Be dazzled by the Singapore JewelFest’s ten-day curated exhibition of gems and jewellery designs
Though the bulk of the SG50 celebrations are over, it’s still not too late to literally wear your love for Singapore on your sleeve. Or on your ears, hands and neck, for that matter.
The Singapore JewelFest, which is back for the 13th year running from Oct 9 to 18 , has introduced a series of specially-crafted designs by local jewellers that pay homage to our nation’s heritage.
The designs were inspired by National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.
Here are some of our faves:
Lee Hwa Jewellery’s Majestic Mangrove Fan Palm
Featuring a pair of earrings ($2,428, above), a pendant ($1,438) and a ring ($1,798), the homegrown jeweller, inspired by the drawing of the now-protected mangrove fan palm, decided to give its own contemporary interpretation of Singapore’s abundant wildlife and fauna.
Each palmate lobe is constructed from white gold and black rhodium and adorned with perfectly polished black and white diamonds, making for lustrous, yet, elegant jewellery.
Simone Jewels’ Black-Capped Kingfisher double ring
This ornate piece ($35,000, above) created by local designer Simone Ng was made to symbolise Singapore’s peace and harmony.
She says, “A beautiful 17.50-carat Peridot has been carefully picked as the centre stone because it is the August birthstone.” Peridot, she explains, signifies prosperity and happiness and is also an apt representation of Singapore’s garden city.
Jaipore by Ritu Aurora
Jaipore introduces a refreshing interpretation of the Oleander flower drawing, in the form of an 18K gold bespoke collection of brooches (above), earrings, rings and pins (prices start from $5,410).
Using feminine hues of pink and rose, these jewellery pieces are crafted with top quality yellow and pink diamonds, alongside pink sapphires designed to appeal to the modern woman.
Check out these pieces for yourself from Oct 9 to 18 at the specially-built Jewel Pavilion at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. Other key highlights at the event include jewellery designs from emerging Asia talents and the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras, that were first modeled by Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio in London last December.
Selected pieces of the Singapore-inspired designs will also be on sale at the gift shop at the National Museum of Singapore from Oct 19.
By Natalie Kwan