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Jade Trau

Based in New York City

A jewellery house evolved around diamonds, Jade Trau pays homage to her heritage while designing for the present

A fifth generation diamantaire, Jade founded her luxury jewellery company five years ago, paying homage to her family heritage. With more than twenty years of experience, and diamonds in her DNA, her design philosophy creates synergy between her past and present. Everything is manufactured and hand finished under one roof in New York City, and Jade’s obsessive design process make for

incredible pieces that empowers self-expression. Jade Trau is a jewellery house of storytelling, an emphasis on the personalised nature of jewellery and pieces that wear beautifully and comfortably. And not to forget, diamonds! It is all about diamonds, their inherent beauty, and designs that evolve organically to enhance it.  

Designer Interview

Jade Lustig: "I am really honouring the shape, the sensibility and the artistry around diamond cutting and what that brings to the mix."

I think we should start with your background, because it’s quite interesting and different from most other people who work as jewellery designers.

Yes, I was a diamond buyer for many years. I started when I was very young. When I was 18 years old, I started working with my grandfather. Essentially, I just came in for a Friday job in order to make some extra cash. Within a year, because he was getting older, and the family business had skipped a generation, he sent me to Antwerp instead of going himself. He had two brothers there who ran a very large diamond manufacturing company where they would get huge amounts of rough diamonds from De Beers, and since his nephews had taken over after his brothers, he thought it was time for me to go. I was literally thrown in at the deep end, flying to London to accept these rough diamonds. I had no idea what I was doing, but from there, I became the de facto diamond buyer for my grandfather for many years. We worked across the desk from each other.

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