STONE AGE

The fiery char­ac­ter of a pre­cious gem­stone is fully har­nessed by the artis­tic skills of Yuli Inc. – Fine Jew­ellery

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The adage goes that one does not choose a pre­cious gem­stone, the stone chooses the per­son. We can’t quite ex­plain why, from a tray of sim­i­lar-look­ing di­a­monds, our eyes will linger longer on a spe­cific one, re­gard­less of the four C’s and other cri­te­ria. Is it a mys­ti­cal con­nec­tion, pure sci­ence, or sim­ply a mat­ter of beauty in the eye of the be­holder, the an­swer eludes us, but col­lec­tors of pre­cious gem­stones will at­test that buy­ing a stone is an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jessie Foo (above) of Yuli Inc. – Fine Jew­ellery un­der­stands that this process is very much driven by per­sonal in­tu­ition, and seeks to con­nect afi­ciona­dos and bud­ding col­lec­tors to the right gems. A vet­eran in this in­dus­try for the past 20 years, Foo was one of the pi­o­neers who in­tro­duced coloured gem­stones into the vo­cab­u­lary of the lo­cal gem col­lec­tor. Her well-con­nected net­work en­ables her to source and find the most beau­ti­ful and rarest of stones.

At the Yuli bou­tique at Palais Re­nais­sance, cus­tomers are privy to some of the most mag­nif­i­cent stones that span the colours of the rain­bow, from bet­ter known ones such as emer­alds, sap­phires, spinels, coloured di­a­monds and ru­bies to more es­o­teric ones such as sphenes and tsa­vorites. For in­stance, should they come in ask­ing for a pink-hued gem, the spe­cial­ist will bring out trays of candy-coloured stones, from tour­ma­lines to kun­zites and even pink di­a­monds. They will be spoilt for choice for the best colour, clar­ity, cut, weight and char­ac­ter that per­fectly re­flects their per­son­al­ity and pref­er­ences.

Once the cus­tomer has made their se­lec­tion, the jeweller will then con­cep­tu­alise a de­sign that will best ac­cen­tu­ate the stone's char­ac­ter and brilliance. It’s a process that re­quires 10 steps from start to fin­ish, and each de­sign is uniquely cre­ated to suit the wearer’s in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Qual­ity is of ut­most im­por­tance at Yuli, and this can be seen in the stan­dard of stones on dis­play, as they are all rare and unique. Even in terms of crafts­man­ship, Foo will en­sure that each piece that leaves the premises is ab­so­lutely stel­lar. She says, “Each piece is worked and re­worked un­til it is 100 per cent per­fect. We will not de­liver any jew­ellery to a cus­tomer that we feel is not up to the stan­dards that we ex­pect and de­mand. Only when it meets our ex­cep­tion­ally high ex­pec­ta­tions does a Yuli jew­ellery piece leave our premises in the hands of a sat­is­fied cus­tomer.”

01-08 Palais Re­nais­sance. Tel: 6732 9648. www.yuli.com.sg

From top: Ear­rings in white gold with di­a­monds and pink di­a­monds; ring in white gold with Paraiba tour­ma­line, blue sap­phires and di­a­monds; and a spinel

Ear­rings and neck­lace in rose gold with spinels, di­a­monds, coloured sap­phires and mor­gan­ite; and ring in rose gold with di­a­monds and yel­low di­a­monds, all by Yuli Inc. – Fine Jew­ellery

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