Baselworld 2016 Preview: Taking Jewelry-Buying to the Next Level

Visitors to Baselworld, set for March 17–24 at the Basel convention center, will be looking for the best in class in every category. The show is the go-to source for rare, one-of-a-kind jewels that high-end vendors hoard until it’s time for the annual Swiss watch and jewelry fair to open. Why? Baselworld is the only place where they’ll move fast. But the state of the global economy has some exhibitors concerned. Marco Hadjibay, for one, has reserved expectations. The creative director of Bayco in New York City described the fourth quarter as underwhelming and hopes it will turn around by show time. “The international markets have been soft, but they are slowly starting to recover,” he says. To that end, he plans on bringing a 7 ct. pigeon’s-blood red, cushion-cut Burma ruby ring for buyers seeking rare acquisitions. Ashok Sancheti says his booth will be jam-packed with top-

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