diamond drop earrings on a purple background
diamond drop earrings on a purple background

For romance, drama and style, look no further than the latest in high jewellery. Compiled by James Gurney

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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.

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A gold and orange diamond brooch

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.

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blue watch with diamonds on the face

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.

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white gold bracelet with Dior written on the inside

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.

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gold round pendant necklace

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.

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Diamond and white gold bracelet half open with flowers on the edges

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.

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This article first appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2023/24 issue of LUX

 
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shops with brand flags  over the entrances on bond street

Bond Street’s finest. Photo by Gary Knight

LUX selects the best fine – and high – jewellery pieces that are as big on style as they are on bling. Compiled by James Gurney

gold and black sunglasses

Eyes on you: An alfresco lunch meeting demands a soupçon of city cool, and bejewelled sunglasses edge up the glamour. From Cartier to Boucheron to Pomellato, luxury houses offer divine takes on summer shades. Designed around house motifs and with the artistry of the main collections, the crystal-embellished Divas’ Dream by Bulgari are a glittering example.

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a rose gold friendship bracelet with a ladybird and flower on it

Good natured: It takes a jewellery maison with the cultural heft of Van Cleef & Arpels to credibly give way to whimsy, as the Lucky Spring collection demonstrates. Exquisitely crafted, designs include plum blossom, ladybird and lily of the valley rendered in precious metals and stones. This five-motif bracelet is in rose gold, white mother of pearl, carnelian and onyx.

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A heart shaped rose gold ring

Lines of beauty: What constitutes modern romance? Paris-based Italian jewellery house Repossi has a fair idea. This year marks the tenth anniversary of its signature Antifer collection, whose Antifer Heart ring creates a contemporary-classic form. The occasion sees the new Antifer Heart necklace and two hoop earrings, all featuring that iconic sharp tip.

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A gold ring with a pearl in the centre

Linked In: Japanese jewellery house Tasaki celebrates the never-ending possibilities of gold, pearls and diamonds with new additions to its Fine Links collection. Across seven pieces by Thakoon Panichgul, Akoya pearls rest on yellow- gold and diamond link shapes. Two rings, two pendants, two pairs of earrings and an ear cuff offer plenty of modern styling options.

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A rose gold wavy bracelet

Stem subject: Christian Dior’s passion for roses is reflected in additions to the Bois de Rose collection that includes bracelets, rings and this modern ear cuff, all by Victoire de Castellane. Symbolising attachment, the abstract stem design comes in white, pink and yellow gold, with or without diamonds, and wraps organically skin, solo or stacked.

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gold cufflinks with the Louis Vuitton logo on a box with coloured logo symbols on a black surface

Ear candy: Earphones become jewellery at Louis Vuitton. Part of the Horizon Light Up collection, the wireless earphones come in a charging case featuring a Connected monogram that animates via LED backlighting. The silhouette of earphones and case are inspired by the Tambour watch case, and the earphones have a polished sapphire top disc. In five colours.

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This article was first published in the Spring/Summer 2023 issue of LUX

 
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women on the red carpet

Caroline Scheufele (left) and actress Julianne Moore at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival wearing Chopard.
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Chopard’s Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele speaks to Torri Mundell about the Swiss company’s new Magical Setting range, aimed at creating a whisper-light collection of jewellery to be worn anywhere, anytime

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emerald ringWhen Chopard’s artistic director and co-president, Caroline Scheufele, developed an innovative technique to render the setting of gemstones nearly invisible, magnifying their light and lustre, she knew she wanted to apply the technique to everyday pieces as well as show-stopping designs. “I imagined this collection for a chic day-look and easy-to-wear style,” she says. “Chopard pieces are works of art that come to life when they are worn; I want women to feel as free as the light of the diamonds, and to be able to wear their jewellery with an evening dress as well as with a pair of denim jeans!”

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blue diamond ringThe custom of saving something for best may have fallen out of favour and after several months of lockdown and the tedium of staycations and leisurewear, it holds even less appeal. Created around traditional clusters of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds with a modern, ‘barely there’ setting, Magical Setting necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings add a dash of sparkle to the most ordinary of days.

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model on the red carpet

Lea Seydoux (top) and Natalia Vodianova at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival wearing Chopard

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Scheufele knows that versatile design is the key to conceiving fine jewellery that can be worn every day. She even designed pieces such as earrings that convert from “long earrings for special occasions” to “stud-like cluster earrings for a more day-to-day basis”. She also advises her clients to follow their instincts when it comes to choosing jewellery that will stand the test of time. “Some women are ‘emerald people’ while others are ‘exclusively diamonds’,” she says. “When I am with a client buying a piece, I want to make sure the jewellery she is buying is true to her, that she can see herself wearing it tomorrow, as well as in 10 years, for any kind of occasion.”

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This article originally appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 Issue. 

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