A NECKLACE worth over $2 million – consisting of thousands of diamonds, pearls and precious stones – was the star attraction at Jewellery Arabia 2017, which opened in Bahrain yesterday.
The item, called Cascade of Dreams, is a combination of a choker, a flowing necklace, a shoulder and back piece made of 12,826 diamonds, 1,970 natural pearls and eight rare Columbia emeralds.
It has been created by Al Zain Jewellery, which is headquartered in Bahrain and claims some buyers were showing serious interest on the first day of the annual showcase at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC).
“The design of the necklace is flowing down like a cascade and it designed to evoke dreams and passion – hence the name,” Al Zain Jewellery chief executive Theo Swart told the GDN.
“The piece costs way in excess of $2m and we have had some serious inquiries, mainly Saudis and some Kuwaitis.
“It is one of a kind and cannot be duplicated, so we allowed our designers to go above and beyond what they would normally do and they came up with Cascade of Dreams – which speaks for itself.
“We know this is reserved for one special person who is somewhere around here.
“Obviously being unique, it will be sold to the first serious customer that comes along.
“It is not something we will duplicate as it is a premium product and true luxury, and we will not compromise on the trust that the customer reposes on us.”
He revealed a team of 100 jewellers worked on the Cascade of Dreams piece. “This particular piece took 650 man hours and a team of 100 workers, with individuals working on specific sections,” said Mr Swart.
“The planning took over four months and the fitting and practical tests, as in adjustments and tweaks to make it wearable, took weeks.
“So to the person who ultimately buys it, it will be tailored to their body type.”
Jewellery Arabia 2017 gathers more than 600 exhibitors from 30 countries and was opened by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Spanning 21,000sqm of exhibition space, it features a huge range of finished jewellery, luxury timepieces, precious stones, clocks, fine writing instruments and more from around the world.
In addition to foreign jewellery companies taking part, those from Singapore, India, Thailand and Hong Kong have their own pavilions.
Bin Faqeeh, the Bahrain-based real estate developer and a sponsor, is also showcasing its projects.
“We always look forward to participating in such an exhibition, which is considered an ideal opportunity for us to reach out to investors and potential clients,” said Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company chairman Faisal Faqeeh.
“We hope to further promote our leading projects as well as reaffirming our commitment towards creating unique investment opportunities while maintaining a high level of quality and luxury.”
Meanwhile, Kooheji Jewellery – marking its 65th anniversary – unveiled its 2017 Fajer Jewellery Collection at the expo venue yesterday.
The collection, featuring a large variety of fine jewellery pieces incorporating diamonds and precious stones that combine yellow, white and pink gold, was officially launched by Kooheji Jewellery chairman Waleed Al Kooheji during a Press conference at the BIECC.
“As we celebrate our 65th anniversary, we are glad to launch our first ever collection under the name of “Fajer” collection,” he said.
“The name “Fajer” which translates into dawn, reflects on new beginnings with light and happiness and we wanted to mark this special occasion with the launch of our first jewellery collection.
“The collection has two distinctive categories – one for daily use, where we created elegant jewellery pieces to wear on a daily casual basis while going to work, or meeting friends and family, and the second for bridal sets where we introduced several jewellery sets to make each bride unique on her special day.”