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September 24, 2018

Vibrant Red ‘Whitney Flame Topaz’ Joins the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection

An extraordinarily rare 48.86-carat vibrant red topaz is the newest member of the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection. The teardrop-shaped gem, which was acquired for the museum by philanthropist Coralyn Wright Whitney, made its debut this past Thursday at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the "Whitney Flame Topaz," the gem is […]

September 20, 2018

5-Carat Fancy Vivid Blue ‘Ai’ (Love) Diamond Could Fetch $15 Million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong

A 5-carat fancy vivid blue diamond named "Ai" — the Chinese word for love — will be flirting with a world record when it hits the auction block at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite event in Hong Kong on October 3. The auction house is estimating that the richly colored step-cut gem will sell in […]

September 19, 2018

Emmy Winner Proposes During Live Broadcast With a Ring ‘More Valuable Than The Hope Diamond’

To director Glenn Weiss, the simple gold wedding band his dad placed on his mom’s finger 67 years ago is “more valuable than The Hope Diamond” — a fact that grew ever more significant when the Emmy winner proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen on stage while accepting his award for “Outstanding Directing for a […]

September 18, 2018

33-Carat Diamond and Platinum Tiara With Ties to Spanish Royalty Comes to Auction at Bonhams

On Wednesday of next week, a very rare and cleverly crafted platinum tiara with ties to Spanish royalty will be offered for sale at Bonhams, London. Reflecting the refined aesthetics of the Belle Époque period — the "beautiful era" of relative peace and prosperity prior to World War I — this 33.5-carat diamond tiara was […]

September 17, 2018

Italian Archaeologists Discover Hundreds of Roman Gold Coins Dating Back 1,500 Years

Archaeologists working in the basement of a demolished theater in Northern Italy recently unearthed a soapstone jar literally bursting with Roman gold coins dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. The pristine coins were pulled from the site of the former Cressoni theater, which is located in Como, near the Swiss border. Hundreds […]

September 13, 2018

Aussie Nickel Miner Hits Golden Mother Lode, Including Two Huge Rocks Worth $5 Million

Until last week, RNC Minerals had been running a ho-hum nickel operation at the Beta Hunt Mine in southwestern Australia. But, when a gold vein was discovered about 1,600 feet underground, the miner decided to do some deeper blasting — and the results were spectacular. From a single cut, the miner extracted 9,250 ounces of […]

September 12, 2018

Empowering Colors, Joyful Hues Dominate Spring/Summer 2019 Palette: Pantone

Empowering colors and joyful hues dominate Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report for the Spring/Summer of 2019. According to the Pantone Color Institute’s experts, this new palette of 12 standout colors is illuminating the runways of NY Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday in Manhattan. Fiesta / Jester Red / Turmeric / Living Coral The 12 […]

September 11, 2018

Largest Purplish-Pink Diamond Ever Graded by GIA Headlines Alrosa’s ‘True Colour’ Auction

The largest fancy deep purplish-pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America will headline Alrosa's first-ever "True Colour" auction of colored polished diamonds. The 11.06-carat, cushion-cut gem is one of 250 colorful diamonds that Alrosa will display at the Hong Kong Gem & Jewelry Fair, which opens on Wednesday. The Russian mining company […]

September 10, 2018

$1.7 Million ‘Discovery’ Coin Pays Tribute to Early Prospectors of Aussie Gold and Diamonds

Inspired by the "holey dollar," Australia's first official currency, The Perth Mint recently unveiled a $1.7 million collector coin that pays tribute to early prospectors of the nation’s most treasured natural riches — gold and pink diamonds. The Discovery coin weighs 2,000 grams (4.41 pounds) and has an unusual design reminiscent of a donut and […]

September 6, 2018

FBI Recovers Stolen Ruby Slippers; Smithsonian’s Mismatched Pair Finds Its Mates

FBI agents announced Tuesday that they had recovered the pair of Ruby Slippers snatched 13 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. Considered one of the most iconic pieces of Hollywood memorabilia, the Ruby Slippers were made famous by the child star in her role as Dorothy in the 1939 MGM […]