Diamonds Used in Art

By now you’ve probably seen the diamond covered human skull fashioned by infamous English artist Damien Hirst.  This shiny collection of jewels and bone, named “For the Love of God,” holds the distinction of being the most expensive new work of art ever sold.  This piece fetched one hundred million dollars, making it not only creepy but scarily valuable.  However, this is not the only piece of art fare to feature diamonds in some manner.


Contemporary Brazilian artist Vik Muniz loves to use unexpected and transitory materials in his work.  He often recreates iconic pieces of art using these substances; he once brought a little dessert to Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, having “painted” it entirely in chocolate syrup. Muniz photographs his final products and then discards the originals.  One of his admirers was involved in the diamond trade industry, and agreed to supply him with an array of small diamonds for the creation of a series of portraits.  The portraits showcase Hollywood starlets over the ages.  A little ironic that he typically uses materials such as dust for his creations and here he employs diamonds, which most people don’t usually throw away.  Except this guy.

Some artists just really appreciate diamonds (even if they can’t necessarily afford actual ones for their art).  French street artist is so enamored with them that he has taken them as his name: Le Diamantaire.  He doesn’t use actual diamonds in his work, rather he makes diamond shaped pieces out of old mirrors, then sticks them all over  various metropolises. Paris, Barcelona, Zurich and Montreal have all been graced with his diamond inspired looking glasses.

Last year innovator Jacob Heustis unveiled a series of works entitled “Debutantes,” which featured mirrors that have been etched into with diamonds.  The mirrors showcase images of both modern day and old time “celebutants.”  These are individuals who are known primarily for being known.  Heustis first was introduced to the concept of scratching messages into glass with diamonds when he visited an all girl preparatory school as a kid.  Names, quotes and little pictures were forged into the girls’ windows, having been done so with their diamond rings.  These ennui inspired etchings stayed with Heustis, and ultimately came to fruition in his collection of young socialite portraits.



Finally we have a diamond related story that is technically not “art” (one could argue that it is “performance art”), but was so artfully composed it deserves inclusion here. London jeweler Denis Bellessort, the founder of Bonds of Union, wanted to make the release of his new collection  quite memorable.  To accomplish this, he rented a mini helicopter, some bright white spotlights and flew a 10 carat diamond high up into the heavens.  The shimmering gem was seen all over London, impressing some and confounding others into thinking that supremely stylish aliens were invading.

Like Muniz, if you have no use for your diamonds after you use them once, you shouldn’t just throw them in the garbage.  Sell them and make back your money.  There’s an art to selling your diamonds, and Diamond Lighthouse gets you the most money possible for them.  Find out more here.



-Joe Leone


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