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Witness The Elusive Craft of Cutting the World's Most Perfectly Cut Diamond During a Once-In-A-Lifetime Pre Mother's Day Event at Tapper's

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI (April 30, 2013) –Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry will host Hearts on Fire® fourth generation Master Diamond Cutter Brian McHardy at its Somerset location May 4 and 5 for an exclusive personal appearance. McHardy, a true diamond expert, with countless years of experience in the field and at cutting facilities around the world, will demonstrate his work with Hearts on Fire, and meet and greet with Tapper's patrons.

McHardy is passionate about the world's most perfectly cut diamonds. “A Hearts On Fire diamond is born a Hearts On Fire diamond,” says McHardy. “We draw our rough from less than a 10th of 1-percent of the diamonds discovered today. But what really makes a Hearts On Fire diamond special is the cut, which represents at least 50-percent of the value of a diamond,” he says. “We use proprietary technology and digital imaging to produce a diamond that out performs all others,” he continues.

“You may compare diamonds of the same size, clarity and color, but if they have different cutting styles, the diamonds will have different price points,” says Mark Tapper, president of Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. “Hearts On Fire is the standard bearer of diamond cutting perfection and provides one of the best values in a diamond today,” he continues.

There are only about 500 diamond cutters in the world, out of the million currently working, who can produce the perfectly symmetrical Hearts and Fireburst® pattern that defines a Hearts On Fire diamond.

McHardy is a master diamond cutter and Hearts On Fire global trainer with 40 years of diamond cutting experience, who has been associated with Hearts On Fire since the company's inception in 1996. He is from the distinguished South African McHardy diamond family whose involvement in the diamond trade can be traced back to McHardy's great-grandfather, William McHardy, the mine manager at the Premier Diamond mine when the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond was discovered in 1905. The McHardy family's contributions to the diamond industry were honored when their family home – the company-built McHardy House at the Premier Mine – was opened as a museum in 1986.

Like his forebears, McHardy's childhood was spent between the Premier Mine at Cullinan and the mines at Kimberley, South Africa. In 1969, he began an apprenticeship program with Gustav Katz and spent ten years perfecting his skills as a diamond cutter. In 1980 he immigrated to the U.S. to run a diamond cutting facility in Los Angeles, CA, and established the Premier Diamond Cutting Works five years later. One of the largest diamonds McHardy has cut was a 35-carat rough diamond transformed into an 18.5 carat polished gem.

Tapper's will host demonstrations with McHardy at noon, 2 and4 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in Troy at its Somerset Collection north location on the second level near center court. For more information, please call 248.932.7700, or visit, or find us on Facebook at @TappersJewelry

Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry – The Diamond Store – offers an exquisite selection of engagement rings, spectacular designer jewelry, and luxury timepieces. Tapper's provides a luxury shopping experience with unparalleled customer service at each of its three metro-area locations in Novi, Troy and West Bloomfield. A multi-generation family-owned business, Tapper's has been helping its customers Mark the Moment™ for more than 35 years. Visit Tapper's online at

Posted on 5/10/2013

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