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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.

Yellow Fever – Life In The Facet Lane

yellow diamondFancy colored diamonds are increasingly  popular now for both bridal jewelry  and simply for those to whom over the top luxe is the thing to have.

Fancy colors when referred to diamonds  simply means that the diamond has a distinct and attractive body color. Best part is these  tints are completely natural. All fancy color  diamonds came from the ground with its  gorgeous tint. And they are exceedingly  uncommon finds.

JSA reports info sharing, excellent police work continue to decrease crime against jewelry industry

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2015 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the U.S. The total number of crimes against the industry decreased from 1,381 in 2014 to 1,177 in 2015, a decrease of 14.7%. Total dollar losses also decreased from $77.8 million in 2014 to $69.3 million in 2015, a decrease of 10.9%.

FBI releases details of $4.8 million NC gold truck robbery

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Agents identified the alleged ringleader as Adalberto Perez, 46. He was arrested this week at his home in the Miami suburb of Opa-Locka, Florida, almost exactly a year after the March 2015 robbery in Wilson County, North Carolina. Two accomplices remain at large.

It appears the case was cracked when a friend of Perez came forward just a few months ago. According to an FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court this week, the friend said Perez spent about a year preparing for the heist.