The Winks were wide-eyed, along with 9 million others when on December 8th, the world saw Amy Diaz, of Providence, and Jason Case, Attleboro MA, near Boston win on the finale of this season’s “The Amazing Race.” More than bragging rights, the win comes with a cool million dollar prize.
And in their case, Jason and Amy, who had only been dating a month before being chosen for the show, also found they were racing on love!
Simple? Not so, on “The Amazing Race.” For those of you who haven’t seen it, believe me, it’s not just two strangers deciding to race each other around the Boston Commons – when their eyes meet and they hear The Hallelujah Chorus. In fact, we sat around and discussed the fact that success on this show is a lot like marriage! It requires cooperation, handling stress, making it through grueling hurdles, and having the stamina of a buffalo as teams of two travel the world while doing nutsy tasks, for example becoming human bowling balls on a TV show in Japan. (See? Marriage!)
The last team to arrive at the “pit stops” is eliminated, until a winning duo emerges, either in hate – or in this case, love.
Amy Diaz, 29, a former beauty queen, is now a social media manager, another career that takes a tigress. Her soon to be fiancé and winning partner, Jason, 33, owns a snow plow company! They came well prepared for hurdles.
Now, 18 months after meeting, winning, and learning, despite some ups and downs, they said they were a model of support and cooperation. Source
“Yay” we thought while cheering this young couple on! Throughout the competition, time and time again they would help other teams in trouble, showing heart and compassion. Source
More, so many viewers noticed Jason’s t-shirt with “Boston Strong” slogan, sending a message of support to the people of Massachusetts, his home State, while honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Source
We, at Wink CZ are still reeling from the odious act of terrorism that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. It started out to be a good day, a hopeful day for the second largest World Marathon to be run in 2013. It was. Until two consecutive terrorist explosions erupted on the sidewalk near the finish line. In the aftermath, three spectators were killed and 264 more were injured, many seriously. A tragedy for Jason’s home State … but also one that shocked and outraged the world. Source
Many celebs, especially country music legend Kenny Chesney, a Tennessee native, lept in to make a difference. And he did, by establishing and providing the seed money for the “Spread the Love Fund” that works with Boston Medical Center to help pay for prosthetics, the fittings, along with ongoing care and physical therapy for victims. Even more great deeds from Chesney as he has donated his proceeds from the downloaded single, “Spread The Love,” which was co-written and recorded with the Wailers. Source
To us, Jason’s decision to wear “Boston Strong,” the phrase that rallied a city, and has been “branded” on many products to help victims, was further proof to us that this is a deeply caring couple. Source
Sadly today our world is filled with tragedies created by evil groups and individuals, as well as natural disasters such as hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons. The past two years alone, from Hurricane Sandy to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, cities and towns have been destroyed, while tens of thousands of people have been killed, maimed and left homeless. Source
We feel strongly that this begs the question of conscience for us at WINK CZ. While gems are our business, and we want our customers to cherish our magnificent gemstones, we also wonder if at times, choosing from our elite collection of CZs not only makes personal sense, but can allow our customers to use part of their huge savings on our jewelry to continue to help those in need. We can create CZ Custom rings, the CZ Diamonds looking amazing when completed.
To quote Chesney: “I can’t change what happened … I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families. … Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.” Source
For a couple such as Jason and Amy, I’d personally recommend they save the million for a lifetime of love and caring, and choose among our vast selection of unmatched CZs, when considering an engagement ring.
My personal choice for them? A custom designed CZ ring that “rings” true for this hearty couple and reminds them of their incredible journey, man made with incredible winning precision. Source
Here’s Winking at you, with peace and love!