The 2019 High Jewellery Report: The Best Of The Best
It’s something every woman looks forward to every year—a peek at the latest high jewellery collections the world’s finest jewellery houses have to offer. These are first-rate jewels that are created for the most discerning of clients, not just with meticulous attention to detail but also the heart and soul of artisans and designers. Creativity? There are no bounds here—each collection has its own fascinating backstory, be it abstract, romantic or dramatic. Join us as we explore the absolute best in jewellery by the names that have consistently given us creations that are truly extraordinary.
1/5 Bvlgari Cinemagia
Bvlgari’s long-held ties with cinema, the red carpet, as well as the biggest stars in film history have never been more aptly expressed in precious gold and gemstones than as seen in its new Cinemagia high jewellery collection. Glamour and opulence are encapsulated in these magnificent jewels, brought to life with the Italian jeweller’s trademark wit in both classic and modern interpretations. Of particular note is the Action! necklace, a piece that immortalises the form of celluloid film with 32 carats of pavé diamonds and zirconium—a metal with a film-like sheen that has never been used in high jewellery until now.
2/5 Le Paris Russe de Chanel
A tribute to the many Russian inspirations that shaped Gabrielle Chanel’s unique aesthetic, Le Paris Russe de Chanel is a 69-part ode to Russian motifs as well as the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich—a key figure in Mademoiselle’s life, with whom she shared a brief though intense passion. Icons dear to the Chanel code such as the sun, sheaths of wheat and the double-headed eagle—a creature seen on the mirror at the entrance of Mademoiselle’s Rue Cambon apartment—as well as patterns from traditional Russian-style embroidery, are seen across these regal jewellery creations. With diamonds, gems and gold, they give form to Chanel’s never-ending Russian fantasy.
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3/5 Cartier Magnitude
A meeting of contrasts—not just in terms of colour but also gemstones—defines the designs in Cartier’s Magnitude high jewellery collection. By putting together the most unexpected of stone pairings, the jeweller has produced a bold new aesthetic that gives these creations the look of exotic art pieces. Take the Aphélie necklace, with its large central rutilated quartz cabochon and tassels of morganite, coral, onyx and diamonds, for example—have you seen transparency used in such a dramatic and radiant fashion?
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4/5 Piaget Golden Oasis
The desert, with its sand dunes, intense heat and sparkling oases, is an exotic playground for Piaget’s imagination. Titled Golden Oasis, its latest high jewellery collection channels the beauty of these mysterious lands into three distinctive lines: Play of Lights, Desert Minerals and Native Bloom. Yellow, blue and green hues are predominant in this collection, expressing the nature of sunlight, water and leaves via the vivid colours of sapphires, emeralds and yellow diamonds. Piaget has fully captured the vibrance of the desert, while imbuing this jewellery collection with its signature radiant appeal.
5/5 Van Cleef & Arpels Romeo & Juliet
Literature holds a wealth of inspiration for the French jeweller iconic for its poetic masterpieces. This year, Van Cleef & Arpels revisits a Shakespearean classic for its latest high jewellery creations—one that is actually a founding theme that the maison once looked to in its beginnings. The well-lloved story of young love torn by feuding families makes a poignant backdrop for its Romeo and Juliet high jewellery collection, which has taken key elements of the tragic yet romantic tale and transformed them into exquisite creations that carry the maison’s distinctive brand of sentimentality.