DIAMONDS are not just a girl’s best friend, as a women’s group found out recently.

Stories and facts relating to the prized jewel were shared at the last meeting of the Darlington Women’s Club.

Expert gemologist Robert Bolton entertained members with exotic tales about famous diamonds and shared his expertise concerning the production and cutting of the valuable stone.

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Mr Bolton’s presentation on the nature and invincibility of diamonds was met with interest by his audience, with a representative from the club describing it as articulate and fascinating.

The next meeting of Darlington Women’s Club, taking place on Thursday May 8, will feature a talk on Britain in Bloom.