Diamonds have long been used to suggest social standing, and in the art world the indelible Medici and incomparable Damien Hirst prove just how significant their allure can be. The Medici were a wealthy family of Florentine bankers who rose to power during the 15th century as they became known for international trade and funding the city’s architectural innovations and intellectual advancement. Still synonymous with art patronage today, the Medici’s supported artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi and his ingenious construction of the dome of Florence Cathedral, Leonardo di Vinci, and Michelangelo during his execution of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.
A lifelong athlete and longtime Chicagoan, celebrity trainer and fitness entrepreneur Phoenix Alazam grew up in a bustling, active household with 13 siblings and two parents who inspired her athletic and entrepreneurial pursuits from an early age. “We always just took things outdoors. We weren’t homebodies, we loved adventures,” Phoenix says. “We loved nature and...
Gemologist Grant Mobley shares what you should know if you’re buying a diamond today: This video originally appeared on WFLA News Channel 8   WFLA News Channel 8 Host, Cyndi Edwards: From Instagram posts to celebrity jewelry lines, lab-grown diamonds seem to be popping up everywhere. But what are they and how are they different...
A natural diamond is a billion-year-old miracle of nature that has enduring emotional and financial value, and makes an important global contribution to both the environment and communities.
When buying a diamond the options are clear: the 'real thing'... or synthetic ones, also known as lab-grown, which have no lasting value. 
“Diamonds are one of the hardest minerals on earth, and being a mom is probably the hardest job on earth. I like to honor like with like.”  —Candice Pool Neistat   There was a time, not too long ago, when presents for the birth of a child were a rarity. Only a few lucky ones...
"My design process starts with the diamond ... how am I going to create my design around it? And then I really think about what's wearable because I want it to feel like a part of my lifestyle, and so I think about comfortability and wearability. Certainly, anything that's going into my collection is being worn at every stage of the game."
"My first memory of diamond jewelry was probably sneaking into my mother's room, stealing all of hers — something I still do."
"When women wear jewelry, I want them to feel happy, even empowered. If you wear something that also is special for you, it's like it's a reminder. It's like you are wearing your lucky charm," says Hearts on Fire's Ilaria Lanzoni.
When it comes to diamond jewelry today, most young women are looking for pieces with story, symbolism, and sustainability, not to mention individuality, customization and a little bit of experimentation.   So, what does that mean to you, to your budget and your personal aspirations when it comes to self-purchasing a diamond piece before the big...