Episode 35: Kings of Emeralds with Mehul and Keshav Durlabhji. Imagine a family business where your great grandfather purchased the entire wartime emerald production of Colombia in 1946, an economic move so significant that it made the cover of the New York Times. In addition, the Durlabhjis had exclusivity for Sandawana emerald mine production from 1957-1965, virtually determining the top of the emerald market worldwide, as well as leading major gemology and charitable efforts to this day. We examine the finest emerald collection from around the world and hear firsthand accounts from Mehul and Keshav Durlabhji of growing up in a family emerald business so significant that it is said that “no account of (postwar Jaipur) can ignore them.” We take viewer questions throughout. Interested listeners can also view additional imagery at the Beekman New York instagram @beekmannewyork as well as to view the full interview at the Beekman New York Fine Jewelry Podcast on iTunes.
Each episode of the series features a conversation between Dr. Sharon Novak, certified gemologist and co-founder of Beekman New York, and an industry expert within the luxury space, highlighting their shared joy and appreciation of fine jewelry. Topics include mixing period jewelry with modern pieces, heritage and craftsmanship of luxury jewelry houses worldwide, certfied natural and phenomenal gems and collecting vintage jewelry.