Keeping the sparkle alive within a diamond isn’t something jewellery wearers have too much of a hand in. Diamond is one of the toughest known substances on earth, meaning that delicate-looking marquise-cut engagement diamond is far more likely to survive several centuries of wear than it is to degrade suddenly in the back of the jewellery box!

Diamonds, particularly diamond engagement rings, are surely pieces to wear as much as possible. But scores of women shun their favourite pieces in favour of the safety of the jewellery box “just in case” the worse should happen. Here are a few easy expert tips to help diamond lovers care for their gems and keep tabs on potential integrity issues.

Daily Cleaning
A gentle polish with a soft, non-abrasive cloth tends to be enough to keep diamonds shining. Settings should be treated very carefully, as precious metals can be scratched and damaged without due care. A soft toothbrush or make-up brush is great for getting detritus out of those frustrating little setting spots. There are lots of Old Wives Tales covering the best solutions to home cleanse rings, but the most important thing to remember is to avoid abrasive cleaners at all costs.

Annual Inspection
Jewellery experts Marlow’s Certified Diamonds are amongst the industry authorities who recommend an annual inspection and steam clean by a professional jeweller. Over time, precious metals can become damaged or weakened. An annual inspection is arguably the most effective way to identify potential weakness.

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Fashion these days ranges from quite subtle to incredibly wild. Have you seen Lady Gaga? It’s truly amazing how much the world of fashion and style has evolved. It seems like wearing pretty much anything is accepted as being hot and trendy. But for those of us who like to look good, we love to know what the best fashion accessories are to wear. And it’s important to know the details relating to them to understand what is best for you as an individual.

One particular accessory that has become very popular in the past few years is body jewelry. This almost seemed like it was going to be just a short lived fad but it has lasted through the years and is still worn to this day. Some popular pieces of body jewelry include belly rings, barbells, body plugs and tongue rings.

The tongue ring started becoming popular in the 80s and is still a piercing that is found in many people today. There are tongue rings and then there are the more traditional barbells, too. A straight barbell is most popular and is usually adorned with a plastic or metal bead. Both rings and barbells are primarily made of surgical steel materials.

Getting a tongue piercing involves having a professional do the procedure. The tongue is lifted up, inspect for large blood vessels, clamped and then pierced with a needle in a safe location. The piercing is usually done from top to bottom but some parlors use what is called a cannula needle which pierces the tongue from bottom to top instead. After the piercing is made a barbell is inserted. The tongue tends to swell to almost twice it’s normal size just a day or two after having a piercing done. This isn’t permanent, though and can be eased by applying ice or ibuprofen to decrease the swelling.

There are a couple of risks involved with getting piercings. There is a small chance that you can damage your teeth but this is a very rare occurrence. Another risk is that if the pierced area is not properly taken care of it can and will become infected. This can lead to serious health complications which is why it is strongly advised that you clean your mouth extremely well after having your tongue pierced. Regular use of mouth wash is suggested. It is also possible to have nerve damage done to the tongue when it is pierced. This isn’t very common but it can cause a lot of troubles including trouble breathing due to the swelling of the tongue.

In conclusion, belly rings, barbells, body plugs and tongue rings alike are all highly fashionable, popular pieces of body jewelry. Be sure that you visit a qualified professional to receive your piercing to ensure your safety. After you have received your piercing you must follow the rules and guidelines for keeping your piercing clean and safe. Avoiding to do so can result in unwanted health risks but this is easily dodged by making sure you take care of your piercing.

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For women who love to make themselves look beautiful, Pauls Hair World has an array of hair styling products from which to choose. Hair straightners are great for people with all different styles of hair, from curly to coarse, thin, medium, or thick. The following is a guide on what hair straightners are best for your particular hair type.

Women with Fragile Hair

If you have hair that is fragile and has been damaged by the elements and previous hair styling experiments, then you should choose a straightener that is thin and ceramic, ceramic tourmaline, or titanium plates. Steer clear of those that have iron or Teflon plates if you have fragile hair. Also, make sure that it is one that will use negative ion therapy on your hair to help repair it. Use the lowest temperature setting, and be sure to go slow with it until you are used to the straightner.

Women Who Have Thin Hair

For those with thin hair, it is best to choose something that has an adjustable temperature setting. Thin hair responds the best to low heat. Also, find one that has titanium or ceramic tourmaline plates. Negative ion therapy is also a must for your hair.

Women With Normal or Wavy Hair

If you have normal or wavy hair, find a straightener that has a high heat of a minimum 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that you run the straightener through your hair quickly, so that the heat does not damage it. It is best to use one that has ceramic tourmaline or titanium heaters, as they have a negative ion flow that will heat your hair gently, yet will less effort.

Women With Coarse or Thick Hair

Choose a straightener that will heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Thick or coarse hair can handle the high heat the best, and actually requires using high heat to get it under control. Do several quick strokes of each part instead of a long one, so that it does not become damaged.

When it comes to hair straighteners and other styling devices, GHD is a top of the line brand. This hair straightener offers products that are handy and versatile. They have been used for the catwalk, photo shoots, and personal home use since 2001. Thermodynamics (*trademark) is a principle that is used with their brushes and styling irons. This means that they improve the look and condition of your hair while heating it. Consider the above factors in choosing a hair straightener, and do some research on GHD styling products as well.

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And the reality sta certainly looked pleased that Eric Johnson’s divorce from his first wife had finally come through.

Former NFL star Eric and stylist Keri officially ended their five year marriage on October 7.

They separated earlier this year before Johnson started dating singer Jessica.

According to, papers stated the pair cited irreconcilable differences for the split.

Jessica was spotted today heading to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, with a certain spring in her step.

As she entered the stage door of the concert arena, she flashed waiting photographers a cheeky smile

Simpson hasn’t exactly been lucky in love herself in the past, with a failed marriage to Nick Lachey and broken relationships with John Mayer and quarterback Tony Romo.

But things at last seem to be looking up for her.

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jessica_Em2simpsonEminem is known for saying exactly what he feels, but even he thought twice before lampooning Jessica Simpson in his latest video. In the video for “We Made You,” a heavy Simpson lookalike eats a hamburger and gyrates in her daisy dukes with a Tony Romo lookalike.

“Tony Romo is one of my favorite quarterbacks,” Eminem tells Detroit’s Metro Times. “So I felt kinda conflicted doing the Jessica thing.”

The original plan was to have a slender Jessica Simpson lookalike in the video. “When I say, ‘Jessica Simpson, sing the chorus,’ we were gonna have a chick who looked like Jessica Simpson come out and sing,’ he says.

As the video was shooting, Simpson’s curvier figure started making headlines, prompting Eminem to change the video. “But then Jessica got fat,” he says. “I mean, not really fat but she certainly got fat for … well, Jessica Simpson got fat for Jessica Simpson!”

In the interview, Eminem says that his singles are “little time capsules of what’s going on in pop culture right at that moment.”

Sometimes, the little time capsules can ruffle some feathers. Nick Cannon recently wrote a scathing blog entry directed at the rapper over comments he made about Mariah Carey. It wasn’t the first time that a celebrity has tangled with Eminem; he has a history of high-profile feuds.

Still, he prefers historical accuracy over some occasional hurt feelings. “I’ve always wanted people to be able to look back at each video and go, ‘Oh, remember what was going on at that moment!’ ” he says. ” ‘Oh, that’s when Jessica Simpson got fat.’ And even if she gets thin again, that’s fine. But for that moment in time, she was fat.”

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Jessica Simpson rocked the house on Sunday afternoon, but the audience wasn’t her usual crowd.

Instead, the singer took the stage to perform for about 2,000 pediatric cancer survivors for the 18th annual Celebrate Life with Hope event.

jessica-simpson-2-320“To be able to give back is my sole purpose in life,” Simpson says about why she decided to get involved with the event, which benefits the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Together with event planner Mindy Weiss – who planned both Simpson’s wedding to Nick Lachey and Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s wedding – the singer made sure guests had a great time.

“She was so nice and so warm. All the kids were getting a day out and the little ones were looking up at her, it was just really touching,” says a guest. “She kept telling them they were her heroes.”

Simpson performed four songs, and brought her dad along as well. “At the end, she had a little meet and greet up on the stage,” the guest added. “The kids were just so excited to see her and give her a hug and she was so sweet with them. She was signing T-shirts and the hospital gave her a plaque. She was just really happy to be there.”

The Celebrate Life with Hope event is part of National Cancer Survivors’ Day across the country, and is the largest such event for pediatric cancer survivors in the Western United States.

nick_jessicaUnfortunately forJessica Simpson, there’s not much else going on this week in the news. So the story about her recent weight gain is the topic of conversation everywhere!

It seems everyone wants to put in their two sense about it, and thankfully for Jess, most people are siding with her.

The latest person to weigh in on the situation is her ex-husband Nick Lachey. He spoke to Extra last night about it, and was shocked about what a huge headline it’s become.

He said, “I can’t believe it’s this big of a story and people are making such a huge deal about it. I’m never ceased to be amazed by people’s reactions to things.”

He went on to pass along some nice words for Jessica, saying, “I wish her nothing but the best and I hope she’s happy — whatever size that comes in.”

Well, even though Jessica and Nick don’t seem to have any sort of relationship with each other anymore, at least they’re still on good terms. And if you thought Nick’s statement was nice, just listen to what the rest of Hollywood has to say! At least Jess can sleep tonight knowing that a lot of people in the biz have her back!

Here’s what other celebs are saying:

Tori Spelling:
“I think she looks great. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference, so all of a sudden when I saw her on the cover, in my opinion, she’s [still] Jessica Simpson. You know what this means? She’s still really popular.”

Nicky Hilton:
“I think it sucks. I think the media is very cruel with that stuff.”

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romo_cheatingIts safe to say Jessica Simpson is not having the best week ever.

She’s hasn’t even had a chance to swallow the bad press she’s been getting for her recent weight gain, and now she has to deal with infidelity reports.

Star magazine is reporting that Jess’ quarterback beau Tony Romo cheated on her while she was away–at her own house!

The magazine is claiming that hours after Jessica boarded a flight on January 16, Tony went to LA hotspot My House with Laguna Beach’s Stephen Colletti and Entourage star Kevin Connolly.

After the party he invited guests “back to my place,” to keep the party going. While guests mingled downstairs, Tony was enjoying his own private party — “with a longhaired, olive-skinned cutie” upstairs.

“Everyone was talking about it downstairs,” dishes the source. “The girls were saying it was so wrong and shady of Tony to cheat on Jessica — especially in her place! I just can’t believe he would hook up with another woman at his own girlfriend’s house.”

The story is a little hard to swallow. Jess and Tony seem like such a happy couple, but it must be true when they say there’s always trouble in paradise.

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Talk about a little weight gain getting blown out of proportion. Jessica Simpson put on a little holiday weight and the whole world went nuts.

Jess showed off a fuller figure during Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday in Pembroke Pines, Fla., and she’s literally been the talk of the town (and country) all week.

Her former personal trainer has already come to her defense, claiming she looks “sexy” and “healthy” and now sister Ashlee Simpson is blasting her critics on Myspace Celebrity . Here’s what she had to say:

Since when did a woman’s weight become newsworthy…

I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight. A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.

All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard.

Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it.

How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?

Now can we focus on the things that really matter.

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