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Man questioned in murder of Montana mother and son who stumbled into fortune

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Police in rural Montana are questioning a man previously convicted of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the murder of an elderly woman and her son who disappeared just ten days after they came into possession of a bar of gold worth almost half a million dollars.

The bodies of Beverly and Greg Giannonatti were found in a dump site in Powell County, Mont., Sunday night — a month after the mother, 79, and son, 57, vanished without a trace.

Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard identified David Wayne Nelson as a “high person of interest” in the case, the Montana Standard reported Monday, though he has not been charged with anything. Nelson has a Deer Lodge address and is being jailed without bail on a 72-hour investigative hold, Howard said at a news conference .


A NYC restaurant is serving a $45,000 Thanksgiving dinner with diamonds hidden in the stuffing

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Old Homestead Steakhouse, a New York staple in the Meatpacking District since 1868, has issued a press release that they’re serving a $45,000 Thanksgiving feast this year, targeted towards men looking to pop the question.

Marc Sherry, who co-owns the Homestead with his brother Greg, came up with the idea after seeing so many couples get engaged on Thanksgiving. “Why wait until Valentine’s Day,” Marc said in the press release. “She’ll never expect it on Thanksgiving.”

So in addition to the typical turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, diners will also get a very special surprise — a two-karat emerald cut diamond engagement ring — hidden in the stuffing.

Biggest Diamond in More Than a Century Unearthed in Botswana

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A 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond, second in size only to the Cullinan diamond cut into the British Crown jewels, has been unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp. in Botswana.

The Type-IIa stone, just smaller than a tennis ball, is the largest diamond discovery for more than 100 years, according to Vancouver-based Lucara. It was recovered by machines at the south lobe of Karowe mine in central Botswana, the company said in a statement.

Cracks appear in China's gold leasing trade as jewelers suffer defaults

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Chinese banks are growing alarmed by a rising number of defaults among jewelry manufacturers, prompting them to review new gold lending more carefully in the world's biggest consumer, according to sources with direct knowledge of the issue.

The top four Chinese banks alone have up to 443.4 billion yuan ($69.63 billion) tied up in gold leasing, so any pull back could cut China's imports and hit global bullion prices that are already languishing at the lowest in more than five years.

Americans are buying tons of gold

buyin tons of goldThis summer's market mayhem caused Americans to buy gold bars and coins at levels unseen since the financial crisis.

When people are scared about the economy and financial markets, they rush to gold. Boy, were they worried in recent months.

U.S. demand for gold bars and coins surged 207% during the third quarter, the World Gold Council said on Thursday.

The skyrocketing demand signaled a level of interest in gold investment "not seen since the global financial crisis," the group said.

The U.S. Mint backs up that assessment. It said gold Eagle coin sales surged to nearly 400,000 ounces last quarter, the highest level in more than five years.

Four reasons one investor thinks gold could jump this year

By Myra P. Saefong
Markets/Commodities reporter
MarketWatch.com

gold jumpFor many gold traders, the only story worth following is the one about the Federal Reserve and when it will increase the benchmark interest rate.

Not so for Frank Holmes, a longtime mining fund manager who is chief executive of U.S. Global Investors and co-wrote the 2008 book “The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing.” He currently co-manages the U.S. Global Investors Gold and Precious Metals Fund USERX, -2.04%

In an interview with MarketWatch, Holmes said four factors — shrinking real interest rates in the U.S., a dip in the dollar that led to a so-called “death cross” formation, a jump in the global purchasing managers index and signs of increased demand from China — suggest that gold could finish the year higher, perhaps as high as $1,350 an ounce, which would be about 25% above Thursday’s close.

Eight-carat diamond smashed in the name of science

eightcaratdiAt the University of Melbourne, a rare, eight-carat diamond has been smashed to smithereens in a bid to discover the secrets of its origin and a potential 'mother lode' of diamonds.

Professor David Phillips, Head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, recently took a hammer to the diamond to extract two rare, emerald-coloured inclusions.

The inclusions are made of a green mineral called clinopyroxene, which contains small amounts of radioactive potassium.

This makes it possible to date when the diamonds erupted out of a volcano, after they were formed inside. Knowing this makes it easier to hunt down the original source and the all-important 'mother lode' of diamonds.

"It's like looking for a unique word in 'War and Peace' and instead of having to search the whole book, you only have to look through a handful of pages," Professor Phillips says.

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