WHERE TRUST IS A TRADITION

About Gaba Diamonds3

Origins


From a young age, Arthur Satariano aspired to work in the diamond trade and his wish came true thanks to some contacts who led him to a diamond cutting factory in Canada in the late 1960's.

After three years in Canada, Arthur returned to Malta and set up the first diamond cutting factory in 1972. He was soon joined by his brother Albert and two other partners, Samuel and Anthony Cremona. GABA, as the new company was called, become the first diamond cutters on the island and the largest traders in gold bullion.

Development


In 1973 the Company expanded its operations and entered the retail business on high-end quality diamonds, eventually diversifying into diamond jewellery design and production too. Between 1975 and 2000, 80% of GABA’s market was dominated by the distribution of diamonds, gold bullion, silver jewellery, 18kt gold, diamond jewellery, frames and household gifts to a network of local jewellers.


The Present

With changes brought about by the local economy, GABA’s setup has now flourished. Nowadays, the company structure consists of GABA Diamonds and GABA Gioielli, which was set up in 2002 focusing on retailing silver, gold, and mini-diamond jewellery as well as watches. Today the business is run by the second generation of the Satariano family namely Lee, Wayne and Sue Satariano.

The future

In 2010, GABA Diamonds and GABA Gioielli moved to a new state of the art complex in Naxxar Road, Iklin, creating a unique concept in Maltese jewellery with over four floors of display space dedicated to jewellery, with the opening of GABA Décor specialising in household items and wedding lists.

GABA Diamonds is nowadays housed in the top floor where it features an exposé of its craftsmanship and expertise in diamond jewellery, as well as product lines from highly reputed jewellery brands including By Dario, Crivelli, Lenti & Villasco and Korloff. In 2011, GABA also introduced Cyrus, a leading Swiss high-end timepiece brand producing numbered limited edition pieces for the true connoisseur.