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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.

Forbes shares the best jewelry on the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars

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Diamonds and white metals, mostly platinum, were the stars of the 88th Academy Awards red carpet jewelry presentation Sunday. Earrings were big with chandeliers, geometric designs and large drops. There were plenty of bare necks but when necklaces were worn, they were outsized and dramatic.

The winner was Charlize Theron who appeared near the end of the event wearing $3.7 million worth of Harry Winston Diamonds. The show stopper was the 48-carat Secret Cluster Diamond Necklace, which was complemented by Winston Cluster Diamond Earrings, 15.49 carats, Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring with Micropave, 8.78 carats, Micropave Diamond Band Ring, and Queen Diamond Ring, 7.44 carats, all set in platinum.

Tiara clad plane “biter” suspects class envy

page sixArt curator Stacy Engman admits she was wearing a tiara on a flight from Istanbul to New York, but she denies she bit the woman sitting next to her in first class.

“I am really traumatized. I’ve never been involved in anything like this,” Engman told me. “This whole thing is crazy.”

The glamorous New Yorker — who works with museums around the world — was in Paris for the couture shows and then on a Mediterranean shoot for her “Yacht Life” photo series in W magazine.

Rapaport reports polished diamond prices firm in February

1-carat RAPI™ rises for 4th consecutive month

(NEW YORK) – Rapaport has reported polished diamond prices rose in February continuing the uptrend evident since November. Shortages continue to support the market while trading slowed during the month as dealers in China and Hong Kong took vacation during the Chinese New Year period. The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™) for 1-carat, GIA-graded diamonds rose 0.3 percent in February. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds advanced 0.4 percent and RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds grew 0.7 percent. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds fell 1.2 percent. 
RAPI for 1-carat diamonds increased 1.3 percent during the first two months of the year but remains 7.8 percent below levels recorded one year ago.

GIA offering 125+ scholarships, totaling more than $500,000

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Beginning on March 1st and running through April 30th, prospective GIA students have the opportunity to apply for more than 125 scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, for the Institute’s Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. Directions on how to apply online are available at www.gia.edu/gem-education-scholarship-instruction-information.

JA’s Political Action Committee raises over $25,000 in 2015

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC), the only PAC that supports the fine jewelry industry in Washington, D.C., raised $26,680 in 2015. Through JAPAC, individual Jewelers of America (JA) members can join with other jewelry businesses in contributing to candidates for office at the federal level, who understand the interests of the jewelry industry.

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“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

The first quarter of 2016 is nearly over, and if you still haven’t incorporated your list of New Year’s resolutions into your daily schedule, then I give you permission to stop beating yourself up over it, toss that list out, and try again next year!

Spring will be here soon, which means warmer weather is on the way, and with it, the extra business that comes our way from holidays and events including Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations.

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