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Jewels of France's Last Queen Hit Auction Block

Ring, pearl necklaces to be sold Thursday in Switzerland

(Newser) - Let them eat their hearts out. Jewels that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the extravagant and doomed last queen of France, are set to hit the auction block as part of what Sotheby's calls "one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market.... More »

A Beheaded Queen's Jewelry Is Up for Grabs

Pearls worn by Marie Antoinette that haven't been seen in public in 200 years are up for auction

(Newser) - Sotheby's says it will be auctioning off a set of natural pearls that once belonged to the famed—or infamous—French queen Marie Antoinette, and that haven't been seen in public for centuries. The sale of "Royal Jewels From the Bourbon-Parma Family" is set to take place... More »

De Beers Vowed for Years Not to Make the Move It's Making

Company announced it will sell synthetic diamonds under the Lightbox brand

(Newser) - De Beers' diamonds won't come exclusively from mines anymore. In a significant about-face, the company announced Tuesday it is getting into the synthetic diamond game with Lightbox, its new man-made diamond brand that will offer full carat stones from roughly $800 beginning in September. That price point is essentially... More »

Enterprising Car Prowler Pulls Off Huge Jewelry Heist

Someone stole $900K in jewelry out of a car in San Francisco

(Newser) - Police don't often ask for the public's help to solve a car break-in, but then most cars aren't carrying nearly $1 million in jewelry. The San Francisco Chronicle reports someone smashed the windows of a Cadillac Escalade parked in San Francisco on Aug. 12 and stole two... More »

Selling 'Tiffany' Engagement Rings Just Cost Costco $19.4M

Judge rules against warehouse club, which sold jewelry using Tiffany brand name

(Newser) - A federal judge's decision on trademark infringement likely has Costco executives feeling blue—but definitely not Tiffany blue. Per CNBC , US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled Monday the warehouse club must fork over $19.4 million in damages, plus interest, to the luxury jeweler for selling diamond engagement... More »

Company in Australia Turning IVF Embryos Into Jewelry

'My embryos were my babies—frozen in time'

(Newser) - A company in Australia that has been making jewelry and various mementos for parents using actual raw materials from development—think breast milk, hair, the placenta and cord stump—has taken things a step further, and critics are appalled. Baby Bee Hummingbirds, started by midwife Amy McGlade in 2014, was... More »

Employee's Yelp Review on Competitor Costs Him $34.5K

'Incensed' rival did his own detective work to find out who posted phony review

(Newser) - "No one should have to go through this, not children, adults, elderly," Stephen Blumberg tells CBS Boston , and a jury apparently agreed with him. The cause of Blumberg's emotional turmoil: a fake, "inflammatory" Yelp review of his Massachusetts jewelry store posted by the son of a... More »

Women Claim Sex Was Prerequisite for Promotion at Kay, Jared

But class-action suit covering 69K workers covers pay, promotions discrimination

(Newser) - Women accusing managers at one of the nation's biggest jewelry companies of sexual harassment say that bosses called demanding sex in return for promotion "going to the big stage." In around 250 declarations filed as part of a huge class-action suit against Sterling Jewelers, owner of the... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Report: Kay Jewelers Swaps Diamonds With Fakes

Complaints are piling up on Facebook about lesser diamonds, other stones

(Newser) - "It was flat-out theft." That's how one woman describes her experience with Kay Jewelers, which is facing a barrage of complaints from customers who say their jewelry was lost or damaged—or even that the diamonds in their engagement rings were replaced with fake ones. Chrissy Clarius... More »

Utility Workers Save Engagement Ring From Sewer

Ring accidentally got flushed down a toilet

(Newser) - A team of utility workers in Jurupa Valley, Calif., performed a small miracle for a bride-to-be when they retrieved her engagement ring from the sewer after she accidentally flushed it, ABC News reports. Carissa Wolter had put the ring, along with a pair of diamond earrings, on a tissue while... More »

Alleged Jewelry Thieves Left Parting Gift in Guest Book

Tip: Don't leave contact info if you're going to lift valuables from an art gallery

(Newser) - Signing the guest book at a wedding or funeral: fine. Signing one at an art gallery you're accused of stealing from: not the best idea. That's what one Florida couple allegedly did Saturday night when they visited ICFA Gallery in Palm Beach, reportedly lifting the owner's gold... More »

Suit: $12K Sapphire Ring Worn for 15 Years a $30 Dud

NC woman beside herself over 1999 birthday present that turned out to be fake

(Newser) - For more than 15 years, Mary Ellen Frabizzio showed off her 4-carat pink sapphire ring, a glittering beauty with diamond baguettes and a gold mounting that her husband had presented to her for her birthday in 1999. "I went nuts," she tells the News Journal . "I was... More »

Archaeologists Find Grave of 'Sleeping Beauty'

During a 6-week excavation of the ancient city of Aksum in Ethiopia

(Newser) - During a six-week excavation in northern Ethiopia, English archaeologists uncovered 11 graves that contained "extraordinary" items. But the inhabitant of one of the graves is herself particularly enthralling: a so-called "Sleeping Beauty," as Louise Schofield, who led the team, has dubbed her. The woman's positioning and... More »

Divers Find 1468 Wreck That May Hold Millions in Coins

Famed Hanneke Wrome carried 200 souls, seriously rich cargo when it sank

(Newser) - An international team of divers has discovered a long-sought 15th-century shipwreck just south of the island of Jussarö in Finland. When the Hanneke Wrome sank in 1468 during heavy storms in the Baltic Sea on its way from Germany to Estonia, it was considered one of the biggest maritime disasters... More »

Jeb Bush's Wife: Very Low-Key, Lavish Taste

Columba Bush loves charity work, needlepoint, and expensive jewelry: reports

(Newser) - In 1989, the wife of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told the Miami Herald, "I'm not a political person. At home, we're a common, ordinary couple," per the New York Times . By most accounts, Columba Bush is deeply private, painting and doing needlepoint, eating plain fare... More »

Chicago Jeweler Loses Snow Bet—and $151K

He offered refunds if 3 inches fell; insurance company will pay

(Newser) - It was one of those weird promotions made during the heat of the holiday shopping season: "If it snows, it's free," promised a Chicago jeweler. That is, Rich Bennett pledged refunds to anyone who bought from his shop between Black Friday and Christmas Eve if it snowed... More »

Egg-Sized White Diamond Sells for $30.6M

118-carat gem sets a record at Sotheby's auction

(Newser) - A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6 million at a Hong Kong auction today, as two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat white diamond from Africa in six minutes of measured bidding in the Sotheby's jewelry auction. The "flawless" white oval diamond,... More »

Saudis Gave Hillary $500K in Jewelry

She can't keep it though; it tops list of gifts from world leaders

(Newser) - With great power comes great swag. The State Department is out with its annual list of gifts bestowed upon US officials by foreign governments, and the most eye-catching item is the $500,000 worth of white gold jewelry that Saudi King Abdullah gave Hillary Clinton. Think "teardrop rubies and... More »

$53M in Jewels Stolen From Cannes Hotel

Follows pair of thefts during film festival

(Newser) - Cannes, it seems, has become a popular target for jewel thieves. Its film festival suffered two jewel robberies this year ; now a gunman has fled with a briefcase full of jewelry worth $53 million. Today's heist occurred at a jewelry show at the Carlton Hotel, on the famous Croisette... More »

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