Master of Class – David Birnbaum

by Caters News

New York-based David Birnbaum and his extensive network of contacts scour the globe for the most incredible rocks. His company Rare 1 are specialists in top-of-the-line diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls, selling to ‘VIP clientele types

Birnbaum deals with elite slice of the market If you’re in the market for some $100 million bling, a Fifth Avenue diamond dealer-to-the-stars claims to have the rarest ‘super gems’ on Earth.

From the newly trendy $1 million ‘Power Rings’ popular on Wall Street to 100 carat diamonds for the mega-rich, David Birnbaum and his extensive network of contacts scour the globe for the most incredible rocks. His company Rare 1, located above New York’s Fifth Avenue, are specialists in top-of-the-line goods – diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls, selling to ‘VIP clientele types.’

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Fifth Avenue brands such as De Beers and Cartier sell their sparklers to the top 2 per cent of the population, on average. But Birnbaum deals with an even more elite slice of the market – the top 0.1 per cent only, otherwise known as the mega, mega rich.

Fortunately for Birnbaum, these people are heads-of-state or genuine Hollywood A-Listers leading luxurious lifestyles with deep pockets and money to burn.

Birnbaum, who lives in New York, said: ‘What we do lies on the border between mission impossible and mission possible – we have to keep finding ever-more unique and ever-more special gems all the time.  ‘Our primary clientele are from the top 1/10 of 1 per cent of the global financial elite but over the years we have developed a dynamic and loyal client group ranging from young bankers to heads-of-state

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Birnbaum, who lives in New York, said: ‘What we do lies on the border between mission impossible and mission possible – we have to keep finding ever-more unique and ever-more special gems all the time.  ‘Our primary clientele are from the top 1/10 of 1 per cent of the global financial elite but over the years we have developed a dynamic and loyal client group ranging from young bankers to heads-of-state.

Photographed by Bernadet Te Marciniak & Caters News

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