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Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

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.

Mizal Karim Al-Sweady, the father of Hamid Al-Sweady, carries a photo of his son after leaving the inquiry into his death

Al-Sweady inquiry: Iraqi father says bodies handed over by UK soldiers showed signs of torture

The father of an Iraqi teenager claimed today that his son's body showed signs of torture after it was handed back by British troops following a brutal battle.

Saul Sanchez, 48: “He is a very simple man. You know it because he liked to come here and just be with us. He is just a normal person who would eat and drink with us”

'The Slum Pope? He is bigger than that – he is for all the poor people'

Before becoming Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio won the hearts of the slum people ministering to the poor and sick

Theo Fennell bid extension

The private-equity bidders eyeing jeweller-to-the-stars Theo Fennell have been given a fourth extension to the put up-or-shut up deadline.

Suave conman who swindled blind widow out of home is tracked down

Scotland Yard seeking extradition from  Germany of fraudster Mogens Hauschildt

Sugar plum: dresses for party season

Forget the LBD. This winter, party dresses are purple-hued and sparkly

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

The best Christmas gifts for the dandy

Main image: gold cufflinks by Tatteosian, £120, Selfridges; frames, from £5, John Lewis

You can support Obama with jewellery too

Showing their allegiance: Barack Obama bling

Forget political rosettes, badges reading “Don't blame me, I voted Labour” or Conservative T-shirts (dress shirts?). The US's cool Democrat kids have far hipper ways to show their allegiance. 

DJ by Dominic Jones: 1. Large thorn studs £50, available exclusively from my-wardrobe.com from 29 October, and harveynichols.com from early November

Jewels for the crowds

The imminent arrival of two big-name jewellery collaborations will have magpies spoilt for choice, says Gemma Hayward

Soft-focus softcore queen was Bardot for a new generation

Sylvia Kristel awoke many a young boy's sense of the sensuous. John Walsh was one of them

The midas touch: Go over the top with this season's opulent baroque look

Styling: Gemma Hayward & Magda Bryk

The bling's the thing

If you like your statement jewellery to have subtance as well as sparkle, check out new site Grand Bazaar London

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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