Fresh look, the same time­less, ele­gant gem

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Contents - Words by Smitha Sadanan­dan

Fresh look, the same time­less, ele­gant gem

THIS SEA­SON, WE ARE SEE­ING A RE­TURN OF THE CLAS­SIC PEARLS fea­tur­ing mod­ern de­signs that con­tinue to rev­o­lu­tionise the sil­hou­ettes. We see cre­ations that stun ei­ther with big and bold styles or with min­i­mal­is­tic yet fun and in­no­va­tive con­cepts.

Early on, Greek jew­ellery de­signer Me­lanie Ge­or­ga­copou­los dis­cov­ered ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties by slic­ing and halv­ing pearls. The imag­i­na­tive de­signs for Me­lanie’s sig­na­ture line as well as her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tasaki for the MG Tasaki col­lec­tion are a nod to her com­mit­ment to rein­vent the way pearls and mother of pearls can be worn.

French-filipino lux­ury jew­ellery brand Jewelmer works around ex­cep­tional South Sea col­lec­tion, the brand takes in­spi­ra­tion from “an an­cient ship that held men’s weight as it glided into the water”.the grace­ful sil­hou­ette of the sails of a boat is im­mor­talised by

In­spired by the Chi­nese lantern plants, Ming Lamp­son’s Fruit Pearls ear­rings ex­plore pearls hang from long plat­inum and di­a­mond chains — above each pearl, light twisted

Ana Khouri spe­cialised in sculp­ture be­fore turn­ing to jew­ellery de­sign, ac­cen­tu­ates her cre­ations Pearl Lily ear­rings and Pearl Time ring fea­ture

of Tasaki, Prabal Gurung, blended sur­re­al­ism with cou­ture and took jew­ellery to Ate­lier Tasaki col­lec­tion

For his de­but high jew­ellery line, fash­ion de­signer Prabal Gurung blended sur­re­al­ism with cou­ture and took jew­ellery to new heights

be­gan on a trip to the Tasaki pearl farm in Na­gasaki, where I learned about the AMA pearl div­ing mer­maids of Ja­pan,” he ex­plains. Prabal loves “the jux­ta­po­si­tion of us­ing beau­ti­ful, delicate jewels and pre­cious stones with a more mod­ern ap­proach to the de­sign”. His Tasaki Ate­lier line mir­rors this very vi­sion, re­sult­ing in a be­guil­ing pearl high jew­ellery col­lec­tion.

This sea­son, we are see­ing a re­turn of the clas­sic pearls fea­tur­ing mod­ern de­signs

An­other in­ter­est­ing use of pearls is ev­i­denced in the de­signs by Rus­sian jew­ellery brand Pod­nebesnaya & Pod­nebesny a mem­ory dur­ing her stint in Tokyo many years ago. “One day, I saw my neigh­bour in Ja­panese style, and was dressed in a beau­ti­ful ki­mono. She had, around her neck, a strand of snow-white pearls and an amaz­ing ring, with an enor­mous Tahi­tian pearl de­cided to fo­cus on pearls for her time­less and mod­ern de­signs.the Sphere col­lec­tion — unit­ing round pearls and gems — is hinged on the prin­ci­ple that “cir­cle and spheres are an­cient signs of both ab­so­lute and per­fec­tion, while also sym­bol­is­ing har­mony of the world.”

Te­jen, a “con­scious lux­ury brand”. Te­jen’s V.03 Sable Doré col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing gold spheres and Ja­panese akoya pearls in loopy, di­a­mond paved rib­bons echoes a min­i­mal­ist de­sign. In­spired by the sand dunes il­lu­mi­nated by the sun, the moon and the stars, the jewels hint at dis­creet lux­ury.

Qayten’s Akoya pearl bracelet, Mike Joseph’s curvy pearl-adorned jewels, Belford’s golden South Sea pearl and yel­low di­a­mond ban­gle along­side cre­ations by As­sael,

Im­age cour­tesy of Jewelmer

Model wear­ing Jewelmer’s new Cruise Col­lec­tion jew­ellery set

Im­age cour­tesy of Tasaki Ate­lier

Su­per­model Gigi Ha­did wear­ing jew­ellery cre­ations by TASAKI Ate­lier by Prabal Gurung

Ban­gle in 18K gold with golden South Sea pearls and fancy yel­low di­a­monds, BELFORDEm­brace ban­gle in 18K yel­low gold with baby Akoya pearls and di­a­monds, QAYTEN

3. La Perla spi­ral dou­blefin­ger ring, MIKE JOSEPH

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