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.
March 16, 1990 |
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 |
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 |
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.
August 22, 1996 |
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.
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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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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."
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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.