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Archive for February 2004: « January 2004 | Up a level | March 2004 »

February 21, 2004

Newsday: 2,500-Year-Old Jewelry Found in Israel

Jewelry in the news: 2,500-Year-Old Jewelry Found in Israel.

Excerpt:

Israeli archaeologists excavating caves near the Dead Sea discovered jewelry, a makeup kit and a small mirror -- 2,500-year-old fashion accessories for women.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


February 20, 2004

Channel News Asia: Russian miners eager to tap Sierra Leone's diamond fields

Diamonds in the news: Russian miners eager to tap Sierra Leone's diamond fields.

Excerpt:

FREETOWN : Russia's state-run mining company Alrosa has dispatched a team to Sierra Leone in hopes of winning a bid to exploit the west African state's lucrative Kimberlite diamond mining industry, official radio reported.

A decade-long rebel war in the impoverished Atlantic coastal country was largely funded by illegal trade in so-called "blood diamonds".

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


IRIN: ANGOLA: New body to monitor diamond-mining sector

Diamonds in the news: ANGOLA: New body to monitor diamond-mining sector.

Excerpt:

The Angolan government has set up a new security body to monitor the lucrative but loosely controlled diamond-mining sector.

A newly established security agency, the Corpo de Seguranca de Diamantes (CSD), will monitor the storing, classification and transportation of diamonds.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


February 16, 2004

azCentral.com: Gemstone cutter shows off creations

Gemstones in the news: Gemstone cutter shows off creations.

Excerpt:

SCOTTSDALE - Bernd Munsteiner, the renowned German gemstone cutter, is in Scottsdale this week showcasing his family's latest creations.

Munsteiner, who had been compared to the Antichrist because of his radical approach to stonecutting, more recently has been elevated to comparisons to Picasso.

"What they (the Munsteiner family) do is unlike what anyone does in the gem-cutting world," said French Thompson, owner of the French Designer Jewelry, 7148 E. Main St., which is hosting Munsteiner's visit today through Saturday.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Gemstones


Boston.com: Sisters turn jewelry hobby into Web gold

Jewelry in the news: Sisters turn jewelry hobby into Web gold.

Excerpt:

Founded by sisters Susan Hurley of North Andover and Lisa First of League City, Texas, www.forthegirlwhohaseverything.com (also www.lisafirst.com) is in its second year as an online shop for handmade jewelry, including bracelets that consumers can personalize by clicking and dragging charms onto online prototypes in six colors.
''There is nothing else like this on the Web as far as I have researched and seen," said 40-year-old Hurley, who is responsible for the company's sales and marketing, while 42-year-old First assembles the bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from her home in Texas. The sisters share design and shipping duties.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


allAfrica: Gemstone Miners Cry Foul Over 30m Euros

Gemstones in the news: Gemstone Miners Cry Foul Over 30m Euros.

Excerpt:

SMALL-scale gemstone miners have complained over the stiff conditions set by local banks in accessing 30 million Euros released by the European Union (EU) to improve the industry.
Sub-Sahara gemstone exchange Chairman, Phesto Musonda said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that no miner had accessed the funding from the 30 million euros which was released two years ago.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Gemstones


KiroTV.com: Widow's Diamond Ring Returned To Daughter After 30 Years

Jewelry in the news: Widow's Diamond Ring Returned To Daughter After 30 Years.

Excerpt:

Shortly after her husband died, Judie Vann gave her prized gold and diamond ring to his best friend in appreciation for the kindness he had shown her family.
On Wednesday, more than 30 years later, the best friend's 90-year-old mother returned the ring to Vann's daughters at a local restaurant. Now they can hardly wait to return it to their mother.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (1) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Warren Buffet on the Jewelry Business

The International Herald Tribune has an interesting article about Jewelry that features Warren Buffet's take on making money in the Jewelry Business.

Excerpt:

"All jewelers turn their inventory very slowly, and that ties up a lot of capital. Once-a-year turnover is par for the course. The reason is that people buy jewelry infrequently, and then they are making both a major and a very individual purchase. Therefore, they want to view a wide selection. Given that turnover is low, a jeweler must obtain a relatively wide profit margin on sales in order to get a mediocre return."

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Seattle Times: Fake diamonds making a real impression

The Seattle Times weighs in on the Gemesis and Apollo Diamonds story: Fake diamonds making a real impression.

Excerpt:

A question has dogged the jewelry industry for decades: If humans could make a perfect diamond in a laboratory — indistinguishable from one mined from the ground — what would it be worth?
This query has gone unanswered since the first synthetic diamond was manufactured in the 1950s. Beautiful stones have been created, but nothing that couldn't be identified as man-made.

Until now.

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Sportal: Venus Williams out of Diamond Games in Antwerp due to injury

Diamonds in the news: Venus Williams out of Diamond Games in Antwerp due to injury.

Excerpt:

The significance of missing the tournament is made greater by the fact that any person to win three times in five years is rewarded with a tennis racket studded with 1,700 jewels worth over AUS$1.6million.

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Business Report: Dream diamond sows division

Diamonds in the news: Dream diamond sows division.

Excerpt:

Johannesburg - The discovery of a 13.7 carat white diamond in a Ventersdorp mine in North West has rekindled a fight over royalty rights in a divided community on whose land the digging takes place.

The diamond, discovered by Tirisano Diamond Mine on Easter Sunday 2003, has been on display since January 14 in London.

It is part of the sensual Valentine's Day theme at Garrard, one of the UK's most celebrated brands and known for being at the cutting edge of luxury jewellery design.

The diamond has already caused a stir in South Africa as exposure to ultraviolet light causes it to fluoresce bright pink, one of the rarest colours.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Daily Journal Online: The clock is ticking for Classic Jewelry

Jewelry in the news: The clock is ticking for Classic Jewelry.

Excerpt:

PARK HILLS - Though the store has been open only 17 years, when the doors of Classic Jewelry and Awards close in April more than a century of experience in that business will be moving on.
When Jim and Marilyn Blake opened the store in 1987, they did so without a single piece of jewelry merchandise in stock. All they had was the engraving equipment for the awards side of the business.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


BBC News UK: Hopes of finding diamond haul fade

The Beeb covers the huge 100m euro Belgian theft of Diamonds in February last year. I bet this story will become a film soon.

Excerpt:

In February last year 100m euros (£65m) worth of diamonds vanished from vaults under the Belgian city of Antwerp during a heist which was straight out of the Hollywood movie Ocean's Eleven.
Detectives believe an Italian gang were responsible but the stones are still missing and may never be found.
Ever since the beginning of the 16th century Antwerp has been the world's diamond-cutting capital.
Over half the world's diamonds are traded in the Belgian city's gem district, a maze of streets close to the train station. Diamond merchants in Antwerp have a combined annual turnover of $23 billion.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Diamonds get slashdotted twice in one day

Slashdot covers Diamond Age Coming Soon and The Galaxy's Largest Diamond on Valentine's Day.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Short News: Bids Wanted For Diamond Studded Jaguar

Diamonds in the news: Bids Wanted For Diamond Studded Jaguar.

Excerpt:

The Orange British Academy Film Awards is hosting an auction of a $115,000 (£60,000) Jaguar, fitted complete with two diamonds in the walnut facia. The Sunexis-cut 1 carat diamonds account for a third of the value of the car.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Business Standard: Diamond jewellery exports grow by 39 per cent

Diamonds in the news: Diamond jewellery exports grow by 39 per cent.

Excerpt:

If the recent observations of the diamond industry experts and diamond jewellery makers are to be considered, India soon will be a world leader of branded and non-branded diamond jewellery.
What more, the domestic market too is showing a positive growth trend.
Over the last few years, many diamond polishers and cutters from the country's diamond city, Surat, have established their names as makers of branded diamond jewelleries.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Ros Business Consulting: ALROSA obtains license for exploring Irkutsk diamond deposits

Diamonds in the news: ALROSA obtains license for exploring Irkutsk diamond deposits.

Excerpt:

.The Russian diamond producer ALROSA obtained a license for exploring diamond deposits in the Irkutsk region of Russia. Yesterday, the corresponding documents were signed by Natural Resources Minister Pyotr Sadovnik and ALROSA President Vladimir Kalitin, sources in the Natural Resources Ministry told RBC.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Reuters UK: Europe's largest diamond field eyes float

Diamonds in the news: Europe's largest diamond field eyes float.

Excerpt:

Russian diamond monopoly Alrosa may seek a London Stock Exchange listing for a subsidiary developing Europe's largest diamond field, business newspaper Vedomosti reports a senior executive as saying.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


WFAA.com : Jewelry: protecting your investment

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry: protecting your investment.

Excerpt:

Consumer Reports used an antique diamond watch to see how large discrepancies in appraisals can be. Donald Palmieri, a Master Gemologist Appraiser, supplied a benchmark appraisal. He valued the watch at $1,550.
His appraisal included a pamphlet with a complete, stone-by-stone description of the watch and photos.
Consumer Reports then had four different appraisers assess the same watch. Two didn't come close to the watch's real value.
The highest priced appraisal was for $3,500, Freeman said. The lowest was for $500. So the range was extremely wide.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Jewelry


Israel Diamond Institute opens new website

The IDI has launched a new website.

Excerpt:

Diamond-il, is the comprehensive source of information about this leading world diamond center. Established by the Israel Diamond Institute, a public interest company charged with promoting the diamond industry, the Portal will assist you with all of your business needs in Israel. Here you'll find background on who's who in the industry, facts and figures, information on news and events, and tips on doing business with Israeli diamantaires.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (2) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


February 10, 2004

Forbes: Tahera a step closer to Canada's next diamond mine

Diamonds in the news: Tahera a step closer to Canada's next diamond mine.

Excerpt:

British Columbia (Reuters) - Production at what is expected to be Canada's third diamond mine is on track to kick off late next year or early in 2006, project owner, Tahera Corp. , said.

The small exploration firm cleared a major hurdle Friday in the development of its Jericho diamond project in Nunavut when the territory in Canada's north said it was happy with findings of a study into the environmental impact of a mine.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (4) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Tacy: Armenia Diamond Production Rises 31% in 2003

Diamonds in the news: Armenia Diamond Production Rises 31% in 2003.

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SMH: Diamond explorer Paramount to float

Diamonds in the news: Diamond explorer Paramount to float.

Excerpt:

Diamond hunter Maureen Muggeridge is chairing a new exploration company Paramount Mining Corp Ltd which will float this week after closing a $3.5 million capital raising oversubscribed.
Ms Muggeridge, who led the field sampling team that discovered the famous Argyle diamond deposits in Western Australia, said there was potential in Australia for more major discoveries.
The company expects to float on the Australian Stock Exchange on Friday ahead of a two-year $2 million exploration program to develop its WA diamond prospects.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Times of India: Govt, barons reach pact over diamond park

Diamonds in the news: Govt, barons reach pact over diamond park .

Excerpt:

SURAT : The proposed gems and jewellery park at Ichhapore is finally all set to take off with a breakthrough in talks between the Surat diamond industry and the Gujarat government.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


Globes: Leviev obtains 36 Namibian diamond mining concessions

Diamonds in the news: Leviev obtains 36 Namibian diamond mining concessions

Excerpt:

Sakawe Mining Corporation (Samicor), a subsidiary of the Lev Leviev group of companies, has obtained 36 mining concessions from the Namibian government. The concessions are potentially worth $180 million.
The deal strengthens Leviev's challenge to De Beers Diamond Trading Company (De Beers), which controls over 40% of the world's diamond mines. Leviev's control of Namibia's diamonds adds to his exclusive rights in other African countries obtained in recent years.

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Businesswire.com: Rockwell Closes Deal With GMD on Royce Diamond Claims and Completes $3.0 Million Financing

Diamonds in the news: Rockwell Closes Deal With GMD on Royce Diamond Claims and Completes $3.0 Million Financing.

Excerpt:

The Royce Claims host one of the most focused diamond exploration targets in Canada's premier diamond province. Two principal diamond indicator mineral trains have been identified by prior exploration on the property; the Wheeler Lake and Bessonette trains are defined by G-10 garnets, ilmenites and chromites that are chemically compatible with the diamond stability field. The heads of these trains have not been drill tested for their compelling diamond potential. The Royce targets are further defined by airborne geophysical results. Rockwell plans to initiate detailed ground geophysics in February 2004 to refine specific drill targets for testing.

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The Ledger: Men Needn't Fear Jewelry Shopping

Jewelry in the news: Men Needn't Fear Jewelry Shopping.

Excerpt:

Some men circle the brightly lit cases nervously, their eyes darting from bauble to gem.

Others go right to the salesclerks, asking for suggestions, then buy the first thing they see.

"I've had some men come in and just tell me, `You pick something,' " said Christi Albright, store manager at Van Adams, a jewelry store in Snellville, Ga. "All that such customers provide is a spending limit."

Jewelry shopping can intimidate even the strongest of men.

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Florida Today: Valentine's sells jewelry

Jewelry in the news: Valentine's sells jewelry.

Excerpt:

The annual day of hearts and flowers ranks as the second-biggest moneymaking holiday on the industry's calendar. And, each year, it continues to grow.
"There is a trend towards more women buying jewelry for friends and daughters on holidays," said Holly Wesche, owner of Wesche Jewelers in Melbourne. "And I would say that we see a slight rise in engagement-ring purchases before Valentine's Day. It's a natural fit."

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Business Wire: Citrix Connects Diavik Diamond Mines Employees Across the Remote Canadian Arctic

Diamonds in the news: Citrix Connects Diavik Diamond Mines Employees Across the Remote Canadian Arctic

Excerpt:

When diamonds were discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 1991, many considered the area to be nearly inaccessible. But today the Northwest Territories is the site of one of the most extensive mineral rushes in North American history. DDMI's primary asset is a majority interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, a large tract of land that hosts the Western Hemisphere's second diamond mine, over 300 kilometers northeast of Diavik's headquarters in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Because DDMI's operations are often spread across great distances, secure, easy and instant access to information is key to the success of its mobile workforce. DDMI is using MetaFrame Presentation Server to deliver information, processing capabilities and high-use business applications to a variety of contractors and engineers via satellite link, regardless of their location. With anywhere, anytime access to critical information, DDMI is able to improve productivity and communication across great distances.

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Tacy Ltd: MOTI GANZ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF Israeli Diamond Manufacturers Association

Diamonds in the news: MOTI GANZ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF IDMA.

Excerpt:

Moti Ganz, 43, has been unanimously elected as the President of the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association, following recent elections.
Ganz, a second-generation diamantaire, began his work in the sector in 1982 as an independent exporter, and today manages the DTC sightholding company Moti Ganz, which has won the prestigious Outstanding Exporter Award

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Tacy: ALMAZHOLDING TO BUILD JEWELRY FACTORY IN KALININGRAD

Jewelry in the news: ALMAZHOLDING TO BUILD JEWELRY FACTORY IN KALININGRAD

Excerpt:

Russia's second largest diamond polisher by capacity, Almazholding Management, is to build a US$1.5 million gold and diamond jewelry factory in Kaliningrad, with construction due to begin in the near future.
Privately owned Almazholding, which began polishing diamonds in 1999, currently has a small jewelry division with 30 employees that makes exclusive gold and diamond products largely for export, while the new factory will employ about 400 people.

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February 09, 2004

JCK: GIA Diamond cut grades topic of Centurion breakfast

Diamonds in the news: Diamond cut grades topic of Centurion breakfast

Excerpt:

The Gemological Institute of America introduced some of its key findings on cut grade research at a breakfast seminar during the recent Centurion jewelry show held Feb. 1-5 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz. GIA intends to incorporate expanded cut information on all its grading reports and Diamond Dossiers for all standard round D to Z color diamonds, possibly as early as later this year.
In a move certain to arouse controversy, GIA has definitively stated that a range of proportions can produce a top cut grade, rather than having only one single set of proportions be considered the benchmark.

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BBC News: Dismay over diamond mining code

Diamonds in the news: Dismay over diamond mining code

Excerpt:

The Central African Republic's new mining code lacks transparency and allows for undue government interference in the sector, experts have said.
The new code was passed on Wednesday after extensive consultations with officials from the World Bank, IMF, and African Development Bank who visited Bangui last month.

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Tacy: GOKHRAN PLANS THREE DIAMOND AUCTIONS IN 2004

Diamonds in the news: GOKHRAN PLANS THREE DIAMOND AUCTIONS IN 2004

Excerpt:

The Gokhran, Russia's state depository for precious metals and gemstones, plans to hold three auctions for rough diamonds weighing 10.8 carats or more this year, with the first taking place late March or early April.
Last year, the Gokhran held three auctions in 2003, selling 60 percent of the 405 lots on offer at the first auction, over 90 percent of 531 lots at the second, and 62 percent of 295 lots at the last auction of the year in October 2003.

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Tacy: NUNAVUT BOARD APPROVES EIS FOR JERICHO DIAMOND PROJECT

Diamonds in the news: NUNAVUT BOARD APPROVES EIS FOR JERICHO DIAMOND PROJECT

Excerpt:

The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) has recommended the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Tahera Corporation/s Jericho Diamond Project in Nunavut.

  by GilbertZ | Leave or Read Comment(s) (0) | Links to this entry (0) | Diamonds


The Daily Telegraph: Women ringing diamond changes

Diamonds in the news: Women ringing diamond changes.

Excerpt:

THERE'S little doubt diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's a long 60-year wait after the wedding for that diamond anniversary gift . . . or is it?

A revised list of wedding anniversary gifts is set to challenge the "traditional" list and in the 21st century, making it to 10 years of wedded bliss is all that's needed to secure that diamond.
"According to statistics, almost 50 per cent of couples who marry today will be divorced in seven years," said relationships expert Allan Pease. "So making it to 10 years really is quite an achievement."

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February 07, 2004

Westport Now: Memo to Husbands and Boy Friends: Buy Jewelry

Jewelry in the news: WestportNow Consumer Correspondent, Fran, has Jewelry in her latest column, Memo to Husbands and Boy Friends: Buy Jewelry.

Excerpt:

This one is strictly for the men.
If she tells you she really doesn't want anything for Valentine's Day this year ... assures you "Honey, you really don't have to get me anything" ... or agrees with you that it's a silly, made-up holiday that exists only for school kids and commercial purposes, and that you should feel perfectly free to ignore Feb. 14... Take it from me. She's lying.
So for the very wise men (you too, Y's Men) who are going to be looking for that perfect diamond heart necklace this weekend - you can't go wrong sticking with tradition
.

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PRNewsWire: Gemesis Launches Comprehensive Diamond Identification Program with EGL USA

Diamonds in the news: Gemesis Launches Comprehensive Diamond Identification Program with EGL USA.

Excerpt:

PRNewswire/ -- In today's complex diamond market, Gemesis has extended its commitment to protecting consumers and the jewelry industry by providing comprehensive identification for Gemesis Cultured Diamonds through EGL USA. The New York City-headquartered lab has created reports for a small quantity of lab-created diamonds in the past. This is the first time EGL USA will create a comprehensive identification program for a major man-made diamond producer that will include full certificates and laser inscription.

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PR Newswire: Gemesis Cultured Diamonds(TM) and Joe Jewelry(TM) Team to Honor Sting and Support MusiCares(R)

Diamonds in the news: Gemesis Cultured Diamonds(TM) and Joe Jewelry(TM) Team to Honor Sting and Support MusiCares(R).

Excerpt:

Gemesis(TM) and acclaimed designer Joe Schubach have partnered to donate a one-of-a kind design to the MusiCares Foundation in support of the 2004 Person of the Year tribute dinner, honoring multi-Grammy winning artist, Sting. Both Gemesis and Schubach are honored to contribute to musicians in times of need. Gemesis creates beautiful yellow Cultured Diamonds, grown in its state-of-the art facility in Sarasota, Fla. Gemesis Cultured Diamonds have received unprecedented consumer and trade attention, for making beautiful fancy yellow diamonds accessible to most jewelry buyers. Gemesis is proud to team with artisans like Joe Schubach and his signature Joe Jewelry line.

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Chocolate anyone? Don't worry, there's plenty!

Now that's Chocolate!

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Fox Carolina: Jewelry Store Heist Suspects Possibly in the Upstate

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry Store Heist Suspects Possibly in the Upstate.

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Nunatsiaq News: Diamond-seekers file on 64 million acres

Diamonds in the news: Diamond-seekers file on 64 million acres.

Excerpt:

The long, cold line-ups in front of the mining recorder's office in Iqaluit paid off this week as mining companies received their much-coveted prospecting permits.
This past November, warmly dressed diehards stayed on 24-hour rotation until Dec. 1, the day Indian and Northern Affairs Canada would accept the first permit applications for exclusive rights to look for gems, diamonds and other precious metals on Crown land in Nunavut.

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Tucson citizen: Consumer/Technology: Shoes, jewelry popular online

Jewelry in the news: Consumer/Technology: Shoes, jewelry popular online.

Excerpt:

NEW YORK - Who would have thought that online sites such as Zappos.com, which sells $350 designer shoes and other footwear, or Bluenile.com, which sells expensive diamonds, would thrive in the aftermath of the dot-com bust?
These and other Internet-only retailers once deemed unlikely to succeed in cyberspace are outpacing offline rivals in sales gains. And a robust holiday season showed that although they each tend to focus on a narrow retailing niche, they're growing at a faster rate than online purveyors of books and CDs.

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Tacy: BANKER CHARGED WITH INSIDER TRADING INVOLVING FORMER DIAMOND COMPANY

Diamonds in the news: BANKER CHARGED WITH INSIDER TRADING INVOLVING FORMER DIAMOND COMPANY.

Excerpt:

Andrew Rankin, managing director of mergers and acquisitions at Royal Bank of Canada investment banking arm, has been charged with 10 counts of insider trading and passing tips about impending mergers under the Ontario Securities Act by Ontario's stock market watchdog, one of them relating to a diamond company.

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Washington Post: Shock and Ow: Janet Jackson's Flash of Jewelry

Jewelry in the news: Shock and Ow: Janet Jackson's Flash of Jewelry.

Excerpt:

Jackson was wearing a nipple shield in the style of a Mexican sun. It attaches to the nipple the way in which one might put a tie tack on a four-in-hand. The shield circled the nipple and its flares radiated out and around the areola. If one can overlook the "ow" factor, it is an attractive piece of jewelry.
Owing to its extreme method of attachment, one might assume that Jackson's look wouldn't be readily copied. Of course, that would be a foolish bet. If a celebrity drove a wooden stake through the palm of her hand, one suspects there would be a good number of folks racing to the nearest lumberyard to try to find a similarly carved length of pine. It is possible to order a Janet Jackson nipple shield on the Internet and at piercing parlors. At BodyPunks.com, where business in the last week has reportedly been booming, the sterling silver shield costs $23.95. It is on back order. Presumably those who purchase it will be more cautious about who will be allowed to admire it.

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February 05, 2004

Wood TV: Jewelry store owner murder mystery

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry store owner murder mystery.

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Homing pigeons use roads

In one of the most bizarre science stories today, The Sun reports that homing pigeons follow roads, even if it takes them miles out of their way. They strapped GPS devices on the pigeons to detect their routes. Sounds like a prank, and maybe it is, but the bottom of the story claims "(N.B. THIS STORY IS NOT A JOKE)". You decide.

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Fort Wayne: Jewelry forecast: Big, bright and colorful

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry forecast: Big, bright and colorful.

Excerpt:

In Hollywood, media and fashion industry circles, it's known simply as "the ring."

When Jennifer Lopez flashed her 6.1-karat, pink diamond ring for the paparazzi in November 2002, she sparked a jewelry stampede that, as it turned out, has lasted longer than her engagement.

Lopez and Ben Affleck ended their snaillike march to the altar in January, but jewelers still can't keep the pink diamonds in their cases.

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Business Worl Ireland: Teeling shares soar after diamond find

Diamonds in the news: Teeling shares soar after diamond find.

Excerpt:

Shares in African Diamonds, the exploration firm chaired by entrepreneur John Teeling, jumped more than 10pc this morning after the company discovered diamonds in Botswana.

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Scoop: A Dress, A Diamond, A Cocktail, Music and the GG

Diamonds in the news: A Dress, A Diamond, A Cocktail, Music and the GG.

There will be an interesting prize in an Auckland fundraiser, involving ice and diamonds:

Excerpt:

In this major fundraising event for the Auckland Philharmonia, one hundred guests will be treated to two hours of indulgence: a private viewing of the latest Trelise Cooper fashion; live orchestral music by the Auckland Philharmonia; sumptuous canapés; and wickedly tasty "42 Below" Cocktails - each cocktail will contain a cube of ice which, for one lucky guest, will melt away to reveal an exquisite diamond. A small auction featuring luxurious items will also be held during the evening.

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Globes Online: Diamond merchants: 2003 was both industry's record and worst year

Diamonds in the news: Diamond merchants: 2003 was both industry's record and worst year

Excerpt:

Although Israel exported a record amount of diamonds in 2003, diamond merchants said today that the year was nonetheless the worst in the industry's history. Diamond exports, including polished diamonds, rose by 5.9% to $5.5 billion.

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India Times: Diamond biggie to set up units in US and China

Diamonds in the news: Diamond biggie to set up units in US and China.

Excerpt:

SURAT/AHMEDABAD: The Rs 1000-crore diamond processing and jewellery maker Laxmi Diamonds group plans to have diamond jewellery manufacturing presence in the US and China to cater to the growing demand in the US and Far-East markets. The company is in advanced stages of negotiations with a diamond jewellery manufacturing and marketing company in the US and a diamond jewellery maker in China to pick up majority stake in those companies.

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February 04, 2004

Yahoo! News: Russian Oil Baron Buys Prized Faberge Imperial Eggs

Jewelry in the news: Russian Oil Baron Buys Prized Faberge Imperial Eggs

Excerpt:

Russian oil and metals baron Viktor Vekselberg has unexpectedly bought the Forbes family collection of fabled Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs and other pieces for more than $90 million, months before Sotheby's was to auction them, representatives said on Wednesday.

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ShrevePortTimes: Mardi Gras krewe queen loses her jewelry

Jewelry in the news: Mardi Gras krewe queen loses her jewelry.

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TACY: GARY RALFE BRIEFS BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER ON SOC

Diamonds in the news: GARY RALFE BRIEFS BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER ON SOC.

Excerpt:

"The Belgian share of DTC's sales in the first half of 2004 will rise from 34 percent of total worldwide DTC rough sales to 37 percent. This increase is already reflected in the "Intention to Offer" (ITO) agreed with Belgian clients, "says De Beers managing director Gary Ralfe in a briefing with Belgian's prime minister Guy Verhofstadt. That was the good news. The bad news that the Belgian leader learned was that De Beers is "convinced that diamond manufacturing will gravitate to where it is most economically efficient. However, Belgian technical expertise will continue to give Antwerp a market niche, "the prime minister was told, leaving him wondering what exactly is meant by "market niche".

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Tacy: NGO CONCERNED OVER DRC DIAMOND TRAFFICKERS HELD IN ANGOLA

Diamonds in the news : NGO CONCERNED OVER DRC DIAMOND TRAFFICKERS HELD IN ANGOLA.

Excerpt:

Non-governmental organization Voices without Voices has alleged that Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals, detained in Angola over accusations of diamond trafficking, are being held in ‘inhuman conditions’. In a statement aired on the Roman Catholic radio station Ecclesia, the NGO expressed concern for their lives, and denounced the forced repatriation of DRC nationals.

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All Africa: Botswana: Kimberley Process Helps Protect Diamond Industry

Diamonds in the news: Kimberley Process Helps Protect Diamond Industry

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The Botswana government, anxious to protect its diamond industry from the taint of conflict diamonds, has been an energetic supporter of the Kimberly process, aimed at stamping out the unofficial trafficking in the lucrative gems.
A global certification system, identifying the origin of all rough diamonds, is the cornerstone of the Kimberley process. Sixty countries involved in the production, export and import, and trade in rough diamonds have signed up to the Kimberley agreement, pioneered by South Africa.

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Forbes.com: Diamond hunt dice seen loaded in favor of Canada

Diamonds in the news: Diamond hunt dice seen loaded in favor of Canada.

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KSAT.com: Burglars Take Safe From Jewelry Shop

Jewelry in the news: Burglars Take Safe From Jewelry Shop.

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Arab News: Jewelry Worth SR4m Stolen in House Burglary

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry Worth SR4m Stolen in House Burglary

Excerpt:

A burglary at a private residence in the Al-Hamra district of Jeddah netted thieves around SR5 million in cash and jewelry. Twenty-one diamond sets totaling SR4 million and SR1 million in cash was stolen, Okaz newspaper reported yesterday. A group thieves broke into Hasan Mohammad Hilfawia's house while the family was away on vacation.

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Times Online: Antwerp diamond exports up 12%

Diamonds in the news: Antwerp diamond exports up 12%.

Excerpt:

Antwerp, the self-styled diamond capital of the world, saw exports of polished diamonds increase 12 per cent last year to a record $7.19 billion (£4 billion).
The figures, fired by strong sales in America, point to a continuing recovery for diamond jewellery. Exports to the US from Antwerp amounted to $2.59 billion last year, more than a third of the total.

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The Times of India: Honour for Surat diamond institute

Diamonds in the news: Honour for Surat diamond institute.

Excerpt:

Surat-based Indian Diamond Institute (IDI) has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the state government.

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AllAfrica: DRC: Thousands of Illegal Diamond Miners Expelled

Diamonds in the news: Thousands of Illegal Diamond Miners Expelled

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At least 10,000 Congolese, mostly illegal miners, have been expelled from Angola since December 2003 under inhumane conditions, a Congolese human rights organization said on Thursday.
"They were forced back by the military and hundreds of others have been arrested and detained in subhuman conditions," Dolly Ibefo, vice-president of the rights body, Voice of the Voiceless (Voix des Sans Voix), said.

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Snohomish County Business Journal: Sachi Fine Jewelry adds Everett store

Jewelry in the news: Sachi Fine Jewelry
adds Everett store

Excerpt:

Snohomish-based Sachi Fine Jewelry & Design has expanded into Everett, opening a store in space formerly occupied by Nikolette's Fine Jewelry on Colby Avenue.

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The San Diego Channel: Jewelry Heist Boggles Owner, Police

Jewelry in the news: Jewelry Heist Boggles Owner, Police.

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Pittsburgh Live: Painting, jewelry classes scheduled

Jewelry in the news: Painting, jewelry classes scheduled.

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SignOnSanDiego.com: Masked men rob Mira Mesa jewelry store

Jewelry in the news: Masked men rob Mira Mesa jewelry store.

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The Daily Star Lebanon: Diamond sales add sparkle to economic gloom

Diamonds in the news: Diamond sales add sparkle to economic gloom

Excerpt:

International, Arab clients are key to Lebanon's growing jewelry industry, which brings in more than $400 million in export earnings a year

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The Waukon Standard: CMN holds jewelry raffle

Jewelry in the news: CMN holds jewelry raffle.

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Houston Business Journal: The shine is off as Galleria jewelry store prepares to close its doors after 30 years

Jewelry in the news: The shine is off as Galleria jewelry store prepares to close its doors after 30 years.

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Marco Island Sun Times: How much jewelry is too much?

Jewelry in the news: How much jewelry is too much?

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TwinCities.com: What the diamond hunter discovered

Diamonds in the news: Ruben Rosario wrote an article about diamonds called What the diamond hunter discovered for Pioneer Press.

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Orlando Sentinel: The diamond maker

Diamonds in the news: Gemesis and man made diamonds are in the news again, this time in an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Platinum Today: Platinum Hello Kitty on sale in Japan

Jewelry in the news: Platinum today: Platinum Hello Kitty on sale in Japan.

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BusinessWire: Etruscan: Garrard Displays the Unique Tirisano Easter Diamond to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Diamonds in the news: Etruscan: Garrard Displays the Unique Tirisano Easter Diamond to Celebrate Valentine's Day.

Excerpt:

The 13.7 carat diamond was discovered by Etruscan Diamonds (Pty) Ltd. at its Tirisano Diamond Mine in South Africa on Easter Sunday 2003. Etruscan Diamonds is owned 51% by Etruscan Resources Inc, a Canadian gold and diamond mining company, and 25% by Mountain Lake Resources Inc, also Canadian based. The diamond has already caused a considerable stir in South Africa as exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes the diamond to fluoresce bright pink; a vibrant hue ideally suited to the stunning display that Garrard will have in place to celebrate Valentine's Day.

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TacyLTD.com: GLOBAL JEWELRY INDUSTRY FUTURE TO BE DISCUSSED AT CIBJO ANNUAL CONGRESS

Diamonds in the news: GLOBAL JEWELRY INDUSTRY FUTURE TO BE DISCUSSED AT CIBJO ANNUAL CONGRESS.

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icWales: Dad hands diamond hunt to daughter

Diamonds in the news: Dad hands diamond hunt to daughter.

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Yahoo! Labs lets you search with Nutch

Nutch is the Open Source search engine I've spoken about before. Well Yahoo! Labs has opened up an open source Nutch Search Demo. They have some interesting features in the search result pages. While right now the "cached" links don't work for me, the "explain" and "anchors" link are very interesting! Search experts might want to take a look.

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New search engine with archives

Not getting the results you want from archive.org? Try out Search Engine Ay-Up.com.

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Personalized Search Engine

Small search engine company Eurekster has launched their search engine into beta. I'm not thrilled with their results from a cursory look at it, but then again, Google's results are filled with spam these days too. I do really like their bar on the right listing popular searches and letting you navigate topics. Give it a try and drop a comment on how you like it.

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GlobeAndMail.com: Diamond mania hits Arctic

Diamonds in the news: Diamond mania hits Arctic. Prospecting firms stake record claims in Nunavut, NWT.

Canadian Diamond mining is really picking up. The next 10 years should see a large shift Northwards.

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Sify: Police withdraws from C'garh diamond belt

Diamonds in the news: Police withdraws from C'garh diamond belt.

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Tacy Ltd: NATURAL COLORED DIAMOND ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED

Diamonds in the news: NATURAL COLORED DIAMOND ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED.

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Forbes.com: RESEARCH ALERT-Merrill ups Diamond Offshore to 'neutral'

Diamonds in the news: RESEARCH ALERT-Merrill ups Diamond Offshore to 'neutral'.

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