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Myranmar Miners Unearth 175-Ton Chunk of Jade Valued at $170 Million

Myranmar Miners Unearth 175-Ton Chunk of Jade Valued at $170 Million

It has taken some time to fully unearth it, but a chunk of jade valued at $170,000 has been discovered in Myanmar (formerly Burma). It was recently photographed in the pit where it was unearthed, alongside 14 miners who worked at chiseling away the outer rock that surrounds the jade. The final 175-ton piece, discovered in a remote mine in Kachin State, measures 18 feet wide and stands 9 feet tall. This marks the second largest piece of jade yet to be discovere. The largest piece weighst 260 tons and has been made into a carved statue that lays on its side in the Jade Buddha Palace in China. It is said that Myanmar’s jade industry is a $31 billion source of income -and provides most of the world’s finest greenstone, for which China is the number one buyer....
Understanding the Evolution of Diamond Engagement Rings

Understanding the Evolution of Diamond Engagement Rings

By Suzanne Martinez By Suzanne Martinez Diamond engagement rings have been around a long time; no other piece of jewelry is as steeped in historical sensibility as the engagement ring. Rings have been used since ancient times to symbolize marriage. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were symbolic of the “eternal flame of love,” while the ancient Romans placed an engagement ring on the “ring finger” of the betrothed, believing this finger contained a vein that led to the heart. In 1477, the Archduke of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first diamond engagement ring ever used in recorded history. This set into motion a trend that continues to this day, as similar minded noblemen and aristocrats began giving rings to their dearly betrothed. Diamond engagement rings increased in popularity as humanity moved through the Renaissance, Baroque, Georgian, and Victorian eras into modern contemporary times. One thing remains true, however. As other jewelry trends fluctuated over time, engagement rings steadily increased in renown and splendor. Unlike other jewelry items that waxed and waned in popularity, diamonds remained popular, in part, due to their strength as a stone. Only a diamond can cut another diamond, making the substance one of the strongest on earth; a perfect representation of a new couple’s life together. In addition, a diamond ring can handle the wear of daily life in a way other stones cannot. This resilient stone is prized by men and women who wish to live a versatile lifestyle. Rich tradition and unbreakable molecular structure notwithstanding, the diamond engagement ring’s most appeal​ ing quality is its​ symbolism. Onlookers who gaze upon an engagement ring on your finger know what it represents. It immediately evokes a sense of tremendous purpose; the ring dazzles like a beacon, symbolizing the wearer is betrothed...
Corum Unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend Watches for Women

Corum Unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend Watches for Women

First unveiled to the world in 1960, the Corum Admiral’s Cup watch collection was an immediate hit. With nautical pennants gracing the dial, the sailing-inspired timepiece has become a legend in its own right. That may be why the brand chose to unveil the new Admiral’s Cup Legend collection — with updated styles perfect for women. The new Corum Admiral Cup Legend timepieces also include four 42mm pieces (including an automatic and a chronograph), as well as more than a dozen 38mm and 32mm watches, which we bring to you here. Among the key features of the new timepieces: Iconic design; perfect sizes; dramatic dials and automatic movements. Crafted in stainless steel, in rose gold, or in a two-tone combination, the 12-sided case is at once immediately identifiable and distinctive.  The watch dials are white and also offered  in mother-of-pearl, with  tropical hues and colorful pennants that bring the famed sailing design to life. Diamond accents are also available. It wouldn’t be Corum’s Admiral’s Cup if it wasn’t powered by an automatic movement bearing the Corum signature key. The Admiral Legend watches offer hour, minutes, seconds and date display (on the 38mm model). The C0-082 movement in the 38mm version offers 42 hours of power reserve, while the CO 400 movement in the 32mm model offers 40 hours of power...
Harry Winston Weaves a Premier Story in Fabric and Mother of Pearl

Harry Winston Weaves a Premier Story in Fabric and Mother of Pearl

Lace, fringe and fabric are all the hallmarks of fine fashion. Now, however, Harry Winston marries the fashion-forward elements of lace and woven fabrics into its women’s timepiece collection.  The brand, a master at haute-art dials, turns to the rare art of weaving for some of its new fabric-inspired Premier watches. The Premier Precious Weaving Automatic 36mm watches feature hand-woven dials created using a rare Japanese technique. The new 36mm automatic Premier Precious Weaving watches (there are four versions) feature hand-crafted dials that weave silk threads, as well as threads of gold with mother of pearl for a stunning masterpiece. The weaving technique was more than 18 months in the research and development stages. The use of silk thread with mother of pearl makes for a dial that almost resembles an artistic tapestry. Among the versions offered: Chrysanthemum flower with alternating petals of white and darker tones of mother-of-pearl; an abstract motif created from interwoven mother-of-pearl, silk and gold; an antique-inspired Koi fish motif; a dark metallic motif that resembles city lights. The collection retails starting at $36,400. The brand has also unveiled a stunning Premier Lace Automatic 36mm watch,which is actually carved mother of pearl designed to look like lace. It is an incredible work of detail and dramatic...
3D Space-Age Glowing Watches for the Female Wrist: MB&F  HMX Black Badger

3D Space-Age Glowing Watches for the Female Wrist: MB&F HMX Black Badger

Unveiled earlier this year at Baselworld 2016, the new  MB&F art piece created in  cooperation with James Thompson of Black Badger Advanced Composites is a shining example of bold space-age looks in watches for women. The HMX Black Badger, part of MB&F’s Performance Art Collection, actually glows in the dark — brighter than any other watch on the market. What’s more, it’s not just the numbers or hands that glow, it’s the entire workings of the watch — in great hues of  Phantom Blue,  Purple Reign and ravishing Radar Green. The design is achieved via solid blocks of proprietary high-efficiency luminosity capable of storing energy and releasing it for a longer period of time than other luminous materials on the market. Each color way is created in a limited edition of 18 pieces  and will sell for approximately...
Meet the New Georg Jensen Vivianna Archive Collection Bangles

Meet the New Georg Jensen Vivianna Archive Collection Bangles

The newest and coolest pieces of jewelry from Georg Jensen just arrived in stores and it is a breath of fresh air. Interestingly enough, the new Vivianna bangles are inspired by jewelry from the 1960’s and ’70’s. They draw their look from the iconic designs of Torun, who used organic shapes and reflective surfaces. The new bangles are part of the Archive Collection and are crafted in polished sterling silver with cabochon stones in predate, blue topaz, amethyst and black onyx. The refreshing designs range from $395 to $1,500 and make the perfect summertime...