Try Your Luck

Ward­ing off mis­for­tune just be­came a whole lot more lux­u­ri­ous with these ex­trav­a­gant tal­is­mans,char­lene Co writes

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Jewellery -

Clock­wise from top left: Monete neck­lace by Bul­gari; Tal­is­man neck­lace by De Beers; Golden Trea­sure amulet by Wel­len­dorff; Mag­ne­tique brooch by Chanel; Amulette de Cartier ring; Rose des Vents bracelet by Dior; a model wears an Amulette de Cartier neck­lace or cen­turies, jew­ellery has been used not only for adorn­ment but also as tal­is­mans or amulets. Be­lieved to ra­di­ate some kind of mys­ti­cal power, amulets were worn by an­cient Ro­mans and Egyp­tians to pro­tect them­selves against evil and danger, and to in­vite good for­tune. While most of us don’t take such other-worldly con­nec­tions so se­ri­ously these days, the ap­peal for lucky charms re­mains and jew­ellery brands pro­vide a steady stream of pieces to choose from.

Chanel, for in­stance, launched Les Tal­is­mans, a high jew­ellery line that’s all about lucky charms and amulets, last year. Chanel’s jewellers use mostly di­a­monds and crys­tals to cre­ate the pieces, which are sup­posed to emit mys­ti­cal pow­ers through “strange alchemy.” Bul­gari, mean­while, pays homage to its roots with the Monete Col­lec­tion. The mai­son has given an­cient Ro­man coins a sec­ond lease of life, us­ing them as cen­tre­pieces in its amulet-in­spired jew­ellery. Cartier’s Amulette de Cartier col­lec­tion uses a com­bi­na­tion of opals, lapis lazuli, mala­chite, car­nelian, chryso­prase, onyx and di­a­monds—stones be­lieved to carry their own mys­ti­cal pow­ers and luck.

Vic­toire de Castel­lane, the de­signer be­hind Dior Joail­lerie’s Rose des Vents col­lec­tion, was in­spired by the lucky star charm Chris­tian Dior car­ried, rein­ter­pret­ing it in the form of a wind rose, an eight-pointed star. The bracelets, neck­laces, sautoirs and rings of the col­lec­tion prom­ise to bring luck to their wear­ers as Dior’s charm did for him. Among the high­lights of Wel­len­dorff ’s A Day by the Sea col­lec­tion is the Golden Trea­sure amulet, which fea­tures a topaz em­bed­ded with a flaw­less quar­ter-carat di­a­mond in its cen­tre. True to its name, the Golden Trea­sure can be opened to re­veal a per­sonal ded­i­ca­tion or a date that holds spe­cial mean­ing to its owner.

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