My love for salt and pepper diamonds began when I worked with Down to Earth Diamonds in 2008. The diamonds were flawed, full of dancing flecks and specs within each stone, very unusual, intriguing, and breathtakingly beautiful! Ironically, in the 12 years that it took for me to finally source and start setting these gorgeous diamonds, I sold the most incredible classic jewellery, including in my position (for over five years) as sales executive at Cartier Boutique (Sandton, South Africa). The diamonds used by Cartier are among the best in the world, and while I felt incredibly privileged to sell these timeless classics, I couldn’t forget the exquisite uniqueness of every precious flawed diamond. I have now realised that my true passion is to share these honest, humble, generous, and eco-friendly diamonds. It has led me to setting up PEPPA ROK in 2020. Our style is minimalistic, allowing each diamond to be celebrated, capturing its owner’s heart.
- Lara Basslian