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Reimagining the Northern Lights in Crystals

By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

Inspired by the star-studded Arctic skies and the iridescence of the northern lights, Swarovski’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection is aptly monikered ‘Sparkling Dance’.
 
Michelle Kok
Inspired by the star-studded Arctic skies and the iridescence of the northern lights, Swarovski’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection is aptly monikered ‘Sparkling Dance’.

In a time when the digital scape has winnowed attention spans, it's good to know that some things still demand patience and presence. The aurora borealis, for instance, entails an arduous journey to distant northern latitudes. For many, however, weathering icy arctic conditions is worth an elusive sighting of the heavenly visual music; the unfurling of ribbon-like lights that twirl across the dark sky before they dissolve into nothingness in mere minutes.

This fleeting beauty of the northern lights is at the crux of Swarovski’s latest offering for the Pre-Fall ’19 season. Aptly monikered the ‘Sparkling Dance’ collection, each piece, much like the aurora, possesses a certain rhythm and colour scheme to it. Wisps of emerald green and minty blue are condensed in the form of stones that come encased within crystal-encrusted frames. These dangle as the shimmering nuclei to necklaces, bangles, earrings, rings.

As chasing the northern lights favours experience rather than indulgence, so does the ‘Sparkling Dance’: When worn, simple movements would have the pieces catch the light and reflect it, orchestrating a glimmering dance that is synchronised to their wearers. And to revel in the gleam requires one to be entirely anchored to the moment, the present.

“Brilliance in motion is how I would describe the collection,” says Nathalie Colin, creative director of the Austrian jewellery label. “Every move sparks joy, beauty and playfulness — bringing a dynamic touch of sparkle to every look, style and occasion.”

Swarovski’s ‘Sparkling Dance’ collection is available in stores.