When something is born in the darkness deep underground, something that you might describe as hard and cold and ancient, it might seem paradoxical for that thing to be an object of beauty and desire. But label that thing a diamond and it all makes sense. A diamond may be a billion years old and spewed up from the earth by a burning gurgle of volcanic liquid, but if there’s one permanant reminder that beauty is found in unexpected places, it’s the sparkling diamond that’s pulled from a lump of coal.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth. They can be found at the heart of stars, when a white dwarf crystallizes into cosmic jewellery. They’re a token of love, a milestone for anniversaries, sometimes a cause of war.
Take away all of that, though, strip it back, and the visual appeal is something else entirely. It’s not their hardness or their age that wows us but the fact that a sprinkling of diamonds shines like fragments of stars fallen to earth. The Ancient Greeks even believed that’s what they were.
Fred Leveugle’s shoot for the just-launched issue XI of Bambi Magazine captures the sensual relationship between diamonds and skin. There’s nothing else: just diamonds, shining, made all the more conspicuous by the luscious dark ebony of Leveugle’s chosen models.
The roll-call of brands in the shoot – as styled by Jessica Santini – is impressive: Chopard, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arples, Bulgari and Boucheron. Even if you’re not the kind to light up at the sight of precious jewels: between the sparkle of real diamonds and the breathtaking visuals by Fred Leveugle, it’s the kind of marvellously executed shoot that’ll wow you anyway.
View the full shoot at the gallery above; and don’t forget to check out the full issue XI of Bambi at that link.