Six jewellery designs to celebrate the Year of the Rooster
The Lunar New Year kicked off on January 28, ushering in the Year of the Rooster. And while the next 12 months are expected to be ruled by contrasting energies — a heady mix of chest-puffing pride and resilient compassion — these vibrant designs just might inspire some peaceful preening.
Paris-based designer Lydia Courteille applies her opulent signature style to this 18-karat-gold rooster ring (above). Its luminous central opal, 317 rubies, 50 black diamonds, and 554 sapphires would make anyone puff up with pride (price upon request). (lydiacourteille.com)
This white-gold rooster ring, $US23,000 (about $A30,400), from Roberto Coin's limited-edition Animalia collection has the perfect amount of polish and flash. Its plumage is embellished with delicate, naturalistic gradations of black, orange, and yellow diamonds and sapphires. (robertocoin.com)
Tiffany & Co.
New York's Tiffany & Co. partnered with Paloma Picasso to create a series of delightfully elegant 18-karat-gold charms that depict all 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The rooster is subtle but unique enough to draw curious glances. Contact the brand to order this charm and the rest of the menagerie (price upon request). (tiffany.com)
Hong Kong–based jewellery house Qeelin is famous for its playful animal designs. The diamond-coated bird in this dynamic, 18-karat white-gold necklace, $US192,280 (about $A254,200), is a creative avian hybrid — part preening peacock, part regal rooster. It is limited to just eight pieces worldwide. (qeelin.com, available at chpremier.com)
Silvia Furmanovich's marquetry skills are on full display in this 18-karat-gold-trimmed cuff, $US15,000 (about $A19,800), which depicts a multi-coloured rooster crafted from warm yellow, deep amber, and ash grey woods. (silviafurmanovich.com, available at stanleykorshak.com)
Known for her inventive take on traditional accessories, Geneva-based Suzanne Syz displays her ingenuity once again with these hand-carved obsidian rooster-head cufflinks with gold and black diamond eyes (price upon request), which are sure to rise and shine for any occasion. (suzannesyz.ch)
Wendy Yue's striking black jade rooster pendant, $US13,200 (about $A17,450), channels the rooster's boldness while remaining poised. The necklace's double strand of coral and garnet beads support the central pendant, which sparkles with rubies, tsavorites, yellow sapphires, and black and white diamonds. Yue's versatile design can also serve as a perfume holder. (wendyyue.com)