A diamond that is almost forever Twinkling in the sky is a diamond star of 10 billion trillion trillion carats, astronomers have discovered. The cosmic diamond is a chunk of crystallised carbon, 4,000 km across, some 50 light-years from the Earth in the constellation Centaurus. It’s the compressed heart of an old star that was once bright like our Sun but has since faded and shrunk. Astronomers have decided to call the star “Lucy” after the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Smash, grab: Thieves used a truck early Monday to smash their way into the Ebisu Jewelry Shop in Kobe before making off with some million worth of goods. KYODO PHOTO
And just a few months ago in Japan… a similar scene, more than familiar…
on 7th April 2009
KOBE (Kyodo) A stolen truck was used in a predawn smash-and-grab jewelry heist Monday in Kobe, police said.
The truck was slammed backward into the Ebisu Jewelry Shop in Chuo Ward at around 4:40 a.m., the police said. The suspects smashed display cases and stole ¥10 million worth of jewelry.
The store’s safe was untouched. The theft took two minutes to pull off, police said.
A passerby saw three men driving away in the truck, which was later found abandoned on a street about 200 meters southwest of the store. The police said the truck had been reported stolen from a local company.
A Switzerland-based company named Chopard has lately exhibited the $25, 000,000 watch that is gathering eyeballs. It consists three heart-shaped diamonds weighing 38 carats (15-carat pink heart diamond, 12-carats blue heart diamond and 11-carats white heart diamond). These tinted heart forms are embedded into a bracelet, which is adorned with other white and yellow flowery diamonds weighing 163 carats.
Joaillerie 101 Manchette - the most expensive wrist watch in the world.
This amusing watch is the latest in the Joallerie 101 series from Jaeger-LeCoultre, the 101 Manchette. The watch, which looks more like a bracelet, is made up of a series of polish and diamond-set squares. And yes, there is a watch too, one that uses the mechanical manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 movement. The watch has a silver-colored dial with a sapphire crystal and a winding crown on the case back. The watch is available set with 576 diamonds or with 400 diamonds and 11 onyx cabochons.
In 2003, Leonardo Notarbartolo orchestrated what many believe to be the most elaborate diamond robbery in history. How he did it and how he got caught.
The scene of the crime: The Diamond District, Antwerp, Belgium.
Photograph by: Nick Waplington
Editor’s note: This article will appear in Wired magazine’s April issue, on sale March 24. It is being published online now because the subject of the story, Leonardo Notarbartolo, was released from prison in Belgium last week.