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Blog published date: Nov 9, 2015

Indian Group Sues Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for Return of the 105-Carat ‘Koh-i-Noor’ Diamond


The famous 105-carat "Koh-i-Noor" diamond, which has been part of the British Crown Jewels for 165 years, soon may be plucked from the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and returned to India — if a group of Bollywood stars succeed in their lawsuit against the UK.

An Indian group calling itself "Mountain of Light" (the literal translation of "koh-i-noor") is demanding the return of the near-perfect gemstone with deep historical roots in the Indian sub-continent.

The gem was unearthed at India's Kollur Mine in the 13th century. In its rough form, the stone weighed 793 carats — about [...]

Blog published date: Nov 23, 2015

6,600-Year-Old 24-Karat Gold Pendant May Be the World's Oldest Bling


A 6,600-year-old 24-karat gold pendant found at the archaeological site of Solnitsata in Bulgaria could be the world's oldest bling.

The 2-gram pendant reflects the skill of a complex prehistoric society — possibly one of the first to work out how to process and produce gold goods, according to Professor Vassil Nikolov of the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

"What's interesting regarding the gold jewel... is that it wasn't discovered inside one of the graves but between them, which might testify to some kind of a more special ritu [...]

Blog published date: Dec 4, 2015

'Year of the Ruby' Produces Another Record Breaker for Christie's Hong Kong

Record ruby

The Crimson Flame, a 15-carat pigeon's blood Burmese ruby, set a new record on Tuesday when it sold for $18 million at Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong. The gem established a new per-carat price record for a ruby at $1.2 million.

Proclaiming 2015 as the "Year of the Ruby at Christie's Hong Kong," Vickie Sek, the deputy chairman and director of Christie’s Asia jewelry department, was proud to put another record breaker in the books. Back in June, a 120-carat ruby-and-diamond necklace by Etcetera sold for $13 million, setting a world auction record for a ruby necklace.


Blog published date: Jun 19, 2015

Woman Starring in a Music Video Is Shocked When Her Boyfriend Proposes (For Real) in the Final Scene

Imagine starring in a music video only to find out at the end of the final scene that the whole production was an elaborate ruse cooked up by your boyfriend to deliver the most unforgettable marriage proposal. Well, that’s the story of childhood sweethearts Sam and Jess, and Sam’s musically talented cousin, Matty Mac.

Welcome to Music Friday when we regularly bring your great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we bend the rules a bit to spotlight “The Proposal,” a brand new song written and performed by the 24-year-old Mac.

Alth [...]

Blog published date: Jun 12, 2015

Music Friday: Paula Abdul Can’t Be Tempted by Diamonds or Pearls Because She’s ‘Forever Your Girl’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you hit songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, Paula Abdul sings about aggressive suitors and jealous boyfriends in her chart-topping signature song, “Forever Your Girl.”

Released in 1989 from the album of the same name, “Forever Your Girl” describes a romantic rivalry, where another boy attempts to win Abdul’s heart with promises of fine jewelry.

She sings, “Baby, just remember I gave you my heart / ain't no-one gonna tear us apart / Baby, he could promise me diamonds / even in he promised me pearls / honey, you know I ain't lyin' / listen as I tell it to the world.”

In th [...]

Blog published date: Jun 11, 2015

Engagement Ring Recovered From Charred Remains of Hero’s Car; We Explain How It Survived

Kelly Winters was driving one of the 10 vehicles tangled in a fiery crash on South Carolina’s I-26 recently. And while Winters was hailed as a hero for pulling a trapped truck driver to safety, his own vehicle and a very precious package in the trunk were lost in the inferno. Or so he thought.

Winters had planned to surprise his wife, Sherry, with a freshly resized re-engagement ring — a pretty three-stone motif, featuring three blue gemstones each surrounded by a halo of white diamonds.

But, before Winters could deliver the surprise, his car and its contents were consumed by the raging fire.

"I thought the ring was lost for sure,” Winters told WIS-TV. [...]

Blog published date: Jun 10, 2015

British Jeweler Invents ‘Fidelity’ Engagement Ring; Bluetooth Chip Tracks Her Every Move

A British jeweler has designed an engagement ring that can track the wearer’s every move. Called the “Fidelity Ring,” the bridal jewelry is equipped with a wafer-thin Bluetooth chip that is discreetly slotted behind the precious stone.

Now insecure men will be able to track the whereabouts of their brides and brides-to-be in real time — assuming their significant others are willing to wear the ring.

Steve Bennett, the CEO of Gemporia, told The Daily Mail that the GPS technology behind the Fidelity Ring was originally intended as a way to protect jewelry from loss or theft. Bennett was looking to develop an “unloseable” ring.


Blog published date: May 20, 2015

Gerhard Wagner’s World-Class Collection of Tourmaline to Hit the Auction Block in Dallas on June 7

Gerhard Wagner’s world-class collection of tourmaline — 432 lots in all with some valued at more than $500,000 — will be up for bid at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on June 7.

Wagner, who is known as the “King of Tourmalines,” has been carefully cultivating his museum-quality treasures for decades.

“This is like a king opening the crown jewels to bids from his subjects,” said Jim Walker, Director of Fine Minerals auctions at Heritage. “Collectors are chomping at the bit to obtain just a single piece of his extraordinary collection.”

Some of the top lots of the auction include the following:

“Blue on Blue”tourmaline on tourm [...]

Blog published date: May 18, 2015

35.1-Carat Kashmir Sapphire Sets Per-Carat Record at Christie’s Geneva

Displaying the velvety blue hue of a peacock’s neck feathers, a 35.09-carat Kashmir sapphire set a new record at Christie’s Geneva last week when it fetched $7.4 million — crushing the pre-sale high estimate of $4.3 million.

The gem’s per-carat selling price of $209,689 established a new high-water mark for a Kashmir sapphire, narrowly edging out a record set one day earlier at Sotheby’s Geneva. That Kashmir sapphire, a 30.23-carat stunner, had sold for $6.1 million, or $201,786 per carat.

The cushion-shaped record-setting sapphire was set in a ring with triangular-cut diamond shoulders and baguette-cut diamonds accents. An anonymous Asian bidder mad [...]

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