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Treasure trove of Neapolitan jewels shown in rare Rome exhibition

By Naomi O'Leary ROME (Reuters) - A rarely seen Neapolitan collection of sumptuous jewellery, hidden away for centuries and estimated to be more valuable than England's crown jewels, opened in Rome on Tuesday. The "Treasure of San Gennaro", precious objects donated in tribute to the patron saint of Naples, has rarely left the southern Italian city and spent centuries locked in a vault, largely forgotten by the wider world.

France hit by another jewellery heist

Four men rammed their car into an upmarket jewellery store in central Paris on Monday, smashing the shopwindow and making off with a two-million-euro ($2.6-million) booty, a police source said. The heist near the upscale Place Vendome is the latest to hit France after a spate of high-profile robberies in the southern resort of Cannes. The police source, who wished to remain anonymous, said the men drove a large four-by-four car into the store in the early hours of the morning and grabbed jewellery and luxury watches worth an estimated two million euros.

Thieves pinch 70,000-euro ring from Cannes store

Two thieves stole a 70,000 euro ($93,000) diamond ring from a Cannes jewellery store on Tuesday, pocketing the gem while a saleslady had her back turned, a police source said. Police in the French Riviera resort town -- which has been hit by a series of spectacular jewellery heists this year -- said the men had eastern European accents. They pilfered the ring from a jewellery store near the luxury Gray d'Albion hotel. Police have opened an investigation and said they will examine security videos for evidence.

Cannes jewellery heist 'worth about $136 million'

A spectacular diamond heist in the French resort of Cannes has been valued at $136 million (103 million euros), prosecutors said Monday, making it one of the world's biggest jewellery thefts. Authorities had initially estimated the robbery -- which took place in the luxury Carlton Hotel on Sunday in broad daylight -- was worth around 40 million euros.

World's biggest jewellery thefts in last ten years

The biggest jewellery robberies worldwide, ordered by size, following the audacious theft of an estimated 40 million euros' (53 million dollars') worth of diamonds from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Sunday. - February 15-16, 2003: The largest ever haul of jewels, valued at 100 million euros, took place in Belgium in 2003. More than 120 of 160 safety deposit boxes were emptied inside the heavily fortified "Diamond Center" at the heart of Antwerp's diamond district. The building's alarm systems failed to go off.

Jewels worth 40 million euros stolen in Cannes

An armed man held up a jewellery exhibition in the French Riviera resort of Cannes on Sunday, making away with jewels estimated to be worth about 40 million euros ($53 million), according to investigators. Authorities said the hold-up took place in broad daylight at the Carlton Hotel on the promenade in Cannes, famous for its annual film festival that attracts a glittering array of celebrities. The lone gunman managed to evade security and escape with a briefcase containing the valuable jewellery.

3 day int’l gems, jewellery exhibition starts from today

Three-day international gems and jewellery exhibition will start here on Friday. More than seventy local companies besides foreign companies will participate. President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zubair Ahmed Malik will inaugurate this very important event, at a local hotel.Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Merchants’ Association (PGJMA), Kashif-ur-Rehman informed APP. The exhibition has been jointly organised by Jewel Time Magazine and PGJMA in collaboration with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).The Nation

Taiwan police arrest tomb raider: report

Police in Taiwan have arrested a suspected grave robber thought to have stolen gold jewellery worth more than half a million dollars from hundreds of tombs across the island, a report said Saturday. The man, identified only by his surname Cheng, was arrested in western Yunlin county on Friday after his car was caught on a surveillance camera at a cemetery raided last month, said the Central News Agency.

The new U.S. philanthropic chic: bullets to bling

By Mary Barr Mann MAPLEWOOD, N.J., Jan 18 (Reuters) - The age-old call to beat swords into ploughshares is being answered in Newark, New Jersey by turning bullets into bling. Guns and shell casings seized by the Newark Police are being melted down and made into bracelets by a jewelry company. A portion of proceeds from each sale goes to fund gun buy-back amnesty programs in New Jersey's largest city.
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