Feb 11, 2015

Austrian police arrest four 'Pink Panther' jewel thieves

Austrian police announced Tuesday they had arrested two Israelis, as well as a Serbian and a Belgian suspected of belonging to the notorious international “Pink Panther” group of jewel thieves. The four men, aged between 35 and 40, were arrested Feb. 3 in a ...

Dec 11, 2014

Diamond deals to add sparkle to India-Russian ties

India’s gemstone industry is urging Russia to step up trade, by dealing directly with the global hub of cutting and polishing rather than involving middlemen elsewhere. During a visit to New Delhi on Wednesday and Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Indian ...

Hashimoto's rings shine with history

Sep 4, 2014

Hashimoto's rings shine with history

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Hashimoto Collection of rings is the largest number of works to be donated to the National Museum of Western Art since it was originally established to house the Matsutaka Collection of artworks in 1959. Received in 2012, this vast collection of hundreds of ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Mar 10, 2014

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the hundreds of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world’s sixth-largest gold exporter. Its name in Spanish means “tailings,” a nod to the heaps of mining waste that ...

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

Jan 22, 2014

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

A rare 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered in a South African mine, and it could “be in a class of its own,” the Petra Diamonds company said Tuesday. The “exceptional” vivid blue stone was found in the Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, last week ...