A CUT ABOVE THE REST

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Huawei Special - TEXT MAYA MICHAEL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TING YANG SHAN

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

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