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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 »

Tiffany VP Stole $1.3M in Jewelry: Cops

Items were checked out ... but never checked back in

(Newser) - It's not the kind of jewelry heist screenwriters dream about, but this alleged plot seems to have gotten the job done: A former executive at Tiffany's is accused of taking 165 pieces of jewelry, pretty much one piece at a time, and then reselling them to an international... More »

Oops: Man Sells Wife's $23K Wedding Ring for $10

Racquel Cloutier was in the hospital at the time, post-childbirth

(Newser) - Husbands, there's a lesson for you in Eric Cloutier's very big mistake: Never sell anything at a garage sale without first checking with your wife. The California man offloaded a watch box he thought was empty at a June 1 community garage sale for $10. Little did he... More »

And Now We Have Breast Milk Jewelry

You can buy pretty much anything on Etsy, it would seem

(Newser) - Strands from baby's first haircut. The first tooth. Tiny footprints sunk into clay. Some parents even tuck away the dried stump of the umbilical cord or the stick pregnancy test as a touching memento marking the milestones of their kids. The latest? Breast milk jewelry, on sale at the... More »

Angelina Jolie Using Jewelry to Fund Schools

And plans to open more

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's latest humanitarian project: an all-girls primary school in Afghanistan. The school is near Kabul, where the educational focus is typically trained on boys, and Jolie tells E! between 200 and 300 students are currently enrolled. Her plan is to open more of these kinds of schools, funded... More »

Lohan Eyed in Jewelry Heist

$100K worth of watches, sunglasses vanish from mansion

(Newser) - Sticky-fingered Lindsay Lohan is a suspect in the theft of $100,000 worth of watches and pricey sunglasses from a private home, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . The goods vanished from the Hollywood Hills mansion of investor Sam Magid during a time both Lohan and her assistant Gavin Doyle—who'... More »

Anti-Adultery Ring? It Imprints 'I'm Married'

Engraving on the inside leaves words on your finger

(Newser) - Worried about your spouse slipping off the wedding ring and cheating on you? Put this in the last-resort category: a ring that leaves the words 'I'M MARRIED' on the flesh. The band is engraved on the inside, so an imprint on the skin is made after it's... More »

Angry Birds to Launch Luxury Jewelry Line

$290 for the silver Mighty Eagle Ring

(Newser) - The gigantically popular app Angry Birds is extending its brand into ... luxury jewelry? After hitting 1 billion downloads in May and launching successful lines of toys and clothes, game-maker Rovio is testing its merchandise appeal with a more upscale clientele, reports Forbes . The launch item is a $290 silver ring,... More »

NYC Store Slammed for Selling Swastika Earrings

Earrings are a Buddhist symbol, not a Nazi one, store's owner says

(Newser) - A Brooklyn jewelry store found itself under attack from city lawmakers for selling earrings in the shape of an ancient Buddhist symbol now much better known for its association with the Nazis. The swastika earrings on sale at the Bejeweled store represent "the most hateful symbol in our culture,... More »

And Now ... the Divorce Ring

Celebrate your freedom for $3,200

(Newser) - In an age of 50% divorce rates and even divorce parties comes the inevitable: a divorce ring. The 18K gold ring from Spritzer and Furman—in the shape of a split heart, of course—will set you back $3,200. At the Stir blog , Emily Abbate will pass, thank you... More »

Clown Thieves Get Punked in Jewelry Heist

Their loot isn't really all that valuable

(Newser) - Send in the clowns: Two gun-waving robbers dressed in clown makeup and wigs robbed a Denver jewelry story yesterday, roughing up employees and stripping display cases clean. They made off with the loot after a 15-minute robbery, notes CBS4, but there's a caveat: The precious stones aren't so... More »

Lohan: I Borrowed Necklace

Also, LiLo says she's really just an easy mark

(Newser) - For everybody freaking out about the felony charges Lindsay Lohan may or may not be facing over her alleged jewelry theft, she has news for you: That necklace was just borrowed. "We vehemently deny these allegations and, if charges are filed, we will fight them," her lawyer tells... More »

Single? Divorced? There's a Ring for That

New trend reminds us we can buy our own jewelry

(Newser) - Not engaged, but just dying for an oh-so-special ring to call your own? Great news: Thanks to today’s brilliant jewelry marketers, there’s a ring for every relationship status you’d like to broadcast to the world, be it “available and happy” or “divorced, available, and happy.... More »

Get Your Own Keith Richards Skull Ring

Courts and Hackett replica crafted from same skull

(Newser) - Keith Richards' skull ring has become synonymous with the rock legend, often imitated but never duplicated. Courts and Hackett, the company that made the original, is finally offering a new line of rings based on the same skull used as a model for Richards' ring—that's right, folks, a real... More »

Calif. Thieves Drill Through Wall, Swipe $1M in Jewels

Cops believe gang of professionals behind gem heist

(Newser) - Orange County cops are seeking an inventive gang of thieves who bypassed a jewelry store's security system by drilling through a wall from the next store. The crooks, who broke into the vacant store, made off with a safe holding at least $1 million in gems as well as the... More »

Neanderthals Wore Makeup, Jewelry

Find suggests they were just as advanced as early humans

(Newser) - Our Neanderthal cousins apparently picked their knuckles off the ground long enough to dabble in makeup and baubles, leading researchers to suggest they were no less intelligent than our direct ancestors at the same time in history. Newly unearthed evidence of 50,000-year-old jewelry and even makeup in a cave... More »

Holiday Sales Up 3.6%

Online spending surge fuels modest recovery

(Newser) - Retail holiday sales ticked up this year for a 3.6% improvement over 2008's disastrous showing. The modestly improved overall picture included a 15.5% surge in online shopping, thanks in part to snowstorms that stranded many shoppers at home the week before Christmas, as well as an almost 6%... More »

Brangelina's Next Role: Jewelry Designer

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie devise a snake-inspired line for Asprey

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have joined the celebrity designer ranks with a new jewelry line for Asprey inspired by—somewhere, Jennifer Aniston is chuckling—the snake. Pieces include gold and diamond rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, silver baby spoons, tooth boxes, and picture frames; all feature serpents, an animal Jolie... More »

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