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JewelleryGucci Debuts Its High Jewellery Collection, Hortus Deliciarum At Its New Boutique In Place Vendome

Gucci Debuts Its High Jewellery Collection, Hortus Deliciarum At Its New Boutique In Place Vendome

Gucci Debuts Its High Jewellery Collection, Hortus Deliciarum At Its New Boutique In Place Vendome
By Elizabeth Soong
August 16, 2019
Gucci signals two firsts in its storied history—the arrival of its high jewellery collection and the opening of its jewellery boutique in Place Vendôme

The beautifully preserved Rococo interiors of the historic Hotel de La Salle were a fitting backdrop to showcase Gucci’s first-ever High Jewellery collection, one that captures the Italian house’s essence of daring and creativity, with a slight nod to the Victorian era.

Launched on July 2, in the midst of Paris couture week, the collection was spread out over four distinct salons, with the jewellery pieces beckoning to be touched and admired in open, circular displays.

Called Hortus Deliciarum (Latin for Garden of Delights), creative director Alessandro Michele envisioned the collection to be symbolic of Gucci’s house iconography and also reflects the eclectic flamboyance he’s typically known for. Therefore delicate, fragile pieces are out while bold, statement pieces are in, all which revolve around a trio of themes: Heart and Arrow, Animal Kingdom and Solitaires.

(Related: Masks Off: The Genius Behind Gucci's Fall/Winter 2019 Collection)

Lion head necklace from the Hortus Deliciarum collection
Snake head necklace from the Hortus Deliciarum collection
Snake ring in yellow gold with milky opal and diamonds
Big, bold and beautiful — Solitaire rings are one of the main themes of the collection
Necklace in white gold, with opal, heart-shaped tanzanite and diamonds
Earrings from the Hortus Deliciarum collection
Heart and Arrow hair accessory from Gucci's Hortus Deliciarum collection
Aquamarine ring in white gold
Necklace in white gold with opals, coloured gemstones and diamonds
Tiara from the Hortus Deliciarum collection
Heart and Arrow necklace in white gold with tanzanite, sapphires and diamonds
 

Consisting of more than 200 one-of-a-kind pieces, the collection is a kaleidoscope of brilliant coloured gemstones, juxtaposed in a forest of diamond-encrusted flora and fauna, featuring Gucci’s animal emblems of the lion, tiger, snake and the little bee.

Alessandro also harkens back to a bygone era with Victorian-style ornate crosses, coming-of-age tiaras that Gucci terms as hair accessories and oversized cocktail rings that raise a glass to the roaring '20s.

Tiger head rings and bangles from the Hortus Deliciarum collection
The bee is one of the prominent symbols of Gucci
Heart and Arrow earrings, necklace and bracelet
Alessandro Michele harkens back to the Victorian era with these Lion head earrings, pendant and bracelet
 

(Related: Inside The Gucci Universe, According to Alessandro Michele)

A BOUTIQUE DEDICATED TO GUCCI JEWELLERY

The Hortus Deliciarum collection will be made available at Gucci's new boutique dedicated to fine and high jewellery, located at 16 Place Vendôme, the epicentre of haute joaillerie in Paris.

The Gucci jewellery boutique at 16 Place Vendôme, Paris
The Gucci jewellery boutique at 16 Place Vendôme, Paris

The small but elegant boutique gives a sense of intimacy with its ebonised wood cabinets, verdeacqua satin and antique mirrors, brass detailing, and monochromatic mosaic floor in nero macquina and white thassos marble. There’s even a private area at the back complete with chairs from Gucci’s home decor collection for customers who wish to transact business in privacy.

(Related: In Living Colour: Bespoke Jeweller Madly Focuses On Finding The Best Coloured Gemstones For Customers)

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JewelleryGuccihigh jewelleryParisAlessandro MichelePlace Vendôme

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