Diamonds Made From Horse Hair Offered

Three-day event rider Ronald Zabala-Goetschel loves his four-star level event horse Che Mr. Wiseguy so much that he is planning to manufacture a diamond out of a bit of Wiseguy's mane, so that he will have a little treasure to remember the horse by forever.

A native of Quito, Ecuador, Zabala-Goetschel rides and trains with Dutton and Silva Martin in the United States. He and Che Mr Wiseguy have already been selected to represent Ecuador at the World Equestrian Games next year.

He first heard about manufactured diamonds made of human hair, horse mane, or cat or dog hair, when he was traveling in Brazil. It was a few days before April Fools' Day, and Zabala-Goetschel thought the friend who told him about the diamonds was pulling his leg.

"Then they showed me the diamonds and they are beautiful," he said.

Now that he is the exclusive United States and Ecuador representative for manufacturer Brilho Infinito, he plans to market the diamonds throughout the United States. They can be any color: white, yellow, pink, or blue (the hair color does not matter), and any cut. They cost five to six times the price of a natural diamond.

About the Author

Amber Heintzberger

Amber Heintzberger is a journalist, photographer and award-winning author of Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse (Trafalgar Publishing, 2008). She lives in New York City.

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