Following the success of last year’s inaugural Love Ball, Natalia Vodianova and Lucy Yeomans, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK, last February 24 hosted The Love Ball, proudly supported by De Beers in aid of the Naked Heart Foundation.
Natalia Vodianova was radiant in a stunning De Beers necklace made of pear-cut diamonds, totalling over 122 carats.
The glittering event was attended by the worlds of fashion, art and high society including Kate Moss, Joely Richardson, Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Hurley, Diane von Furstenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Mario Testino, Matthew Williamson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ernesto Bertarelli and Mariacarla Boscono, stunning in the beautiful Arabesque earrings and cuff from De Beers Guests admired the centrepiece of the event and evening’s charity auction, The Magic Moment necklace, designed by Natalia herself and created by De Beers.
Inspired by the precious moment when two people meet, Natalia recalled the famous love poem by Pushkin (A Magic moment I remember…) when designing the piece. Natalia also wanted to capture her own magic moment, the instant she saw the children’s happiness and excitement at the first playground opened by the Naked Heart Foundation.
“Designing this piece with De Beers was an experience I will treasure forever. Creating something so precious that truly represents my passion for the Naked Heart Foundation was a unique opportunity for which I will be eternally grateful.” Natalia Vodianova.
“We are honoured to have been able to support The Naked Heart Foundation and are proud that the beautiful Magic Moment necklace contributed to Natalia’s spectacular evening of fundraising. Her natural elegance and flair made this piece truly exquisite and we hope that the new owner will treasure it not only for its breathtaking beauty but also for the generosity of spirit it represents. This fantastic evening was truly a magical moment, and the start of a wonderful collaboration between De Beers and The Naked Heart Foundation”, François Delage, CEO of De Beers Diamond Jewellers.
The delicate diamond studded chains of The Magic Moment necklace gently encircle the body and capture two De Beers pink and white heart shaped diamonds, a reference to love ensnaring and seizing a heart at that magical moment.
The central pendant features a 1.10 carat fancy intense pink heart-shaped diamond, paired with a 3.06 carat white heart-shaped diamond, hand set in delicate micropavé adding texture and depth. The pendant dances elegantly on a chain of white gold, studded with white, pink and yellow diamonds, part of the chain is detachable for versatility.
The Magic Moment necklace can be worn either as an intricate statement or as a sophisticated pendant. The necklace was displayed throughout the evening, allowing guests the opportunity to admire the expert craftsmanship and diamond selection that epitomises De Beers Diamond Jewellery, and guests were entertained by Leona Lewis, Sharleen Spiteri, Yusuf Islam and Paloma Faith During the evening, this one of a kind piece was auctioned along with bespoke pieces of art by the likes of Tracey Emin, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Peter Blake, Jeff Koons, Marc Quinn and Anselm Reyle.