As the summer holiday is coming to an end, to start off this new season, let us turn to the fine jewelry collections presented in parallel to Fashion Week and the Paris haute couture collections at the beginning of July. Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvlgari, Boucheron, Chaumet, Piaget and Chopard compete with creativity and technical prowess and give us lots of happiness.
Fine jewelry: The Four Grimm Tales performed by Van Cleef & Arpels
After ‘The Secret’ in 2017, La Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, attached to childish, imaginary and phantasmagorical universes, declines four tales from the collections published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 and 1815 this year (Tales for children and home, collected by the Brothers Grimm): The Souliers worn at the ball, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers, The Musicians of Bremen.
A pretext for many virtuosities, the theme allows Van Cleef & Arpels to show its technicality and ingenuity, thus offering varied, astonishing, beautiful pieces from every angle.
The clips of course are still there and often refer to princes and princesses.
But let’s stop on the beautiful mysterious clip Panache, inspired by the tale The Three Feathers, which presents a Serti Mystérieux™. Stained glass of colored sapphires and diamonds, a technical feat, clad all in white, pink, purple and orange, evoking the colorimetric richness of a plumage in nuances.
Fine jewelry: Wild Pop by Bvlgari upsets codes
Bvlgari’s new collection, Wild Pop, although totally inscribed in the DNA and history of the Italian jeweler, is as surprising as it is daring! A pop tribute to the crazy madness of the 80s, iconic Bvlgari years – remember the Bvlgari-Bvlgari watch bearing the logo of the mark in circular form, or the collections Tubogas (Bvlgari Bvlgari) and Monete, inspired by the ancient coins, which are also evoked here -, picking up the codes of that time: large volumes, kaleidoscope of bright colors, simple or geometric forms. No question, with Wild Pop, good or bad taste (the ’80s will always be a debate), shy abstain, ‘extravagance’ is the watchword chosen by the house.
The Synthesizer necklace recalls the ‘disco’ sound of the ’80s and Studio 54 is at the rendezvous: it draws a synthesizer keyboard, whose black and white keys are made of onyx and diamond.
Fine jewelry: Boucheron and its Triumphant Nature Defy the Laws … of Nature!
In fine jewelry, high technology and sublimated nature do well together. And Boucheron proves it, thanks to the 3D digitization of a real branch of ivy wound on the neck of a model. It has managed to create the necklace Lierre Frosted ‘more real than nature’, mobile, in titanium, crimped diamonds and leaves in glossy cacholong (white opal with the appearance of porcelain) imitating the effect of frost. Coming from the ‘Naturalist’ section of this collection, the ivy theme is taken from the Maison’s archives, Frédéric Boucheron was particularly fond of this vine …
Fine Jewelry: The Worlds of Chaumet – Treasures of Africa
Chaumet invites you to the third part of it’s “Worlds”. Treasures of Africa succeeds the Song of Japanese Spring and the freezing cold of the Siberian steppes of its Imperial Walks. For Treasures from Africa, it was the steppes of sub-Saharan Africa that inspired the house.
Yellow sapphires and red rubies celebrate the glowing ochres of African lands or the golden sands of the desert, the alliance of colors and materials being the key of this third part, declined in 5 stories: Rounds of Stones, Royal Waterfalls, Golden Lands , Mischief and Talismania.
Fine Jewelry: With Sunlight Escape, Piaget celebrates the sun
Piaget’s Sunlight Escape fine jewelry collection is a combination of 3 lines: Warming Lights, Exalting Sights and Dancing Nights. Each glittering sparkle of gem-colored jewels evoking “the multitude of patches of sunlight”, at certain times of the day, in different latitudes, is a prelude to flamboyant creations.
Pink, white and gold tones for Warming Lights and its warm light (pink gold, yellow and white diamonds); bright, glossy white blues inspired by the cold light of the Far North for Exalting Sights (lapis lazuli, Paraiba tourmalines, aquamarines); finally, green, blue, red for Dancing Nights, reminiscent of the fascinating aurora borealis with dancing forms (spinels, Paraiba tourmalines, spessartites and opalines).
Fine Jewelry: Spectacular travels with Chopard’s Red Carpet collection
Each year, it is at the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival, of which the Maison has been a faithful partner since 1998, that the new high jewelry collection of Chopard is unveiled. The 2018 edition of the Red Carpet collection is inspired by the many travels of Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of the House. Architecture, art, literature, cinema or nature, everything is a pretext for creation, love of precious stones, ingenuity and spectacular character being obvious prerequisites.
The pieces are eclectic, spectacular, classic for a few – A model of perfection, set of earrings and necklace, set with Colombian emeralds (17, cushion cut, not oiled, for the necklace) and enhanced with diamonds (including a 20-carat D-flawless pear-cut diamond for the necklace always) – but all bold and colorful.