February 2021: What's New In Jewellery
- Gübelin JewelleryGübelin Jewellery
- Melissa KayeMelissa Kaye
- Annamaria CammilliAnnamaria Cammilli
- Nuò by Cindy YeungNuò by Cindy Yeung
- Van Cleef & ArpelsVan Cleef & Arpels
- Buried treasureBuried treasure
- Dior JoaillerieDior Joaillerie
- One to Watch: Kong Hyo JinOne to Watch: Kong Hyo Jin
Mixed metal bangles are in demand, and ancient goldsmithing techniques are cause for celebration
Based in Lucerne, Switzerland, Raphael Gübelin continues to create authentic and innovative collections as part of his family’s eponymous jewellery business. Inspired by morning dew, the brand’s Lily Dew rings are instantly recognisable and can be worn either separately or together.
Shimmering streams of white gold wrap around the finger, wrist and neck in an elegant and timeless fashion. Graff’s signature Duet collection champions the use of white diamonds, which are presented in various glistening cuts for added depth and volume.
Chanel’s latest jewellery creations follow in the footsteps of the house’s historic Bijoux de Diamants collection, which was created by none other than Gabrielle Chanel herself. This diamond-dusted roster of jewels is divided into four motifs: the comet, the sun, the feather and the ribbon. Each piece is transformable and can be worn in different ways. We’re particularly fond of the Soleil de Chanel ring, which boasts polished slabs of white and yellow gold that are arranged in the shape of diamond-set sun beams.
Cartier breathes new life into its heritage pieces with Cartier Tradition, which is a division that tracks down and restores the brand's most exceptional vintage and antique creations. These rediscovered treasures will eventually be offered to a select group of VIP clients, who will be invited to a handful of exclusive exhibitions held in just 15 of Cartier's boutiques worldwide.
Since 1780, Chaumet has handcrafted more than 2,000 headdresses. Some of the most famous were worn by Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoléon Bonaparte.
Rendered in white gold, this Laurier tiara is designed in the shape of a goddess-like wreath—and it can be yours, for a hefty HK$2,360,000.
The electric green enamel that’s coated onto these cutting-edge earrings by New York-based designer Melissa Kaye will add an unexpected touch to your jeans-and-blazer ensemble this winter season. Held together by interlocking links of glossy yellow gold, Kaye’s Ada collection is eccentric and eye-catching.
Annamaria Cammilli has been added to jewellery store Masterpiece by King Fook’s list of lust-worthy jewellers. Water serves as the Florentine company’s biggest inspiration and its rings are particularly sumptuous. Known for its unique gold colours that range from a soft ‘‘sunrise yellow’’ to a bold ‘‘ava black’’ and cool ‘‘ice white’’, Annamaria Cammilli’s designs are based on the 1970s and leave you wanting more.
Nuò by Cindy Yeung
With three decades as a creative director behind her, Cindy Yeung, who is the visionary businesswoman behind Emperor Watch & Jewellery and Nuò by Cindy Yeung, has unveiled her latest fashionable and fabulous high jewellery creations. The Immaculate suite comes in white and rose gold, which secures clusters of green garnets and sparkling diamonds, alongside generous chunks of jade.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels has continued its collaboration with renowned Korean photographer Younghee Suh. In 2019, Suh created a series of photographs that brought the maison’s extraordinary Heritage collection to life. And the following year, she shot two other series that resemble still life paintings, which showcased Van Cleef’s Lucky Animals line and its lacquered butterfly clips. Now, Suh shines a spotlight on the gold-drenched Perlée collection. For this, her fourth collaboration with the French maison, she decided to make use of pebbles and rocks, after finding inspiration during a trip to Mongdol Beach on Geojedo Island, South Korea.
“Each small pebble twinkled like gold beads when waves washed over them, reflecting the splendour of the setting sun,” Suh says. “Nature’s pebbles and rocks are popular materials among Asian artists, probably because they seem serene.”
The latest exhibition from L’École, The Art of Gold, 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures is a follow-up to the jewellery school’s popular exhibition dedicated to the mysterious world of rubies and sapphires. Focused on the fascinating techniques of goldsmithing, this exhibition marks the third held at L’École’s permanent location in Hong Kong’s K11 Musea and will specifically dive into the history of Chinese gold craftsmanship. If government social restrictions are eased, it will be open to the public with free admission from March until May 2021
With warmer months just around the corner, it’s time to pick some pieces from Dior Joaillerie’s iconic Rose des Vents collection. For the line, creative director Victoire de Castellane reinterprets Monsieur Dior’s lucky star. Wafer-thin slices of mother-of-pearl are set alongside diamonds that are secured in place by fanciful cuts of pink gold.
Two elegant and understated kite-shaped earrings have been unveiled by Forms. Tapered ribbons of white gold are mounted with natural saltwater pearls and diamond beads, forming a series of stylish cascades.
One to Watch: Kong Hyo Jin
Kong Hyo Jin made her acting debut in the horror film Memento Mori (1999). She went on to win the best actress award at the London Korean Film Festival in 2008 for the rom-com Crush and Blush (2008) and starred in the television series When the Camellia Blooms (2019) and Crazy Romance (2019).
More than an actress, she has collaborated with K-pop singers and has even written a buzz-worthy book about protecting the environment called Notebook. More recently, Hyo Jin has been photographed wearing high jewellery pieces by Piaget. The Graceful Flight ring alone is set with 150 brilliant-cut diamonds that weigh a total of 5.90 carats, in addition to one standout diamond that weighs 2.22 carats.