Industry News

Spread the Secret: the $ 10 million Royal Fantasy Bra unveiled by Victoria’s Secret

Valued at $10 million, the Royal Fantasy Bra and Belt designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad was introduced in time for the holiday season. The bra is handset in 18 karat gold, featuring a 52 karat and pear shaped center ruby. The two pieces are adorned with over 4,200 precious gems from around the world including rubies, diamonds, and yellow sapphires.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will model the Fantasy Bra in the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Dreams & Fantasies Catalogue and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airing December 10th on the CBS television network.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel in The Royal Fantasy Bra valued at $10 million. Photo credit of Victoria's Secret and/or its affiliates.


Zambian government plans to set up precious-stone collection points benefiting small-scale miners

Zambian government plans to set up precious-stone collection points with the aim to reorganize small –scale miners of precious stones -- by providing them an opportunity to expose their products to international buyers at auctions.

“With the setting up of collection points, transportation will be made easier and miners can bring their products during auctions in Lusaka and money will be given to them instantly,” said Victor Mutambo, Mines, Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary.

While the Zambian government policy on the auctions of emerald in countries like Singapore still stands, the Gemfields’ auction hosted in Lusaka this July yielded the highest unite value achieved at any auction.  Kagem Mining Limited, one of the three emerald mines in Zambia, had already pledged to hold its next auction.


CIBJO and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announce Memorandum of Understanding at IJL London

LONDON: SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 - CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the International Jewellery London Show (IJL).  The MOU will work to further advance responsible business practices among all sectors of the jewellery supply chain, and will include the use of CSR education programmes developed by CIBJO, in collaboration with the United Nations, and chain of custody certification programmes developed by RJC.

The MOU reflects the willingness of both organisations to collaborate on efforts to entrench a solid understanding and commitment from the jewellery industry, to improve its performance in the crucial areas of human rights, social and environmental performance and ethical business practices.


US Maintains Bans on Myanmar jade and rubies importing

The Obama administration maintained the ban on imports of Myanmar jade and rubies, according to the official announcement on August 7, manifesting their aims to push the political and economic reforms in the Southeast Asian nation.

"The administration is maintaining restrictions on specific activities and actors that contribute to human rights abuses or undermine Burma's democratic reform process," deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said in a statement. It is “due to continuing concerns, including with respect to labour and human rights”, Rhodes reiterated.


U.S. Keeps Myanmar Sanctions in Place on Gemstones

Myanmar's Ministry of Mining says new gem mining permits in Mogoke, Mineshu and Nanyar Sate will be issued at a price of $1,167 per gem mining block. Meanwhile, permits for jade mine blocks that expired during January, February and March will be renewed.


Scientists Believe Discovery Shows Viking Sailors Used 'Sunstones' to Navigate

Although it has long been recounted that Viking sailors made use of special "sunstones" to navigate their ships when clouds covered the skies, no evidence has ever been uncovered to suggest that they actually existed. Until now, that is.

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