Caratell’s ex­cep­tional jew­ellery is the re­sult of decades of ded­i­ca­tion to its craft

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Feature -

Speak­ing to de­sign­ers Michael Koh and Achil­lea Teng of Caratell is a real plea­sure— their pas­sion for the art and craft of jew­ellery mak­ing is clearly ev­i­dent. They make fre­quent trips to gem and min­eral mines and trad­ing ar­eas to source for rare un­treated gems to use in Caratell’s jew­ellery—viet­nam to look for cobalt blue spinels and tour­ma­lines, Cam­bo­dia for sap­phires and zir­cons (a real gem, not to be con­fused with cu­bic zir­co­nia), Sri Lanka for sap­phires, and Myan­mar for jadeite and Mo­gok ru­bies. Once back in Sin­ga­pore, Michael, who has train­ing in lap­idary, can cut some of the stones in more un­usual ways. Achil­lea and him then de­sign pieces that show­case both the beauty of the gems and the skills of their crafts­men, who are all based in Sin­ga­pore. The neck­lace (pic­tured) con­tains a stun­ning un­treated 16.41 carat emer­ald from south­ern Ethiopia, with cer­tifi­cates prov­ing its au­then­tic­ity. The Above The Clouds col­lec­tion (pic­tured right and far right), on the other hand, com­bines small coloured gem­stones in a gold frame­work in­spired by an­cient Ja­panese ink paint­ings. The clouds on the pieces even have ar­tic­u­lated joints that al­low them to move and be worn in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions.

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