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February 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
March 16, 1990 | JOHN MORELL, John Morell is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Raoul Sosa carved surfboards out of Popsicle sticks when he was 12. It was hardly a formal education for a budding jewelry designer, but it did keep him busy. Since then, Sosa, 39, has caused a stir in the jewelry world with his collection of distinctive rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants that combine unusual colors--like purple and green--and stones--both flat and faceted. In Sosa's Santa Fe, N.M., studio are trays of stones that he describes as "palettes of colors.
February 21, 1988 | From Reuters
A database is being set up here to inject order into the multibillion-dollar market in colored gemstones, but traders don't want the mystery, or the profit, taken out of their business. Tony Valente, president of California-based American Gem Market System, plans to set up the database in the Thai capital, a major gems trading center, in May. He said the system would help in the elusive task of standardizing the grading and pricing of colored stones.
September 27, 1992 | ELSTON CARR
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 | S. J. DIAMOND
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.
August 22, 1996 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS
In this faraway corner of the Russian empire that was off-limits for most of the last half a century, theft and amber have a rich history in common. This Baltic Sea territory once known as Koenigsberg is the last known venue of the famous Amber Room, an exquisite but now-missing collection of inlaid panels and ornate trinkets fashioned from the fossilized resin crystals and presented to Peter the Great by King Frederick William I of Prussia in 1716.
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.
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.
July 11, 1998
A gang of jewel thieves attacked a bodyguard in a shopping mall parking lot and stole a courier's briefcase filled with gems worth more than $100,000, police said Friday. Authorities said the theft is similar to crimes that are under investigation in Long Beach and Corona. "These were well-planned crimes," said Lt. James McInerny of Hawthorne Police Department. "They choose their victims, apparently follow them in their daily routines, and commit their crime at the opportune time."
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.
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