Auckland jeweller Mark Beckett and his wife Pamela offered a rare green diamond in a competition run by DairyNZ. Beckett said he wanted to show his appreciation and admiration for New Zealand dairy farmers, as both he and his wife hailed from farming backgrounds. “We saw the opportunity to give away this appropriately green coloured diamond to thank the good farmers for their hard work, both as stewards of the land and for bringing us milk,” he said.
The gem was won by Whanganui dairy farmer Chris Davidson, who knew exactly what to do with it – he put it on wife Rachel’s finger to thank her for all her love and support. Over 400 farmers were nominated for the award. The winner was nominated by his twin brother and his mum, who both said he was a true gem.