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A royal etiquette expert has explained some of the more confusing royal style rules to news.com.au, and we can't even process how strange this is.

With a rake of high profile events in the Buckingham Palace calendar, The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex have the chance to wear the finest jewels in the world. 

Apparently, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are banned from wearing diamonds during the day, which we think sounds pretty unfair.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Both women possess some beautiful jewellery of their own, and from their late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.

The pair are frequently given permission to wear select pieces from the royal collection, as well as their own. Basically, they own a shed-load of bling.

However, it turns out that the Duchesses are fairly restricted in what jewels they can wear at specific times during the day. Etiquette teacher Myka Meier has given us the lowdown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Other jewels are worn pre-6pm,” Meier told news.com.au, which explains why the duo are normally only seen sporting stones like pearls and topaz, or minimalist precious metal pieces during the day as well as their engagement rings.

The Duchesses are meant to avoid looking "flashy" before the evening time, for some reason. 

“Before 6pm, you’ll see metallics, gemstones, pearls, sapphires," explains Meier.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"At night, you’ll see the diamonds come out, and that’s in order to not come across as flashy in your appearance.”

Considering their lifestyle is fairly different to our own, we don't think not wearing jewels while the sun is up will suggest that they're just like us.

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Ariana Grande OWNED 2018, there is absolutely zero question about that.

It's looking like 2019 will be yet another year of the Ari, after she released her pink-infused Tokyo themed music video for 7 Rings. 

"Whoever said money can't solve your problems, must not have had enough money to solve 'em. They say, "Which one?" I say, "Nah, I want all of 'em" = The life we both want and deserve.

It's a badass anthem of female empowerment, and touches on her past heartbreak and current happiness as a single, but powerful woman. YAS GURL.

The track is an ode to her best friends, and the rhythm and lyrics are inspired by The Sound of Music's classic tune My Favourite Things.

"Wearing a ring, but ain't gon' be no 'Mrs', bought matching diamonds for six of my bitches. I'd rather spoil all my friends with my riches, think retail therapy's my new addiction," she croons. GET IT HENNY.

"Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad b*tch. Who woulda thought it'd turn me to a savage?" she sings, on top of a kitchen island, looking INCREDIBLE.

She's seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses, it would seem. From sexy ensembles abundant to unreal feminist themes while dancing ironically in a kitchen setting, the video is set to be a hit.

Let's examine the best Easter egg aspects to the video, for scientific purposes only. Naturally, her fans have gone WILD over the GRRL power video, with glitter and pink everywhere to be seen.

She embraces her wealth, suggesting that in fact, money can buy her happiness and retail therapy can help her to recover from break-ups. Why not, gal. Why not.

Ariana was definitely inspired by the hip-hop industry, her glamorous pink fur coat is sure to inspire fashion trends, and her new-found confidence at her hard-earned cash is reminiscent of male rappers.

Memes are also sure to be hoppin' online, we're seeing some absolute gems already:

1. A Rap Goddess is born

Ari raps now? The Sweetener songstress makes her love for the finer things in life well known in the video.

From "lashes and diamonds" to "ATM machines" and "breakfast at Tiffany's," Ari lives the high life on her own terms and her own earnings.

True Arianators will notice that the intro for 7 Rings is suspiciously similar to the one included in the music video for Thank U, Next. Our gal-pal Ari was dropping hints WEEKS ago.

2. It's a Squad Session

Her best friends joined in on the video action and are all featured as "six of my b*tches." 

Ariana gifted these six lucky women to Tiffany & Co. rings on a day out in New York City, hence their starring roles.

She revealed on Twitter that the inspiration happened on a "pretty rough day in NYC", after which her besties brought her to Tiffany for "way too much champagne". That's our regular Saturday, sure.

 Ariana shared at the time. "On the way back to the studio, Njomza was like, 'Bitch, this gotta be a song lol.' So we wrote it that afternoon."

3. Mac Miller's best friend has a cameo

Singer-songwriter Njomza was a close friend of the late rapper, and Ari's ex-boyfriend. The pair frequently collaborated, and Njomza made sure to perform at Miller's tribute concert last October.

Ari gifted him with one of the six rings, presumably as a nod to their paralleling loss.

4. A gal's best friend is her dog

Ariana's doggo Toulouse is renowned in the celebrity pooch world, and even ended up making an appearance in one scene of the video because he "literally wouldn't leave" while filming.

Attention seeker much?

5. The signature ponytail gets a role

Grande's go-to hairdo had to get a shout out, it's been her guiding light since she released her latest album, which rocketed up the charts.

After dying her hair red for years on Nickelodeon's Victorious, she was compelled to use hair extensions to cover up the damage.

She's now embracing her longer-than-life tresses, with the lyric; "You like my hair? / Gee thanks, just bought it…" 

7 Rings marks the second single from Grande's upcoming album, thank u, next, after Imagine was released.

The album marks her new ability to drop music whenever she wants, a hip-hop trait which has been predominantly used by male rappers, and made famous by Beyoncé.

The album is sure to be as big a hit as Sweetener, the more amazing girl-power music from Princess Ari, the better. 

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Anyone have a spare €51 million lying around? Yeah, us neither. 

However, if you did happen to win the lotto recently, you could be in the market for a VERY snazzy pair of earrings. 

The world's most expensive pair of earrings recently sold for $57.4 million at a Sotheby's auction. 

The blue and pink pear-shaped diamonds, (they don't even match – Kate Moss would be proud), named Apollo and Artemis, after the Greek gods, were auctioned off at Sotheby's last night.

Although the gems were sold separately, the same buyer purchased both pieces – the blue rock for over $42 million and the pink for over $15 million.

According to Sotheby's, The 14.54-carat blue Apollo is said to be the "largest internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be offered at auction." The rock earned a rare grading of 11b, which accounts for only 1 percent of diamonds in the world.

Meanwhile, the more affordable (HA) 16-carat Artemis pink was classified as an 11a diamond, "the most chemically pure" of its kind.

The Apollo and Artemis diamonds

Following the sale of the two stunning earrings, David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division and chairman of Switzerland, said: “I am delighted that the stones will remain together as earrings.”

The buyer, who forked out a serious fortune for these glitzy stones, has decided to remain anonymous. 

While we can appreciate that these earrings are fabulous, there are definitely other ways we would go about spending  €51 million. 

We would literally have our own plane and island for that price – just saying. 

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Just months after her sister Kim Kardashian was robbed at gun point in Paris, it has been reported that Kendall Jenner was targeted by jewellery thieves in her home.

According to TMZ, the robbers entered her house in broad daylight, however there was no sign of forced entry.

 

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When the supermodel arrived home, she realised items were missing and reported that €187,000 worth of diamonds were stolen from her room.

In the upcoming episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim will speak about the Paris robbery, and we'll see an insight into the aftermath of the ordeal.

It hasn't been an easy few months for the family.

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Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not, you'll totally fan-girl over this engagement ring.

Fans can pretty much get their hands on any little bit of HP merchandise these days, but looking at those diamonds, this is our favourite piece of all (diamonds are a girl's best friend, right?).

Sapphire Studios Design has created an engagement ring to resemble the Golden Snitch, and they certainly put a lot of work into it.

Drenched in diamonds, the sparkler comes in gold, rose gold, white gold and silver, so you have a lot to choose from.

The range starts off at €500 and goes up to about €750. 

We think it's time to start throwing out those hints, ladies.

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Last week, Iggy Azalea said she was "just friends" with Khloe Kardashian's ex French Montana, but after this picture, we're not so sure.

Taking to Instagram yesterday, Iggy shared a photo of SEVEN diamond rings which were given to her by the hip hop artists.

 

He told me pressure makes diamonds @FrenchMontana @iceman_nick

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The 26-year-old captioned the pic: "He told me pressure makes diamonds," and then tagged French along with a love heart emoji. Hmmm…

The day before, the rapper also posted a screengrab of French's new game which she told everyone to download.

 

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The pair have been jetting away and partying together for the past few weeks now, so we think it's time they just come clean.

We're shipping these guys. 

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Yesterday the world celebrated as Queen B turned 35 but while most of us confined our celebrations to binging on Lemonade and sharing Beyoncé GIFs with our mates, Kelly Rowland surprised her BFF with a very special gift.

In a bid to prolong Bey’s birthday weekend, the singer’s former bandmate and long-time friend decided to join her in Philadelphia for the Made in America festival and Kelly did not arrive to the party empty handed.

In an interview with E! News the X Factor judge revealed that she would be gifting the Sorry singer with diamonds to mark the occasion.

She said: “We are all going to be celebrating this festival and Beyoncé’s birthday.”

“We are all going to be together.  I am getting ready to see her now.”

And when asked what she got the girl who has everything, Kelly replied: “Well, diamonds are a girl’s best friend…I got her diamonds.”

So if you’ve never before thought of sending Ms Rowland a friend request, now would probably be a good time to do it.

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Is your Christmas list lacking a certain amount of sparkle? Then have no fear because we found the perfect remedy!

A 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond has been unearthed in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corporation. This is second in size only to the Cullinan diamond. That would be the diamond cut into the British Crown jewels, just FYI.  

In a statement the company said that machines recovered the massive gem in the Karowe mine. So it might not be ready to be wrapped up with a bow and your name on it just yet, but we can still dream.

“The significance of the recovery of a gem-quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century and the continued recovery of high-quality stones from the south lobe, cannot be overstated,” William Lamb, CEO of Lucara, said in the statement.  

The diamond which measures 65 millimetres by 56 millimetres by 40 millimetres, which is roughly the size of tennis ball is believed the be the second largest ever found.

It was so big that Lucara could not a proper analysis to estimate the price of such a beast because it does not fit in the scanning machine.

Gem Diamonds Ltd. previously held the diamond discovery of the century title with the 603-carat Lesotho Promise. However, this new rock pretty much blew it out of the water. 

“It is almost impossible to estimate a value for such an extraordinary stone given that a valuation is highly dependent on the colour, clarity and cutting and polishing characteristics,” Edward Sterck, a London-based analyst at BMO Capital Markets noted.

Lucara did sell a 341.9 carat Type-IIa diamond in July for almost €20 million, or €56,000 a carat, Mr Sterck added. 

Luxury, so much luxury.

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If you thought that your childhood birthday presents were the business, then you might want to look away now. 

A Hong Kong businessman just dropped a record-breaking €45 million on a rare, 12.03-carat blue diamond for his 7-year-old daughter. 

That price tag — which is the highest ever for a diamond or gem sold at auction — breaks down to a record-breaking €3.7 million-plus per carat, according to Sotheby's, the auction house behind the sale. So basically, each carat of this blue beauty is worth almost 1,000 times the average amount spent on engagement rings around the world. 

The "Blue Moon diamond" was found in a South African mine. It has been graded the highest possible color quality for blue diamonds and deemed internally flawless by the Gemological Institute of America.

This bad boy was up for grabs as part of Sotheby's major jewelry sale in Geneva this week. A definite date in the diary for any jewelry aficionados who have some extra pennies lying around. 

The diamond's name comes from the phrase 'once in a blue moon'- but of course. 

"This show-stopping blue diamond surely is a once-in-a-lifetime stone," said David Bennett, Sotheby’s worldwide chairman of jewelry, in a statement. 

Sotheby's only identified the buyer as a private collector from Hong Kong. But The Guardian and many other media outlets have confirmed that it was purchased by billionaire Joseph Lau. 

Now named "The Blue Moon of Josephine," this giant rock isn't the first rare find Lau has gifted young Josephine. Just one day earlier, he reportedly dropped $28.5 million on a pink stone for her that he dubbed "Sweet Josephine." 

And you thought your trainers with the lights on them were the 

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