ETHE­REAL IM­PRES­SIONS

The ro­mance of lace-pat­terned jew­els

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Content - BY NINA HALD

For cen­turies, lace has been de­sired for its frag­ile and del­i­cate na­ture. Both fem­i­nine and flir­ta­tious, it sug­gests ro­mance and mys­tery. Highly pre­cious be­cause of its del­i­cacy, this unique thead­work pro­vides a mul­ti­tude of his­tor­i­cal, ge­o­graph­i­cal, and aes­thetic ref­er­ences. Dur­ing the Re­nais­sance pe­riod, French, Vene­tian and Flem­ish lace rose to world­wide ac­claim. Over time, lace may have ceased to be a pre­rog­a­tive of roy­alty and aris­toc­racy, but it has re­mained a sym­bol of lux­ury, sen­su­al­ity, and fem­i­nin­ity.

In jew­ellery, the ef­fects and pat­terns of lace can be achieved in sev­eral ways. Tra­di­tion­ally made by the small­est and most nim­ble of fin­gers, the in­tri­cate pat­tern is im­mor­talised in spec­tac­u­lar pieces set with di­a­monds, ru­bies, and other gem­stones.

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