What are the stones that jewellery collectors clamouring after now? How have jewellery lovers’ tastes evolved since the pandemic? How is Chopard leading the way in paving a sustainable supply chain in the industry? All these questions and more were answered at the Chopard Paradise dinner, hosted by the Swiss jeweller and Tatler Singapore.
Held at the intimate Casuarina Suite at Raffles Singapore, the dinner and panel discussion saw Tatler guests—decked in their best interpretation of the theme of the evening, Paradise Chic—indulge in beautiful baubles and stirring conversations. Old friends were happy to be out and about after months of lockdown, and the energy was infectious as they tucked into the delectable three-course meal and good wine. To whet their appetite, Chopard’s CEO for Asia Pacific, Stephan Ritzmann, and Valerie Chan, high jewellery director for Southeast Asia, spoke to Tatler Singapore’s Editor in Chief, Karishma Tulsidas, about the inspiration behind the latest Paradise collection and broader industry trends.
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Chan revealed that since the pandemic, collectors have been hankering after more accessible, everyday jewels, while stones such as spinels were gaining even more traction. She also revealed that the spectacular gemstones used in the collection were mined using ethical practices, a tenet that was reiterated by Ritzmann, who proudly shared about Chopard’s Journey to Sustainability. It started in 2013, he revealed, and the brand has made considerable strides in its quest for accountability and good governance.
“The year 2018 represents a special milestone as it was then that we committed to using 100 per cent ethical gold for the creation of all our watches and jewellery,” shared Ritzmann. “This is a bold endeavour, but one that we must pursue if we are to make a difference to the lives of the people who make our business possible. Our ethical gold is sourced through two transparent and traceable schemes: Through RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council)-certified refineries or artisanal and small-scale mines which represent today 40 per cent of our fine gold sourcing.”