The story of Boy Meets Girl is one for the ages, and the same is true about the romantic legend behind Qixi Festival—also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Niulang, a cowherd, fell in love with Zhinü, a heavenly weaver who came down to Earth. They got married, but the emperor of heaven whisked her back to her celestial home. Heartbroken, Niulang tried but failed to get to her, and this act of love touched a tiding of magpies. They formed a bridge in the sky for them to meet, which moved the emperor, allowing them to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh Lunar month.
This year Qixi Festival falls on August 15, and expressions of love are best made through sentimental jewellery, so here is a round-up of the items that very much say: “I love you”.
This Divas’ Dream necklace from Bulgari is for the sweetheart in your life, as represented by the feminine fan shape of the pendant. Inspired by the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, the pendant is set with diamonds and pink sapphires in a gradation that resembles the mosaics found on the floors there. The 18-karat rose gold chain complements the pink hues of the gemstones, creating a pleasing and glittering gradient.