On why more people are becoming interested in gemstone jewellery
Vihari Sheth-Poddar, founder of Vihari Jewels: “It’s great to diversify your investment portfolio into a new category, and gemstones are fast becoming great additions to it. Rubies, emeralds and diamonds are all loved by collectors, based on their solid returns.
Rubies, in particular, are becoming rarer, and unheated ones from Myanmar are fetching extremely high prices at auctions.”
On what shoppers are looking for when buying bespoke gemstone jewellery
Vihari: “They want to buy valuable, timeless and heirloom pieces, and can afford to wait till the right gemstones come along, at times. They look for rare, irreplaceable and depleting gemstones.
These pieces do not come cheap, but certainly hold their value well. Customers who opt for bespoke pieces want one-of-a-kind designs that cannot be replicated. Each bespoke gemstone is a work of art. It takes time to cut and polish a beautiful gem, and it cannot be rushed. Attention to detail is extremely important, and makes all the difference between mediocre and magnificent.”
On what to look out for when shopping for gemstone jewellery
Vihari: “I always tell my customers to follow these three rules when it comes to shopping for gemstones:
1. Quality of the gemstone
2. Origins of the gemstone
3. Ethical sourcing and sustainability which is a very big part of the Vihari Jewels business model.”
On what makes Vihari Jewels special
Vihari: “We offer a wide range of gemstones which are investment-quality and grade as certified by world-renowned international gem laboratories. The brand has been around for 15 years and we’re known in the jewellery industry for having some of the rarest pieces of gemstones sourced from all around the world. We are involved in every stage of the design and production, and our quality is highly assured.”
On Vihari Jewels’ best-selling collections
Vihari: “The Vivid Bee – a delightful collection of quirky rings, earrings and bangles anchored by the humble bee motif rendered in vivid yellow, white and black diamonds; some even come with green tsavorites depicting leaves.
Set with Burmese rubies, the Ladybug lineup is a fun collection featuring ladybirds with transformable wings that can be opened and closed.”