In Truman Capote’s 1961 adaptation, Audrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly Golightly proclaimed that “the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s.” She intones, “the quietness and proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.” And while not all accessories come boxed in the hallmark Tiffany Blue, there is indeed something profoundly empowering about a beautiful piece of jewellery. The most alluring of metals are dear and precious, draping delicately on our naked flesh. Jewels are intimate expressions of moments in time, memories held close and memorialised on our bodies. Such tokens, particularly those gifted to us by loved ones, feel deeply personal. Precious metals ignite fondness and nostalgia, anchoring us to a sense of history.
Yet there is also something intuitive about our inclination to certain pieces, something that speaks not of sentiment but of self. To search for an ideal piece of jewellery is to seek an object that withstands time – an object that strikes a chord, that endures fleeting trends, touching a deeper and more permanent sense of identity. Can I wear you forever?
Words Edana Isobel Jamora & Chynna Lao
Images Calvin Wang
Fine pieces embellish and decorate our daily selves, effortless elevation to keep close to the heart. A ring on the fourth finger adorning our left hand and a necklace kissing the décolletage – we keep our dearest close to the heart.
A sense of dazzle and brightness, certain ways the light hits the metal or reflects on the jewels or how we comport ourselves as we ever so slightly turn our heads, lift our fingers or rest upon our wrists. Pique interest, bold and unencumbered.
Simple, striking yet bold. We are reminded of things that exist beyond form and matter. Our pieces carry history, totems that symbolise a place, time, moment, memory.