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Selection Stones and Pearls

s t o n e s a n d P e a r l s 2 2 0 / B a s e l w o r l d S e l e c t i o n Perhaps no company in the diamond and gemstone business exemplifies tradition quite like Rawat Gems LLC does. The company is headquartered in New York, but it dates back more than 250 years to Jaipur, India. When the founder of Jaipur wanted India’s best artisans to live there, he invited the Rawat family to come and carry on their craftsmanship in jewellery. Now, many generations later, Rawat Gems is still carrying on that tradition of fine craftsmanship, and India is the locus of its sourcing. Company head Kailash Rawat says sourcing is the key to the company’s success. “We always have an eye for things outside of the ordinary, things that are not common. We spot it before it becomes a trend and create a little bit of buyer ­interest in what else is there.” “Quality” and “rarity” are the watchwords at Rawat. “The rarity of our items is what really sets us apart and keeps people interested,” Kailash Rawat says. “We keep it special and extraordinary. When people come to us they know we’re a real source of the unusual and rare. They can find things not found anywhere else.” Rawat has a flair for surprise, and trade fairs are part of the drama. “When people find us at shows, they are delighted to see things for the first time,” Kailash Rawat says, citing icicle diamonds and Colombian trapiche emeralds as two prime examples. Last year at Baselworld, Rawat captivated buyers once again with its exclusive line of Diamond Nizam Beads, inspired by ancient India’s Nizam dynasty. This year they promise to bring a special collection of natural pearls never seen before. “There are many kinds of natural pearls, but these are very unusual, very different,” Kailash Rawat says. That is all he would say on the subject, preferring to let Baselworld buyers be the first to enjoy the latest treasures from Rawat Gems. Kailash Rawat & Son Neeraj Rawat Q U ALIT Y AND RARIT Y Rawat Gems LLC · 3.1 / D17 1

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