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  1. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  2. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  3. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  4. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  5. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  6. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  7. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  8. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  9. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  10. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  11. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  12. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  14. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  15. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  16. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  17. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  18. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  19. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  20. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  21. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  22. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  23. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  24. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  25. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  27. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  28. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  29. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  30. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  31. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  32. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  33. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  34. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  35. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  36. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  37. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  38. De Beers Boosts Production
  39. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  40. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  41. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  42. Gift Guide for CNY
  43. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  44. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  45. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  46. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  47. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  48. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  49. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  50. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  51. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  52. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  53. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  54. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  55. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  56. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  57. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  58. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  59. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  60. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  61. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  62. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  63. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  64. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  65. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  66. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  67. Basel fair cancelled again
  68. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  69. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  70. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  71. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  72. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  73. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research


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  • Gotika quartz intaglio earrings and pendant set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires
  • Intaglio pendant
  • Gothic II quartz bracelet
  • Carnaval themed intaglio gemstone piece
  • Biblical themed intaglio gemstone piece

Ancient art, modern jewellery

written by Colton Sun


Intaglio, an engraving sunk below a transparent gemstone surface, is a major luxury art form in a vast variety of cultures that could be traced back to centuries. In ancient Rome, an intaglio ring was a symbol of power and wealth. Roman men tended to wear only one intaglio ring at a time, while women might wear them on each finger. This type of glyptic art continues its journey through time and becomes a form of art, ornament and jewellery nowadays. There are barely hundreds of intaglio artists left. Among the hundreds of cravers scattered around the world such as Germany, China and Italy, there are dozens in Russia, including Vladimir Popovich, one of the artisans of Argentov. “Intaglio carving is a lesser known jewellery form of modern time,” said the Russia-based jewellery brand founder and creative director Yaroslav Argentov. 


Miniature craftsmanship 

The splendid intaglio engraving techniques of Popovich does not differ much from millennia ago. The engraver first drafts a design on mold over the flat back of a gemstone. Engraving requires rotary tools to hollow out main lines while textures and layers are etched by polishing pins, above all, immense patience and delicate dexterity. The step that demands the longest time comparing to others step is the application of abrasive powder for polishing meticulous edges and details. After removing the powder, the semi-finished piece is stamped into wax to create a convex impression for quality inspection. The same step repeats until the design is impeccably executed. Argentov told Hong Kong Jewellery: “Craftsmanship itself has not changed, but the tools have evolved over the course of time. Electric engraving and magnification tools have significantly shortened production time. It takes approximately one month to create a one cm² intaglio, subject to the complexity of the design and texture of the gemstone.” Finally, the intaglio would set in yellow and white gold as a main stone and decorated with other gemstones such as white diamond, ruby, sapphire and mother of pearl. They make a magnificent statement jewellery to attract wandering eyeballs. 


In the ancient time, intaglios were made from precious and semi-precious stones, such as sapphire, rock crystal, amethyst and garnet. With decades of experiences working with a gamut of gemstones, Popovich shared that topaz is his favourite gemstone for intaglio engraving owing to its reflectivity. However, polishing topaz could be an enormous challenge as its perfect basal cleavage makes it more prone to chipping if improper pressure is placed on the stone. Two of his hand-engraved intaglios, Portrait of Dmitry Likhachov and Portrait of Anna Akhmatova, which were displayed at the exhibition entitled ‘Glyptics: Past and Present’ at the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg in 2019, were made from grey Topaz. Speaking of inspiration, Popovich has a soft spot for cultural heritage ranging from greatest paintings to compositions of all time. He said: “I created a pictorial piece featuring the bust of P.I. Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer in the Romantic period, after I listened to his string sextet Souvenir de Florence.”


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