Coloured gemstone specialists are enticing collectors and jewellers with their fine selection of exceptional stones.
Vikar Ahmed of Germany impressed buyers at the 2017 edition of the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show in Hong Kong with his expansive collection of gemstones in trendy colours.
The gemstone trader’s top offerings included a 106.3-carat green tourmaline from Congo, which pays homage to “Greenery,” Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year.
“This mesmerising stone perfectly matches the Pantone Colour of the Year. We are also launching a wide collection of tourmalines in different tones of green,” Ahmed said. “Green tourmalines are the perfect representation of Greenery, and it is also among the mainland Chinese buyers’ most favoured colours.”
The company also presented natural unheated Paraiba tourmalines such as a 3.19-carat stone from the Niagara Collection, yellow canary tourmalines, and gemstones in light to intense blue shades as well as Namibian blue tourmalines in a pure “blue jeans” colour. The company is targeting high-end jewellery brands, gemstone collectors and investors.
“Our company’s biggest advantage is our gemstone-cutting and polishing expertise. All our gemstones are cut and polished in our lapidary in Idar-Oberstein. We cut the stones perfectly to give them a bright, shiny colour, regardless of the weight, which our customers prefer,” the company noted.
Caram eK was also consistently drawing buyers to its booth with its coloured gemstone layouts, with a special emphasis on top-quality emeralds and sapphires. At the show, the dealer showcased a 27-carat cushion-cut Zambian emerald of exceptional colour and clarity. According to the company, the stone is beautifully cut, with an almost antique-looking silhouette.
“Our family has been in the emerald-cutting and trading business for over 250 years, originating in Jaipur. Since then, we have built a stunning collection of both Colombian and Zambian emeralds,” said company executive Rahul Jain.
The Germany-based company also displayed a 7-carat unheated Royal Blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Jain also mentioned a generally higher appreciation for well-cut gemstones among consumers, adding that buyers are “realising that paying a little extra for such stones is worth the investment as these products move the fastest.”
Tavares Gems Ltda of Brazil drew attention with its selection of quartz and tourmaline stones, including a special array of cat’s eye tourmalines.
Sized from 5 carats and above, the cat’s eye tourmalines come in green, blue, pink and red, company director Osorio Tavares said.
“Cat’s eye tourmalines are extremely difficult to make. While I have 20 workers in my production facility, I cut the cat’s eye tourmalines myself since bringing out the chatoyancy of the stone requires a particular skill. It takes me from 1 hour to 10 hours to produce one perfect cat’s eye tourmaline. The rarity of such stones and the effort and skill behind their production make cat’s eye tourmaline extremely appealing to the market,” he explained.
China is currently the company’s most important market, Tavares said, adding that he also secures orders from other Asian countries including Singapore.