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Selection Stones and Pearls

1 0 8 / B a s e l w o r l d s e l e c t i o n s t o n e s a n d p e a r l s François Garaude is passionate about beautiful things and trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has been crossing the planet for over 30 years in search of exceptional stones. In addition to being an emerald expert, following his discovery of the gemstones during his travels in Brazil, this “stone hunter” has now become a specialist in jade, spinel and beautiful sapphires and rubies. “My selection criteria revolve around choosing natural non-heated stones which have not been subject to any artificial treatment and which meet the quality demands of the high jewellery sector,” he explains. For example, he presents a batch of 7 natural sapphires from Burma in a sugar loaf cut weighing 132.52 carats. He also offers magnificent natural rubies from Mozambique weighing 14.12 and 14.83 carats respectively – perfectly matched. In terms of jade, François Garaude has attended the famous Rangoon auctions and is proud to have triggered a trend for this stone among the big jewellers. Over the last five years, he has even launched his own jewellery collection to set off these jade stones. Lavender, black and yellow jade – many lesser known colours are given a new and particularly contemporary interpretation in his latest Orbitale collection. Known as the “king of the spinels” among the professionals, François Garaude has also brought this stone up-to-date with its 42 colour shades by offering batches to professionals or giving the stones a majestic setting in his own collections. “Over the last few years, the big brands have been turning to me because they know that I have some exceptional stocks, especially in spinel and jade, and I also benefit from a network of suppliers who can quickly respond to their demands.” Exceptional stones are close to Garaude’s heart and are his greatest passion. c h a s i n G t h e B e a u t y Garaude SARL · 3.1 / A09 frAnÇoIS GArAuDe, ceo of Garaude 1

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