Rihanna wax model boasts diamond jewellery

A waxwork model of Rihanna has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC, with diamond jewellery featuring prominently.

The singer was immortalised through the statue, unveiled today (August 31st), wearing a black corset, silk heels and skinny trousers.

And People magazine noted the look was completed by accessories such as giant diamond earrings and a diamond ring.

Rihanna herself was not present for the unveiling, but a spokesperson for Madame Tussauds told the publication she saw the figure last week and “absolutely loved it”.

Throughout September, those attending the site will benefit from a buy-one-get-one-free admission offer if they mention the word “umbrella” – in reference to one of the star’s most famous tracks.

Meanwhile, Luxist has noted a number of celebrities – including Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osborne and Mad Men star January Jones – were spotted sporting diamond jewellery at the Emmy awards held in California on Sunday.

Chayenne Tozzi sports diamond ring, but denies engagement

Australian model Chayenne Tozzi has denied being engaged, despite sporting a diamond ring on the appropriate finger.

The 21-year-old told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph she is happy with new beau Maggio Cipriani, but has no imminent plans to get married.

She was pictured wearing the diamond piece on the ring finger of her left hand while promoting the 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty event in the city, but explained it does not mean the heir to the Cipriani restaurant empire has popped the question.

“I just swap it because sometimes they get swollen … my fingers … from flying,” said Tozzi.

The Australian has previously been involved with actor Mickey Rourke as well as rap producer Ryan Leslie and the newspaper noted she counts Paris Hilton among her best friends.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez has told the Daily Mirror a diamond ring given to her by husband Marc Anthony to mark their first anniversary is her favourite piece of jewellery.

India diamond exports increase

The value of diamonds exported by India during the first quarter of 2010 rose 85 per cent when compared to the same period in 2009.

According to the Times of India, precious stones worth around $6 billion (£3.89 billion) were purchased by firms in countries such as China, Hong Kong, the US, Japan and the UAE during the three-month period.

Total yearly exports are expected to exceed $18 billion during 2010-11 and India currently accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s production of cut and polished diamonds, with 40 per cent of its output being sold to the US.

The country also holds the India International Jewellery Show – the fifth largest of its kind in the world – and Sanjay Kothari of GJEPC was quoted by the news source as saying the success of the recent event indicates “the revived consumer confidence across the world”.

Sierra Leone has also seen its diamond exports increase, with AFP recently reporting overseas sales rose 43 per cent in the first half of 2010.

Diamond engagement ring back on Abbey Clancy’s finger

Abbey Clancy has been spotted wearing her diamond engagement ring while having dinner with fiance Peter Crouch.

The model recently removed the piece after allegations of Crouch’s infidelity, but the Daily Star noted she was wearing the diamond jewellery when the couple dined in a London restaurant.

It was the first time they had ventured out in each other’s company since it was reported that the Tottenham and England striker had cheated on Clancy, but a source told the newspaper the pair “realise they are in love and still want to be together”.

Clancy had previously appeared on breakfast television show This Morning without the ring on her finger and the item, which is worth £200,000, was also missing as she filmed E4 show Great British Hairdresser.

Diamond ring is Jennifer Lopez’s “favourite” piece of jewellery

A 14-carat diamond ring has been identified by Jennifer Lopez as her favourite piece of jewellery.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the singer and movie star said the item, which was given to her by husband Marc Anthony to mark their first wedding anniversary, is “gorgeous”.

“That ring he gave me to celebrate that we’d made it to the first year mark is the favourite piece of jewellery I own,” she was quoted as saying.

Lopez, who married Anthony six years ago, said she told her husband to get her a “really great” gift to mark their first 12 months of marriage, because it was a “big step” for her to be married for a year.

She had dated a string of A-list celebrities and tied the knot twice in the past, but both marriages were over within months.

The actress has appeared in films such as Maid in Manhattan and The Cell and also starred in this summer’s The Back-up Plan.

Campaigners call for greater action over conflict diamonds

More steps need to be taken to ensure conflict diamonds do not return to the industry, it has been argued.

Reuters reports the recent controversy surrounding Naomi Campbell’s testimony regarding coming into contact with such gems has raised questions about the effectiveness of various measures put in place in order to halt their trade.

Earlier this month, an official at a Nelson Mandela charity stepped down after admitting he handled blood diamonds that were passed to him by Campbell, who had received them from former Liberia leader Charles Taylor.

“Problems still persist,” Elly Harrowell of Global Witness was quoted by the news agency as saying.

She noted “weaknesses in implementation, lack of political will among member governments and imperfect oversight and enforcement” of preventative steps means conflict diamonds are still on the market.

Pressure groups say Zimbabwe and the Ivory Coast are two countries where the trade of diamonds is still cause for concern, while Venezuela is not part of a global scheme set up in 2003 with the aim of removing the stones from the market.

Michelle Obama ‘brings out diamonds for special occasions’

Michelle Obama often likes to forgo her usual jewellery and opt for diamonds when dressing for special occasions.

This is the view of Charlotte Britton, writing for Moviematics.com, who noted the first lady is usually seen in pearls, but occasionally switches to diamonds.

She said Ms Obama wore a pair of diamond earrings allegedly worth $11,000 (£7,033) during celebrations on election night in 2008, when her husband was chosen as the next president of the United States.

“Michelle Obama’s election-night diamond beauties were 18-c white gold, triple dangle earrings,” Ms Britton observed, adding there are rumours the diamond jewellery was a 15th anniversary gift from her husband.

“If this is true, then he has great taste in jewellery,” she stated.

Diamonds are often the precious stone of choice for the rich and famous.

According to Celebrity Bridge Guide, Jessica Simpson and Katherine Heigl both wear rings featuring pear-shaped diamonds, while Elizabeth Taylor was known to have been given a 69.42-c diamond ring by Richard Burton.

Mandela official steps down over diamonds

An official at a Nelson Mandela charity who kept alleged blood diamonds has stepped down from his position.

Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) Jeremy Ractliffe received the diamonds from supermodel Naomi Campbell, passed them on after allegedly getting them as a gift from Charles Taylor, the former leader of Liberia.

Mr Ractliffe held onto the blood diamonds – the term used for stones that are mined in a warzone and often sold to fund illegal activity – for over a decade and only admitted being in possession of them 12 days ago, when Campbell mentioned him while testifying at the war crimes trial of Mr Taylor.

In a statement, the charity said: “Mr Ractliffe regrets his omission to inform the chairperson, chief executive officer and the rest of the board of trustees of the NMCF of his receipt of the uncut diamonds until now.”

Mr Ractliffe kept the diamonds for 13 years after they were given to him by Campbell and admitted he has caused “possible reputational risk” to the charity.

Paddy McGuinness’s fiancee spotted with diamond engagement ring

Paddy McGuinness’s fiancee Christine Martin was spotted wearing a diamond engagement ring as she stepped out for a meal with her husband-to-be in Manchester.

The couple, who began dating in 2008 and got engaged at Christmas, were seen enjoying lunch in the city, the Daily Mail reports.

Martin was wearing the ring as she tucked in to some chips outside a restaurant with her future husband, who hosts dating show Take Me Out.

McGuinness – who along with Peter Kay was recently voted fourth in a poll of the funniest duos in comedy – will be back in front of the cameras when the programme returns to ITV this autumn.

One celebrity who has been spotted without her diamond engagement ring recently is Abby Clancy.

The model is engaged to footballer Peter Crouch, but has been seen without the ring amid rumours that the Tottenham and England striker has been unfaithful.