Glitter Rocks

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The French are glad to die for love, and the Barneys ladies will be dying for these new diamonds. Diamond Foundry has announced a new partnership with New York’s iconic department store to present a capsule collection of limited-editions with three of today’s biggest names in jewelry: CVC Stones, Eva Fehren and Nak Armstrong. This collection marks the first time a retailer has collaborated with a cultivated diamond company. (What took so long?)

Barneys New York worked with Diamond Foundry to choose artists for their vision, innovation and dedication to sustainability. Diamond Foundry’s propriety diamond cultivation process opened up design opportunities that are not typically available in the tradition-minded diamond market.

“Working with Diamond Foundry has allowed us to design a new collection with diamond shapes that are very different from our usual round carat ones,” said Charles de Viel Castel of CVC Stones. “We included larger pear and oval shapes as well thanks to their revolutionary process.”

“I love what Diamond Foundry stands for: diamonds that have all the properties of those mined from the earth without the ill effects on the environment or the workers,” said Nak Armstrong. “This collaboration gives me the opportunity to create something with a different focus than my eponymous collection, which is generally color stones rather than diamonds, and to also bring awareness to what is a truly green diamond option in the market place.  I wanted to design simple yet interesting pieces with my signature architectural style that offer a modern way to wear diamond jewelry in a woman’s everyday life.” Armstrong also took inspiration for his collection from the geometric ironwork on the façade of Barneys New York’s historic flagship building in San Francisco. Yes, New Yorkers, there are other cities in America that have good architecture, believe it or not.

Diamond Foundry’s proprietary technology gave Eva Fehren designer Eva Zuckerman the ability to create a unique collection with rare Portrait Cut and champagne diamonds. “I have been collecting Portrait Cut diamonds since the launch of my brand in 2011,” she said.  “They are incredibly rare, and it is almost impossible to source repeatable, geometric shapes. Working with Diamond Foundry gave me an opportunity to create a collection of pieces using the same diamond shapes, and also use pale champagne as well as white stones, which I think are incredibly understated and elegant.” How can you go wrong with any stone named after champagne?

The collection will be available starting October 25th exclusively at select Barneys New York locations as well as and consists of 19 SKUs – 8 from CVC Stones, 6 from Eva Fehren and 5 from Nak Armstrong – including pendant necklaces, bracelets, earrings and home objects, with prices ranging from $675 to $18,800.

Visit Barneys New York’s website at

Photos courtesy of Barneys PR office. 


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