Jan 22, 2017

Seven held over $72 million Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005

Seven people have been arrested over the robbery of $72 million (67 million euros) in jewelry, one the world’s biggest ever heists, from Amsterdam’s airport nearly 12 years ago, authorities said Saturday. The diamonds and jewelry were taken during the hold up of a ...

Jan 19, 2017

Thief makes €15 million jewelry heist in Cannes

A robber brandishing a pistol and a grenade stole diamonds worth €15 million ($16 million) on Wednesday in the French Riviera town of Cannes and calmly escaped on foot, a regional prosecutor said. The man in his 30s, his face uncovered except for a ...

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Dec 28, 2016

New book reveals the bloody past of the Koh-i-Noor diamond

Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world’s most famous diamond — the Koh-i-Noor — surpasses them all, with a litany of horrors that rivals “Game of Thrones.” The Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light”), now part of the British ...

Crowdsourcing design and tech

| Sep 17, 2016

Crowdsourcing design and tech

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Designing jewelry just for fun Handmade goods are popular in Japan, with online marketplaces such as Etsy and Creema proving successful. But what if you like the idea of designing, but don’t have the time or resources to find materials and actually make something? ...

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 ...