All my memories are in strong colors. It must be the reason I got into fancy color diamonds 35 years ago. First, I remember colors, and only after do I recall the stories and places they happened. The fields of our sleepy Hungarian village were covered with all the different shades of green, tinted with yellows and orange browns of the autumn. This is what formed the first color palate in my memory.
Vivid colors make the vivid memories. When I see today the multicolor designs of my daughter, Chavi Itzhakov, my memories with all its shades come alive.
The fields of the Hungarian village
The greenish and tinted yellows of those Hungarian fields and our extraordinary jewelry
As my visions are colors, it isn't only diamonds that bring them back. We use many other precious stones, and I love them all. If I could, I would use a variety of precious stones, and mix them with color diamonds in order to bring the pieces to life.
The remarkable colors of a Tanzanite and Aquamarine pendant in the theme of a Celtic knot
Still, fancy color diamonds have a special place in my heart.
The deep blue colors of the Bavarian lakes in the Alps near Munich, always remind me of the years I spent in Germany. I guess it was the colors at the "Hochshule fur Fernsehen and Film," where I studied to become a television director. It is the association that brings back the memory; sometimes all it takes is a new diamond in our stock.
The Bavarian Lakes in the Alps
The remarkable shades of the 0.51ct vivid blue lozenge shaped diamond and our fantastic Sapphire earrings
While my team, led by Israel Papushado and my son Shmulik, was polishing this 0.51ct vivid blue diamond, I must have gone back and forth to the factory fifty times. Each visit reminded me of Germany, so much so that it brought a smile to my face each time. The same association occurs with the deep blue colors of our 12.15ct Sapphire and diamond earrings.
The oil canvas up on the 3rd floor of the Old Wing at the Taj Mahal Hotel was always my favorite painting. After a long and hard day's work on my trips to India, just passing by the mustard field in pure canary yellow colors simply eased my mind. I would set myself down with a gin and tonic and immerse myself in the vivid yellow colors of the picture.
The A fine 1.51ct Fancy Intense Yellow cushion cut diamond ring
When the terrorist attack, back in 2008 hit the hotel, the picture was burned and disappeared. It was just a year later that I discovered the motif of the painting on a trip from Jaipur.
Association is the key to these memories. The Yellow River, the third longest water way in China, must bring back vivid memories for the millions of Asian’s who live today in Vancouver or the west cost of the USA.
The brownish yellow coloring of the Yellow River
No painting can match the pure aquamarine color of the sea between South India and Madagascar. All the shades of bluish green and greenish blue are coloring the ocean in the open beaches of the Maldives.
The aquamarine Sea of Madagascar
The pure aquamarine color of the sea between South India and Madagascar can be seen in this Greenish Blue, Oval diamond and Chameleon diamond ring
Our arrival there, a few years ago, was a near crash landing. But, we were compensated very quickly by the extreme calm of the water, not to mention the beauty of the clear view through directly to the color of the ocean floor.
When I think about our trekking in Nepal, on the way to the Annapurna Base, I saw an endless moist chameleon green hillsides, covered with fog and grey greenish clouds giving away to the first rays of the rising sun.
The association of the moist chameleon green hillsides
I am married nearly 39 years and have five wonderful children. Needless to say, I have experienced many engagements, marriages, anniversaries, and celebrations in my life.
When I have to describe the first encounter between me and my wife, I recall her pure red, Marc & Spencer cardigan, and a beautiful wide smile. She looked at me, and I was taken over.
The sweet hue of some fancy red diamonds brings me right back to that day.
An Amazing 0.50ct, Fancy Purplish Red, Princess Shape Diamond
I actually tried to replace that beautiful red cardigan, but it was like the sweet smell of our youth that is long gone with wind. However the associations made in the vivid memories that I have will continue to shine on forever.
Leibish Polnauer, President and Founder of Leibish & Co. Fancy Color Diamonds