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Police searching for suspects in $6M New Years Eve jewelry heist

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Three jewel thieves ended 2016 with a $6 million score, raiding safes at a Midtown jewelry wholesaler just after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve.

Authorities believe the heist was an inside job, police sources said, since the thieves didn’t even have to crack the safes when they got inside.

“The safes were opened. They didn't even have to pry,” said one police source.


Abigail Kemp pleads guilty to string of armed robberies

Abigail KempA Georgia woman accused of stealing jewelry worth millions in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina pleaded guilty last week in Panama City Federal Court to charges arising from the heists.

Abigail Kemp, 25, waived her right to trial in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina when she accepted a plea deal for the string of robberies that spanned a 10-month period, according to an Associated Press report.

German Town is Embedded with Millions of Tiny Diamonds

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Upon first glance, Nördlingen has all the hallmarks of a classic German town. At its epicenter sits St.-Georgs-Kirche, a medieval church with an imposing tower that dominates the skyline, which itself is punctuated by the red pitched roofs of hundreds of timberframe homes and shops. But on closer inspection, it’s these very buildings that set Nördlingen apart from other towns, and for one very curious reason: These structures are embedded with millions of microscopic diamonds.

CNN dubs 2016 “The Year of the Colored Diamond”

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Relatively small, but slowly and perfectly formed over billions of years, the Argyle Violet diamond is so rare in color that it has its own unique diamond classification: "Fancy Deep Grayish Blueish Violet."

It was "a once in a lifetime discovery. I fell in love with it. We had to have it," says Scott West of L.J. West Diamonds Inc. of New York.

Like his father, Larry, and his grandfather Max before him, West is a diamond hunter, searching for the rarest and most unusually colored stones.

Suspects arrested in triple homicide at Mississippi jewelry & pawn store

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(JACKSON, Miss.) – On December 17, Cleveland “Bill” Mosley, the 81-year-old owner of Bill’s Pawn and Jewelry, and two employees, Ted McLemore, 77 and Robert Ivy, 60, were shot and killed in a robbery at the Jackson, Mississippi store.

Police were called to the scene at 8:50 p.m. when the victims failed to return home. It is reported that five high-end watches, jewelry and coins were taken from the store. Surveillance equipment was also taken and other equipment damaged.

Jewelry store thieves pull switcheroo on staffers, make off with $10k

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KTVI) – Investigators with the Poplar Bluff, Missouri Police Department are looking for two women believed to have robbed a local jewelry store.

According to Joseph Woodruff, a police spokesman, the incident occurred the evening of December 9 at The Jeweler’s Bench.

Upon their arrival, officers learned two women came into the store and picked out several pieces of jewelry. They claimed they wanted to ship the jewelry for a wedding.

Large, rare diamonds offer window into inner workings of Earth’s mantle

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(NEW YORK) - Breakthrough research led by GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith examines diamonds of exceptional size and quality to uncover clues about Earth’s geology. The researchers studied the unique properties of diamonds with similar characteristics to famous stones such as the Cullinan, Constellation and Koh-i-Noor to advance our understanding of Earth’s deep mantle, hidden beneath tectonic plates and largely inaccessible for scientific observation. The study is published in the most recent issue of Science magazine.

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