GENEVA (Reuters) – A flawless deep-blue diamond sold at auction on Wednesday night for 10.27 million Swiss francs ($10.86 million), a world record for a blue diamond per carat and more than twice its pre-sale estimate, Sotheby’s said.
London luxury jeweler Laurence Graff, bidding by telephone, bought the drop-shaped stone which weighs 10.48 carats and is about the size of an almond, it said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A huge, internally flawless diamond from India’s fabled Golconda mines was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday night for a record 20.355 million Swiss francs, Christie’s said.
The rare, colourless stone weighing 76.02 carats, and roughly the size of a large strawberry, once belonged to Archduke Joseph August of Austria (1872-1962), a prince of the Hungarian line of the Habsburgs.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A huge, internally flawless diamond from India’s fabled Golconda mines was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday night for a record 20.355 million Swiss francs ($21.48 million), Christie’s said.
The rare, colorless stone weighing 76.02 carats, and roughly the size of a large strawberry, once belonged to Archduke Joseph August of Austria (1872-1962), a prince of the Hungarian line of the Habsburgs.
GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 2.5 million Syrians are believed to have fled their homes because of civil war, aid groups said on Tuesday, more than double previous estimates.
The figure comes from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, whose volunteers are on the frontlines of the 20-month conflict, delivering aid supplies and evacuating wounded.
GENEVA, Nov 12 (Reuters) – An Asian collector bought a
platinum chronograph Patek Philippe wristwatch owned by British
rock guitarist Eric Clapton for 3.44 million Swiss francs ($3.63
million) at auction on Monday, Christie’s said.
The “ultra-rare” reference 2499/100 by the Swiss luxury
watchmaker, one of only two cased in platinum, was acquired by
Clapton some 10 years ago, it said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Turkey needs millions of dollars in foreign aid to cope with a still-growing surge of Syrians fleeing their country’s prolonged civil war, the world’s largest disaster relief network said on Monday.
More than 110,000 refugees have already registered in Turkey since the uprising against Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad began in March last year.
GENEVA, Nov 9 (Reuters) – An estimated four million people
inside Syria will need humanitarian aid by early next year when
the country is in the grip of winter, up from 2.5 million now
whose needs the world is not fully meeting, a senior U.N. aid
official said on Friday.
John Ging, director of operations at the U.N. Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the bleak
situation facing civilians caught up in an intensifying civil
war between Syrian government forces and rebels was likely to
GENEVA (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it could not keep pace with the growing needs of civilians caught up in Syria’s worsening civil war.
Peter Maurer, ICRC president, said its staff had tried to exploit “cracks” in shifting front lines to deliver supplies to hotspots, as it had managed to do in Homs at the weekend.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A Cartier bracelet put up for sale by a member of the extended Spanish royal family is among top-quality jewels, many from aristocratic collections, that should fetch strong prices next week, Sotheby’s (BID.N: Quote, Profile, Research) leading expert said on Wednesday.
The late 1920s bracelet by the French jeweller, set with pink conch pearls and diamonds, goes on the block in Geneva alongside other rare gems whose European owners are parting with heirlooms in tough times, especially in the euro zone.
GENEVA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Leading human rights groups called
on Monday for an independent international inquiry to
investigate massacres of civilians and aid workers during Sri
Lanka’s three-decade civil war after accusing the government of
having failed to do so.
Families of victims, including 17 staff of Action Contre la
Faim (ACF) executed in Muttur in 2006, and five students shot
dead in Trincomalee that year, joined the call for justice.