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Victoria’s Secret Surprises Fans by Unveiling a Pair of $2M Fantasy Bras Radiating With a Combined 16,505 Precious Gems

Victoria's Secret models Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will be wearing a combined $4 million worth of scintillating gem-embellished lingerie when they headline the company’s televised fashion show in London on December 9 — an event that will be seen in 200 countries.

For the first time ever, Victoria’s Secret revealed two bejeweled Dream Angels Fantasy Bras, effectively doubling the “wow” factor of their annual super-high-profile extravaganza. The bras were seen for the first time on Monday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dripping with an amazing array of 16,505 precious gemstones set in 18-karat gold, the Fantasy Bras — one red and one blue — feature a combined total weight of 9,322 carats (4.1 lbs).

The blingy bras and accompanying body adornments for the arms, legs, stomach and neck were designed by Mouwaud and took a combined 1,380 hours to fabricate by hand. Victoria’s Secret says that the designer was inspired by “the magic of faraway lands.”

The blue bra and body chains feature 10,672 precious gems weighing a staggering 6,634 carats. Incorporated into the design are 3,103 blue sapphires, 2,948 blue agates, 2,885 blue topazes, 943 diamonds, 455 amethysts and 338 London blue topazes.

The red version radiates with 5,833 precious gems, including 2,756 blue sapphires, 1,187 blue topazes, 882 red garnets, 672 red agates, 299 diamonds and 37 yellow quartzes. The gemstone total weight is 2,688 carats.

Both bras are priced at $2 million and are for sale on the Victoria’s Secret website.

Those looking to see these bras in person will get a chance from November 13-16 at the Victoria’s Secret store in Las Vegas’ Fashion Show Mall. On November 13, both Lima and Ambrosio will be on hand to take photos with fans.

Screen captures via vsallaccess.victoriassecret.com.

Music Friday: Pink’s Fingers Are Bejeweled With Diamonds and Gold in Grammy Winner, ‘Trouble’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you hit songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today’s featured song, “Trouble,” earned Pink a Grammy in 2004 for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In the song about how "trouble" follows Pink wherever she goes, the singer explains that her choice of fine jewelry can hardly mask her tough-girl persona.

In the first verse, she sings, “No attorneys / To plead my case / No orbits / To send me into outta space / And my fingers / Are bejeweled / With diamonds and gold / But that ain't gonna help me now.”

Co-written by Pink and Tim Armstrong, “Trouble” was the lead single from Pink’s third studio album, Try This, and peaked at #68 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003. The song landed Pink a 2004 Grammy Award for her video performance of the song, where she rides into a one-horse town and promptly ignites a huge bar brawl.

Despite the song's modest chart performance, ”Trouble” has been featured in many popular films, including White Chicks (2004), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005), as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011).

Alecia Beth Moore, popularly known by her stage name Pink, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has earned three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard named her Woman of the Year in 2013 and VH1 ranked her number 10 on its list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Please check out the video at the end of this post. It’s Pink performing “Trouble" during “The Truth About Love Tour” in 2013. That tour ran for nearly a year, included 142 shows and grossed an astounding $184 million.

The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

"Trouble"

Written by Tim Armstrong and Pink. Performed by Pink.

No attorneys
To plead my case
No orbits
To send me into outta space
And my fingers
Are bejeweled
With diamonds and gold
But that ain't gonna help me now

[Chorus]

I'm trouble
Yeah trouble now
I'm trouble y'all
I disturb my town
I'm trouble
Yeah trouble now
I'm trouble y'all
I got trouble in my town

You think your right
But you were wrong
You tried to take me
But I knew all along
You can take me
For a ride
I'm not a fool out
So you better run and hide

[Chorus]

If you see me coming
Down the street then
You know it's time to
Go (and you know it's time to go
cause here comes trouble)

No attorneys
To plead my case
No orbits
To send me into outta space
And my fingers
Are bejeweled
With diamonds and gold
But that ain't gonna help me now

You think your right
But you were wrong
You tried to take me
But I knew all along
You can take me
For a ride
Cause I'm not a fool out
So you better run and hide

[Chorus]

So if you see me coming
Down the street then
You know it's time to
Go (go-oh-oh, I got)

[Chorus]

Trouble
Yeah trouble now
I'm trouble ya'll
I got trouble in my town
I'm trouble
Yeah trouble now
I'm trouble ya'll
I got trouble in my town [Repeat: x3]

Music Friday: Mary Lambert Rocks Cat Earrings and Pokes Fun at Her Own Insecurities in ‘Secrets’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today’s featured song is “Secrets” by 25-year-old Grammy nominee Mary Lambert.

In this song about acceptance and self-empowerment, Lambert offers a comical, unfiltered look at her own insecurities, and mentions a favorite piece of jewelry in the first verse.

She sings, “I'm overweight / I'm always late / I've got too many things to say / I rock mom jeans, cat earrings / Extrapolate my feelings.”

The “Secrets” special lyrics video includes a cute, hand-drawn animation of the cat earrings, “Meow.”

“Secrets,” which is currently #14 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, is the lead single from Lambert’s debut full-length album, Heart on My Sleeve. The album was released this past Tuesday.

Lambert told Glamaholic.com that “Secrets” was the result of a late-night writing session with the song’s co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and multi-platinum hitmaker MoZella.

"Secrets might be the first fun song I've ever written,” she said. "Like a few songs on the album, [Secrets] was a product of an arsenal of talented writers in one room. I've never co-written before, and this song really showed me what can happen when you are open to sharing your creative space with other people. We wrote this song in one super-fun night.”

She added that “Secrets” is about loving yourself unabashedly. "I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards,” she said, “and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice."

"I believe vulnerability is what will save the world. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same."

The Seattle-based Lambert scored two nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this past January. She was nominated for Song of the Year (“Same Love”) and Album of the Year (The Heist).

Please check out Lambert’s official “Secrets” video (below) It’s been viewed more than 4.2 million times. We’ve also included the lyrics if you’d like to sing along.

"Secrets"

Written Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette and MoZella. Performed by Mary Lambert.

I've got bi-polar disorder
My shit's not in order
I'm overweight
I'm always late
I've got too many things to say
I rock mom jeans, cat earrings
Extrapolate my feelings
My family is dysfunctional
But we have a good time killing each other

[Pre-Chorus:]

They tell us from the time we're young
To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I'm over it

[Chorus:]

I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what

I can't think straight, I'm so gay
Sometimes I cry a whole day
I care a lot, use an analog clock
And never know when to stop
And I'm passive, aggressive
I'm scared of the dark and the dentist
I love my butt and won't shut up
And I never really grew up

They tell us from the time we're young
To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I'm over it

I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what

I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what

(I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are) So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what
So-o-o-o-o what

The Kings’ Bling: Showy Shield-Shaped 2014 Stanley Cup Rings Sparkle With 136 Diamonds

Marking their second Stanley Cup title in three years, the Los Angeles Kings clearly took their championship rings to the next level with a larger-than-life design featuring 136 round diamonds, 32 more than in 2012. Pavé-set black spinel replaces black enamel in the representation of the Kings' shield logo.

The shield-shaped 2014 Stanley Cup rings are larger and much flashier than the 2012 version, measuring a gaudy 32mm wide. The shield is broader than a single finger and actually overlaps the middle finger and pinky.

Whereas the 2012 design featured a diamond-outlined Stanley Cup and small Kings’ logo in the middle set against a ground of black enamel, the 2014 rings feature a much larger, more dazzling diamond-encrusted LA Kings’ logo against a ground of pavé-set black spinel. The shield-shaped logo is rimmed with two rows of accent diamonds and one row of black spinel.

The new bling was presented to the team and its management during a private dinner ceremony in Los Angeles last week.

Before the team had officially revealed the number of diamonds in the new design, a writer for Yahoo Sports joked, “No word on how many diamonds this second L.A. Kings championship ring has, although initial estimates are somewhere around ‘all of them.’”

The 2014 ring also features new imagery of the Stanley Cup being hoisted overhead and decorative filigree artwork.

The face of the ring is shaped like the L.A. Kings' shield. On the bezels above and below the shield in black enamel is the phrase, “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS."

On the left shank of the ring is the player’s last name, LA KINGS, jersey number and the beaming lights of the Staple Center, where the team plays its home games.

The opposite shank shows the year 2014, a rendering of the Stanley Cup and the team’s 16-10 record in the playoffs.

The inside of the ring is engraved with a list of the series records for the Kings’ memorable run to the Stanley Cup, including 4-3 wins over San Jose, Anaheim, Chicago and a 3-1 series win over New York in the finals.

Players also got their choice of a custom inscription on the thin part of the band that's closest to the palm and normally out of view. Some players had their Facebook hashtags immortalized on the rings.

The team got to raise their 2013-2014 championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center during an emotional presentation before their home opener last week.

Both the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup rings were designed and created by Tiffany & Co. The retailer offers a sterling silver commemorative version to the public.

Photos: LA Kings, NBCSN (screen capture), Twitter.

Exceptional Jewelry Collection of Greek Connoisseur Dimitri Mavrommatis Expected to Yield $20M at Sotheby’s in November

Two breathtaking jewels — an 8.62-carat “Graff Ruby” and a 27.54-carat Kashmir sapphire — will headline Sotheby’s landmark single-owner sale of treasures from the collection of Greek financier and eminent connoisseur Dimitri Mavrommatis.

The magnificent collection of 16 items, which also includes white and colored diamonds, Colombian emeralds and unique pieces by celebrated jeweler, JAR, is expected to yield $20 million at the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on November 12.

“This outstanding collection… is a testament to Dimitri Mavrommatis’ discerning eye and impeccable taste,” noted David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry Division for Europe and the Middle East. “[This sale] presents a rare opportunity to acquire gems and jewels of exceptional quality."

Nearly half of the anticipated $20 million in sales could come from the “Graff Ruby” ring, whose exquisite cushion-cut center stone exhibits the highly coveted and rare red hue known at “pigeon’s blood.” The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) noted that the stone displays “outstanding purity” and “superb brilliance.” The ring carries an estimate of $6.8 million to $9 million.

Also getting top billing is a sapphire-and-diamond ring highlighted by a very special sapphire. Extraordinarily rare due to its 20-plus-carat size and saturated velvety blue color, the 27.54-carat sapphire is certified to be of Kashmir origin. The ring is expected to fetch $3 million to $6 million.

A pair of JAR earrings by the famously reclusive and inventive Paris-based designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal also will be on the auction block. The circular earrings feature thin ribbons of white diamonds over a ground of pink pavé-set sapphires. One earring is punctuated in the center by a large white diamond and the other by a equal size ruby. The pair is expected to yield $400,000 to $700,000.

According to businessinsider.com, Mavrommatis is well known for his extensive collection of postwar and modern art. In June 2011, he paid approximately $28 million for one of Pablo Picasso's famous paintings of his lover, Dora Maar.