This Diamond Cell Phone is Da Bomb!

Emirates Business News today features the GoldVish Le Million cell phone, which costs $1.45 million and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive phone in the world!

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Designed by Emmanuel Gueit, production was limited to three units. Called “LeMillion”, it is handcrafted from 18-carat gold and is available in rose, yellow or white gold, with 120-carat diamonds encrusted all over it.

Handmade in Switzerland, it comes with a 2GB memory, quad-band for worldwide reception, an 8x digital zoom camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth and FM radio.

However, GoldVish also offers other diamond-encrusted 18k gold models starting at the more reasonable price of $25,600.

Those who would love a less expensive rival can go for the iPhone Princess Plus made by Australian designer and jeweler Peter Aloisson, which costs only $176,400.

The Princess Plus iPhone is encrusted with 318 diamonds of 17.75 carats – 138 of which are princess-cut, which is why the phone is named Princess Plus – with the other 180 brilliant-cut, all set in an 18-karat white gold rim.

The Princess Plus already has its first customer: the phone has been purchased by a Russian businessman, who received his extravagant handset earlier this year.

And there seem to be others in Russia willing and able to flaunt such uber-luxury mobile handsets. Euroset in Russia has imported a GoldVish phone and plans to open a GoldVish boutique in Moscow some time next year.

The Princess Plus has the same 8GB iPhone chassis and incorporates the same features on the regular iPhone, such as the touch screen, e-mail capability, video camera and web browser.

Those who want the glamor of GoldVish, but not on the iPhone chassis, can find an array of phones that have received the Aloisson treatment, such as the Nokia Communicator E90.

The device is made of solid platinum and 18-carat rose gold, and lined on both sides by 25 half-carat princess cut diamonds.

There is also the Ancort Diamond Crypto Smartphone with 3,000 diamonds of top quality priced at $7000,000, the Motorola V4688-90 studded with 1,200 diamonds going for $78,000, and the Sony Ericsson T68, an 18-carat yellow and white gold-studded phone with 892 diamonds, priced at $29,000.

Aloisson is a jeweller renowned for mixing latest technology and gadgets with art and jewelery.

In 1998, he designed his first diamond encrusted phone, the Motorolla V4688-90, and later broke the record for the world’s most expensive mobile phone with the Le Million. Aloisson also designs interiors and furniture.

Diamond World Supply To End In 20 Years.

So says Diamond Expert CEO Paul Loudon of DiamondCorp.

Loudon said that the world was consuming more diamonds than mines were producing and therefore the price outlook for diamonds was ‘very strong’ in the medium-to-long term.

We saw this happening just last week as Rapaport, a Diamond trade Publication reported price increases of 10% for better quality goods. With Platinum and Gold prices already up over 50% over the past five months, consumers are none too happy. But Guys are getting engaged.

Read Louden’s full interview here: Where Have All The Diamonds Gone?

Worlds Smallest Diamond!

ABC News reports today that Scientists have made the world’s smallest diamond ring, which could play a role in the future of computing.

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This ring of diamond, 300 nanometres thick and 5 micrometres across, was made by carving out a circular structure in an artificially made diamond. It will be used to access single photons, the basis for developing quantum computers (Source: P Olivero, B Fairchild and S Prawer, School of Physics, University of Melbourne)

At just 5 micrometres across and 300 nanometres thick, the ring will not fit on anyone’s finger.

The University of Melbourne researchers hope this ring which was carved from a slither of diamond, will let them manipulate single photons, the smallest ‘packet’ of light and will help researchers build powerful computers that use the properties of quantum physics.

“For quantum information processing, diamonds have some truly unique possibilities,” says Professor Steven Prawer, whose team presented images of the ring at an American Physical Society meeting this month in New Orleans.

Scientists know in theory how quantum computers could take advantage of the rules of physics to carry out enormous numbers of processes at the same time, however, building such a computer in the real world has been an enormous challenge.

Diamonds could overcome some of the obstacles,say these scientists because they offer an ideal way to produce qubits, the quantum equivalent of the ‘bits’ that store information on standard computers.

How does this work?

Like normal bits, qubits can have two different values, either 0 or 1. But unlike their standard counterparts, qubits can also exist in a ‘superposition’ of both states at once. The tiny impurities in diamonds meet this criterion, and all the other requirements of qubits, extremely well and therefore diamond offers a fantastic platform in order to make qubits.

This transformation with diamond acting as the catalyst occurs when a single nitrogen atom and a tiny gap disrupt the normal carbon structure of a diamond. Scientists call these nitrogen-vacancy centers, and by shining a laser light onto one, researchers can produce single photons of red light in ways that are easy to manipulate and measure. They can also do this at room temperature, something most other quantum systems can’t do.

The researchers have already used these properties of diamonds in the field of quantum cryptography, which aims to allow secure information to be sent and received using the properties of quantum physics.

WOW!

Don’t Wear Nipple Rings Next Time You Have To Fly.

An attorney claims security agents gave a woman a pair of pliers and forced her to remove her nipple rings in order to board an airline flight.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred issued a press statement Thursday making the allegation but she did not provide details. A news conference was scheduled.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Dwayne Baird said he had not heard of the incident. Baird said the TSA has no specific policy about body jewelry but if it was big enough to sound an alarm, the person wearing it would not be allowed to pass security until the alarm was investigated.

Baird noted, however, that people wear wedding and other rings through security without tripping alarms.

Guys: That Cubic Zirconia Is More Valuable Than You Know!

Mention the term “Cubic Zirconia” and what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?

“Cheap” is correct. Cubic Zirconia has been the first and last refuge for setting into diamond engagement rings from either well-meaning guys who are on limited budgets, tightwads, or RTN’s (Room Temperature Nerds) who don’t have a clue and never will.

But wait! Today comes exciting news about the valuable properties and use of zirconia that will warm the cockles of the every tightwad and RTN out there.

Engineers at Ohio State University are using zirconium dioxide (the ceramic from which we get synthetic diamonds) to protect jet engines from high-temperature corrosion.

The fan blades in modern aircraft engines are coated with a protective ceramic to keep them from overheating. When the metal heats up, it expands, and the ceramic coating expands with it. But when grains of sand are inevitably sucked in and contact the many thousand-degree blades, they melt and make glass. The glass not only breaks down the coating when hot, but when it cools, it forms an inelastic layer on top of the protective coating. When the blades heat up again, the glass doesn’t expand and breaks off the ceramic, shortening the life of the engine.

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Planes Drawing Sand into Engine at Takeoff: Photo by Department of Defense

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On the right, the zirconium coating protects from the molten glass. The left, with its conventional coating, is easily damaged.

The promise of the zirconia lies in its ability to force the glass to bond with other elements in the coating, changing it into a stable crystal. It in effect turns the glass into an additional layer of protective ceramic every time new sand contacts the blades and melts.

But unlike the CZ you put into your Gal’s engagement ring, this zirconium application doesn’t come cheap. It’s a cost-intensive process to manufacture and has yet to be tested on complex shapes. But even in its early stages, it promises to be a boon for efficiency not just in aircraft engines, but ultimately for automobiles and all types of heat-producing engines as well.

So for all of you CZ guys out there, you can start struttin like a Peacock and begin to feel that Mojo.

Helzberg Jewelers Cuts Staff.

Soft retail sales prompted Helzberg Diamonds to eliminate 21 jobs late last week, including 14 filled and seven open positions, company Chairman and CEO Marvin Beasley said Wednesday.

The company now has about 200 employees at its North Kansas City headquarters and about 2,500 employees overall at its more than 260 stores, Beasley said. The company made the headquarters cuts on Thursday.

Beasley said the company has no plans for further cuts.

“We think this is enough, and we think it’s going to be OK,” he said. “We don’t know how deep this recession’s going to be.”

Helzberg Diamonds is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A).

Beware Of New Scam Against Retail Jewelers and Suppliers

National Jeweler reports that the The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) is warning jewelry suppliers about a phone scam in which callers posing as new customers are using bogus money orders to order jewelry merchandise in the $1,500 price range.

In one case, on Jan. 23, someone using the name “Cliff Brewer” ordered six gold clasps from a Los Angeles supplier and sent what appeared to be a money order from Washington Mutual for $1,500 requesting that the merchandise be shipped to his alleged place of business in California, the JSA says. The merchandise was shipped after the money order was deposited. A few days later, the person called again and ordered six more clasps, sent another $1,500 money order, and had the goods shipped.

But both money orders were later returned to the supplier, marked “altered/fictitious.”

In another incident reported from New Mexico, someone using the name “Frank Wright” called a supplier on Feb. 18, and used an address in Inglewood, Calif. The person ordered gold and silver product in two different orders, pre-paying one with a $1,000 money order that appeared to be from Citibank, and the other with a $1,500 money order that appeared to be from Washington Mutual. The latter contained a serial number nearly identical to the bogus one used in the Los Angeles scam.

The goods were sent overnight, and both money orders were returned as fraudulent, the JSA says. There was an additional attempt of this nature on another supplier in the Dallas area, but that individual did not ship the merchandise.

Verify Credit Cards before shipping your merchandise or insist on Bank Wire transfers.

PhotoScribe Diamond Inscription Co. Wins Lawsuit Against Lazare Kaplan.

PhotoScribe Technologies Inc. and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) won a patent infringement lawsuit filed against them by Lazare Kaplan International.

Following a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a jury handed down a unanimous verdict on March 7 finding that the GIA and PhotoScribe did not infringe on any of the 10 patent claims asserted by Lazare Kaplan.

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Laser inscription machine.

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Lazare Kaplan first filed the suit against the GIA and PhotoScribe, a manufacturer of diamond laser-inscription equipment, in July 2007 and May 2006, respectively.

PhotoScribe President and Chief Executive Officer David Benderly said they were pleased with the jury’s verdict.

“Since we were sued almost two years ago, PhotoScribe’s position has always been that Lazare Kaplan’s lawsuit is totally without merit,” Benderly said in a media release. “Our position has now been validated, and we can focus our energy on selling our diamond laser-inscription equipment instead of defending against lawsuits.

New York-based PhotoScribe was established in 1998, and its technology is used in the fields of aerospace, biotech, medical, optical, ophthalmology, fiber optics, electronics, semi-conductors and micro electrical mechanical systems.

Should you laser inscribe your diamond? The cost is negligible and is actually a benefit to you as it provides an additional method to identify your stone, especially if it is a high clarity such as a Internally Flawless, VVS-1, VVS-2, or even a VS-1 that has a microscopic inclusion way off to the side and will be difficult to find once you have the diamond set into the ring.

In lower clarities, the inclusions are more readily visible and some will be located in areas that will not be covered by prongs or metal work and hence visible under a microscope or 10X loupe.