Business travel isn't always easy. Especially when every other stop is a town without roads. Working my way down the western coast of India, I opted for a pit stop. After weeks crammed inside planes, trains and automobiles, my body needed a break for routine maintenance.
I headed to a Kerala spa, tucked inside the forest, just miles from a Tiger Reserve. It was perfect. After a day of deep massage among the fields of coffee, cardamom and nutmeg, I was ready to talk gemstones. Luckily, so was my Sri Lankan friend.
We met at his shop in Ratnapura, the "City of Gems" in the busy center of the small island. The look on his face said it all. He knew I had a weakness for rubies. And he wasn't above exploiting it. We haggled some, but I knew better than to pass on a cache this sweet. The stones were going home with me.
Our designer transformed those stones — 70-carats at a time — into our Ruby Teardrop Necklace, an impressive 18" strand of faceted ruby roundells. Each shimmering red gem is linked with hand-twisted, gold wire and meets at a pendulous 10-carat, faceted teardrop ruby. One of the most coveted gems on Earth? Linked with gold? These won't last long. Not at this price. Sri Lanka, here I come.