HAPPENINGS: Italian haute jeweller Bulgari joined forces with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to unveil the Roman holiday-inspired "Serpenti" installation art, dedicated to the Hong Kong WinterFest this year.

Actress Carina Lau, ambassador of Bulgari in China, lit up the centrepiece with Antoine Pin, country managing director of Greater China and Australia of Bulgari, and Peter Lam, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Stunning guests wearing glamorous jewellery included Janet Ma, Miki Yeung, Christine Au Yang and Jessica Jann.

The giant artwork has toured around major centres such as New York, Tokyo, Beijing and Taiwan.

OVERHEARD This is like spending Christmas in Rome. The Serpenti is amazing.


CHIC CHAT with Carina Lau

How has your taste in jewellery changed throughout the years?

I look for various styles and collect different pieces at different times. I used to like diamonds - in different colours - and pearls. But now I like something green, like emeralds.

How do you match jewellery with your outfits?

I wear a simple piece of jewellery like earrings or a bracelet, something casual but cool.

What is Serpenti to you?

It's very special to me. I was born in the Year of the Snake. I think snakes are mysteriously charismatic, and they symbolise wealth.

What is luxury to you?

Luxury is health to me. Health is everything.