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Old world craftsmanship with the exotic of distant lands
By Edward Quan
Apr 12, 2015 - 2:17:43 AM

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Paloma Sanchez’s love of precious gemstones and diamonds has made her one of the top thirty jewelry designers in the world today. Featured at Vancouver Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 collections, she displayed a luxury collection that truly lives up to her reputation of fine European craftsmanship within the art of jewelry making.

As a GIA Gemologist and jewelry designer, she scours the world for rare gems to create her one of a kind necklace, earrings and bracelets. Exploring underground mines in remote corners of the world from Vietnam, Myanmar, Morocco, China to Madagascar.

Breathtaking is the only way I can describe her jewelry collection, as she has the ability to meld gems in their rough form into her jewelry designs. But her artistry of polishing gems, which brings out their fierce inner light and color is truly brilliant.

What is remarkable is that her jewelry designs bring both the elegance of old world craftsmanship with the exotic of distant lands. Each jewelry piece has a story to tell, usually from a far mysterious part of the world.

Since the age of nineteen, diamonds and precious gemstones have always fascinated Paloma Sanchez. It started with her first visit to a diamond mine, deep in the heart of the Amazon River basin escorted by a Venezuelan army general.

“I was fascinated by the miners themselves, some with no teeth and scars,” said Paloma Sanchez.

Originally from Madrid, Paloma Sanchez had been working in China for a Swiss luxury watch brand. After twenty-five years, and with her love of gems, she decided to open her first boutique in San Litun, Beijing's business district in 2009.

At first, business was slow and she soon realized that she needed to educate her clientele, so she began offering an exclusive gemology course only open to the foreign diplomatic community, mainly Ambassador’s wives. Each class was limited to seven students which ran half days, for four day over four weeks. She allowed her students to bring in their jewelry, and many of the women assessed for the first time what their husbands had actually gifted them. From there she was able to build a clientele had a love of gems and truly appreciated her craftsmanship.

Creating only twenty jewelry sets each month, her Beijing gallery is now listed in Louis Vuitton’s exclusive city guide on the path of voyagers.

Today, she has a second gallery located 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 and as one-of-a-kind as they are,” stated Paloma Sanchez.

More at: www.palomasanchez.com



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About the Author: Experienced luxury fashion buyer Edward Quan has worked with the most prestigious designer brands across Europe and America and shares his inspiration for effortless style on his website, StyleDrama.com. He has a passionate, yet intelligent way of describing his subject and has a keen eye for detail. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

 


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