STROKE OF BRILLIANCE

At Caratell, multi-hued stones are care­fully se­lected by trained gem­mol­o­gists to paint be­jew­elled master­pieces

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A union of East-meets-west per­vades the de­signs at Caratell. Here, ori­en­tal mo­tifs and Asian sen­si­bil­i­ties jos­tle with west­ern in­spi­ra­tions, and the crafts­man­ship is on par with the qual­ity vaunted by in­ter­na­tional jewellers. Each jewel at Caratell is proudly hand­crafted in its own ate­lier in Sin­ga­pore, and founders Michael Koh (above) and Achil­lea Teng are strin­gent on fin­ish­ing and qual­ity.

The de­signs are meant to evoke emo­tions with their colours, aes­thet­ics and in­flu­ences. Each jewel tells an orig­i­nal tale of an artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion, of a scene in na­ture or a leg­end of yore. The lat­est col­lec­tion is con­cep­tu­alised in the man­ner of im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings, echo­ing the stylis­tic mores of artists such as Van Gogh and Monet. The small, vis­i­ble brush­strokes in­her­ent to the Im­pres­sion­ist genre are re­flected in the re­fine­ment of the metal that has been metic­u­lously crafted to de­lin­eate the lines of the sub­ject mat­ter. Pre­cious, coloured stones are care­fully se­lected to re­flect the ef­fects of light.

The Lily pen­dants, in­spired by Monet’s wa­ter lily art­works, are al­most ethe­real in their crafts­man­ship, the coloured sap­phires and di­a­monds play­ing with the re­flec­tion of light. A high­light of this Im­pres­sion­ist col­lec­tion is the Van Gogh Iris neck­lace, which fea­tures a 13.73-carat, Gü­be­lin­cer­ti­fied Afghan emer­ald—a stroke of mas­tery for the great mas­ter him­self. Afghan emer­alds are known for their rich, in­tense colours, and are ex­ceed­ingly rare, due to the re­stric­tions im­posed in the war-torn coun­try. In fact, a 10.11-carat Afghan emer­ald went un­der the ham­mer last year at Christie’s, sell­ing for a record-break­ing US$2.3M.

The fact that Caratell has man­aged to ac­quire such a stone is an ac­co­lade to the jeweller’s in­flu­ence in the in­dus­try: the founders travel ex­ten­sively to gem-bear­ing mines to cull and cu­rate marvel­lous, high qual­ity stones. They have an eye for colour, and find ex­clu­sive, rare and beau­ti­ful stones that are fused to­gether to cre­ate a co­her­ent mas­ter­piece. Their train­ing in lap­idary al­lows them to ex­plore in­no­va­tive cuts and shapes. In light of its cre­ativ­ity and gem-set­ting skills, the brand was also re­cently awarded the Golden Crown Win­ner for Lux­ury Jew­ellery Brand of Sin­ga­pore by Lux­ury Lifestyle Awards.

For now, how­ever, we have an ex­cit­ing few months to look for­ward to as the 12-year-old com­pany is work­ing on its lat­est projects: a line of time­pieces out next year, and a col­lab­o­ra­tion with an in­ter­na­tional brand—de­tails to be re­leased shortly.

01-47/48/49 United Square. Tel: 6251 2292. www.caratell.com

From top: Van Gogh's Iris neck­lace in white and yel­low gold with Afghan emer­ald, sap­phires, tsa­vorites and di­a­monds; Monet's Lily - The Rip­ples in white and yel­low gold with coloured sap­phires, coloured di­a­monds and green gar­nets

Mid­night Gaze neck­lace in black gold with di­a­monds, yel­low di­a­monds, sap­phires and ti­ta­nium; and Chrysan­the­mum ring in white and yel­low gold with yel­low di­a­monds, di­a­monds and sap­phires, both by Caratell

Per­anakan flower mo­tif ear­rings and ear cuffs in yel­low gold with di­a­monds; buah kana mo­tif ring in yel­low gold with di­a­monds; flower and bird mo­tif ring in yel­low gold with di­a­monds and tanzanite, and ring in yel­low gold with di­a­monds and nat­u­ral zir­con,

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