Step into the ro­mance and el­e­gance of old Europe

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Jewel Box - By David Yip

The Cin­derella Door pen­dant by Sin­ga­pore fine jew­eller Caratell is one of the high­light pieces in the sec­ond se­ries of ‘In Europe with Love’, a col­lec­tion in­spired by the ar­chi­tec­ture of Europe. “Two of the tech­niques used in this piece — fil­i­gree and mil­grain set­ting — are con­sid­ered highly tra­di­tional as younger ar­ti­sans may no longer be trained in these skills,” shares Michael Koh, de­signer and founder of Caratell. Set in 18K white and yel­low gold, the pen­dant is em­bel­lished with 53ct white Quartz, four Mar­quise di­a­monds, 718 di­a­monds, and 212 pearls. It took Koh a month to fin­ish the de­sign and con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion, and an­other three months or so for the painstak­ing pro­duc­tion, which in­cluded wax carv­ing for the cherub, pearl string­ing, and use of in­tri­cate mi­crome­chan­ics for the door hinges. “Peo­ple loved the idea that they could in­scribe se­cret mes­sages on the white quartz,” says Koh.

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