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Not until recently, I was bequeathed a solitaire ring from an elder aunt. A one-carat diamond mounted on a simple gold band, it was fairly modest as solitaires go, and though it may sound cliché when I say it was the thought that counted but, I meant every word of…

Kintsugi is one of the least known of traditional Japanese arts. Literally meaning “joining with gold”, kintsugi is the technique of piecing together broken pottery or glass with lacquer, rice glue and gold.     The art embodies the Japanese philosophy of “no mind”, which teaches freedom from attachment to anything, living in…

The journey of a diamond is long and arduous. After taking millions of years to turn from carbon to diamond, and months of meticulous cutting and polishing, the ensuing challenge is to set it into precious jewellery. There are many techniques to set a diamond, but the aim is always…

Children of celebrities often end up living out their lives in the long shadows of their famous parents. Not so Jade Jagger, the free-thinking daughter of Mick and Bianca. Barely out of her teens, she was exhibiting successfully as a painter, and at just 29 she assumed creative directorship of…

As a man, loving fine jewellery could be an issue. How does one indulge in that world without coming across like Liberace or any other over-the-top drama queen? We shan’t talk design; instead let’s get back to basics. picking a precious stone is the first hurdle. I love diamonds. I…

Stylised depictions of African men have for centuries played muse to artists and jewellers alike. The use of ebony, precious gemstones and meticulous craftsmanship have long captivated craftsmen and customers with decorative, colourful designs. For jewellery designer Wilfredo Rosado, his favourite piece to wear is his own Urban Prince 18k yellow…

Solo or stacked, these new flexible bracelets from Fope’s Solo collection are all about understated elegance, perfect for everyday wear. But don’t let their simple charms fool you. Behind each minimalistic design lies a great deal of technology. “Our designers created a 100% gold flexible bracelet which is entirely covered…

Colourful flamboyance captured in dramatic, oversized pieces is the defining ethos of SolitaireLuxe‘s next woman jewellery designer, Farah Khan. Daughter of Sanjay Khan, a well-known Bollywood film director and actor, the Mumbai-based jewellery designer pours nuances of her colourful celebrity life into her designs.   “Irrespective of the size of…