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  • 'Whitney Alexandrite' Is a Superb Example of June's Color-Change Birthstone

    June 18, 2019

    A fascinating phenomenon in the world of precious gemstones is the way alexandrite changes color under various light sources. The “Whitney Alexandrite,” which is on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's largest and finest examples of the color-change mineral from…

  • Christie's 'Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence' Auction Brings History to Life

    June 17, 2019

    Spotlighting more than 500 years of opulence on the Indian subcontinent, Christie's auction in New York this Wednesday is aptly titled “Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence.” The sale will celebrate the illustrious culture of Indian jeweled art from the Mughal period and the age of the Maharajas through the present day.”This…

  • Music Friday: Lee Ann Womack Needs to Know, 'Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?'

    June 14, 2019

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you popular songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country star Lee Ann Womack sings about a marriage gone wrong in her 2001 hit, “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?”Womack plays the part of a loving wife…

  • Botswana's 1,758-Carat Grey-Black Diamond Is the Star of Naming Competition

    June 13, 2019

    The massive 1,758-carat diamond recovered in April at the Karowe mine in Botswana will soon have a name thanks to a competition hosted by Lucara Diamond Corp.The mining company is promising a $3,000 cash prize and a tour of the mine to the Botswana citizen who comes up with the…

  • 'Inkalamu,’ a 5,655-Carat Emerald Crystal, Makes High-Profile Debut in Delhi

    June 12, 2019

    Nearly six months after winning the 5,655-carat “Inkalamu” emerald at a Gemfields auction last November, luxury jeweler Diacolor finally revealed the Zambian-sourced crystal to the public last week at the company's flagship store in Delhi, India.Inkalamu, which means the “Lion Emerald” in Zambia's regional Bemba language, was discovered at the…

  • June's Birthstone: This Smithsonian 'Treasure' Features 339 Natural Pearls

    June 11, 2019

    Natural pearls are among the rarest of all gems. In fact, experts believe the odds of opening a random oyster in the wild and finding a natural pearl is 1 in 100,000. What's more, if someone was lucky enough to amass a small collection of natural pearls, there's hardly a…

  • Patriots' Super Bowl LIII Championship Ring Is the Largest Ever Created

    June 10, 2019

    Two years ago, we marveled at the size and opulence of the New England Patriots' fifth Super Bowl ring — a ring set with 283 diamonds weighing 5.1 carats. As expected, the team's sixth edition is even more over the top — with 422 diamonds weighing 8.25 carats and 20…

  • Music Friday: The Trews Believe There Is No Finer Thing Than 'The Pearl'

    June 7, 2019

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, in honor of June's official birthstone, we feature Canadian rock band The Trews singing their 2005 tune, “The Pearl (More Than Everything).”In the song, lead singer Colin MacDonald refers…

  • Antwerp Diamond Industry Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Tolkowsky's 'Brilliant Cut'

    June 6, 2019

    Exactly 100 years ago, a 19-year-old Antwerp engineer named Marcel Tolkowsky perfected a mathematical formula for the 57-facet “brilliant-cut” diamond. Tolkowsky's accomplishment prevails as the most iconic and successful cut in history due to its ability to maximize a diamond's fire, brilliance and sparkle.The Antwerp World Diamond Centre recently held…

  • Men's Apparel Company Finds Engagement Ring in Pocket of Returned Jeans

    June 5, 2019

    An engagement ring that was thought to be lost forever was returned to a Hueytown, Ala., woman by honest employees at a Kentucky distribution center of rugged men's apparel.Jacky Crick, a receiver for Carhartt's return center in Hopkinsville, Ky., found the black and white diamond engagement ring in the pocket…

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