Mother's Day 2021: Fine Jewellery Icons for the Most Iconic Woman in Your Life
She’s our confidante, our best friend, and yes, very often our punching bags too. Our mums truly have the patience of a saint, and dedicating just one day of the year to them will never be enough—but, we are in the month of May, and Mother's Day is right around the corner.
To celebrate her dedication, love, patience and fierce protection, we've shortlisted an array of iconic jewels that have long withstood the test of time. Many of them have received minor nips and tucks over the years, but their essence remains the same. Here, discover four old icons, and introducing a new one, that have received a 2021 upgrade.
Since its introduction into the Cartier lexicon in the early 1900s, the panther has taken on various personalities: playful and vibrant, fierce and territorial. Traits that we'd associate with our mothers, too, to be honest. This year, the brand has made slight tweaks to its La Panthère bracelet, a sculptural masterpiece in yellow or rose gold that hugs the curvature of the wrist. Whether you choose the diamond-studded versions or the minimalistic gold ones, each bracelet can be customised with an engraved message on the inside.
Van Cleef & Arpels
The element of luck has always been a key tenet for Van Cleef & Arpels—after all, its signature Alhambra collection has long been regarded as a bejewelled symbol of good fortune. Joining the family this year is the Lucky Spring collection, a whimsical collection that highlights motifs such as plum blossoms, lily of valley and ladybugs. Legend has it that if a ladybug lands on you, luck is sure to follow. What better way to guarantee good luck (and good health!) than with a jewel that brings to life this adorable creature. The Lucky Spring collection comprises a sautoir, three bracelets, a clip and a pair of earrings, each featuring the little bug in gold, mother-of-pearl, carnelian and onyx.
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Did you know that Yves Piaget, scion of Piaget’s founding family, has a varietal of rose named after him? So precious is this rose for Piaget that the brand has long dedicated both watches and jewellery to its unfurling petals and soft rose hue. This year, it blooms in yet another avatar: the new Piaget Rose earrings and sautoir, that reveal a vibrant fuchsia sapphire at the heart of the creations. Wrought in white gold and studded with diamonds, the earrings are limited to 35 pieces only, and the pendant to 50.
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It's not a jewel in the traditional sense of the word, but the Bulgari Serpenti Metarmophosis collection takes on a daring new form, as seen through the eyes of designer Mary Katrantzou. The collection features three new styles, the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handlebag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudiere. The latter takes on the shape of a Serpenti head, and is wrought in a variety of colours, including light gold and gold, monochromatic black and white, pale pink and a multi-coloured version.
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Tiffany & Co
Launched in 2017, the Tiffany & Co Hardwear collection has already attained legendary, iconic status within its brand portfolio. Drawing on the spirit of New York City, the jewellery collection is not for the faint-hearted, what with its strong link design that was inspired by the cheekily-named Ball and Chain bracelet made in the 1970s. This iteration comes with a double chain, that’s connected by the double link pendant, where one surface is fully paved with diamonds.
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