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  • Former #1 professional tennis player and celebrity Serena Williams has launched a diamond jewelry line of 70 designs, ranging from statement necklaces, diamond and gold-studded words such as "queen" or "winner" to - no suprise there - tennis bracelets, rings and earrings in a diverse array of prices, starting at US$299 up to US$10k for the most luxurious pieces.

  • At the annual pinnacle of high-end celebrity jewelry and fashion, Oscars night, the bling on the red carpet did not disappoint. High-end jewelry reporter Anthony DeMarco covered the glamorous event for Forbes magazine, noting that diamonds and white metals were the overwhelming favorite among the stars. The other major trend on the Oscars red carpet, he writes, was sparkling drop earrings, particularly pear shaped gems or filigree designs. Necklaces were not as prevalent as in past years but those that did appear were sparkling diamond statements.

  • Tiffany & Co. launched their fall advertising campaign, “There’s Only You”, a celebration of personal style and individuality with the faces of the campaign being 6 individuals with various backgrounds in the creative fields. The pieces in the campaign are a combination of past and present, classic Tiffany as well as pieces from the new Tiffany HardWear line.

  • Beyoncé wore $12 million in diamonds to the 59th Edition of the Grammys on Sunday. The necklace and ring, by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, were made up of more than 400 carats of diamonds. The look was completed with the 2 Grammys the singer took home for Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album.

  • Diamonds Unleashed, a “profits with purpose” company with a social mission solely dedicated to the causes of women, has joined forces with Serena Williams – one of the brand’s distinguished ambassadors – to launch a collection this fall exclusively on HSN, announced Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross today in a press release. The Diamonds Unleashed for Serena Williams jewelry collection will debut September 12, 2016 during New York Fashion Week. It will accompany Serena Williams’ new fall collection on the runway during her fashion show.

  • Diamond rings have received a welcome boost, particularly among millennials, with global coverage of the engagement ring received by Pippa Middleton whose sister is married to the future king of the United Kingdom. Middleton was photographed wearing the ring estimated to have cost around £200,000 ($260,000) with jewelry experts describing the piece as “quite Art Deco in style” and with a central stone that is “upwards of three carats” with excellent color and clarity.

  • Some of the jewelry items worn by the Mother of Dragons character played by actress Emilia Clarke on the wildly popular Game of Thrones TV series will soon be available for fans of the show to purchase. The jewelry is based on a long-standing partnership between Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton and London-based jewelry brand Yunus & Eliza, JCK reports. Fans will be able to buy a few reproductions of Clarke’s on-screen looks, along with a range of brand-new Game of Thrones-inspired styles.

  • A Blancpain cocktail watch and its bracelet, set with 71 round diamonds and two marquise stones and once owned by Marilyn Monroe, is expected to sell for $80,000 to $120,000 at auction in November. A worldwide tour of a collection of Monroe's belongings started on June 1, which would have been her 90th birthday, with the vintage timepiece being the highest-valued item.

  • Jewelry and other valuables from the estate of comedienne Joan Rivers who died in 2014, including items created by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Fabergé, and Tiffany & Co., will also be sold in a sale from June 16-23, the auction house announced. More than 200 lots will be offered in a live sale on June 22 and approximately 80 lots in an online auction.

  • World Diamond Mark Foundation Chairman and CEO Alex Popov says the recent decision of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities to invest in the synthetic diamond manufacturer Diamond Foundry is justified in some respects in an article published by GemKonnect, praising it as "an excellent PR and self-promotion decision and I salute their agents’ sophistication and vision." He said the response of the natural diamond industry was "defensive at best and hysterical at worst, although JCK's Rob Bates wrote an excellent open letter which was logical and raised important issues.

  • The Australian singer is the latest celebrity to help promote diamonds, particularly among the younger generation, by prominently showing off a large emerald-cut diamond ring at an annual pop music awards ceremony in London.

  • The Golden Globes awards in Hollywood provided an opportunity for the stars to sparkle as usual, but perhaps none more so than singer/actress Jennifer Lopez who wore jewelry set with around 200 carats of diamonds. Lopez sported a platinum bracelet with pear, marquise and round brilliant cut diamonds set with 59.27 carats of gems, two diamond rings and yellow diamond drop earrings with a total weight of 16.46 carats, a cluster diamond wreath necklace featuring 46.95 carats of diamonds and a drop diamond necklace featuring 68.40 carats of stones.

  • Retired American boxer and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, nicknamed "Money", bought a 50-carat pinky ring and a 74-diamond necklace, reportedly worth around $10-15 million. Earlier this year, the lavish spender bought the most expensive car in the world - the $5 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita - and allegedly dropped $50,000 in a Miami strip club.

  • Although media coverage of the Miss Universe 2015 competition surrounded the mix-up over the winner, one of the other stars of the event was the crown presented to Miss Philippines. The crown is set with 311 diamonds, five pieces of blue topaz, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 33 pieces of crystal and made of gold and was designed to resemble the Manhattan skyline. The crown is reportedly worth around $300,000 and was made by Czech Republic company, Diamonds International Corporation.

  • More than $170,00 worth of jewelry and watches were stolen from the store which Paltrow opened less than two weeks ago. Three men entered the store and forcibly opened a cabinet full of high-end goods, and although they were spotted by staff who alerted the police they managed to get away.

  • The wife of actor George Clooney is no longer wearing her $680,000 engagement ring at work because she regards as too bling for her human rights lawyer job and is reportedly looking for a more low-key band.

  • In a week of record sales figures at international auctions, the original James Bond – actor Sean Connery – saw a diamond pendant sell for around twice its upper pre-sale estimate at $4 million at Sotheby’s Geneva sale. The auction house said it was a record bid for a fancy orange-pink diamond which weighs 15.20 carats and achieved a per carat price of more than $266,000. Before the sale, the item was forecast to sell for $1.2 million to $2.2 million.

  • Philadelphia's EnA Fine Jewelry is likely to receive a huge boost worldwide when the Batman v. Superman movie comes out next year with its jewelry being featured. CEO, co-founder and designer Karen Moustafellos explained: “They contacted us and said, ‘You know, we think your jewelry would be perfect for this.’ I don’t think actress Amy Adams is wearing the jewelry, but a lot of the other supporting cast members and people that are going to be in a couple of party scenes are wearing the jewelry.”

  • Harrods will be hosting an interactive Bulgari pop up exhibition from October 30 to November 28 at the iconic London store. The exhibition will celebrate Bulgari ‘divas’ including Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida, Ingrid Bergman and Anita Ekberg, all of whom wore jewelry made by the Italian firm. The pop-up’s windows will pay tribute to these glamorous starlets, featuring original imagery of them wearing Bulgari’s creations.

  • The Chicago Blackhawks received their 2015 Stanley Cup championship rings during a private ceremony Sunday. Each ring has 355 round, pear, marquise and princess-cut diamonds, totaling 10.8 carats, set in 14-karat white gold, the Blackhawks said. The top of the ring has "Stanley Cup Champions" around the Blackhawks logo; the left side commemorates their six Cup titles; and the right side features Chicago’s secondary logo and the player’s name and number. The ring was created by Jostens.

  • In one of the more unusual diamond stories of the week, it was announced that American actor Steven Seagal was in Yakutia in Russia's far-East to learn about the work of diamond giant Alrosa's Mirny diamond mine. "Steven Seagal arrived in the capacity of an analyst with a delegation from Angola. The guests will spend a few days in Mirny and use the time to visit the main Alrosa production sites, and to tour the main attractions of Mirny, and other towns," according to a press release from administration of the Mirny district in Yakutia.

  • A motorist who ran over Aron Aranbayev, a jeweler to singers and celebrities, remains at large, police said. Aranbayev, known as Eric to friends and family, was struck two days ago. His client list includes Jay Z, Drake, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes and Sean Combs.

  • We are all used to the phenomenon of female movie stars sporting millions of dollars of jewelry at high-profile events such as the Oscars. But in a new twist, increasing numbers of professional tennis players are wearing high-end wristwatches, making watchspotting a new trend at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

  • Entertainment Tonight (ET) ranked the spectacular rocks that have graced some of Hollywood's most famous hands from smallest (0.75ct) to largest (24ct), everlasting love not guaranteed. Celebs who are still looking for a 'massive rock' might be inspired by a massive 80.3 carat diamond ring, to be auctioned by Christie's on June 16. 

  • Zara, the daughter of Princess Anne, working with an Australian designer, has created the Saddle Suite — a line of saddle-shaped rings, earrings and pendants — and the Coronet Suite, which represents the band on a horse’s hoof. Each piece is hand-finished in platinum or white, yellow or rose gold, and set with white diamonds.

  • Countless precious stones were on display in a staggering display of wealth at the marriage ceremony of the son of the Sultan of Brunei, including a diamond tiara set with six teardrop-shaped emeralds while her bouquet was made of gems, rather than flowers.

  • The singer sent a picture of the large diamond ring on Instagram to her 6.4 million followers, giving a boost to diamond jewelry among her many young followers.

  • Bonhams New York reported that all 740 lots from the Lauren Bacall Collection were sold during a 20-hour marathon auction held from March 31 to April 1, with total sales of $3.64 million.