Jamie Mordaunt is founder and Managing Director of Diamondthrills.
Jamie is from London and trained as a Mechanical Design Engineer before making an unexpected left turn to spend over thirteen years working for De Beers.
His career at De Beers included plenty of hands-on experience working with diamonds, both rough and cut/polished, and featured various assignments around the world including diamond cutting adventures in Africa, the Far East, Middle East, India and Europe.
During his time at De Beers, Jamie was responsible for selling rough diamonds to many of the world’s foremost diamond companies from countries as diverse as India, Belgium, Israel, and China.
He also led the strategic development and managed the original launch of the De Beers Group’s diamond brand, ‘Forevermark‘, in Hong Kong, China, Japan and India.
Jamie left De Beers in March 2009 to launch Diamondthrills, an innovative diamond jewellery rental service.
Before long his diamonds adorned brides and celebrities, and they also graced the red carpet at the 2010 Oscars in Hollywood.
In September 2010 Jamie appeared on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den programme.
Sadly, he couldn’t persuade the Dragons to part with their children’s inheritance but he did get a unique experience and some very good advice.
In addition to running Diamondthrills, Jamie has carved out a niche as a specialist independent consultant. In 2011 and 2012 he has worked with a number of major diamantaires in India, major diamond mining companies, other diamond-focused businesses and consultancies.
Jamie also worked in the gold industry at the World Gold Council from August 2011 to March 2012 and he has been called upon to advise major institutional investors interested in learning more about the diamond business.
Jamie is 44 and currently lives in central London with wife Fiona and 2-year-old daughter Ella.
In March 2012 it was announced that Jamie was accepting a position with international diamond broker & consultant I Hennig & Co to join the management team at their new hub office in Botswana. He expects to make the move to Gaborone – along with his family – around the end of of 2012 or early in 2013.