A Bejewelled Moon Festival
The harvest moon rises, and its light touches joyous faces. Tender love rides its silvery waves, as families all over China reunite. The world has changed so much, yet the Moon Festival’s ancient magic is something today’s merrymakers share with their ancestors.
Coco Chanel loved Chinese coromandel screens, and this necklace is inspired by the scenes often painted on those screens — mother-of-pearl clouds fill the sky, flowers bloom in diamonds, and diamond-etched mountaintops seem to glow with the light of a moon at the necklace’s centre. Chanel.ca
A son whose fortune carried him to distant lands,
A daughter whose heart swept her far from home,
Return to enjoy their mother’s mooncakes and revive the joys of their childhood.
The years melt away under the enchanted moonlight.
Dangling emeralds and rubellite beads form delicate pink blooms, like China’s famed peonies or lotus flowers. A 27.72ct cabochon-cut rubellite ties them to a rich ethereal chain of platinum and brilliant-cut diamonds. Reminiscent of a bolo tie, this necklace is adjustable to three different lengths. Available by appointment only at select Cartier boutiques nationwide. 1-855-888-8798
Light hearts rise to the clouds
Diamonds twinkle like sky-lanterns
Floating through auspicious clouds.
Spirits fly high, giddy and whimsical
In the shimmering night.
Swirling airily around the neck, marquise and pear-shaped diamonds embody both the clouds and the stars of the night sky. This empyreal necklace is perfect for a night of basking in moonbeams. Square emerald-cut diamonds are the steadfast hearts of these spritely earrings. Diamonds shape a little puff of cloud from which a delicate shower of interlacing diamonds rains down. At Brinkhaus Vancouver, (604) 689-7055, brinkhaus.com
Fanciful thoughts arise
When our gaze turns towards the heavens.
The graceful form of a goddess appears
Translucent and luminous.
The image of elegantly dressed and bejewelled Bodhisattvas have long inspired the Chinese aesthetic. This necklace’s loose and flowing form — with blue sapphire and coral adding soft, vibrant colour — resonates with the lofty imagery of ancient China. Precious pearls connect lush coral spheres to the delicate body of these earrings. As the dragon-dance delights festival crowds, we recall that in this tradition, the dragon is meant to be chasing a pearl. The pearl is wisdom and spiritual energy. At Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alberni boutique, (604) 699-9354, vancleefarpels.com
Offerings of fruit we make to the moon
To fill that grand white plate with harvest’s bounty.
Stalks of wheat lean towards clusters of flowers
As if to enjoy their scent once more before the harvest scythe cuts.
If you could capture and hold the golden glint of a wheat field on a sunny day, it might resemble the yellow gold and yellow sapphires of this ring. The spessartite garnets and pink sapphires are mellow and sweet; its ruby heart is deep and full. It is a ring of fruitfulness and joy. At Dior’s boutique in Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel, (604) 891-1810, Dior.com
To taste the golden
Is to savour joyful memories, The flavour of home.
Inspired by the Egyptian sun god, Ra, this brilliant medallion radiates with the warmth of sunshine. Yellow diamonds and white marquise and princess-cut diamonds shine amidst motifs inspired by the ankh symbol, which represented “life” to the Egyptians. At De Beers by appointment, (604) 235-5555, debeers.ca