GEM-PACKED WITH LOVE
Caratell is built on a man’s passion for jewellery, gemstones and craftsmanship
On first impression, Michael Koh looks like a military officer. He sports a healthy tan and looks stern, especially when not smiling. Neither is the multiple award-winning designer chatty. But when one engages him in topics he likes—jewellery and design namely—all preconceived notions vanish.
The founder of Caratell’s eyes light up like a child in a toy shop when discussing about his latest gem-hunting trips or the challenges behind creating a particular jewellery piece. And the part-time lecturer at a private institute speaks animatedly about imparting knowledge to the younger generation and equipping them with both traditional and modern techniques of jewellery making.
His love for gemstones and jewellery design and eye for detail have enabled Caratell to stand tall for more than a decade. Because of Koh’s vision and passion, the brand’s clients understand that whether it’s simple jewellery for daily wear, wedding bands or statement pieces for galas and they are not just buying an item but something made with love.
From left: 18K yellow and rose gold Orchid Ring with pink sapphires, diamonds, blue sapphires and coloured gems; 18K white & yellow gold Tsavorite ring with coloured sapphires, spinels and diamonds; 18K white gold Imperial Necklace with non-heat...