BROUGHT TO YOU BY SINGAPORE JEWELFEST

Best buys

Amethyst, lavender and purple Edison pearl pendant, $32,000, by Hong Kong brand Baerjewels Sapphire and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Fook's Jewelry Paraiba tourmaline and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Kare
Ruby and diamond necklace, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Lane Design Jewellery. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE JEWELFEST
Pigeon blood ruby and diamond earrings, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Malpani.
Pigeon blood ruby and diamond earrings, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Malpani.
Amethyst, lavender and purple Edison pearl pendant, $32,000, by Hong Kong brand Baerjewels.
Amethyst, lavender and purple Edison pearl pendant, $32,000, by Hong Kong brand Baerjewels.
Opal boulder and diamond ring, $3,800, by Brazillian brand Ame Gallery.
Opal boulder and diamond ring, $3,800, by Brazillian brand Ame Gallery.
Paraiba tourmaline and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Karen Suen.
Paraiba tourmaline and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Karen Suen.
Sapphire and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Fook’s Jewelry.
Sapphire and diamond ring, price unavailable, by Hong Kong brand Fook’s Jewelry.
Emerald and diamond earrings, $130,000, by Taiwan brand Sequins Jewelry.
Emerald and diamond earrings, $130,000, by Taiwan brand Sequins Jewelry.
Tahitian, South Sea and freshwater pearl necklace in 18K white gold, $38,134, by British brand Yoko London.
Tahitian, South Sea and freshwater pearl necklace in 18K white gold, $38,134, by British brand Yoko London.

Festival director Angela Loh tells Melissa Heng which pieces from the Singapore JewelFest stand out

This year's Singapore JewelFest features 75 jewellers from all over the world.

With hundreds of glittering pieces on display, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

Likewise, ask festival director Angela Loh for her favourite piece and she will tell you it is hard to pick just one.

"I personally do not have a favourite gem. But I love designs that capture my imagination, are conceptual and tell a story," says Ms Loh.

She points out a pair of emerald and diamond earrings by Taiwan brand Sequins Jewelry.

"Their designs are very bold. They combine different gems yet retain a delicate elegance," she says.

Ms Loh also highlights a piece from Hong Kong label Malpani, a pair of drop earrings with a floral motif featuring pigeon blood rubies and diamonds.

"Malpani uses classic gems but there is a playfulness to its design. A kind of whimsy that is beautiful," she adds.

The jewellery lover, who is in her 40s, has been with the festival since its inception 13 years ago. She recalls: "In the beginning, people were interested only in diamonds, they knew only about diamonds. But about six years ago, coloured gems started gaining popularity."

She says that consumer awareness has grown a lot and people are starting to appreciate lesser-known gems such as tanzanite and citrine.

"I think shoppers are getting more sophisticated and the market in general has widened over the years. People are looking for great pieces to own, pieces that make a statement."

Here, she picks her top eight pieces from the exhibition.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2015, with the headline 'Brought to you by Singapore JewelFest Best buys'. Print Edition | Subscribe