French trader showcases exceptional Paraiba at Hong Kong fair
HONG KONG, September 22, 2012 – A French trader showcased a number of exceptionally rare stones at Asia World-Expo, including a neon green, 154.08-carat Paraiba from northern Mozambique.
Melchior d’Ollone told Jewellery Outlook during a visit to the Ollone & Ollone booth at Asia World-Expo that the vivid green Paraiba, which could be used as a pendant or bracelet, could attract a private collector or high-end jeweller from, say, Place Vendome in Paris or Bond Street in London.
Melchior d’Ollone displays 154-carat Paraiba
D’Ollone also showcased pairs of 11- and 8-carat neon blue tourmalines from Namibia, which could be worn as earrings or as part of a set – earrings, pendant and ring.
He also had a spectacular royal-blue sapphire from a new mine in Madagascar cut into a pear shape, and said it would be suitable for a ring or a pendant.
Like the Paraiba and the tourmalines, the 9.23-carat unheated sapphire has attracted strong interest at the Asia World-Expo, where Ollone & Ollone is exhibiting for the first time.
Ollone & Ollone sources rough gemstones in Madagascar and cuts them in Bangkok. The company has a showroom in Rue Jacob in central Paris.
The Asia World-Expo ends on September 23.