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Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke, Olivia Chantecaille, Annabel Tollman, DJ Chelsea Leyland, and designers Yigal Azrouel and Bibhu Mohapatra were just a few of the glittery cross-section of style setters who flocked to the historical National Arts Club on Tuesday night. The occasion? To celebrate the first time collaboration between the HOUSE of WARIS and Forevermark, and to fete the debut of the showstopping “Center of my Universe” diamond necklace that Waris Ahluwalia created for the brand owned by the De Beers group of companies.. With the central oval stone weighing in at 14.58 karats, and surrounded by a pave of diamonds,the design had absolutely no trouble living up to its namesake – eliciting “oohs” and “ahhhs” from even the most jaded of guest. Not surprisingly, the stone is the largest Forevermark diamond ever featured in a designer collaboration.
As a jazz band played amidst the Belle Epoque, wood paneled decor of the Gramercy Park landmark, who dutifully greeted and air kissed his friends (and he has many) upon arrival, explained that the concept celebrates the notion of a woman as the emotional center of those around her. “And in my experience, women love diamonds more than just about anything,” he smiled. Finally – a man who knows his way to a woman’s heart!