Throughout history, across seas, deserts and whole continents, the diamond has held a mesmerising mystique, associated with mythical gods and demons, kings and queens, battles and romances. Mystical, naturally formed and billions of years old, diamonds are potent symbols of power, eternity, success and happiness, claiming powers unknowable to those not fortunate enough to possess such beauty. The inspirations for De Beers collections traverse time and space: from the Lily Collection, informed by the wayward glamour of the Bright Young Things, to the DB Classic Collection, in which timelessly traditional designs are renewed and reinvigorated with contemporary verve and elegance.
The Talisman Collection is exemplary of De Beers Diamond Jewellers’ pioneering use of the rough diamond in modern jewellery. Such rough diamonds were for centuries the exclusive reserve of kings and queens to protect and adorn themselves. In a fast-paced world, the collection grounds the wearer and creates a bond with the spirituality of other eras. The collection is timeless, both redolent of the nostalgic superstition of times past, and yet each piece is an easy-to-wear contemporary masterpiece, sitting as comfortably on a catwalk in 2011 as it would around the neck of the notorious diamond devotee Catherine de Medici.