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Oldest bit of Earth is a Zircon

A tiny zircon crystal found by geoscience researchers in the Jack Hills region of Australia (view map) has been confirmed to be the oldest found piece of Earth. Using two methods of dating the ages of atoms inside the crystal, the team clocked the mini-gem in at 4.4 billion years old, which is just a...

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$10 Million Jewel-Encrusted ‘Royal Fantasy Bra centerpiece of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel will have the honor of wearing the $10 million, jewel-encrusted “Royal Fantasy Bra” at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The bra-and-belt combination designed by Mouawad features 4,200 precious gems, including intricate patterns of diamonds, sapphires and rubies meticulously set in 18-karat yellow gold. The centerpiece of the bra is...

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Halloween Special: Spooky Skeletons Dripping in Jewels Are the Subject of a New Book by Relic Hunter ‘Indiana Bones’

For the Halloween edition of our blog, we introduce you to the spooky collection of bejeweled skeletons recently revealed by art historian and relic hunter Paul Koudounaris, also known as “Indiana Bones.”  The elaborate skeletons, which were hidden for centuries in churches throughout Europe, are the subject of Koudounaris’ new book, “Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures...

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Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees But Gold Certainly Does

While money may not grow on trees, gold certainly does, according Aussie researchers. A new study reveals that the roots of eucalyptus trees have the ability to draw up tiny gold particles from deep within the soil, and the gold eventually collects in the leaves and branches.  Although it would hardly be worth the effort...

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STARGAZING: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Hollywood power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made it official Monday when the rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday with a 15-carat cushion-cut D-flawless diamond said to be worth upwards of $6 million. Everything about the proposal was over the top, as the rapper gathered many of Kardashian’s friends and family...

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