A rare, oval-shaped diamond known as the “Pink Star” became the world’s most expensive jewel after fetching $71.2 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday.
Sotheby’s sold the 59.6-carat gemstone to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, a local, family-owned conglomerate that runs a chain of jewelry shops. Company chairman Henry Cheng Kar-Shun phoned in the bid.
An enormous diamond almost three inches in length was found in the southern African country of Angola, an Australian diamond company announced Monday.
The small, Perth-based Lucapa Diamond Company cited Wikipedia in declaring the 404.2 carat diamond the 27th largest diamond ever discovered, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
If you have ever been curious about what would happen if bullets were made of diamond, the question “Terminal Ballistics: How much damage would a diamond bullet do in comparison with a normal bullet?” was recently answered on Quora. The top answer was provided by computer engineer and Gemologist Institute of America graduate Fares Alahmar.
Many may commonly know that diamonds are one of the hardest naturally occurring materials on the planet, but what they don’t know is that hardness is not the same as toughness and that bullets are most effective the more dense they are.
A Chinese woman who had an elaborate plan to steal a 3.54-carat diamond valued at over $2 million ended up with a fake in her stomach instead.
Liu Xiulan, from Hunan Province, swallowed a fake stone made of zirconium and oxygen after she was spotted trying to swap it for an expensive diamond at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 25, according to a District Court hearing reported by the South China Morning Post.
Last week, Thai authorities caught two diamond thieves at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and discovered that one of them had hidden a $270,000 diamond in her large intestines, ultimately forcing doctors to remove the gemstone with pliers.
The Chinese woman and her male accomplice, both of whom remain unidentified, were set to depart from the Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport when authorities stopped them because they were suspects in a diamond theft case, according to the Herald Sun. The two thieves were caught on surveillance video at a jewelry fair two days before having switched out a six-carat diamond worth 10 million Baht ($277,420) with a fake stone after having asked to inspect it.