These high jewellery collections tell one-of-a-kind stories, and are dressed with some of the world’s most beautiful stones.
Out of all the fashion pieces you could get your hands on, there’s nothing as personal and transformational as decorating one’s self with jewellery – whether it’s in the form of bold bangles and ribbon chokers, or delicate demi-fine jewellery that’s gaining more popularity nowadays.
How about something that’s more lavish, more enchanting, just…more. Accessories that fall on the more extravagant end of the spectrum. That’s where high jewellery comes in. Think one-of-a-kind collections featuring only the finest vibrant colours, materials and precious gemstones, with an inspiring and heartfelt story behind it to boot. We’re coveting these 5 high jewellery collections from some of the biggest names in all things finery – that are so beautiful that we just can’t look away.
Bvlgari pays tribute to the first of its kind collaboration with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima binti Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the ruling United Arab Emirated Royal Family with the Jannah collection. The divide between East and West is bridged through this partnership, and at the heart of this dazzling collection is a five petal flower inspired from the intricate five petals blooms that embellish the Carrara marble ceilings and architecture. It reflects the richness of the UAE, paying tribute to its heritage while crafting a legacy for its future. Lucia Silvestri, the Creative Director for High Jewellery for Bvlgari caught inspiration for the Jannah collection after listening to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima’s stories and vision for peace and tolerance in the region.Other objects of opulence that form the core of the Jannah collection also include glittering tiaras, delicate ring bracelets, second skin ‘Poncho’ collars and a sautoir bestowed upon the Princess’s beloved grandmother – which has her grandfather’s name ‘Zayed’ engraved in Arabic at the back of the pendant. W bulgari.com
Van Cleef & Arpels Romeo & Juliet
Romantic whimsy meets meticulous craftsmanship in Van Cleef & Arpels’ tribute to one of the most iconic lovers of all time – William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The highlight of the collection obviously being the lovers immortalised in the form of beautiful clips. Romeo is fashioned in dazzling blue sapphires and lapis lazuli, of his Montague colours, while Juliet is dressed in Capulet shades of orange sapphires, rubies and spessartite garnets. Romeo offers his beloved a bouquet of mauve flowers – the colour symbolising the mixing of the blue and red of the two feuding households. The maison also cleverly plays with colour in other members of the collection such as the Lover’s Path bracelet, which features three Colombian emeralds while the blood red Burmese ruby in the Filtro d’Amore ring echoes an amazing passion and heartbreaking tragedy. This collection allows the wearer to relive this classic romance with colours and textures, without having a single word spoken. W vancleefarpels.com
Piaget Sunlight Escape
Unhindered joy and boundless freedom fuels the enchanting Sunlight Escape collection from Piaget. The diamond sets reinvents polar beauty by paying homage to the indescribable beauty of nature – from the fiery summer sun to the ethereal beauty of the Aurora. It’s divided into three sub-collections or “chapters” – Warming Lights, Exalting Sights, and Dancing Nights. The collection sees a celebration of nature, with hilly tourmaline cabochons mimic the lethal beauty of icebergs in a shimmering sea of diamonds, and white opalines, spessartines and passion-hued spinels recreate the rays of the sun piercing through the Arctic night sky. W piaget.com
In 2019 Dior celebrated 20 years of the French maison’s high jewellery, with the launch of a vibrant and enchanting collection comprised of 99 red carpet pieces. Gem Dior plays on the creativity and cultural influences of creative director Victoire de Castellane, which features colourful stones in an overlaying effect. Diamonds, rubies, purple garnets, pink and yellow sapphires and more jewel hues were constructed in a myriad of dynamic shapes and exciting colour formations – making Gem Dior the largest and most expressive Dior high jewellery collection to date. W dior.com
Tiffany & Co Tiffany T
Vibrant colours make the already iconic Tiffany T collection even more brilliant, by featuring brilliantly coloured inlaid precious stones. The bold T designs are set with gems such as turquoise, tiger’s eye, pink opal, black onyx, and mother-of-pearl to infuse a more modern look and feel. The meticulous artisans at Tiffany’s use time-honored techniques to precisely cut and hand set the colourful stones into each necklace, bracelet, and ring – ensuring that the stones sit perfectly flush with the precious metals in each design to create sleek uniformity. W tiffany.com
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