Last week I visited Rayaz Takat of Takat Jewels to see his latest treasures, and I got to try on a piece that could end up in royal hands.
Stylist and publicist Michael O’Connor of Substance and Style walked me through Takat’s offerings for the upcoming LUXURY show, pointing out an emerald and diamond number worn by Joan Rivers, as well as myriad other pieces fresh from the workbench. But it was a different emerald and diamond style that got my attention: a 108.88 ct. Colombian emerald, surrounded by dozens of diamonds—the ones on the basket come with GIA certificates—while the center stone has certs from both GIA and a Gubelin.
The rock has been in Takat’s possession for about three years, and it took the firm four months to source the complementary diamonds and another five to make the finished piece. The likely candidate to purchase such a piece is a prince—an existing client—who lives in Spain, says Takat, maintaining the two will see each other after the Las Vegas shows.
“He just likes everything big—he wants everything splashy,” says Takat, adding that the prince has been a client the past five years and has bought upwards of 16 pieces from him. (He took me on a tour of his website photo gallery, pointing out style after style that has a home in the prince’s jewel box.)
“A center stone of that caliber is not easy to find,” he says. “It looks like it is 150 carats, but the weight is actually 108 carats. So, it’s not so deep, and the color is even.”
The price? On request. For a peek at how the piece looks on, click here.
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