Hollie Bon­neville BAR­DEN

The head de­signer at De Beers on her de­sign aes­thetic and the most fas­ci­nat­ing di­a­mond she’s seen yet. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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Hollie Bon­neville Bar­den El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. She had a great collection and an eye for de­sign. My aes­thetic of time­less el­e­gance with an un­ex­pected twist would be a great match! De Beers, 39A, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC. Tel: 03-2166 8863. How did you get into o jew­ellery de­sign? I had a bril­liant tu­tor, Noon Mitchell, who chal­lenged my ex­pec­ta­tions of jew­ellery and en­cour­aged my in­no­va­tive na­ture. I then went on to study jew­ellery de­sign at Cen­tral Saint Martins. Your favourite de­signs for De Beers so far? My first collection for De Beers, Imag­i­nary Na­ture high jew­ellery, in­spired by the un­ex­pected trans­for­ma­tions and move­ments in na­ture. Its hero was a brooch with a beau­ti­ful 16-carat pear-cut di­a­mond. I fell in love with pears at this mo­ment. The most fas­ci­nat­ing stone you’ve come across? A 73-carat rare, honey-coloured rough di­a­mond that had such lus­tre in its nat­u­ral form. Un­cut di­a­monds have an ir­re­sistible tac­tile qual­ity. Then there’s a mag­nif­i­cent blue-grey di­a­mond for a be­spoke piece. I’ve never seen a di­a­mond that changed colour so much, from deep grey to clear pale blue. What sets a De Beers di­a­mond apart? The beauty of a di­a­mond to us is de­fined by Fire (dis­per­sion of light), Life (scin­til­la­tion), and Bril­liance (nat­u­ral trans­parency), even with other­wise per­fectly cor­rect 4Cs. The De Beers di­a­mond se­lec­tion process is unique; it re­jects stones for their lack of beauty or vis­ual ex­cite­ment. What’s new for De Beers this year? The launch of my first en­gage­ment ring ‘Ca­ress’; I think people will like the de­sign, which cap­tures the ‘clas­sic with a twist’ aes­thetic of De Beers so well. A big mo­ment for us will be the re­veal of my first full collection for De Beers as head de­signer, launch­ing jew­ellery, high jew­ellery, and watches. Clas­sic pieces ev­ery woman should own? The Th De Beers Ar­peg­gia One Line collection pro­vides the per­fect pieces for fo an ever chang­ing wardrobe. These time­less de­signs go as well wi with jeans as they do for an evening look. Do per­sonal per mem­o­ries in­flu­ence your work? My grand­mother gr had an amaz­ing jew­ellery collection. She would woul al­low me to sit and look through each and ev­ery ery piece, pie telling me where each piece had come from and who ho had ha owned it be­fore her. I’m in­spired by these mem­o­ries. A jew­ellery piece you’ll never part with? A fam­ily heir­loom from my grand­mother. It is more than just ta a piece of jew­ellery – there’s so much his­tory and it’s ir­re­place­able. Who would you love to de­sign jew­ellery for? Ar­peg­gia One Line neck­lace, De Beers Ar­peg­gia One Line ear­rings, De Beers

The de­signer’s cre­ations for De Beers broke the mould

Ring, De Beers

Thread-pavé ban­gle, De Beers

In­fin­ity band, De Beers

Mak­ing of the Imag­i­nary Na­ture collection

Ar­peg­gia One Line bracelet, De Beers

Set­ting the stones re­quires a steady hand

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