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Millions in Diamonds Turn The Menil Into a Jewelry Fantasyland — U.S. Debut of New De Beers Collection Wows

And You Can See Them at The Galleria

BY // 10.24.21
photography Johnny Than

For one glorious evening, the splendor of De Beers Jewellers’ Reflections of Nature collection merged with the riches of The Menil Collection for a celebration of the junction between art, culture, style and society. The museum tableau was awash in diamonds, not only those worn by models in gowns, but diamond jewels available for wear for keepsake photos.

And, oh how the ladies, in a Cinderella moment, lined up to be photographed in the magnificent jewels.

The dazzling presentation of the latest high-jewelry collection from the venerable house of natural diamonds served as the stateside debut in the collection’s global tour. The 39 pieces — combining white diamonds and fancy color, rough and polished — on view during the museum cocktail party will be available at the De Beers Jewellers boutique in The Houston Galleria through October 31.

Entrepreneur and SheSpace founder Stephanie Tsuru chaired the evening that saw more than 100 cocktail-attired guests strolling the museum galleries and perusing the diamond offerings. Tsuru herself was adorned in a selection of the De Beers pieces.

A string quartet entertained while wait staff from Swift + Co. wafted through the museum carrying trays of tempting hors d’oeuvres and champagne.

Each of the five models, dressed in gowns from Tootsies, represented one of the five spectacular sets in the collection — Okavango Grace, Motlatse Marvel, Namib Wonder, Landers Radiance and Ellesmere Treasure. The talk of the party was the $4.5 million ring centered with a rare blue diamond. That amazing piece was worn by one of the models, all of whom were under the watchful eyes of security.

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0192_De Beers_102121_JT (Photo by Johnny Than)
Models in gowns from Tootsies are adorned with millions of dollars of magnificent diamond jewels from De Beers Jewellers on display at The Menil Collection. (Photo by Johnny Than)

While Kristy Bradshaw, Leigh Smith and Christina Hsu were among the ladies styling the jewels for photos, Fady Armanious was likely the only gent to try on diamond necklaces atop his black satin shirt and Ann Demeulemeester cobalt jacket. “Diamonds are unisex, they’re for everyone,” he noted.

Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, while admiring the ethically sourced diamonds, declined to sample the beautiful wares. “I’m afraid to touch anything,” he said. “I’m known to break things.”

Though it was doubtful that anything would be broken, it was breathtaking to try on the $500,000 necklace with the $100,000 earrings. The ladies truly swooned over the unique pieces, some of them with an eye toward purchasing one.

PC seen: Frank Tsuru, Kati and Jeff Tsu, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, Angela Tsi, Stephanie Tsuru, Reggie Smith, Gayla Gardner, Melissa Mithoff, Katie Tsuru, Heidi Gerger, Kathrine Treistman, Kylee and Ben Siaw, Faye Xu, Andrew Cordes, Luba and Alan Bigman, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Alicia Smith, Adrian Duenas, Bailey Tsuru and De Beers store director Rene Chapman-Wood along with Daniela Balzano-Hull, De Beers director in from New York.

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