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Japan Pearls: Gems of lustrous classic beauty

Talking about Japan Pearls, many people will think of akoya pearls, which are produced in the cool waters of Japan. Japanese akoya pearls are known for their roundness and high lustre, as their nacre crystals are fine and compact, reflecting maximum light. A symbol of classic beauty, a necklace with Japanese akoya pearls in pinkish white colour is regarded as the best match for wedding gown.

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The Hope Diamond - a good read courtesy of Smithsonian

The Hope Diamond

WEIGHT: 45.52 carats
CLARITY: VS1. Whitish graining is present.
COLOR: Natural fancy deep grayish-blue
CUT: Cushion antique brilliant with a faceted girdle and extra facets on the pavilion.
   Length: 25.60 mm
   Width: 21.78 mm
   Depth: 12.00 mm

Today, like every day, thousands to tens of thousands of visitors will press into the Harry Winston Gallery of the Smithsonian’s Geology, Gems and Minerals exhibition to experience the beauty, magic and mystery of the Hope Diamond, making it, perhaps, the most visited museum object in the world.

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Recent announcements by central banks to increase their Aussie dollar holdings are an expression of trust in the health of the Australian economy. But history suggests the boom will not endure, writes Timo Henckel of the Australian National University.

Central banks everywhere – from Russia to the Czech Republic – are piling into Australian-dollar-denominated assets. This has limited the fall of the Australian dollar to around 3% from its peak even though commodity prices, which are strongly correlated with the Aussie dollar, have fallen globally by 10%. Even the German Bundesbank, the stodgiest of central banks, announced its intention to increase its reserve allocation of Aussie dollar assets. Is the Australian dollar, the fifth-most traded and among the most volatile of currencies, about to rival the US dollar, the yen, and the Swiss franc as one of the world’s major reserve currencies? And does this increased demand for assets created down under change the way the Reserve Bank and the Treasury conduct policy?

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The Oppenheimer, The Steinmetz Pink and the Millennium Star MOVIE




Nat Cook for Australian Flag Bearer!!!!



Wooooo Hooooooo we did it.  And pictures speak a thousand words. So this is what it looks like and feels like to qualify for a 5th Olympic games.

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