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9-pound gold nugget found in Australia

9 lb nugget

"Striking gold" is mainly a term to express when someone gets really lucky nowadays, but by golly, someone has actually done it.

A 145-ounce gold nugget has been reportedly found in Victoria, Australia by a real life prospector and could be worth more than A$250,000 ($190,710) when it goes to auction. The big 'ol nugget has been named "Friday's Joy" on account of the day it was found.


How will advancements in lab-grown diamonds affect the trade?

Diamonds grown in the lab have matured enough in size and quality to compete against traditionally mined gems. At stake is the $14 billion rough diamond market.

Game of Stones

In its elemental composition, diamonds are just carbon, the fourth most common substance in the universe. A lump of coal is probably its humblest form: brittle, flammable, and entirely unsuitable as a promise and proposal of undying devotion.

The 5 strangest jewelry curse stories

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What does it take for a jewelry artifact, whether it be a single stone or a hoard of gold, to be declared “cursed”? Well, it seems the main ingredient is a populace with a very active imagination, and successive owners who are willing to carry on the legend even if they’ve escaped with all their limbs. Like all fantastically expensive objects, jewelry of the most high-end kind tends to attract theft, disagreement, political problems, and other intrigue; but that’s just a fact of its desirability. Beyond that, historically, jewelry curses are often invented aspects to give a potential buyer a little bit more flavor. (The La Peregrina Pearl owned by Elizabeth Taylor has been blamed for the fact that she married eight times, but it’s more realistic to blame that on her interpersonal skills than on a blameless bit of cultivated oyster.)

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