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Precious gemstones and diamonds have always fascinated Paloma Sanchez. It all started at the age of 19 with her first visit to a diamond mine escorted by an Venezuelan Military General into the dense jungle of the Amazon River basin.
“I was fascinated by the miners themselves, some with no teeth and scars,” said Paloma Sanchez.
Above photo: Tanzanite crystal (28,8 cts) from Tanzania (Collectors specimen) set in 18 Kts white gold and Diamonds necklace.
As a GIA Gemologist and jewelry designer, she scours the world for rare gems to create her one of a kind pieces of art – necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Exploring underground mines in remote corners of the world from China, Madagascar, Myanmar, Morocco to USA.
Breathtaking is the only way one can describe her jewelry collection. As she has the ability to meld gems in their rough form in her jewelry designs. But it’s her artistry of polishing gems, which brings out their fierce inner light and color that is truly brilliant.
What is remarkable is that her jewelry design brings both the elegance of old world craftsmanship while capturing the exoticness of distant lands. No doubt each jewelry piece has a story, most likely from exotic and distant lands.
Originally from Madrid, Paloma Sanchez had been working in China for a Swiss luxury watch brand. After over 25 years of her love of gems, she decided to open her first gallery in San Litun, Beijing business district in 2009.
At first, business was slow and soon realized that she needed to educate her clientele. So she began offering a private Gemology courses to the foreign diplomatic community, most notably Ambassador’s wives. Each class was limited to seven students which ran half days for four day over four weeks. Allowing them to bring in their jewelry to see exactly what their husbands gave them. From those classes, she was able to build her exclusive clientele which appreciated her craftsmanship and love of gems.
Crafting only 20 jewelry sets each month, Paloma Sanchez’s gallery is now found in Louis Vuitton’s prestigious city guide for Beijing. Recently, she opened a second gallery on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
“It delights me to see women of individual character wear my unique creations. My personal view is that jewelry should be as precious as the one-of-a-kind as they are,” stated Paloma Sanchez.
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