US -based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus released its 87th editon of their ‘Neiman Marcus Christmas Book‘ and this year, it collaborated with Forevermark and Maria Canale, award-winning designer of the Maria Canale for Forevermark collection to present their “Ultimate Diamond Experience” for two. A 25-carat rough diamond found on the coast of Namibia will be sold for $1,850,000, and with the purchase of the diamond, you will have a chance to follow its remarkable voyage, from its place of discovery to its setting in your bespoke jewelry by Maria Canale.
Read below to see what the package includes.
Following your first-class flight to London and a stay at a five star hotel, take a helicopter tour to the De Beers group of companies headquarters. Here, receive your 25.83 carat rough diamond, hand-selected by Forevermark experts. Meet with a master diamond craftsman to discuss how he will unleash its hidden brilliance, resulting in a polished gem of approximately 11-13 carats in the shape of your choice. Learn about the unique number to be invisibly inscribed on your diamond, and bestow upon your diamond the name that it will carry forever.
In the evening, receive a private tour of the British Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, followed by dinner in the private Queen’s House with CEO of the De Beers group of companies Philippe Mellier, Forevermark CEO Stephen Lussier, and designer Maria Canale.
Your first class journey continues to South Africa, a country that has benefitted tremendously from the discovery of diamonds.
Enjoy a stay at a historic boutique hotel in Johannesburg, then take a private charter to Kimberley, the historic home of diamonds in South Africa. Step back into history and take in the town at the heart of the diamond rush of the 19th century. Explore an underground mine tunnel and view extraordinary rough diamonds.
Depart for Oranjemund – the birthplace of your exceptional treasure – situated in southwest Namibia. In this country, diamonds are mined on land and at sea; the Orange River carried diamonds from the center of South Africa to the Atlantic coast millions of years ago, depositing them across the ocean floor.
Tour the ship where your diamond was mined and witness how diamonds from the seabed at depths of 300 to 450 feet are discovered.
Following their discovery, experience how diamonds are sorted and selected in the rough before being supplied to diamond craftsmen for manufacturing in Namibia.
In Windhoek, visit a children’s education development project, supported by De Beers group of companies’ Namdeb Foundation, and see first-hand the benefits your diamond has brought to the local community.
The next stop on this incredible journey is Tswalu, a stunning luxury lodge in South Africa which actively conducts conservation work and is owned by the Oppenheimer family, historic owners of the De Beers group of companies. Enjoy the endless African skies while taking in breathtaking landscapes and indigenous fauna.
Following two luxurious nights at Tswalu, fly first class from Johannesburg to New York City.
Returning to the US, meet with world-renowned diamond jewelry designer Maria Canale at her showroom in New York City, designing together your bespoke jewelry to feature this truly exceptional Forevermark diamond.
Not Shabby huh?