They say beauty has no limit, a saying that holds true for these unique creations unveiled this year. Made with diamonds and crafted to perfection by way of each maison’s savoir-faire, each high-jewellery piece is a work of art in its own right. We take a look at some of the most exquisite diamond pieces that debuted this year.
Set with diamonds and carved rock crystals, Cartier’s bracelet is a sight to behold. This beauty hides within it a clever secret: the 31.16ct internally flawless centrepiece diamond can be removed and used in a different pavé motif setting to be worn as a ring.
CHOW TAI FOOK
Chow Tai Fook merges art with fine jewellery in its Le Labyrinthe Artistique collection. Its La Parfum d’Allure ring, inspired by American abstract painter Frank Stella, fashions multiple emerald and pear-cut diamonds into a flower motif. The star of the ring is the centrepiece stone, a spectacular yellow diamond with a carat count (8.88ct) that’s perfect for a subtle boost of luck.
This year’s Red Carpet Collection unveiled at Cannes Film Festival demonstrated Chopard’s time-honoured savoir-faire with jewellery setting and design. Of particular note was this stunning necklace set with both pear-shaped and brilliant-cut yellow and white diamonds.
With 266 diamonds totalling 37.47ct wrapped around your neck – of which the emerald-cut centrepiece diamond accounts for 10.92ct – De Beer’s Battersea Light Necklace is simply captivating. The necklace is inspired by the architectural lines of the now decom-missioned Battersea Power Station and evokes structure’s power and imposing stature flawlessly.
Relive the grandeur of Château de Versailles as its royal occupants once did, with Dior’s Galerie des Glaces necklace. With 246 diamonds worth 37.67ct and a design that demands attention, this avant-garde piece also brings to mind the palace’s luxurious Rococo-style furnishings via the drop diamonds that resemble a chandelier’s crystal tassels.
This stunning high-jewellery piece, inspired by the Van Gogh’s “Bowl with Daffodils” painting, features an effervescent 15.21ct fancy yellow oval diamond as its centrepiece gem. Each white diamond is arranged in a way that makes it resemble water droplets that enhances the necklace’s soft and feminine design.
Piaget’s new Sunny Side of Life high-jewellery collection transports you to a lazy late afternoon, typical of sunny California. Nothing demonstrates the indulgent lifestyle as much as this ring, starring a single 5.85ct cushion-cut yellow diamond gleaming from within a bouquet of white diamonds and resembling the look of a sunflower.
This unique pair of earrings pairs a feminine floral motif (created using 533 diamonds) with Qeelin’s love for French art nouveau. The lines, which mimic the lines of lucky number 8, also reflect Chinese values, seamlessly blending east and west aesthetics together.
This reversible Drapé Majestueux necklace pairs sparkling diamonds with the subtle sheen of emeralds to create a stunner that demonstrates Van Cleef & Arpels’ savoir-faire at its best. The 150 Zambian emeralds, which totals 244.24ct, can also be worn at the front, to make others turn green with envy.
In anticipation of its 125th anniversary in 2018, Wellendorff has created a series of unique necklaces starring breathtaking jewels as the centrepieces. Of particular note is the Heavenly Star, where a flawless 7ct diamond is gently held in place by 10 strands of Brilliance of the Sun ropes.
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