For centuries, rough diamonds were the exclusive privilege of kings and queens, said to protect, bring good luck and prosperity. De Beers pioneered the introduction of rough diamonds into modern jewellery with the launch of the Talisman Collection. Inspired by legend, the Talisman Collection is the purest expression of De Beers design philosophy and has passed into the realm of iconic contemporary classic.
The Talisman Collection, with its sophisticated and raw elegance, was conceived as an homage to nature. Each piece is studded proudly with rough, coloured diamonds, in delicate earth tones, resonating with enchantment – a reminder of the earliest role of the diamond as magical amulet. Each Talisman jewel, with its distinctive, irregular, organic outline, includes diamonds in subtle tones of brown, grey, yellow and green, their secretive sheen counterbalanced by the light of polished white diamonds.
The collection is sophisticated, romantic and feminine, with slender bands and bangles, pendants and earrings. Into the mix of rough and polished diamonds is a scattering of rose-cut diamonds, bringing another dimension to the intriguing subtleties of luminosity and sheen. The rose is the classic antique cut, introduced in the sixteenth century and popular particularly through the eighteenth century when it sparkled flirtatiously with candlelight and intrigue. Designed to resemble an opening rosebud, this rose-cut showcases the versatility of a diamond. Only the finest diamonds with the highest grade of clarity can be used because of the nature of the shallow cut.
For over 125 years De Beers’ diamond experts have had the privilege of seeing many of nature’s most beautiful rough and polished diamonds. Our experts are uniquely positioned with the knowledge and trained eyes to select the one-in-a-thousand rough diamond that possesses sufficient character and beauty to be selected for the Talisman Collection. Shaped only by nature, each rough diamond is hand-chosen for its unique beauty, vibrancy of colour, soft shapes and natural brilliance.
The collection has pioneered a unique setting, the serti poincon or ‘hallmark’ setting, in which hand-raised points of gold grip the diamond, lifting it above the surface, allowing light to enter but also bringing a rugged hand-hammered, ancient texture to the white and yellow gold in which the diamonds are embedded, as if growing out of a rugged rock face.
The Talisman jewels possess a primeval sophistication, agelessly ancient and contemporary, both raw and refined. Organic, understated, yet with all the emotion and power of the diamond, the Talisman Collection has changed perceptions of diamond jewellery. Elegant and sophisticated, this collection was created with the modern woman in mind.