Friday, 28 February 2014

Welsh Gold

Welsh gold is one of the rarest metals in the world, and Welsh gold jewellery among the most highly prized.

There were 3 mines in Wales which were active as early as the Roman era. The earliest known was the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Carmarthenshire, which was initiated by the Romans around 74 AD. Gwynfynydd was discovered in 1860. It was active until 1998. The Clogau mine developed into gold production in the 1860s and continued as a major operator until 1911. The mine has been worked intermittently and last closed in 1998.
Welsh gold carries a distinctive rose tint. Natural gold is 20 to 22k. The remaining balance of metal is usually silver and a small amount of copper, plus other trace metals.

Welsh gold has a higher ratio of copper to silver. Gold with a similar tint can be found elsewhere but a connection to the Royal Family cannot. The Royal family all wore/wear wedding rings fashioned from Welsh gold.
The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton wears is made of Welsh Gold. The gold was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the couple were engaged.

Pure Welsh Gold is the world's most valuable precious metal and the official price is at least 3 times that of the London Metal Bullion price.







Thursday, 27 February 2014

Mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 Lufthansa heist

NEW YORK -- An elderly reputed mobster pleaded not guilty on Thursday to participating in a $6 million airport heist dramatized in the Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas."
Seventy-eight-year-old Vincent Asaro was named along with his son and three other defendants in wide-ranging indictment Thursday. The allegations include murder, robbery, extortion, arson and other crimes from the late 1960s through last year. The indictment accuses Asaro of helping to direct the 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist at Kennedy airport - one of the largest cash thefts in American history.
He and his son pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court.

In addition to the heist, the elder Asaro is charged in the 1969 murder of Paul Katz. Prosecutors say Katz once owned a warehouse where mobsters stored stolen goods. All of the men arrested are alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family.
Katz's remains were found last year during an FBI dig at a house once occupied by James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, the suspected mastermind of the Lufthansa heist, who died in 1996.



http://www.cbsnews.com/news/alleged-bonanno-crime-family-member-arrested-in-1978-lufthansa-heist-that-netted-58m/

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Treasure of San Gennaro

The Treasure of San Gennaro contains a selection of the most important works donated to Saint Januarius by over 700 years of Popes, Emperors, and European Kings. The works have the highest artistic value: they were made using a enormous amount of precious stones, by the most eminent goldsmiths of the time.

The exhibition is being held in Palazzo Sciarra, a 17th-Century building overlooking tourist street via del Corso in Rome.
Januarius was Bishop of Naples, and is a martyr saint of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Januarius is the patron saint of Naples, where the faithful gather three times a year in Naples Cathedral. Saint Januarius is famous for the miracle of the annual liquefaction of his blood, which, according to legend, was saved by a woman just after the saint's death.
The exhibition pivots on two major masterpieces of the treasure, the Collana di san Gennaro (Saint Januarius’ necklace) and the famous Mitra (Mitre) made of silver and precious stones.

A total of 90 pieces were selected from the 22,000 pieces that make up the entire collection.





Monday, 24 February 2014

Ultra High Jewelry by Cartier

Platinum brooch with one opal, one ribbed emerald, brilliants, emerald eyes.


Platinum necklace with eight Ceylon sapphires, diamonds, onyx, emeralds.
Butterfly Brooch – white gold, yellow gold, 42.77-carat pear-shaped yellow sapphire, yellow sapphires, colored diamonds, black lacquer, brilliants.

Bird of Paradise Brooch with 20.22-carat pink sapphire and six padparadscha sapphires.
Bracelet with 77.3-carat carved emerald, emerald beads and diamonds.

Cartier Urban ring - Platinum, 10.77-carat square-shaped emerald, baguette-cut diamonds, onyx, brilliants.
Platinum, 10.04-carat padparadscha sapphire, black lacquer, brilliants.


White gold, brown, orange and yellow diamonds, onyx, yellow-orange diamond eyes, brilliants.
Necklace/brooch - Platinum, 91.34-carat emerald drop from Colombia, pear-shaped diamond, brilliants.


Platinum, cabochon-cut 36.74-carat ruby, pear-shaped rose-cut diamond, brilliants.




See ---> http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/01/panther-by-cartier.html

See ---> http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/04/the-patiala-necklace.html