The Chinese Horoscope has been around for thousands of years, long before its Western counterpart. It is based on ancient Chinese legend, tradition, and common wisdom. It consists of a twelve-year cycle. Each year is represented by a different member of the Animal Kingdom, reflecting certain characteristics and traits that rule that specific year.
The year 2016 is the year of the Monkey, in accordance with the Chinese zodiac. The monkey ranks ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.
Indeed, it is the perfect time of the year to gift precious creations that pay a homage to the creature to whom this year is dedicated. Here are some HOT picks…
A bit of Parisian style…
The well-known Parisian high jewellery designer, Lydia Courteille, specializes in creating wild, colourful and innovative representations of flora and fauna. She has created several whimsical pieces with colourful diamonds and precious gems, all crafted in extraordinary detail. The dangling of the pavé jewelled monkeys especially features in her pieces. It brings out the playful nature of the monkey. It is seen hanging by a rose or a vine, holding a bunch of grapes in one design or a pearl in another. One of the rings shows a monkey gazing into a crystal ball. The mixing of precious stones of varied colours brings a refreshingly different look to the jewel. Delicate craftsmanship merges with a symbolic significance in the designs.
Carrera y Carrera
The strength, character, and life-force of the animal kingdom are captured by Carrera y Carrera artisans to create beautiful jewels dripping with energy and vitality. The artistic Spanish jeweller has inspiration from the animal kingdom ingrained in its essence. Carrera y Carrera’s vision is founded upon a rigorous and demanding creative process – a process that builds upon both the art and science of sculptural design.
The sculpture of the zodiacal primate is crafted in yellow and white gold, and the head features the classic matte-gloss finish – the brand’s hallmark – which along with the precious stones fill the pieces with light. Thus, the top of the head meticulously carved in intricate detail. The gold-carved skull is then topped with rows of colourful precious gems.
Drawn on the back of the monkey’s neck is a heart that invokes this talisman’s power over love. This is in memory of the legend of the Spanish Habsburgs and Isabella of Portugal, who kept the monkey close to her heart to preserve and strengthen the love for her husband.
This small detail, located on the back of the rings, has been created by Carrera y Carrera artisans just behind the face of the Monkey to point towards the heart of women who wear these rings, creating an energetic bridge between the two.
The American jeweller with Italian roots has created a playful charm necklace featuring a brown diamond pavé monkey in a classic pose scratching its head. Beside the figure are two bananas made of yellow sapphire pavé. At once illustrating the playful nature of the monkey as well as its gem setting skills, the brand creates a heritage piece that resonates with meaning.
The animal kingdom has time and again been a source of inspiration to jewellers. The year of the Monkey gives one more opportunity to pay homage to a creature that has a special place in the hearts of many!