’Tis The sea­son To sparkle

White di­a­monds will add glam­our to your Christ­mas out­fit, writes Char­lene Co

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches & Jewellery -

Add glam­our to your Christ­mas out­fit with some head-turn­ing jew­ellery set with daz­zling white di­a­monds

Dream­ing of a white Christ­mas? We are too—at least as far as jew­ellery is con­cerned. Whether you’re plan­ning to cel­e­brate the sea­son look­ing out over a snow­cov­ered lawn or a golden beach, the white di­a­monds in these fes­tive-look­ing pieces will com­ple­ment your Christ­mas party reper­toire. The Col­lier Ruban Pres­tige neck­lace by Chanel is set with baguette- and bril­liant­cut di­a­monds—a stun­ning match for a chic cock­tail dress. Harry Win­ston’s Sparkling Clus­ter bracelet would like­wise make a glit­ter­ing ac­cent, as would De Beers’ Dew­drop ring. If you’re look­ing for some­thing with a touch of colour, the Dior À Ver­sailles Fon­tange Saphir Rose earrings set with di­a­monds and pink sapphires would make a won­der­ful choice, as would Adler’s Shin­sei earrings dec­o­rated with mother-of­pearl, Paraiba tour­ma­lines and di­a­monds. Miki­moto’s wa­ter drop-in­spired Splash brooch, made with akoya pearls and di­a­monds, would give your out­fit a lux­u­ri­ous but edgy touch, while Roger Dubuis’ Vel­vet Rib­bon watch, launched just in time for the hol­i­days, would be a prac­ti­cal and stun­ning ac­ces­sory for a black-tie event. For a grand en­trance, opt for Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ Flo­cons Pré­cieux set—a neck­lace, bracelet and earrings that evoke snowflakes with white di­a­monds. Take your pick and bring the bling to your Christ­mas din­ner!

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Clock­wise from top: Col­lier Ruban Pres­tige neck­lace by Chanel; Shin­sei earrings by Adler; Dew­drop ring by De Beers; Vel­vet Rib­bon time­piece by Roger Dubuis; Splash brooch by Miki­moto; Dior À Ver­sailles Fon­tange Saphir Rose earrings by Dior; Sparkling Clus­ter bracelet by Harry Win­ston Far left: Flo­cons Pré­cieux set by Van Cleef & Ar­pels

BACK­GROUND Mous­saieff just might be the jew­ellery world’s best-kept se­cret. Known only to a few deep-pock­eted col­lec­tors and con­nois­seurs, the jew­ellery house be­gan life in the 1850s in Bukhara, Uzbek­istan, where a mer­chant by the name of Shlomo Mous­saieff started trad­ing nat­u­ral pearls from the Per­sian Gulf for in­cred­i­ble gem­stones from In­dia. His son, Remo, ex­panded the busi­ness in Paris in the 1920s, be­com­ing known as a lead­ing dealer in

nat­u­ral pearls. when it was the turn of Remo’s son, Shlomo Jr, to take over, he moved to lon­don where he con­tin­ued to grow the Mous­saieff brand with his wife, Alisa.

A WOMAN’S TOUCH Though well into her 80s, Alisa has not slowed down and is known as the “driv­ing force” of the com­pany. She took the reins of the busi­ness in 2004 on the re­tire­ment of her hus­band, who passed away last year, and to­day is one of the most re­spected fig­ures in the in­dus­try. The house has amassed an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of jew­els over the years. Per­haps the most spec­tac­u­lar is the Mous­saieff Red; at 5.11 carats, it’s the largest nat­u­ral fancy red di­a­mond in the world, and has been ex­hib­ited at the nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in lon­don and the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tute in wash­ing­ton DC. DIS­TIN­GUISHED CLIEN­TELE Given Alisa’s at­ti­tude to jew­els— “I find per­fec­tion ir­re­sistible”—it should be no sur­prise that Mous­saieff’s dis­tin­guished cus­tomers, roy­als and heads of state among them, keep com­ing back. “My bil­lion­aire clients don’t mind sit­ting with me,” she has been quoted as say­ing. “I throw di­a­monds on the ta­ble, and to­gether we choose the best stones and de­sign. out of this chaos are born many beau­ti­ful pieces.” stun­ning stones From top left: The Mous­saieff Red, the world’s largest nat­u­ral fancy red di­a­mond at 5.11 carats; neck­lace set with flaw­less white and pink di­a­monds weigh­ing a to­tal of more than 57 carats; twin ring set with fancy vivid blue and fancy in­tense pink di­a­monds

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