In conversation with the Lohri family
A love of detail
A love of detail, a fascination for rare jewels and a sense for what their clients want – these characteristics are shared by all members of the Lohri family. Father, mother, son and daughter tell us about their everyday lives handling treasures that are anything but everyday.
What goes through your mind when you look at a large precious stone, like the unique aquamarines for which Lohri is renowned? Franz Lohri: Our many years’ experience with gemstones means we automatically run an internal classification through our minds, logging the colour, size, purity, rarity and so on. Franco Lohri: But when all’s said and done they are a natural wonder. What is it that makes these gemstones so desirable? Franco Lohri: Quality and exclusivity. The various locations
where emeralds, sapphires, diamonds or aquamarines are mined each yield stones of different qualities. It often happens that a single mine will bring forth a particularly rare, beautiful example of a certain type of gemstone. Mines like these are only discovered once every 10 to 20 years and they are exhausted on average after 1 to 5 years. So the finds from such mines are extremely rare. Eva Lohri: That’s what makes them so sought-after. Examples include the famous Kashmir sapphires. Another example is the wonderful Santa Maria aquamarine, which we use to make jewellery here.
Lohri Joaillerie Uhren &Schmuck 2016