Marie Antoinette's pearl and diamond pendant fetches $36 million at auction

Marie Antoinette, France’s last queen, is still able to capture the imagination of the public — or at least buyers with a lot of spare cash — more than 200 years after her unfortunate end. Exceptionally large ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond sells for record-breaking $50 million at Christie’s A pearl and diamond pendant from the late …

How NASA's Apollo space missions changed photographic history

NASA’s Apollo program made history from the launch of its very first manned spacecraft on Oct. 11, 1968. And now, almost 50 years later, “Apollo VII-XVII,” a new book from teNeues, relives the drama of the program’s 11 missions. It includes a special foreword by Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham, and breathtaking photos taken by …

Google marks Day of the Dead with skull doodle

(CNN) — Google has marked Mexico’s Day of the Dead, an ancient festival celebrating and honoring departed loved ones, with a doodle featuring brightly painted model skulls. The Google Doodle for November 1, 2018. Via Google The skulls, hand-made from clay, appear between animated flickering candles with orange marigold petals scattered around them. The doodle …

Day of the Dead a lively celebration in Mexico

(CNN) — The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrates and honors deceased loved ones through a variety of different traditions: altars with photographs, sprays of orange marigolds, revelers with faces painted with intricate makeup, a slew of parades and parties, representations of human skeletons and skulls (calacas and calaveras) …

An emerald as big as your hand was found in Zambia — a whopping 5655 carats

The world’s largest producer of green stones has unearthed a 5,655-carat emerald crystal at its mines in Zambia. The stone, which weighs more than 1.1 kg (almost 2.5 lbs), was found at the Gemfield mines in Kangem, the company said in a statement Monday. Boy unearths lost treasure of 10th century Danish king The emerald …

1.1 kg and 5655 carats: An emerald like no other has been unearthed in Zambia

The world’s largest producer of green stones has unearthed a 5,655-carat emerald crystal at its mines in Zambia. The stone, which weighs more than 1.1 kg (almost 2.5 lbs), was found at the Gemfield mines in Kangem, the company said in a statement Monday. Boy unearths lost treasure of 10th century Danish king The emerald …

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

India is set to unveil the world’s tallest statue next week, the towering figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a popular political and social leader, who was part of the freedom struggle that resulted in India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Looming 182 meters (597 feet) above the Narmada River in the western Indian …