Podcast: Gems, Books and Friends

June 9, 2024   |  Jewelry Connoisseur Team

Gem dealer and author Benjamin Zucker reminisces about his rich professional journey – the extraordinary stones, illustrious publications and meaningful relationships.

When Benjamin Zucker looks at a stone, he thinks about how its color resembles a specific hue in a painting. It’s this artistic approach that has directed his career since it began the early 1970s. Born into a family of gem dealers, Zucker has established himself as a scholar and reputed collector of antique diamonds and jewels.

His books — including How to Buy and Sell Gems: Everyone’s Guide to Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, and Diamonds and Gems and Jewels: A Connoisseur’s Guide — encapsulate his vision of making gemstones accessible to the wider public. Also under his belt is a biography of famed collector and Yale University namesake Elihu Yale, which Zucker coauthored with jewelry historian Diana Scarisbrick.

In this Jewelry Connoisseur Podcast installment — the last one this season — Zucker shares memories of family and friendship that form the tapestry of a life filled with gems and stories. He also shares some of his books, which viewers can see in the video recording on our @rapaportjewelrypro YouTube channel.  

To listen to the interview, click below.

This episode — along with the two previous seasons — is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.

The Jewelry Connoisseur Podcast is hosted by Rapaport Editor in Chief Sonia Esther Soltani, and produced and edited by Vanina Pikholc.

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