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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


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


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


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.

IGI launches national cable TV consumer advertising campaign

IGI(NEW YORK) - In the interest of increasing consumer awareness and confidence in the diamond and fine jewelry industry, International Gemological Institute (IGI) North America - a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) - has launched a national cable campaign to air on Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, HLN and Time Warner Cable NY1 News.