February 19, 2003 |
Thieves emptied 123 of 160 vaults over the weekend at a Belgian diamond-trading center in what officials said might be the largest theft ever in Antwerp, the gem-trading capital of the world. Authorities were trying to determine the amount of the loss from the Antwerp Diamond Center, which houses dozens of gem-trading companies. The largest previous theft in Antwerp occurred in 1994, when thieves stole $4.55 million worth of gems from five vaults in the center.
September 27, 1992 |
At the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, near-forgotten history comes to life. Wooden bookshelves and metal stacks hold records of crusades, struggles, heroes that have faded into the not-so-distant past. There was Charlotta Bass, the pioneering African-American journalist, labor activist and editor of the California Eagle, the nation's longest-publishing black newspaper. Her story and many others are preserved at the 29-year-old library at 6120 S. Vermont Blvd.
August 3, 1987 |
For all their lack of expertise, many people who have just bought a diamond ring are fairly comfortable with their decision, sure they got "the nicest-looking stone," or "the best price," or "the salesman didn't try to deceive us." But they're not really sure. Diamonds, many in engagement rings, account for a third of the $18 billion worth of jewelry sold annually in the United States.
October 30, 1994
Police are investigating the Saturday theft of an estimated $1 million in jewels from the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. A briefcase containing the gems was reported stolen early Saturday, but police said not additional details were available.
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March 14, 1990 |
Three armed bandits robbed a Newport Center Fashion Island jewelry store Tuesday, escaping with more than $100,000 in diamonds and other valuables, police said. "It appeared to be smooth, professional and well-planned," Police Sgt. Andy Gonis said. The robbery occurred about 6:25 p.m. when the three masked men entered Moboco Fine Jewelry & Gems in the 200 block of Newport Center Drive.
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November 12, 1988
Sheriff's deputies are planning to display for possible victims $100,000 in jewelry recovered in Norwalk during the arrest of a drug suspect, officials said Friday. Detectives, acting on a tip that a man was exchanging drugs for stolen property, raided a hotel room Wednesday and recovered the stolen jewelry, semiprecious stones and rare coins, authorities said. John W.
September 15, 1987
An estimated $500,000 worth of jewels was reported stolen from three gem dealers when they were stopped by a flat tire that may have been punctured by the thieves, Santa Monica police said. The independent dealers from Texas were driving away from a hotel in the 1800 block of Ocean Avenue on their way to Los Angeles International Airport after a gem show when someone blocked their rental car briefly, Police Sgt. Steve Brackett said.
July 10, 1995 |
Lawrence Shields picked through a bucket of dirt at a commercial gem mine and found an interesting rock. "I just liked the shape of it," the 10-year-old said. It turned out to be a 1,061-carat sapphire, one of the state's biggest. Experts said it is worth thousands of dollars but that its exact value won't be determined until it is cut and polished. Lawrence and his parents say they've been told it could be worth more than $35,000.
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October 20, 1991 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies broke up a gem courier robbery ring, arresting three suspects and recovering more than $1 million in jewelry, authorities said Saturday. Mark Dimasi, 22, and his brother, Phillip Dimasi, 21, of Upland and Socrates Moore, 19, of Victorville were booked at the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy and robbery, Deputy John Ashley said. The suspects are blamed for at least four robberies since Aug.
November 21, 1994 |
The international jade trade is reeling from a proliferation of doctored stones that have appeared on the market since 1990, hurting sales and eroding confidence in the translucent green gem prized throughout Asia. Some jade traders estimate that inferior stones, which are treated with chemicals to enhance their deep green color, now account for more than half the gems circulating in Hong Kong, the world's biggest jade market.