A Peek Into the Tiffany Jewel Box High Jewellery Collection
Precious gems have long entranced mankind with their beauty. But while they are fascinating in their natural allure, it takes a jeweller with true skill and artistic flair to turn them into wearable works of art that will shine and last for eternity.
Among the handful of names in the industry known for their exceptional artisanal expertise in jewellery, Tiffany & Co stands out for various reasons including its storied heritage, consistent top-notch gem-setting skills and unrivalled creativity. Take its much-anticipated annual Blue Book high jewellery collection, for instance. It never fails to enthral and excite jewellery lovers year in, year out. The 2019 Blue Book masterpieces, which made a short stopover in Singapore late last year, was no exception.
Titled Tiffany Jewel Box, this collection, designed by its chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff, showcases several of the jeweller’s design hallmarks while introducing elements that are unusual and unexpected. It definitely lives up to the American jeweller’s reputation and demonstrates its artistic and technical virtuosity in melding gold with some of the most exquisite gems we’ve seen. If you like your high jewellery with a contemporary twist, this will definitely be your cup of tea.
Long-time Tiffany fans would recognise the ribbon as a key icon that makes consistent appearances in the jeweller’s collections. It takes an important spot in this Blue Book collection as this necklace set with a spectacular central emerald of over 10 carats. As with many previous ribbon-inspired designs created by Tiffany, the silken form of the fabric strip is recreated in this necklace (main photo) with rows of closely set baguette-cut gems—here, diamonds totalling over 35 carats and baguette sapphires totalling over 21 carats are used.
It’s hard to imagine high jewellery being fun and edgy, but that’s exactly what describes this outstanding cuff from the Tiffany Jewel Box collection. Featuring a new, bold interpretation of signature Tiffany motifs—the heart and the star—this cuff creates a playful yet no less classy take on high jewellery by revealing only parts of the shapes that sit in individual frames. This design also exists in the form of a choker, which was worn by Lady Gaga to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019—we don’t think there is any other celebrity that would have carried it off better than she did.
This necklace hides its magic in the details—if you study each stone set into the rectangular “frame” settings, you realise that every one of them bears a different cut or colour from the other two stones flanking it. This quirky creation features sapphires, aquamarines, blue tourmalines and blue cuprian elbaite tourmalines, totalling over 81 carats, and diamonds totalling eight carats in a variety of cuts.
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