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 October 16

by Carolina

It’s no secret that celebrities, local and international, often wear clothes and accessories that are borrowed from various brands and designers.

In Philippine showbiz, photographer-turned-jeweler Drake Dustin Ibay is sought after by some stars for his luxury accessories.

Drake revealed to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) some of the most expensive gems he has lent to celebrities since he started his business.

The first that came to his mind was the SINAG by LVNA earrings that Rabiya Mateo wore when she competed for the Miss Universe 2020 last May.

Drake said, “Yung kay Rabiya, number one, The Sinag. Yung mga stones I didn’t want it to look like na luma na parang fake.”

The earrings are encrusted in white and rare yellow diamonds with citrine gemstones on 18 karat white gold.

Drake did not mention the price of the bespoke earrings, but this pair could easily fetch an eight-digit figure for the rarity of the yellow diamond alone.

He said, “Some diamonds, especially the rare fancy ones, ni-loan pa namin from our suppliers in Hong Kong. [Nilipad] pa during pandemic just so we could produce the design.”

Drake Dustin Ibay, Lvna by Drake Dustin, Rabiya Mateo

Drake said he has also lent a collection of jewelry to Ivana Alawi, “The total worth was around 30 million [pesos], I think. Not just one jewelry, collectively.”

One of the pieces worn by Ivana was the “Agila Yellow Diamond Necklace by LVNA,” worth PHP21,580,000, according to the brand’s official website.

Was he ever scared about the accessories getting lost?

Drake said, “Hindi naman, trust lang talaga.”

Drake Dustin Ibay, Lvna by Drake Dustin, Ivana Alawi

GOING GLOBAL

Drake has taken the first step to go global, his biggest dream, by making his online shop accessible to the international market.

The businessman told PEP.ph, “Right now, we are receiving orders outside the country. I think that’s a good start.

“The U.S. is wide, Canada is wide, usually the jewelers there are online lang din.

“We’re gonna try to keep on upgrading the system, website, to make it at par to those global brands.”

Drake has also started tapping international celebrities, including supermodel Kelsey Merritt who has worn his jewelry for a magazine cover shoot.

Drake revealed, “Right now, we are talking to one of the ELITE series star, Aron Piper. We are still in talks pa lang naman for a collab.”

Drake started his jewelry business online via Instagram sometime in 2016. Now, he has seven branches around Metro Manila.

PEP.ph interviewed Drake via Zoom last September 23, 2021.

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