Rio Tinto’s diamonds wow the Oscars crowd
New York, February 27, 2012 – The nine winners of Rio Tinto’s global jewellery design competition were thrust into the spotlight as they showcased their winning diamond jewellery creations to celebrities and stylists at the StyleLab jewellery suite at the 84th Academy Awards.
According to Michael O’Connor, jewellery and style expert and a judge on the panel for Rio Tinto’s global jewellery design competition,“I was amazed by the beauty and level of craftsmanship in the award winning designs,which certainly caught the attention of Hollywood notables.”
Celebrities poured over the diamond jewellery, which showcased the full range of Rio Tinto’s diamonds, including the champagne, white and Silvermist jewels. Rebecca Foerster, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds’ US Representative said the celebrities were very impressed by the designers’ use of diamonds to create show stopping,contemporary pieces, commenting: “They truly captured the elegance of the Academy Awards”.
The nine winners were selected from a record number of entries from the US, Canada, Australia, India and Hong Kong to have their pieces made exclusively for the 2012 Oscars.
The designs represented four categories of jewellery design: Champagne, Silvermist, Canadian Diamonds and Sustainable Jewellery.
The winning designs included in the StyleLab Oscars suite included:
“Desert Rose” bracelet designed by Stacey Lindsell/manufactured by Diarough,Uni-Design]
“The World of Champagne” earrings designed by Nejal Mehta/manufactured byA’Star Jewelry
“Rain Dance” earrings designed by Michelle Buxani/manufactured by Diarough,HK
“Canoe” necklace designed by Reena Ahluwalia/manufactured by Crossworks Manufacturing
“The Sands of Time” cuff designed by Vijayshree Sovani/manufactured by Interjewel USA
“Nature’s Beauty” cuff designed by Joseph Weinreich/manufactured by Diamond Direct LLC
“The Silvermist Express” bangle designed by Dean Walker/manufactured by Dean Walker Designs
“The Creator” necklace designed by V. Saravanan/manufactured by 'TANISHQ and FOLEY Designs
“Tyger, Tyger” fan designed by Nadia Neuman/manufactured by Mondial
About Rio Tinto Diamonds
Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe. These three mines allow Rio Tinto to produce diamonds for all market segments. Rio Tinto also has an advanced diamond project in India.
Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating mines is sold through its Diamonds Sales and Marketing headquarters office in Antwerp, Belgium with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process as well as a founding member of Responsible Jewellery Council.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.