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Newly Discovered Gemstone Is Harder Than Diamond

It’s been found on Earth for the first time.

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Shefa Yamim, a precious stone exploration company in Israel, has discovered a new mineral that is harder than diamond and which has never been found on Earth before.

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The material is called carmeltazite, and it was recently approved as a new mineral by the International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification.

The mineral was named carmeltazite because of it its discovery on Mount Carmel and due to its major chemical components: titanium, aluminum and zirconium (“TAZ”), the company stated in a press release. Shefa Yamim trademarked the name “carmel sapphire” for the material.

The mineral “is a newly discovered type of corundum similar in appearance to the corundum, but unlike any other sapphire found in the world,” according to the company. The rough carmel sapphire is typically black, blue-to-green or orange-brown. The largest stone found is 33.3 carats.

The Vintage News reports that “it was previously believed that this type of mineral was only found on extraterrestrial material.”

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It’s harder than diamond and substantially rarer, “making its value extremely high,” according to the publication.

Avi Taub, CEO of Shefa Yamim, said in the release: “We are delighted that our Carmel Sapphire has been recognised as a host to many rare minerals. In today’s world where the prices of gems are determined predominantly by their rarity, the Carmel Sapphire is a unique discovery because it has not been found anywhere else in the world and was discovered by Shefa Yamim in the soil of the Holy Land. We believe this substantially increases the potential value of our ‘Gem Box’ of precious stones. The studies of Carmel Sapphire and its new minerals mark another milestone in the Company’s journey as we continue our progress towards trial mining in Zone 1 in 2019.”

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Jewelry Store Robbed After Owner Tied Up in Home

The thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.

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Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta was burglarized after masked gunmen tied up the owner and his wife in their home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cobb County police stated that on Friday, the culprits forced the couple into their home and took the store keys. The couple were not injured.

(Other news sources, including WXIA-TV, described the victims as the “manager and his wife.”)

Two men broke into the Buckhead store at about 11:30 p.m. and spent about two hours there, authorities said. They took jewelry and watches from safes.

The stolen goods were reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in total. Cash and jewelry were also stolen from the store owner’s home, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches is known for its celebrity clientele, the newspaper notes.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Singer Katy Perry Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring — Take a Look

It’s one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings ever.

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Singer Katy Perry took to Instagram to show off the engagement ring she got from actor Orlando Bloom when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day.

E! News explains that “the flower-shaped sparkler appears to have a pink center stone with diamonds surrounding it, along with a gold band.” She captioned the photo “full bloom.”

Andrew Brown, president of WP Diamonds, told E! News that the ring is likely worth about $5 million.

He said it appears to feature “a 4-carat fancy vivid pink oval shaped diamond.” That stone is encircled by eight white diamonds.

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The estimated price tag would put the ring among the most expensive ever worn by a celebrity.

Perhaps the most expensive celebrity engagement ring ever was the $10 million sparkler given to singer Mariah Carey in 2016 by Australian businessman James Packer. Their engagement was called off that same year.

Read more at E! News

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Former Jewelry Store Worker Accused of Stealing $222,000 in Merchandise

She allegedly took the goods to pawn shops.

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A former employee of a jewelry store in Rhode Island has been accused of stealing from the business.

Yanill C. Taveras, who worked for Ross-Simons Jewelers in Cranston, was arrested on a charge of embezzlement/fraudulent conversion, WPRI reports.

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Authorities say 121 pieces of jewelry were missing from the store, with a total value of more than $222,000.

Taveras, 26, came under suspicion when it was discovered that she had pawned jewelry at local shops, WPRI reports.

Police say they’ve recovered about $105,000 in jewelry so far.

Taveras has been released on surety bail. She’s set to appear in court on April 25.

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