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Blog Contest: The Member Mocist!

Posted by -BD- , Dec 13 2007 · 58 views



MBC 1: The Member MOCist



It's official! Well, not really, but . . . . *shh... I stole this intro from Ballom...* tongue.gif

Basically, I have always wanted to make a contest myself... and seeing as I have a blog now, this is the perfect chance to do it!
Therefore, your mission is this: Build any fellow member(s) of BZPower you want! it can be anybody, from the newest to oldest.

Entries begin being accepted as soon as this topic is posted, and will stop being accepted on Saturday, December 29th at 11:59 P.M. EST. I will accept unlimited entries for this contest, so there's no need to rush your entry.

To enter, simply post a link to your .jpg, .gif or .png entry picture in this blog entry. Your entry post in this blog contest should appear as follows:

Entry Name:
Entry Pic URL:
Topic URL (if applicable):


You really don't need a topic, but you will probably make one anyway.

Rules:

1) It MUST be a MOC of a currently known BZPower member. Don't make someone out of the blue... I'm sure you won't
2) I'm allowing up to three MOC's for the contest. One or two is also fine with me.
3) It must be a NEW creation that has not been posted on BZPower before.
4) No non LEGO parts aloud please. I'm sure everyone knows that<<<

Prizes:

Prizes will be announced at a later date...

Voting:

Voting begins AT NOON on Sunday, December 30th. I will tally up the entries then.

The voting process will have no favorites. The finalist MOCs depend solely on the number of votes that the people replying in the topic give. Each person can only vote and reply once. However, if enough people enter, I will make multiple "polls". If you wish to null vote, say so. Of course, vote for your MOC if you want to.

Therefore, let's see some entries people! Let the contest begin!

The support banner ... tell me if it works:P


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3 C's Of Diamonds

Posted by -BD- , Dec 13 2007 · 19 views
Life
The 4 C's of diamonds are: Cut, Clarity, Color and. These are the three basic criteria upon which a diamond is graded and the determining factors of a diamonds brilliance and beauty. People have not realy taken notice to the diamond as an actual formation of art, but just as a piece of jewlry. The diamond is actually a pretty complex structure if you think about...

Here, I will take you on a tour of the diamond structure itself, before I actually take you on the "Tour of the Gardens"... that will be fun... biggrin.gif

Here, we can examine the 3 C's, the first being Cut_

Cut

The cut of a diamond is the facets or refractive flat points of a diamond. As light enters into the stone each of the cuts on the diamond reflect that light to the other cuts or facets. As this lights bounces around within the diamond it produces the beauty and color that we see. Cut should not be confused with shape. Shape is just that, the style into with a diamond is shaped. There are several shapes that a diamond cut to. Some of the most common shapes are round, pear, heart, marquise or emerald. When a diamond is cut in the proper proportions the light that enters into it produces the fire that is associated with the true beauty of a diamond. A diamond that is cut too deep or too shallow loses the light through the bottom or the sides without producing the firey effect that is so desired.

Cut, along with shape or style determines the number of facets cut into a diamond and is also the primary feature of producing a diamond's brilliance. The round shaped style is scientifically proven to be the most refractive, but, if not cut properly it will lose much of it's brilliance. A poorly cut diamond is not easily identified with the naked eye but becomes obvious under the trained eye of a certified gemologist.

Clarity

Clarity of a diamond is determined by the number of inclusions within a diamond. Each inclusion reduces the refractive abilities of the diamond and thus reduces the brilliance that can be attained. An inclusion is a minute spot that occurs within the diamond. Inclusions were created during the formation of the diamond millions of years ago and as such are not something that can be generally completely avoided. Inclusions may also be referred to as blemishes or flaws found on the surface of a diamond. The fewer inclusions or spots within a diamond produce the most prized or valued diamonds. Each flaw or inclusion found on a diamond can be thought of as the fingerprint of a diamond since no two diamonds are exactly alike.

A diamond that is graded a flawless in its clarity shows no inclusions and produces the greatest beauty, fire and brilliance. Next to a flawless diamond, there are other grades of clarity, each with its own characteristics. Although a flawless diamond is most valued, you should not completely avoid purchasing a diamond that is graded less than flawless.

Color

When considering a diamond's color, we refer to the presence or absence of color in white diamonds. Color is a result of the composition of the diamond that will never change. A diamond, unlike many other materials cannot be bleached or whitened. A colorless diamond is like a clear window, allowing more light to pass through it than a colored diamond. Colorless diamonds by their nature produce greater sparkle, brilliance and fire. The formation process of a diamond assures that there are very few diamonds that are truly colorless. So the whiter a diamond's color, the greater its value. Colorless diamonds are generally the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light, while off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.



Note: Fancy, colored diamonds are very rare and very expensive. They can be any color from blue, red, black, pale green, pink and violet diamonds. These colored diamonds are the truly rare ones and are actually more valuable as a result or their color.

Hope you learned something new! Be back for the "Grand Opening" of the tour.

Credit: To the Benson Diamond Jewlers, thank you for the supportive information. smile.gif



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A Blog Contest?

Posted by -BD- , Dec 12 2007 · 51 views
Contests
It seems that Blog contests seem to be the popular *stuff* these days... so I'm thinking, would it be a gould idea to have one? laugh.gif

If so, when... and what kind of themes would you like to see? blink.gif

Of course, prizes will be awarded! biggrin.gif



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A Look Into The Future

Posted by -BD- , Dec 09 2007 · 30 views
Bionicle
It shall be up this weekend..... and strike fear into the hearts of slacking matoran. tongue.gif



I also am going to slow my role on blogging... give some people a chance to catch up. smile.gif


P.S. this has nothing to do with my current WIP... biggrin.gif



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The Blue Diamond

Posted by -BD- , Dec 08 2007 · 21 views
Life
This is a recent article a dug up on my searches in the world of diamonds. biggrin.gif



Identified as one of the unique gems in the world, a flawless blue diamond is now being honored as the most expensive gemstone in the world. The 6.04-carat diamond has been sold for $7.98 million at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. To my non-surprise, the flawless blue diamond fetched $1.32 million per carat. The sale has beaten the record made 20-years-back by the ‘Hancock Red’ — a red diamond that generated $926,000 per carat at Sotheby’s.



The blessed buyer is ‘Moussaieff Jewellers’ based in London and he is glad to purchase this diamond from a private Asian collector, as it would be an addition to his rare collection of precious jewels. Blue diamonds are known for captivating the filthy rich gentry with glittering dark charisma. True, it is not the largest stone but its revered cut and ‘vibrant blue’ hue beats every other benchmark. Its revered cut and ‘vibrant blue’ hue is what justifies its bulky price that is almost 10 times the per-carat price of regular white diamonds.

The blue tinge is due to the presence of boron in the gem’s crystal formation. Unlike other colorful diamonds viz. pink and red that are mined in various sites across the globe, ‘blues’ are found very rare and that too in the Premier Mine located in South Africa.


I still can't realy believe this thing is real....







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