Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

May 19, 2016

Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold Wednesday for more than 56.8 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie’s, the hammer came down to ...

The Medici loved trinkets of power

May 10, 2016

The Medici loved trinkets of power

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For over three centuries the Medici family dominated Renaissance Florence and much of its economic, political and cultural life. In the arts, the wealthy family is largely remembered for its patronage of painting, sculpture and grand architecture, but a new exhibition at the Tokyo ...

Feb 25, 2016

Woman bites into pearl at U.S. restaurant

A woman bit down on a rare pearl while eating a meal of clams and other seafood at an Italian restaurant in Washington state. Lindsay Hasz and her husband Chris were eating at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah recently when she bit into something ...

Nov 19, 2015

Small Canadian firm finds second-biggest gem-quality diamond ever

A small Canadian diamond company has found what it says is the world’s second-biggest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, and the largest in more than a century, at its mine in Botswana. Lucara Diamond Corp. said on Wednesday the 1,111-carat stone was found at its ...

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

Aug 4, 2015

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

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As Parisians of the late 19th century reveled in the heady optimism of economic prosperity and enjoyed the innovations spurred by the ongoing Industrial Revolution, Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress and muse of the time, became enamored by two trendsetters: Rene Lalique, then ...

Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

May 13, 2015

Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

A Burmese ruby weighing 25.59 carats sold for a world record 28.25 million Swiss francs ($30.42 million) at a Tuesday auction that saw strong demand for colored stones and exceptional natural pearls, auction house Sotheby’s said. “The Sunrise Ruby,” which has the rare grading ...