New Blood

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

“I of­ten see some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful jew­ellery just at fam­ily din­ners. My mother and grand­mother have ex­cep­tional col­lec­tions,” says Rachel Slack, the great grand­daugh­ter of Ernest Op­pen­heimer. While her fam­ily is no longer the man­ag­ing share­holder of De Beers, hav­ing sold its stake to An­glo Amer­i­can, Slack is car­ry­ing the Op­pen­heimer le­gacy into the fu­ture with di­a­monds as her guiding light.

“I’ve grown up with di­a­monds and talk of di­a­monds. I was brought up to have a love and rev­er­ence for th­ese mys­te­ri­ous stones. It’s about val­ues and time­less­ness. But above all, di­a­monds rep­re­sent love,” says Slack, the busi­ness part­ner of Jes­sica Mccor­mack, jew­ellery designer to the stars (Ri­hanna was her first cus­tomer and Madonna is a fan).

“I met Jes­sica in 2006 when I com­mis­sioned her to de­sign a pair of di­a­mond ear­rings us­ing mil­len­nium di­a­monds given to me by my grand­fa­ther, Harry,” says Slack. The stones were from De Beers’ Mil­len­nium Col­lec­tion, re­leased in 1999 for the ar­rival of the new mil­len­nium. Mccor­mack was work­ing at the time from a tiny stu­dio at Lon­don’s Hat­ton Gar­den di­a­mond mar­ket. “It was charm­ing and lit­tered with sketches of di­a­mond ear­rings, di­a­mond hair pieces, di­a­mond neck­laces,” re­mem­bers Slack. “It was heaven. We both im­me­di­ately dis­cov­ered that we shared a great pas­sion for di­a­monds.”

Four years later Slack joined Mccor­mack as her busi­ness part­ner. Their com­pany op­er­ates like a small fam­ily firm, with wealthy col­lec­tors com­mis­sion­ing be­spoke pieces. “We have pur­posely grown slowly and steadily over the last few years. To us it is all about qual­ity, not quan­tity,” says Slack. “We are in this busi­ness for the long term.” The Jes­sica Mccor­mack sa­lon, which opened in Lon­don in 2013, is the only place their jew­ellery is sold.

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