Life Of Diamonds In Pictures

OWNER’S PRIDE, NEIGHBOUR’S ENVY

In this picture: Actress Nicole Kidman, dressed in Balenciaga and wearing a L’Wren Scott diamond necklace, arrives at the 80th annual Academy Awards, the Oscars, in Hollywood. Images of diamonds, from high-end jewellery back to mining in Africa.

DIAMOND ENCRUSTED BALL

A diamond encrusted golf ball is put on display prior to the Moravia Silesia Open golf tournament in Celadna Tournament sponsor ALO Diamonds created the ball with white gold and 409 diamonds totalling some 54.3 carats.

DIAMOND FOR ALL

Maggie, a Jack Russell terrier, models a hand-strung necklace with genuine natural diamonds and 18 carat white gold at the Platinum dog boutique in Milan. The firm specialises in luxury products for dogs, with prices for their jewellery starting at 30,000 euros ($ 36,000). Their clients include Arab princes and British royalty.

BE IT IN ANY FORM

A 8,560 euros diamond ring is displayed before the opening of the Grand Luxe exhibition in Brussels. The exhibition gathers high luxury items including cars and jewellery and focuses on gastronomy, art and fashion.

MILLION DOLLAR SHOES

Singer Alison Krauss wears $ 2 million dollar shoes, made out of Kwait diamonds and designed by Stuart Weitzman, as she arrives for the 76th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

THE MASSIVE GEM

An Australian woman eyes an 83-carat diamond named the “Riet River Royal” in Sydney. The massive gem was discovered by Australian mining company Majestic Resources at its new Riet River mine in South Africa on December 1.

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD

A saleswoman displays a 26.62-carat diamond at a shopping centre in Nanning, south China’s Guangxi province.

CLOSE SHOT

A man looks at a diamond at the Vicenza Oro Choice exposition in Vicenza.

CUT AND POLISH THEM

An employee sifts diamonds at a diamond cutting and polishing factory in Surat in Gujarat.

ROUGH DIAMONDS

Rough diamonds during their sorting process are seen at the Botswana Diamond Valuing Company in Gaborone.

SEARCH ON

Mustapha Kamara, washes muddy gravel in the hope of finding diamonds in Sierra Leone’s eastern town of Koidu.

CHUNK BUT EQUALLY VALUABLE

A villager holds some diamonds dug out from a mine outside the village of Sam Ouandja.

LUCKY?

A villager searches for diamonds in gravel near a mine outside the village of Sam Ouandja.

INSIDE STORY

Workers wash dirt and rocks in a river running through an open pit in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich eastern province.

DIAMOND MINING PIT

Women dig into the tailings of a diamond mining pit in eastern Sierra Leone.

GROUND REPORT

A labourer, working on a diamond open cast mine near Kpetewama, some 200 kilometres south of the capital, shifts water.

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