On a recent afternoon in Chelsea, as New York City practically became a waterpark due to a summer downpour, I escaped the grey skies and buckets of rain to take a dance class and attend a diamond preview. The activities were coordinated by Forevermark in celebration of its Tribute collection and partnership with ballerina Violetta Komyshan.
A social media sensation with over a million followers on Instagram, the 22-year old dancer is totally charming and stunning in real life. For our hour-long dance class, she had her hair pinned into the perfect bun, she wore a sleek red leotard and her hands were glittering with diamonds from the Forevermark Tribute collection. In between plies, tendus, arabesques and an epic four-minute plank, which she encourages everyone to try by the way, Violetta was ever so patient going through each step and complimenting us on our best efforts. For a little bit, she made us amateurs think we were just as graceful as she is, but then again, maybe the diamonds were blinding our sense of reality.
One familiar face in the class was Sophie Elgort, the talented photographer who shot Violetta for the image campaign that decorated the studio. In case you happen to be living under a diamond-rock, Sophie is the daughter of celebrated lensman, Arthur Elgot, and also the sister of Ansel Elgort. Yes, that Ansel Elgot, star of Baby Driver and Violetta’s longtime boyfriend. The couple’s relationship is a subject of h-u-g-e fascination for the youngest half of the millennial generation as well as the Gen Z crowd, but I digress.
Feeling exhilarated and quite sweaty after class, I chatted with Violetta, who felt like my new fitness buddy. To her, ballet and jewelry are as easy and natural as a Grand Jete. Following is an excerpt of what she told me about the jewelry and dance.
Since working with Forevermark I have seen how they really appreciate the art of ballet and strong, powerful, beautiful women, which I think is exactly what ballet represents. Ballet is all about moving your body through your hands, and when jewelry feels nice and expressive and elegant, you pay more attention to your hands. A friend of mine once said that she will always wear a ring on every finger because you concentrate more on your hands.
This movement collection is really, really comfortable. They are the type of pieces I wear every day, ones I can live in all the time and become a part of me. The coolest part of this collection is it’s so easy to mix and match and layer the rings and earrings, everything goes. Even now, I just danced with it on and not once did I have an issue wearing it. After all, you’re staring at yourself the entire time, you want to see all that beauty.