FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Simone Jewels’ Birds in Poetry collection reflects her boundless creativity and design know-how
The bounties of nature have proven to be a limitless source of inspiration for designers, and it’s no wonder that Simone Ng, too, has often fallen prey to its beguiling beauty. Birds in Poetry, her latest collection for Simone Jewels, combines her love for nature with her passion for literature, and is divided into three chapters that derive their influence from famous birds featured in literary classics. But this is no pastiche of a bucolic scene: the local jeweller straddles the creative boundaries of abstractionism and realism with jewels that cleave to the organic form of nature.
The Paradiso suite (pictured) is a song of hope and enchantment set to the stanzas of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale. Simone’s attention to detail and design virtuoso come to the fore with this suite, where the nightingale’s wings and feathers are depicted in modern strokes of pink gold, mother-of-pearl and diamonds. The jewels do not immediately scream “nightingale”, but you can just about fathom the inspiration from the broad brushstrokes. Accentuating the necklace is a vivid and rare Santa Maria aquamarine, weighing 7.60 carats.