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People buy diamonds for different reasons, but the most significant would have to be for their emotional symbolism. While these minerals have existed deep inside the Earth for billions of years, it was only during the 1950s that these translucent wonders came to symbolise the height of affluence and affection. Charles C Rosario, Senior Vice President of Lazare Kaplan International, reveals the value of being as transparent as a diamond when it comes to business. The beauty of the diamond has long been cherished by civilisations around the world. Formed deep within the Earth’s crust through a combination of intense pressure and extreme heat, it is hard to fathom how this volatile environment could possibly produce such marvellous creations. But this could, in turn, help explain the hardiness of these stunning stones. The same can also be used to describe Charles C Rosario, the charismatic Senior Vice President of Lazare Kaplan International.
Born in New York’s Bronx, Rosario’s career at Lazare Kaplan began in 1974 when the high school graduate applied for a job as an inventory clerk at one of the world’s best-known diamond merchants. “At that time, I was unaware it was a diamond company. For security reasons, they only informed me after I got the job.” Despite his lack of experience, Rosario eventually discovered that he had a genuine interest in diamonds as well as in the industry, and it didn’t take long for his superiors to notice his innate talent.
“This is a progressive company where, if you have the skills, they would provide you with opportunities. I think I’ve done every job that you can do in this business; but if I had to go into the shipping room tomorrow to lick stamps and send out packages, I would roll up my sleeves and get it done.” He also attributes his successful career to his mentors, George Kaplan and Leo Kaplan – sons of the company’s founder, Lazare Kaplan.
“The Kaplan family sent me to experience different situations so that I could learn more about the industry. In the past 41 years, I’ve managed to work with various gemmological laboratories, obtained several degrees on the subject and discovered all kinds of diamonds from different