Jet-Setters of the Jewellery World

Frequent Flyers
: IJ News Service
01 October 2018 1:01 PM
Reference: 11505
Vaibhav Saraf Director, Aisshpra Gems and Jewels

Ask any jeweller and he’ll tell you that his primary source of inspiration comes from ‘travelling’. India’s top retailers and manufacturers talk about their favourite holiday destination and share their wisdom on travelling with Vijetha Rangabshyam.

No one travels as much as jewellers. From acquiring the most precious stones to attending some of the best jewellery exhibitions, jewellers are true globe-trotters. This time of the year, when buying season is at its prime, jewellers are either scouting for the best gems or are in the lookout for stocking beautiful jewellery. But it’s not all work, there is also a bit of play, at least when it comes to jewellers! Only jewellers know the subtle art of mixing work with business.

Favourite holiday destination: New Zealand, for its natural beauty and adventure activities.

Food I like to eat: Local cuisine of any place I visit!

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Hong Kong show, for the diversity in vendors and the products it offers. 3 things that travel with me: Kindle, neck pillow and phone charger.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: A statue of macaw parrot made of various semiprecious stones.

I like to shop in: Hong Kong & Dubai From one traveller to another: Plan a relaxed itinerary.

Vaibhav Saraf Director, Aisshpra Gems and Jewels

Favourite holiday destination: Austrian Alps, where I find peace, tranquility & God in nature.

Food I like to eat: Japanese.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Baselworld for its amazing collection, new trends, European designs & finish and latest technology in jewellery.

3 things that travel with me: iPad, glares & power bank

A memorable piece of jewellery/gemstone I bought: Emeralds and tanzanites.

I like to shop in: London

From one traveller to another: When you are travelling, don’t stress about work!

Rohan Sharma MD, RK Jewellers, South Extension-2

Favourite holiday destination: Turkey, especially Istanbul, where I have learnt a lot and taught as well.

Food I like to eat: Falafel, hummus and pita bread are something I love to snack on while travelling.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: The September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem fair as it provides great exposure in terms of business and PR.

3 things that travel with me: Loup, tweezers and my business card.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: A ring from Burma with a 3.25-carat natural Burmese Pigeon Blood ruby.

I like to shop in: Dubai

From one traveller to another: Carry less baggage and focus more on the experiences you can find!

Rahul Desai MD, IIG

Favourite holiday destination: Turkey. I love their culture as it’s a mix of two richest continents, Asia and Europe. Food I like to eat: I always prefer to eat the local cuisine.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Doha Jewellery Show’ because there, we get a chance to share our space and compete with the world’s topmost jewellery brands like Graff and Cartier.

3 things that travel with me: Book, headphones and running shoes.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: Tiffany necklace with natural pearls from an estate jewellery show in Las Vegas.

I like to shop in: Prague and London

From one traveller to another: Explore a place on foot rather than in a cab, stay at an Airbnb rather than a hotel.

Rohan Sharma MD, RK Jewellers, South Extension-2

Shehzad Zaveri Creative Director, Minawala Jewellers

Favourite holiday destination: Prague, for its rich history, friendly locals and scenic beauty.

Food I like to eat: Pasta

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Basel Fair, which I have been visiting for the last 25 years.

3 things that travel with me: My phone, sketch pad and a pair of sneakers.

I like to shop in: New York

From one traveller to another: Travel light!

Shehzad Zaveri Creative Director, Minawala Jewellers

Favourite holiday destination: Switzerland for its pristine and unspoiled natural beauty.

Food I like to eat: Swiss cheese and lots of berries.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Hong Kong show as it has such knowledgeable visitors who already know and understand jewellery and gemstones.

3 things that travel with me: Book, earphones and sunglasses.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: A 100-year old antique pendant with a miniature painting of a queen from Hong Kong.

I like to shop in: Taiwan

From one traveller to another: Travel light and make room for shopping!

Bela Badhalia Creative Director, Adhbut Jewels

Dharmendra Tank Owner, Heeralal Chhaganlal Tank

Favourite holiday destination: Wherever there is ocean! Bali & Maldives.

Food I like to eat: Thai and Chinese.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Doha Jewellery Exhibition, they have the best brands

3 things that travel with me: Phone, sunscreen lotion and a bracelet that I never remove.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: Turkish bangles

I like to shop in: USA

From one traveller to another: Always make friends with the locals, they will show you the place like nobody else!

Anju Jain Co-Founder, Exquisite Fine Jewellery

Favourite holiday destination: The smaller towns of Europe like Florence, Amalfi Coast and Capri.

Food I like to eat: The local vegetarian cuisine.

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Hong Kong Fair because it happens at the perfect time and has the who’s who of the industry.

A memorable piece of jewellery/gemstone I bought: A 500 ct Zambian emerald rough that my father purchased for me when I was 14 years old; at that time it was worth half a million dollars!

I like to shop in: London, New York and Milan.

From one traveller to another: Explore and travel as much as you can and abide by the laws of the land!

Dharmendra Tank Owner, Heeralal Chhaganlal Tank

Varda Goenka Founder & Creative Director, Fine Jewels by DIAGOLD

Favourite holiday destination: Goa, because I feel like I am closest to nature.

Food I like to eat: Italian

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: Hong Kong Fair

3 things that travel with me: Travel pillow, phone and credit cards.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: A Roberto Coin bracelet in white gold and diamonds from Dubai.

I like to shop in: Las Vegas

From one traveller to another: Be flexible, and and when in Rome be a Roman!

Varda Goenka Founder & Creative Director, Fine Jewels by DIAGOLD

Favourite holiday destination: London in summers and Dubai in winters and for holidays Maldives for Ocean and the Alps for mountains.

Food I like to eat: Pan Asian cuisine at Zuma, Roka, Coya (owned by a dear family friend, the Waneys).

A jewellery exhibit I never miss: The HK September show. You get to meet everyone under one roof.

3 things that travel with me: A winter coat, black tie and tuxedo shoes.

A memorable piece of jewellery/ gemstone I bought: An incredible pair of Yellow Sapphires over a whopping 300 cts.

I like to shop in: Simply Harrods in London.

From one traveller to another: Drive around and travel light!

Rishabh Tongya Creative Director, Diacolor

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