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  • Music Friday: Selena Gomez's Suitors Are Wrapped Around Her Finger Like a 'Ring'

    January 8, 2021

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fabulous songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, pop star Selena Gomez drives home a message of self-empowerment and self-worth in her Latin-infused 2020 release, “Ring.”In the song, the 28-year-old former Disney Channel actress turns up…

  • New Agreement Signals Karowe Mine Will Be Generating High-Value Diamonds Until 2046

    January 7, 2021

    Botswana's Karowe mine, the only mine in history to have yielded two 1,000-plus-carat diamonds, will be turning out high-value rough gems until 2046 under a renewed licensing agreement between Lucara Diamond Corp. and the Government of Botswana.The 25-year deal will pave the way for the underground expansion of the prolific…

  • 7-Year-Old Finds a Diamond and Inspires the Journalist Who Got It Back

    January 6, 2021

    Jessica Amis, an Emmy-winning digital journalist for CBS-affiliate THV11 in Little Rock, recently found herself at the center of a story about a lost diamond, a precocious 7-year-old and the significance of “things” that remind you of stuff you never want to forget.Amis had been enjoying a meal with two…

  • Hey, January Babies! Rhodolite Garnet Is the Pink Variety of Your Official Birthstone

    January 5, 2021

    Entombed with the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, garnets have been coveted by kings and commoners alike for thousands of years. The fabulous and versatile January birthstone comes in a wide array of natural colors, including deep red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, black, brown — and a vibrant raspberry pink.This…

  • Leibish Wins 16 Stones at Penultimate 2020 Pink Argyle Diamonds Tender

    January 4, 2021

    Leibish, the New York-based colored diamond specialist, upped its bids this year by 20% to secure 16 of the 62 gems offered by Rio Tinto at the penultimate 2020 Pink Argyle Diamonds Tender.The company's biggest prize was “The Argyle Sakura Diamond,” a 1.84-carat, pear-shaped fancy vivid purplish-pink stone that had…

  • Best for Last: Hope Diamond Is the Final Stop on 2020's Gem Gallery Virtual Tour

    December 31, 2020

    More than 200 million visitors to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, have marveled at the beauty and majesty of the Hope Diamond since jeweler Harry Winston donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. In yesterday's column, we recounted how and why Winston decided to use…

  • In 1958, Hope Diamond Was Sent From NY to DC Via Registered Mail for $2.44 in Postage

    December 30, 2020

    The Hope Diamond may be the most famous gemstone in the world, but when NBC’s Harry Smith recently visited the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, he highlighted the surprising story behind the parcel that ferried the priceless 45.52-carat gem in 1958 from Harry Winston's New York headquarters to its new home…

  • Fossicker's Paradise: Queenslanders Seek Gold Nuggets, Sapphires, Emeralds and Opals

    December 29, 2020

    Queensland's resource minister is encouraging residents to pursue a heart-stopping, Eureka moment in the Australian state's hotspots known to bear precious metals and gems. All it takes is a AU$8.65 license, a few tools and a lot of luck.“Whether you’re hunting for gold in Charters Towers and Clermont, searching for…

  • Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline' Singalong Is Guaranteed to Bring a Smile to Your Face

    December 28, 2020

    Welcome to an unusual edition of Music Monday, as we bend the rules in an unconventional year to present a fabulous video that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and might even make you cry.(We normally feature music on Fridays, but since Christmas Day came out on…

  • Set With 804 Gems, LA Lakers' Championship Rings Are the Most Elaborate in NBA History

    December 24, 2020

    The LA Lakers received their 2020 championship rings — the most elaborate in NBA history — on Tuesday night before their home opener at the Staples Center. Designed by Jason of Beverly Hills with an assist from streetwear designer Don C, each ring glistens with 180 grams of yellow gold…

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