The popular online world, Second Life, held its first annual art and jewellery exhibition recently. Over 300 people attended to see the works on offer, which included both representations of real-life art, and art created purely in Second Life.
Archive for April, 2008
The ‘Fukang Pallasite‘, a meteorite discovered in the Gobi Desert 8 years ago, is to go under the hammer this month. Originally weighing over 1000kg, the specimen has been cut up over the years, with pieces selling for over £20 per gram.
The meteorite has a unique crystalline structure, making it exceptionally beautiful and collectable by enthusiasts. It’s expected that with a potential market value of over $17 million, the winning bidder will slice the meteorite down and sell it on in a limited supply.
Increased demand and a fall in supply have led to record platinum prices. Itis expected that this year, an ounce of the precious metal may cost as much as $2, 400.
With mines in South Africa plagued by power cuts and other problems, mining of the metal has slowed leading to a rise in prices. This in turn has lowered the demand for platinum jewellery as many are priced out of buying it. However, industrial demand continues to increase; platinum is an important component when cleaning exhaust fumes.
Greek shipping heiress Christina Onassis amassed a stunning collection of jewellery, some of which is going under the hammer at Christie’s of London in June.
The collection, thought to bring in several million pounds, includes a 38 carat diamond and a rare Faberge Buddha.
Archaeologists in Fiji have unearthed a stone jewellery pot believed to be 3000 years old. The pot, decorated with very fine dots to create a pattern of eyes and a nose, still held a collection of shell jewellery that included rings and bracelets.
Jewellery worth up to £20, 000 has been stolen from an apartment in the Old Bailey, London’s top criminal court. The flat is the home of the Sherriff of London, and the Old Bailey itself teams with judges.
In what appears to be one of the safest places to live, visitors to the Old Bailey must be escorted at all times. Police are questioning staff in what can only look like an inside job.
The only inhabitant that has free run of the Old Bailey is a black cat called Big Ben. Interestingly, Ben was last seen talking to Macavity outside The Chandos, Trafalgar Square.
A jeweller’s in Japan has created a golden Mickey Mouse to promote a new online game. The mouse is made from a kilogram of pure gold and is estimated to be worth more than $30, 000.
It took three months to make, and will be given away as the first prize to the lucky winner of the game.
£100, 000 of jewellery has been stolen from the boot of a car in Uckfield, Sussex. The car was parked at the time, and the jewellery includes a collection of necklaces, rings and watches.
It looks like your car boot isn’t the safest place to keep a small fortune.