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"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without." - Confucius

21 is a lucky number for many. It is also the age when people in the Western world consider a young man to be a grown up.

Jewellery Arabia has definitely reached maturity – which is clearly signified by the more than 40.000 visitors, buyers and private collectors and the 600 exhibitors who flocked to the 21st Jewellery Arabia exhibition between 16-20 October.

It was earlier this year in March, when the management team of Jewellery Arabia met the brands participating at Baselworld to secure their attendance at this years’ show. They did a good job by getting names such as A. Lange & Söhne, Baume & Mercier, Bovet, H. Stern, Jaquet Droz, Mellerio dits Meller, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Schoeffel, Vacheron Constantin – among others – to join the exhibitors list.

I selected a few highlights from the multitude of sights for you, in case you missed the event.

Clearly, one of the best things about the Middle East is that you rarely suffer from a winter depression. My beloved sun is shining more than 300 days annually. When you come from such a region, your jewels capture the light and somehow sparkle much warmer. H. Stern brought the Rio sun to the exhibition hall and within a glimpse there was chemistry.

Talking about the elements, let’s go underwater to my personal favourites, the South Sea pearls. Schoeffel presented extraordinary pieces of South Sea cultured pearls selected with the greatest care by colour and size to form amazingly classical and elegant creations.

Tell me any business that has been running for 200 years that is still at its peak today! Think just how many wars, crises, epidemics and economic downturns we have had during this period! Now imagine a jewellery company that was founded in 1613 coming to their 400th anniversary next year! Can you picture the amount of history, experience and tradition that has accumulated within these walls? Mellerio dits Meller, a French manufacture with Italian roots, has been the jeweller to the queens for centuries and they deserve great respect. Let me be more practical this time and highlight a collection of their works that is not only beautiful, but also practical in the Middle East, the Marie-Antoinette Accessories. The set includes a white gold mirror with diamonds and pink sapphires, a matching perfume bottle and the A/C of the 18th century, a fan in white gold set with diamonds and grey mother of pearl.

More for the men, I’d like to take a note to mention two remarkable timepieces that please both the eyes and wrist with their classical shapes. Arnold & Son’s HMS1 watch won the Best Classical Watch category of the Middle East Premier Awards organized by The Arabian Watches & Jewellery (AWJ) Magazine. The limited edition 18-carat white gold case and silver dial mechanical watch was inspired by the timepieces made during the earlier part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and the royal court.

The new Château de Môtiers Collection by Bovet has already won the hearts of many with its simple elegance. The watch bearing the name of Bovet’s historic castle which hosts their Haute Holorogie Workshop comes in an 18-carat white gold, red gold or stainless steel case with a Fleurisanne pattern engraved in the back as a mark of excellence.

Yes, 21 is a lucky number indeed.

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