Hi! I'm Rachel. A little bit about myself... I attended UCLA from 2010-2014 (go bruins!), my mother and I started this brand in 2015, and I got married to the love of my life in 2017. I guess this whole process started when I was about to get engaged.... After watching the movie Blood Diamond, my (then) boyfriend and I definitely wanted to make sure my diamond was conflict-free. After months of digging into everything, I finally figured it out... there is no way to make sure your mined diamond is 100% conflict-free. My heart sank. I knew I definitely wanted a diamond for my engagement ring, but how could I move forward with this knowing that so many people have potentially lost their lives over my diamond? I presented this issue to my mother, and she informed me that after making tons of calls to colleagues, she had an interesting solution for me. She said that things are starting to change in the diamond industry, and that there is a new choice in diamonds... diamonds that are grown above the earth. We visited many different growers, inspected the product, and even compared next to a mined diamond. We were blown away. From that moment forward we knew we had to start this journey. If the world only knew what we knew, from the horrors behind the mined diamond industry, to the brilliance and quality of grown diamonds, that there is no way people would still choose a mined diamond. We believe that people are intelligent, compassionate beings and that if we work together, we can change the industry...one diamond at a time.
Hello there. I'm Victoria. I have been a designer of fine jewelry for the last 30 years, so I definitely consider myself a veteran! It's been many years since I got engaged (I got married in 1987), and a lot has changed since then. My husband proposed... to be with a beautiful pear shaped earth-mined diamond and I was thrilled. Obviously, back in those days, no one had ever heard the words "conflict-free diamonds". Like I said, a lot has changed since then. The secret is out. We now know that millions of people have lost their lives because of conflict-diamonds, and that we have an alternative that delivers the same product without causing harm to anyone. I have designed using every precious and semi-precious gemstone you could possibly think of, but have stayed away from diamonds ever since I heard about the dark side of the diamond industry... I could not be a part of it. When Rachel came to me at the time she was thinking of getting engaged, she was distraught. She just could not move forward with an earth-mined diamond having done all of her research. We started this project to educate, provide alternatives, and help save this world we live in. I share my 30 years of design experience to this project, so you can rest assured that not only will your purchase be ethically and socially conscious, but each piece of jewelry you buy from Rachel & Victoria will also be the most beautiful piece of jewelry you have ever put on.