Salim is carrying on his family legacy by directing the Hasbani Diamonds business.
What does Hasbani Diamonds do?
We are dealers and designers of fine diamond jewellery and antiques.
What is your role and what does it entail?
I am Director.
Where are you based in Hatton Garden, and how long have you been here?
Up until the end of 2018 I was the Business and Brand Development Director for a very well-known fashion and fine jewellery brand at 7 Greville Street. Prior to that, I was in and out of Hatton Garden running the Hasbani Diamond family business for around 10 years. As of early 2019, our base is the London Diamond Bourse, however I still work with many people in and around Hatton Garden and the West End. You could say 10 years full-time and 10 years part-time in Hatton Garden.
What sets your business apart from other businesses in the industry?
I deal with fine diamonds and bespoke jewellery, and the majority of clients come from recommendations. We also have a number of regulars who did business with my late father (the original founder of Hasbani Diamonds) in Hatton Garden in the mid-1980s; and are still customers now.
What has been your proudest moment since working at Hasbani Diamonds?
I enjoy every moment at my work. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it! I am proud of every piece we make and every deal we accomplish. We believe in thinking outside the box, we make beautiful luxury pieces and handle rare and unique objects, and we are glad to serve anyone.
What’s your favourite thing about working in Hatton Garden?
The people, and the huge difference in ambience we have in Hatton Garden. At one end there is a Bazaar or Souk-like atmosphere, and at the other end it feels like Bond Street.
Have you (or any friends or family) made a jewellery purchase in Hatton? What did you get, and what was the occasion?
Yes, my engagement ring a long time ago came from my father and my father-in-law, who were both in the diamond business and based in Hatton Garden.
Where’s your favourite place to get a coffee in Hatton?
The Record Hall, Baldwin Gardens
Where’s your favourite place to get lunch in Hatton?
Maoz at 40 Greville Street. In Hatton Garden we are spoilt for choice. Many nice places, usually for a quick sandwich and a coffee!
Where’s your favourite place to get a drink in Hatton?
I should really make more time for that! I have been a couple of times to Bounce, 121 Holborn - it's a lively place.