IT sounds like a plot from a Hollywood script, but US authorities say it is real.
For almost 20 years a suave, charming jewel thief travelled the world, bouncing between Australia, the US, Canada and Israel, and along the way stole tens of thousands of dollars, possibly millions, worth of diamonds from unsuspecting victims.
The story also has a Hollywood ending.
Last week on the US-Canadian border, American authorities finally put handcuffs on the alleged globe-trotting jewel thief.
His name is not easy to pronounce, Moshe Tsitsaushivili, although his alleged colourful, Hollywood-friendly alias contributed to his arrest.
The name on the fake Israeli passport Mr Tsitsaushivili allegedly handed over to the US Border Control officer was as brazen as the offences he is accused of committing.
Tsitsaushivili was posing as “Mike Eternity”.
Mr Tsitsaushivili, who was born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, used his charm and skill as an expert diamond cutter to gain the confidence of jewellers across the northeast US in the 1980s, police allege.
He would offer to work for free or “a small stipend” and gain the business owners’ trust and when eventually allowed access to the store’s jewels without supervision, he would go on a lunch break and never return.
A diamond unearthed in the southern African nation of Lesotho could yield one of the largest and highest quality round polished diamonds.
Experts in Antwerp, Belgium who analyzed the 478-carat stone determined it to be of the highest color grading available for a white diamond.
“What makes it more remarkable is the color and quality of this stone,” said diamond consultant Neil Buxton.
The diamond is a D color, which is the highest possible graded color you can get, and there is a chance of getting a 100-carat plus round stone with the highest color and clarity rankings.
The diamond, which was found in September, ranks as the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, but is not the biggest ever taken from the Letseng Mine, which is co-owned by Gem Diamonds Ltd. and the Kingdom of Lesotho, a country of 2.1 million that is surrounded by South Africa.
Two bigger stones — 603 and 493 carats — were found in the mine in 2006 and 2007, respectively, the company said. A 601-carat diamond was mined there in 1960.
If you are anything like me, and swoop Exotic Dancers every week, you will have mad stuff at your crib that Exotic Dancers have left behind. Things like watches, rings, earrings, Diamonds, Emeralds, Ruby, Sapphires, glasses, drugs, shoes, dresses, costumes etc. (And I don’t mean the Exotic Dancers named Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire from the Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas, real names, Cindy, Mindy, Ruby and Jenny, either.)
Hell even if you have applied 10% of the crap I have written in this blog, you will have black plastic bags full of stuff that Exotics have left behind.
De Beers has boosted rough diamond prices by 16 percent so far this year due to strong demand, the firm said on Tuesday.
De Beers, 45 percent owned by mining group Anglo American, said in July it was cautious about developments in the second half due to a downturn in the United States, the top diamond jewelery market.
Last month, De Beers said a difficult retail market in the United States, which accounts for around half of all diamond jewelery sales, was dampening sales of cheaper, mass market items using lower quality gems.
Anglo American has been a great stock play since I started following it back in 2004. But it seems like the Down Economy might even soften the Diamond Trade. I still think it will hold strong since every girl in middle America still wants a rock for her wedding.
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Michael Porfirio Mason
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Ryan Leslie “Diamond Girl” Official Video – Rough Cut
Read this before buying your Wack Girlfriend Jewelry
A reef of gold buried beneath this vast, parched grassland arcs across some of the world’s poorest countries. Where the ore is rich, industrial mines carve it out. Where it’s not, the poor sift the earth.
These hardscrabble miners include many thousands of children. They work long hours at often dangerous jobs in hundreds of primitive mines scattered through the West African bush. Some are as young as 4 years old.
The spike in gold prices over the past seven years has lured increasing numbers of poor people, including child recruits, to bush mines. The United Nations labor agency estimates there are now 100,000 to 250,000 child gold miners in West Africa alone.
If you wear a gold ring on your finger, write with a gold-tipped fountain pen or have gold in your investment portfolio, chances are good your life is connected to these children.
72-Carat Diamond does not move at Hong Kong Auction
A 72-carat flawless diamond, the star lot of Sotheby’s jewelry auction in Hong Kong with a pre-sale high estimate of HK$100 million ($12.8 million), was yanked of the block after the final bid failed to meet the reserve price.
Bidding for the D-colored pear-shaped diamond (and I don’t mean that fly Spearmint Rhino girl I know named Diamond, real name Cindy, either), the largest of its type to appear at Asian auctions, was supposedly disrupted by buyer confusion over foreign-exchange conversion for the gem. Potential buyers had called in from all over the world and bid for the gem in Hong Kong dollars. The mix-up might have led to the gem’s failure to move.
Personally, I think this shows the weakness in the world’s economy even at the highest levels. Good news for heistmen, weak economy = less money for security.
A D diamond is sometimes called “ice” for its top ranking on a scale that measures colorlessness. Ice is also what Hawaiians call Crystal Meth. Ice was also a sub-par nightclub, now defunct, in Las Vegas.
“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”- Danish Physicist, Niels Bohr.
Bottle Service. Ever since I dissed bottle service on wax in: Bottle Service: America’s Nightlife Nightmare there has been a slowing of bottle service (I am not taking credit for Bottle Service’s demise, I just think most G’s are sick of it). Don’t expected a death of bottle service in 2008 (nightclub owners still need to recoup increasing rents as well as escalating insurance costs), but expect the slowing trend to continue. Short bottle service in ’08.
Drugs. Expect more of the same. No new drugs. This decade’s Nightlife is in bad need of the new Ecstasy. And by “bad need”, I mean like a person who has been stabbed 20 times with a shank is in bad need of some pressure, some gauze and a blood transfusion.
Nightclubs. The trend of extravagant nightclubs will continue as long as guys have enough dough to write big ego checks to become a part owner. But, dough isn’t getting baked right now in many parts of the country, so this will affect the openings of the big clubs. We won’t see as many new big clubs as we have seen in the last three years.
The Multi-colored Striped Shirt. Like the “Shiny Club Shirt” before it, The Multi-colored Striped Shirt is finally dead. The most clichéd article of nightlife clothing this decade has gasped its last breaths of air as 2007 came to a close. I have personally waged a campaign of War against the Striped Shirt (and Striped Shirt Guy) for the last 5 years. I don’t have to tell you that this was a satisfying victory. For The People.
Sushi Joints. We will see some of the “nightlife scratch” to continue to be funneled into high-end sushi joints in 2008. And we will continue to see an increase of Sushi spot/nightclub fusion joints. Sushi has really emerged as one of the best ways of social eating (and of course, high-end tapas style restaurants and bouchons).
Pick up Artists. The Pick up Artist phenomenon will only grow stronger in 2008. It is like this decade’s version of “Revenge of the Nerds”. Personally, I love it. More power to them. (Keep in mind there is a distinct difference between The G’s and The Pickup Artists.) The Pickup Artists will have to continue to mutate their Game since many of the older routines are becoming well known (RIP “The Cube”). But their principles on Game will be as relevant as ever.
Emo. I still really don’t know what “Emo” is.
Affliction Shirts. The Striped Shirt Guy has partially transformed into the Affliction Shirt Guy. I really hope the Affliction Shirt thing keeps lasting. I mean, how hard can it be competing with guys who look like they are walking around with puke on their shirts?
Jay-Z – I Know (Live Performance) -American Gangster
Classic Architecture. Intelligent Club owners, hoteliers, and restaurateurs will get away from the tired modern architecture and go more classic. More French bordello style. More classic-decadent.
Boxing. Don’t expect to see as exciting a year as we had in ’07, but it will still be a solid year. Bernard Hopkins VS Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones VS Tito Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik VS Jermaine Taylor II are already on the docket. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oscar de la Hoya showed up again to fight Ricky Hatton. I also wouldn’t be shocked if Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped in with Miguel Cotto before ’08 closes. Boxing is far from dead.
Restaurant as Theatre. The “Gimmicky” restaurant has ran its course. Restaurants are going to have to be more focused on good food and good service to do well in ’08 and beyond. Kobe Beef focused joints…out. Caviar Bars…out.
Latin American Politics. Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela unstable; potentially Paraguay and Nicaragua also. Mexico, Brazil, Chile consolidating stronger. Central America and The Caribbean, transitional. The Girls in all Latin countries consolidating more fly. Go long Latina Girls in ’08 (so to speak).
Nore ft Nina Sky, Daddy yankee – Oye Mi Canto
Suits. Suits are going to be all about luxurious and exceptional fabrics. And immaculate cuts.
Tightening of Funds. There is going to be a severe tightening of funds in ’08. If we get $4 a gallon gas, expect to see a slowdown in Nightlife in general. Dust off your ‘70’s siphons. Personally, I don’t care either way, at $4 a gallon gas, girls will only be easier to swoop on for G’s with CASH.
Lounges and restaurants. We will see an increase on Lounge/restaurants with good boutique food from small organic farms and DJ’s to become more relevant with the demise of bottle service.
Stricter door policy. The top clubs will implement a stricter door policy to stay relevant. No more buying your way in…corporate guy.
Sport Coat and Jeans. The “I am dressed up but still casual” style of dressing will persist like a bad flu. What was once the fashion go-to move for the stand-up comedian set, is now worn by “cool guys out on the town” on both coasts. This has really become Game’s equivalent of the bad toupee.
‘80’s Boots. Girls are going to continue to wear ‘80’s style boots in ’08. Yeah, I know girls have been busting this style in NYC for the last few years, but it is spreading on the West Coast like a bad case of poison ivy (and I don’t mean that fly Exotic Dancer I know from the Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas named “Poison”, real name Rachel, either). A shame too; I have always been partial to girls in skirts and high heels. Either way, I have peeled off my fair share of ‘80’s boots off fly girls in the last few years. And I plan on continuing to do so.
EPMD-So Whatcha Sayin
Change. The only constant. We will either have the first female President of the United States or the first African-American President of the United States. Both are a good thing.
Mortgage Brokers. Dead. RIP. Toe tagged. Bodied. Never much a factor anyway. By next decade most of the ones buying bottles in ’05 won’t be in The Game anyway. A famous Pimp once told me “5 years is a good career for an average Pimp”. The same is true for a Nightlife Playboy. Obviously, I am way better than your average.
G’s on the Rise. Expect to see more high-dollar International heists in 2008 (Criminality in the Luxury Sector). Also, expect to see G’s continuing to be the most dominant force in The Game. War has been declared on Celebrities, actors, pro athletes and musicians. No one gets a free pass in ’08.
2008, time to set it straight. Know what I am saying, and there is no Half stepping. Word. I’m ready.
The flawless 6.04 carat Blue Diamon was sold today for $7.98 million (or £3.91 million, the dollar is so weak right now. It can really hurt when you need to pick up some custom suits…Savile Row), the highest ever paid for a rare gemstone at auction per carat. It was expected to go for $6 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
My contacts tell me the bidding was pretty intense, as the Blue Diamond attracted potential heavyweight buyers from around the world. Blue Diamonds really only come from the Premier Mine in South Africa where the chances of finding one is a longshot, to say the least. Another famous Blue Diamond is the Hope Diamond (the largest in the world, at 45.52 carats) which now resides in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. (were I have spent many an afternoon casing it).
The “Hancock Red” diamond, which fetched $926,000 (£456,000) per carat in New York in April 1987.
The Blue Diamond was bought by Moussaieff Jewellers and will be locked a vault in Mayfair. I have been meaning to go to London soon, anyway, this just gives me another reason.