T ENIG­MATIC AL­LURE

Solitaire (Singapore) - - Letter From The Editor - An­ton D. Javier Deputy Ed­i­tor

he al­lure of the un­known, the mys­te­ri­ous, the new, and the ex­otic is in­tox­i­cat­ing. It draws all of us like moths to a flame, es­pe­cially when we at­tempt to un­der­stand some­thing that’s usu­ally be­yond our com­pre­hen­sion. And this is ex­actly what we want to high­light in this is­sue of Soli­taire.

Through cel­e­brat­ing all things ex­otic, it dawned on me that maybe one of the rea­sons why an­i­mals play such a big role in jewellery de­sign, in ad­di­tion to their unique forms, is man’s de­sire to tame them. But be­ing tamed is hardly in their na­ture so we make do with their like­ness – per­haps as a ring, a necklace, or a pair of ear­rings.

In this edi­tion’s Bou­tique sec­tion (p.16), we of­fer a se­lec­tion of the most cap­ti­vat­ing an­i­mal-themed cre­ations.for some­thing a lit­tle more lit­eral, flip to Wild Glam­our (p.50) for a play­ful take on fauna and fine jewellery.

In ad­di­tion to an­i­mals, colours and gem­stones also play an im­por­tant role in jewellery’s over­all al­lure. In Be­yond the Typ­i­cal Choice (p.56), we high­light 10 brands and a se­lec­tion of their high jewellery pieces that sur­pris­ingly fea­ture stones be­yond di­a­monds, ru­bies, and sap­phires. Mean­while, in Power, Mys­tery, En­chant­ment (p.34), a con­ver­sa­tion with Mrs. Alisa Mous­saieff of Mous­saieff Jewellers helps un­cover some of the mys­tery that sur­rounds the enigma that is the emer­ald.

I am merely scratch­ing the sur­face in this let­ter. There­fore, I urge you to im­merse your­self in the won­der­ful stories and beau­ti­ful im­ages wait­ing to be un­cov­ered in this is­sue and I hope it helps fuel your cu­rios­ity fur­ther.

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