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 ...

Sep 15, 2013

Bubble trouble hits sales of jade in Hong Kong

Prized as a magical imperial stone, jade is a status symbol of the superrich in Asia, but rocketing prices in the top-end of the market have left traders in Hong Kong struggling to find buyers. With the cost of high-quality raw jade and jade ...