There is more to fine jewellery than just linking diamonds together into necklaces. With jewellery designers of the world always on a lookout to offer something more interesting to their clients, than they made last; the jewellery industry is offering a whole range of products specialized in one way or the other. Thus, one gets to see many new design or materials based trends appearing… a few debutant and others revived from the past.
Two of my latest stories published in the latest Love edition of Solitaire Asia Pacific magazine (Feb-Mar 2016) highlight jewellery trends that have been revived from the past… tweaked according to modern lifestyle but certainly have historical connotations attached.
All Tressed Up!
Bejewelled hair accessories make for an exquisite fashion statement
Crowns and tiaras have been a symbol of royalty for centuries. Today, they’re making a comeback in the bridal world, lending classic sartorial splendour to contemporary brides. Even for an elegant evening out, hair accessories instantly add regal poise to any outfit. Delicate hair bands or fancy brooches, which can be clipped or tucked in the hair, provide just the right evening brilliance.
Read on to see more options of trend oriented hair accessories, pendants that can be used as hair ornaments and some traditional versions from India from brands like Chanel, Graff, Chow Tai Fook, Bvlgari, Boucheron, Lazare and Ganjam.
The Lost Art of Glyptography
Rediscovering the time-honoured craft of gemstone carving
Spotting a carved gemstone set in jewellery is rare these days. Over the years, with the advancement of technology and modern gem-cutting techniques, the art of gem carving seems to have gotten lost somewhere. Known also as glyptography, it involves carving motifs and patterns on the surfaces of semi-precious and precious stones. It is only through the perseverance of a few handful gem carvers that this art is being saved from extinction. Invented thousands of years ago, and perfected during the Roman and Greek empires, the techniques have been refined year after year.
Read on to know more about this lost art and see how jewellers today are using to their advantage, with jewellery featured from Mirari, Cartier, Amrapali, Simone Jewels, Farah Khan, Hans D. Kreiger, Renu Oberoi, Degem, The Jewel Box, Edward Chiu and Lotus Arts de Vivre.
Tags: Amrapali, Boucheron, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chow tai Fook, Degem, Edward Chiu, Farah Khan, Ganjam, Gemstone Carving, Glyptography, Graff, Hair Ornaments, Hans D. Kreiger, Lazare, Lotus arts de vivre, mirari, Renu Oberoi, Simone Jewels, solitaire magazine, The Jewel Box