Black Betty designer Kristin Weixelbaumer has launched the Polki Diamond Collection for lovers of diamonds imbued with powerful energy.   

A polki diamond is a naturally earth-mined diamond that maintains the same value worldwide, making it a shrewd investment. The stones became popular in ancient India where brides required an affordable alternative to expensive diamonds.

When she returned to South Africa with a personal polki collection, Weixelbaumer was inundated with interest and within six months, she added the Polki Diamond Collection to her Black Betty range.

Black Betty designer Kristin Weixelbaumer has launched the Polki Diamond Collection for lovers of diamonds imbued with powerful energy.    A polki diamond is a

Produced in India, where stones are handpicked and cut, all of the pieces in the Polki Diamond Collection have a natural aesthetic and the stones are simply set in 14-carat gold. The collection includes rings, bangles, earrings, a necklace and a bracelet, with no two pieces alike. Just as the polkis are retrieved from deep within the earth, the range embraces the darkness within by bringing its secrets and shadows out into the light, breaking free of all inhibitions and allowing its true self to emerge in its rawest form.

Herself a modest accessoriser, Weixelbaumer’s delicate range is a true reflection of her take on jewellery - highlighting the femininity within a woman rather than overpowering it. The range is ideal for women who don’t usually wear jewelled pieces or for those who prefer just a hint of gold and diamonds.

Weixelbaumer has always wanted to feed her creative side while exploring her spiritual journey, and working with gems and jewels is where she has truly found herself. “I’m working with the stars of the earth which has healing benefits at all layers,” she says. “Working with ancient stones keeps me grounded.” 

She is currently based in Cape Town and has distributors in Johannesburg and London selling her two signature ranges produced in Jaipur and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Originally a creative outlet for her and her sister, the ladies came up with the name Black Betty together. “Betty” is a generic name for a girl, and “black” represents a female’s dark and sexy side.

The Polki Diamond Collection ranges in price from R2200 to R12 000 and can be viewed online at www.blackbettydesign.com.