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Award-win­ning UAE-based jew­ellery de­signer and gem­mol­o­gist, Vinita Michael, presents the Flights of Fan­tasy col­lec­tion, uni­fy­ing tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary crafts­man­ship. She looks to the past to move for­ward. “The crafts­man­ship and sur­face or­na­men­ta­tions ex­plore the lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of the metal­lic sur­face and are in­spired by age-old metal craft tech­niques from the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, such as enam­elling, li­gree, fret­work, re­pousse and chas­ing,” she notes, adding, “I was in­spired by the fal­con, a highly revered sym­bol in sev­eral an­cient cul­tures that rep­re­sents wis­dom and fear­less­ness. It took close to ve months to de­sign and craft this piece, and it is un­doubt­edly my most am­bi­tious de­sign to date.”

At the heart of the col­lec­tion is a one-off clutch that can be de­con­structed and worn as a two- nger ring, a pair of over­sized ear­rings, a cuff and a pen­dant neck­lace with a tas­sel de­tail. The col­lec­tion extends to 22 magni cent pieces crafted in ster­ling sil­ver and set with crys­tals from Swarovski, and is dressed in cop­per tones with ivory, cream and white opal that con­trast beau­ti­fully against jet black and blush rose hues. We bet th­ese jew­els are hard to ig­nore.

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