With Dr. Renee Shevat (Herkimer Diamond Mine Owner) and Designer, Deb Guyot
There's nothing that can bring a a glow to a girl's face like new bling....and when the bling is in the form of Herkimer Diamonds, get ready to really shine! My friends, Designer Deb Guyot, and Herkimer Diamond Mine Owner, Dr. Renee Shevat, have been working around the clock to make the perfect dream earrings for us for our Designer Gallery Birthday Event. By perfect, I mean they capture the the 4 C's of a diamond to utter perfection. The Cut: 100 faceted Kiss Cut. The Color: Colorless. The Clarity: A+ quality The Carat Weight: 10 carat stones. Earring Perfection.
I wanted to ask our dynamic duo, Deb and Renee, to share a little more info about these gorgeous "Girl's Best Friend" earrings that debut on HSN July 15th.
CL: I'm so excited to debut this new "Herkimer Kiss" - Tell us about this new and exciting cut.
DEB GUYOT: This rare new cut has over 100 individual, hand done facets in each stone! The process was a labor of love. It took over a year to mine the A+ quality material in the quantity required for this collection . . . then another 6 months, just to do the cutting. We created a special cut which is a rare 3D, soft trillion. The facets were then done by master craftsman - all by hand! The finished product looks like a sparkling little kiss - with none of the calories!
Well . . . maybe not so little . . . each drop on our TS earring is approximately 10 carats of Herkimer Diamond!
CL: Can you share a little about your collaboration with Renee, the owner of the Herkimer Diamond Mine?
Mohawk River Valley, Herkimer NY
Diamonds in the rough
A bowl of Herkimer Rock Candy
DEB GUYOT: We truly work as a team, each bringing our own unique perspective and skill-set to the table - quite LITERALLY! Our process is really very organic and fun. With this design, as with others - Renee' and I sit down alone together and spread all our concepts and ideas onto a design table. We create a sort of 'think-tank', where we brainstorm and conceptualize new pieces, cuts and concepts. Saying we work closely together on this line, is no understatement. Honestly, that is how some of our best pieces are born! A bonus in the partnership - a genuine friendship has developed. Work is fun for us, especially when you enjoy who you are working with!
We are constantly working in tandem on unique ways to cut this amazing natural wonder. The Herkimer Diamond in its natural state is . . . "perfectly imperfect". Working with master cutters on new and unusual presentations elevates this natural beauty to a whole different level of elegance. It takes this ruggedly-gorgeous stone and brings a refinement to it that will give us endless new design options!
CL: What inspired you to create this beautiful earring?
DEB GUYOT: I wanted to design a new classic - something on-trend but no too trendy. Chic and wearable . . . ageless and timeless. This earring can go to a board meeting or a ballroom. You know I am an earring girl. . . I love the way something sparkly near the face can brighten the beauty of a woman. This earring does all that and more. It dances on the ear with sparkle galore. It is lightweight on the earlobe, colorless and 3 dimensional so it looks great from every angle! The new cut adds so much sparkle to an already bright Herkimer diamond - and the smaller round Herkimer on the lever back, is like the cherry on top! Oh and did I mention . . . it is a 10 carat earring!! Yep - TEN carats in each ear!
Handmade with Love!
CL: What do you look for in the perfect earring?
DEB GUYOT: Versatility, wear-ability and "wow!"-ability! I love an earring that can be worn with whatever style of dress you choose. Ideally, I want to be able to put that earring on with a full neck of gems - or to wear it as a stand-alone.
For me it's about styling options with an earring, and that isn't always easy to find. From a T-shirt to a cocktail dress, I'm thrilled to be able to say I think you can have that with this earring.
CL: How do you want a woman to feel when wearing your Herkimer "Kisses"?
DEB GUYOT: In one word - Beautiful! My hope is that this is an earring that will make her feel as special and unique as she truly is and . . . have an extra pep in her step!
CL: I know you have been working over a year on this project - We can't wait for the premiere of this gorgeous new cut!
DR. RENEE SHEVAT:
This collection debuts an exquisite new cut resembling a multidimensional kiss, emanating soothing energy. The cut presents exceptional clarity, cut, color and carat weight. The pavilion depth of the stone allows light to remain in the stone and directs more light through the crown of the stone. The stone has no inclusions or blemishes. It is very difficult to create the quality and quantity of this cut. It literally consumed over a year to gather the material and six months to cut it. We will not be able to create this quality and quantity of this particular design again for a long while.
The kiss shaped fancy cut Herkimers feature 100 facets per stone.
CL: They really are Dream Earrings!
DR. RENEE SHEVAT: Yes, in fact Herkimer Diamonds are revered for their dream work. It is said that sleeping with a Herkimer Diamond in your pillow case or under your pillow will result in more positive energy and result in avid dreams and dream recall. Some believe that Herkimer Diamonds are capable of completely doing away with nightmares. Many guarantee that dreams will be prolific. In the waking world, the Herkimer Diamond allows one to clearly envision one's dreams for the quality and type of life one wishes to develop.
CL: What is it like working with Deb Guyot and with HSN?
DR. RENEE SHEVAT: It has been truly fun working with Deb. She designs elegant compositions that add character and flexibility to wardrobes. We have developed a friendship beyond professional affiliations which has been equally meaningful. Even our Husbands are very similar both in character and values.
Since there is an Imbalance in demand vs. supply, the Herkimer Diamond has increased in value. We are pleased to have the opportunity in working with HSN to maintain price and sensitivity for the HSN customer.
CL: What do you enjoy most about wearing Herkimers yourself?
DR. RENEE SHEVAT: As the only female mine owner (I believe in the world) it is with special privilege that I share Mother Nature's gift with so many women all over the world. The reason I enjoy wearing them is the same reason many women enjoy wearing them. Herkimer Diamonds have a unique history. They are the oldest stones on the North American Continent. They can only be found in one location, Herkimer, NY. They have exceptional clarity and they are the hardest of quartz crystals. Herkimers are a true American Gem.
<3 Herkimer Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend <3
We are beyond excited to share these beautiful wonders of nature with you! Don't miss the debut of our 20 Carat Herkimer Diamond Kiss Cut Drop Earrings - your new BFF!