Tag: Diamonds

Diamonds, Warlords and Mercenaries: Russia’s New Playbook in Africa

BANGUI, Central African Republic — The dealer pulled back a shiny pink curtain and sprinkled the contents of two white envelopes across his desk: sparkling diamonds, more than 100 of them. Some gems are sold legally, he explained. But many are trafficked by rebels who fight over the mines, adding fuel to a six-year uprising […]

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Everledger raises $20 million to track assets with blockchain tech

Everledger, a London-based startup developing and maintaining an immutable ledger for asset ownership, today announced that it’s secured $20 million in series A funding led by Tencent, with participation from with from Graphene Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Rakuten, Fidelity, and Vickers Venture Partners. It brings the company’s total raised to $30.4 million following a $10 million […]

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Trump Tower Theft: $353,000 in Jewelry Reported Stolen

Two residents of Trump Tower in Manhattan reported the thefts of jewelry encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and sapphires from their apartments in the building where President Trump also lives when in New York, the police said. Investigators believe the jewelry, worth a total of about $353,000, was stolen from inside two apartments in the building […]

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The Designer Bringing Whimsy, and Magic Mushrooms, to Fine Jewelry

When the New York jeweler Brent Neale Winston titled her debut fine jewelry collection After the Rain, it was an emotional response to what she calls “a really bad year.” During months of prescribed bed rest while pregnant with her twin daughters, Winston had channeled her energy into the research and development of a new […]

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The World Has a Diamond Glut. Why Is That a Problem?

LONDON — Is it ever possible to have too many diamonds? For many in the business of producing and trading these gems in recent years, the answer is yes. The top diamond miners in the world, including the two largest, Alrosa and De Beers, have an inventory problem. So do many of the cutters and […]

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Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe

In the early 1980s, when Philip Poniz moved to New Jersey from Colorado, he needed a well-protected place to stash his collection of rare watches. He had been gathering unusual pieces since he was a teenager in 1960s Poland, fascinated by their intricate mechanics. His hobby became his profession, and by the time of his […]

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Diamond-encrusted AirPods with a marble stand can be yours for $20,000

Apple’s wireless AirPods earphones have been one of the company’s most surprising hits over the past few years, helping its wearables category grow beyond the Apple Watch. But one Los Angeles-based designer thinks the white plastic earbuds could stand to be fancier, so he’s blinging them out with a few upgrades: 1,000 tiny diamonds, white […]

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