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Selection Stones and Pearls

1 6 0 / 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 “We’ve just purchased a new building,” smiles Daniel Vecht, managing director for London Pearl Limited. “It is a beautiful old building and was once the main post office for the Watford area.” The space gained will help the company expand its products and services, something, which will be ­evident at Baselworld. “We’ve ­doubled the size of our workforce and ­created tailor- made drilling rooms with larger production areas for making pearl jewellery.” “We have a lot of South Seas and Tahitian necklaces this year and some ridiculously unusual freshwater pearls!” Big, beautiful, and unusual, London Pearl Limited has it all. “I just finished a 17 mm to 20 mm South Seas necklace, which is fairly big. South Seas and Tahiti, as well as ­Freshwaters are the three main areas we cover,” says Vecht. “We do also handle Japanese Akoya, but there seems to be less of a market these days.” This all started about 25 years ago when Vecht, as a relative newcomer, was ­employed as a manager of the old London Pearl Company. Vecht worked there until he eventually bought the company. “We have slightly changed our name,” notes Vecht. “We’re now ‘London Pearl Limited.’ We can be found on LondonPearl.com.” “Everything we carry, we buy directly from pearl farms. We don’t buy any pearls from any dealers or second hand sources. I ­regularly go to China’s or Australia’s pearl farms and all of the farmers tell me that they are not treating their goods. So we do not have any treated goods in our stock.” And you will see some incredible natural colours at London Pearl Limited in ­Baselworld. Vecht would say that they are “ridiculously nice!” Case in point. “I was in China just a few weeks ago and found a matched pair of 17 mm round pink cultured pearls! The largest I saw last year in Basel was 15 mm.” 17 mm round pink freshwaters? That IS ridiculously nice! There’s the possibility of Vecht bringing a “golf ball made up of diamonds, set upon a cultured pearl shaped like a golf tee!” That should be fun! “I always like to find what is really unique.” This certainly fits. “Personally, I like very unusual colours and unusual shapes. It’s not necessarily about size,” says Vecht. He’s really looking for that pearl that cannot be replicated. We think he’s looking for pearls that look like golf clubs. “I don’t like to follow the crowd. I like to encourage the customer to think differently. We’re offering more than just a pair of earrings and a necklace.” D o u b l e t h e S i z e London Pearl Limited · 3.1 / N02 Daniel Vecht, Managing Director of London Pearl Limited

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