(Worldkings.org) - A set of bronze bells like this one was played during the ceremony to pass Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule
(Worldkings.org) The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond is a 31.06-carat (6.212 g) deep-blue diamond with internally flawless clarity. Laurence Graff purchased the Wittelsbach Diamond in 2008 for £16.4 million.
(Worldkings) Top 100 treasures of the world - P30. The blingiest bauble - The most obscenely expensive Christmas decoration from Hallmark Jewelers company.
(Worldkings.org) - In 2010, Embee Jewels of London teamed with Hallmark Jewelers to create the bauble to end all baubles: A white gold sphere encrusted with 1,578 diamonds.
(Worldkings.org) - In the beautiful world of Opals not all rocks are created equal. As we already know, Opal is a valuable stone that forms out of silica and of course, glows with an astonishing array of colors that you’re bound to love. But have you seen the Virgin Rainbow Opal? If you haven’t you’ll be glad to know that it’s the most glorious of Opals — the finest and certainly the priciest Opal in the world.
(Worldkings) Top 100 treasures of the world - P26. Unusual rock sparks panda-monium in China as owner is told it is worth £15million because it depicts two bears
(Worldkings.org) - Chinese rock collector claims a stone in his collection is worth an estimated 150 million Yuan (£15 million) because it depicts two pandas.
(Worldkings) Top 100 treasures of the world – P25. The Biggest Block Of Blue Topaz Gemstone To See Light Of Day After 30 Years.
(Worldkings.org) - The largest cut blue topaz gemstone ever is going on display at the UK’s National History Museum from October 19. The stone is finally seeing the light of day 30 years after being discovered by an indomitable British adventurer who led a life like the legendary Indiana Jones.
(Worldkings.org) - The Orlov (sometimes spelled Orloff) is a large diamond of Indian origin, currently displayed as a part of the collection of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin. It is described as having the shape and proportions of half a chicken's egg. In 1774, it was encrusted into the Imperial Sceptre of Russian Empress Catherine the Great.
(Worldkings.org) - The origin of the name "Big Pink Pearl" is self explanatory, as the name seems to be based on two of the most important and striking features of the pearl, its size and color. The pearl, which is a natural abalone pearl weighing 470 carats, had once gone down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest natural abalone pearl ever discovered.
(Worldkings) Top 100 treasures of the world – P19. Double eagle - a gold coin of the United States with a denomination of $20.
(Worldkings.org) - A double eagle is a gold coin of the United States with a denomination of $20. (Its gold content of 0.9675 troy oz (30.0926 grams) was worth $20 at the 1849 official price of $20.67/oz.) The coins are made from a 90% gold (0.900 fine = 21.6 kt) and 10% copper alloy and have a total weight of 1.0750 troy ounces (33.4362 grams).
(Worldkings.org) - Monomakh's Cap, also called the Golden Cap, is a chief relic of the Russian Grand Princes and Tsars. It is a symbol-crown of the Russian autocracy, and is the oldest of the crowns currently exhibited at the Kremlin Armoury. Monomakh's Cap is an early 14th-century gold filigree skullcap composed of eight sectors, elaborately ornamented with a scrolled gold overlay, inlaid with precious stones (ruby and emerald) and pearls, and trimmed with sable. The cap is surmounted by a simple gold cross with pearls at each of the extremities.