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1. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds, the psychedelic, mesmerizing Lennon-McCartney classic that was inspired by a young Julian Lennon’s nursery school drawing.

2. Kick-ass diamond heist movies like Snatch or Ocean’s 8. Yes, the necklace that Sandra Bullock and friends steal is real and was created by a team of expert high jewelry craftsmen at Cartier’s workshop in Paris. Time to put a crew together?

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band AlbumVia Rolling Stone

3. Gorgeous diamond-inspired architecture around the world - my favorite is Daniel Libeskind’s work at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

4. The Antwerp Diamond Heist, an actual real $100-million diamond heist. We’re not condoning heisting, but what could inspire this sort of brazen gambit other than big, sparkly diamonds? 

Royal Ontario MuseumVia Architectural Digest

5. This iconic Oscar’s performance of "Shallow" when Lady Gaga wore one of the finest and largest yellow diamonds in the world, the stunning 128-carat Tiffany Diamond.

6. The queen of them all, the Hope Diamond. If you’re ever in Washington, DC, you have to stop into the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and see this marvel in person. I’ll never forget the first time I caught a glimpse of this special stone, back in the summer of 2012. I still think about that day!

Lady Gaga Tiffany DiamondVia Vogue

7. Diamond superpowers? It’s true! The Egyptians, Romans and other ancient cultures all ascribed supernatural properties to diamonds, such as invincibility or the power to cure sickness. 

8. Watch how the 302-carat Graff Lesedi La Rona (the world’s largest square-shaped, emerald-cut diamond) was faceted from rough material. Warning, this video is breathtakingly beautiful.

Graff Lesedi La Rona DiamondVia Graff

9. The Imperial State Crown, one of the fabulous Crown Jewels of the UK. Specifically, the astonishing 2,868 diamonds that decorate the crown (along with 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies of course). Among the largest stones are the 317-carat (63.4 g) Cullinan II diamond, added to the crown in 1909.

10. And of course, the diamond-studded pieces featured in our Sarah Martinez collection. Sleek Empire Baguette Studs, the one-of-a-kind Fénix Necklace, and the sweetest Twin Sisters Trillion Studs.

Empire Baguette Diamond StudsVia Sarah Martinez Fine Jewelry




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