DENIM AND DI­A­MONDS

Qeelin con­tin­ues to amaze with its Wulu cre­ations – and this time, the brand’s iconic sym­bol is dressed up in di­a­monds with an un­usual new­comer: denim

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The wulu is said to have magic, pro­tec­tive pow­ers in Chi­nese leg­ends. A sym­bol of good for­tune and pos­i­tive en­ergy, the wulu has to­day claimed its place as Qeelin’s sig­na­ture mo­tif, a true clas­sic that stands the test of time since its suc­cess­ful de­but at Cannes in 2004.

With a shape so dis­tinct – a gourd with ro­tund curves in the shape of the nu­meral “8” – the wulu was born to be a state­ment piece. Over the years, Qeelin has showed off nu­mer­ous in­car­na­tions of the beloved sym­bol, from fine jew­ellery rings and bracelets to sautoir neck­laces and di­a­mond- pavéd ver­sions. The lat­est trans­for­ma­tion is the Wulu In­ter­change­able Bracelets, which comes with mul­ti­coloured in­ter­change­able straps that trans­form your jew­elled Wulu buckle from day to night for any oc­ca­sion.

“It’s not every day that you can wear some­thing so iconic and yet make it look dif­fer­ent each time,” says Qeelin creative di­rec­tor Den­nis Chan. “The strong earth­i­ness of leather straps jux­ta­poses the glit­ter­ing di­a­monds on the 18K rose gold Wulu buckle – per­fect for work or play. Want to dress it up? Opt for the el­e­gant 18K rose gold bracelet that in­stantly el­e­vates it to fine jew­ellery. The play­ful­ness and youth­ful ap­peal of the denim strap will ap­peal to fash­ion rebels.”

Did we say denim? In­deed, we did. Denim might be the last ma­te­rial you’d think would be paired with di­a­monds; surely, the el­e­gant gems are the po­lar op­po­site of the func­tional, tough and ca­sual ma­te­rial that’s pri­mar­ily seen in jeans. But put aside denim’s hum­ble be­gin­nings as the work­wear of choice for gold min­ers, and you’ll find the com­bi­na­tion ut­terly fas­ci­nat­ing and wickedly apt.

“We’re taking a risk, we know, but be­ing stylish re­quires you to push bound­aries – maybe even to re­de­fine the rules when the time is ripe,” ex­plains Chan. “Hel­mut Lang did it with his game-chang­ing paint-splat­tered lux­ury denim jeans. Now Qeelin brings denim back to the gold it was in­vented to help seek.”

So, be­hold; in its lat­est col­lec­tion, Qeelin brings denim to the fore­front in the Wulu Denim Pen­dant. Denim is no longer just the sup­port­ing ac­tress in the jew­ellery cre­ation, it is the star.

We have to ad­mit, there’s some­thing about the roughly tex­tured blue against the sparkle of the di­a­monds that is truly be­guil­ing. Chan asks, rhetor­i­cally, “Why can’t we have some fun with lux­ury jew­ellery?” And he’s right. There’s ab­so­lutely no rea­son we can’t.

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Top Left: The in­ter­change­able strap on the Wulu bracelet makes it an eas­ily trans­formable piece for day and night Above:Denim and di­a­monds might be an un­usual com­bi­na­tion, but Qeelin creative di­rec­tor Den­nis Chan urges us to have fun with fine jew­ellery

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