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Friday, October 31, 2008

Exclusive Report and Photos from Jewelfest 2008

Was at the Lee Hwa Jewellery Private Event at Jewelfest 2008. This post is basically a "seen and heard" report of the whole event.. so there will be plenty of pics... starting off with the fashion show.

Models strutting down the aisle with their stuff:

Famous jewelled bikini:

Huge diamond rings by Habib Jewellers:
This finger is now worth nearly SGD$ 633, 000!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Agate cameo cufflinks

Collected my pair of custom made cufflinks today from Far East Gem and Jewellery.

Quote Wikipedia:
Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image.

This cameo is done in blue dyed agate, and features the view of a woman. I got it set in 18k gold and its really outstanding in the setting!

Also, I was given this cleaning cloth as well as a Hearts and Arrows loupe , which is commonly used to judge the cutting grade of diamonds.

Field Report on JewelFest 2008

Let me first apologize for the lack of photos for this event that I went to today because, there were signs stating no photography inside the tentage of the Jewelfest 2008 outside Ngee Ann City.

So, I can only make do with this picture taken outside the tentage:

Anyway, the show was pretty much normal, in fact, I felt that it was quite overhyped in certain aspects. The local big name jewellers were there distributing and hawking their ware which can easily be seen at any shopping mall.

Perhaps, what caught my attention were the overseas exhibitors like Faberege, which showcased their ever interesting enamelled ware. I have my eyes set on some antique rose cut cufflinks which have very strong Indian or even Pernanakan influence. Still deciding on whether to get them or not.

The hot factor of the exhibition should be the air condition, or rather the lack of it. It was pretty hot and stuffy in the tentage, ventilation was pretty bad, despite the fact that there was not many people. I really wonder what would happen if it is actually crowded on the weekend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pens, worth collecting?

Got this via an email alert from a shop that sells pen that I happen to frequent a lot recently.

Been developing some strange interest in collector pens, and so reading this kinda interests me, but I am not sure if they are worth collecting

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Invitation to Jewelfest 2008

Got this letter in my mailbox today:

It's from Lee Hwa Jewellery...
and they are inviting me to a private event at the Jewelfest 2008!!!! Cool! Stay tuned for coverage of the event!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Singapore Jewelfest 2008

DIAMONDS may be a girl's best friend, but precious metals, gems, jade and pearls are not far behind either. These precious gems, which put fine jewellery in a league of its own, are gifts of nature.

Fine jewellery is often made by skilled craftsmen who use the best grades of precious metals and gems. Designed for the discerning eye, they are often hailed as precious works of art.

Visitors to this year's Singapore JewelFest (SJF), which opens today, will get a glimpse of rare gems and fine jewels crafted by world-renowned jewellers in a tribute to the finest gifts from nature.

Mr Kean Ng, chairman of SJF 2008, says the 10-day show will focus on the significance and splendour of nature.

He adds: "The beauty of rare gems and diamonds, fine jade and exquisite pearls and a stunning range of gold jewellery designs are the attractions of this year's SJF.

"In appreciation of the earth we live on, as well as taking a page from fashion directions, jewellers have also created signature pieces and pret-aporter collections inspired by nature," he says.

Take, for instance, Fabergé's offering this year - its Natsuke-inspired The Orang Utan WWF-for-Nature Egg is created with 18-carat gold, French enamel and diamonds.

Ms Ivy Choa, manager from DeGem-Singapore, which is bringing in the pieces, says proceeds from the sale will go to the World Wildlife Fund.

Mouawad, on the other hand, hopes to capture the hearts of visitors with its nature-inspired Fantasy Collection. Valued at US$4.5 million (S$6.6 million), the Fantasy bra set is made of approximately 10,000 diamonds, emeralds, rubies and yellow sapphires totaling over 1,662 carats.

Hellmuth, another premier jewellery brand synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship, is bringing in its signature Croco texture jewellery.

Inspired by nature, the Hellmuth Croco Jewellery features an elegant pattern of crocodile skin interpreted in gold and often juxtaposed with diamonds and precious stones.

Asian and European designers have also created signature designs for the festival - Baerjewels' Lovebirds, YEWN's Joie de Vivre, JOON's Serpent, Staurino's Cuore Farfalla, Giovanni Ferraris' Primavera and Marco Bicego's Confetti.

Singapore's leading jewellery brands, among them Goldheart, Lee Hwa, Soo Kee, Poh Heng, Tianpo, D'Meyson and Cupid, have come up with one-of-a-kind signature designs inspired by nature.

Befitting the exhibition's theme, the 10-day SJF2008 is divided into a two-part showcase - the Spring/ Summer show from today to Tuesday, and the Autumn/ Winter show from Oct 29 to Nov 2.

Mr Ng says: "The blooms of Spring/Summer are best portrayed with fine jewellery designs of gems, jade and pearls. The warmth of Autumn easing into the icy beauty of Winter is well depicted with jewellery of diamonds and gold."

With such an array of sparkling designs, SJF promises to be a glittering event, bringing together repeat participants such as Farbegé and Mouawad and newcomers such as Hellmuth, La Tienne, Cherie Thum and Intermix Gems.

Participation is by invitation and screening is conducted to enable quality thematic jewellery experiences to be appreciated and enjoyed. Last year, the SJF attracted over 18,000 visitors, garnering $12 million in sales. Mr Ng hopes to achieve 10 per cent growth this year. Even if you don't intend to splurge on jewellery, Mr Ng says, SJF2008 is worth a visit.

He adds: "The Jewel Pavilion is a one-stop shopping destination to appreciate different fine quality jewellery genres - diamonds, gems, jade and pearls. For those not intending to spend on jewellery, it is worth a trip to experience the luxurious custom-built retail environment celebrating the beauty of nature."

A luxurious experience

Visit the Singapore JewelFest 2008 at the Jewel Pavilion at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza from today to Nov 2, open to the public, free, from noon to 9pm. Jewel Pavilion will be closed from 6pm today and on Oct 29 for private events.

Over 10 days, the Jewel Pavilion will play host to all that inspires, influences and is invocative of the "Nature of Beauty" in fine jewellery and living.

This year's festival is divided into a two-part showcase of fine jewellery - Spring/ Summer show from today to Oct 28, and Autumn/ Winter show from Oct 29 to Nov 2.

On the head: Ethereal dews necklace, Poh Heng, $56,000; On the neck: Momentum collection by Wykidd, Soo Kee, $14,388; On the shoulder: Necklace with 107-carat diamond pendant, DeGem, US$3.5million; On the body: Fantasy bra set, Mouawad, valued at US$4.5 million; In the hand: Polar Bear Egg, Fabergé, presented by DeGem, $60,000; On the left arm: Pearl necklace, Hodel, presented by DeGem, $54,500; On the fi nger: Pearl ring, Hodel, presented by DeGem, $13,750; On the wrist: Rosa Fantasia necklace, Lee Hwa, $541,278; On the right arm: Primavera necklace, Giovanni Ferraris, $12,300.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Montblanc Marlene Dietrich Ballpoint Pen

Just got this pen today...

It's by Montblanc, part of the Marlene Dietrich collection.

Ballpoint pen with twist mechanism, barrel made of black precious resin inlaid with Montblanc signet and mother-of-pearl inlay, platinum-plated rings and clip set with a deep blue sapphire

Been loving such pens that feature nice natural gem stones. This one is unique, as it features both Mother of Pearl and a sapphire!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Exclusive MontBlanc Collectables book!

Was given this MontBlanc Collectables hard cover book by the boutique staff of MontBlanc today. Apparently, this book is not for sale and is for collectors only!

Sometimes, being nice to boutique staff does have its perks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Agate Sphere

This agate sphere has a nice 'smile' on it... which is actually the formation of quartz crystals within its druze!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chlorite in Quartz

This polished quartz point has inclusions of green chlorite..

giving it the trade name of scenic quartz as the inclusions do form a design similar to 'scenic paintings'

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sceptre Quartz

No, it's not something obscene that I posted up today!

Rather, this is really a work done by Mother Nature and is known as Sceptre Quartz !

Doesnt it remind you of some phallic looking object?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Watermelon Tourmaline

Whenever I look at this sliced cross section of a watermelon tourmaline, I really feel that this stone is so approriately named!!
Cool greens with hot pink!

5 Colours of Jade

I am not a typical jade fan....

Bought this set depicting the 5 different colours of jade some time back from Kinokuniya.