The world’s most iconic jewellery houses unveil closely-guarded collections epitomizing their creators’ inspirations and obsessions with signature excellence and flair. Exhibiting exceptional globally-rare stones, exquisite technical mastery and visionary ambition alongside unprecedented design brilliance, from Harry Winston’s revived Court of Jewels to Cartier’s timely study of the Maison’s signatures, travelers with a thirst for heritage and excellence this spring will be awestruck by some of the most famous – not to mention infamous – stones, inventions, innovations and inspirations the globe has ever seen.
Majesty of the Kings
Cartier’s crown as jeweller to the kings has long been established – to celebrate the 25th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, their veteran artisans devoted two years to crafting and creating 70 haute joaillerie pieces of the finest jewellery, unique gems and exceptional stones that truly encapsulate the house’s signatures and style. From Chromatic Liberty – reflecting Cartier’s use of bold, joyous peacock colours and centering around the fascinating depths of a 35.52 carat triangular opal – to designs devoted to citrus shades; exquisite craftsmanship (as seen in pieces mesmerically evoking the house’s technical mastery of movement and delicateness) to themes celebrating nature – in the form of bold, statement pieces interpreting the flow and form of rivers, feathers and birds. Also, paying homage to sculpture, as part of this most signature collection the iconic panther was reimagined in petrified wood, the heritage of which stems back over 70 million years.
Cartier Boutique, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, Tel. +971 2 627 0000. Cartier Boutique, Mall of Emirates, Dubai. Tel. +971 4 395 1000
The Night Palace
Renowned for ingenuity, invention and showstopping one-off creations, each piece from the vaunted Adler dynasty is a signature of the house’s technical wizardry, cutting edge experimentation and connoisseurship of precious stones. Pioneering luxuriant natural bases in the form of titanium, natural wood and silk to offset exquisite diamonds and breathtaking emeralds, Adler’s use of carbon extends the possibilities and aesthetics of haute joaillerie, with devastating effect. Building bridges and spanning styles, generations and continents – the Austro-Hungarian born dynasty that began business in Istanbul daringly melds the magical imagination and warm curves of the East with the rigorous precision of the West in dramatic pieces that are born to set trends.
Adler, G5-068, Dubai Mall, Dubai. Tel. +971 4 434 0790
“Excelling ourselves is Van Cleef & Arpels’ raison d’etre”, says Stanislas de Quercize, President of the celebrated Haute Joaillerie Maison. The books of Jules Verne – spanning from Journey to the Centre of the Earth to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – provided the inspiration for Les Voyages Extraordinaires, for which Van Cleef and Arpel’s Young Talents and Mains d’Or cultivated the perfect marriage between poetry, myth and magic, the extraordinary palette of nature and the sparkling canopy of the sky. This highly narrative collection dazzles and beguiles with exotic creatures adorned with Mystery-Set diamonds and Onyx eyes, psychedelic flora engraved in bright pink tourmalines against evergreen curtains using exceptional emeralds and the fascination of the orb retold via incredibly rare sapphires and a 48.13 carat honey-orange coloured topaz. Prices for these once-in-a-lifetime pieces reach $3 million per piece.
Van Cleef & Arpels, Dubai Mall, Doha Street, Dubai. Tel. +971 4 339 8001
Over $1 billion of the world’s rarest diamonds and most extraordinary gemstones comprise Harry Winston’s Court of Jewels – in autumn 2010 the definitive collection went on display for the first time since being unveiled by the ebullient jeweller in 1949. Embracing the Hope Diamond – its fabled blue captivatingly displayed in its new ‘Embracing Hope’ setting – the Star of Bengal Ruby, legendary Lesotho I Diamond and a rare 66.40-carat Paraiba tourmaline and diamond necklace, the peerless collection drew adulation and fascination from across the globe once more. “I want the public to know more about precious gems … a good diamond, ruby, or emerald, however small, is a possession to be prized for generations,” Winston famously opined. Unsold pieces from the Court of Jewels will be making an entrance at the new Emirates Tower boutique.
Harry Winston, Atlantis Hotel, East Tower, Dubai. Tel. +971 4 422 0240.
UAE SS 2011