Central Africa`s diamonds come at high price in blood and sweat

Barefoot, with sweat pouring down their naked chests, 50 men slave in the depths of the Central African forest digging for diamonds in a sandy pit half the size of a football pitch.

Rare 'pigeon blood' ruby sells for record-breaking $30 mn

A rare "pigeon blood" ruby has fetched a record-breaking USD 30.33 million at an auction here while a rare pink diamond that may have originated from the famous Golconda mines in India has sold for USD 15.9 million.

A plant that leads to diamond deposits

A geologist has found a rare African plant that prefers to grow on diamond-bearing kimberlite rocks. The plant, identified as Pandanus candelabrum, is the first indicator species for diamond-bearing rocks, Stephen Haggerty, researcher at Florida International University in Miami, told Science magazine.

Classic 100-carat white diamond sold for USD 22.1 mn in New York

A perfect 100-carat emerald-cut white diamond was sold for 22.1 million dollars at Sotheby's auction house in New York.

`Perfect` diamond sells for $22 mn in New York

 A "perfect" 100-carat diamond originally mined in South Africa sold for $22.1 million in New York on Tuesday in three minutes of bidding, Sotheby`s said.

'Diamond' Phachara hopes to sparkle on Asian Tour debut
'Diamond' Phachara hopes to sparkle on Asian Tour debut

Fifteen-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai will make his Asian Tour debut at next week`s Indonesian Masters, hoping to steal some limelight from former world number one Lee Westwood and Dane Thomas Bjorn.

Rare 100-carat diamond may fetch USD 25 million at auction
Rare 100-carat diamond may fetch USD 25 million at auction

 A rare emerald-cut 100-carat diamond is expected to fetch up to a whopping USD 25 million at an auction here.

The illegal empire of Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh

The illegal empire of Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh, from whose house hundred of crores in ill-gotten wealth, diamonds and gold were recovered last week.

Diamond jewellery seized from Noida engineer Yadav Singh's lockers

Diamonds jewellery worth crores seized from Noida engineer Yadav Singh's bank lockers.

Asteroid made bizarre diamonds on earth: Study

Scientists have long argued about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids.

Fresh insight on how diamonds are formed
Fresh insight on how diamonds are formed

New findings have revealed long unknown details about how carbon deep beneath the Earth's surface is helping diamond formation in the Earth's mantle.

New method to synthesise material harder than diamond

Scientists have developed a new method for the synthesis of an ultra-hard material that exceeds the hardness of diamonds.

Diamond blasted with laser to decode giant planets` core

To unlock the mystery behind how the cores of `super-Earths` or giant planets like Jupiter respond to intense atmospheric pressure, US researchers have blasted a diamond with the world`s biggest laser beam at a very high pressure.

Earth-size diamond found in space

The faintest white dwarf star, possibly the coldest ever detected, has been identified by a team of astronomers.

`The Eye of Golconda` up for auction in Hong Kong

A rare necklace featuring a large Golconda diamond in the centre could fetch over USD 10,000,000 in a Christie`s auction in Hong Kong on May 27.

Diamond makes laser beams more brilliant

Researchers have for the first time demonstrated that diamond can radically improve the quality of high power laser beams.

Illegal funds raised in India through diamond trade: Report

An international report on money laundering and terrorist financing across the globe has revealed that India is one among five countries where the trade accounts of the diamond business are used to launder illegal funds amounting to millions of dollars.

Sierra Leone sells 2013`s largest diamond

Sierra Leone said on Friday it had exported the largest diamond discovered in the west African nation last year -- a 125-carat stone worth around USD 800,000.

Italian dad turns son`s remains into diamond

In a first-of-its-kind case in Italy, a grieving father had his dead son eternally preserved by getting the 20-year-old`s ashes transformed into a diamond.

Rock points to potential diamond haul in Antarctica

Australian geologists on Tuesday opened up the tantalising but controversial prospect that Antarctica could be rich in diamonds.