With just a week left to Chinese New Year, we’re already counting down to the long weekend of red packets, pineapple tarts, and catching up with family and friends. Not to mention that we currently have the perfect excuse to indulge in retail therapy and revamp our wardrobes with new threads.
Some of us are also looking forward to breaking out our red apparel, shoes and bags — after all, we all know that CNY and National Day are the only times of year where we won’t get teased about resembling an angpow or looking extra patriotic. For those who plan to go all out on the celebrations, a number of designer labels have even released collections inspired by the Year of the Dog. It sounds almost tacky, but trust us when we say these outfits are actually rather fashion-forward.
But if the thought of visiting your relatives in a puppy-inspired or all-crimson ensemble doesn’t exactly appeal to you, we suggest injecting festivity into your jewellery instead. We’re talking sophisticated ruby jewels, yellow gold rings and a necklace embellished with pearls — pieces that are so tasteful and versatile, they’re suitable for Chinese New Year and beyond. Scroll down for 5 lust-worthy and appropriately auspicious jewels to buy now.
(Main photo: Boucheron; Featured photo: Nirav Modi)
Last seen in its 2013 Sous de Signe du Lion high jewellery line, Chanel’s iconic lion motif makes a comeback in its latest collection of multi-chain necklaces, bracelets and chokers. A standout is this transformable necklace set in 18k yellow gold and mounted with a diamond-studded lion motif perched atop a 29.65-carat, octagon-cut orange topaze. If that’s not luxurious enough, the topaze is also fringed with diamonds, and attached to a tassel of 82 dangling multicoloured sapphires. The number of sparklers on this spectacular jewel? A staggering 942.
For Chinese New Year, Dior Joaillerie has dressed its Rose des Vents jewels in pink gold, red ceramic lacquer, and diamonds. Highlights include these adorable earrings, which are adorned with pink gold starburst-like motifs surrounded by red ceramic lacquer. A tiny diamond is nestled at the heart of each earring.
Composed of earrings, a necklace and bracelet, this stunning suite of jewels showcases over 71 carats of rubies obtained from Myanmar’s Mogok mines, paired with more than 128 carats of diamonds. Each jewel features a ruby encircled by Nirav Modi‘s patented Jasmine-cut and petal-like Mughal–cut diamonds. Particularly noteworthy is the convertible necklace, which can be worn in three different ways.
If red seems too flamboyant a colour for you, try stacking on gold jewellery instead, which looks equally auspicious and glamorous. For a subtle dash of sophistication, consider this Boucheron citrine ring, which is crafted with gleaming gold beads and set in yellow gold. Its band is fashioned with rope-like details for an eye-catching, woven look.
Here’s something for those who love a bit of drama and ostentation in their jewellery: Mouawad‘s latest collection, created in conjunction with the Lunar New Year. It features a matching necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet, all of which are crafted with a medley of 18k white and yellow gold, and bedecked with white cultured pearls and 59.13 carats of diamonds. Definitely the epitome of “go big or go home”.