Precious pink sparkler lights up museum

''IT'S glamorous and pretentious, and billions of years old,'' says the co-director of jeweller Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier, Michael Neuman. ''Everything you want in a diamond.''

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Andrew Hornery dinkus

Private Sydney

Billionaires play battleships on the Med

IT HAS become the catch-cry of the Cote d'Azur: ''Sacre bleu! Les Australiens!'' Around the luxurious villas and gleaming superyachts of the French Riviera, party planners, maids, chefs, caterers, waiters and butlers are in a tizz as they welcome one of the biggest influxes of Aussie silvertails to converge on the famous playground.

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Royal diamond sells for $9.6m.

Diamond sale

Royal gem fetches $9.6m

A diamond passed down through European royalty has fetched 9 million Swiss francs.

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Rare gem

Huge rare pink diamond found in WA

Mining giant Rio Tinto said it has unearthed a 'remarkable' 12.76 carat pink diamond in Australia, the largest of the rare and precious stones ever found in the resources-rich nation.

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Style conscious

Manning it up in New York

Menswear, the perennial poor relation of women's high fashion, stepped it up a notch last week, as New York runways reflected men's rising interest in fashion.

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The biggest rock of all .. the diamond which fetched $8.8 million.

Gem auction

Liz Taylor's rock sells for $8.8m

A 33.19-carat diamond ring given to Elizabeth Taylor by actor Richard Burton, whom she married twice, has sold for $8.84 million at an auction of gems, fabulous clothes, accessories and memorabilia amassed by the late actress.

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The Sun-Drop Diamond.

Bling of beauty

Vivid yellow gem sells for an eye-watering $10m

The Sun-Drop Diamond of South Africa, a giant pear-shaped gem weighing 110.3 carats, has sold for 10 million Swiss francs ($A10.7 million) at auction, beating previous records for a jewel of its type.

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The Elizabeth Taylor diamond.

Screen legend

Taylor's diamonds up for sale

Richard Burton set a record when he bought Elizabeth Taylor a ring for $305,000 in 1968. Now it is expected to fetch $3 million at auction.

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Bright bling

Dazzling yellow diamond set for auction

A vivid yellow diamond weighing 32.7 carats is expected to fetch up to $US8 million when it is sold at auction in October, Christie's said.

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