Growing up from the age of fourteen on, a lot of my time was spent around diamond and fine jewelry merchants like my father, who traveled the world buying and selling precious gems. It was really amazing seeing the numerous cultures and hearing and learning the various languages. Those experiences are really what sparked and inspired my admiration and love for fine jewelry and precious gemstones.
My dad made it a point to take me to see some of the world’s most famous diamonds. What stuck me odd about our adventures was that most of these lauded gemstones were located in America? It’s still a mystery as to how that transpired. But I digress…
Some of my more memorable moments were the time my father took me to see the Hope Diamond. We were simply in awe of this naturally beautiful 45.52 carat deep-blue diamond. That’s one of those rare gemstones that we can only dream of having as a family heirloom.
The next was seeing the Tiffany Diamond; talk about amazingly breathtaking, the Tiffany Diamond is truly a remarkable work of art. Most people are not aware that the Tiffany Diamond was evaluated and studied for an entire year before the cutting process was even started.
The gemologist, George F. Kunz, mapped out a brilliant design yielding a fiery “One hundred and twenty-eight, point five four” carats. The Tiffany Diamond was given ninety facets, forty on the crown; forty-eight on the pavilion and of course the culet and the table. Altogether, this meticulously cut diamond has a rich fluorescent aura encompassing it.
If we could make all of our dreams come true; one of my dreams would be to find a naturally colored diamond that size, either blue or yellow and craft it into one of the world’s most famous masterpieces.
At some point, I’d like to see all of the world’s most famous diamonds and put together in a documentary that would trace how they were discovered and chronicling their travels from the diamond mines into the hands of the gemologists and then to their final destinations.
What really impacted my views and perspective of the diamond trade? That was the day I learned about Blood Diamonds. If you don’t know it, there is a type or source of diamonds called, “Blood diamonds, conflict diamonds or war diamonds.” Unbeknownst to many diamond buyers is the fact that they may be unwittingly purchasing these Blood Diamonds. These diamonds are acquired through forced labor and brutal bloodshed. Consequently, every diamond buyer has an obligation to ascertain they are not buying these Blood Diamonds.
My first major publishing project actually involves a book and a movie. I’ve been working on the book for about six years to date. It’s a chronology of my travels with brilliants stories about the people I’ve met, the diamonds, fine jewelry and the astounding gemstones that I’ve had the opportunities to see and touch. You will be immersed with the narratives and the pictures taken by a world-class photographer. The book is due out by the end of 2010.
The movie, which is a deal in the workings; evolves around a gem thief slash lothario who has left his calling card all over the world. His exploits make George Clooney and the Ocean’s Eleven crew look like little leaguers. This is the true story of a celebrated gem thief who never got caught. Every heist was a cat and mouse game with the police, security details, intricate alarms and women who longed for just one more touch of this maestro’s magic. While planning and staging these impossible heists, the daring thief and silky smooth playboy took pleasure in seducing women who unwittingly became participants in his secret plans, yet, like his victims, none of his lovers realized what had happened.
The thief takes us on a journey from his childhood days of learning how to become the type of cat burglar no one could catch, to the days of basking in his bounty. He now enjoys life cruising in his 415 foot yacht and flying around the world in his custom made Bombardier Global Express private jet. Now one of the richest men in the world, the gem thief evaded detection and capture, left no fingerprints, no DNA and made no mistakes. Who is this mystery man? You’ll soon find out and his identity will shock you!