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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.

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Fencing can make mark in Lockinge

Heavy support during the week suggests a new officer is ready for promotion to the elite corps at Ballydoyle.

101.73-carat gem: Largest flawless diamond ever auctioned could fetch £20m

Rare stone considered perfect because of its colour and its flawless clarity

The plane in Brussels that was raided by eight men in February

Luxury car dealer from Cote d’Azur under arrest over £30m airport diamond heist

Eleven held in custody after swoops in three countries, with cash and jewels recovered

Armed men made off with a shipment of diamonds as it was being loaded on to a plane of Helvetic Airlines at the Brussels airport

Police hunting £30m diamond plane heist gang arrest 31 people across Europe

Massive operation with suspects held in France, Switzerland  and Belgium

A close-up view of the historic cushion-cut fancy intense pink diamond, weighing approximately 34.65 carats

Princie Diamond fetches $40m at Christie’s in New York

The Princie Diamond, one of the largest pink diamonds in the world, has been sold at auction for nearly $40m (£26m).

Gina Lollobrigida wearing the diamond necklace/bracelet combination
(est. $300,000-500,000) as a tiara & the pair of emerald and diamond
earclips (est. $150,000-250,000) by Bulgari

'A sculptor has little need for jewels' - Legendary actress turned artist Gina Lollobrigida auctions jewellery

Sparkling jewels belonging to legendary actress Gina Lollobrigida are being auctioned to raise money for stem cell research.

Swatch in £620m swoop on Harry Diamond jewels arm

The jewellery arm of the Canadian diamond company made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” has been acquired by Swatch for $1bn (£620m).

Fancy Intense Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman & Brothers sold for $8,594,500

Huge price tag can't take shine off some extra special jewels

The Occupy movement may have run out of steam since its apex of publicity this summer, but the $65million proceeds of a jewels auction at Sotheby's in New York on Wednesday is proof that the great divide still exists.

Christmas gifts for the glamourpuss

Main image: ombre circle perspex bangle, £63, and ombre rings, £3 each, both by Kitty Joseph from Bengt; frames, from £5, John Lewis

Christie's in Geneva achieves record price for diamond

Christie's in Geneva has auctioned off the Archduke Joseph Diamond for nearly $21.5m (£13.5m), a world record price per carat for a colourless diamond.

EMERALDS: An emerald in a Bogota, Colombia, laboratory in 2007. The CEO of Gemfields Plc wants to find a glamorous celebrity like Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn to promote sales of the green gemstone.

Next Marilyn sought to sell emeralds over diamonds

Ian Harebottle is searching for a global celebrity to do for emeralds what Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn did for diamonds.

TV comedian Justin Lee Collins 'pushed girlfriend in front of car'

The ex-girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins has accused the television comedian of trying to push her in front of a car on a drunken night out with fellow presenter Alan Carr, a court heard yesterday.

Ex put up with Justin Lee Collins' abuse because he was 'love of her life', court hears

The ex-girlfriend of comedian and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins was on the verge of tears today as she said she had put up with the abusive relationship because he was the love of her life.

Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden, By Rachel Lichtenstein

This slice of London history reveals a parallel culture of Jewish and Italian local enterprise

'Bored' London diamond thief Arthur Rachel jailed

A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety 32 years ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewellery store was jailed for plotting more robberies, telling the judge he was bored.

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