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Christie’s to auction off world’s biggest blue diamond

This handout picture released on April 25, 2014 by Christie's auction house shows "The Blue" a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 13.22 carats, flanked on either side by a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 1.00 and 0.96 carat. The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said on April 25, 2014. AFP

The world’s largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said Friday.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Swiss ‘freeze’ formula stops aging dead in its tracks

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Plants that survive and flourish in the harshest weather conditions are the basis of a new line of anti-aging treatments. They call to mind Darwin’s natural selection and survival of the fittest.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Alzheimer’s patients find care in Thailand, PH

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, a Thai caretaker, right, carries Gerhard, an Alzheimer’s patient from Switzerland in a swimming pool at Baan Khamlangchai care center in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. Thailand is poised to attract more Alzheimer’s sufferers from the Alpine country and elsewhere. The Philippines is offering Americans care for $1,500 to $3,500 a month, well below US rates.  AP

Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The diplomat’s wife returns to her roots


“Chäschüechli,” said the gracious Filipino hostess with a slight contraction on the throat, followed by an expulsion of breath.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Old-World name–but don’t call these timepieces a ‘heritage brand’

TIMEBOUND Trading chair and CEO Arthur Bautista, Savoy Collections chair Christian Frommherz, Timebound Trading director John Young, Savoy Collections president and CEO Pascal Savoy

Like all Swiss-made watch brands, Savoy (pronounced sav-wa) is proud of the Swiss ingenuity and craftsmanship that go into each of its timepieces.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »