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AOC touts 'zero-emission' engagement ring made with 'recycled gold'
By Jon Levine
New York Post
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Super-woke Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez boasts that her new engagement ring is made from "recycled gold" and is "zero-emission."
The just-engaged socialist made the claim on Twitter in response to a follower who warned that "your ring gotta be made of tinfoil, otherwise the right's gonna flip."
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On Thursday AOC confirmed she will marry longtime boyfriend Riley Roberts. Photos of the Bronx-Queens lawmaker wearing the rock swiftly circulated online. Her hand-waving Instagram Live video Thursday evening ignited a flurry of questions -- and speculation -- from bling watchers.
“It appears to be a nice make. From the pics I’m gonna say it’s a 1.75-2.25 carat solitaire, set in a yellow gold,” said John Buckley, owner of Tuscany Rose Watch and Diamond, who reviewed the ring images at the Post's request. "It's a classic yet traditional ring, with a touch of big city panache."
Other experts said AOC's claim of zero emissions suggests the diamond was created in a lab, and not mined from the earth.
Peter Kahan of Katz Jewelry in New York's Diamond District said a lab gem would be "significantly cheaper" -- and would have the added benefit of being politically correct, ensuring it did not originate in a conflict zone.
"If it’s grown in a laboratory ... it’s not a blood diamond," Kahan said.
But he dismissed the claim about recycled gold.
"Recycled gold is a marketing term used to promote the gold. All gold is recycled. No gold is ever wasted," Kahan said, adding that "new" gold makes up only a tiny share of the market. ...
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