SOLITAIRE: Minimalism in a maximalist country

"Doha, one of the richest countries in the world, plays host to the Doha Jewellery & Watch Exhibition (DJWE) every year in February. Unlike other end consumer-targeted jewellery exhibitions, Doha is perhaps the only place with the power to pull the world’s most renowned names like Graff, Boucheron, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and more, under one roof. Targeting affluent Arab women and families – who are major buyers at the show – one can be sure to spot numerous candy-sized diamonds, necklaces loaded with Paraiba tourmalines, or one-of-a-kind creations while walking down aisles. However, the same audience might also be looking for fun, unique, and chic baubles for daily wear, especially for bracelets, rings, and earrings. Here’s what we spotted this year.

Among the impressive list of jewellers offering some serious pieces of high jewellery, one designer was there to have fun. Paris-based Marie Mas by Marie Cabirou’s collections,‘Swinging Stones’ and ‘The Wave’, were a hit as they danced together with the wearer’s movements. The ‘Dancing Open’ rings and bracelets, with shades of blues on one side and purples on the other, were a hit as everyone stopped by to try them on. The precious stones are set back to back, while a mechanism allows the gems to rotate and switch colour in sort of a domino effect."

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