For every 10,000 gem-quality diamonds found, only one possesses brilliant and coveted colour. Captivating and enigmatic, blue diamonds are considered the rarest of them all. A fabulous fluke of nature, a blue diamond is produced by the random presence of the atomic lattice-bound trace element boron within the stone’s carbon structure during its formation deep in the earth’s core.
The earliest known blue diamond came from the legendary Kollur mine in the Golconda, a region
SUVs have usurped traditional car formats at every level. Now they’re even challenging the four-door limousine’s traditional role as brand flagship. Soon Mercedes will reveal a Maybach-badged version of its giant SUV, the GLS, while next year BMW will advance its luxury agenda with the new X7. And the Germans must contend with a wave of elite brand SUVs, including an Aston Martin by the end of 2019 and, eventually, a Ferrari. In the meantime, the six SUVs profiled here raise
The brand's second utility vehicle after the 1980s LM002 takes the super-SUV to entirely new levels. Lamborghini’s first SUV, the unmistakably ’80s LM002, was a military-grade brute powered by a screaming V-12 engine. While it seemed completely offbeat at the time, it turned out to be prescient given today’s ever-expanding array of ultra-luxury, high-performance SUVs from the likes of Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Maserati, and, soon, Ferrari and Aston Martin. So there’s n
Making its own luck, Suerte, by Tankoa Yachts is an elegant ship in classic Italian style. For decades the most renowned yacht designs were synonymous with German and Dutch shipyards, but now Genoa in Italy is adding its name to that list of renowned shipyards with Tankoa Yachts’ maiden super-yacht, Suerte. Tankoa was formed by a team of passionate Italian designers and sailors, and it describes itself as a boutique shipyard with the sole purpose of bringing mega yachts to li
Those that believe ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ must surely have overlooked the exquisite emerald. This gorgeous, green gemstone is considered by many to possess positive mythical, physical and psychological properties. Like its carbon companion, it is defined by characteristics such as clarity, cut, colour and carat, and costs range from $50 to more than $15,000. Emeralds originate in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Brazil but most commonly hail from Colombia. In fact, some repo