For centuries, animals have played an important role in Chinese mythology, folklore and history, often as cultural symbols and a recurring theme in religion, art and literature. One of the earliest Chinese texts, The Classic of Mountains and Seas, is a geographical account of mythical beasts, rituals, flora and fauna in relation to ancient China. Animal-like taotie masks and decorative motifs appeared on prehistoric artefacts and bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, reflecting the deep fascination and curiosity for the natural world.
As a result, mythical creatures are an integral part of Chinese cultural tradition, conjuring up images of fearless lions, a soaring phoenix, or magnificent dragons idealised for their beauty and power. As an example, Xuan Wu, a wondrous mix of snake and turtle, was revered as a mighty god with eternal life who inhabited the deep sea and controlled the elements. Much like the tales that have inspired artists for centuries, Fantasia, transforming its own imaginary animals into a collection of stunning jewellery that uses exquisite gemstones to tell their story. Together with whimsical design, artistry and craftsmanship, these creatures come to life, and a world of fantasy is born.
Deep within the forest, a glimmer of mysterious fiery light beckons us to follow and discover its source of magic—Fantasia, a magnificent unicorn and the muse for Fantasia High Jewellery Collection. Perched atop a wood fossil base, this one-of-a-kind piece blends the exceptional craft and artistry of high jewellery with a creative vision that reaches far beyond our imagination. With a glistening coat of pure gold, the stylised unicorn features various brushed surface textures, including one of “tangled silk,” and a strong chiselled profile appearing both regal and mystical all at once. At the crown, a stunning, naturally-formed 106.94-carat fire opal glistens with iridescent colours and dozens of white diamonds. With its dramatic stature, the unicorn becomes not only a work of art, but a symbol of power, beauty, and myth that inspires the rest of the collection, giving birth to a whole new world of imaginary creatures.