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In a Jewellery Collection, Superstition and Crystal Diamonds Collide

By Bianca Husodo

The supernatural elements of astrology take centre stage in Swarovski’s Fall/Winter ’19 jewellery collection.
 
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The supernatural elements of astrology take centre stage in Swarovski’s Fall/Winter ’19 jewellery collection.

Astrology tends to be something many regard as mystical. A bit made-up, even, considering its unproven scientific accountability. Yet the recent uptick in its popularity can be attributed to a rise in unconventional spirituality and, perhaps, the horoscopic indulgence of which today’s millennial slice frivolously jumps into in social media — be it in the form of memes or apps that chart planetary shifts.

Once, diamonds possessed a similar allure. Thousands of years ago, before humans could trace and understand their natural origins, they were gemstones treasured as supernatural talismans to ward off evil in medieval battles, or in the Dark Ages, they were believed to be wound-healing medical aids when consumed. Science eventually caught on, and in the late 19th century Swarovski made a groundbreaking innovation when it pioneered one of the world’s first laboratory-made crystals. They became “diamonds made for everyone,” as their founders would call them.

SwarovskiLucky charm symbols are the recurring leitmotif of the collection.
Lucky charm symbols are the recurring leitmotif of the collection.

This Fall/Winter ’19, enters Swarovski’s Magic Light collection. The Austrian jeweller connects the abstract dots between the ancient world’s transcendental outlook on gemstones and our contemporary astrological fascination.

Well-known tarot emblems string into a necklace and a bracelet, their crystals festooned using the house’s signature Pointiage technique, which means they are assidiuously applied by hand. Celestial symbols charged with meaning — the moon supposedly says to “aim higher with each cycle of rebirth”, while the eye “encourages one to fearlessly open the eyes of one’s soul,” according to the collection’s statement — pepper as charms on bracelets or dangling earrings.

On the collection, Swarovski creative director Nathalie Colin posits that the light-hearted pieces are about spreading “a positive message to reconnect with oneself, others and nature, in light of the current challenges we face in the world.” She continues, “Perhaps, like me, you’re on a quest for well-being at this time of year, seeking inner light.”

View Swarovski’s Magic Light collection online.