Largest uncut diamond in recent history found in Botswana mine

World / Offbeat Apr 26, 2019

Largest uncut diamond in recent history found in Botswana mine

Lucara Diamond Corp. has unearthed the largest uncut diamond in recent history in its Karowe mine in Botswana, the Canadian company said on Thursday, beating its own record discovery from November 2015 that it struggled to sell for nearly two years. The 1,758-carat diamond, larger ...

'Good as gold' not good enough: New labels promote ethical metal

Business Apr 21, 2019

'Good as gold' not good enough: New labels promote ethical metal

Forget how many carats — how ethical is your gold? As high-end consumers demand to know the origin of their treasures, some jewelers are ensuring they use responsibly sourced, eco-friendly or recycled gold. Specialized producers now tack a "fairmined" ecologically friendly label on their output, ...

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Jul 2, 2017

'Most wanted' in Japanese design

by Mio Yamada

The Interior Lifestyle Tokyo trade fair, an annual event held in June at Tokyo Big Sight, always showcases an impressive number of Japanese participants. This year, On Design picks its favorites from the fair's "Wanted" special exhibition of designers looking for collaborators or ...

Jewelers in Japan's Yamanashi Prefecture boosting sales in Asia

Business May 1, 2017

Jewelers in Japan's Yamanashi Prefecture boosting sales in Asia

Small and medium-size jewelry makers in Yamanashi Prefecture are expanding their sales in other parts of Asia on the back of growing demand, with their techniques and designs hailed widely in China and elsewhere in the region. The area's jewelry industry has prospered in part ...

World / Crime & Legal 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 pair ...

Crowdsourcing design and tech

Digital | ON: TECH Sep 17, 2016

Crowdsourcing design and tech

by Chiho Komoriya

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? Monomy by ...