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  • Sotheby's NY to Deliver Pre-Holiday Treat to Fancy-Colored Diamond Lovers

    November 25, 2020

    Ultra-rare fancy-colored diamonds in vivid shades of pink, blue, orange and red will headline Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on December 9.All eyes will be focused on Lot 75, a colorful ring set with a rectangular mixed-cut 5.03-carat fancy vivid pink diamond flanked by two cut-cornered triangular fancy…

  • Couples Spending Less on Weddings and Honeymoons, More on Engagement Rings

    November 24, 2020

    While couples are spending less on elaborate weddings and honeymoons due to the pandemic, they are spending more than ever on the perfect diamond engagement ring — often upgrading in color, cut and clarity, rather than size. That was the key finding from the De Beers Group's latest Diamond Insight…

  • Under Pressure: Scientists Defy Nature by Making Diamonds at Room Temperature

    November 23, 2020

    Imagine 640 African elephants balancing on the tip of a ballet shoe. That was the amount of pressure scientists needed to transform carbon into diamonds — at room temperature. The scientists defied nature by taking heat out of the equation of how diamonds are formed.“Natural diamonds are usually formed over…

  • 875-Carat Imperial Topaz Crystal Is a Golden-Orange Example of November's Birthstone

    November 19, 2020

    The golden-orange Imperial Topaz is the most highly prized variety of November's birthstone.Originally mined exclusively in Russia’s Ural Mountains during the 19th century, the intense orange crystals were so valuable that they earned the designation Imperial Topaz to honor the Russian czar. What's more, only royals were allowed to own…

  • Welcome to 'Engagement Season,' the Most Romantic Time of the Year

    November 18, 2020

    If the trending continues, Holiday Season 2020 promises to be the most romantic ever.Welcome to “engagement season,” that special time of the year when more than 40% of all marriage proposals take place. It officially starts next week on Thanksgiving Day and stretches through Valentine's Day.WeddingWire’s 2020 Newlywed Report reveals…

  • Welcome to 'Engagement Season,' the Most Romantic Time of the Year

    November 18, 2020

    If the trending continues, Holiday Season 2020 promises to be the most romantic ever.Welcome to “engagement season,” that special time of the year when more than 40% of all marriage proposals take place. It officially starts next week on Thanksgiving Day and stretches through Valentine's Day.WeddingWire’s 2020 Newlywed Report reveals…

  • CA Man Uses Wire Hanger to Fish Engagement Ring From Backyard Waste Pipe

    November 17, 2020

    Using a wire hanger and a snake cam, Stockton, CA, resident Danny Gutierrez deftly fished his wife's engagement ring from the “plumbing cleanout” pipe in their backyard. The successful rescue mission took place three weeks after the ring — wrapped in a tissue — was accidentally flushed down the toilet.The…

  • Botswana's Prolific Karowe Mine Delivers 998-Carat, Gem-Quality Diamond

    November 16, 2020

    Lucara's Karowe mine in Botswana has delivered another head-turning rough diamond — a 998-carat stunner that ranks as the fourth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered.Other famous Botswana-sourced diamonds include the #2-ranked 1,758-carat Sewelô (2019), the #3 ranked 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona (2015) and the #9-ranked 812-carat Constellation (2015).Despite being nearly the…

  • Music Friday: Nat King Cole's Love Is As ‘Warm As the Ruby’ and As ‘Pure As the Pearl’

    November 13, 2020

    Welcome to Music Friday when we often unearth wonderful, but sadly forgotten, songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we present the immortal Nat King Cole singing “The Ruby and the Pearl,” the theme song to the 1952 film, Thunder in the East.In this…

  • Highly Touted 'Spirit of the Rose' Diamond Sells for $26.6MM at Sotheby's Geneva

    November 12, 2020

    “The Spirit of the Rose” set an auction record when an anonymous phone bidder secured the 14.83-carat, fancy vivid purple-pink diamond with an offer of 21 million Swiss francs at Sotheby's Geneva yesterday. With the buyer's premium added, the final price totaled 24.4 million Swiss francs ($26.6 million), or about…

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