T ENIGMATIC ALLURE
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.