July 14, 2004
NCDIA Admits Seven New Members
The Natural Color Diamond Association named seven new members. The group, in existence less than a year, promotes to consumers the natural quality and color available in diamonds. The new members are Suna Bros.,U.S.; Bailey Banks & Biddle, U.S.; Whint & Kidd, United Kingdom; Dalumi, Israel; Mouawad, Switzerland; Forestone, France; and the Uchihara Group, Japan. They join members Hans Krieger, Kashikey, Kuwayama, Louis Glick, Michael Werdiger, Rio Tinto, BHP and Rosy Blue.
NCDIA also held its first international fashion show on July 6 in Antwerp, featuring the work of six jewelry designers and two clothing designers. They included Belgian clothing designer Dries Van Noten's Smoke collection, gowns by Vera Wang and jewelry by Rosiblu, Kashikey, Roberto Coin, Mouawad, Michael Werdiger and Tamara Comolli.
"This event, which will be staged again next year, is to promote natural colored diamonds from pastel to fancy vivid as a fashion statement," says Dilip Mehta, president and CEO, Rosy Blue and vice president of NCDIA. "They are valuable and trendy, they can be fun and classy. Align them, mix them with whites, match them with your clothes. The combinations are endless."
Former Miss World Diana Hayden opened the show with the Tamarine necklace by Rosiblu, Rosy Blue's flagship brand, which features a rainbow of fancy yellow, brown and pink diamonds in all fancy shapes. Hayden wore styles from Dries Van Noten's summer collection. Models presented a Glaze of Cognac suite, using Hans Krieger jewelry and fancy yellows, browns and orangish browns, as well as designer Jennifer Phelps Montgomery's jewelry for Michael Werdiger in shades of cognac, wheat, pastel yellows and pinks.
A Dash of Cinnamon story featured a potpourri of colored diamond tints in German designer Tamara Comolli's reversible Capuccino Cross, Mouawad's white and brown briolette set, Roberto Coin's multicolor diamonds sets and Disegno Emme's theatrical and artistic pieces uniting all-natural elements with colored diamonds.
The two last looks presented on models were Tints of Brown and Champagne Bubbles using Kashikey's Brown Collection combined with clothing designer Dries Van Noten's Smoke collection; and Rosiblu's new Circles Colored Diamond Collection paired with the gowns of Vera Wang, the U.S. apparel designer who is also a Rosy Blue jewelry licensing partner. The grand finale featured a Vera Wang wedding gown and Rosiblu's Circles Colored Diamond tiara, blending white and colors in a bridal look.
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