Year of the Pig

Fortune favours the pig, and the pig favours us with rich auspices for the New Year. According to legend, the great Jade Emperor held a race among the animals to decide the order of the 12 zodiacs. The pig strolled in last. He’s unhurried and simple, compared to the sly rat who tricked his way into first place by riding the ox and jumping off ahead of it at the finish line. These high-jewellery pieces embody richness — they contain some of the most precious gems of the Earth and they also recall the rich traditions of Chinese New Year.

At De Beers by appointment, (604) 235-5555,

De Beers
Vulcan Necklace

The Earth’s magic conjures sparkling gold and enchanting jewels. These precious prizes await discovery under layers of rock — hidden gifts from the gods, like the beauty we often find encased in life’s toughest experiences. This necklace by De Beers is inspired by the legend of the Roman god Vulcan, who forged great treasures in his workshop.

CHANEL Fine Jewellery,

Vibration Minérale Bracelet and Earrings

Auspicious clouds touch the heavens and serve as chariots for the gods. In Chinese art, deities are often depicted as travelling by cloud. The mother-of-pearl clouds on this jewellery take their inspiration from scenes painted on Chinese coromandel screens, which Coco Chanel loved.

At Dior’s boutique in Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel, (604) 891-1810,

Dentelle Organza Rubis Ring

Nian has passed, and the people rejoice behind doorways cloaked in red scrolls. Chinese New Year is known as Guo Nian, meaning “Nian has passed.” According to legend, a Taoist monk taught people to hang scrolls of red paper around their doors to scare away a monster called Nian, and the tradition remains today. This pink-gold ring, part of the Dior Dior Dior collection, is centred on a rich ruby — a beautiful and protective amulet for the New Year.

At Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alberni boutique, (604) 699-9354

Van Cleef & Arpels
Zip Couture Passementerie Necklace

Lantern lights cast a glow on the silvery snow. A diamond and yellow-gold necklace drapes like fabric, trimmed with ribbons of rubies. It’s a dazzlingly jewel-encrusted zipper that really zips.

At select Cartier boutiques by appointment (800) CARTIER,

Coloratura High Jewelry Necklace and Ring

The New Year promises us that spring will soon colour the land. Cartier’s Coloratura collection draws on the world’s rich palette — “the vibrant colours of India, the uncompromising contrasts of Asia and the Orient, the subtle palettes of Japan,” says Cartier’s description of the collection. Colourful gems paint this necklace and ring, including emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and onyx.

Produced by Many Ngom