AGAINST A BLANK CANVAS

Without frill and distraction, we let these diamond creations do the talking

Art Director: Dennis V. C. Chong
Photographer: Chito Sardea
DI Specialist: Dexter Maneja

A blank canvas is one of the most important tools of an artist. For most jewellery designers, a sketchbook is crucial in being able to translate raw ideas onto paper, right after they occur and before they had time to fade away.

The Celestial Parade bracelet from the Sunlight Escape collection, featuring marquise-cut diamonds set in white gold, PIAGET

Ruby and diamond earrings with 21.04ct rubies and 3.30ct white diamonds from the Myths & Mythz Valentine’s Day collection, YULI FINE JEWELLERY

Yet for other artists, the paper itself becomes the art. The art of paper cutting or kirigami has been around since the 17th century, first used by the Japanese to make offerings to the gods. Skillful cutting and symmetry are important part of kirigami. And much like jewellery, kirigami designs are used to represent wealth, grace, and elegance, among others.

Pair of High Jewellery ear clips in white gold set with 42 diamonds, totalling 6.59 carats, and 918 pear shaped diamonds, CHOPARD

Diamond button in 18K white and rose gold with 120 diamonds, CARATELL

Paying tribute to both the endless possibilities of a blank canvas and the delicate art of kirigami — both great inspirations in jewellery — we showcase precious diamond jewellery against simple paper-cut art that are so Zen and so simple, they almost like blank canvasses.

Diamond earrings in 18K white and rose gold with 40 rose-cut diamonds, CARATELL

Rosa pendant in 18K white gold and round diamonds from the Rosa collection, LARRY JEWELRY