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Dream Comes True: LI Woman Reunited With Class Ring She Lost in Peconic Bay 36 Years Ago

Debbie Cassidy was only one year out of high school when she lost her class ring while swimming in scenic Peconic Bay on Eastern Long Island. The year was 1981. “We were at a party and we were in the water and it slipped off my finger and I was heartbroken,” Cassidy told ABC News. “We never found it. I thought I’d never see it again. I always dreamed I would.” Cassidy’s dream came true on Saturday thanks to the metal-detecting prowess of Rich Miliauskas, who found the ring...

26.27-Carat ‘Tenner’ Diamond — Once Thought to Be a Fake — Fetches $849,637 at Sotheby’s London

The woman who bought a 26.27-carat gem-quality diamond for £10 (about $13) at a car boot sale in London about 30 years ago is now $849,637 richer. The gem — which has earned the nickname “Tenner” because is was purchased for a 10-pound note — sold for nearly two times the pre-auction estimate after a fierce bidding war at Sotheby’s London last week. The unnamed owner had been convinced the showy ring was a piece of costume jewelry due to its low price, ostentatious center stone and filthy mounting....

7 Things you Didn’t Know About Your Diamonds!

The US is the #1 consumer in diamonds Green diamonds get their color from radiation in the earth In ancient times, Greeks believed diamonds to be tears of the Gods while Romans considered them to be shards of stars that had fallen from the sky The Egyptians began the custom of placing a diamond ring on the fourth finger, believing a ‘vein of love’ ran directly from there to the heart Only diamonds can cut another diamond and only diamond powder can polish a diamond Diamonds...

Get The Perfect Ring in 5 Easy Steps

1. Find out what she likes. A great way to find out is to go window shopping together if you have been discussing marriage. However, if it’s a complete surprise try to get her close friend or relative to give you insight into what she wants. 2 Do your homework by visiting websites and 3-5 stores. Understand the basics around cut, clarity, and prices. 3. Narrow down where you want to purchase. Does the jeweler offer a lifetime ring check and cleaning? Free appraisal on completed ring?Does this jeweler...

Angelina Jolie Pitt Donates Extraordinary Citrine Necklace to Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie Pitt donated an extraordinary citrine necklace to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Featuring 64 cushion-cut citrine gems and a fiery 177.11-carat pear-shaped citrine drop, the 18-karat gold necklace went on display last Friday at the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals in Washington, D.C. The new piece, called the Jolie Citrine Necklace, will remain on view indefinitely, alongside some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Hope Diamond. The National Gem Collection is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of...

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