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Blood Diamonds

Briefs, September 13, 2012

Chicago teachers strike drags into third day

Thursday, 13 September, 2012, 4:11am

De Beers' opening brings out the sparkle in city's social set

It is said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, so it was no surprise to see plenty of young women at the opening of the De Beers Diamond Jewellers store in Kowloon's Elements mall. The special guests at last Thursday's opening were two celebrity mothers, mainland actress Vicky Zhao Wei and home-grown star Karena Lam Ka-yan.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Diamond investors bid high

Economic slumps usually prompt investors to reconsider their options, and the global financial crisis has proved no exception to the rule.

The precious jewellery market is enjoying a boom as more people look to alternative sources of investment to protect themselves from rocky financial times.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Glitterati gather for gala evening with a lesson for youngsters

The who's who of the diamond world gathered at the Ritz-Carlton for Diamonds in the Sky, a dinner auction gala held for the benefit of two youth education charities - the China Charity Federation and the Diamond Empowerment Fund.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Taking the shine off diamonds

I am writing in response to a Bright Spark article, 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend' (Young Post, June 9).

The writer stresses the importance that young girls place on diamond engagement rings and how we 'all long for our Prince Charming' to kneel down with a big, shiny rock in hand.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Out shopping

Retro chic

25 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Never a dull time for glittering gems

DiamondsWhether they serve as the ultimate status symbol or stand for greed and unethical practices, these precious stones elicit a powerful response

21 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Diamond trade is gleaming brightly

Diamond traders have to know how a gem disperses light or lacks lustre. So when the latter happened with Russia's post-communist boom, one Indian dealer saw the light and left Moscow for Hong Kong.

That was in 1996, when Mumbai-born Gaurang Paymaster and scores of Indian diamond dealers saw the potential of a mainland boom and set up shop to meet demand from jewellers.

15 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Diamond giant puts on the bling

De Beers hosted a two-day celebration to mark the opening of its first Hong Kong flagship store earlier last month. In addition to a VIP dinner banquet at Grand Hyatt's Plateau on January 21, the firm also threw a cocktail reception in its new 2,200-sq-ft Landmark store the next day. To add to the bling, a 52-carat D-colour diamond was flown in for the event.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Conflict diamonds

The increasing availability of conflict diamonds is the latest talk of the jewellery trade. As revealed in the recent Hollywood block- buster Blood Diamond, human-rights abuses occur where profits from the sale of diamonds fund armed conflicts.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Diamond miners at mercy of cheats in Africa

In a darkened room in Sierra Leone's tiny village of Bandafayie, two dozen men sit discussing the four Cs of diamonds: cut, colour, clarity and carats.

They pass around shiny fake diamonds that look like novelty ice cubes, try on a jeweller's monocle and test out the terminology - 'impurities' and 'speculative' - that denotes a gemstone's worth.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Bitter glitter

ORIGINALLY, IT WAS going to be just another action film: an Indiana Jones-style adventure about two white men chasing a rare gem. The script for Blood Diamond had been languishing at Warner Bros for a few years until screenwriter Charles Leavitt - whose last credited work was the Kevin Spacey film K-Pax - got involved.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Taylor's victims want justice for atrocities

For civilians and relatives who paid with their limbs and lives in a reign of terror, it's payback time for Liberia's ex-president

One month after rebels chopped off both of Abubakr Kargbo's hands with an axe, his son was born.

4 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Blood on your hands?

Amputation is forever. That's the message from the lobby opposed to so-called blood diamonds. That name may make them sound like a pretty, tinted variation of the standard gem, but in fact (sorry to spoil your Valentine's Day) the term refers to diamonds associated with mutilation and murder.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bombs bring out British spirit

I, like most of the world, watched in horror, shock and utter disbelief at the events unfolding in London, my home city, on Thursday.

I cried over the bombings. I watched as people's lives were changed forever.

10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

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