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Rare flawless diamond fetches US$15.7m in Hong Kong auction

Fpo - An exceedingly rare 102-carat flawless white diamond sold for $15.7 million at an online auction in Hong Kong on Monday evening.Described as "completely flawless" by auctioneer Sotheby's, the 102.

Hatton Garden jewel heist ringleader ordered to pay back £6 mn

London - The ringleader of the heist gang behind one of the biggest burglaries in English legal history has been ordered to pay back nearly £6 million or serve an extra seven years in jail, police said on Thursday.

Romanians who scammed $1m in diamonds jailed in France

Castres - Three Romanians were sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for stealing diamonds worth $1.1 million in an elaborate swindle of a French jeweller and his Indian business partner.

The ethical gold rush: Gilded age for guilt-free jewellery

Paris - Forget how many carats -- how ethical is your gold? As high-end consumers demand to know the origin of their treasures, some jewellers are ensuring they use responsibly sourced, eco-friendly or recycled gold.

Over 3 years, Denmark seizes 25,000 euros from migrants

Copenhagen - Denmark has seized just over 25,000 euros from migrants arriving in the country in the three years since passing a controversial law allowing for the confiscation of valuables, police said Thursday.

Marie Antoinette's jewels up for auction in Geneva

Geneva - Marie Antoinette's diamonds and pearls, not seen in public for two centuries, go under the hammer in Geneva Wednesday in what has been billed as one of the most important royal jewellery auctions in history.

Armed robbers flee with luxury watches after Paris heist

Paris - Two armed men fled with several luxury watches after bursting into a branch of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Paris's chic eighth arrondissement on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of robberies in the French capital.

Indian investigators arrest three over bank fraud

New Delhi - Indian investigators have arrested three people who allegedly helped a billionaire jeweller obtain fake documents for overseas loans in one of the country's biggest bank scams, an official said Saturday.

19 face trial over spectacular Brussels diamond heist

Brussels - The trial of 19 suspects believed to be involved in a spectacular $50 million diamond heist at Brussels airport in 2013, opened Wednesday in the Belgian capital.

London heist gang ordered to pay up or face more jail

London - The four elderly ringleaders behind a massive London heist were ordered Tuesday to pay back millions of pounds or face another seven years behind bars.

Qatari-owned jewels stolen in audacious Venice heist

Rome - Thieves made off with several items of Indian maharajahs' treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family after an audacious heist Wednesday at the Doge's palace in Venice, police said.

In US, diamonds are a millennial's best friend

New York - Diamonds are making a comeback in America as more millennials fall for crystals long associated with "eternal" love.US diamond demand hit $40 billion in 2016, up 4.

Diamond earrings fetch record $57.4-million at Swiss auction

Geneva - Two spectacular diamonds mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) Tuesday at auction in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby's said.The earrings were sold as separate lots.

'Pink Star' diamond set to fetch record price in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A plum-sized pink diamond is expected to break the world record for a gemstone early next month when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday.The 59.

Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist

Monaco - Monaco police were hunting for two suspects Saturday after a daring afternoon robbery at the famous French jeweller Cartier, prompting a brief lockdown of the tiny principality and jet set haven.

Divine diamonds: Sierra Leone pastor's 709-carat find

Freetown - Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.

Divine diamonds: Sierra Leone pastor's 709-carat find

Freetown - Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.

Seven held over $72 mn Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005

Den Haag - Seven people have been arrested over the robbery of $72 million (67 million euros) in jewellery, one the world's biggest ever heists, from Amsterdam's airport nearly 12 years ago, authorities said Saturday.

World-famous diamond inspires new and bloody history

New Delhi - Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world's most famous diamond the Koh-i-Noor surpasses them all, with a litany of horrors that rivals "Game of Thrones".

Disposing of hot Kardashian gems puts robbers in a bind

Paris - Pulling off a $10 million dollar jewel heist is one thing -- but finding a buyer is another, say experts, predicting that the robbers who targeted Kim Kardashian would struggle to dispose of their loot.

Turkey police seize 'Kadhafi's dagger' in Istanbul: Report

Ankara - Turkish police have seized a jewel-encrusted ivory dagger said to have belonged to Libya's late leader Moamer Kadhafi and which was going to be sold for millions of dollars on the black market, Anadolu news agency reported.

Rare blue diamond aims for record price at Geneva auction

Geneva - A dazzling blue diamond once owned by mining magnate Philip Oppenheimer could fetch a record sale price Wednesday, with auction house Christie's hoping it tops the staggering $48.4 million mark set last year.The 14.

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

Sydney - A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of Rio Tinto's annual pink diamonds showcase, the company said Tuesday.

Armed robbers hold up Paris jewellers

Paris - Two robbers armed with a gun and grenade stormed one of Paris' best known jewellers on Tuesday in the latest brazen daylight strike on luxury boutiques in the French capital.

Trio convicted over 'biggest burglary in English legal history'

London - Three men were found guilty Thursday of involvement in an audacious London heist that drew comparisons with the film "Ocean's Eleven" -- albeit with pensioners filling the leading roles.

Alleged UK heist gang far from silver-screen glitz

London - The press has compared the gang alleged to be behind one of Britain's most audacious jewellery heists to the glamorous thieves of Hollywood movie Ocean's Eleven, but the reality is much less sexy.

Thieves score 5 mn euros in jewels in Paris smash-and-grab

Paris - French police were on Thursday hunting a trio of thieves who made off with a handbag containing five million euros' worth of Chanel jewels in a smash-and-grab on the highway between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.

Trial over one of world's biggest jewellery heists opens in Paris

Paris - The trial of eight people accused of stealing gems and watches worth more than 100 million euros ($114 million) in a double heist at a Harry Winston jewellery shop kicked off Tuesday in Paris.

Christie's to auction off world's biggest blue diamond

Geneva - The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday."The Blue", a shimmering pear-shaped rock the colour of cobalt and weighing 13.

Swiss watchmakers clock record exports in 2013

Z - Swiss watchmakers saw their export growth slow down significantly last year, but they still clocked a new record high, the Swiss Watch Industry said on Thursday.Swiss watch exports edged up 1.9 percent in 2013 to a record 21.
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