Diamonds have always had an intimate relationship with women. The famous phrase "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" sung by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is still referenced by a generation of youth who may not have even seen the 1953 film. While the satin pink dress and gloves will always be iconic, we’ve come a long way from the boudoir image of a blonde woman draped in diamonds.

The latest publication from Assouline and the Natural Diamond Council, "Diamonds: Diamond Stories" is a chronicle of the precious stones evolution through time, from the creative innovations of talented young jewellers like Messika and Anita Ko to the renowned jewellery houses Boucheron and Chopard. More than being a best friend, diamonds have been a symbol of the times. In the foreword by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, he puts into perspective where we’ve arrived in the ever-changing landscape of luxury: “In today’s world, diamonds are as entrenched in luxury, glamour and aspiration as they have been through history, but as the representations of those ideals are changing, so is the diamond.” Accessibility and diversity have opened up a new chapter in its history, and celebrities like Rihanna and hip-hop artists Migos clad in diamond rings and necklaces join the iconic ranks enjoyed by Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.

Messika by Pierre Vérez

The hardback captures the natural stone’s incredible beauty with stunning photography, insightful interviews, and an in-depth account of the diamond’s many famous forms (Hope Diamond, we’re looking at you!) Just as diamonds no longer belong to royal families and high-society, consider this coffee table book one for every home.

Buy Diamonds: Diamond Stories by Assouline and Natural Diamond Council here

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