That's right. I love diamonds. I have fallen in love. That is not to say, that I love the practices that have wreaked havoc on the people involved in conflict diamonds. Not at all--but now, with the Kimberly Process in place, I can allow these beautiful stones to enter my heart.
Now, anyone that knows me well knows that I like things that are a bit off-center, out of the ordinary. I have seen some amazingly beautiful 1, 2, and 3 carat brilliant cut ideal diamonds. They're amazing and make me swoon, but I ultimately love alternative shapes more than the rounds (not that I would ever refuse a ring or piece of jewelry with a round diamond!). My favorite shape by far is the cushion cut, as well as the radiant, trilliant, old european, rose, and rough diamonds. I love the colors, as well, because diamonds come in a range. Chocolate, champagne, and cognac are probably my favorites. Beyond the "surface" beauty lies the characteristics of diamonds themselves. Their strength, durability, luster, and chemical make up make these stones some of the most amazing to me. I can honestly say that I would rather receive a diamond than most other stones.
Todd Reed is one of my favorite artists that works with raw diamonds. Hopefully, I'll be working with them someday soon, as well.