Shine bright like a diamond…

by Aparna Sharma

Be like a diamond…precious and rare, not like a stone that is found everywhere. Diamonds have long been considered one of the most beautiful and treasured minerals in the world. They have distinctive physical and scientific properties which probably increases their sentimental value.Today, diamonds are mined in about 25 countries, on every continent except Europe and Antarctica. For 1,000 years – starting around the 4th century BC, India was the only source of diamonds. However, the major discoveries of mines in South Africa around the 1870s marked a dramatic increase in diamond supply. Since then, major producers now include several African countries, Siberian Russia, Brazil and Australia.

Mouawad Bangkok
Mouawad Bangkok

I was invited for the Mouawad diamond exhibition at the Anantara Siam Hotel last week. I have to admit that although I could not afford to buy anything there, it was an afternoon well spent. I love jewelery and I have attended a few diamond exhibitions and also own a few diamond jewellery. I was pleasantly surprised that the diamond sets I saw at the exhibition were completely different from anything I have seen before. The starting price was two million dollars and they go upto sixty-eight million dollars or more. Yes, you read that right. I was told that they make only high-end jewellery and to be honest, everything they exhibited was sparkling so bright. They had the best quality of diamonds on display and I saw big blue and yellow diamonds for the first time. I did try their most expensive necklace, I realised that I need to do more yoga for my neck, the necklace was so heavy and my neck and wallet cannot afford it but it was fun trying something so rare and unique.

Victoria Secret diamond bra

Mouawad’s heritage spans more than a century of creations and traditions in masterful jewellery design and watchmaking. It was interesting to see the diamond set they had made for Victorias Secret 2017. Over the years, Mouawad has acquired a collection of diamonds that is probably one of the world’s finest in private hands. They have some of the largest diamonds in existence which I was told is a rare heirloom for anyone who would be interested in paying that price.

Aparna Sharma at Mouawad fair

There is a famous saying that a diamond is a girl’s best friend but nobody ever mentioned that its a man’s worst enemy. I have been a part of a few arguments with men who think that diamonds are not worth the price. Like most things in life, everybody has a different opinion but one cannot argue that a diamond is a precious stone which is bright and beautiful. There are various qualities of diamonds and the price varies according to the clarity, cut and carat and colour. GIA created the first and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Today, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond anywhere in the world. I know somebody in Bangkok who deals with more affordable god quality diamonds, if any of you are interested, please do send me a message and I will give you the details.

Alright Ladies…that’s all from me for now. Have a sparkling day and don’t forget “Shine bright like a diamond”.

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