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Tone: Sophisticated, Evocative of 20th century language and Harry Winston elegance
Rythm: Fast, Light
Voice type: Older, Gentleman-like, story telling
Usage: Intended for web; perpetuity
Dates: November 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th
Reading should convey a feeling that your grandfather is sitting you down to tell the story of Harry Winston’s romanticized life, and the diamonds he gathered. It should provide the viewer with comfort and awe, the way one would feel if it was a story of their own grandfather that cultivated this legend that remains prominent today. An ability to make a viewer/listener ‘feel’ the story is key to this piece.
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United States, Connecticut, United States, New Jersey, United States, New York,
“I suppose it is what I’ve been seeking for all these years. A jewel more perfect than the most perfect jewel in the world.”
Part I - Introduction of HW
The search for perfection began with a diamond in the rough. A 12-year-old boy’s instinct recognized the splendor others did not. He purchased a 25 cent stone from a local pawn shop. Two days later, he sold the same stone for $800 dollars. That boy was Harry Winston.
It would be decades before Mr. Winston’s collection rivaled that of the British royal family, however the legacy of America’s jeweler was born. Harry Winston saw something in diamonds no untrained eye had ever seen before. His judgement and intuition transformed rough diamonds into acclaimed stones.
Part II- History that supports the HW Legacy
Mr. Winston entered the international diamond scene with the enormous 726 carat, uncut Jonker Diamond. It was to be the first major piece cleaved in America - a challenge and risk that Mr. Winston would take on as his own. The Jonker was successfully split, resulting in twelve incredible diamonds. The largest - the breath taking Jonker I -became the first official diamond in the Winston Collection.
The next to catch his eye sent the American collector on a 20,000 mile transatlantic adventure. Determined to acquire the recently discovered Brazilian beauty - the Vargas - Mr. Winston began his chase. He boarded a plane for Rio, discovering upon landing that the stone had already shipped to Antwerp. Determined, he boarded a faster ship, and beat the jewel to Antwerp where he was able to purchase the Vargas before it was officially available for sale.
The chase for perfection continued in Paris. This time, for a stone that had disappeared from history for over 300 years: the Idol’s Eye. Shortly after he acquired the stone he added the infamous Hope Diamond, Star of the East, and Indore Pears to his growing collection.
These were soon joined by the equally famous set of Arcot diamonds with the purchase of the Westminster Tiara. In the Winston Collection, they took the form of two individual rings, admired by anyone who laid eyes on them.
With the continuing growth of his legacy, Mr. Winston realized the potential impact and importance of his collection. It was only right that he share the beauty and wonder of his diamonds. This initiated the Court of Jewels, a magnificent traveling collection of his prized gems. People gathered to catch a glimpse of the famous and rare jewels of his collection: The Hope, the Indore Pears, the Star of the East and the stone that started it all: the Jonker I.
Of all the diamonds to pass through the master’s hands, only one was bestowed with the Winston name. A colorless stone cut into a single piece, the flawless diamond was a taste of perfection that had always captivated Mr. Winston. To him, it was what “man had done to perfect nature.”
The legacy of a Winston stone drew the attention of living icons. The Taylor-Burton diamond was named for the famed actress and made its debut on the red carpet at the 1970s Academy Awards. The making of a Winston diamond became a national spectacle with the live cleaving of the Lesotho diamond. The 601 carat stone yielded 18 unique pieces, one of which would later grace the finger of a Ms. Jacqueline Kennedy.
For the country’s bicentennial, Mr. Winston dedicated two stones to the celebration: The Washington Diamond and the Star of Independence. With the latter, his ability to feel the potential for a single perfect stone within a few minutes of inspection, demonstrated the same intrinsic sense of the twelve year old boy who saw two carats in 25 cents.
Each stone to pass through Harry Winston has become a testament to the sublime treasures of earth, and a search for perfection. With Winston’s expert eye, judgement, and intuition, several of the world’s most celebrated diamonds were cut, shaped, and transformed into legendary stones.
Part III - Current day Salon
“I want the public to know more about precious gems...people forget that a good diamond, ruby, or emerald, however small, is a possession to be prized for generations.”
Harry Winston had a vision for diamonds that transcended time. His sense for perfection in diamonds persisted through the years, resulting in a catalog that
that defines beauty and elegance.
Part IV - Legacy Diamond reveal
His legacy continues with 101 carats of unimaginable elegance. Cut from a stone of flawless color, a pear-shaped diamond, described as absolute perfection.
The clarity, luminosity, brilliance, status and glamour of this stone secure its place amongst the world’s greatest jewels. Acquired in the world’s most illustrious diamond purchase to date, it is now known as the Winston Legacy Diamond.
I suppose that is what I have been seeking... A jewel more perfect than the most perfect jewel in the world.”
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