Hollywood Insiders on the Emotional Side of Diamonds

It’s true that diamond’s are a girl’s best friend, especially on the red carpet. There’s no other stone so synonymous with the glamour of Old Hollywood, nor one that has greater sentimental value—diamonds are always there to celebrate all of life’s biggest moments. Beyond engagement rings, owning diamond jewelry is a rite of passage— many times these precious, one-of-a-kind pieces are passed down from generation to generation, becoming beloved heirlooms.

In honor of the most timeless of bijoux, we’ve asked industry insiders to share their own diamond stories. Below, some of the experts responsible for keeping stars fresh-faced, well-appointed, and impeccably coiffed tell us what their most precious piece means to them.

1

Sarah Slutsky, stylist

“My Nonnie—Grandmother—gave me a very special heart-shaped diamond necklace after my Zayde—Grandfather—passed away. He gave it to her as an anniversary gift and she wore it every day. When she gave it to me, I had it updated on a very long rose gold chain. On casual days, I can wear it securely underneath my top. On more formal occasions, I double wrap the chain and it sits beautifully at my collarbone. It’s so special to me—I never leave home without it.”

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2

Dalia Oberlander, founder of Latest Revival, an online retailer of estate and luxury jewelry

“For my 17th birthday, my mother offered me the opportunity to explore her jewelry box and select my favorite pieces. I was drawn to a delicate diamond ring and a thick gold panther-inspired band. I loved the delicate diamonds along with the presence of the powerful animal stacked on top of one another: Fierce yet delicate, strong yet subtle. I modeled the rings on my finger, swooning all the while. I imagine my mother got a kick out of my display, and that’s why she chose to gift the pieces to me. I wear the rings together daily as a talisman.”

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Adir Abergel, hairstylist

“My most special diamond is the engagement ring given to me by my husband, Marcelo (left). We were in Cinque Terre, Italy, walking along the Via dell’Amore—it’s known as the lovers’ pathway. Marcello got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. The diamonds are in a myriad of colors, in rough and polished cuts, and set with gold prongs. He chose this ring because it represents every part of me he loves—the light, the dark, the rough, the smooth and the shiny. I wear it every day.”

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Vanessa Hernandez, aesthetician

“My first diamond ring was given to me by my godmother Gloria when I was 12. She was very eclectic, and would always wear a bunch of different rings—almost every finger had a ring on it. Some were gold, some were silver, maybe one was copper. But I always noticed this really fine gold ring with a diamond in the middle of it—it looked like a piece of art. One day, she decided to hand it down to me—I had such excitement and appreciation for this beautiful gift. I still have it today; it will always bring me back to my childhood and my memories with her.”

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