A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Dh13 million Ensó necklace

Courtesy Robert Wan
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The Ensó necklace is the result of a collaboration between Robert Wan, producer of the world’s largest and most precious Tahitian pearls, and luxury jewellery designer Arnaud Flambeau.

The three-stand necklace is made up of 23 Peacock Tahitian pearls and 98 carats of brilliant diamonds. The central diamond is a 10-carat stone, which took 300 hours to cut and polish.

Courtesy Robert Wan

Placed alongside the diamond is a 17-millimetre blue-green pearl – a remarkably large stone that took 10 years to harvest.

Courtesy Robert Wan

The necklace was inspired by Flambeau’s travels to Japan, where he came across the fascinating Ensó circle in Japanese calligraphy. The ancient symbol belongs to the Zen Buddhism school, and takes the form of a single, fluid brushstroke in a circular shape, which represents a moment of enlightenment when the mind is free to let the body create. Peacock is the rarest colour of pearl, and is considered to be a symbol of protection and guidance by the Tahitian people. The 23 Peacock pearls in this piece have been meticulously matched to create a cascading effect, while the diamonds were individually mined from Botswana, and were cut and polished in Dubai.

Courtesy Robert Wan

“My hope is that this necklace will exude a similar feeling to the wearer as it does for me when I designed it,” said Flambeau. “One that is marked by profound grace and elegance coming together full circle.”

The Ensó necklace was first shown at the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition in February, and is priced at US$3.5 million (Dh12.85 million).

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