Czech national collection of diamonds exposed as fakes

Diamonds and other precious stones forming part of a Czech National Museum collection thought to be worth millions of pounds have been exposed as fakes during a routine audit.

The inspection of supposed 5-carat diamonds and a 19-carat sapphires has left curators scratching their heads as to how the real things went missing over the last 50 years.

Around half the museum’s collection, acquired by the museum during communist times, has already been found to be fake.