The Times of India, and the Economic Times

Posted on the 18th November 2010

The Vilas Ganapati is a 119-carat natural deep blue rough diamond, bearing a resemblance to the Hindu deity, Ganapati (Lord Ganesha). It is held in a unique gold pendant, designed for the stone by renowned Indian spiritual artist Udayraj Gadnis and manufactured by craftsmen at Holts in Hatton Garden. The diamond is from the Cullinan mine in South Africa. Gadnis says of the Vilas Ganapati, “It is a miracle of nature – when I first saw this beautiful diamond I had a ‘Divine Darshan’ of Shree Ganapati. Ganapati Stotra (sacred chants) flowed from my entire being, I could feel tremendous vibrations.” The incredible organic gold setting represents Bhoomi, mother earth, from which the Ganapati emerges. The pendant comes with an original painting of the Vilas Ganapati diamond by the artist. The painting shows the image of the Ganapati. The pendant and the painting were both commissioned and generously donated by Mr Dilip Mehta of the Rosy Blue Group. It is being donated to the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) for auctioning at their Diamonds in the Sky event to be held at the Banqueting Hall, Westminster on Monday the 8th November. Diamonds in the Sky is a benefit evening with a live auction, bringing together a mixture of the international diamond jewellery sector, London’s corporate & social and entertainment sectors and DEF supporters. The D.E.F. is a non-profit international organisation with the mission to raise money to support education initiatives that develop and empower disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. Estimated value – in excess of £50,000...