Sunday, 28 June 2015

Argentine police arrest 'meteorite thieves'

Police in Argentina have arrested four men who appear to have been trying to steal more than a tonne of meteorites in the northern province of Chaco. Highway police say they found more than 200 large pieces of meteorites hidden under the seats of a truck which they had stopped in a random check. Three Argentines and a Paraguayan were arrested.

The province of Chaco is world famous for meteorites, which are protected under Argentine law.
A 37-ton space rock crashed to Earth as part of a meteor shower between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, forming a giant 1,300 sq km (500 sq miles) kilometer crater field in northeastern Argentina known as Campo del Cielo, or Field of the Sky.

Named El Chaco after the province it fell into, the meteorite is central to the native Moqoit people.
El Chaco was discovered with a metal detector in 1967. It is the second-biggest meteorite ever found.

In 1990 an Argentine highway police officer foiled a plot to steal it for sale to a private US collector.
Campo del Cielo meteorite is classified in Group I, , 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir.

Almost all of the remaining portion of the meteorite is iron.

"Las Víboras" fragment found in Campo del Cielo

Campo del Cielo meteorite, El Chaco fragment

:Campo del Cielo meteorite, El Chaco fragment

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Top Gems at Auction in 2014

11. An 89.23-carat Pear-Shaped Diamond – $11,085,000

10. A 70.33-carat Cushion Brilliant-Cut Diamond – $14,201,234

9. A 75.97-carat Pear-Shaped D Colour, Flawless Diamond – $14,474,732

8. Pair of Fancy Vivid Blue & Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Earrings, by Bvlgari – $15,820,731
7. The Graff Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighs 100.09 carats and is graded VS2 clarity. It set a new world auction record for a yellow diamond.– $16,347,848

6. The Blue Belle of Asia – $17,295,796. At 392.52 carats, the Ceylon sapphire is the fourth largest faceted sapphire in history and set a new world auction record for any sapphire.
5. A Belle Époque Diamond Devant-de-Corsage Brooch, by Cartier – $17,581,612

4. An 8.41-carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond – $17,778,247

3. The Winston Blue – $23,795,372
2. The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace – $27,441,026. The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace set a new world auction record for any jadeite jewelry and a new world auction record for a Cartier jewel.

1. The Zoe Diamond – $32,645,000 ($3,348,205 per carat) The Zoe diamond set a new world auction record for any blue diamond and a new world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Corpses the latest thing in Diamonds?

Rinaldo Willy transforms dead people into precious stones. Willy is the founder and CEO of Algordanza, a funeral home based in western Switzerland.

Algordanza is one of the leaders in the production of “memorial diamonds.” If your eternal wish is sleep in a diamond, Algordanza is at your service to convert your ashes into a synthetic diamond.
The price ranges between 4,500 and 20,000 Swiss francs ($5,000-$22,000), depending on how big a diamond you want to become. That includes the packaging of your carbon into a “noble wooden box.”

After that it will then be up to your heirs whether to leave you in your noble box or put you on a ring or pendant.
Every year, 850 bodies enter Algordanza’s laboratory to emerge later as a diamond.
"We treat the ashes with particular chemical agents to extract all the carbon from them. Next, carbon is heated to high temperatures and converted into graphite. Finally, we place the graphite in a machine that essentially reproduces the conditions that are given in the depths of the Earth, where natural diamonds form over thousands of years: extremely high pressure and temperatures around 1500 degrees Celsius."
We prefer the word “unzerbrechlich,” which in German means “indestructible.” Our diamonds are indestructible remembrance, but, at the end of the day, it depends on a person’s loved ones to keep their memory alive. "
Most stones are four carats rough and 1 carat after cutting. There have been some diamonds as big as 1.6 or 1.8 carats, but they are the exception.

In general, the dimension of the diamond depends on how long you keep the graphite in the machine: the longer the process, the bigger the diamond. But it also depends on the quality of the ashes. If a person used to wear dentures, or a prosthesis, or they used to take certain medicines, their ashes would be less pure and the quality of the diamond would be inferior.
Some things influence the colour of the stone. People who have been treated with chemotherapy usually wind up being diamonds of lighter colours. Most diamonds are blue because of the traces of boron in the human body, but every person changes into a different and unique diamond, ranging from crystal-clear to almost black.
"When a man of 80 kilos is cremated, he becomes 2.5 kilos of ashes,” Rinaldo Willy explained. “With these ashes, we make a diamond of 0.2 grams, smaller than a button on your shirt.

How heavy is the soul—if we have a soul?”

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Monday, 15 June 2015

New Batmobile rips through Toronto

The new Batmobile has made an appearance on the streets of Toronto.
Filming of "Suicide Squad" on Monday night in Toronto captured Batman's new ride in action as it chased the Joker's purple Lamborghini.

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