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Trade Secrets

For decades, one family has dealt discreetly in some of the world’s most extraordinary colored gems.  Forty years ago, Amir Hadji­bay made a generous offer on a mesmerizing, untreated, 206-carat Colombian emerald owned by a collector in Zurich, who flatly declined. Undaunted, Amir told him, “When you are ready to sell, please give me the opportunity […]

Bright Lines, Dark Metal

An inventive new aesthetic has permeated fine jewelry design—a penchant for sleek silhouettes defined in dark-finished metals and highlighted with boldly positioned, intriguing stones. These elegantly edgy pieces, which range from intricate, diamond-studded spider earrings to a spiked ruby ring, present even the most precious gemstones in daring, spirited configurations that play on contrasts between darkness […]