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Selection Stones and Pearls

B a s e l w o r l d S e l e c t i o n / 2 4 9 3.1/F13 S h a u n G e m s I n t e r n a t i o n a l L t d . Shaun Gems International specialises in the big three – emerald, ruby and sapphire. “Unless it is some gemstone variety that is extra special,” says Shaun Ajodan, CEO. And not just blue sapphire, but every colour of sapphire imaginable! It was actually Shaun’s sister who got him interested in the gem business. “I started working for a gentleman during my ­freshman year in college who was in the loose colour gemstones business, ­specialising in, yes, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. He was dating my sister,” says Shaun. After graduating from New York’s Queens College with a degree in ­accounting, Shaun decided the gem ­business would be a better fit, and started his own loose colour gemstones business. “One of our specialities is to have mostly unheated, untreated gem materials,” notes Shaun. With emeralds in particular, it is more difficult to carry only untreated material. “Most of our more special emeralds are certified by the Gübelin Gem Lab (GGL), as ‘minor to ­insignificant.’ We do have emeralds with no oil, but it is difficult to maintain an ­inventory of untreated emeralds, much more so than ‘no heat’ ruby and ­sapphires.” Travelling once every quarter to South East Asia, Shaun picks up the rare gems needed for his clients. Some are beautiful as is, and others need to be recut and repolished. “We’ve been collecting and recutting gems in anticipation of the show,” says Shaun. “We do quite a bit of recutting, actually. We’ve recut some magnificent cushions, emeralds, matched pairs, layouts, all of which you will see at Baselworld.” This year, Shaun has been putting ­to­gether a very special layout – a rainbow of ­sapphires. “It’s going to be cushion shape sapphires, a collection of every ­single hue in which corundum can be found. ­Gorgeous colour, and gorgeous clarity, with ­padparadschas, lavenders, peaches, lilac and greens. There will be pistachios, and of course blues, and ­cornflower blues.” And at the same time, Shaun is making sure that the colours compliment each ­other, and that they are not fighting each other for the spotlight – a challenge for a layout of such importance. “Our layout for Baselworld should be very exciting. And of course, come and see the magnificent ­collection of Burmese rubies we have to ­offer as well.”­ Headquarters Shaun Gems International Ltd., 15 West 47th Street, Suite 700, New York, NY 10036, USA Established 1986 Specialities All Natural Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds head Shaun Ajodan, ceo Contact Shaun@shaungems.com, www.shaungems.com Tel: +1 212 840 2868, FAX: +1 212 840 2439 e v e r y c o l o u r I m a g i n a b l e Shaun Gems International Ltd. · 3.1 / F13 Shaun Ajodan, CEO of Shaun Gems

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