Jewelled myths and legends

From symbolism to reality, beautiful jewellery begins with a dream

by 26 September 2012

The colour, the light, the quality, and, some might even say, the cosmic energy, intrinsic in gemstones have entranced mankind ever since they were discovered by ancient cultures. Over the centuries, different world cultures have interpreted the meaning of every imaginable gem, creating enchanting stories and myths. While modern science and jewellery-making techniques have shown us the monetary value of gemstones, they have anything but demystified the bewitching power of what it means to possess beautiful jewellery...


Comets, stars, suns, and, of course, ribbons and feathers - Chanel celebrates the 80th anniversary of its very first high jewellery collection, called ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ exhibited in 1932. To commemorate that momentous year, Chanel has created a new collection, the ‘1932,’ with 80 unprecedented creations in the maison’s most beloved – and widely recognized – designs. The collection is on tour around the world and will come to the UAE. Equally dreamy and thought-provoking is the Plumes de Chanel collection with nearly 30 jewellery pieces - earrings, brooches, rings, bracelets and necklaces – weaving the mystical world of Chanel, one feather at a time.


Harry Winston

Harry Winston has built a new world with the Ultimate Adornments collection. Forty one-of-a-kind diamond and platinum jewellery creations centre around seven themes: the Indian-inspired Caftan; the Qipao, from 1920s Shanghai; the French lacy Guipure; the American Mrs. Winston; the Mongolian-structured Deel; the glamorous, Hollywood-like Paillette; and Queen, a nod to the Point d’Alençon style. Harry Winston’s realm of women dressed in diamonds beckons...


Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels explores the universal value of luck and the world cultures surrounding it in the Palais de la Chance collection. Each of the three distinctive themes are unique in their own way: Your Lucky Star – celestial-themed with shooting stars and constellations; Lucky-Charm Nature – enchanting flora and fauna; and Lucky Legends – exotic inspirations. As Jacques Arpels once said, “To be lucky, you have to believe in luck.” There is nothing as convincing as these unprecedented creations, which speak to the believer in each one of us with their beautiful gemstones and fine craftsmanship.



Celebrating the 30th birthday of its eponymous Yves Piaget Rose collection this year, Piaget continues to cultivate its ‘icy’ world with new jewellery pieces – growing in numbers – in its Limelight Garden Party collection. Different from the Rose collection’s blossom silhouettes, the new ring, hair clip, head band, earrings and necklace resemble delicate twigs of white gold leaves dripping with the most dazzling brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds, which will brighten up a woman’s smile, any day, any season.



Cartier’s love affair with the Middle East goes back decades, with its first geometric, Arabesque designs dating back to 1910. Mashrabiyas, swooshes, twirls and other exotic motifs create a shimmering, mystic world, where Cartier showcases its stone-cutting, gem-setting and high jewellery-making techniques with precious metals. The result is a series of contemporary classics, show-stopping diamond earrings, rings, necklaces and more, all designed in a bold yet fascinating silhouette.