to determine how to best maneuver Opportunity out of the predicament before transmitting commands to the actual vehicle.

“We choose to proceed cautiously, so we don’t expect to begin actually driving out of the dune before next week, possibly later,” said Jim Erickson, rover project manager at JPL. “Both Opportunity and Spirit have already provided many more months of scientific exploration than anyone expected. By taking good care of them, we hope to keep them exploring for more months to come. Tests so far have sustained our optimism about Opportunity’s ability to drive out of this dune, but we have more testing ahead to understand how robust that capability is.”

Engineers constructed a simulated dune last week using sand that was already at JPL’s rover testing facility and put a test rover into a similar dug-in position. The test rover had no difficulty driving away, even when sunk belly-deep. However, that sand offered better traction than the finer, looser material that appears to make up the surface at Opportunity’s current position. “We needed to do tests using material more like what Opportunity is in, something that has a fluffier texture and cakes onto the wheels,” said JPL rover engineer Rick Welch, who is leading the tests.

Based on images of wheels and wheel tracks from Mars, Dr. Robert Sullivan of Cornell University, a rover science team member, working with engineers in the JPL test bed, helped match the properties of the test sand as closely as possible with those of the sand beneath Opportunity, “We found that when the wheels dig in, the material we’re using does stick to the wheels and fills the gaps between the cleats, but it doesn’t stick when you’re just driving over it. That’s good because it’s the same as what we see in the images from Opportunity,” Sullivan said. Experiments show that the test rover, after some initial wheel-spinning, can drive out of the more powdery material.

The team went to several home supply and hardware stores to find enough bags and boxes of the ingredients to make more than 2 tons of the simulated Mars sand for the more realistic mobility tests, according to JPL rover mobility engineer Jeff Biesiadeckia.