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  • 500 year-old shipwreck loaded with gold found in Namibian desert

    06/07/2016 3:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Fox ^ | June 7, 2016 | Walt Bonner
    Diamond miners recently discovered a ship that went down 500 years ago after draining a man-made lagoon on Namibia’s coast. While shipwrecks are often found along Africa’s Skeleton Coast, this one just so happened to be loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold coins. It also answers a centuries–old mystery and is what some archaeologists are calling one of the most significant shipwrecks ever found. The wreck was first discovered along the coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008. One reason it took centuries to find is because it was underneath the ocean floor....
  • Forget Kohinoor, a Diamond Four Times Bigger Is Now in Dubai

    05/10/2016 12:36:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Vicky Kapur
    Uncut diamond weighs in at 404 carats compared with Kohinoor’s 105.602 caratsEven as the governments of India, Pakistan and even Afghanistan have all laid a claim on the world-famous Kohinoor diamond that is set in the front of UK’s Queen Mother’s Crown, it is Dubai that can be called home to one of the world’s rarest and largest rough diamonds even discovered. The astonishing rough diamond in Dubai is characterised not only by its sheer size – an impressive 404 carats – but also uniquely by its colourlessness and flawless clarity. The cut-down Kohinoor, on the other hand, weighs 105.6...
  • The Ministry of Finance will hold a crisis sell diamonds (Russia)

    02/15/2016 3:12:45 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    Izvestia ^ | 2-15-16 | Sergey Fish
    The budget deficit, the Ministry of Finance will hold several auctions for the sale of diamonds from Gokhran - the total amount of 167.5 thousand carats.. For comparison: for the whole 2015 the Ministry of Finance sold 8.8 thousand carats.. For the first time will be sold only medium-sized stones - to 10.8 carats. Such diamonds on the market in abundance, experts say, and they are of special interest for the buyers do not represent, but oversupply may adversely affect the market and revenues in the budget hardly exceed $ 15 million (1.2 billion rubles). The Ministry of Finance in...
  • Was toppling Libya all about the money?

    05/19/2015 4:39:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-19-15 | DrJohn
    In 2011 Barack Obama led from behind a NATO coalition bent on removing Moammar Gaddafi from power in Libya. The removal and death of Gaddafi was, Obama put it, a warning to "iron fisted" rulers everywhere. Syria, Iran and North Korea excepted, of course. Over at Foreign Policy this was hailed as a huge success. "Leading from behind" is an important element of this doctrine. It is no insult to lead but let others feel they too are architects of a plan, to lead without making others feel you are bullying, to lead but do so in a way in...
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Earth May Have Created Its Own Water Deep Within; And There's Still Enough There To Fill The Pacific

    12/19/2014 7:32:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | Dec 19, 2014 06:57 PM EST | Rebekah Marcarelli
    A team of researchers revealed evidence of an unknown geochemical pathway used by the Earth to sequester water deep within, releasing small amounts through plate tectonics in a process that feeds our oceans "from within," Ohio State University reported.
  • World's largest water reservoir found deep in earth

    06/13/2014 3:41:21 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 32 replies
    Indo Asian News Service ^ | 13 June 2014 | Anon
    In what could quench the thirst of billions of people in the future, researchers have discovered our planet's largest water reservoir 640 km beneath our feet - bound up in rock deep in the earth's mantle. This water is not in a form familiar to us - it is not liquid, ice or vapour. This fourth form is water trapped inside the molecular structure of the minerals in the mantle rock. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades," explained geophysicist Steve Jacobsen from Northwestern University.
  • Earth may have underground 'ocean' three times that on surface

    06/13/2014 12:23:50 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 71 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 13 June 2014 04.53 BST | Melissa Davey
    Scientists say rock layer hundreds of miles down holds vast amount of water, opening up new theories on how planet formed After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath the surface, potentially transforming our understanding of how the planet was formed. The water is locked up in a mineral called ringwoodite about 660km (400 miles) beneath the crust of the Earth, researchers say. Geophysicist Steve Jacobsen from Northwestern University in the US co-authored the study published in the journal...
  • Rare Mineral Ringwoodite Included within Diamond Points to ‘Oceans’ beneath Earth

    06/16/2014 3:14:38 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies ^ | Mar 14, 2014 |
    First terrestrial discovery of an extremely rare mineral called ringwoodite confirms theory about huge water ‘reservoirs’ 410 to 660 km beneath the surface of our planet, says a team of researchers led by Prof Graham Pearson from the University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Scientists discover massive ocean of water 400 miles underground

    06/16/2014 1:51:37 PM PDT · by blueplum · 78 replies
    The Verge ^ | June 14, 2014 2:20am | Kwame Opam
    Researchers at Northwestern University have found evidence for a massive reservoir of water deep within the Earth's mantle. The reservoir, which is said to be three times the volume of the oceans on the surface, is contained within highly-pressurized rock known as ringwoodite. The scientists hope that their findings, recently published in the journal Science, can shed light on where Earth's oceans came from. THREE TIMES THE VOLUME OF THE OCEANS ON EARTH'S SURFACE The team, led by mineralogist Steven Jacobsen, used an array of 2000 seismometers to study how seismic waves generated by earthquakes move through the Earth's interior....
  • Diamonds Rained Down During Ice Age

    07/07/2008 2:05:25 PM PDT · by decimon · 42 replies · 439+ views
    Live Science ^ | JUL 7, 2008 | Ker Than
    Diamonds and precious metals found in the eastern United States might have rained down during the last Ice Age after a comet shattered over Canada and set North America ablaze, all leading to a mass die-off of animals and humans. New chemical analyses of diamond, gold and silver found in Ohio and Indiana reveal the minerals were transported there from Canada several thousand years ago. The question is, how?
  • German thieves tunnel their way through to diamond shop

    12/01/2014 4:57:52 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5:04PM GMT 25 Nov 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Criminals in the German city of Cologne appear to have lifted a plan straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story when they robbed a jewellery shop by tunnelling in from underneath. The proprietor of the store in the city’s Londoner Platz, were astonished when he opened up on Monday morning to find a gaping hole inside his display case, and €100,000 of diamond jewellery missing. Police discovered that the robbers had tunnelled their way into the display case from the basement below, drilling their way through the reinforced concrete floor. The shop’s name, Goldfinger, may be reminiscent of the James...
  • Diamonds Beneath the Popigai Crater -- Northern Russia

    11/25/2014 8:36:15 AM PST · by JimSEA · 19 replies ^ | 11/25/2014 | Hobart King
    About 35 million years ago an asteroid about 5 to 8 kilometers in diameter, travelling at a speed of about 15 to 20 kilometers per second slammed into the area that is now known as the Tamyr Peninsula of northern Siberia, Russia. [1] The energy delivered by this hypervelocity impact was powerful enough to instantly melt thousands of cubic kilometers of rock and blast millions of metric tons of ejecta high into the air. Some of that ejecta landed on other continents. The explosion produced a 100 kilometer-wide impact crater with a rim of deformed rock up to 20 kilometers...
  • Diamond Mines in Canada

    09/18/2014 6:37:42 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 21 replies ^ | 09/18/2014 | Hobart King
    Throughout the 20th century most people would never have thought about Canada being an important producer of diamonds. [1] Their knowledge of diamonds was fixed on mining operations in Africa and diamond trading centers in Europe. All of this started to change in 1991 when two geologists, Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson, found evidence of diamond-bearing Kimberlite pipes about 200 miles north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. One of these pipes would soon be developed by BHP Billiton into the EKATI Diamond Mine, which produced Canada's first commercial diamonds in 1998.
  • Recent Advances in Understanding the Geology of Diamonds

    06/22/2014 1:45:14 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 5 replies
    GIA: Gems and Gemology ^ | Winter, 2013 | Steven B. Shirey and James E. Shigley
    ABSTRACT It has been more than two decades since diamond ages have proven to be up to billions of years older than their host magmas of kimberlite or lamproite. Since then, there have been significant advances in the analysis of diamonds and their mineral inclusions, in the understanding of diamond-forming fluids in the mantle, and in the relationship of diamonds to the deep geology of the continents and the convecting mantle. The occurrence of natural diamonds is remarkable and important to earth studies. This article reviews current thinking of where, how, when, and why natural diamonds form.
  • Woman Arrested at Toronto Airport Had 10,000 Diamonds Hidden in Body

    02/24/2014 2:50:14 AM PST · by Cindy · 82 replies
    THE GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | February 21, 2013 | by Tu Thanh Ha
    SNIPPET: "The arrest of a woman accused of hiding more than 10,000 diamonds inside her body when she landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport comes amid warnings that Canada is one of the countries where illicit diamonds have been used for money laundering." SNIPPET: "The woman had landed at Pearson on a Feb. 3 flight from Trinidad and Tobago, when she came to the attention of a Canada Border Services Agency officer, according to CBSA spokeswoman Vanessa Barrasa. The RCMP said the woman was found to have carried 10,202 stones inside her. The 1,500 carats (about 300 grams) of rough...
  • Whoops! Earth's Oldest 'Diamonds' Actually Polishing Grit

    01/03/2014 2:26:38 PM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 1/3/2014 | Becky Oskin
    Evidence of Earth's first continents — 4.3-billion-year-old "diamonds" — are actually just fragments of polishing grit, a new study finds. In 2007, an international team first reported discovering the tiny gems, which hid in pockets inside zircon crystals from Western Australia's Jack Hills, in the journal Nature. But it turns out that the gems weren't actually diamonds, but polishing paste, smushed into hairs'-width cracks when the zircons were prepared for laboratory tests, according to a study published online in the Feb. 1, 2014, edition of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  • Antarctica may have a new type of ice - diamonds

    12/29/2013 9:20:36 PM PST · by gooblah · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 18 2013 | Paulin askin
    (Reuters) - A kind of rock that often contains diamonds has been found in Antarctica for the first time, hinting at mineral riches in the vast, icy continent where mining is banned.
  • Physicists levitate tiny diamonds in wild experiment

    08/16/2013 10:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2013 | Laura Poppick
    In quite an eerie feat, physicists have floated microscopic diamonds in midair using laser beams. Researchers have already used lasers to levitate extremely small particles, such as individual atoms, but this is the first time that the technique has worked on a nanodiamond, which, in this case, measures just 100 nanometers (3.9 x 10-8 inches) across, or more than 1,000 times thinner than a fingernail. In the new study, the physicists from the University of Rochester relied on the fact that a laser beam, which is made up of photons, creates a tiny force that usually can't be felt.....
  • Islamic Socialism - bloody legacy (Qaddafi's 'Green Book,' WRC, etc.)

    04/26/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Islamic SocialismFrom the CIA factbook: Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI began to espouse his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system was a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and was supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy.[1] The "Green Book" - Arabism, Islam & socialism, with Islam the main line Author John L. Esposito: Under Qaddafi three interrelated ideas were woven into Libya's ideological identity: Pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islam. Qaddafi's appeals to Islam were influenced by his...
  • Naomi Campbell Will Likely Be Subpoenaed in War Crimes Case Against Former Liberian President

    05/21/2010 12:04:22 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 586+ views
    FoxNews,com ^ | May 21, 2010
    Prosecutors trying former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes are asking judges to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell as a witness in the U.N. case against the exiled leader. Prosecutors filed a motion asking for Campbell’s testimony about uncut “blood diamonds” given to Campbell by Taylor while the two attended a dinner at the home of South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997.
  • Israeli Firm Diggs For Diamonds

    06/02/2012 1:40:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/12
    Somewhere in the Carmel hills of northern Israel, diamond exploration company Shefa Yamim hopes to uncover the exact spot where faith meets science. Inspired by the words of a revered rabbi who prophesized that precious stones were divinely buried in the area, the firm has been mining for about a decade along the steep hills and lush valleys that surround the city of Haifa. Now, Shefa Yamim, the first and only diamond explorer in Israel, says it has found strong signs that significant diamond deposits are indeed hidden in the Holy Land, surprising many who had dismissed the mission as...
  • Only Two Things In Life Are Forever

    04/30/2012 10:35:13 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Two Diamonds Linked by Strange Quantum Entanglement

    12/03/2011 9:19:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Clara Moskowitz
    Scientists have linked two diamonds in a mysterious process called entanglement that is normally only seen on the quantum scale. Entanglement is so weird that Einstein dubbed it "spooky action at a distance." It's a strange effect where one object gets connected to another so that even if they are separated by large distances, an action performed on one will affect the other. Entanglement usually occurs with subatomic particles, and was predicted by the theory of quantum mechanics, which governs the realm of the very small... Because energy must be conserved in closed systems (where there's no input of outside...
  • Michelle's Fabulous Designer Diamonds: Taxpayer Paid?

    09/22/2011 4:06:55 AM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 36 replies
    CultureMap Houston ^ | 9-21-11 | Shelby Hodge
    Michelle Obama dazzles in New York, wearing diamond bangles by H-Town's Katie Decker That was no ordinary bling on the wrist of First Lady Michelle Obama at the DNC fundraiser in New York Tuesday night. Those fancy diamond cuffs were the creation of 23-year-old Katie Decker, whose namesake jewelry line has been making a serious splash since her graduation from Texas A&M two years ago. --- blah, blah, blah
  • Dog eats $10K worth of diamonds

    08/24/2011 7:28:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    WSMV Nashville, TN ^ | 8-23-11 | Jennifer Emert
    An Albany, Georgia dog apparently has a taste for the finer things in life. The pooch dined on a meal of $10,000 worth of diamonds. Honey Bun often walks the counters at John Ross Jewelers. He's not much of a guard dog, but he is great with customer relations. "He's been loved," said co-owner Chuck Roberts. Customers sometimes hide treats in their purse for Honey Bun, but the Roberts' recently learned this pampered pooch has more expensive taste. It happened two weeks ago when a customer came in. "A customer came in and I jumped up out of my chair...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • Rare Pink Diamond Sells for World Record 46 Million Dollars

    11/16/2010 4:19:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 17, 2010
    A rare pink diamond that is regarded as one of the most desirable and beautiful in the world was sold for a record 46.16 million dollars on Tuesday, smashing previous auction records for the sale of any single diamond or jewel, Sotheby's said. Sotheby's had valued the 24.78 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond mounted on a ring at 27 million to 38 million dollars (20 million to 28 million euros) ahead of the sale in a luxury lakeside hotel. But intense bidding wiped out the record of over 24 million dollars set during an auction in December 2008 in the...
  • Sri Lankan caught smuggling over 2,000 diamonds in swallowed condoms

    10/28/2010 11:31:48 AM PDT · by library user · 20 replies
    Thaindian News ^ | 10/28/2010
    ~ EXCERPT ~ CHENNAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) – A Sri Lankan Man, who had swallowed 2,060 diamonds worth up to Rs. 3 crore ($674,715 dollars) packed in several condoms, was arrested at an airport on Tuesday, local media reported Thursday. Mohammed Shakif, 43, of Galle, Sri Lanka, was smuggling the precious stones in 42 condoms and had just arrived in Chennai, located in the southern region of India, when a team of suburban police acting on a tip off inquired him. According to the police the precious stones were worth between Rs. 1.5 crore ($337,357 dollars) and Rs. 3 crore...
  • Kanye West teeth: Rapper shows off his permanent diamond and gold chompers

    10/22/2010 12:54:01 AM PDT · by tlb · 37 replies · 2+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | October 20th 2010, | Shari Weiss
    Don't count Kanye West as an official member of the ill grill club. His new chompers are all real - and permanent. After tweeting a picture in July that showed the hip-hop artist had a mouth full of bling, West explained on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday that he actually had gold and diamonds inserted to replace his bottom of row of teeth because he "just thought the diamonds were cooler." "I just like diamond teeth and I didn't feel like having to take them out all the time," West said.
  • Gem Diamonds unveils 196ct white diamond

    09/11/2010 3:32:18 PM PDT · by epithermal · 26 replies
    Mining Journal ^ | 7 Sep 2010 | Mining Journal
    An “exceptional” 196ct rough white diamond was recovered from Gem Diamonds Ltd’s majority-owned Letseng mine in Lesotho last month. On announcing its August 24 recovery, the company said: “this remarkable rough diamond is expected to achieve a substantial price per carat as preliminary examinations indicate that it is expected to produce top colour and top clarity polished diamonds”. The Letseng mine has produced three of the world’s 20 largest diamonds since Gem Diamonds acquired the asset in 2006. These include the 603ct Lesotho Promise (in August 2006) worth US$12.4 million, the 493ct Letseng Legacy (in September 2007) worth US$10.4 million,...
  • Naomi Campbell 'blood diamond' scandal brings out other famous anti-gunners

    08/11/2010 5:01:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 August, 2010 | David Codrea
    Getty Images What Naomi Campbell knew about the "blood diamonds" she received from Liberia's former warlord/president, "monopoly of violence" advocate, and Hague war crimes defendant Charles Taylor, is the subject of conflicting testimony. Likewise, her motives for deciding she couldn't keep a gift that could have resulted in criminal charges against her is suspect. Was she "flirting" with a bloody-handed tyrant? Did she know the "dirty stones" she says she got from his henchmen (and there's a word you don't hear much outside of The Venture Bros. episodes these days) were really valuable gems? Does she care about how such...
  • The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist

    08/03/2010 10:27:34 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 8+ views
    fused film ^ | Joshua Davis
    We wrote a story last year that Bad Robot productions that JJ Abrams’ owned production company secured rights to “The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist”? well now a year has passed and the studio has finally found a writer to script the movie. Heat Vision reports that Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote and directed Field of Dreams, co-wrote Sneakers, and last directed The Sum of All Fears, will script this untitled heist project for Bad Robot and Paramount. The film is inspired by a Wired magazine article chronicled the true story of a modern day diamond heist...
  • LeBron treasure found at yard sale

    07/14/2010 1:15:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    NewsNet5/WEWS TV ^ | 7-14-10 | Curtis Jackson
    When Vaneisha Robinson bought a diamond studded pendant in the shape of LeBron James' number 23 jersey at a yard sale four years ago, she thought it was costume jewelry. "I used to go to high school with it around my neck, not knowing the value of it," Robinson said. Robinson got curious about the pendant's value a few months ago when she noticed the diamonds were set in the same way real ones are. She took it to a local jewelry store for a once-over.
  • Mugabe threatens to flood the world with diamonds ...

    07/14/2010 5:45:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2010 | Staff
    Robert Mugabe has threatened to flood the world's diamond markets - despite being slapped down by the world's diamond control body. The Zimbabwean president said his nation's massive reserves of diamonds have 'huge potential' to revive the shattered economy. He said Zimbabwe can account for one-fourth of the world's diamond supply
  • Leader of Diamond Hijacking Crew Sentenced in Federal Court to 32 Years in Prison

    05/22/2010 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 393+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | May 20, 2010 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of New York
    PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HECTOR RIVERA was sentenced today to 32 years in prison for leading a robbery and extortion crew that targeted diamond businesses and shipments from the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan. United States District Judge HAROLD BAER, JR., also ordered RIVERA to forfeit $2.93 million in criminal proceeds. According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial: RIVERA was the leader of a robbery and extortion crew that operated primarily in the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan from at least 2003 through December...
  • $17,000 Antique Ring Found in Goodwill Donation

    04/28/2010 1:19:03 PM PDT · by wrrock · 4 replies · 405+ views
    WGAL ^ | 4/28/2010 | WGAL via MSN
    Watch a report from WGAL in Harrisburg, where a $17,000.00 diamond ring (2.6 carat) was donated and will be auctioned off on Goodwill’s site. It is being recorded as a donation, and is the largest Goodwill donation ever in the Pennsylvania area. WATCH $17K ANTIQUE RING DONATED to GOODWILL...
  • Diamonds are running out, says De Beers

    04/25/2010 5:06:50 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 58 replies · 1,984+ views ^ | 4-25-2010 |
    De Beers says it will reduce its production to extend the life of its mines. Taking into account the moderated output diamond prices could rise by at least 5 per cent a year for the next five years, according to Des Kilalea, a diamond analyst at RBC Capital Markets. In 2008 De Beers produced 48m carats and the company will cut production to 40m in 2011. In the last two decades the industry has found no new diamond deposit to match the two biggest mines in Africa, owned by De Beers, or the best Russian mines of Alrosa, the other...
  • Naomi Campbell Explodes After ABC News 'Blood Diamond' Questions [Kick Naomi Off Her TV Gig!]

    04/22/2010 6:51:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 1,520+ views
    ABCNews ^ | April 22nd 2010 | ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSS
    Naomi Campbell Explodes After ABC News 'Blood Diamond' Questions Fashion Model Denies Allegations She Took 'Huge' Uncut Gem from African Despot Charles Taylor but Refuses to Cooperate in 'Crimes Against Humanity' Trial By ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSS Apr. 22, 2010 Allegations that fashion model Naomi Campbell was given a "blood diamond" by the deposed African despot Charles Taylor have become center stage at Taylor's trial for crimes against humanity and led to another one of Campbell's infamous outbursts of anger. The supermodel erupted when ABC News asked her about receiving a "blood diamond" "I didn't receive a diamond and...
  • Diamond Sold for Record Breaking $35.3M

    02/26/2010 2:16:49 PM PST · by cajuncow · 5 replies · 549+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2-26-10 | Associated Press
    AP) A 507-carat diamond as big as a chicken's egg sold for $35.3 million, breaking the record for the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond, the supplier said Friday. The stone- which weighs just over 3.53 ounces - was estimated to be among the world's top 20 high-quality rough diamonds. It was discovered in September at South Africa's Cullinan mine. London-listed diamond supplier Petra Diamonds Ltd. said the gem was purchased by Hong Kong-based private jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook Jewelry Co. Ltd.
  • 32-carat diamond sells for $7.7M at NYC auction

    10/22/2009 2:21:06 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies · 1,143+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Oct 21 2009 | ULA ILNYTZKY
    NEW YORK – A square, 32.01-carat emerald-cut diamond that billionaire philanthropist Leonore Annenberg bought for her 90th birthday sold for $7.7 million at auction on Wednesday. About the size of a walnut, the flawless, colorless diamond sits on a ring designed by Manhattan jeweler David Webb. It is flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds, one of them 1.61 carats and the other 1.51 carats. The ring was offered for sale by Annenberg's estate. Christie's auction house did not identify the buyer, who bid by phone. Annenberg died in March at the age of 91. She served as U.S. chief of protocol...
  • Goin' Down Slow, Stuck In The Ditch, And The Story Of the Hope Diamond

    10/04/2009 4:56:02 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 8 replies · 577+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | October 4, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    Old Southern Medical Remedies Burns: My grandmother would often use mayonnaise applied directly to the burn area.Acme, pimples, Skin infection, etc: One full Tablespoon of Nutmeg, repeat as necessary. My grandmother said this would “cure the blood”.Castol Oil: May be use as a laxative. My grandmother would try to give me a tablespoon of castol oil whenever constipated however I could never swallow this stuff and would always gag. She gave up after many attempts of chasing me around the house.Sunburn: Vinegar. I used to sunburn often and my grandmother always would apply vinegar on a cloth and lightly pat...
  • Diamonds are Forever?

    08/17/2009 5:22:18 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 1,215+ views
    SBS Dateline ^ | August 16, 2009 | Ginny Stein
    In recent years, African diamonds have lost much of their lustre. The ruthless hunt for so-called blood diamonds delivered little more than brutal civil wars and misery upon that continent, no more so than in Liberia, which is still recovering from years of conflict. But when Hillary Clinton touched down there on her African tour this week, she cited another nation, Botswana, as a role model for dealing with the precious stones. As Ginny Stein reports, a massive diamond deposit appears to be a godsend for the once sleepy country. REPORTER: Ginny Stein For over 40 years in an arid,...
  • Were Pink Panthers Behind Last Week's Record-Breaking Gem Heist? ($65 Million)

    08/14/2009 6:50:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 10 replies · 741+ views ^ | 08/14/09 | CORNELIA TREPTOW
    here is growing speculation that the $65 million heist of an exclusive London jewelry store was the work of a notorious band of European jewel thieves known to police as the Pink Panthers. A key element in the speculation is that the men who looted Graff Diamonds on New Bond Street Aug. 6 made no effort to hide their faces, suggesting that they had been able to alter their looks with "Mission Impossible" style prosthetic make-up. Disguises as well as lightning-quick robberies have been hallmarks of the Pink Panthers who last year dressed as blond women to get past security...
  • $65M in Gems Stolen in London Heist (Test: Who had the hand guhs?)

    08/12/2009 5:50:14 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 62 replies · 2,376+ views ^ | 8/12/2009 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER,
    Two well-dressed thieves walked into a London Bond Street jewelry store last week and, after brandishing handguns at shop workers, made off with $65 million worth of gems in one of Britain's biggest jewelry heists, police said Tuesday.
  • Graff Diamonds £40 Million Jewellery Robbery Is Britain's Biggest Gem Heist [$65M]

    08/11/2009 10:21:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 581+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 11, 2009
    Graff Diamonds £40 million jewellery robbery is Britain's biggest gem heist A £40 million raid on Graff Diamonds, the Mayfair jewellers, is thought to be the biggest ever gems heist in Britain. Richard Edwards 11 Aug 2009 Scotland Yard have issued CCTV images of two men dressed in suits, concealing handguns, who escaped with 43 rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches from the central London store last week. They threatened staff at Graff’s with handguns, briefly seized a woman employee as a hostage, and fired warning shots as they made a getaway in a series of cars. The two men, thought...
  • Did a Comet Cause a North American Die-Off around 13,000 Years Ago?

    07/23/2009 7:00:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies · 1,543+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 20, 2009 | Brendan Borrell
    Researchers have found shock-synthesized hexagonal diamonds on one of California's Channel Islands, which they say is the strongest evidence yet that a comet exploded in the atmosphere above North America, causing widespread extinctions there around 12,900 years ago... In 2007 researchers theorized that a comet set off continental fires that led to the mysterious disappearance of the Clovis people and the extermination of 35 mammal genera, including mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths and camels. The team documented a "black mat" of charcoal throughout North America that contains high levels of iridium, magnetic spheres, and nano-diamonds, which are consistent with such an...
  • Volcanoes and Meteoroids Make Materials Harder Than Diamond

    07/03/2009 11:24:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 774+ views
    Discover ^ | June 24, 2009 | Adam Hadhazy
    The reputation of diamond as the hardest material around is under threat. Researchers in China and the United States recently determined that two naturally occurring substances surpass diamond’s resistance to scratching and indentation. They calculated that the mineral lonsdaleite—made of carbon, like diamond—is 58 percent harder than its famous cousin. And wurtzite boron nitride beats diamond’s hardness by about 18 percent after being subjected to pressure, which alters its atomic bonds. Still, in the short term diamond will continue to dominate in practical applications such as saws, drill bits, and industrial abrasives, since the newly studied materials are extremely rare....
  • Belgium Diamond Theft May Be Largest

    02/18/2003 2:17:55 PM PST · by Michael2001 · 10 replies · 387+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Feb. 18 2003 | RAF CASERT
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Thieves emptied more than 100 vaults at a diamond trading center in what officials said might be the largest theft ever in Antwerp, the gem trading capital of the world. Authorities were still trying Tuesday to determine the amount of the loss from the cellar of a building that houses dozens of gem trading companies in a city that has been a center of the trade in precious stones since the 16th century. The thieves bypassed heavy security to steal the diamonds from 123 of 160 vaults in the cellar of the Antwerp Diamond Center over the...
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...