Coming face to face with a five-foot tall painting of an oval-cut yellow diamond isn’t an everyday occurrence, but neither is the extraordinary detail and nuances in colour exuding depth and life in its facets.
The yellow gold bracelet wedged partway up Hande Elmaagacli’s left arm is an eye-catcher not only for its deep, rich colour, but also for its handwoven construction. A family heirloom, the 22-karat yellow gold piece was given to her six years ago by her mother on her wedding day.
The 85-carat citrine Bonnie Trudel is wearing around her neck is in its natural state—rough, although wrapped with handcrafted silver, allowing the stone’s energy to emanate. Its powers, as she explains it, are protection, success, and luck.