In term of his grading, Dr. Heding’s Diamond is the top banana, the head enchilada, the bol'shaya shishka (Russian: ‘big pine cone’. What? Is it really any odder than ‘big cheese’?). Heding Diamonds earn their facets with a combination of stunning grain and an execution that stands head and shoulders above a body of work whose shaping is already considered some of the finest in the world. With an arresting grain and an execution which proves that a tangible sense of soft and supple can arise from the staunchly architectural, this Diamond surely qualifies for the rarefied grade, with room to spare.
Looking back at the Heding Horns that have preceded this one, Peter has employed a curl at the mount once before, but it wasn’t reverse, nor as pronounced as the lovely, sublimely fluid one now in front of you. To my mind, this Diamond stands near the event horizon which separates the Nautilus from the Horn, and a credible sense of the aquatic/oceanic has fittingly been created. While contrary to the subject title of a certain 1971 Bond film, some Diamonds aren’t ‘forever’ but, with the right care, this Heding Diamond can comfort and brighten at least a couple of lifetimes.--R. ‘Bear’ Graves
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