You can count on me to find the best statement pieces of wearable jewellery from around the world and this cute diamond monkey necklace is just such a creation. When I first laid eyes on this necklace, it was during my early days as a jewellery blogger in 2009 when I would attend private events and take photographs. Surprise, surprise! I love taking photographs and being an art director. It’s been a lifelong passion for me ever since my father gave me my first professional camera when I was just a girl.

Showcasing jewellery from private events from around the world was a breakthrough in the jewellery world, as most designers are reluctant to display their creations on the Internet. You can catch up on all my street style photo shoots in my upcoming book, so stay tuned!

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Years later while in Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, I happened upon the marvellous, mystery monkey necklace again and the exceptional jewels of Lorraine Schwartz. So I was delighted when I met up with Lorraine recently for a tete-a-tete in Harrods at her new concession to learn more about this whimsical, gold and diamond necklace representing those three wise monkeys – Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru – or “speak no evil, hear no evil, & see no evil.”


Value for money 3.5 Stars

Showstopper 5 Stars
Durability 5 Stars
Craftsmanship 4 Stars
Investment 4 Stars

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Lorraine shared with me the story behind the design. It all started in 2006 during a visit to her jade cutter in Hong Kong, when she noticed three monkeys carved out of lavender jade. Not knowing the true story behind the three wise monkeys, she got them anyway and touched them every day for their healing powers. The lavender jade monkeys encouraged her to think positively and be more aware. For five months, she absorbed the healing powers of the three monkeys and was inspired to create this charming and meaningful monkey necklace out of yellow diamonds and gold. After all, jewellery is all about empowering us women!


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A lot of thought went into this statement necklace, right down to the signature chain. I love it when there’s special detail in the chain. It brings the whole piece together and proves the chain is not just a functional element of jewellery after all. Notice how the design continues throughout the chain with the added Chinese symbol for good luck. Such a design looks beautiful to the onlooker and is empowering to the wearer.

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This depiction of Speak no evil, hear no evil, & see no evil monkeys by Lorraine Schwartz makes me smile and adds a humorous element to fine jewellery. Created in blackened yellow gold and yellow diamonds, I wear them like a mini sculpture and conversation opener.

There’s a long tradition behind the three wise monkeys and one of the first depictions is in the Toshogu Shrine in Tokyo. I am looking forward to seeing them for myself and share with you my jewellery discoveries from my upcoming trip to Japan.

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Lorraine Schwartz launched the Diamond Monkey Collection at the Monkey Bar in the Hotel Elysee in New York with celebrities like Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Pharrell Williams, and more. No wonder, she’s called the jeweller to the stars!
Lorraine Schwartz speak no evil, hear no evil, & see no evil monkeys necklace in yellow diamonds in blackened yellow gold is available at Harrods Fine Jewellery Room in London and Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.


GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla features exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews – a celebration of fine jewellery, fashion jewellery and vintage jewellery.
*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla.All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. 
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  • What a lovely piece, the detail is beautiful.
    My grandparents had a small bronze ornament of the 3 monkeys atop the fire place in the living room. I was fascinated with it, always picked it up and rubbed it; we all did. Recently my grandfather (who is 92) said he’s giving it to me – I couldn’t be more touched, excited, pleased.
    To me they are the sanzaru, aka three monkeys depicting how to live a wise life: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

  • Great review on such a unique piece of jewellery. It’s certainly a jewellery item that will likely draw a lot of focus and become a talking-point. These “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys have been an iconic and symbolic design for many years, and makes for a very interesting addition to the jewellery piece. From superstitious beliefs attached to it to a wise guide to life, there are quite a few meanings that can be derived from it – again adding to the talking-point and interest of this item.

  • It’s Such a beautiful piece. True these designers don’t put up their stuff online as it may get copied and then the essence of design will be lost. Thank you for finding it and showing it.

  • Hi, I am new on your blog and fortunately I got your blogs. The necklace you are holding is really nice and its a symbol of three good things which you have wrote correctly. Mahatma Ghandi has introduced these three monkey which give massage not to hear bad, not to speak bad and not to speak bad. Now I will be following you as I am into jewellery business and sell awesome indian earrings. 🙂

  • Extremely clever piece of wearable art. Looks well made and doesn’t look like it’s going to fall apart in an untimely manner either. It certainly has the “I want it now” factor for me. I think a red dress or even bright pick would show case it nicely for me.