Susan Said: Why save diamonds for best? With beautiful pieces from De Beers, you’ll want to wear yours every day!

Aura Pendant De Beers 2013 HolidayMy father had a philosophy, which was likely due to living through the Great Depression. Whenever he was given something really special – from cufflinks to a cashmere jacket – he would “save it for best.”

When he passed away, tragically at the age of just 58, his closet, drawers, and jewelry box were filled with beautiful things he had barely used. Although I was only in my early 20’s, I made a vow that I would never make the same mistake.

So, we eat in the dining room every evening.  I always use my wedding crystal for my nightly glass of Chardonnay. I wear my most expensive perfume on a random Tuesday. And, most telling… I wear diamonds every single day.

My engagement ring, Art Deco diamond bracelet, and simple solitaire pendant all make regular appearances with work ensembles, as well as on the weekends. Certainly, I am not suggesting that I wear a diamond tiara to the grocery store. But, when I have these beautiful, beautiful pieces that were gifts of love, how can I not want to enjoy them?

This holiday season, my ultimate Wish List includes a few of the pieces from the De Beers boutique, which is now available on ShopBAZAAR. From dazzling diamond earrings, to shimmering pendants, to rose-gold stunners, this collection is nothing short of amazing.

My favorite piece is the Aura Pendant, pictured. A brilliant single diamond surrounded by a constellation of smaller stones and set in white gold, this pendant is simply breathtaking. They say “a diamond is forever” and a piece like this will invariably be passed down in our family to my daughter and onward. Retail $3,550

What’s on your holiday Wish List this year?

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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

Photos: Used with permission by De Beers and Harper’s BAZAAR.

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