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Three pieces uniques featuring ultra-rare investment grade diamonds mark the inaugural high jewellery collection for local jeweller Artemis Rings

Since its founding in 2018, local jewellery house Artemis Rings has quickly grown from strength to strength. Case in point: the brand has already established an international clientele bedazzled with its bespoke creations, with commissions ranging from wedding jewellery to one-offs that mark special milestones in their wearers’ lives. Much of the brand’s success can be attributed to its founder Sandra Chew, whose expertise has been finely honed over more than two decades. This year, in partnership with Tatler Singapore, Artemis Rings rings in a new chapter with its first high jewellery line: the Regalia High Jewellery Collection.

A Collection of Showstoppers

Created in collaboration with Australia-based HSL Property Investments, the new Regalia High Jewellery Collection consists of three pièces uniques, each anchored by an ultra-rare pink or blue diamond from Australia’s now-defunct Argyle Diamond Mine.

The star of the show here is the transformable Argyle Alora, which can be worn either as a pendant with the accompanying necklace, or as a ring by itself. This piece of high jewellery is expected to fetch several million dollars, not least because of the eponymous Argyle Alora, a 1.03-carat GIA fancy vivid pink diamond in the ever-popular princess cut. The princess cut also has a pristine shape that is precise in its sharp edges and is one of the hardest most challenging shapes to set. And to highlight its exceptional hue and saturation, Chew opted for kite-shaped white diamonds of the highest grades, which she used to frame the Argyle Alora. The resulting piece bears an organic yet graphic design. Usually used for more natural pieces, this is more a precise tessellation that makes the piece one off, unique and harder to replicate. And this aesthetic continues in the diamond necklace, where over 100 brilliant-cut diamonds with the coveted hearts-and-arrows effect come together to create an asymmetric statement piece that frames and flatters the neckline. The finishing touch is Chew’s choice of platinum, which is used throughout the Argyle Alora high jewellery piece to create a crisp, icy brilliance—with a pink diamond blazing at its heart.

The Argyle Bellatrix, like the Argyle Alora, is a transformable high jewellery piece that switches from necklace to ring. Its centrepiece is a 0.95-carat GIA fancy vivid purplish pink diamond in an oval mixed cut, which Chew has complemented using pear-cut white diamonds of various sizes for an elegant tessellation on the upper half of the ring/pendant hybrid. Meanwhile, the lower half of the pendant sees a second tier of rose-cut diamonds—both to add depth to the overall piece, and to enhance the halo created by the upper layer of stones. Completing this set is the accompanying necklace that the pendant can be worn on. It features hundreds of brilliant-cut white diamonds that bear the hearts-and-arrows motif, naturally, but assembled in a symmetric curvilinear style that contrasts with the Argyle Alora. The Argyle Bellatrix high jewellery piece is estimated to fetch a closing price that’s well in the seven-figure range.

The Argyle Bellatrix, like the Argyle Alora, is a transformable high jewellery piece that switches from necklace to ring. Its centrepiece is a 0.95-carat GIA fancy vivid purplish pink diamond in an oval mixed cut, which Chew has complemented using pear-cut white diamonds of various sizes for an elegant tessellation on the upper half of the ring/pendant hybrid. Meanwhile, the lower half of the pendant sees a second tier of rose-cut diamonds—both to add depth to the overall piece, and to enhance the halo created by the upper layer of stones. Completing this set is the accompanying necklace that the pendant can be worn on. It features hundreds of brilliant-cut white diamonds that bear the hearts-and-arrows motif, naturally, but assembled in a symmetric curvilinear style that contrasts with the Argyle Alora. The Argyle Bellatrix high jewellery piece is estimated to fetch a closing price that’s well in the seven-figure range.

Rounding out Artemis Rings’ Regalia High Jewellery Collection is the Blue Astral Ring. As its name suggests, it features the Blue Astral Diamond, a 0.38-carat GIA fancy vivid blue diamond in the slightly elongated oval brilliant cut. To showcase this intensely saturated diamond—only one per cent of all blue diamonds are graded fancy vivid blue—Chew conceived a bold platinum ring set with emerald-cut white diamonds. The ring has also been engraved with a repeating motif of “MMXXIII”, not just to lend additional texture, but to also allude to the next Blue Moon on 31 August 2023. The tentative pricing for the Blue Astral Ring is in the range of mid to high six figures.

Beyond The Glitter

The Regalia High Jewellery Collection is a significant milestone for Artemis Rings, not least because it’s the brand’s inaugural high jewellery line. On another level, it represents a collective triumph for local jewellers as it showcases Singaporean works on the international stage.

"Philip Kotler reminds us that brands must be more than merely businesses. They must represent something that inspires us, by tapping into dreams, ambitions, and values. 'Be a cause, not just a business. Have a higher mission.'

I believe in having our local jewellery houses exposed in the international market can inspire and create a sense of individuality and excitement. Needless to say, redefine the norms and  exceed expectations in both designs and workmanship." –– Sandra Chew, founder

The diamonds at the centre of each pièce unique here also deserves mention. To put into context, the Argyle Diamond Mine alone was responsible for 90 to 95 per cent of the world’s pink and red diamonds from 1983 to 2020—but barely a champagne flute’s worth of these diamonds were mined annually in that period. The Argyle Alora and Argyle Bellatrix thus represent an extremely rare category of diamonds whose supply has since ground to a halt. The Blue Astral Diamond’s colour alone makes it part of a rare and highly sought after class of stones as well. These three coloured diamonds thus easily check all the boxes that make them investment grade diamonds, even on their own.

To fully showcase the Regalia High Jewellery Collection, the diamonds that anchor each piece, and the genesis of the pieces’ designs themselves, Artemis Rings has launched a unique digital experience that is accessible [here]. From closer looks at the pieces, to an interactive history of the Argyle Diamond Mine, to 3D looks at the diamond roughs, there’s much to learn and experience about the hands and minds that have gone into creating these timeless works of art.

Discover the Artemis Rings' high jewellery new digital experience here.

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