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Mediterranean-inspired designs and new techniques give precious metals a new look

by 18 April 2012

The endless possibilities of precious metals to be transformed into beautiful objects never cease to inspire jewellery makers. This year’s new designs put the spotlight on the unadorned metals: white, pink, yellow gold and newly created alloys. State-of-the-art techniques with a firm foundation on decades of metallurgical expertise make intricate designs come true. Silhouettes reminiscent of Ancient Rome and Greece, commonplace items and even mystical marine creatures... Rare beauty is captured for ever in a piece of jewellery. This season’s collections have achieved timeless glamour to impressive effect.

Tiffany & Co.
Established as a silver workshop in the mid-19th century, Tiffany & Co. has been combining its goldsmith craftsmanship with imaginative designs for over 160 years. The American maison boasts many jewellery-making hallmarks, and its new Rubedo metal will be long remembered. A unique alloy developed by Tiffany & Co., its lightweight yet strong texture has a smooth luster that flatters different skin tones. Its debut in the ‘1837’ collection includes a long cuff and rings. The unique Rubedo and sterling silver pendant and necklace features large interlocking rings of different dimensions for a contemporary, dramatic design.

Carrera y Carrera
Carrera y Carrera turns to the Spanish coast for inspirations to create the bold and exotic Mediterráneo collection. Actea: nautilus-shaped yellow gold, non-set rings, cufflinks, pendants, earrings and their white gold counterparts with diamonds. Afrodita: the swirling blossom is created in white and yellow gold, with precious rose-cut diamond-set pieces to choose from. Aqua: blue topaz adds a dash of colour and mystique. Atenea: the starfish theme is expressed in all vivid shapes and forms. Last but not least, Calipso is a new interpretation of the classic seashell shape. The Mediterranean beckons...

Cartier
Cartier never stops to surprise us with daring designs even after 165 years of excellence. Besides the famous Love, Panthère, and Trinity de Cartier, a new icon debuts this summer. ‘Juste un Clou’ is much more than just a nail. The French maison has successfully transformed an everyday object into a fresh, glamorous jewellery collection. Choose from rings and bracelets - available in small and large - crafted in white, pink and yellow gold, with diamond-set and non-set styles. A rebellious silhouette and precious metal options make ‘Juste un Clou’ an easily loveable collection.

Rabat
Rabat, one of Spain’s most prominent retailers of luxury watches and jewellery, is also renowned for its own brand of product collections. This season, Rabat explores a bolder silhouette with the new Barbada collection, featuring a dynamic chain motif. Barbada consists not only of sterling silver bracelets with fashionable heart-shaped and hook closures, but also daring white gold and yellow gold bracelets with or without diamond. The ring designs range from thick and round, to slim and flat, making the Barbada pieces a delight to collect and wear.

Bulgari
Bulgari has relaunched its historic Monete collection with a new line of beautiful jewellery pieces and luxurious leather handbags. Drawing from its 1960s archive, Monete’s nostalgic design features goddess-adorned coins and robust chains. The Italian maison’s state-of-the-art craftsmanship turns Ancient Rome-inspired pieces into contemporary, stunning necklaces, bracelets and brooches. Antique silver coins are contrasted against pink gold, mother-of-pearl and diamond pavé for an exotic appeal.