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$13 million diamond

An enormous pink diamond is expected to fetch $13 million when it goes for auction in the US.



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Yellow Sun-Drop diamond goes for $10.9m at Sotheby's

An extremely rare yellow diamond known as the Sun-Drop has sold at auction in Geneva for just over $10.9m (6.8m).
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Sun-drop diamond in Swiss auction

A 110-carat diamond is expected to fetch up to $15m (9m) at auction in Geneva next week, Sotheby's says. The so-called Sun-Drop Diamond is described as fancy vivid yellow, the highest colour grading, and is the largest known diamond of its kind, at 110.3 carats.
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Who will buy $15 million 'Sun-Drop' diamond?



For anyone with 15 million dollars to spare, a dazzling 110-carat pear-shaped jewel known as the Sun-Drop Diamond will go to auction next week.



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25,000-year-old pendant found in Basque Country

A pendant of about 25,000 years old was found by archaeologists from the Sociedad Aranzadi in the Irikaitz dig near the town of Zestoa in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country.
According to the director of the excavation, Alvaro Arrizabalaga, the pendant is older than other such items found so far in the Praileaitz cave which are estimated to be some 15,000 years old.
The piece, an oblong gray smooth stone some 10 centimetres in length, is perforated at one end and apparently was hung from a thong or cord around a person's neck. Arrizabalaga added that the other end of the stone was used as a tool to retouch the edges of tools made from flint, like arrows or scrapers.

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A rare, flawless 43-carat yellow diamond known as the "Golden Eye" is expected to fetch millions of dollars when it is auctioned by the US Marshals Service next month.
The diamond was seized in 2006 by the FBI in an undercover operation that led to the conviction of a businessman for money laundering.
It is currently being kept at a federal building in Cleveland, Ohio and bids will start at $900,000 (550,000) in the online auction on Sept 6.

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'World's largest emerald' goes on display in Colombia

The largest emerald in the world has gone on display for the first time in Colombia, the country where the giant stone was originally discovered.
It has up to 15,000 carats and has been kept in its orginal form since it was found in Boyaca, around 75km north of Bogota, 12 years ago.

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Fura weighs about five pounds and contains more than 15,000 carats. (Try hanging that around your neck!) When I saw it on a stand in the Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada convention center near the Hotel Tequendama, where it'll be until either this Saturday or somebody grabs it, about a dozen uniformed security people stood around watching - even tho you can't get within a dozen feet of it.
Fura, named after an indigenous god whose tears turned into emeralds, was mined 12 years ago near the town of Muza in Boyaca. This is the first time it's been exhibited in public.

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At 110-carats, the Cora Sun-Drop is roughly the size of a woman's thumb and is largest vivid yellow pear-shaped diamond known in the world.
It has been lent to London's Natural History Museum by leading US diamond manufacturer Cora International for display to visitors for a limited time from tomorrow.
Its unusual yellow colour stems from the very small percentage of nitrogen within the carbon structure of the stone.

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Worlds largest yellow pear-shape diamond dazzles in Museum

The worlds largest known vivid yellow pear-shape diamond goes on display at the Natural History Museum from tomorrow.
Jerry Hall was a lucky guest dazzled by the 110-carat Cora Sun-Drop diamond when it was unveiled in the Museums Vault gallery this morning.



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Possible prehistoric bead is found in Suffolk

A rare piece of treasure which is believed to date back to pre-historic times could be the first find of its kind in Suffolk.
The British Museum said the gold personal ornament, which was found in Glemsford, near Sudbury, was an "important item".
It is currently in the hands of the British Museum, which carried out the report into the object, but it could come home to Suffolk.
Janina Parol, assistant treasure registrar at the British Museum, said Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and the British Museum were all interested in the ornament, which is thought to be from the Bronze Age.

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