Museum of Named Diamonds Reveals Second Most Romantic Gift, For Valentine’s Day

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The Museum of Named Diamonds (“MoND”) showcases, online, both famous stones such as the Hope Diamond, and also personalized diamonds, whose names have been officially recorded, together with the story of that diamond and the relationship it represents.

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“The diamond itself of course is forever,” said Olson. “Now the relationship it represents can be formally tied to that diamond forever, through a personalized name, along with the story of the relationship.”

The Museum of Named Diamonds, the jewelry industry’s official registry of diamond names, announced today “the second most romantic gift a woman can receive.”

“Every woman knows that the most romantic gift is a diamond,” explained Krista Olson, Executive Director. “A diamond is a symbol of love, of a relationship. But it’s now possible to give the second-most romantic gift: the naming of that diamond.”

The Museum of Named Diamonds (“MoND”) showcases, online, both famous stones such as the Hope Diamond, and also personalized diamonds, whose names have been officially recorded, together with the story of that diamond and the relationship it represents.

“The diamond itself of course is forever,” said Olson. “Now the relationship it represents can be formally tied to that diamond forever, through a personalized name, along with the story of the relationship.”

Anyone can officially name their diamond, provided the name is not already taken. For example, a diamond cannot be named Hope, or Star of India, because those names are already in use. Typically, a name is chosen that connects the diamond to the relationship it represents, and reflects a special memory or emotion.

“When a woman’s diamond is named, it promotes it to something more than a commodity,” said Olson. “It becomes literally a museum piece—not because of its size or history, but because the story of the relationship is preserved—forever. That’s why we think it’s the second most romantic gift a woman can receive.”

The MoND Store sells diamond naming gift cards at http://www.nameddiamonds.org/giftcard.

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Background information on the museum of named diamonds:

The Museum of Named Diamonds(“MoND”) was created in 2015 to serve as the diamond industry’s official registry of formally-named diamonds. The Museum has been officially designated as the industry’s registry of diamond names by the World Diamond Mark Foundation of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses, the governing body of the world diamond industry.

The Museum’s Board of Governors consists of William Boyajian, formerly president of the Gemological Institute of America; Jacques Voorhees, founder of Polygon, the first online business-to-business trading platform for diamonds, and Jeffrey Fischer, President Emeritus of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association.

Serving as consultants are Robert Procop, gem expert and editor-in-chief of the newest edition of Ian Balfour’s authoritative “Famous Diamonds” tome; and Dr. Jack Ogden, an expert in diamond history and formerly Secretary General to CIBJO (the World Jewelry Confederation), and formerly CEO of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.

How diamond names, and stories, connect a diamond to the relationship it symbolizes:

Couples who decide to name their diamond typically choose a name that connects the diamond to the relationship, via a special memory, emotion, or otherwise. For example, one couple chose “Strawberry Harvest” because the man earned the money to afford the diamond, by picking strawberries one summer. Another chose “Sea Otter” because of the way Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep at night, and this couple does the same thing. The name for the “Just In Time” diamond was chosen because the couple had been simply friends for many years, but discovered “just in time” that they were also in love. See more examples of personalized diamond names, and their accompanying stories, here.    

How the museum preserves diamond names, and their stories, forever:

Diamonds showcased in the Museum are also encoded into the Blockchain—the open-source, mathematics-based technology which among other things powers bitcoin—and which is being increasingly used by global corporations to preserve records forever. When something is written into the Blockchain it is recorded for all time on thousands of synchronized computers around the world. Thus the names and stories registered at the Museum of Named Diamonds will last as long as the diamond itself. The diamond name, the story, and the relationship they symbolize, become timeless. It is far more powerful than carving a heart on a tree, with a pair of initials inside. Learn more about the Blockchain here.

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