Remix founder Tim learns about the 'Four C's' with Van Cleef & Arpels

If you know anything about diamonds you know they’re not all created equal. Remix founder Tim Phin was lucky enough to step away from the desk recently and venture into the wonderous world of Thailand; his days spent viewing the second chapter in the extraordinary Legend of Diamonds collection from Van Cleef & Arpels, getting up close and personal with some of the most coveted diamonds ever discovered and learning all about the ‘Four C’s’. 

While at the exhibition of the Legend of Diamonds Chapter ll Tim and friends of Van Cleef & Arpels attended courses run by L’ECOLE School of Jewellery Arts, allowing a pee kinto the world of high-jewellery curators. The ‘Diamond Grading’ course, taught by highly-knowledgeable gemologists explores how to determine a diamond's characteristics according to the highly-coveted 4 C’s; cut, colour, clarity, and one that we all know and love, carat.

Using high-tech equipment alongside passionate experts, this was a firsthand experience that navigated the delicate art of high-jewellery seen dressing runways and storefronts and getting hands-on with beautifully cut diamonds that Marilyn Monroe sang about. How often is it that you’re handed a pure, carefully cut diamond as a class companion? Continuing to pave the way for curators, collectors, and genuine admirers, Van Cleef & Arpels is a name that never faults. Consistent in both class and elegance, each piece from the Legend of Diamonds Chapter ll Collection is a devotion to compositions both past and present, honing in on deep-rooted tradition and bringing that timelessness to the contemporary world. Although the Legend of Diamonds collection is still travelling, previous collections speak just as loud, so take a look for yourself - Van Cleef & Arpels is nestled on the corner of Queen Street and Customs Street in our very own Auckland CBD. 

The discovery of the Lesotho Legend was an incredible feat for Van Cleef and their groundbreaking Legend of Diamonds collection. Being the fifth-largest rough diamond for both size and quality ever mined, the opportunity to create something of such stature was too unique to pass up on. From the same stone, 67 diamonds were cut, and after four years of curation, 25 unique pieces were created, preserving the Maison’s archetypal elegant designs but adorning it with the extravagance of the Lesotho Legend diamonds.

With beautifully curved lines and intense, deep colours from rubies to sapphires to emeralds, the first chapter in the Legend of Diamonds collection focussed on the bold and the beautiful. Its counterpart however, and the newest of the Van Cleef & Arpels collections, Legend of Diamonds Chapter ll, is a collection devoted to timelessness correlated by 82 colourless, white diamonds with an aptitude for the vintage and the cosmopolitan.