News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

Rare blue diamond found in South African mine

The 29.6 carat diamond has been valued at around $20m

Woodland creatures: The best nature-inspired jewellery

Clockwise from top: Butterfly pendant in black opalescent, white gold and black diamond £3,500, Stephen Webster at Harrods 020-7730 1234

Gem sales make its shares sparkle

Gem Diamonds has sold two ex–ceptional stones extracted from the highest diamond mine in the world, sending its shares up 2.5p to 153.5p.

The diamonds used in the hair piece are valued at more than half a billion dollars

Graff's jewels in the crown: Group unveils $500m hair piece

Graff Diamonds, the jeweller that pulled its planned $1bn (£620m) Hong Kong IPO last year, has launched an advertising stunt in the shape of a $500m jewelled hair piece.

White diamond sold for record $30.6 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction

The 118 carat white diamond is the largest and most significant such stone graded by the Gemological Institute of America

White diamond fetches record £19m at auction in Hong Kong

A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6m (£19m) at an auction on Monday, edging out the previous record for such a stone set just six months ago.

Oval-cut 59.6 carat jewel is the largest flawless or internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded

£37m price tag on most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction

Pink Star will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in Geneva

Petra Ecclestone who was robbed of £500,000 worth of jewellery

Jewellery worth £500,000 stolen from London home of F1 heiress Petra Ecclestone

Earrings and watches discovered missing following house viewing

The jewels were made by Chopard, which has furnished a host of stars such as model Cara Delevingne

Crime à la Croisette: Cannes becomes the No 1 destination for world’s jewel thieves

When asked why he robbed banks, the legendary American criminal Willie Sutton replied: “Because that’s where the money is?”

Convicted rapist Adam Mark escapes from Leyhill prison

Police are hunting a rapist who has absconded from prison.

€100m Cannes jewel heist 'one of biggest ever'

The Carlton Hotel was a setting for Alfred Hitchcocks’s 1955 movie 'To Catch a Thief'

Lev Leviev

Meet Lev Leviev, the billionaire who lost his sparkle in Cannes jewellery heist

The Carlton Intercontinental hotel on the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes was the setting for an extraordinarily brazen diamond heist at the weekend, in which a lone gunman strolled into a jewellery exhibition taking place at the hotel and stuffed a suitcase with millions of pounds worth of Leviev diamonds before walking out. The owner of Leviev diamonds, Lev Leviev, is yet to comment on the theft. Apart from being a billionaire with an amazingly alliterative name,  just who is this wronged bling merchant?

€100m Cannes jewel heist 'one of biggest ever'

The Carlton Hotel was a setting for Alfred Hitchcocks’s 1955 movie 'To Catch a Thief'

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46, pleaded guilty to theft charges on Friday

Former Tiffany executive admits stealing over $2million worth of jewellery

'I knew it was illegal to steal, and I did so regardless… I'm very sorry', she told a judge

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