For romance, drama and style, look no further than the latest in high jewellery. Compiled by James Gurney
Deco delight: The platinum Claustra necklace was presented this year as part of Cartier‘s Le Voyage Recommencé collection, which reaches back tot he Art Deco creations of Louis Cartier and Jeanne Toussaint. This brilliant piece is built around white diamonds, openwork spaces and onyx. The Claustra’s geometric perfection makes colours around it more intense under its cool fire.
Hear me roar: Two of Coco Chanel‘s obsessions, tweed and her Leo star sign, inspired this Gabrielle ring. Patrice Laguéreau, Director of Chanel Fine Jewellery Creative Studio, makes a leonine statement with yellow sapphires adn garnet set in gold and platinum. These, and an intricate woven texture, make for a standout piece from Tweed de Chanel High Jewellery.
Close watch: Pure water inspired Metaphoria, a new Piaget collection. The Undulata, a limited edition of eight watches, matches watery colours with marquetry, gems and an ultra-thin, hand-wound visible watch movement. Cased in white gold, with an alligator strap and set with diamonds, the watch has a straw, wood, elytron parchment and leather dial by Rose Saneuil.
Modern romance: new designs for the Gem Dior collection from Dior Joaillerie’s Creative Director, Victoire de Castellane, are unabashedly romantic. Its declaration of love is built on a geometry of irregular shapes, as of mineral strata, creating a tactile rythm. In this bracelet, set in white gold, the surfaces of the diamonds reflect the elemental forces that drive their creation.
Golden year: Chaumet’s Liens collection celebrates connections of love through geometric motifs drawn from the archive, symbolising the joining of destinies that mark true devotion. This Jeux de Liens Harmony engravable medallion features a gold sunburst radiance that highlights the diamond links joining the two halves together – a bond to represent two souls united for eternity.
Fresh as a daisy: The Miss Daisy collection from Bond Street Jeweller, David Morris takes inspiration from the summers of English childhood memory – bright skies, playful games and joyous nature. In this ear cuff, diamond petals and an Akoya pearl, all set in white gold, combine to create an elegant, romantic piece of surpassing charm and lightness of touch.