Hong Kong Tatler - - Contributors -

Like any good Brazil­ian, Ana Khouri is very fo­cused on the body—well, more specif­i­cally the con­nec­tion be­tween the body and the mind. She started her ca­reer as a sculp­tor but soon re­alised that she was more in­ter­ested in de­sign­ing art for the body than recre­at­ing the body in art. She uses tra­di­tional gems in an ex­per­i­men­tal set­ting: think triple-band ear­rings and three-quar­ter neck­laces that chal­lenge per­cep­tions of typ­i­cal jew­ellery.


The Bri­tish de­signer is in­spired by jewels from In­dia and still trav­els to Mumbai and Jaipur ev­ery year on gem-scout­ing mis­sions. For Wil­liam Welstead, the gem is king and his set­tings are en­tirely in­spired by the jewel it­self, many of which are flaw­less pieces found in Burma, Colom­bia or In­dia and cut in unique ways us­ing tech­niques now very rare in the West. Think vast yel­low sap­phires set in gold as rings, ear­rings or neck­laces.

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