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Eastern promise
In May, Anna Hu became the first modern high jewellery brand to host a solo exhibition at Christie’s in London. The exhibition, featuring pieces hand-selected by David Warren, Senior International Jewellery Director at the auction house, nodded to the New York-based Taiwanese designer’s naturalism, whimsy and celebration of colour – the signatures of a brand which turns ten this year. Much to our delight, the pieces travelled to Paris during couture week, and were showcased at the Ritz. They nod to a variety of references, from the Impressionist aesthetic of Van Gogh and Monet, to spirituality and the natural world. We were struck by Hu’s ‘Myth of Orchid’ earrings, their gently curving titanium petals encrusted with round brilliant cut diamonds. Striking too was her Eastern inspired ‘Snake Ying Yang Bangle’ featuring two curving serpents encrusted with rubies, diamonds and sapphires, and clutching the symbol of harmony and balance in their jaws. Animals are often encountered in the collection, Hu nodding to birds, butterflies and dragonflies in the prismatic pieces, which will travel to Asia at the end of the year.

 

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