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Umbilical Cord Jewelry Is Now a Thing

The pieces sell for under $200.

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Some new mothers are keeping their umbilical stumps to use as jewelry, the New York Post reports.

The stump is the section that is left on the baby after the cord is severed. It falls off within three weeks.

Florida-based jewelry designer Ruth Avra uses a process known as lost wax casting to incorporate the umbilical stumps into silver necklaces. She cord is sealed in resin.

She sells the pieces, which she has been making since 2012, for prices starting at $175.

On her website, Avra explains that she can also make rings from the umbilical stump, and she can work in gold or platinum if the customer wishes.

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Avra is quoted saying, “It represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you.”

Read more at the New York Post

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Jewelry Company Wins Guinness World Records Title

The winning piece has 15,858 diamonds.

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BASEL, Switzerland – Coronet has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for “most diamonds set on a watch.”

The winning piece, called Mudan, is described on a press release as “an incredible art-piece featuring 15,858 diamonds.”

The title was awarded at the 2019 Baselworld watch and jewelry trade fair.

yet again exceeded expectations at the 2019 Baselworld watch and jewelry trade fair. The brand was awarded its 9th Guinness World Records with the ‘most diamonds set on a watch’. Coronet is already a proud title holder of previous 8 Guinness World Records for innovative diamond creations, including the most valuable Guitar featuring 1.6kg of 18K gold and 400 carats of diamonds.

The watch is set in 18-karat gold with artist Reena Ahluwalia’s diamond painting on the dial. The watch is inspired by Peonies, as they symbolize nobility, honor and wealth. Peony is known as the “king of the flowers” in Chinese culture.

Aaron Shum, founder of Coronet and president of Aaron Shum Jewelry Ltd., said, “Since 2015, CORONET is continuously surprising jewelers and fashion lovers at BaselWorld when we unveiled the dazzling Diamond Guitar.

“This is the ninth time that Coronet has been honored with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. We are proud to showcase our one-of-a-kind ‘Mudan’ watch with artist Reena Ahulwalia’s masterpiece on the watch’s dial – a hyper realistic painting of a diamond.”

The Mudan has a total of 50.01 carats of diamonds.

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5 Arrested in $10M Jewelry Heist

A mother and son were among those taken into custody.

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Five people have been charged in connection with an Atlanta burglary in which thieves made off with jewelry worth as much as $10 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Burglars may have made off with the jewelry from Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta in February after tying up the store manager and his wife in their home, authorities say.

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Police took four people into custody: Jose Hernandez Pearson, Gregory Andrews, Tameka Lashon Croskey and Meisha Sims. A fifth person, Crysell Croskey, was already in jail on unrelated charges. Authorities said Tameka Croskey and Crysell Croskey are mother and son.

The suspects face a variety of felony counts, including burglary, theft, weapons and narcotics charges, the Journal-Constitution reports. Racketeering charges are also anticipated.

Before the burglary, two gunmen wearing ski masks entered the home and demanded codes to the store safes, according to earlier reports.

The couple were not injured, although the gunmen threatened to kill them, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported. But media reports say they were bound with zip ties and duct tape.

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

Cash and jewelry were also reportedly stolen from the jeweler’s home.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Jewelry Insurance Startup Firm Raises $2M

The founder is a third-generation jeweler.

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BriteCo, a jewelry-insurance startup company, announced a $2 million seed round.

The round’s investors include Brian Spaly, the founder of Trunk Club; and Jeff Taylor, the former chairman and CEO at Cole Taylor Bank.

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The firm provides verified appraisals and immediate replacement coverage by HDI global, an A-rated insurance carrier, according to a press release.

“As a third-generation jeweler, my family and I have a long history delighting customers and helping them celebrate moments of joy in their lives,” said Dustin Lemick, BriteCo founder and CEO.

“But the jewelry buyer is changing rapidly. Millennials now represent the largest jewelry buying demographic, and their expectations are different from those of prior generations. BriteCo helps jewelers by providing them with the optimal blend of online convenience and personal attention.”

Lemick and his family have owned and operated retail jewelry locations in the Chicagoland area for over 60 years.

BriteCo explains that its coverage has no deductible, automatically updates protection each year using advanced price analytics and predictive models, and offers a streamlined claims experience. It also “offers an easy to use, cloud-based Appraisal Management System (AMS) that is faster and more accurate than the jewelry industry’s traditional manual processes,” according to the release.

“What Dustin and his team have accomplished in such a short period of time is amazing,” said Jeff Taylor, one of the company’s investors. “Getting BriteCo licensed in virtually every state before officially launching is a testament to their hard work and the professionalism with which they’re approaching this big challenge.

“I’m excited to be a part of their push to modernize the jewelry insurance and appraisal process and to help millions of people across the US protect their most valuable possessions.”

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