The global expansion of the ASHOKA® diamond is something that continues to excite me, especially when I get to see its impact first-hand, halfway across the world.
I was recently invited by Grant Partridge to attend the 150th anniversary of Partridge Jewellers, New Zealandʼs premier luxury jeweler for six generations. We began our partnership with the Partridge family in 2013, selecting them as the exclusive ASHOKA® retailer in their small but lively country, or as Grant pointed out, a country that has more sheep than humans!
Left to right: Grant Partridge, Neil Wallin, Eve Goldberg, TV presenter and Partridge spokesperson, Carol Hirschfeld and Prime Minister John Key.
I was appreciative of and intrigued by Grant's thoughtful invitation and decided to take him up on it and bring my husband, Neil, along to enjoy the adventure. Our time in New Zealand was packed with wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, most of which centered around Partridge's two main anniversary events. The first was in Wellington and the second was in Auckland.
While in Wellington, we were thrilled to meet Prime Minister John Key, who ceremoniously placed a silver fern pin on Neil, their national symbol. We also spent a lovely evening attending a performance by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and stayed at a lodge once visited by Queen Elizabeth II.