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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 02 Dec 2009
TRÉSOR DIAMONDS

There exist a variety of wonders that unfailingly evoke a sense of awe in Man, but there is one particular object that holds the limelight, an item so exquisitely beautiful and precious that it is associated with virtue, purity, wealth and power – worldwide.

Overlooking the capital, Port Louis, sits Fort Adelaide. Named in honour of the wife of William IV of England, it was built between 1834 and 1840 on the large hill known as “Petite Montagne” and was designed to fulfil the tactical purpose of guarding the harbour against enemy attacks. Today, the fort is a treasured historical landmark and the perfect location for Trésor Diamonds, as its imposing, irregular structure and ancient black stone walls, now guard some of the finest gems in the world.

The three rooms that house Trésor Diamonds blend history and beauty and one cannot help but be impressed by the sight of the glittering variety of rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings on display. The wide range of shapes, sizes and colours, help to ensure that everyone can find exactly what they are looking for and Trésor welcomes those who are in search of exclusive items and superior quality.

The diamonds (the word derives from the ancient Greek “adámas”, meaning "unconquerable") at Trésor are from South Africa, a country which has produced some of the largest, best quality and most famous diamonds in the world. Highly trained craftsmen produce a special range of diamonds, precision-cut with utmost care to maximize their brilliance and sparkle, these are known as the “South African Ideal Cut”. In fact, when choosing a diamond the four “Cs” have to be considered; carat, cut, colour and clarity.

The cut is considered to be the most important characteristic of a diamond, because a well proportioned stone, regardless of its shape, offers the greatest brilliance. However, not all diamonds are cut to maximize their brilliance for, in trying to cut as large a diamond as possible, polishers often compromise its potential brilliance.

In contrast, every one of the fifty eight facets of a “South African Ideal Cut” diamond, is masterfully angled to precise specifications, ensuring that light entering from any direction is reflected through the top of the stone, producing the maximum brilliance.

Amongst the diverse collection of jewels is the world’s most brilliant diamond, the Ten-Ten. Each one of its seventy one facets is crafted and aligned, with such mastery, so that the diamond displays a ten “arrow” design when viewed from above and ten “hearts” when viewed from below, making this “super ideal cut” one of the world’s most magnificent.  

Another gemstone that will amaze and entice visitors to Trésor Diamonds is the tanzanite. Tanzanite is the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite which was discovered in 1967 at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This extremely rare stone is noted for its remarkably strong trichroism, that is, a gems ability to appear in three different colours  depending on its orientation. In this case, sapphire blue, violet, or burgundy,

Besides classical jewellery, one may also choose from an assortment of fashionable pieces as Trésor merges age old antiquity with modern art. Black, white and yellow diamonds are blended with pink or white pearls and yellow gold to create truly unique ornaments. An exotic touch may also be derived through the use of jewellery made from materials such as sea shells and coconut.  
Trésor Diamonds is a scintillating world of beauty where the stones seem to be speaking in silent whispers, making the ride uphill to the fort, well worth the trip. Indeed, away from the noise and hubbub of the city, Trésor Diamonds presents you with jewellery that is beyond comparison and allows you to create your very own historical moment; as you step inside you will be immersed in a dazzling world where each moment will be one to treasure.

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