The irresistible relationship between jewelry and fashion

Classic jewels are eternal, but there's a new generation of contemporary statement jewelry gaining ground in the art of creating objects of desire.

A jewelry piece changes the way we perceive an outfit. Luxurious, simple or extravagant rings, watches, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets transform and elevate the whole look into a different concept.

High-end fashion houses have been exploring the jewelry opportunities to sparkle their exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Fashion designers and jewelers have been working together to build the modern look. Jewels are no longer adornments. Gemstones are fashionable pieces of art.

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What is the Kimberley Process?

In the past, rebel movements used "conflict diamonds" to finance wars against legitimate governments. The Kimberley Process is the most significant step ever taken towards changing the world of rough diamonds.

The Kimberley Process (KP) is a global initiative to halt exploration and trade of "conflict diamonds," the rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments, in countries such as Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.

The Kimberley Process was born in May 2000 when Southern African diamond-producing nations met in Kimberley, South Africa, to discuss the battle against diamonds that were used to fund violence and anarchy.

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"A Heritage in Bloom" sparkles the spirit of China

"A Heritage in Bloom," one of the most important diamond masterpieces ever produced in China, has been unveiled.

The necklace was crafted by Wallace Chan, featuring 24 D-colour internally flawless (DIF) diamonds cut from the Cullinan Heritage, bought by Chow Tai Fook in 2010.

The rare 507.55 carat Type IIA rough diamond was cut and polished for three years, and the final result represents more than 47,000 hours of work and jewelry craftsmanship.

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The most famous jewelry quotes of all time

Alluring, sophisticated and precious, jewels and gemstones are true ancient and modern icons. Discover what famous personalities have to say about the world of jewelry and gems.

Jewelry has been inspiring the history of humankind for centuries. With their deep colors, perfect shapes and pure, precious materials, jewels and gemstones are part of the universe of iconic movie stars, writers, musicians, designers, artists and celebrated historical characters.

Have you ever wondered what entertainment stars, philosophers or independent artists say or think about jewelry? Take a look at the sentences about gems and jewels that have made history.

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Lau buys "The Blue Moon" and "The Pink" diamonds for $77 million

Hong Kong investor Joseph Lau bought two rare diamonds for $77 million at back-to-back auctions held in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the first auction held at Christie's, Lau paid $28.5 million to buy "The Pink," a 16.08 carat cushion-shaped fancy pink diamond. The new owner renamed it "Sweet Josephine," in honour of one of his daughters.

"As large and rare coloured diamonds of this calibre become increasingly hard to locate, this diamond comes to market at a time when great gems are mirroring prices achieved for masterpieces in the world of fine art," underlined Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry at Christie's International.

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