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The portion of the North Carolina Code dealing with “Unfair Trade Practices
in the Diamond Industry” defines “diamond” as “a natural mineral consisting
essentially of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric system and is
found in many colors. Its hardness is 10; its specific gravity approximately
3.52; and it has a refractive index 2.42.” It is an unfair trade practice for any
member of the diamond industry to “advertise, offer for sale, or sell any diamond
which has been artificially colored or tinted by coating, irradiating,
or heating, or by use of nuclear bombardment, or by any other means, without
disclosure of such fact to purchasers or prospective purchasers, or without
disclosure that such artificial coloring or tinting is not permanent, if
such is the fact”.
Lorianna Bennett was reappointed as a voting member of the Provincial
Health Services Authority and the British Columbia Emergency Health
Services for a term ending March 31, 2019.
A devastating tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 killed some 18,500 people.
The force of the water also knocked the earth off its axis, thereby shortening
each day by about 1.8 microseconds. Thus, you are older than you think
William A. Duvall was recently appointed a voting member of the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority for a term ending December 31, 2019.
Neil Diamond’s first single, “Solitary Man”, was released in 1966.
In Re Medina, 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 4037, the United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, mused about the history
of diamond engagement rings in determining whether wedding and
engagement rings constituted “necessary wearing apparel” (so as to be
exempt from debtors’ bankruptcy estates). The court found that a ring fell
within that exempt category if “worn usually by a man or woman still married
to the same person as when the ring was tendered before or during a
wedding ceremony”. The court noted:
The first documented diamond engagement ring was given by the
Emperor Maximilian to Mary of Burgundy in 1377. Many historians
have focused on the marketing efforts of Madison Avenue to explain
the tradition of the engagement ring. However Margaret Brinig Margaret
F. Brinig, “Rings and Promises” (1990) 6 J.L. Econ & Org. 203
notes that previous to the Depression diamond rings were not considered
a required gift for engagement. Brinig explains that one impetus