Author: Doug Webster

  • Queen Elizabeth II Amassed a Huge Jewelry Collection, But Pearls Were Always #1

    September 12, 2022

    Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 96, was famous for her dazzling collection of regal jewels. Britain's longest-reigning monarch possessed 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 37 bracelets, 34 pairs of earrings, 15 rings, 14 watches and five pendants. But her favorite piece, without a doubt,…

  • Music Friday: Jon Bon Jovi's Girlfriend Shines Like a New Diamond in 'Summertime'

    September 9, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you sensational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we’re going to do our best to keep the summer alive with a fun song from Bon Jovi’s 2007 chart-topping Lost Highway album.It’s called “Summertime” and includes this…

  • Modern Alchemy: German Researchers Turn Ordinary Plastic Into Diamonds

    September 8, 2022

    In the spirit of the ancient alchemists who spent countless hours attempting to transmute cheap metals into gold, scientists from Germany’s HZDR research lab recently turned ordinary plastic into diamonds. For real.In the experiment, researchers blasted a thin sheet of plastic — the kind used to make plastic bottles —…

  • Gold Coins Found During Kitchen Renovation to Yield $290K Payday for UK Couple

    September 7, 2022

    Golden treasure unearthed during the kitchen renovation of an 18th-century townhouse is likely to yield a $290,000 payday for a UK couple in Ellerby, a village in North Yorkshire, about 50 miles north of Manchester.After ripping up the kitchen floor boards and breaking through a concrete slab, the couple encountered…

  • 'Williamson Pink Star' to Headline Single-Lot Auction at Sotheby's Hong Kong

    September 6, 2022

    Sotheby's recently unveiled the 11.15-carat Williamson Pink Star, the second-largest internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond ever to appear at auction. The bubblegum pink, cushion-cut gem is expected to fetch upwards of $21 million when it headlines a single-lot auction scheduled for October 5 in Hong Kong.The Williamson Pink Star…

  • Music Friday: Coldplay Sings About Digging for Gold in 2009's 'The Goldrush'

    September 2, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you super songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today we present British alternative rock band Coldplay performing “The Goldrush,” a nifty little 2009 tune teeming with references to gold mining, precious metals and a ring.Reminiscent of the…

  • September's Sapphire Birthstone Comes in a Rainbow of Vibrant Colors

    September 1, 2022

    Sapphire is widely associated with delightful blue hues. But did you know that this gem variety of the mineral corundum and official birthstone for the month of September is also available in nearly every color of the rainbow?In its pure state, the corundum is colorless, but when trace elements are…

  • 400 Diamonds Adorn Serena Williams' Nike Shoes in US Open Swan Song

    August 31, 2022

    In what is expected to be the final tournament of her illustrious 27-year tennis career, Serena Williams stepped onto the court in the first round of the US Open in Flushing, NY, wearing custom Nike shoes emblazoned with 400 hand-set diamonds.Prior to the match, which she handily won in straight…

  • White Dwarf Star 'Lucy' Could Be the Galaxy's Largest Diamond

    August 30, 2022

    With all the recent internet buzz over asteroids strewn with precious metals and exoplanets where it rains liquid rubies and sapphires, we found this a perfect time to unpack a story we originally published in the summer of 2014 about a dwarf star made completely of diamonds.Fifty light-years away in…

  • Philly Premium Ice Cream Brand Creates 'Wife Jawn' Pint for Surprise Proposal

    August 29, 2022

    There are few things in the world Philadelphian Sarah Keller loves more than a pint of Milk Jawn's delectable Troop Leader-flavor ice cream. So, when her boyfriend, Paul Kimball, planned to pop the question recently, he conspired with the brand's founder and CEO, Amy Wilson, to make the romantic event…

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