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Favorite Winter Indulgences from Kara Ross — Jewelry Designer and Founder of ‘DIAMONDS UNLEASHED’

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Kara Ross is the creative energy and life force behind DIAMONDS UNLEASHED, a women’s empowerment movement whose aim is to change how we think about diamonds—how they are bought and bestowed. A GIA certified gemologist and Georgetown graduate, Ross has deep roots and twenty-five years in the jewelry and luxury accessories industry.  She has just opened an eponymous boutique on Madison Avenue in New York.

While having a stone in a ring reset, Ross had an epiphany that diamonds and women were kindred: that is to say brilliant, complex, strong, and unbreakable. Why couldn’t women give diamonds to themselves, rather than waiting to be given a diamond?  She answered the question by pairing women and diamonds with conscious purchasing, creating industry partnerships, and forming alliances to support women’s initiative. By developing brand ambassadors—Serena Williams, Melissa Etheridge, and architect Zaha Hadid among others, Ross has created charitable partnerships, social media outreach, education and communication platforms that enable women to give back while supporting a brand.

Ross’ brainchild, DIAMONDS UNLEASHED uses ethically sourced diamonds and fosters conscious consumerism around the issue. Her collection of gorgeous, wearable diamond jewelry is well priced and is sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DIAMONDS UNLEASHED by Kara Ross, exclusively unveiled on HSN, will empower women around the world of every age, income, and demographic to seek their full potential. Women will be able to identify other women in their lives who merit recognition and support for their contributions.

Kara Ross serves on the Board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Board of Women and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the photography acquisition committee at the Museum of Modern Art.  She’s also a member of Women Moving Millions.

She’s shared with us her summer indulgences. This week, as we head into December, she offers up her favorite winter indulgences.


Favorite Five Winter Must-Haves:
1.     Fur vests from Adrienne Landau & Dennis Basso
2.     Gilly’s Organics Better for Body (Butter) for dry skin
3.     Hot soup for lunch
4.     Super warm sweaters
5.     Leather jeggings



The first collection of DIAMONDS UNLEASHED BY KARA ROSS debuts on HSN on December 13.

Favorite Accessories: I am in love with my new jewelry collection for DIAMONDS UNLEASHED.  The jewelry is meant to be worn everyday, it’s beautiful and makes a great statement in supporting women around the world.
Favorite Designer: I don’t necessarily have a favorite designer.  I love vintage clothing and shoes and wear what I look & feel best in.
Favorite Boutique: Kara Ross New York on Madison Avenue 😉
Favorite Beauty Products/ Hair salon: My favorite spot for facials is Joanna Vargas Skincare.  At home I love the products from Purlisse — they are great for my sensitive skin.  For my hair, you can’t beat the in-home styling from GlamSquad — makes my hectic life a bit easier.
Stationery: I am more into online invitations and stationery these days and love RedStamp. So easy to use and adds an extra special touch to emails.
Secret Tips: I carry my iPad wherever I go and have discovered an app called Texture. It allows you to download every magazine you could imagine right to your iPad — so great not to have to carry an arm-load of magazines anymore.
Winter travel destinations: Palm Beach to escape the cold weather in New York.

2015 Favorite discovery: The Skimm — my favorite source for the most important news.  It’s the first thing I read when I wake up in the morning then I dive into the issues of the day.
Favorite Holiday Destinations: Deer Valley, Utah.  My entire family siblings, parents, nieces and nephews spend Christmas there every year. There are about 30 of us it’s an amazing time.  Afterward, I will head to Palm Beach to ring in the New Year and warm up.
Favorite hotel: The Mandarin Oriental.  Great locations, fabulous rooms with just the right touch of luxury.
Favorite Play: Theater is one of my favorite past-times and the last one I’ve seen is almost always my favorite. Hamilton is one of my most recent favorites.
Favorite Restaurant: There are so many great restaurants in New York, it’s hard to pick. Rotisserie Georgette, Le Bilboquet and Philippe Chow are all right around my store and the ones I seem to frequent the most.

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