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Only Natural Diamonds releases digital fall cover featuring actress and producer Jurnee Smollett

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Only Natural Diamonds (OND), the premier digital destination for consumers to dive into the mysterious and exciting world of natural diamonds powered by the Natural Diamond Council, releases its new digital cover featuring American actress and producer Jurnee Smollett.

Known for her roles in projects such as Eve’s Bayou, Birds of Prey and Lovecraft County, Ms. Smollett shines in a bold and sultry editorial evoking a nostalgic glamor that playfully complements her down-to-earth, self-reliant and witty approach to life. Her cover look includes diamond jewelry by Mateo with ethically sourced De Beers diamonds from Botswana (earrings), Dorian Webb, an alumnus of NDC’s Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative, available at Gemist.co (left central ring), Melissa Kaye (right pointer ring), Van Cleef & Arpels (left necklace and ring) and Louis Vuitton (bracelet); The dress is Vintage Versace by Tab Vintage, the belt is Gucci, the shoes are Hardot and the hat is Sarah Sokol Millinery.

The beautiful diamonds and creativity on set all led to a synergy that allowed Ms. Smollett to shine through all facets of a strong, dynamic woman. “We are thrilled to celebrate this moment in Jurnee’s career where she adds the producer to her impressive acting roles,” notes Only Natural Diamonds editor Sam Broekema, “We have been deliberate with brands and selected pieces, particularly wanting to showcase vintage fashion like the 1992 Versace for the cover and the collaboration between our Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative alumnus Dorian Webb and Gemist All pieces allowed Jurnee Smollett to express both its style and the values ​​we share of sustainability and conscious luxury.

Ms. Smollett’s latest project, Lou (released September 23, 2022), in which she stars alongside Allison Janney and serves as executive producer, explores all the intricacies of motherhood through deep introspection and self-judgment. In the cover’s accompanying interview with writer Christine Whitney, Ms Smollett reflects on her own relationship with motherhood and how natural diamonds played a role in the defining milestones of her journey as a woman. , mother and actress. “I think the first piece of jewelry I ever received was from Kasi Lemmons, the manager of Eve’s Bayou. I was 10 at the time and she gave me a pearl necklace with a pendant in the shape of a heart with a small diamond in the middle. On the back, she engraved, ‘To Jurnee, Love Kasi.’ I wore this necklace everywhere.

“My first substantial memory with natural diamonds was at the New York premiere of my movie with Denzel Washington, The Great Debaters. admiration! We grew up quite poor, and something like this seemed so out of our reach or reserved only for women like Diana Ross and Elizabeth Taylor. Being able to see the artistry, craftsmanship and unique energy of diamonds in person was such a special experience.

Filmed in Los Angeles, the cover comes with a full editorial and short film. The film, titled Shimmer, sees one side of a phone call with Ms Smollett reciting sensual, playful dialogue that dances with diamond metaphors. The editorial and short film were all shot, scripted and scored by Mark Lim.

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Jewelery brands incorporated include Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Dorian Webb (alumnus of NDC’s Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative), Made by Malyia (alumnus of NDC’s Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative), Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co ., Van Cleef & Arpels, Bachendorf’s (official NDC partner), Mateo, Melissa Kaye, Rahaminov and Reza.

Readers can visit naturaldiamonds.com today to learn more.