“Much deeper than snow...the strongest love we'll know we'll ever know”
Belle's iconic yellow ball gown finds a perfect pairing with a splendid bib necklace that has been specially designed by Chopard. The eye is immediately drawn to an electric blue 69-ct pear-shaped tanzanite that dangles from a romantic frilly bejewelled collar made of amethysts, rubellites, morganites, kunzites, spinels, diamonds and sapphires. Chopard's team of four lapidaries cut and shaped precious coloured stones into their desired shapes. These stones were then handed over to the gem-setters, who clothed the jewellery in colours and light by skilfully inserting the gems in their metal mounts.
“Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well, make a wish into the well, that's all you have to do and if you hear it echoing, your wish will soon come true”
There is perhaps no emblem more representative to the tale of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES than the juicy red apple that nearly robbed the princess of her life. The tempting fruit is entirely covered in rubies, while a delicate leaf paved with round emeralds and tsavorites is tethered to a stem studded with rare and round brown diamonds. Setting stones of such value at such sizes requires an unusual level of patience and dexterity. A microscope is always used when it concerns gemstones of such sizes. With their eyes trained on the viewfinder, the gem-setters wield their tweezers and insert each gemstone into their respective crevices. A graining tool or beader is then used to round the grains that hold the gemstones.
“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true”
The beautiful fairytale of CINDERELLA is one of true love and good fortune and Chopard has created a tiara and a pair of earrings to complement this theme. The delicate tiara is presented with dazzling diamonds, triangular aquamarines with a sprinkling of white pearls. The matching earrings hold a singular flower with a white pearl and a pear-shaped aquamarine drop on each side. The size and type of gemstones, as well as the gem-setting technique, is left to the creative prowess of the gem-setters. After which, the gem-setter begins the task of mitraillage, where tiny holes are drilled carefully and purposefully in the gold structures to house the gemstones.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”
Representing the audacious spirit and femininity of MULAN is a gallant brooch in the shape of a glittering flower. It features a cabochon rubellite shaped into a stigma, surrounded by bejewelled and voluminous rubies cut in squares and ovals, round rubellites, round and pear-shaped pink sapphires, violet and pink spinels and oval pink tourmalines. More time and effort has to be dedicated to an exceptional piece like this because it involves working with coloured stones like tourmalines, emeralds and tsavorites, which are more fragile than diamonds and require more care during the process of gem-setting.
“You love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream”
Combining whimsy and the glamour of precious gemstones is this playful pair of earrings inspired by SLEEPING BEAUTY. It boasts a myriad of colours reflected through a pair of deliberately mismatched gemstones. Emeralds, tsavorites, amethysts and Paraiba tourmalines contrast with a warmer colour palette of rubies, pink and yellow sapphires. Pairing gemstones is both an artistic and technical craft that the gem-setters at Chopard have learnt to master. Choosing gemstones requires a perfect knowledge of traits — of their delicate nuances, of their lustre as well as their degree of fragility.
Text / Candice Chan
Art Direction and Creative Set-up / Muhamad Azlin
Photography / Simon Sim