Cover Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

Take your pick of these luxury creations that would make for great presents on Chinese Valentine’s Day, which falls on August 4 this year

The romantic legend behind Qixi Festival (七夕節)—also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day—is a tale for the ages.
 
Niulang, a cowherd, fell in love with Zhinü, the seventh daughter of the sky goddess and a cloud-weaver, who had descended from the heavens to find her happily ever after. Disappointed with their relationship, the sky goddess whisked her daughter back to her celestial home. Niulang put heaven and Earth together in a bid to find Zhinü, but failed to reach her—and this act of love invoked the sympathy of the magpies. They formed a bridge in the sky to reunite the two, allowing them to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every year.
 
This year, Qixi Festival falls on August 4. With the festival being a popular time to present loved ones with thoughtful gifts, here’s a round-up of our favourite precious jewellery and timeless watches that will help you profess your love in style.

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Harry Winston

Harry Winston’s Premier Sweet Stars Automatic 36mm pays tribute to the tale behind the Qixi Festival. Two superimposed stars on a pastel-shaded mother-of-pearl dial is a nod to the union between the lovers, while the Milky Way is illustrated by three diamond-studded arcs on the dial. The scattered brilliant cut diamonds and rubies, meanwhile, are a symbol of the magpies in the tale. Powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, the watch has an 18-karat rose-gold skeletonised rotor; Côtes de Genève, or Geneva stripes; and a pink pearl alligator leather strap. Only seven of the watch have been made available, making it a much-coveted gift. 

Mikimoto

Mikimoto’s latest high jewellery collection Wild and Wonderful is a celebration of wild animals, and this brooch depicts a beautiful flamingo. 

It features 18-karat white gold, natural conch pearls, purple and pink sapphires, garnets, onyx and diamonds, to recreate the vivid pink hues of the long-legged creature.

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Bulgari

Part of Bulgari’s Divas’ Dream collection, this necklace features a unique, interlinked style consisting of three components. The first one is an openwork pendant, the second is set with diamonds and the third has a mother-of-pearl insert enclosed within a line of diamonds. The double chain passes through the openwork pendant frame. The necklace is set in 18-karat rose gold and comes with matching earrings. 

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Chaumet

These earrings and necklace form part of Chaumet’s Ondes et Merveilles de Chaumet high jewellery collection. 

The necklace is made of a string of deep red spinels set in white and rose gold along with sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines and brilliant-cut diamonds. The pear-cut diamond drop climbing earrings complete the look.

Harry Winston

The Premier Sunflower Automatic 36mm watch is part of Harry Winston’s Sunflower Collection.

The timepiece features 12 brilliant-cut diamonds depicting sunflowers. The centre of the dial is adorned with eight smaller “flowers”, made of diamonds and rubies. It also has a shiny pearl alligator leather strap. The watch is also available in blue.

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