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  • Arkansas Woman Scores Biggest Diamond of 2020 at Crater of Diamonds State Park

    July 6, 2020

    While working the search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park, Beatrice Watkins joked to her two young granddaughters that their future husbands would need to revisit the site to find diamonds for their wedding rings.What the 56-year-old Mena, Ark., resident didn't realize at the time is that she had…

  • Univ. of Hong Kong Scientists Develop 'Hunter Drone' That Can Seek Out Gem Deposits

    July 2, 2020

    A pair of scientists from The University of Hong Kong have developed an autonomous “hunter drone” that can survey wide landscapes and identify valuable gemstone targets using a scanning laser. The drone flies at night and emits a powerful beam that causes fluorescent items on the surface of the ground to…

  • Birthstone Feature: Five Years Ago, This 25.59-Carat Ruby Rocked the Auction World

    July 1, 2020

    A little over five years ago, the 25.59-carat pigeon-blood-red “Sunrise Ruby” rocked the auction world when it obliterated two auction records at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva. The hammer price of $30.4 million exceeded Sotheby’s high estimate by more than $12 million and set a new…

  • Queen Elizabeth's Iconic Three-Strand Pearl Necklace Actually Has Two Backups

    June 30, 2020

    Queen Elizabeth II is rarely seen in public without her favorite three-strand pearl necklace — a gift from her beloved father, King George VI, who passed away in 1952. What most Royal Family followers don't know is that the Queen actually owns three nearly identical pearl necklaces that she rotates…

  • Artisanal Miner Discovers Two Tanzanite Crystals Weighing a Combined 75,000 Carats

    June 29, 2020

    An artisanal miner in Tanzania struck it rich last week when he sold two enormous tanzanite crystals for $3.4 million.Saniniu Laizer had discovered the crystals — one weighing 9.2kg (46,000 carats) and the other 5.8kg (29,000 carats) — in Tanzania's Manyara region, not far from the country's Merelani mining site.The…

  • Music Friday: Swiss Singer Luca Hänni Tries to Win the Heart of a 110-Carat 'Diamant'

    June 26, 2020

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, Swiss singer-songwriter Luca Hänni pursues the 110-carat girl of his dreams in his brand new release, “Diamant,” which means “diamond” in German.The official music video, which is performed…

  • 3.5 Million Swarovski Crystals Make This Canadian Resort a Jewelry Lover's Fantasy

    June 25, 2020

    More than 3.5 million Swarovski crystals are integrated into the architecture and decor of the Sparkling Hill Resort near Vernon, British Columbia, making this venue a jewelry-lover's fantasy.Owned by Swarovski family patriarch Gernot Langes-Swarovski, the $122 million, state-of-the-art spa facility reflects crystal-infused opulence from every angle.Visitors approaching the resort will…

  • Food Network Star Alex Guarnaschelli Shows Off Emerald Engagement Ring

    June 24, 2020

    Celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Castellon have taken their relationship to the next level — and the Food Network star has a dazzling ring to prove it.Guarnaschelli took to Instagram on Saturday to show off her new emerald-and-diamond engagement ring and post the simple caption, “Ok @chefmike808, you’re on!”…

  • Smithsonian Gem Gallery Tour Takes a Close Look at the 'Gifts from Napoleon'

    June 23, 2020

    An exhibit titled “Gifts from Napoleon” is the subject of today’s virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Two very special pieces gifted by the French emperor to his second wife, Marie-Louise, are prominently featured in a wall case on the second floor of the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall…

  • NBA Players Encouraged to Wear Diagnostic 'Smart Ring' When Season Resumes

    June 22, 2020

    In an effort to quickly identify health risks when the NBA season resumes in Orlando on July 30, league officials are encouraging its players to wear a lightweight, titanium “smart ring.”The rings made by Finnish company, Oura, are equipped with censors that can detect changes in the players' body temperature,…

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