Why whimper quietly in the dark, as the turning economic tide washes away all your hard-earned profits. Take inspiration from the jewellery brands. They, like the few fashion houses that are buffing the trend and seeing sales rise, are meeting the challenge of these tougher times head on, with statement pieces as bold and defiant as their attitudes.
Instant impact this winter comes courtesy of the oversized and overstated. Necklaces with large gemstones, violent colour schemes and the infusion of clashing textures adopted by Cartier and Harry Winston, illustrate the mood of the season. The modelled jewellery pieces in this feature are from Cartier's Secrets et Merveilles collection. The platinum necklace has 12 spinels totalling 69 carats, cultured pearls, pear-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds. This eclectic high jewellery collection also presents a bracelet and a platinum ring with a cushion-cut pink sapphire, two fine pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds. For a more classic piece, see this breathtaking Harry Winston Shinde Briolette Necklace featuring 181 briolette, round-brilliant and pear-shaped diamonds, totalling 33.85 carats, all set in platinum.
Creating a balance between comfort and beauty, this season’s twist on classic, modern or edgy is all about adornment. Whether with intricate design or gemstones you will be spoilt for choice in the city’s boutiques. Imagine a high jewellery collection between myth and reality. Aptly named Secrets et Merveilles, this high jewellery collection by Cartier offers this beautiful bracelet made of platinum and brown, yellow and white brilliant-cut diamonds totalling xx carats. Balance, symmetry and strength characterise this eclectic collection. For an equally show-stopping piece, there is also Chanel's San Marco cuff from the Baroque collection in 18k pink gold set with 318 diamonds for a total of 11 carats.
Always in style, this season the cocktail ring is oversized, patterned and glossy. Perfect for the party season, where gemstones flash against champagne flutes, you can even opt for wearing more than one at once, for added effect. The unique collection, M'ama non m'ama, by Pomellato presents nine rings with daring design. Each ring features either fire opal, amethyst, peridot, blue topaz, red tourmaline, moonstone, green tourmaline, garnet or iolite - one kind of precious stone for every woman. Beautifully interpreted by the actress Tilda Swinton, these nine M'ama non m'ama rings are generously sprinkled with diamonds too, just for that extra sparkle.
Atlantis Hotelâ€¨, East Tower, Dubaiâ€¨
Tel. +971 (0)4 422 0240
Van Cleef & Arpelsâ€¨
Marina Mall, Abu Dhabiâ€¨
Tel. +971 (0)2 2681 1121â€¨
Dubai Mall, Dubaiâ€¨
Tel. +971 (0)4 339 8001
Deira City Centre, Tel. +971 (0)4 295 5110
Dubai Festival City, Tel. +971 (0)4 375 0101
Dubai Mall, Tel. +971 (0)4 434 0171
Mall of the Emirates, Tel. +971 (0)4 295 5110
Emirates Towers, Tel. +971 (4)330 0034
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