The Sparkling Rise Of The Lab Grown Diamond

On a grey January morning in 2019 Meghan Markle emerged onto a London street on her way to a meeting. She wore a smart coat and heels, but it was not her clothing that caught the attention of the world. It was a pair of glittering drop earrings embedded with lab grown diamonds. It took…

Is It Time To Start Investing in Japanese Whiskey?

They say nothing lasts forever, and aged Japanese whisky is no exception. Having bursted into the American drinking consciousness over the last two decades (thanks in no small part to Bill Murray), the spirit has become a favorite of collectors and connoisseurs. The bad news is that Japanese distilleries weren’t anticipating such a boom. The…

Mastercard and Ripple’s Xpring Join Industry Group to Promote Blockchain Education

Blockchain accelerator MouseBelt announced Tuesday it has welcomed 11 founding members into its Blockchain Education Alliance. In addition to the card network, the new members include the innovation arms of payments startup Ripple and crypto exchange Binance; and representatives from Neo, KuCoin and ethereum scaling solution Matic Network. They will join the 13 companies, including…

The Future of Sports Conference Highlights The Use of Blockchain in Sports

Blockchain technology has continued to make inroads into the sports industry, transforming the ever-growing industry greatly. This transformation will be at the heart of the agenda during the Future of Sports conference to be held on February 14. The event will be held in Moscow and will feature speakers from the blockchain sector as well…

FC Barcelona to Issue Tokens for Blockchain Fan Platform

FC Barcelona fans are about to get on the blockchain. Barca, as one of the world’s most popular football clubs is known, will issue tokens for use on a fan-engagement platform. The tokens, expected in the second quarter, will let holders vote on a variety of decisions about the team such as what music to…

Angola Eyes Becoming Worlds Third Largest Diamond Producer

Angola is tapping into its potential and aspiring to become the  worlds third largest diamond producer and cutter in the world, the CEO of its national diamond company Endiama said on Monday. “We have been working with major diamond companies around the world to add more value to the sector,” Jose Manuel Ganga Junior told…

Worlds Most Expensive Precious Metal Rhodium Surges Amid Emissions Clampdown

The price of rhodium, a precious metal that strips pollutants out of exhaust fumes, is surging as car manufacturers in Asia and Europe scramble to abide by stricter emission regimes. Supplies of rhodium are limited because the metal is mined as a byproduct of platinum, palladium and gold, while demand is rising as regulators restrict…

Financial Crisis Continues to Threaten Antwerp Diamond Industry

Antwerp traded a total of €33 billion in cut and uncut diamonds in 2019, 20% less than in 2018, and a figure reminiscent of the levels last seen in the financial crisis years of 2009-2010. The AWDC says it foresees no improvement this year, but recovery should be expected in 2021. Antwerp is not alone….

Blockchain and 5G to Transform The Developing World

The biggest topic in the mobile industry over the last few years has been 5G. In an industry that has been starved for innovation in this interregnum between the launch of the iPhone and the full-scale integration of next-generation technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain, the introduction of the 5G network has become…

Louis Vuitton Buys Worlds Second Largest Diamond For Millions of Dollars

Louis Vuitton has made a splash as it showed off its latest purchase: the worlds second largest diamond. The LVMH-owned brand, which announced last week that it was the new owner of the 1,758-carat Sewelô, displayed the glinting, blackened stone at its Place Vendôme store in Paris. The company has not revealed how much it…

Anthem Will Use Blockchain To Secure Medical Data

Anthem, the second-largest health insurance company in the U.S, has started to use blockchain to secure medical data technology to help patients securely access and share their medical data. The company plans to roll out the feature, which is in pilot testing now, to groups of members in the next few months. All 40 million…