mauritius: the tiffany foundation

    International, TRAVEL, Featured • December 11, 2015

    The island of Mauritius is so stunningly beautiful, you feel like you just stepped onto your computer’s screen saver.

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Shangri-La Resort & Spa
    Shangri-La Resort & Spa
    Plenty by Tracey Reece dress + Soludos sandals
    Plenty by Tracey Reece dress + Soludos sandals + Tiffany T Collection jewelry

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Tiffany T Collection cuff
    Tiffany T Collection necklace + bracelets

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Tiffany Makers at Laurelton Diamonds, Mauritius
    Tiffany Makers at Laurelton Diamonds, Mauritius
    Polished White Diamonds
    Polished White Diamonds
    Polishing Diamonds!
    Polishing Diamonds!

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Revolve top + Tiffany T Collection bracelets
    Revolve top + Tiffany T Collection bracelets
    Polished Tiffany Diamond
    Polished Tiffany Diamond
    Revolve romper
    Revolve romper

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Nu Swim one piece via Need Supply
    Nu Swim one piece via Need Supply

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIEMauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    Sailing on the Catamaran
    Sailing on the Catamaran
    Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean
    Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean

    Mauritius + The Tiffany Foundation - STYLE ME GRASIE

    After the train from Antwerp to Paris, we hopped on an overnight flight to Mauritius. Ten hours later, we were in paradise. Upon our arrival at the Shangri-La Resort, I was so delightfully treated to an amazing massage. It was much needed after a combined 22 hours of plane time in 2 days but I was in no way complaining. The island of Mauritius is so stunningly beautiful, you feel like you just stepped onto your computer’s screen saver; the water is turquoise blue and the sand, pearly white. A day to take it all in is exactly what I needed.

    The next morning we visited Laurelton Diamonds, Mauritius; Tiffany & Co.’s polishing facility, where the diamonds from Antwerp enter the next chapter of their journey. Here I got to polish a diamond!!! I was full of nerves during the process as I took a rough diamond and gently applied it to a spinning metal wheel sprinkled with diamond dust. Yup, diamond dust because only diamond can cut diamond.

    It was here where I also learned more about the extensive Tiffany diamond journey from their SVP of Diamond & Jewelry Supply, Andy W. Hart. He’s one of the nicest men I’ve ever met with an infectious passion for the company he’s proudly worked for over the past 17 years. Another lovely member of the Tiffany team (they are all so nice!) is Anisa Kamadoli Costa, the Chief Sustainability Officer at Tiffany & Co. and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. The foundation was established to focus the company’s philanthropic efforts in the areas of mining, marine conservation and urban parks. She spoke on Tiffany’s commitment to protecting the world’s most treasured landscapes and seascapes including grants to protect the beautiful waters and coral reefs of Mauritius. The importance of this was truly evident on our last day.

    It was Friday and the trip was coming to an end but not without an epic ending. We spent the day sailing on a catamaran and swimming and snorkeling in the gorgeous (and very warm) Indian Ocean. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The water was so perfect, it didn’t seem real, a true example of nature’s beauty. And with this beautiful excursion, our trip was over.

    Blogging has brought me many amazing experiences that I’m truly grateful for but this trip definitely takes the cake. Two beautiful countries and a new found respect and appreciation for diamonds (Damien is in trouble…ha!).

    Thank you to Tiffany & Co. for partnering on this post and for sending me on a trip of a lifetime!
    See all of Tiffany & Co.’s sustainability efforts here. #tiffanycsr
    Photography by Eric Zeziola

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