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Nick Cannon Explores Modern Love — and Diamonds — in the New Docu-Short, 'Why Real Is Rare'

Nick Cannon, the host of America's Got Talent and Wild 'N Out, explores modern love — and diamonds — in the newly released "docu-short" titled Why Real Is Rare.

Tapped by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) to study relationships and help unlock the magic and mystery behind finding "the real thing," Cannon looks into the lives of six couples to reveal new truths about human connection and commitment in the modern age.

"We share stories about the standout moments... that shaped their relationships, the challenges they've faced, and their unique take on why their commitment is the real deal," said Cannon. "Everyone loves in a different way, but they were all searching for something more genuine, and they found it in each other."

The campaign invites consumers to take a fresh look at diamonds as an ideal symbol of authentic, meaningful connection and commitment.
"This campaign explores the delta between being connected and having a connection," said Deborah Marquardt, Chief Marketing Officer of the DPA. "It's common today to have hundreds, if not thousands, of connections. People are 'connected' online 24/7 but the ability to find someone special and have a genuine emotional, physical and spiritual connection with them feels more rare than ever before. The moments when couples realize 'this is it' are as precious and individual as a diamond itself."

Check out the "docu-short", which runs 3:18, below...

Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com; Photo source: Diamond Producers Association.

Shirley Temple's 9.54-Carat Blue Diamond Ring Comes Up Short at Sotheby's New York

Shirley Temple's 9.54-carat blue diamond ring was billed as the star of Sotheby's New York auction on Tuesday, but went unsold when the bidding stalled at $22 million, short of the reserve price and well below the high estimate of $35 million.

"The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond is an exceptional stone in quality, rarity and provenance. It has been an honor to share its story with collectors, connoisseurs and Temple's loyal fans over the past few months," Sotheby's noted a statement. "Unfortunately, tonight wasn't its night in the salesroom, but we remain fully confident that it will find a buyer."

Temple was nearly 12 years old and had just wrapped up her new film, The Blue Bird, when her father, George Francis, surprised the box office phenomenon with a cushion-cut fancy deep blue diamond in an Art Deco-inspired platinum setting. George Francis paid $7,210 for the ring 76 years ago, which is equivalent to about $122,000 today. The diamond had earned a grade of VVS2 and was presented at the auction in its original platinum setting.

As an adult, Shirley Temple Black became a diplomat, serving as a United Nations delegate, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and later as the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She reported wore her blue diamond ring throughout her life. She died in February of 2014 at that age of 85.

The poor showing for Temple's blue diamond came only two weeks after the slightly larger and internally flawless 10.10-carat “De Beers Millennium Jewel 4” set an Asian auction record at Sotheby’s Hong Kong when it sold for $32 million. The pre-sale estimate for the fancy vivid blue gem had been $30 to $36 million.

On May 18 at Christie’s Geneva, the 14.62-carat rectangular-cut “Oppenheimer Blue” has a chance to set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a diamond of any color. The current record of $48.5 million is held by the 12.03-carat cushion-shaped internally flawless “Blue Moon” (now called “Blue Moon of Josephine”). The Oppenheimer Blue boasts a VVS1 clarity and is the largest fancy vivid blue diamond ever offered at auction.

Images courtesy of Sotheby’s. Shirley Temple promo shot ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection.

Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe Is Rockin' a Gorgeous 3.5-Carat Halo-Style Platinum Engagement Ring

Kaitlyn Bristowe picked Shawn Booth in Monday night's Season 11 finale of ABC's The Bachelorette, and the handsome personal trainer from Nashville proposed marriage with a "dream ring" — a 3.5-carat halo-style stunner, featuring a round brilliant-cut center diamond and 160 accent diamonds that cascade down an entwined platinum band. The stunning brunette said, "Yes."

While bachelors of past shows have been apprehensive and indecisive with their ring choices, Booth was laser-focused and made his decision instantly. Celebrity jeweler Neil Lane told peoplestylewatch.com that Booth, 28, quickly honed in on the 3.5 carat ring after being shown a number of options.

"That’s the ring, that’s the girl and we are moving on together," the determined and confident Booth told Lane.

The jeweler knew that Bristowe preferred a round center diamond and had designed a number of rings that The Bachelorette would like. “I created this ring for her and I was thrilled when Shawn picked it," Lane said. "He knew what he wanted.”

Bristol, a 30-year-old former dance teacher from Vancouver, and her new beau are obviously thrilled with their new engagement ring, as they jumped on Snapchat to post selfies with their new bling front and center while flying to New York City for an appearance on Good Morning America.

The couple, who had to keep their engagement a secret until the show aired on Monday, will be traveling to both Vancouver and Nashville to determine the best place to make a home.

"I think we love the idea of having a summer home in British Columbia or Vancouver and living in Nashville," Bristowe told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "I think that sounds pretty ideal."

Bristowe also revealed that a big family is on the way. "I want four and he wants five [kids]," she said.

The couple seems to prefer a small wedding. "As long as we're surrounded by our family and friends, that's all that matters," Booth told ABC News.

Added Bristowe, "I'm not picky and I've never been that little girl who dreamt about her wedding day. I just can't wait to be in one room with all family and friends and that's the only thing I care about."

Although the early seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette allowed the couples to keep the rings even if they broke up, the rules have changed. Producers now demand that if a couple splits before the two-year mark, the ring must be handed back to ABC.

Credits: Neil Lane; ABC; Kaitlyn Bristowe/Snapchat.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick Muffs His Marriage Proposal, But Scores With This Beautiful 7-Carat Diamond Ring

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is used to the intense pressure of matching up against the best receivers in the NFL, but the prospect of popping the question to Basketball Wives LA star Draya Michele was a bit too much for the 28-year-old to handle.

The proposal was set to take place during a special night out at Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — the same place where they had their first date. But as the evening wore on Michele could sense that Scandrick was off his game.

"He was acting so weird and so nervous," Michele, 30, told People magazine. "When he walked up to the bar he tripped and fell over some chairs! I was thinking, 'What in the world is wrong with him?'”

Scandrick brushed himself off and attempted to go forward with the marriage proposal. That’s when the silly moment grew even more awkward.

"He got down on one knee and as soon as he started to talk I got nervous and couldn't help but to laugh hysterically. I was laughing and crying at the same time," Michele reported.

Even though Scandrick muffed the proposal, he scored big with his selection of a beautiful 7-carat cushion-cut diamond ring, reportedly worth $400,000. The cornerback is credited with designing the ring with the assistance of a Beverly Hills jeweler.

Michele took to Instagram to show off the dazzling ring. She modeled the ring against a background of red roses.

Here’s how she captioned the shot: "Yesterday, the love of my life asked me to be his wife...I said YES!!! Love you @oscandrick32 forever starts now."

The engagement news caught some fans by surprise because the couple had announced a split only a few months ago. Celebrity watchers reported that their busy lives had taken a toll on their relationship. Clearly, all is well now.

Michele, a model and actress, has starred on VH1's reality show Basketball Wives LA since the show’s debut in 2011. Scandrick, who was drafted by the Cowboys in 2008, has emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, often handling the assignment of locking down the oppositions’ best receivers.

The couple is ready to blend a family that includes Michele's 12-year-old son, Kniko Arenas, and Scandrick's twin girls, five-year-old Tatyana Scandrick and Taylor Scandrick.

Images: Instagram/sodraya, Instagram/oscandrick32