Diamonds Never Lie

The diamonds you see so beautifully presented in at a jewellers are so different from the diamonds that first greet me. To hold a diamond in the rough, that weighs heavily in my palm while I gaze at it and allow my imagination to work out all the ways it can be shaped before deciding the only way it can be cut for maximum impact is a part of my calling that never tires me.

I imagine it's a bit like a dedicated doctor looking at an ultrasound and seeing a fully developed life where many see only a feotus struggling to survive. I hold the rough diamond as gently as any midwife has held a newborn as I contemplate my next move.

Three decades of cutting a diamond just so has imbued me with a sense of awe of the power of the correct cut. A wrong decision and a priceless gem can be rendered into just another stone. I don't rush the decision. I allow the rough to speak to me, to show me the beauty I must unmask and always, in its own way a diamond in the rough will call out to direct the cut, desperate to be seen in its best form, in its most glorious light.

That's a romantic view of my craft but I'm grateful the romance has never died. The challenge has been to always remain mindful of financial considerations as the importance of staying within budget to minimise the strain on the customer's resources while presenting them with a rock of exquisite beauty has always been uppermost in my pursuit of the perfect marriage.

What is it that makes a man spend a lifetime surrounded by diamonds?
The attraction was always there from the mines of South Africa to the gemfields of Western Australia, it is almost as if I have spent my life in pursuit of the perfect diamond.

What I have discovered from putting together so many people with a diamond that almost talks to them, is that there is a perfect diamond  for almost everyone. Budgets constrain our vision of the perfect match. Were you a maharaja in ancient India, the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, might well have been your perfect match. It now resides in the Tower of London so you'll need to be convicted of treason to the British crown if you want to live within glittering distance of the prize. Smaller diamonds, no less prized, have graced delicate hands, framed beautiful faces and highlighted heaving bosoms. Show me a diamond and I will find you its rightful place in the world, almost always as a decoration on a dearly beloved.

It has taken billions of years to properly shape diamonds and when the earth reveals them to us we take our time to find the best form because those of us, charged with the trust of unmasking the light within know that diamonds never lie.