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Duchess Kate dazzles in diamonds at her first State Banquet

princessThe Duchess of Cambridge looked every bit a princess tonight as she and Prince William attended their first State Banquet in honor of the President of China and his wife Madame Peng.

Kate looked regal in a bespoke red Jenny Packham gown wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara on loan from the Queen, diamond chandelier earrings and a stunning diamond bracelet. She first wore the Lotus Flower Tiara (or Papyrus Tiara, as it’s sometimes called) at the 2013 Diplomatic Reception. It's only the third time the Duchess has worn a tiara.

There was speculation that the Duchess may have worn the late Princess Diana’s Cambridge Lovers Note Tiara, which was a gift from the Queen to William’s mother, because it bears the Duke And Duchess of Cambridge’s name. Instead, Kate appeared to give a nod to Chinese culture wearing a red dress which symbolizes luck, good fortune and joy, and selecting the Lotus Flower Tiara which also has great historical significance in China.

Inside De Beers’s Hunt for Africa’s Elusive Diamonds


In Kalahari Desert, miner attempts to uncover next big discovery—without which the industry faces diminishing output
By Scott Patterson

Oct. 23, 2015 3:33 a.m. ETKALAHARI DESERT, Botswana—Crouching in the sun-scorched sand, De Beers geologist Charles Skinner picked up an ashy, white cylinder of rock and looked for shimmering evidence that an ancient volcano was sitting below his feet, containing billions of dollars’ worth of diamonds.Mr. Skinner is at the vanguard of a new effort by diamond merchant De Beers to uncover the first major diamond mine in at least 20 years. De Beers last year...

GIA Offers $1.5 Million in Scholarships for 2015

GIA 10 29Act now – application period ending soon

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is now accepting applications for 200+ scholarships for its Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. GIA scholarships, which total $1.5 million for 2015, align with the Institute’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals. Applications for the current scholarship cycle are available now through Oct. 31 at http://www.gia.edu/scholarships.

Synthetic Diamonds Offer Hope For Early And Effective Treatment Of Deadly Cancers

diamonds 22Could it be that diamonds are more than just a girl’s best friend – and are instrumental in the early detection and treatment of some of the worst types of cancer?

Physicists at the University of Sydney’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems have found a way to use nanoscale or synthetic “diamonds” to identify cancerous tumors before they turn life-threatening.

Bond's best watches

With the imminent release of SPECTRE, we look at the timepieces that have steered Bond through dramas and kept him punctual for those femme fatales.

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The hifalutin Aston Martin car chases and handsome tailoring might have already garnered attention, but Bond’s latest outing in SPECTRE, which premieres next week, also nods to a rich horological heritage that the character champions to grand effect. Since he slipped a weighty Rolex Submariner on his wrist in 1962’s Doctor No (starring Sean Connery), Bond’s watches have acted as plot devices and wingmen in times of trouble: thanks to Q’s tinkering they’ve come with gauges to monitor radioactivity, miniature buzzsaws, garrotting wire, lasers, a electromagnetic device designed to divert bullets and a detonator. The Swiss watch manufactures might enthuse about myriad complications, but these pieces can fell a man at 50 paces.

The Most Iconic Jewelry in Movies

TitanicHeart of the OceanPrecious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C. As man-made substitutes such as rhinestones, moissanite and cubic zirconium started making the market for seemingly-precious stones more, well, precious, so did the real thing become more dramatic to seek out on film. Here are a few of the most sought after, revered and iconic pieces of jewelry dramatized for our viewing pleasure.