3.37 Carat ‘Purple Orchid’ Diamond

Dubbed the “Purple Orchid”, this cushion cut fancy intense pinkish-purple natural diamond is an extraordinary gem by any standards, and is also one of the largest purple diamonds in the world. At 3.37 carats and with VS2 clarity, it is a truly rare find.

Natural purple diamonds are split into two categories: violet diamonds, which are less rare and lean towards blue-grey on the color spectrum, and (more…)

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Japanese Jeweler Creates Gold Godzilla Statue Worth $1.5M for 60th Anniversary

gold godzillaIt has been 60 years since one of the most recognizable movie monsters hit the big screen, and a Japanese jeweler has chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Godzilla in a big way.

To honor the “king of monsters”, fine jeweler Ginza Tanaka has created a replica made of 24-karat gold worth over $1.5 million. At just over 23cm tall, it weighs an almost surprising 15 kilos – until you realize that (more…)

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One of Seven “Lost” Imperial Faberge Eggs Found at Flea Market

faberge eggOne man’s trash turned out to be Russia’s priceless treasure.

An unidentified man made the deal of a lifetime when he picked up a genuine Faberge egg at a flea market in a small town in the U.S. Midwest for $14,000.

During one of his routine trips to the local flea market, he spied a small golden ornament on a vendor’s overcrowded table. It was barely three inches long, with an elaborately designed (more…)

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Dynamic Duo of Jewels Once Owned by Pope Paul VI Auction for $1.9 Million

pope paul viTwo extremely rare papal treasures once owned by Pope Paul VI have resurfaced recently and are up for auction at New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques. Together, the diamond and emerald cross and diamond halo ring share a combined estimate of over $1.9 million.

The duo was famously donated by the Pope to the United Nations in 1965, in hopes that the proceeds would help aid humanitarian efforts. Two (more…)

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10 Olympic Athletes Received a Commemorative Meteorite-Embedded Medal at Sochi 2014

sochi winter

On February 15th, in addition to taking home the Sochi 2014 gold medal for first place in their respective events, all 10 winners also received a special hand-engraved medal embedded with a fragment of Chelyabinsk meteorite.

This day marked the one year anniversary of when a 7,000-tonne, 17 metre meteor flew across the Russian sky and crashed down close to the city of Chelyabinsk with the force (more…)

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Ilaria Lanzoni

ilaria lanzoniAt Hearts on Fire University 2013, I also had the pleasure of meeting Ilaria Lanzoni, the creative mind behind the Hearts on Fire jewelry collections. Ilaria is the first jewelry designer to work with Hearts on Fire, joining on as the Director of Design in early 2012 with 17 years of design expertise under her belt. Since then, she has created four spectacular collections: Copley, Illa, Lorelei, and (more…)

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Master Cutter Brian McHardy

HOFU BMH 3This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Hearts on Fire University held in Las Vegas. What is the HOF University? It is an annual conference to which all of the Hearts on Fire retailers are invited to get together to share stories and ideas, as well as learn more about the company and the brand.

What I was looking forward to the most, and also the highlight of my trip, was being able to watch (more…)

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Gold Grows on Trees

Gold TreeMoney may not grow on trees but Aussie Researches tell us that gold certainly can.  A recent study reveals that the roots of eucalyptus trees have the ability to draw up gold particles from the soil, which in turn collects in their leaves and branches. Although growing gold in this manner would hardly be worth the effort, the more important finding is that the precious metal in the leaves can indicate (more…)

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Egyptian male toe rings fashion or medicine

Egypt Archeologists have acquired evidence of males in ancient Egypt who wore copper alloy toe rings more than 3,300 years ago. It is a mystery as to if the rings were merely fashion or had magical healing properties. Copper has a high conductivity rate and is known to move charged particles and electrons, since our body has an electrical circuitry it’s no doubt why Egyptians could have used a copper ring (more…)

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