House rules Jeweller Harry Winston is a favourite of royalty and celebrities, with its designs often spotted on the red carpet. Founded in New York in 1932 by Harry Winston, the name gained attention when it was featured in the lyrics to Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. To celebrate Winston's legacy, the House of Harry Winston has released a book, Harry Winston. It recounts the history of the house and includes archival images - from never-before-seen jewellery designs to red-carpet photos and old advertising campaigns.




One glass act Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has collaborated with crystal-maker Baccarat to produce a glassware collection, Variations. Inspired by the vision of her father composing at a piano, Urquiola visited the Baccarat archives in France to marry her ideas with Baccarat's philosophy. The feminine collection uses playful colour combinations to match traditional glass-cutting methods with a modern aesthetic. The patterned pleating and cuts are almost sculptural in effect, placing the collection somewhere between objet d'art and sculpture. Variations comprises nine crystal centrepieces and a stemware collection. Vases cost HK$31,000, while the stemware range from HK$1,200 to HK$1,600 a piece.



Happy together TSL Jewellery and fashion designer Vivienne Tam have joined creative forces to release the Vivienne Tam for TSL Fine Jewellery Collection. Inspired by the five elements in Chinese cosmology - metal, wood, water, fire and earth, the collection uses geometric shapes for a modern look. "Jewellery and fashion have always been on the same wavelength. TSL Jewellery brings exceptional craftsmanship to each piece,'' says Tam. The collection includes (above) an 18K yellow and white gold necklace (HK$126,380), and 18K yellow gold bangle (HK$226,980).




Amassed appeal The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is hosting the exhibition, El Arte de Cartier, showing 420 pieces from the French jeweller's collections. Exhibits range from the tiaras and so-called garland style of the early 20th century to art deco jewels inspired by exotic places, including the famous "tutti frutti" pieces, gold jewellery of the 1930s and 1940s, and one-off commissions for personalities such as Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (left) and Coco Chanel. Til Feb 17.
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