De Beers' latest diamond collection in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 2:21pm

A few lucky tai-tais invited to lunch by De Beers got a chance to marvel at the diamond producer's latest collection of sparkling jewellery.

Socialites including Maria Wu, Dorothy Cheng, Harriet Tung and Janice Chan-Choy tried on the multi-carat diamond jewellery from a collection called Imaginary Nature in Central's Amber restaurant.

Designed by Central Saint Martins alumna Hollie Bonneville Barden - who flew in from London for the preview - the jewels were inspired by natural motifs but given a modern twist.

"The collection brings together a rich variety of cuts and settings to achieve the drama and sophistication of high jewellery," she said. "It has a seamless opening system. The Imaginary Nature necklace, for example ... has a detachable brooch so that one piece becomes two."

Working for De Beers was a memorable experience for the aspiring young designer.

"It really allowed me to start dreaming about the wonder and romance of diamonds," she said.

Potential customers can view the collection in Hong Kong until October 20.