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Festive bling: 5 jewellery designs to wear for CNY

One thing we love about Chinese New Year is the tradition of buying new clothes, which is symbolic for welcoming a fresh beginning for the year ahead. For many of us, this practice gives us the perfect excuse to go shopping, and to hit the “Add to Cart” button of our favourite e-retailers without guilt. In fact, we are already thinking of ways to pair our new threads with our festive manicures.

But what good is a new outfit, if there aren’t matching accessories such as bags and jewellery to go along with it? We aren’t quite sure if buying such items will also bring us more luck for 2017, but we’ll gladly cover all bases, and get them anyway. To help you get your Lunar New Year look on point (and for your many #ootds), we’ve put together a guide to 5 jewels that’ll easily complement your attire. These sparkling pieces come in red, gold or both, and are appropriately cheery for the occasion, so you won’t get reprimanded by your superstitious grandmother.

Even though it’s the Year of the Rooster, we didn’t include any cockerel-inspired jewellery options, because it just seems more practical to get a classic design that will remain relevant even after the festive season. Ranging from an elegant Chopard rubellite and diamond necklace, to a striking Graff Diamonds ring encrusted with rubies, these 5 jewellery pieces we’ve shortlisted are gorgeous and oh-so-versatile.

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Bombé ring by Graff Diamonds

Encrusted in 21.18 carats of rubies and lined with 1.70 carats of white diamonds, this dome-shaped statement ring from Graff Diamonds is the very picture of opulence. The ring is set in platinum, and with its vivid crimson hue, is an apt accessory for the Lunar New Year.

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Temptations necklace by Chopard

Inject a dash of luxury into your outfit with Chopard’s Temptations necklace, a stunning 18k rose gold assemblage of heart-shaped motifs set with pavé diamonds, and punctuated by round rubellites.

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Sweet Alhambra effeuillage earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels

Demure and adorable, these Sweet Alhambra earrings are fashioned in pink gold and crafted with heart-shaped motifs embellished with carnelian. At the centre of each earring lies a single round diamond. The two diamonds weigh 0.17 carats in total.


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Gangster necklace by Swarovski

With its name, spikes and stud-like details, this rockstar-worthy, rose gold-plated necklace will have you feeling like a boss at the mahjong table. It is mounted with crystals and pearls throughout, and is part of Swarovski’s Chinese New Year 2017 jewellery collection.

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Oui ring by Dior

Lovers of minimalist jewellery will certainly say yes to this simple but chic ring, which features 18k yellow gold woven to form the word “oui”. It is also dotted with a dainty 0.03-carat diamond.

Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.
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