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Diamond (jewellery)

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

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?

Thieves dig up pet cemetery to steal a poodle's €9,000 diamond

For nine years, rumours have circulated of buried treasure in the world's oldest pets' cemetery west of Paris. Owners have been burying their animals at Asnieres since 1899, among them the Hollywood canine star Rin Tin Tin and Tipsy the poodle, who was reportedly laid to rest by his wealthy American mistress wearing a diamond collar worth €9,000.

Aretha Franklin joins list of stars getting engaged

'Queen of Soul' singer Aretha Franklin has become the latest celebrity to announce an engagement over the holidays, joining a list including Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and basketball superstar LeBron James.

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Frankel looks the real deal

In some ways, Henry Cecil is the marketing man's dream. His resurgence in the face of personal and professional adversity towards the top of a business he for so long dominated making him especially so. But one aspect of the modern approach to this sport is an anathema to the semi-aristocrat; experience over more than four decades has taught him to give hype short shrift.

Elizabeth Taylor: A life less ordinary

The death of Elizabeth Taylor has been heralded as the end of an era. Why don’t today’s stars shine as brightly? Steve Rose says it’s not just the pictures that got small