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Robin Hansen

Defining Forever 

The oldest known terrestrial diamonds are thought to be about 3.3 billion years old. Our own species Homo sapiens have only been around for 200,000 years – that’s a vanishingly small percentage of the lifetime of the diamond – so in comparison to humans, diamonds really are forever.

Robin Hansen is a curator of minerals and gemstones at the Natural History Museum. With a love of bright sparkly things and influenced by her mother who studied gemology, Robin has always been inspired by gemstones, fascinated by their forms and colours.

“With gemstones you are taking the purest form of a mineral and fashioning it to reveal even more beauty, highlighting its colour or brilliance.”

With a desire to learn about the science of a diamond - the properties that give gems their colour and brilliance - Robin went on to study and pursue a career with gems.

Spectacular and timeless and unlike any other stone, each and every diamond holds its own story of significance. Just like the incredible journey of a Forevermark diamond the journey and age of a diamond is what fascinates Robin the most.

“The thought of their violent volcanic journey to the earth’s surface is pretty exciting as a geologist, but I think the age of diamonds is more fascinating as they are geological time capsules”.  

For Robin, Forever is the age of a diamond. With the oldest known diamonds believed to be 3.3 billion years old and homo sapiens having only been around for 200,000 years, that’s a vanishingly small percentage of the lifetime of a diamond. So for Robin, “diamonds really are Forever.”  

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