With her platinum-blond locks, blue eyes and long, straight blonde hair, Amber Burchman was known as the “golden girl.”
Then came the birth of her first child, a son named Jared.
“My husband and I were excited about it,” says Amber.
“We were like, We want a family of our own.
We were like crazy.”
But Jared had no idea he would inherit the world’s most valuable diamond, worth more than $1 billion, and Amber was left feeling like an outsider, a new mother who had been thrust into a new family.
“I was like, I’ve got to figure out how to get into this jewelry business,” she says.
“It was just so confusing for me.”
The birth of Amber’s daughter, Noah, was no different.
The couple had been dating for five years, and she’d been working for years to help her husband and four children.
“You don’t want to be on the outside, and I didn’t want that for Amber,” Jared says.
But Amber needed money, so she set out to find a diamond that she thought would make her a millionaire.
“I was a very selfish person, I just didn’t see how it could make me wealthy,” she recalls.
“But it’s just not the way I see it.
I have a passion for jewelry.
I don’t just want a diamond, I want the diamond to be in my life.”
So she began to research the diamond market, searching for the best diamonds.
She met with a diamond broker who helped her identify diamonds from the best sellers on the Internet.
She began to negotiate with jewelers and diamond experts who would be able to tell her which ones were best.
She also found a diamond dealer who knew about the industry and would take her to the best deals.
“When we were talking to the dealer, he told me I was going to be the biggest winner,” Amber says.
She was sold.
The diamond she had been looking for was from the Sotheby’s in London, but it was not one that Amber could have easily purchased.
The diamond, called the Pallas Diamond, was a small size and sold for $3.5 million at auction in 2011.
Amber and Jared had not spent a dime on the diamond.
But that didn’t stop them from putting together the perfect ring.
The Pallas diamond had a unique design that was unique to the Sistine Chapel.
The Pallas stone is known for its small size.
Its design, known as a pentagonal, is known as “a bit of a mystery,” according to Sothebys.
But this was the only one Amber could find, and it fit in perfectly with the Pares, or the Sittings, or any other of the Pareds.
“It was perfect,” Amber recalls.
When Amber was ready to take the ring to the Portholes diamond dealer, she told him she was ready.
He immediately offered her $3 million, which she gladly accepted.
“The price was a little high,” Amber laughs.
“If I had bought a diamond from a dealer, I would have paid $4 million.”
It wasn’t until the next day that Amber found out the diamond she was looking for had a $6.5-million price tag.
That meant that she had made the biggest mistake of her life.
She had spent nearly $1 million on the Parels diamond and only $2 million on a smaller, less valuable diamond.
Amber’s diamond was now worth only $1.9 million.
But her jewelry company, Amber Jewelry, was worth nearly $4.2 million.
“So Amber is like, What the hell am I going to do?,” Amber remembers thinking.
“What am I doing with my life?”
So Amber and her husband moved to Florida, where they opened their own jewelry business.
The business grew from $2,000 to $15,000 a year, selling items that had never been seen before.
But it was also getting harder and harder for her to make ends meet.
“As soon as we got into business, we had to take out loans,” she remembers.
“And then there was the insurance.
We had to put our life savings into it.”
That was around the time that Amber started dating Jared.
Amber was in a tough spot, and Jared was on his way to becoming one of the richest men in the world.
“She was the financial security for him,” Amber said.
But he was also an obsessive collector.
“He would come to the house and have his collection out,” Amber explains.
“There would be little boxes of things that he wanted to have, and he would be like, ‘Hey, I need this.
I need that.
What do you want?’
And I would say, ‘Well, I don and you don’t.’
He would be so upset