THE JEW­ELLERY

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From clas­sic princess cuts to pink, yel­low and heartshaped di­a­monds, per­haps the most ro­man­tic jew­ellery house for a bride is Graff Di­a­monds. “Graff is known for the most fab­u­lous jewels in the world, in­cred­i­ble one-of-a-kind trea­sures that no one else will have. Our clients come to us when they want the very best, a pre­cious jewel that will hold its value and beauty, and truly im­press,” says Lau­rence Graff, the chair­man of Graff Di­a­monds.

Tra­di­tion­ally, a jew­eller sim­ply fits a stone into a stan­dard-sized mount, but at Graff, set­tings are hand­made to fit each in­di­vid­ual gem. “Our di­a­mond en­gage­ment rings also rely on this stoneled cra sman­ship, mean­ing each ring is cra ed by hand to cra­dle each di­a­mond’s unique sil­hou­ette,” says Graff. “Our min­i­mal plat­inum set­tings al­low the beauty and bril­liance of each di­a­mond to shine through. Mas­ter ring moun­ters en­sure a stone is placed into its plat­inum mount so light can pass through it, am­pli­fy­ing the bril­liance of its nat­u­ral lu­mi­nes­cence.”

But a bride who re­ally wants to make a state­ment might ask Graff to do her hair – last year, to mark his 60th an­niver­sary in the busi­ness, he cre­ated a $500,000 (Dh1.84m) hairdo us­ing some of his most fa­mous pieces as or­na­ments.

If you want to feel like a princess on your big day, it has to be Chopard, the Swiss watch and jew­ellery com­pany that sup­plied jew­ellery to El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley for her $2.5 mil­lion (Dh9.2m) fairy-tale wed­ding to Arun Nayar in 2007.

Chopard reg­u­larly chan­nels a royal aes­thetic, hav­ing been the of­fi­cial jew­eller for last year’s film Diana, in which Naomi Watts played Diana, Princess of Wales. The pieces seen on screen in­cluded sap­phire and di­a­mond ear­rings that matched the princess’s fa­mous en­gage­ment ring, now adorn­ing the fin­ger of the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

In 2012, Chopard also pro­duced an Haute Joail­lerie collection in­spired by Dis­ney princesses, in­clud­ing a ruby Snow White ap­ple ring and a flo­ral Cin­derella head­piece. This year’s bridal collection in­cludes an ex­quis­ite pair of flower-shaped ear­rings and an 18K white gold and di­a­mond watch. With this much sparkle on her wrist, there’s no way the bride will be late.

PRINCESS CHARM­ING The Cin­derella tiara and match­ing ear­rings from Chopard’s Haute Joail­lerie collection. Be­low, this peach, gold and ivory in­vi­ta­tion from De­sign by Louma will make a last­ing first im­pres­sion. de­signed by Louma Bar­dawil

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