It’s been quite a year for Darunotai (Maprang) Vajrodaya. Since graduating in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of Arts in London, she has entered and won several design awards, established her own namesake brand Darunotai, and single-handedly brought her first fine jewellery collection — ‘Lost at Sea’ — to life. She had first revealed her remarkable designs as part of the annual Central Saint Martins’ Jewellery Design Degree Show, and more recently in Bangkok at her own private launch held at Oriental Residence Bangkok.
With her new collection, Darunotai dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus, transforming its anatomy and flowing movements into exquisite everyday jewellery pieces. From fantastical pearl-encrusted statement necklaces and glamourous headpiece to sculptural knuckle rings and simple strings of pearls, the collection offers an evocative range of ocean-inspired jewellery. Here are some of our favourite pieces from this season.
Without a doubt, the Mariner stole the limelight during the ‘Lost at Sea’ exhibition. The statement necklace features long, fanning tentacles arranged in flowing Art Nouveau lines, and the tip of each tentacle is encrusted with natural pearls. Although the necklace boasts 174 precious pearls in total, don’t be fooled by the size of the necklace and assume it’s a heavy, bulky piece. With the innovative use of electroforming, the copper-plated necklace won’t weigh you down at all. The technique is often used to create hollow articles of jewellery in fabulous shapes and forms.
The Octopus knuckle ring is another one of our favourite pieces. Crafted from sterling silver and finished off with rose-gold plating, the ring design perfectly encapsulates the flowing movement of the majestic sea creature. With two mystic blue topazes set as the eyes of the octopus, the ring is a lively and fun piece of jewellery that you can mix and match with your outfits.
When it comes to playfulness, we must applaud Darunotai’s collection of ear cuffs. The solid gold-plated-silver Slither ear cuff is designed to gently grip the edge of your ear, showcasing the octopus’ graceful tentacles. Offered in three different designs and colours, the ear cuffs are adorned with numerous, tiny sapphires which exude a delicate sense of refinement.
In the armwear section, Darunotai has simple yet intricate bangles that can be worn alone or stacked. You can take a bold turn and wear all the bright, eye-catching bangles together, injecting a pop of kaleidoscopic colour into your look. On the wrist shown above, you can see the Hold, Atlantis and Linger designs stacked together. These three bangles are embellished with opal and silver amethyst, and gold-plated on sterling silver. Each of the jewellery pieces are uniquely designed to wrap around your wrist like how a octopus tentacle would latch onto you.
Darunotai Fine Jewelry, The Emporium, Ground Floor, Atelier Zone, 622 Sukhumvit Road, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toey, Bangkok, +66 2 269 1000