MADE WITH PASSION
Caratell’s exceptional jewellery is the result of decades of dedication to its craft
Speaking to designers Michael Koh and Achillea Teng of Caratell is a real pleasure— their passion for the art and craft of jewellery making is clearly evident. They make frequent trips to gem and mineral mines and trading areas to source for rare untreated gems to use in Caratell’s jewellery—vietnam to look for cobalt blue spinels and tourmalines, Cambodia for sapphires and zircons (a real gem, not to be confused with cubic zirconia), Sri Lanka for sapphires, and Myanmar for jadeite and Mogok rubies. Once back in Singapore, Michael, who has training in lapidary, can cut some of the stones in more unusual ways. Achillea and him then design pieces that showcase both the beauty of the gems and the skills of their craftsmen, who are all based in Singapore. The necklace (pictured) contains a stunning untreated 16.41 carat emerald from southern Ethiopia, with certificates proving its authenticity. The Above The Clouds collection (pictured right and far right), on the other hand, combines small coloured gemstones in a gold framework inspired by ancient Japanese ink paintings. The clouds on the pieces even have articulated joints that allow them to move and be worn in different positions.