In a world that requires adaptability, this is more relevant than ever. Convertible pieces They offer options for incorporating high jewellery into everyday wear. great avenue for maisons to showcase savoir faire, CreativityInnovation and creativity
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Not just a centrepiece on a platinum and white gold bracelet, this Graff intricately crafted pink gold butterfly – with a marquise diamond for its body and openworked wings set with dazzling pink and white diamonds – can also be detached to be worn as a brooch. The bracelet band, which is composed of baguette- and round brilliant cut diamonds, adds a subtle sense to three-dimensionality and resembles graceful vines that are interwoven so delicately. Both pieces can be purchased separately.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Named after the Greek Sun god, the Helios long necklace from the Sous les Étoiles high jewellery collection is an ode to the fiery orb. On this elegant combination of diamonds, cultured pearls, and Sri Lankan yellow sapphires of more than 50 carats, a magnificent Sri Lankan yellow sapphire is the star of the show. Encircled by yellow gold and diamonds, the horizontally set gemstone’s gleaming buttercup shade is revealed through a deep oval cut. The central pendant may have a removable tassel made of white cultured pearls. At the nape, a 1.11 carat pear-shaped diamond is the centrepiece. The many elements have been carefully arranged to allow for flexibility and to make the transformation mechanisms easy to use. The white and gold necklace can be worn in all three lengths. The central yellow diamond pendant or the tassel can be worn with or without the tassel. A diadem crowned with the pear-shaped, round diamond can also be worn. When worn as a necklace, a discreet gold structure at its back will cast a halo effect onto the hair.
A superlative masterpiece from the Roman jeweller’s Magnifica high jewellery collection of 350 creations is this Ruby Metamorphosis necklace. This platinum piece, which can be worn in nine different ways, took more than 2,500 hours. The piece is made up of detachable pieces including a chain and diamond choker. It also features a 10.02-carat antique Mozambique diamond cushion-cut at its center, as well as a silk-like tassel that features a mix of baguette diamants and cabochons. It is also what?‘s deftly concealed – a complex, articulated and carefully engineered structure that enables the jewel to be easily transformed – that is a true testament to Bvlgari’His creativity and jewellery-making skills are unmatched.
The Secrets by Harry Winston fine jewellery collection of 29 designs is a fitting tribute to the house’s founder Mr Winston’s own mystique and also his vision in design and craftsmanship. At first glance, the pieces are fine specimens of Harry Winston’s most celebrated designs presented through different themes. But there’s more than meets the eye, as each jewel hides an incredible secret, like this Secret Combination Necklace. Boasting 568 marquise, round brilliant and square emerald-cut diamonds weighing about 115.9 carats, the multi-tiered platinum creation comprises several strands of fancy-cut diamonds. These can be separated and made into seven bracelets and necklaces. They range from delicate layers of diamonds to a simple strand with brilliant-cut stones.
The New Maharajah Necklace, part of Histoire de Style New Maharajahs is Boucheron’s latest high jewellery collection. It pays homage in part to the Maharajah at Patiala, who gave it its largest commission in 1928. Claire Choisne, the maison’s creative director, took inspiration from the 149 original designs drawn for the maharajah by Louis Boucheron, founder Frédéric Boucheron’s son, and reimagined the new pieces for the 21st century. The main cascading motif is composed of nine Colombian cushion-cut Emeralds totalling 38.73 Carats with diamonds and rock crystal drops. It can also be worn as a brooch. The necklace is an articulated, diamond collar with baguette cut emeralds. Boucheron replaced the original green gems along the fringe with rock crystal-encased, diamonds to modernize the design.
Tiffany & Co.
The Botanica high-jewellery collection of Tiffany Blue Book 2022 celebrates the timeless beauty and beauty of flora. The pieces are inspired by botanical motifs from the house’s heritage, ranging from orchid brooches to Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed dandelion hair ornaments and wisteria lampshades that have re-emerged as transformable jewels. The Dandelion necklace allows the owner to wear the piece in five different ways. There are two interchangeable pendants. One is a dandelion-shaped medallion with a stunning round brilliant diamond weighing over 12 carats. The other is a pendant that showcases an extraordinary emerald cut aquamarine weighing over 31 carats and has an exceptional aqua blue hue with a hint of green. The necklace also comes in two forms – as a baguette diamond choker pictured here and a long diamond chain necklace set with a total of over 85 carats of mixed-cut diamonds.
The centrepiece of the Bravery high jewellery collection created in honour of Louis Vuitton’s bicentenary, Le Mythe combines several of the maison’s emblematic signatures. These include the checkerboard or Damier pattern, studs and motifs based on trunk locks, rope and Monogram flowers. Gracing the triple-row necklace are three extraordinary sugarloaf cabochons: a 19.7-carat Sri Lankan sapphire in a sublime royal blue, a detachable 8.64-carat Colombian emerald with a rich green hue and a vibrant yet velvety-soft 7.11-carat Madagascan sapphire that’s also detachable. Over 1,300 hours’ work was required The necklace is made from white gold and can be worn in 12 different ways. It is very supple.
One of the new pieces that the maison will add to the astounding Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery collection is the hypnotic Synesthésie necklace. The detachable pendant of a 35.47 carat Colombian emerald nestled in the center of the necklace instantly captures your attention. You can find them among turquoise and diamonds. The stone has remarkable transparency and features a large, rectangular base. Three facets create the stone’s unique appearance. The illusion of emeralds stacked against each other. The eye is then taken to a textured cascade consisting of square turquoise beads and round emeralds, each set with either square or brilliant-cut diamonds. Volume and movement are afforded by the weaving of perfectly polished gemstones into an articulated lace design – executed with such finesse that it renders the platinum setting almost invisible. A tassel of emeralds is also included with the necklace The central emerald pendant can be interchangeable with the turquoise and turquoise colors. This allows the piece to be worn in three different ways.
This story first appeared in April 2022’s issue of Prestige Singapore.