Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jewellery designer Pippa Small says her job is a bit like being Robin Hood.

The jewellery designer who turns profits into aid for the poor


Instead of using bows and arrows to take from the rich and give to the poor, she uses the money spent by wealthy people on her expensive handmade pieces to help some of the world's most disadvantaged communities.
With her jewellery selling for as much as £70,000 per item, London-based Pippa is in demand with fashion houses like Gucci, Chloe and Nicole Farhi.
Her designs are worn by celebrities including actress Nicole Kidman, and Pippa attends fashion weeks around the world. Yet in stark contrast to such glitz and glamour, she also inhabits a completely different world.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Flawless diamond sells for record $26.7m

A flawless diamond has set a world auction record, selling for $26.7m (£17.5m).
The rare Botswana-mined 101-carat diamond was sold at a Christie's auction in Geneva.
It was bought by the Harry Winston firm and beat the previous record set by the 76-carat Archduke Joseph diamond, which sold for £21m (£13.8m) in November 2012.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Arrested 31 People Over $50m Diamond Heist

Arrests over $50m Belgium airport diamond heist

Police in Belgium, Switzerland and France have arrested 31 people in connection with one of the world's largest robberies of diamonds.
Belgian prosecutors say they have recovered large sums of money and some of the diamonds that were taken in a raid at Brussels airport in February.
A gang cut through the airport's perimeter fence and broke into the cargo hold of a Swiss aeroplane as it waited for take off.
They took $50m (£32m) of diamonds.
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Monday, April 1, 2013

How much gold is there in the world?

Imagine if you were a super-villain who had taken control of all the world's gold, and had decided to melt it down to make a cube. How long would the sides be? Hundreds of metres, thousands even?

"All the gold that has been mined throughout history is still in existence in the above-ground stock. That means that if you have a gold watch, some of the gold in that watch could have been mined by the Romans 2,000 years ago," says James Turk.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How New Technology is Transforming Jewelry Industry

A 3D printing technology will be a "shape changer" for the jewellery industry, according to the leading UK supplier of precious metals to the trade.
The technology, called laser sintering, is being employed by Cookson Precious Metals to produce jewellery from computer designs.
Stella Leyton, chief executive of the firm, said as a result, high-street shoppers could expect to see more personalised jewellery offered by retailers.
But others say the approach is relatively expensive, and the pieces produced still require significant work before sale.

Industrial heritage
Inside the highly secure Cookson factory in Birmingham's jewellery quarter many machines hark back to the firm's long heritage.
Large mechanical rollers shape pool-cue sized rods of silver, there's the sound of metal being worked, and the smell of gas in the air.
Laser sintering is different. The machine that Cookson currently use looks like a large piece of office equipment and sounds like a photocopier.
Behind a tinted glass panel 18-carat gold powder, laid down by a robot arm, sparkles as a laser fuses the metal into complex three-dimensional shapes, layer by layer.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Titanic jewels to go on display

Most of the jewelry recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic will go on public display for the first time with a three-city tour. The collection includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch and will be on display in the existing 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' in Atlanta at Atlantic Station from Nov. 16 – Jan. 6.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

China Fraud on Tiffany & Co.

I never said, " I Told You So!"....until now.

As everyone prepares for the upcoming Holiday Season, one of the most anticipated visits we have is to our local Tiffany and Co.® store to see the latest designs, beautiful displays and experience the special atmosphere that Tiffany and Company has come to mean to the world. This is, after all, the consummate jeweler as far as we are concerned. They set the standard to which virtually all of the world jewelry industry strives to achieve.

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