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Mozambique: Government auctioning seized minerals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources is planning to sell off to the highest bidder around 10 ton of assorted contraband minerals seized from traffickers in precious and semi-previous stones. The Executive Director of the government's Mining Promotion Fund, Abduremane Machon, said that the largest group of minerals to be auctioned off consists of 8.7 tonnes of rubies in various states. More

India demands return of famous Koh i Noor diamond from Britain
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The Indian government has requested the urgent return of the infamous Koh i Noor diamond from Britain. This is an action undertaken under the aims of a recent international campaign supported by the United Nations for the rightful return of historic treasures to a variety of countries, including Mexico, Turkey, Greece and Egypt. The impressive diamond has been in British possession since 1849 when the East India Company forces in India defeated the Maharaja of Punjab and forced him to offer it up as a tribute to this victory, to Queen Victoria of England. More

Paris Haute Couture — A jewelry recap
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As promised, jewelry hounds, here is a recap of all the jewelry worth drooling over from the 2010 Fall/Winter Paris Haute Couture shows. More

Presidential kunzite
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Spodumene is a lithium aluminum inosilicate. The transparent mineral occurs in yellow or even a yellowish green similar to lively emerald. But the lilac or purplish pink variety discovered in 1902 was named after the father of modern gemology, George Frederick Kunz, who was Tiffany & Company's resident gemologist at the beginning of the 21st century. More

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Business that began in basement is being sold for $650 million
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Nearly 20 years ago, two Overland Park, Kan., stay-at-home moms pooled $50 from their grocery funds to start a small, home-based business. The best friends — Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh — wanted to share their passion for sterling silver jewelry with other women and perhaps earn a little extra cash in the process. Boy did they ever. On July 12, Avon Products announced plans to purchase their Lenexa, Kan.-based Silpada Designs for $650 million. The deal for what has grown into the world's largest home-party seller of sterling silver jewelry is expected to be completed this fall. More

TanzaniteOne gemstone sales regain glitter
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Gemstone producer TanzaniteOne has emerged sparkling after a gloomy couple of years that saw sales plunge and the company fight off an unwanted takeover bid from rival Gemfields. TanzaniteOne on July 12 announced to the market that it achieved $5.4 million in sales during the second quarter of 2010 — an 80 percent improvement on the lackluster first three months of the year and the best quarterly sales performance in two years. More

9 things to do before entering social media
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You're going to give this social media thing a solid chance. You've heard that social media delivers leads, connects you with customers, and you're confident that you can avoid falling victim to the many social media myths. All that's left to do is create the accounts hop in. Wait! Not so fast. Before you enter in the world of social media, make sure you're presenting your best possible face. More

Tycoon Ivanov vies Fabergé, boosts $2 billion museum collection
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The man who bought the world's most expensive egg is defying setbacks by thinking even bigger. Russian billionaire Alexander Ivanov, who paid $17.7 million for the Fabergé egg in 2007, says he has spent 90 million euros ($107.8 million) more in the last year alone to add 100 items to a 3,000-strong collection worth $2 billion. Ivanov, 46, first wanted to display the collection by the Russian czarist-era jeweler in Moscow until he faced a battle with bureaucracy and high building costs. More

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