A Glittering Evening with Tiffany and Co.

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As the work week came to a close, a small group of 50 or so attendees gathered at Flutes, at the National Museum of Singapore, for an exclusive cocktail event hosted by Tiffany & Co. The decor immediately set the tone for the evening - each long table was draped in white and adorned with tall floral arrangements of white roses and cascading Phalaenopsis orchids, and one could have easily mistaken the private event for a wedding solemnisation.

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Every guest was greeted at the door by Tiffany & Co. staff, and presented with a little doorgift in a small brown leather pouch. The doorgift would come in handy later in the evening. Guests were then ushered to empty seats at the long tables where they could relax, champagne flutes in hand, until the evening's events began.

Along one wall of the interior stood four Tiffany blue podiums. The left-most podium held an iPad with information on Tiffany's rich heritage. Immediately to its right was a podium with four glittering engagement rings - each featuring a different cut (princess, oval, heart and emerald). The third podium featured a Tiffany-blue backdrop and spotlights, where guests could try on the rings and take ring-selfies. The final podium was topped with blue desserts. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

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The opposing wall was lined with glass displays encasing wedding bands, men's watches, necklaces and more.

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As dinner was served, a few videos played, introducing Tiffany & Co's history. Tanya, an independent gemologist who's been in the industry for 35 years, then took the stage to share some information about diamonds. We've picked out 10 of the most interesting and useful tidbits for you:

  1. Diamonds lose about about 50-60% of their mass when they are cut and polished.
     
  2. A 1 carat diamond with the highest quality colour grading ("D") is exceedingly rare - 1 in 7 million.
     
  3. It is almost impossible to distinguish diamonds with "E" and "F" colour gradings from diamonds with a "D" colour grading, with the naked eye. This is an area that you can compromise on.
     
  4. In order to determine a diamond's true colour, the pavilion of the diamond (the lower portion) must be observed under a particular type of light placed a specific distance from the diamond.
     
  5. Historically, merchants used to describe the highest colour grading of their diamonds as "A". Over time, they began using ratings such as "AA" and "AAA". To avoid confusion, the "A" rating scale was scrapped entirely and the top grade was labelled "D", which stands for "Devoid of Colour".
     
  6. A raw diamond comes in the form of an octahedral crystal which looks like two pyramids with their bases stuck together. It may come with yellow spots where it has been coloured by nitrogen. These yellow spots are cut away.
     
  7. Every natural diamond has unique inclusions. They help gemologists identify the diamond as natural instead of synthetic, and act like fingerprints, allowing each individual diamond to be identified.
     
  8. When a diamond falls on the cusp of a clarity or colour grade, most diamond merchants will bump up the category of the diamond to the higher grading. Tiffany & Co. categorises the diamond under the lower clarity or colour grading, in order to ensure that the standards of each grading category are preserved.
     
  9. Proportions and how diamonds are cut play an important role in determining a diamond's radiance. Diamonds that are too deep or too shallow do not reflect light well, so even if you spend more on a deep diamond or less on a shallow one, you will end up with a diamond that's dull. Tiffany & Co. is very particular and does not compromise on the proportions, precision and polishing of its diamonds.
     
  10. Tiffany & Co. has a very small diamond laboratory to ensure that their diamonds are graded and their accompanying certificates are issued consistently by the same team of experts.

At the end of the talk, Tanya asked all the guests to open the little leather pouch we had received as doorgifts. Inside the pouch was a little jeweller's loupe, which Tanya taught the guests to use. Guests were then invited to try on and examine various Tiffany & Co. engagement rings at their leisure, as the evening began to wind down.

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Fashion blogger and clicknetwork.tv host, Andrea Chong.

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We took the opportunity to chat with some of the guests towards the end of the night, and here's what they had to say:

Sharon and Mark
Sharon: I have a Tiffany Setting ring. Mark didn't need to spend too much time choosing the ring - he went straight for the Tiffany Setting, it's simple and classic.

Zuo Yi and Kaiteng (friends)
Zuo Yi: We found the talk really interesting! We came here not knowing anything about diamonds so we learned a lot. I don't like the classic shape, I like the princess cut. Kaiteng likes the heart cut!

Faith and Sam
Faith: I used to think that an "F" colour grade should be the minimum standard for an engagement ring diamond, but I saw an "I" grade Tiffany & Co. diamond and I was really very impressed! The price difference is so significant so I think it's important for guys to know that diamonds outside the D-F range can also be very beautiful. You can spend the difference on the honeymoon! The Tiffany & Co. colour, cut and clarity is very good, the diamond looks bigger than the actual carat weight. I'm very impressed.

Lijun and Darrelle (friends)
Lijun: I enjoyed this event, the setup was beautiful and comfortable and we were able to look at and try on certain pieces. The general information as a whole was a helpful introduction, seeing as I didn't know much about diamonds.
Darrelle: Of course, as a woman, it is hard not to get excited by jewellery and diamonds! I think the most important thing I learned was coming to understand how difficult it is not just to find a good diamond, but to be able to process it to make it as beautiful as it can possibly be.

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{This feature is brought to you in collaboration with Tiffany & Co.}


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