Inspired by Filipino culture, Simbolo is a new collection from Jul B. Dizon Jewellery that represents a rekindling of nationalism among siblings Cedric, Candice, Lucille, CJ, and Ginny. What Simbolo stands for has been a recurring theme in their collaborative work and life with their mother, after whom Jul B. Dizon Jewellery was named. “My mom was a patriot,” recalled Candice. “She was very vocal about her love of country. She devoted much of her time as an active member of the People’s Patriotic Movement, a foundation focused on educating the people on how to make the country prosper.”
The collection is composed of seven lines: Luzviminda, pendants in the form of ladies in traditional dress dotted with gemstones such as sapphires and tsavorites; Mananayaw, a tribute to folk dances, each featuring the grace of a pair of Filipino dancers outlined and cut out from 18K gold; Kubo, nipa hut-shaped pins and pendants made from 18K gold; Sandata, charms resembling daggers and swords that have been carved out of tourmalines and set with diamonds, rubies, and spinels; Icono, an assortment of cultural symbols (the vinta, the agila, the sampaguita, the sun) made from diamonds or black agate and lapis lazuli atop mother-of-pearl and carabao horn; Perdible, extra-large decorative safety pins, whose sun and three stars shine bright with white or yellow diamonds; and Bandila, a tribute to the Philippine flag.
“We want to promote the love for country in the jewel form,” said Candice. The Simbolo collection by Jul B. Dizon Jewellery is available at the 2nd floor of The Peninsula Manila, corner Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. Pictured are Perdible (Php24,000-Php118,000), Kubo (Php42,000), and Sandata (Php78,000).