Parisian jewellery house Messika makes its Hong Kong debut, showcasing innovative designs on the dazzling diamond


Hong Kong has no shortage of options when it comes to jewellery, but the offerings just got a lot more dazzling and daring thanks to the opening of the first Messika boutique in the city. The bold, feminine and celebrity-loved jewellery house’s 700-square-foot Harbour City flagship is also its largest store in Asia, and features its popular high jewellery collection Born to Be Wild.

“Asia has been a key market for Messika’s long-term developmen­t and Hong Kong is always one of the major players in the region,” says founder and artistic director Valérie Messika. “By introducin­g our diamond legacy together with our vision in ‘diamond fashion jewellery’, we are confident that Messika will be well received by the market and be the ladies’ best companion.”

Valérie Messika, the daughter of famous French diamond dealer André Messika, created her eponymous brand in 2005 to offer a contempora­ry and accessible interpreta­tion of the diamond through innovative design and cutting-edge craftsmans­hip. Unlike traditiona­l jewellery, Messika’s pieces are akin to a second skin.

“When I set out to create my own jewellery brand, I wanted diamonds to accompany women every day and also during the most beautiful moments,” Valérie Messika says. “I wanted something cool, casual and easy-to-wear.”

To achieve this, Valérie Messika and her team of 20 artisans have developed a range of innovative techniques that allow the diamonds to remain the focus while moving seamlessly with the wearer. The exclusive techniques blend traditiona­l craftsmans­hip with state- of-the-art technology, resulting in earrings that “take flight along the ear” and rings that “rise over the finger”.

Or, in the case of the brand’s signature collection Move, a trio of diamonds that appear to dance within a precious cage. The playful design was inspired by the trickling stones Valérie Messika remembers seeing on her father’s fingers when she was a child, with the three diamonds representi­ng the powerful love of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

First created as a bracelet in 2007, Move has since been reimagined each year as rings, earrings, necklaces and bangles in a variety of styles and finishes. There are now more than 360 different versions, the latest replacing gold with titanium to cater to male customers.

Messika’s combinatio­n of dazzling diamonds and avantgarde design have made it a firm favourite among celebritie­s like Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts. The brand has also collaborat­ed with supermodel Gigi Hadid and unveiled the new Messika by Kate Moss collection during Paris Fashion Week in October. The British supermodel is also the face of the maison for the second consecutiv­e year, as seen in a new campaign captured by Australian photograph­er Chris Colls in the streets of Paris.

Each of the three images shows Moss bringing the city and its iconic Eiffel Tower back to life in all its glittering glory as she models pieces from the Move Classique, Move 10th and Lucky Move collection­s.

 ??  ?? Messika’s arrival comes just in time for the holidays, with a wide range of pieces perfect for mixing and matching
Messika’s arrival comes just in time for the holidays, with a wide range of pieces perfect for mixing and matching

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