This set features a streamlined unity of intricate repeating geometric shapes in verdant color contrasted with a silvery sheen. Inspired by the solar period “Beginning of Spring”, a stunning array of refined diamonds have been crafted into complex, lifelike patterns of vivid leaves, then tinted so that half shine out brightly and half reflect placidly inward, like new leaves sprouting in springtime after a long, tranquil winter. In Chinese poetry, leaves are a common symbol of the constant changes of human life, in which every single leaf has its own story.
This set draws its inspiration from the renowned poem “Pleasant Rain on a Spring Night” by Du Fu, one of the epoch-defining poets of the Tang Dynasty. The poem reads “A good rain knows when to visit. It doesn’t befall the earth until spring arrives. Letting itself in over the night in the company of winds, it moistens everything without a sound”. This arrangement forms an eye-catching cluster of raindrops, delicately and brilliantly positioned to soothe the heart and nourish the mind, in a gentle and pleasing way.
The orchid species cymbidium faberi rolfe var. faberi is native to China and normally blooms around the solar period of “Grain Rain”. When in full bloom, it transforms into sensuous and elegant curves while emanating a strong, uplifting scent. This exquisite piece has been sculpted in a lifelike shape, and not only appeals to the eye but also gives an air of organic dynamism and refined civility as symbolized by the lurid contours and vibrancy of the orchid flower itself.
The solar period “Beginning of Summer” is a primal source of heat and life. This piece is inspired by the eponymous seven-character quatrain by Tang Dynasty poet Gao Pian. It uses a black lacquer as a base, studded with diamonds to create the effect of a mottled, shadowy forest in early summer. “Green trees thicken the shade on this long summer's day”; Gao Pian’s words describe a quiet natural scene on a calm summer day. This little mountainside pavilion is a place of leisure and peace; it has a cool, cozy feeling.
The solar period of Minor Heat, which is one of gradually building swelter, when people try to escape the heat by hiding in the shade of banana trees. This collection is made from 18-karat white gold and yellow gold, and a color separation process has been employed to create the image of banana leaves. Diamonds are inserted in between, shining like stars in the summer sky. Banana leaves are a symbol of midsummer, of resting in a tropical forest on a lazy midsummer afternoon and slowly falling into a sweet daydream. This is a very warm, fun, summery set.
The tall, straight lines of the coconut tree have become a universal symbol of the heat and beauty of summertime. This piece uses exquisite craftsmanship to depict the realistic images of tough and hardy coconut trees growing strong on a summer night on the coast, depicting these trees’ natural grace around the time of the Great Heat, and exuding a unique style across the shimmering sea. The coconut tree represents a tenacious will and spirit, and symbolizes favorable weather.
Autumnal Equinox, a time of harvest and golden twilight. Under the high, clear sky of an autumn day, the figure of a farmer working his terraced fields forms the centerpiece of a beautiful landscape that bridges the water below and the sky above. This piece is centered on the image of the water-filled terraced fields. They are interspersed with diamonds, which flow through them like clear spring water, holding the reflection of the clouds above. The blue sky and the white clouds complement each other and create a strongly fluid sense, making this an ideal portrayal of autumn.
Cold autumn dew forming on chrysanthemum petals late in autumn. Cold Dew is a period of late autumn, which hints at winter’s chill. Cold Dew falls on early November. As the name implies, the morning dew becomes colder and colder, and grows thick as it condenses. This piece is inspired by these thick dewdrops of late autumn, falling into a web-like pattern. The embedded diamonds turn this piece into a stellar array of crystal dewdrops, adorning the neck of the wearer with the glamorous autumn and a layer of cool beauty. The droplets slide downward to form a chain, as if they were tears dripping from the face of a lover. In the words of the Song Dynasty poet Qin Guan, “If love between two hearts shall last forever, what need they cleave to one another each day and night?” It is a work of longing, of deep connection and strong love.
Gingko is an ideal choice of tree for expressing the charm of autumn. And the period of Frost Descends is the ideal time in which to appreciate the gingko. The designer has lined each twirling ginkgo leaf with diamonds, and the gingko leaves cover the body to shine brightly, fully conveying a unique sense of autumnal warmth, while the unique and curvaceous shape of the gingko adds a touch of elegance, dynamism, vivacity, and femininity.
The Beginning of Winter is a time when the world has been shrouded in silver, and the chill of the early winter brings a piercing force to the rain. This set is inspired by the rainy season of early winter and the unique natural landscape that it creates. In this piece, diamonds fall like wintry raindrops on branches and rocks, forming a thin, smooth, glistening sheen. The frost builds into milky icicles which are at once crystal-clear and yet rich in color. The viewer cannot help but sigh at the mysteries of the season and the wonder of nature.
Minor Snow is a very poetic time of year. Flakes of pure white snow float in sparse drifts between the trees and grass, subtle and unobtrusive, yet gradually building the atmosphere of the oncoming winter. The piece is inspired by the sleek white flurries of the Minor Snow solar period. The snowy white diamonds are perfectly integrated with the purple of the background objects. Together they form a quiet, harmonious landscape of early winter’s frost. Snow gently falls until it covers the earth, forming a pure promise of blessings for the coming year.
Great Cold is naturally the most frigid and harshest of all the solar periods; it is also the culmination of winter itself. This set uses a minimalistic linear technique to outline a gradually building superimposition of frozen mountaintops during the period of Great Cold. The depiction of the pattern showcases a distinct style of high-end and cool. The pattern is based on the natural appearance of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan, where layer after layer of white snow piles up to form a world of stunning ivory that sweeps away the doldrums of winter and inspires the drive for exploration. These shimmering chains form an expression of the ancient words that have long been used to describe the mountain: “The snow of the mountain builds to jade cliffs, and the peaks lie flat, like a magnificent flying Jade dragon.”