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  • April's Birthstone: This Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond Will Make History on May 23

    April 1, 2021

    In honor of April’s birthstone we offer you a sneak peek at the 15.81-carat internally flawless gem that will make history on May 23 as the largest fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ever to appear at auction. According to Christie's, this diamond weighs almost one carat more than the previous record-holder.Named “The…

  • Historic 1822 Half Eagle Gold Coin Sells for Record-Breaking $8.4 Million

    March 31, 2021

    The finest known 1822 Half Eagle gold coin set a new world record when an anonymous bidder snatched it up at a Las Vegas auction last Thursday for $8.4 million.“The 1822 Half Eagle is now the most valuable gold coin minted by the United States ever sold at auction. It’s…

  • ‘The Perfect Palette’ of Colored Diamonds to Be Featured at Christie’s NY

    March 30, 2021

    On April 13, Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York will showcase “The Perfect Palette,” a vibrant trio of colored diamonds that will be sold separately at the auction house's Rockefeller Plaza headquarters.The most anticipated lot among the three is a 2.13-carat fancy vivid blue diamond that's expected to sell…

  • Spanish Conquistadors Tossed Platinum Aside When Searching for Silver in Colombia

    March 25, 2021

    Since the late 1800s, platinum has maintained its stature as the ultimate precious metal due to its rarity, beauty, strength and durability. But it's amazing to imagine that a precious metal that is prominently featured in the world's finest jewelry was once belittled and cast aside by the Spanish conquistadors…

  • Archeologists Unearth Cache of 1,300-Year-Old Gold Foil Figures in Sweden

    March 24, 2021

    Archeologists in Sweden recently unearthed a cache of wisp-thin gold foil figures at the Aska archeological site in Hagebyhöga. The delicate specimens, which depict embracing couples and date back about 1,300 years, were found at the bottom of post holes in the remains of a great hall at this historic…

  • Dazzling Diamond and Rock Crystal Bracelet May Fetch $8.4MM at Sotheby's HK

    March 23, 2021

    Reflecting nearly 2,000 hours of hand fabrication, this diamond and rock crystal bangle bracelet will headline Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong on April 20. The bracelet by Cartier features a D-flawless, 63.66-carat, pear-shaped white diamond set among smaller white diamonds and rock crystal. The architectural masterpiece carries a…

  • Raging Flood Waters in Sapphire, Australia, Present Rare Fossicking Opportunity

    March 22, 2021

    Aussie authorities urged the residents of Sapphire to move to higher ground last Wednesday when violent thunderstorms dropped 215mm (8.5 inches) of rain on one of the largest precious gem-bearing areas in the world.While most residents scrambled their way to safety, others characterized the raging flood waters as liquid gold.“There…

  • Music Friday: In This Soulful Hit, Anita Baker Bets Everything on Her Wedding Ring

    March 19, 2021

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you sensational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we present the soulful Anita Baker singing her biggest hit, “Giving You the Best That I Got.”In this entrancing love song, the eight-time Grammy Award winner tells her…

  • Pantone’s Color Palette for Autumn/Winter Reflects Our Natural Environment

    March 18, 2021

    The Pantone Color Institute recently revealed its top 10 colors for Autumn/Winter 2021/2022. Described as “heartening hues reflective of our natural environment,” the Pantone standouts were widely seen in February's multi-media, digital-only installment of London Fashion Week.Green Bee / Tomato Cream / Ibiza Blue / Illuminating / WineryAccording to Pantone,…

  • Apple Files Patent for Smart Ring That Can Interpret Hand Gestures

    March 17, 2021

    Apple, the tech giant that changed your world with the introduction of the iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac, AirPods and Apple Watch, just filed a patent for a unique ring that has the ability to interpret hand gestures and interact with other devices.Technically, Apple describes the ring as “a self-mixing interferometry…

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