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'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia
'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of annual showcase.

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia
The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond set in the crown. ©Reuters
Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

Pakistan asks Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore.

Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown
Rio Tinto puts 'vivid' pink and red diamonds on market
Rio Tinto puts 'vivid' pink and red diamonds on market

Sixty-five extremely rare pink and red diamonds were unveiled Friday by mining giant Rio Tinto which expects the stones from a remote western Australia mine to fetch record prices.

Rio Tinto puts 'vivid' pink and red diamonds on market
Indian workers cut and polish diamonds on a production line at a processing centre in Surat. ©AF
Diamond deals to add sparkle to India-Russian ties

India's gemstone industry will hope to add some sparkle to ties between New Delhi and Moscow this week.

Diamond deals to add sparkle to India-Russian ties
"Blue Moon" diamond unveiled in LA Origin: United States
"Blue Moon" diamond unveiled in LA Origin: United States

Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum unveiled the "Blue Moon Diamond," a 12-carat gem described as one of the rarest stones in the world.

"Blue Moon" diamond unveiled in LA Origin: United States
Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million
Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million

A spectacular blue diamond, the largest in its category, fetched a total of $23.79 million (17.35 million euros) at a Christie's auction in Geneva.

Flawless blue diamond sells for $24 million
Graff Vivid Diamond. Photo courtesy of forbes.com
100-carat yellow diamond fetches $16 million at auction

A 100-carat yellow diamond sold for 14.5 million Swiss francs ($16.3 million,11.9 million euros) at auction in Geneva.

100-carat yellow diamond fetches $16 million at auction
©Reuters/Nir Elias
UN set to lift Ivory Coast diamond embargo

The UN Security Council is set to lift a nearly decade-old embargo on Ivory Coast's international diamond trade and plans to relax its arms embargo there, diplomats said.

UN set to lift Ivory Coast diamond embargo
Jeweller Graff unveils $55-mn diamond-encrusted watch
Jeweller Graff unveils $55-mn diamond-encrusted watch

British jeweller Graff unveiled Thursday what it described as the "most valuable watch ever created" -- a timepiece replete with more than 110 carats of diamonds costing $55 million (40 million euros).

Jeweller Graff unveils $55-mn diamond-encrusted watch
©Reuters/Tyrone Siu
Pink diamond 'thief' held in Australia

Australian police said Friday they had arrested and X-rayed a man over the theft of a pink diamond worth more than US$180,000, with fears he had swallowed the rare jewel.

Pink diamond 'thief' held in Australia
Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds
Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds

Prince William's wife Catherine dazzled onlookers at a dinner for London's National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday with a diamond necklace borrowed from the queen.

Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds
World's largest orange diamond fetches record $35.5 mn
World's largest orange diamond fetches record $35.5 mn

A spectacular and rare orange diamond, the largest known gem of its kind, was on Tuesday auctioned for a record $35.54 million in Geneva.

World's largest orange diamond fetches record $35.5 mn
Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices
Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices

The annual sale of Rio Tinto's rare pink-hued diamonds attracted unprecedented interest with at least two of the stones fetching record prices of over $2 million.

Rio Tinto pink diamonds fetch record prices
Thieves pinch 70,000-euro ring from Cannes store
Thieves pinch 70,000-euro ring from Cannes store

Two thieves stole a 70,000 euro ($93,000) diamond ring from a Cannes jewellery store on Tuesday, pocketing the gem while a saleslady had her back turned.

Thieves pinch 70,000-euro ring from Cannes store
Rio Tinto puts largest 'red' diamond on market
Rio Tinto puts largest 'red' diamond on market

Rio Tinto said Friday it was putting up for sale the biggest "red" diamond ever produced by its Australian mine amid an "explosion" in demand from Asia for the rare pink-hued stones.

Rio Tinto puts largest 'red' diamond on market
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Pink diamond sells for nearly $40 million at US auction

A 34.64-carat pink diamond has sold at auction in New York for nearly $40 million, setting a new record for Christie's auction house.

Pink diamond sells for nearly $40 million at US auction
Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Popigai: Russia's vast, untouched diamond crater

In the far north of Siberia, Russian scientists have stepped up research on a once-secret deposit of diamonds whose scale dwarfs anything ever discovered and could turn world markets "upside down".

Popigai: Russia's vast, untouched diamond crater
A man demonstrates how to search for gold. ©REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro
Guyana suspends gold, diamond mining permits

The South American country of Guyana said Friday it had suspended the granting of new permits to mine for gold and diamonds in rivers because of concerns over widespread pollution.

Guyana suspends gold, diamond mining permits
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