September’s birthstone has come a long way since the days when any and every blue stone was called a sapphire. Though its fame is shared with its “Big Three” counterparts ruby and emerald, sapphire has enjoyed a long run as one of the world’s most beloved gemstones, earning itself a place of honor in crown jewels, royal accessories, museums, and even in modern royal engagement rings. Lest sapphire get too haughty, it has common uses as well. The rough polishing material on emery boards is made up of lower-quality corundum grains, strengthened with hematite, magnetite and quartz.
‘A dull morning. — Breakfasted alone with Beatrice. — Soon after Ella came in, much agitated, to say that Alicky & Nicky were engaged, & begging they might come in. I was quite thunderstruck, as though I knew, Nicky much wished it, I thought Alicky was not sure of her mind. Saw them both. Alicky had tears in her eyes, but looked very bright & I kissed them both. Nicky said 'she is much too good for me’. I told him he must make the religious difficulties, as easy as he could for her, which he promised to do.'
William: When I was trying to impress Kate, I was trying to cook these amazing, fancy dinners. And all that’d happen was, I’d burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire. And she’d be sitting in the background just trying to basically take control of the whole situation.
Royal Engagement [closed rp, irespectthechair, princess diaries au]
S'chn T'gai Spock looked up at the ornate building in downtown Shi'Kahr and wondered, not for the first time since receiving the message, what exactly the Terasian Ambassador wanted with him.
More than three decades ago, Terasia was an absolute monarchy under the thumb of the ruthless King Alexander Grayson III. Upon his death, his more benevolent younger brother Rupert ascended the throne, created a constitutional monarchy checked by a parliament, and called a truce to the ongoing war with its next door neighbour, the Republic of Vulcan. Now Terasia has been dealing with representative democracy far better than ever before, and its economic improvement was quite evident in the opulence of the Terasian Embassy in Vulcan.
Nodding at the guards posted at the doors, Spock stepped in, checked though security, and was summoned to the office of Lord Christopher Pike.