Even if we’re not in the diamond business, most of us have stumbled upon the following distinguished names, at one time or another: The Hope Diamond, The Tiffany Diamond and The Cullinan. Every diamond carries a story – not only the rarest and most expensive ones – but also those diamonds bought to celebrate a significant life event, be it a career leap or a wedding proposal.
Enter The Museum of Named Diamonds (MoND), a non-profit organization established by the jewelry industry to digitally preserve and share the history of the world’s named diamonds. When entering MoND, visitors can register their diamond on the site, and retailers can become Associate Curators for the site by purchasing gift cards and either selling or gifting the cards to clients when they buy a diamond. According to a piece dedicate to MoND in diamonds.net, the idea for the online museum came from Alex Voorhees, MoND’s artistic and technical director. According to him, since all diamonds “all kind of looked alike”, MoND wanted to give people visiting the website not only the chance to name their diamond themselves, but also to tell the story of that diamond.
The MoND website is divided into two – Famous Diamonds (a listing of well-known diamonds that includes a photo and history of that gem) and Personal Diamonds (those that have been named and given a story by the consumer).
In addition to the story, customers can also add artwork if they choose or a video when the diamond is added to the Diamond Registry.
According to the website, if you want to put your own diamond and its story into the Museum, you’ll have to register and pay a $100 registration fee. You will then be prompted to add the name, and any other information you’d like to include.