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Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Spotlight -

Have fun with jew­ellery, say these de­sign­ers. Day or night, work or plea­sure, these baubles will im­bue a sense of con­tem­po­rary edge to any out­fit

Whim­si­cal by na­ture, Christina Debs’ jew­ellery show­cases the Le­banese de­signer’s zest for life, with bright pops of yel­low and play­ful mo­tifs. Her lat­est col­lec­tion, the Elec­tra, sculpts stones such as rock crys­tal, aven­turine, agate and onyx into the form of a light bulb.

Pops of colour in the form of Alexan­dra Al­berta’s pre­cious trin­kets in­fuse vi­brancy to monochro­matic wardrobes. Stones like lapis lazuli, aqua­marines, white jade, topaz, opal, mala­chite and more are the stars of the show, their beauty en­hanced by cap­ti­vat­ing de­signs.

If you’ve al­ways shied away from wear­ing jade be­cause it re­minds you of old aun­ties, Choo Yilin’s youth­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tion will surely win your ap­proval. The lo­cal de­signer plays with ori­en­tal and Sin­ga­porean mo­tifs that are in­cor­po­rated on jade ban­gles, ear­rings, rings and more, giv­ing an ex­otic and del­i­cate twist to the pre­cious stone.

The jew­ellery that Diah D de­signs strad­dles that fine line be­tween trendy and clas­sic, a bal­ance she achieves with fine crafts­man­ship and qual­ity stones and met­als. Each piece is in­jected with sass and edge, like di­a­mond­stud­ded knuck­le­dusters; cuff rings (bracelets for the hands, not the wrists) that come in knot­ted gold and rose-cut di­a­monds; or pre­cious bands of mid-fin­ger rings.

Al­ready mak­ing waves on the in­ter­na­tional front, the award­win­ning cou­ple be­hind the brand Ka­vant & Sharart have in­fused their Thai and Sin­ga­porean sen­si­bil­i­ties into their port­fo­lio of con­tem­po­rary jewels. Their in­spi­ra­tions are wide-rang­ing, like the phoenix and the sea, but what sets them apart is that they spe­cialise in dis­till­ing the essence of these mo­tifs and pre­sent­ing them in an ab­stract form that’s dis­tinctly post-mod­ernist.

2 1 3 1. Elec­tra ring by Christina Debs 2. Naga ring by Alexan­dra Al­berta 3. Sakura ban­gle by Choo Yilin 4. Geoart ear­rings by Ka­vant & Sharart 5. Ring by Diah D

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