Celebrate Love with Modern Keepsakes

by Emmeline Ong

Memorable jewels for that important woman in your life, for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

A keepsake is a romantic notion. Something we keep as a memento, to remember the giver by; something close to our hearts. Personal and timeless, it is a gift that symbolises the bond you share. With the season of love in full swing, there’s no better time to make this gesture of love.

Designed to last, fine jewellery as a gift speaks of commitment. This Valentine’s Day, say love without flowers, chocolates and the frills. Here are 5 bejewelled keepsakes that spell class and character, for the woman who knows what she wants in life.

Clash de Cartier

No two people are identical in temperament; even within a person, you can find dualities. Embrace the different sides of your lover with the Clash de Cartier creations. Exuding a powerful confidence, the collection amplifies the dualities within the Maison’s codes, projecting the heritage of Cartier’s fine jewellery-making into a modern, futuristic vision.

The signature row of clou carré studs that forms the core aesthetic of Clash de Cartier is at once sculptural and sensual. Choose from the clean appeal of the small Clash de Cartier ring or the medium sized ring that is double the fun, or rock the attitude with the statement ring featuring diamonds and smooth onyx beads that juxtapose the studs, and the XL ring with Amazonite or Tahiti pearls.

A Cartier red box rarely fails to speak romance. This year, instead of the classic Love collection, surprise your lover with a Clash de Cartier creation that speaks volumes of how much you appreciate her personality.

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée

A contemporary classic with its roots in Van Cleef & Arpels’ history, the Perlée jewellery collection is all about consistency and craftsmanship. Like true love, it takes work. Born in 2008, the Perlée collection’s golden beads of varying diameters are produced from precious metal using the lost wax casting technique. The dexterous jewellers then rework them one at a time, by hand, to perfect their harmonious roundness.

Feminine and elegant, the Perlée couleur collection sees these delicate golden beads surround precious stones like carnelian and malachite shaped in an echoing dome silhouette on pendants and earrings. On a statement piece like the Perlée™ Couleurs Ring, the beads accentuate the beauty of the stone without losing its own charm.

On their own, the intricate beads stand out as well. The classic Perlée Signature Bracelet and the sleek Perles d’or Bracelet showcase the incredible craftsmanship and beauty of the beads, and would be a perfect addition to a stacked wrist. If your partner is a fan of the Maison’s signature clover silhouette, there is also the Perlée Clovers bracelet and Sweet Clovers bracelet with an added dazzle of diamonds.

Harry Winston Candy

For every memory you share with your beloved, there is a coloured jewel to remember it by. Fun and sophisticated, the Harry Winston Candy collection features one-of-a-kind cocktail rings and earrings featuring vibrant precious gems ranging from the finest mandarin garnets, to rare tourmalines, to pastel sapphires, and lively spinels. Selected for their intrinsic beauty, these splendid gems are unrivalled in colour, quality and scale and rank superior amongst others in their family. True to Harry Winston’s dedication to quality, these unique creations are a sweet take on signature Winston Design.

Inspired by archival sketches of colourful cocktail rings from the 1950s and 60s that featured bright colours in unexpected shades, the collection reflects the jewellery aesthetic of that era – magnificent and grand. That meant using signature techniques like pairing fancy-shaped stones with round brilliants in the most intriguing colour combinations to create modern interpretations that recall that era.

Put a ring on the finger of your love, with the precious candy-like creations such as the Purplish Pink Spinel Ring with sapphires, tsavorite garnets and diamonds, or the Reddish Pink Spinel Ring with Tsavorite garnets, purple sapphires, paraiba tourmaline and diamonds. There’s a colour combination for every whim and fancy, and it would be a statement piece to treasure for a long time to come.

Gem Dior

Organic in form and strong in silhouette, the Gem Dior collection, with its play on atypical geometry, is like the atypical route that every love story takes. And yes, you didn’t hear it wrongly – the “Gem” in Gem Dior is a euphonious nod to “J’aime”, which means “I love” in French.

The collection speaks of a subtle harmony between nature and couture, and is sublimated with ornamental stones. Each creation is inspired by the colourful fabric swatches of Christian Dior’s couture collections. Structurally stunning, its organic abstraction and asymmetry celebrates natural and authentic beauty, and is ideal for the woman who is all about authenticity and likes to go with the natural flow.

The Gem Dior bracelet features asymmetrical, angular gemstones (Tiger’s Eye, aragonite and carnelian) alternating with pavé diamonds, set side by side like mineral strata in 18K pink gold. Pair it with the matching ring or just wear it on its own. The design also comes in a version without gemstones and features only diamonds paired with either pink or yellow gold.

Bulgari B.Zero1

Love opens up possibilities. Bulgari’s B.Zero1 collection, with its architectural elegance and fluid lines inspired by Rome’s magnificent Colosseum, is all about the openness and curiosity that opens us up to endless blissful opportunities.

The endless spiral of the B.zero1 was created in 1999 to welcome the new millennium. Its solid construction represents the courage to break new ground and address challenges. An apt symbolism of being brave in love, and overcoming new challenges together, the B.Zero1 is the gift for a daring woman who displays strength at every turn.

Go for the B.Zero1 Design Legend three-band ring in 18K rose gold to stay true to its architectural inspiration, or bling it up with the three-band ring set with demi-pave diamonds on the edges. For a more classic take, the B.Zero 1 two-band ring with a pair of 18K rose gold loops hugging a black ceramic spiral or white ceramic spiral will work its versatility from day to night. 

If you’re looking to gift a matching set, every one of these rings would pair well with the 18K rose gold bangle bracelet with the BVLGARI logo on the distinctive spiral – a metaphor for the harmony of past, present and future.

Images courtesy of respective brands featured, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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