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Missouri couple digs through “mountain of trash” to recover $400K diamond rings

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Diamonds are forever - even if you accidentally throw them in the trash.

Carla Squitieri did just that earlier this month.

The Missouri woman took off her rings to do dishes at her Clarkson Valley home and, before she put them back on, the doorbell rang.

She ran off to answer and forgot about her 12.5-carat wedding anniversary present and 7-carat infinity band.

The rings sat untouched on the paper towel she was drying her hands with - until that night, when her husband Bernie cleaned up the kitchen and tossed out the stray paper towel.

Carla didn’t realize her valuables weren’t on her hand until the next day, around noon.


Extreme, crude and very expensive: The secret world of watch testing

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Deep within Rolex's landmark Geneva HQ is a 1.3 tonne lump of stainless steel. Somewhat unprepossessing from the outside, inside is a hostile microcosm.

The tank simulates pressure at 16,000ft below sea level and it is inside that Rolex's Deepsea watches are tested before release onto the market.

It is, potentially, an expensive process. The smallest flaw in each watch's construction will make it explode, so it pays to make sure everything is right before undergoing this hyperbaric assault.

Would be robber killed by California jeweler linked to double homicide

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A convicted felon shot dead as he tried to rob a Torrance, CA jewelry store last week has been identified as a person of interest in the killings of an elderly Apple Valley couple, shocking the proprietor who gunned him down.

Keon Lamon Bailey, 20, of Lancaster, whose rap sheet included burglary, possession of stolen property, rape, grand theft, trespassing and sexual battery, is linked to a crime spree after he was paroled from prison in February. In addition to the homicides, Bailey was suspected of robbing an Apple Valley doughnut shop and committing a home invasion, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Collectible jewelry is a popular category, and more valuable than you think

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Charm bracelets have seen a surge in popularity within the last five years, along with fashion trends such as stackable rings. By itself, a single charm or ring may not warrant an appraisal or jewelry insurance policy. However, when the charm bracelet or stackable ring collection is complete, your customer could have an item worth well into the thousands of dollars. Now is a good time to contact those customers who are buyers of similar merchandise and remind them of the overall value.

Hiker in Israel finds rare gold coin dating back 2,000 years

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A hiker in Israel has found a rare, 2,000-year-old coin bearing the image of Emperor Augustus that is identical to one in the British Museum's collection.

Laurie Rimon was hiking with friends at an archeological site in the eastern Galilee when she saw a shiny object in the grass. After realizing it was a coin, the group’s guide, Irit Zuk-Kovacsi contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority. Within hours, an IAA representative joined the group of hikers in the field and took possession of it.

National Geographic Channel’s 10 fascinating facts about pearls

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The National Geographic Channel aired a new documentary titled “Secret Life of Pearls” on March 14. Forged by nature and nurtured by man, a single pearl encapsulates a story. Set in Australia’s remote Kimberley region, where man and nature work together to forge the Ocean's most desired treasure, this unique documentary captures the beauty of the South Sea Pearl, the rarest and most valuable marine gem whose story has remained untold.

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