Soaring in First Class to the top of box offices almost everywhere upon its premiere in theatres this month, Crazy Rich Asians has landed a hot spot in our hearts from the get-go. The movie is gaining much acclaim for its first-time-in-decades all-Asian cast, and its tasteful execution of a contemporary Asian rom-com. Set in Singapore, it’s clear no excess extravagance was spared in the production of the film, boasting exquisite parties, opulent properties, and beautiful people. Yet the sparkling star of the show? The jewellery. Definitely, the jewellery.
Between Gemma Chan’s character of Astrid purchasing a rare royal Burmese pair of earrings at the beginning of the film, over to pretty much any glittering thing Michelle Yeoh’s character of Eleanor wears, Crazy Rich Asians holds back on no brilliant rock and regal rouse. In fact, a key turning point in the movie, and a major symbol in the plot lines, lies in Eleanor Young’s emerald ring (which, would you believe it, actually comes from Michelle Yeoh’s very own private collection).
Noted for their aura of strength and striking exotic colour, we’ve put together a list of swoon-worthy Crazy Rich Asians-style emerald rings for the next time you too wish to impress the brilliant billionaire mother of your Asian tycoon beau. From classic cuts to contemporary creations — dear current, future, and imaginary Nick Youngs and Rachel Chus out there: read right on.
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Unveiled on the occasion of Kwiat’s 100th anniversary, this stunning 0.33ct emerald and diamond ring (approx. THB 471,168) from the Vintage collection reinterprets an intricate heritage design in an artful fusion for modern-day wear. The intriguing round diamond rows fluidly play with the emerald stone at the centre of the ring, creating a curious illusion. Traditional but not boring, classic and yet cool, here’s a ring we feel the Youngs would definitely approve of — perhaps as a beautiful heirloom piece.
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Bangkok’s beloved Nina The Jewel is known across town for providing some serious bling to fabulous local fashionistas and precious gem lovers alike. This 0.61 Colombian Emerald Ring (THB 109,000) is no exception, set with 1.15ct diamonds on an 18k white gold delicate double band. Sparkling like the Singapore skyline, the piece is perfect proof that an emerald is always in best company with some dazzling diamonds.
Shop from Nina The Jewel, 2/F, Central Chidlom, 1027 Ploenchit Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66898136883
A dreamy name for a dreamy ring, this limited edition Van Cleef & Arpels Aladdin Solitaire Ring (approx. THB 10,064,584) comes with a stunning classic emerald-cut 3.69ct emerald and round diamonds. Made with an Aladdin solitaire and platinum, the piece is an ultimate showstopper. Very regal in design, very 1001 Nights in inspiration, and very powerful on the hand of the lady who bears it. Eleanor Young, we’re looking at you.
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For something a little more contemporary, this Jemma Wynne Prive Diamond and Emerald Open Ring (approx. THB 261, 265) makes for a creative choice that is sure to catch many an eye. Handmade in New York City, the 18k yellow gold ring features a 0.61ct diamond and a 0.50ct emerald, both appearing to be seemingly floating on the finger. Clever, cunning, and very cool.
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Bangkok’s most exquisite fine jeweller in the heart of Bangrak, Artinian has designed a lavish and imaginative emerald ring (approx. THB 3,000,000, based on availability and grade of centre emerald stone), featuring an 18k white gold band set with a 6.32 cushion-cut emerald centre stone, basking inside a prong set of diamonds. A twinkling interplay of green shimmer and brilliant diamond, here’s a ring that demands the attention of everyone in the room. Perfect for Amma.
Shop from Artinian Fine Jewellery, 41/18-20 Silom Soi 19, Silom Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok, +66 2 234 7565
A ring that truly screams green, the Fabergé Emotion Charmeuse Emerald Ring (approx. THB 1,210,492) is truly the life of any party. Featuring oval Gemfields, an emerald centre stone, and over 300 round pavé-set emeralds, the 18k yellow gold ring was inspired by Bohemian, Impressionist, and Fauvist views of vivid colour and emotion. A striking statement piece, we can definitely imagine this number as a chic cocktail ring at an extravagant Bachelorette party, Araminta Lee style.
Shop Fabergé from Cadeux Jewellery, Gaysorn Shopping Centre, 1/F, 999 Ploenchit Rd., Bangkok, +662 656 1350
Whilst Tiffany & Co. is best known for their precious diamond engagement rings, the jewellery house also makes a stunning Soleste Ring (approx. THB 470,880) featuring a 0.45ct round emerald encircled by round brilliant diamonds on a platinum and diamond-studded band. Delicate and romantic, we can definitely imagine this ring working as a brilliant distraction during, say, an intense Mahjong session with your mother-in-law-to-be.
Shop from Tiffany & Co., The Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd., Klong Toey, Bangkok, +66 2 664 9030
Boasting a captivating pure green hue, Graff’s Cabochon Emerald and Diamond Ring (POA) features a 35.90ct Colombian emerald as a sugarloaf cabochon. Considered to be one of the most unique gemstone cuts in the world, the smoothly rounded form allows the stone to bring out its precious colour in true green glory. Supported by pear shape and round diamonds, the emerald is very much the star here, yet sits in beautifully sparkling company, much like a crazy rich Asian at the Young’s. Exquisite.
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