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  • Billion-Year-Old Black Diamond Rumored To Be “From Space” Up For Auction

    02/04/2022 12:48:50 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | February 04, 2022 | Dr. Alfredo Carpineti
    The largest cut diamond in the world is about to go up for auction. The extraordinary jewel, nicknamed "The Enigma" is a billions-year-old Fancy Black diamond that is rumored to originate from space. According to the auction house, the stone is a carbonado black diamond, which are extremely rare, occur naturally, and usually date from 2.6 to 3.8 billion years old. It contains nitrogen and hydrogen but also a mineral called osbornite usually found in meteorites, which suggests an outer space connection. What that connection is exactly is unclear, however. Extraterrestrial diamonds from meteorites are tiny, usually nano-sized. This diamond...
  • Man Finds 'Spectacular' 4.87-Carat Diamond in State Park

    12/22/2023 9:53:23 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 20 Dec 2023 | Alice Gibbs
    In a dazzling turn of events, a man has unearthed a 4.87-carat diamond during his first ever visit to the renowned Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Jerry Evans, accompanied by his girlfriend, stumbled upon the precious find within the first 10 minutes of their expedition back in the spring. Initially he mistook the radiant gem for a mere piece of clear glass, but it turned out to be much more. The unsuspecting treasure hunter casually stashed the gem in his pocket among other collected items before heading home. "When they called and told me it was real, I...
  • Video shows California diamond shop workers fight off smash-and-grab robbers

    05/23/2022 2:22:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2022 | By Danielle Wallace
    Shocking surveillance footage shows California jewelry store workers fighting back after several smash-and-grabber robbers rush into the shop and attempt to make off with valuable gems. FOX 5 San Diego obtained the video showing at least four individuals wearing hooded sweatshirts run into Princess Bride Diamonds, located in Bella Terra mall in Huntington Beach. One of the suspects uses a hammer to smash open a glass display case, as others rush in carrying backpacks. But workers at the store quickly jumped into action, running toward the would-be thieves. The employees, including a brother and sister who work for their father...
  • Made-from-CO2 concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

    10/04/2021 10:28:26 AM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2021 | Jane Lanhee Lee and Nia Williams
    What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention. Some use bacteria. Some use proteins. Some use chemical processes to speed natural reactions. Most pull apart the carbon and the oxygen in CO2 to create another chemical that is used to make consumers goods. Companies in the area raised over $800 million so far this year, more than tripling from 2020, according to a Reuters review of data from...
  • Botswana reaks Own Diamond Record with New Discovery

    07/10/2021 1:23:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Africa News ^ | 7/8/2012
    A huge rough diamond, an impressive stone with a silvery sheen that fits in the palm of a hand, was discovered in June in Botswana, the Canadian company Lucara said Wednesday. The 1,174-carat gem, discovered on June 12, steals third place on the podium of the world's largest diamonds from another exceptional stone found a few days earlier, on June 1, in the same country but by another mining company. This is a "historic discovery, for us and for Botswana as well," commented Lucara's Managing Director, Naseem Lahri. "In the hierarchy of large stones, it ranks third," she proudly told...
  • No Joke: Parrot in Bangkok Swallows 21 Diamonds After Raiding Owner's Jewellery Box

    06/24/2021 10:53:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JUNE 24, 2021 | Amierul Rashid
    A diamond is forever but what happens if you throw a parrot into the mix? On Tuesday (June 22), Frosty, a pet parrot in Bangkok, Thailand, raided its owner's jewellery box and appeared to be enamoured of what it had found inside. A diamond necklace caught the bird's eye and that spelt trouble — Frosty decided to gobble the sparkly jewels up for breakfast. By lunchtime, the eight-month-old sun parakeet looked weak and had lost its appetite. Noticing something was off, the bird's owner quickly brought it to the nearby Animal Space Hospital for an X-ray. Chances are she (and...
  • Gun-wielding robber holds up 62-year-old driver and pepper sprays him in the face before fleeing with six bags of diamonds and gold dust from his car

    06/08/2021 5:29:50 PM PDT · by algore · 13 replies
    The male suspect, who was wielding a gun, targeted the victim in Brooklyn, New York on Monday afternoon He stole a satchel from the victim that contained six packets of diamonds worth $200,000 and a 50-ounce package of gold dust, which is worth $95,000 It wasn't immediately clear if the victim was a jewel merchant The victim told police the gun-wielding robber jumped into the passenger seat of his car before binding his feet and hands The robber then sprayed what was believed to be pepper spray in the man's face before fleeing the scene
  • Jewelry maker Pandora moves toward lab-made diamonds

    05/15/2021 4:13:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Pandora’s new collection of lab-grown diamonds will be launched initially in the United Kingdom and will be available in other key markets next year, it said. Pandora said it expected the diamond market to continue to grow, with sales of lab-grown diamonds outpacing overall growth. Pandora’s lab-grown gems will be made using a technology in which a hydrocarbon gas mixture is heated to 800 Celsius (1,472 Fahrenheit), spurring carbon atoms to be deposited on a small seed diamond, growing into a crystal layer by layer. Pandora, which has until now sourced mined diamonds from KGK Diamonds, said it will get...
  • Florida Woman Accused of Shooting Officer Serving Warrant

    01/02/2021 4:26:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 29 December, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    On 28 September 2020, a warrant was served in Jacksonville Florida, just before 8 a.m. The warrant was not a no-knock warrant. There is evidence the officers serving the warrant attempted to announce themselves with loudspeakers and by knocking. The warrant was served by a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team and the DEA. When they did not get an answer, they started to break in. They were not wearing body cameras. Diamonds Ford started shooting at them. She hit one officer in his vest, which saved him from a bullet wound. She called 911 and told the operator her...
  • When Famed Hope Diamond Was Mailed

    09/04/2020 11:21:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Telangana Today ^ | 4th Sep 2020
    To help ensure it didn’t accidentally fall out of the pocket, he did, at the least, use a safety pin to secure the pouch inside the pocket. The famed 45.52 carat Hope Diamond — estimated to have formed around 1.1 billion years ago — after about four centuries of various private ownership was donated in 1958 by Harry Winston to the National Museum of Natural History for their gem collection. Rather than personally transporting the incredibly valuable diamond to said the institution, Winston simply boxed it up and put it in the regular mail, trusting that the US postal service...
  • Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

    08/25/2020 6:44:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 123 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 25, 2020 | Loz Blain
    Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it Here shown as a small, circuit board mounted design, the nano diamond battery has the potential to totally upend the energy equation since it never needs charging and lasts many, many years NDB California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years without ever needing a charge. They will offer higher power density than lithium-ion. They will be nigh-on indestructible and...
  • Planeloads of Cash From Russia Have Been Shipped to Venezuela

    11/01/2019 11:55:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 1, 2019 | Patricia Laya
    Hundreds of millions of dollars in cash has been shipped from Russia to Venezuela, providing a lifeline to the South American country as U.S. sanctions limit its access to the global financial system. A total of $315 million of U.S. dollar and euro notes were sent in six separate shipments from Moscow to Caracas from May 2018 to April 2019, according to data reviewed by Bloomberg from ImportGenius, which compiled Russian customs records it obtains through private sources. ...As a consequence of the scrutiny, the central bank is conducting more transactions in cash, sometimes offering local clients access to euro...
  • Hunter Biden’s Chinese Firm Invested in African ‘Blood Mine’

    01/02/2020 7:23:20 PM PST · by AnthonySoprano · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/2/2020 | Haris Alic
    The Chosen one, Hunter Biden’s Chinese Money connected to African “Blood mines.” A private equity firm bankrolled by the Chinese government that is tied to Hunter Biden, invested in an alleged African “blood mine.”
  • Obama Sending Attorney General to Zurich to Lobby for World Cup 2022 in U.S. (Really)

    11/29/2010 4:39:13 PM PST · by kristinn · 69 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Mark Knoller
    Attorney General Holder heads to Zurich, Switzerland tomorrow to lobby to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2022.Justice Dept. says Holder is making the trip to Zurich at the request of Pres. Obama to show US commitment to host World Cup in 2022. Pres. Obama lost U.S. effort in '09 to host 2016 Summer Olympics. WH hopes Holder's mission to Zurich doesn't end up a Swiss miss.Perhaps we'll find out more about the World Cup mission from Holder's cables in the next WikiLeaks document disclosures.
  • Two Israelis Arrested on Suspicion of Smuggling Zimbabwe Diamonds

    12/29/2010 4:39:23 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies · 4+ views
    Israel Diamond ^ | 27.12.10, 09:36
    Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling rough diamonds from Zimbabwe into Israel, news outlets report. Last week, customs officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport reportedly stopped one man for a random check as he was leaving the airport through the "nothing to declare" lane and found a number of rough diamonds in his clothing pockets. When questioned, the man reportedly told authorities that he was employed in Zimbabwe as a water consultant and had been instructed to bring the diamonds – which do not carry Kimberley Process certification – to Israel by a diamond trader. When the diamond...
  • Blood Diamonds: Still Bloody (w/ Islamic Al-Qaeda & Hezbollah)

    05/29/2010 7:33:50 PM PDT · by Righting · 2 replies · 189+ views
    worldpress ^ | May 14, 2010 | Teri Schure
    West Africa is a well known transit center for smuggled diamonds, especially for Lebanese traders, with many sales funding criminal and terrorist groups. European and American intelligence sources have long known that Hezbollah has raised significant amounts of money in West Africa through the largely Shiite Muslim Lebanese communities in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo. There are an estimated 120,000 Lebanese in West Africa, mostly involved in import-export businesses.
  • Giuliani's Profitable Partnership

    11/30/2007 7:55:34 PM PST · by Fred · 25 replies · 316+ views
    WSJ ^ | December 1, 2007 | By MARY JACOBY and ANDREW MORSE
    A partnership Rudy Giuliani forged with a wealthy diamond-trading family from Israel helped his effort to expand his fledgling consulting business in Japan, and generated more than $600,000 in speaking fees for the Republican presidential candidate. The former New York mayor's previously undisclosed relationship with the Sage Capital Growth -- a medium-size private equity firm associated with the diamond-trading Steinmetz family of Israel -- shows how money came his way after he earned international acclaim leading the city through the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It offers a peek at Mr. Giuliani's closely held five-year-old consulting business, New York-based Giuliani...
  • Saudis Gave the Obama Team Suitcases of Jewels Before Muslim Apology Tour (Explains Obama's Bow)

    06/10/2018 2:48:58 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 43 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 10, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Now we know one reason why Obama bowed to the Saudi monarch. The Saudi Kingdom gave the Obama team suitcases of jewels during their infamous Apology Tour.
  • Thieves Steal Priceless Diamonds In Heist At Dresden's 'Green Vault' Museum

    11/26/2019 1:04:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/325/2019
    olice are searching for the bold thieves who made off with priceless diamonds and other historic treasures from the Grünes Gewölbe, or "Green Vault," state museum in Dresden, Germany, early Monday. The museum has a large collection of jewels, Baroque artifacts and intricately crafted golden tableaux amassed between 1723 and 1730 by August the Strong, the Saxon elector and arts patron who later became king of Poland. Early reports of the heist sparked incredulity and worries about how much was taken, since the historic Green Vault collection includes thousands of rare and irreplaceable items. The loot's material value seems to...
  • ‘Cache of diamonds’: Trump-Biden impeachment fight originates with corrupt chauffeur

    11/14/2019 4:32:47 AM PST · by gattaca · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2019 | Joel Gehrke
    Sixty-five diamonds and a shady chauffeur underpin the investigation that doomed former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin and grew into an impeachment investigation targeting President Trump. Shokin earned the enmity of the United States government through his loyalty to a chauffeur who was caught with a "cache of diamonds" after Shokin gave him a job as a local prosecutor, a key impeachment witness told lawmakers. The ex-driver, Oleksandr Korniyets, abused his position to force wealthy businessmen to give him money in order to avoid criminal charges, George Kent, one of the State Department’s top officials for Europe, testified. Korniyets' misdeeds...