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Affinity Diamonds launches rings for same-sex couples

  • Matthew Mitcham was the first openly gay man to win a gold medal for Australia
  • The retired diving champion has collaborated with Affinity Diamonds
  • He launched the first wedding ring line for same-sex couples on Tuesday night 
  • ‘This isn’t about filling a gap in a product line, this is about a statement,’ he said 
  • On Wednesday morning, it was announced Australians had voted ‘Yes’  

Laura House For Daily Mail Australia

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted ‘Yes’ to same-sex marriage in the postal survey.

And one man cheering along with them was retired Australian diving champion Matthew Mitcham, 29, who has been a strong advocate for marriage equality since day one. 

In the lead up to the announcement of the postal vote results, Matthew, who was the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for Australia, decided to collaborate with Sydney‘s Affinity Diamonds on a new line to celebrate same-sex marriage. 

And on Tuesday night, an optimistic Matthew unveiled the stunning His/His and Hers/Hers collection at a sparkling launch at Sydney’s Claire’s kitchen at Le salon.

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted 'Yes' to same-sex marriage in the postal survey

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted 'Yes' to same-sex marriage in the postal survey

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted 'Yes' to same-sex marriage in the postal survey

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted 'Yes' to same-sex marriage in the postal survey

On Wednesday morning, thousands across the country erupted into cheers of joy after it was announced that Australia had voted ‘Yes’ to same-sex marriage in the postal survey

And one man cheering along with them was retired Australian diving champion Matthew Mitcham, 29, who has been a strong advocate for marriage equality since day one

And one man cheering along with them was retired Australian diving champion Matthew Mitcham, 29, who has been a strong advocate for marriage equality since day one

And one man cheering along with them was retired Australian diving champion Matthew Mitcham, 29, who has been a strong advocate for marriage equality since day one

‘Sam wanted to create a line in celebration of and in recognition of same-sex marriage even though it hasn’t been approved yet,’ Matthew said of Affinity Diamonds director Sam Rahme.

‘But Sam didn’t care he just wanted to create this so that same-sex couples knew that there was somebody who was fighting for them.

‘So that everybody knew that there was as environment where people could come and they could go through this whole process, this scary, wonderful, lifelong process and choose rings.’

Matthew said he and Sam wanted same-sex couples to know that they a ‘were in a safe place where they were free of judgement and where they would be supported no matter what’.

In the lead up to the announcement of the postal vote results, Matthew (pictured) decided to collaborate with Sydney's Affinity Diamonds on a new line to celebrate same-sex marriage

In the lead up to the announcement of the postal vote results, Matthew (pictured) decided to collaborate with Sydney's Affinity Diamonds on a new line to celebrate same-sex marriage

In the lead up to the announcement of the postal vote results, Matthew (pictured) decided to collaborate with Sydney’s Affinity Diamonds on a new line to celebrate same-sex marriage

And on Tuesday night, an optimistic Matthew unveiled the stunning His/His and Hers/Hers collection at a sparkling launch at Sydney's Claire's kitchen at Le salon

And on Tuesday night, an optimistic Matthew unveiled the stunning His/His and Hers/Hers collection at a sparkling launch at Sydney's Claire's kitchen at Le salon

And on Tuesday night, an optimistic Matthew unveiled the stunning His/His and Hers/Hers collection at a sparkling launch at Sydney’s Claire’s kitchen at Le salon

‘Where they could change their minds 5,000 times and still be welcomed back,’ he said. 

Matthew said he was approached by the company to be an ambassador and to help design the range.

‘I was really impressed around their proactiveness so I did all my research,’ he continued. 

‘When we were discussing this range he asked me what I thought and so I told him. I told him lots of things. And one of the things I told him was that white diamonds, as beautiful as they are, they’re just so traditional.

Attendees on the night included Fiona Falkiner and her new partner Lara Creber (pictured)

Attendees on the night included Fiona Falkiner and her new partner Lara Creber (pictured)

Attendees on the night included Fiona Falkiner and her new partner Lara Creber (pictured)

'Sam wanted to create a line in celebration of and in recognition of same-sex marriage even though it hasn't been approved yet,' Matthew said of Affinity Diamonds director Sam Rahme

'Sam wanted to create a line in celebration of and in recognition of same-sex marriage even though it hasn't been approved yet,' Matthew said of Affinity Diamonds director Sam Rahme

‘Sam wanted to create a line in celebration of and in recognition of same-sex marriage even though it hasn’t been approved yet,’ Matthew said of Affinity Diamonds director Sam Rahme

'They just sound sexy, they're earthy, they're warm, they've got this beautiful golden tinge to them and I am really attracted to things that are gold,' he said of cognac diamonds 

'They just sound sexy, they're earthy, they're warm, they've got this beautiful golden tinge to them and I am really attracted to things that are gold,' he said of cognac diamonds 

‘They just sound sexy, they’re earthy, they’re warm, they’ve got this beautiful golden tinge to them and I am really attracted to things that are gold,’ he said of cognac diamonds 

‘Whereas cognac diamonds, they are kind of sexy.

‘They just sound sexy, they’re earthy, they’re warm, they’ve got this beautiful golden tinge to them and I am really attracted to things that are gold.’

Matthew said the best part of the collection they designed was that there is something for everyone. 

‘If you are two peas in a pod you can have exactly matching rings or if your relationship, like mine, is based on compromise then you can have a feature of your partner’s ring inside your own while still keeping mostly your own design,’ Matthew said. 

'If you are two peas in a pod you can have exactly matching rings or if your relationship, like mine, is based on compromise then you can have a feature of your partner's ring inside your own,' Matthew said 

'If you are two peas in a pod you can have exactly matching rings or if your relationship, like mine, is based on compromise then you can have a feature of your partner's ring inside your own,' Matthew said 

‘If you are two peas in a pod you can have exactly matching rings or if your relationship, like mine, is based on compromise then you can have a feature of your partner’s ring inside your own,’ Matthew said 

'We are pretty confident and we know how much love there is in the community,' he said 

'We are pretty confident and we know how much love there is in the community,' he said 

‘We are pretty confident and we know how much love there is in the community,’ he said 

‘If you guys are just opposite then you don’t even have to choose anything the same but the most important thing is that you are choosing something together because it’s lifelong and it’s a very, very special thing. 

‘We were so excited we decided to do it the night before it even got announced because we don’t care – it’s a bit cheeky because we are acting as if – but we are pretty confident and we know how much love there is in the community.’

Matthew concluded: ‘We are on the cusp of an incredibly important moment in our history. This isn’t about filling a gap in a product line. This is about a statement and a commitment by Affinity Diamonds to show their support for what’s right and to share the love!’

'We are on the cusp of an incredibly important moment in our history. This isn't about filling a gap in a product line. This is about a statement and a commitment by Affinity Diamonds to show their support for what's right,' Matthew said 

'We are on the cusp of an incredibly important moment in our history. This isn't about filling a gap in a product line. This is about a statement and a commitment by Affinity Diamonds to show their support for what's right,' Matthew said 

‘We are on the cusp of an incredibly important moment in our history. This isn’t about filling a gap in a product line. This is about a statement and a commitment by Affinity Diamonds to show their support for what’s right,’ Matthew said 

Matthew, who retired at 27, worked as a spokesperson for youth and mental health service Headspace and has spoken about the relationship between elite sports and the gay community (pictured right at the 2014 Commonwealth Games)

Matthew, who retired at 27, worked as a spokesperson for youth and mental health service Headspace and has spoken about the relationship between elite sports and the gay community (pictured right at the 2014 Commonwealth Games)

Matthew, who retired at 27, worked as a spokesperson for youth and mental health service Headspace and has spoken about the relationship between elite sports and the gay community (pictured right at the 2014 Commonwealth Games)

Attendees on the night included Fiona Falkiner and her new partner Lara Creber, Councillor Christine Forster and her partner Virginia Edwards, actor Brendan Irving, Nine News reporter Amber Sherlock and celebrity stylists Fleur Egan and Donny Galella.

Matthew, who retired at 27, worked as a spokesperson for youth and mental health service Headspace and has spoken about the relationship between elite sports and the gay community.

‘We are getting a lot more equality in the wider community but there is still fear (for gay athletes),’ he told the Guardian previously.

‘There are so few comfortably out and proud athletes in sport. I think (Australian) sport is a bit more conservative than the community but it is getting there.’

The new His/His and Her/Her collections are available now.  

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