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The world’s finest luxury brands of timepieces and jewellery are unveiling their spectacular collections and innovations later this week at BaselWorld 2018, which debuts its shortened six-day run this year. 
From March 22 to 27, professional trade buyers from the world over are converging in the Swiss city to view the latest awe-inspiring creations of famed watch and high jewellery houses such as Rolex, Tissot, Chanel, Bulgari, Gucci, Chopard, Harry Winston and Graff.  
Chopard Franck Dubarry
Source: Chopard's BaselWorld Social Hub Source: Franck Dubarry's Instagram


A. A. Rachminov Diamonds Graff
Source: A. A. Rachminov Diamonds' Instagram Source: Graff's Instagram

Also ready to put on a fine show are European and Asian jewellery brands along with suppliers of gem-quality diamonds and coloured gemstones.
Italian brand Leo Pizzo is introducing its elegant Merletti and Light Wings collections that boast clean and airy lines exuding a mysterious and restless allure, while Lombardi Srl is unveiling its Anaconda collection that recreates the serpentine feel through yellow hammered gold speckled with diamonds. 
Merletti collection by Leo Pizzo Spa

Merletti collection by Leo Pizzo Spa

Anaconda collection of Lombardi Srl
Anaconda collection of Lombardi Srl
Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Group is holding its annual product release conference on March 24. This year’s theme, “Sinu-Song,” refers to the artistic heritage of poems, paintings and porcelain art from China’s Song Dynasty. The event includes a jewellery show.
German lapidary Paul Wild is set to showcase a dynamic collection of gemstones in a range of colours, with a focus on blue, green and red hues seen in Pantone’s Spring 2018 fashion colour palette. A tribute to the growing awareness of women’s issues, the collection alludes to the goddess in every woman. “Every woman should feel like a goddess and every goddess has her own unique qualities, talents and strengths to celebrate,” remarks CEO Markus Paul Wild. 
Coloured gemstones from Paul Wild to celebrate “The Goddess in Every Woman”
Coloured gemstones from Paul Wild to celebrate “The Goddess in Every Woman” 

BaselWorld provides a live streaming service on its official website for those who cannot make it to the show but are eager to keep tabs on the hallowed brands of the luxury jewellery, gem and timepiece worlds. 
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The Academy Awards, fondly dubbed the Oscars, is one of the most significant global entertainment awards, honouring the achievements of the film industry. Almost as widely anticipated as the winners are the stunning red carpet looks of the silver screen’s leading ladies. And the 90th Academy Awards on March 4 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre did not disappoint.  

This year, diamond drop and dangle earrings were the glamorous evening’s top jewellery trend. Nicole Kidman’s Harry Winston earrings with a total of 23.52 carats of diamonds were red carpet showstoppers. Presenter Jennifer Lawrence was a gorgeous muse with a pair of diamond drops from Niwaka that sparkled against her voluminous wavy tresses.  

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot was a vision of beauty on the red carpet with a Tiffany & Co statement necklace with diamonds and aquamarines that was a perfect match for her Givenchy sequined gown. Lupita Nyong’o drew the crowd’s attention by pairing her Niwaka earrings with a traditional Rwandan hairstyle.

Here are our favourite bejewelled looks from the 2018 Oscars’ Red Carpet: 


  Allison Williams   Nicole Kidman

Allison Williams in
Harry Winston jewels

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Nicole Kidman in
Harry Winston jewels

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Zendaya   Jennifer Lawrence

Zendaya in Bulgari jewels

(Credit: Tinseltown/Shutterstock)


Jennifer Lawrence in Niwaka jewels

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    Mary J. Blige   Laura Dern

Mary J. Blige
in Forevermark 

(Credit: Forevermark)


Laura Dern in
Atelier Swarovski jewels

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 Gal Gadot   Lupita Nyong'o

Gal Gadot in Tiffany & Co jewels

(Credit: Tinseltown/Shutterstock)


Lupita Nyong’o in Niwaka jewels

(Credit: Tinseltown/Shutterstock)

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A stellar range of watches is going under the virtual hammer at Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces Online. The online auction from March 2 to 15 features over 200 luxury watches by Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Omega and Zenith, among others.

Sotheby’s caters to the fast-growing luxury market by collecting treasures worldwide. Apart from its classic auctions, it has been holding online auctions since 2004 to offer collectors various bidding channels and experiences. Verified bidders can place their bids online without having to fly to Geneva, Switzerland for a physical auction. 

Here are some of the highlights of Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces Online. 

Rolex Daytona

Headlining the sale is a Rolex  Daytona Cosmograph circa 2016. The wristwatch, which has a stainless steel Oyster case and black ceramic bezel, is expected to fetch CHF 15,000 (around US$15,970) to CHF 20,000 (around US$21, 235). 

Rolex Daytona

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 116500LN with black dial and ceramic bezel



Most of the wristwatches on the catalogue for the spring online auction are Swiss Made, a globally recognised brand for top-quality timepieces. The Swiss Made label means that the wristwatch’s movement was assembled, inspected and encased in Switzerland and much of the manufacturing process took place in the country. 


Zenith yellow gold automatic triple calendar chronograph wristwatch circa 2005


Cases in Precious Metals

Platinum has been used extensively in wristwatches for some time now. The Cartier Tank, circa 2005, with its platinum rectangular case and jewelled manual winding lever movement, reflects a lady’s elegance and beauty.  The auction also offers plenty of selections for women’s watches in yellow and pink gold.


From left: Cartier Tank circa 2005 with platinum rectangle case; and  Audemars Piguet white gold bracelet watch

Jaegar-LeCoultre White Gold and Diamond-set bracelet watch Circa 1950

Jaegar-LeCoultre white gold and diamond-set bracelet watch circa 1950


Chronograph watches are much sought-after for their impeccable timing application as well as their attractive design. Chronograph watches of Chanel, Jaegar-LeCoultre and Omega are being offered in Sotheby’s online auction.

Omega Chronograph

Omega stainless steel Tonneau-form chronograph watch with 24-hour indication (2015)


Mont Blanc

MONTBLANC yellow gold-plated stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch circa 2005




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The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 is pleased to announce its prestigious panel of judges comprising distinguished luminaries in the fields of design, jewellery and the arts.


Organised by JNA and CJNA of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People’s Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen, the biennial competition aims to usher in a new era in gold wedding jewellery by encouraging designers from around the world to reflect wedding traditions and customs through fresh and creative designs.


The independent judging panel of the competition’s inaugural edition consists of highly respected, esteemed leaders from the jewellery and art industry, chosen for their extensive knowledge and expertise. They will run a two-part thorough, fair, transparent and rigorous judging process. Entries will be evaluated on their creativity and originality, their adherence to the theme, and their understanding of craftsmanship and manufacture processes.


The judging panel is chaired by renowned academic and educator Norman Cherry. He is joined by leading trend forecaster Paola De Luca, Japanese artist Ben Mori, Professor XuXiang Tang and trailblazing fine jewellery designer Stephen Webster.


Norman Cherry

Norman Cherry worked for many years in the British Higher Education sector, nurturing talent in the fields of art and design. From 1996 to 2008, he was Head of the internationally acclaimed Birmingham School of Jewellery. His last position in the academe was as Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts at the University of Lincoln. Norman currently runs a consultancy as a creator, educator and curator. His projects include working on behalf of international clients to connect Chinese and other universities, and advising jewellery manufacturers on the development of young designers.

Paola De Luca

Paola De Luca is a world-renowned trends forecaster from Italy, with particular expertise on global jewellery design trends. She is the Founder of The Futurist Ltd, a creative intelligence firm specialising in strategic projects in the luxury and jewellery sectors. Paola runs design projects and educational programmes for buyers and government organisations, and conducts seminars on global jewellery design trends at international trade fairs. Her much-sought-after trend books are considered among the leading resources on jewellery design.

Ben Mori

Ben Mori is an artist and designer from Japan. He studied different art disciplines including 2D and 3D drawing, liberal arts and graphic design. Ben favours mostly heavy colours in his artworks, which have been exhibited in several countries. In an interview, he revealed his design philosophy as “Good artists just keep making art.”


XuXiang Tang

Professor XuXiang Tang is a professor, doctoral advisor and the director of the Jewelry Studio of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University. He is also the Judge of Arts and Crafts Masters, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts Association and Deputy Director of China’s Jewelry Design Committee. He is an expert on traditional Chinese metalcraft as well as modern art and design, bridging the gap between Chinese traditional and contemporary art.

Stephen Webster Stephen Webster is a celebrated English jewellery designer known for his largely pioneering designs that infuse Rock n Roll influences into fine jewellery. His fresh, bold and modern designs have amassed a celebrity following. Stephen curates Rock Vault, an initiative of the British Fashion Council to mentor, support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talents.


The judges will determine the 30 finalists of the competition and announce these in the middle of June. The overall winner of the competition will be awarded the ‘Xifu’ Grand Prize of a 1kg gold bar at the Awards Ceremony scheduled for mid-September.  For more details, please visit

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It is the jewellery trend that has had many a middle-aged woman running off to her local piercing bar – mix ‘n’ match studs.


Delicate stud earrings that can be sold singly and mixed or matched at the pleasure of their owner have been winning sales for jewellery retailers and brands. This is an extension of the trend for asymmetrical earrings – shoppers no longer wish to be dictated to about what makes for a great pair of earrings, they want to make their own decisions.


Stores, such as US retailer Stone & Strand, have been actively encouraging customers to be playful with stud selection by curating dedicated sections on websites, or in stores, of single studs, as well as suggesting that pairs of earrings can be interchangeable too. 


Stone & Strand is promoting the mix 'n' match trend on its site

Stone & Strand is promoting the mix 'n' match trend on its site


Mix ‘n’ match studs also tap into the trend for multiple ear piercings, which is not just a fashion for the young. Many mature consumers are reliving their youth and indulging in additional piercings, and filling these piercings are mismatched miniature studs.


Missoma has a great selection of studs that are sold singly

Missoma has a great selection of studs that are sold singly


So popular is this trend that British jeweller Dinny Hall has built an entire retail concept around it called the Singles Bar. The Bar displays the brand’s silver stud earrings, which are sold individually, and staff – rebranded as Matchmakers for this purpose – are on hand to help shoppers make their selections.


Dinny Hall has built a retail concept round this trend called The Singles Bar

Dinny Hall has built a retail concept round this trend called The Singles Bar


London department store Liberty has taken the concept one step further by introducing a piercing bar run by New York jeweller and celebrity piercer Maria Tash, which caters to a well-heeled clientele. Shoppers can retreat to a private room in Liberty where they will have a piercing made by a member of Maria Tash staff and then choose from the brand’s selection of ornate studs and hoops, some set with diamonds.


Celebrity piercer Maria Tash has opened at Liberty in London

Celebrity piercer Maria Tash has opened at Liberty in London


This is a great trend for many reasons: The mix ‘n’ match element creates a collectability that makes for great repeat purchases; it is a fun way to sell jewellery that will engage younger shoppers as well as appeal to more mature clients; and it has great flexibility – cater to different tastes and budgets by curating an offer that ranges from affordable silver studs to precious diamond and gold designs.

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