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per cent of the raw diamond material, compared to only 49 per cent for the traditional brilliant cut.” The Qui Shape Compass was an instant success. It has been patented worldwide and officially recognised by the Diamond High Council in Antwerp. And, most famously, Peter used 128 Qui Shape Compass diamonds to create a bracelet that won him the most prestigious award in the industry, the International Diamond Award organised by De Beers. “This is like the Oscars of jewellery. Normally, only big firms such as Chopard, Tiffany & Co. or Harry Winston win at this event,” he smiles. “But in 2000, Peter Quijo won it.” Since then, Peter has not only used this stone in many of his jewellery designs, but he has also used its compass shape to inspire an exclusive range of gold Swiss made watches for men and women called Qui Moments, available in certified limited editions.
Bobbin Gold Peter and his team also work with pearls and other precious stones, including aquamarine, emerald, morganite and golden beryl. For his Lace collection, he collaborates with a professional lacemaker at the famous Bruges School of Lacemaking to set these stones and pearls in intricate laced patterns of fine but strong 24-carat gold thread. “We apply the same bobbin techniques as in traditional lace-making,” he explains. “The difference is, we use it to create jewellery - rings, bracelets, chains and pendants which give off a light and delicate feel.”
Timeless design As well as designing jewellery, Peter and his team also repair, refurbish and modernise jewellery. “We can bring back the fire and brilliance in these old stones by re-polishing them. And we can set them in a newly created piece of gold or platinum jewellery if customers want a different look. To me, in essence, it does not
matter whether we do this with a 500 euro stone or a 50,000 euro stone, it’s about having the privilege of turning an old heirloom into a new piece of jewellery. It gives our customers something which they love to wear and which retains its emotional value at the same time.”
Open house This December, customers are invited to visit the Quijo workshop and see what goes into the crafting of jewellery. “I think customers will really appreciate this open house policy,” Peter says. “Even to me, after more than 40 years in the business, it’s a fascinating experience that I’m still in love with. Because in the end it is about creating something which is timeless, which will be treasured for a lifetime and beyond.” Peter Quijo Jewellers also sell Corum watches. Pomellato and Dodo jewellery are available in their Adornes partner store on Bruges’ Market Square. Web: www.quijo.be
Bracelet Qui Shape Compass, winner of the De Beers International Award 2000.
Golden Qui Moments for men, black and SLN green.
Peter and Jade Quijo.
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