Jeweller Harry Winston's new bridal range is one belle of a collection

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2012, 12:00am


American jeweller Harry Winston's new bridal collection, Belle, echoes the history of the company in the halcyon days of New York's rise to power.

The collection takes its name from the late Arabella 'Belle' Huntington, socialite and wife of a railway tycoon in the 1900s and once thought to be America's richest woman. Winston bought her estate for a whopping US$1.2 million in 1926.

The enchanting collection, comprising engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants and earrings, was unveiled in Hong Kong on Wednesday at the Harry Winston boutique in The Peninsula hotel.

Celebrity model and television presenter Mandy Lieu showcased the multi-carat diamond collection, while fellow model Madi Ross wore jewellery from the brand's classic collection at the event. Both wore elegant wedding gowns by venerable New York-based designer Oscar de la Renta.

Guests savoured pastel-coloured macaroons, couture cupcakes and free-flowing champagne. They even formed a mini queue to try on the pieces and wowed at the diamonds.

The jeweller has long been building its own collection of precious stones by purchasing prominent American jewellery estates and refashioning them in a contemporary way to accentuate the stones. The Belle may be the best of them, with its geometric bezels and tantalising diamonds - a bountiful booty worthy of any wannabe heiress in search of her 21st century estate.