Some people’s destinies are sprinkled with stars, but it was diamonds, pearls and multi-coloured stones that studded the destiny of Fred Samuel.
Born in 1908 in Argentina into a family dealing in such precious stones, he conceived a passion for cultured pearls and won recognition as a leading expert in the field. He worked with the finest specimens, particularly those of a creamy-pink shade now known as ‘FRED-coloured’.
From the early 1950s, colourful stones kindled his creativity when the Nepalese king and queen commissioned from him jewellery to match the court saris.
Drawing inspiration from vivid, shimmering silks, he mirrored their hues with an almost infinite palette of sapphires or diamonds.