Louis Vuitton Hosted A Glittering Dinner in Paris to Celebrate its Latest Acquisition—the World’s Second-Largest Diamond
Couture Week is not just about the clothes, it’s also a time for high jewelry maisons from Paris’s Place Vendôme to unveil their newest and most precious treasures.
In a great tour de force, yesterday evening, Louis Vuitton presented its latest acquisition: The second biggest diamond ever discovered (the first one belonging to the British Royal Family). It’s a spectacular 1758 carat diamond named Sewelô, which was discovered last April in the Karowe mine in Botswana, Africa. At present, the stone is uncut and it’s still enveloped in a thin black layer of carbon. The size of a tennis ball and weighing 352 grams, the diamond in the rough was bought earlier this January by Louis Vuitton.
The presentation was followed by a private cocktail and dinner at Louis Vuitton’s Place Vendôme flagship store, in the presence of nearly 100 top celebrities, editors, and clients. After taking the elevator up to the private salons of the former hôtel particulier, recently redesigned by architect Peter Marino, attendees were greeted by a hologram of the diamond. The room was laid with black carpet and candle lights and the floor-to-ceiling windows face the iconic Vendôme column.
In another room, placed as the centerpiece of a dark circular installation, the prized diamond sat in a Louis Vuitton jewelry box through a beam of light, revealing its exceptional radiance. There, the energy of the crystal was palpable. Outside, sparkling one-of-a-kind bespoke dresses made for the brand’s muses—actresses Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander and Isabelle Huppert—echoed the beauty of the rock.