The jagged edge of a smashed decorative glass hangs in the doorway. A gust catches it, sending it swinging into the wall. Another piece of blue shatters. Progress through the dark house, flashlight highlights: furniture upturned, crockery smashed, cupboards ripped open. Had they found it? Move upstairs, lift the floorboard. Still there, safe and sound. … Continue reading HIDDEN GEM


In the Catoca diamond mine in Angola, a worker named Enano do Nascimento uncovered a rare pink diamond. It was the largest pink diamond yet discovered. He was given a bonus of 1,000 Angolan kwanza (about $6). That night he celebrated with his family and his children ate well for a month. The mining conglomerate auctioned the pink … Continue reading THE AMERICAN STAR