Parties and dinners filled the week with bright lights, helping to draw attention to unique pieces known collectively as haute joaillerie, known for their meticulous handiwork and the use of exquisite stones. . Take a look at the remarkable pieces from 16 brands that presented high jewelery collections in Paris last week.
Anything not reserved by private clients in the coming days could easily make it onto the upcoming red carpet.
The dinner, attended by Cotillard, took place against the backdrop of the debut of the 1932 high jewelery collection of the iconic French house commemorating the 90th anniversary of Coco Chanel, which presented its Bijoux de Diamants high jewelery collection in November of that year. More than 70 new high jewelery designs highlight the sun, moon and comet, elements that Chanel often used in her work. Crafted in 18-carat white gold and diamonds, this Comète Volute brooch can be worn in multiple ways: as a large brooch shown here, or as a star by itself, and the ponytail can be detached and worn as a bracelet.
Ear cuffs and earrings from the Piaget Solstice collection, set in 18k white gold, are set with pear-shaped and round-cut diamonds, inspired by the longest winter night of the year.
The use of bugs in jewelry is nothing new, but design director Evan Yurman takes the idea further with this pair of earrings in David Yurman’s latest high jewelry collection. These Dianthus earrings are crafted from aluminum with 18k white gold and feature a pair of Belionota sumptuosa beetles, also known as jewel beetles for their vibrant colors, surrounded by cognac diamonds.
Claire Shuan, creative director of Boucheron, also turned to nature to create her newly launched high jewelery collection. This single “Papillon Diamant” or “Diamond Butterfly” earring is crafted using real wings. Shuang said it took about eight years to perfect the process. Butterfly wings were crafted to last a long time before being scanned to create a golden structure to hold them; a pear-shaped fancy diamond surrounded by white diamonds balances the structure and allows the earring to rest lightly on the ear.
Cartier’s Beautés du Monde high jewelery collection showcases lustrous stones, highlighting the “beauty of the world”. This Panthère Heroique necklace features one of Cartier’s signature white gold, diamond and onyx design elements wrapped around a 28.34 carat fancy cut emerald, the emerald bead tassel can be removed to wear the necklace on its own or can be attached to the clasp to she hung down from her back.
Debuting in May during the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, Chopard Loves Cinema’s 75-piece red carpet jewelry collection includes this striking pair of earrings, crafted from titanium and set with 11.01 carats of round sapphires, round amethysts, 4.82 carats of square yellow diamonds and 6.23 carats of white brilliant-cut diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Brooches have proven to be more common than past high jewelery presentations, and there’s a simple reason for that: as men increasingly choose to wear jewelry on the red carpet, jewelers seem eager to come up with options that are perfect for embellishing a tuxedo lapel. This ribbon-inspired Double Ruban Mysterieux brooch is part of the Van Cleef & Arpel 25-piece collection featuring the signature Mystery setting technique around a 3.08-carat emerald-cut diamond, pommel rubies, pink sapphires and diamonds.
This is the name of the jewelry collection by Japanese pearl house Tasaki, which signed Prabal Gurung as its global creative director in 2017. Among the items in the Shining Sky collection, which Gurung debuted at the Ritz Paris, this necklace combines solid turquoise stones and aquamarines, Paraiba tourmalines, blue zircon, diamonds and Akoya and South Sea pearls, set in 18-carat white gold to create a lush tone effect.
The Milan-based jewelery house has taken a unique approach to its latest high jewelery presentation, choosing to dive into its vaults and offer signature pieces from its archives as a statement of sustainability. The Vintage Couture collection includes a Laguna cocktail ring, handcrafted in the 1960s, set with a total of 22 carats of cushion-cut chrysolite surrounded by the iconic Buccellati engraving in 18k white and yellow gold and set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds. diamonds with a total weight of 0.70 carats.
Representatives from the Taiwanese designer known for jewelry worn by Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts (the latter at the 2019 Oscars) unveiled Chao’s latest designs in a suite at the Ritz Paris. This Gentlewoman Ribbon cuff bracelet is set with a pair of mixed-cut fancy deep yellow diamonds totaling 6.85 and 6.03 carats, surrounded by a variety of diamonds and gemstones, including tawny, pink and white diamonds, pink sapphires and purple garnets, all framed in white, yellow and rose gold.