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


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 ...

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 ...