High jewellery is an ivory tower in the world of passing luxuries. In the changing economy, the world of jewellery-making might seem a bit lost in the chaos of current events. Created with extraordinary gemstones from the depths of the earth, then painstakingly crafted with generations of expertise, jewellery pieces are the fruit of enduring stories. And when we have a one-off creation, we really have a piece of history that will never repeat itself again.
Jewellery is the testimony of its times – who designed it, who made it, who wore it. When all things pass, jewellery will stay and tell the story of our times.
Every Pomellato collection possesses surprising creativity, gemological verve and an intrinsic sense for the spirit of the moment. Showstopping facets and otherworldly shapes; the intrigue of a rare stone matched by the symmetry and form of decorative high design. With bold, irresistibly wearable and highly collectible pieces, the wonder of Pomellato is that it will see you through day to evening with cosmopolitan style and contemporary panache.
â€¨King of Diamonds
“Talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it.” Capturing the art of high jewellery, matched by the endless spirit and dynamism of New York, Harry Winston’s diamond-driven creations are epitomised by his ownership of the rarest diamond in the world – the Hope Diamond – among his remarkable collection. His innate fascination for gemology is realized in stunning, red carpet pieces, as ‘jeweller to the stars’.
Harry Winston boutiques
Van Cleef & Arpels are the Haute Joaillerie House synonymous with the ability to mesmerize, dazzle and enchant. Born of a love story, it began when Alfred Van Cleef met Estelle Arpels and they began making some of the most spectacular jewellery known to man from their maison on Place Vendome. Nature captured in all its vitality, the poetry of couture, the magic of fairies and ballerinas: each has inspired astonishing creations that sublimely demonstrate the House’s technical mastery, legendary craftsmanship, taste for transformation and timelessness.
Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques
Damiani are the high design contemporary Italian Jewellery House that has captivated the world for three generations now. Technical precision, scintillating shapes and peerless attention to gemology are the hallmarks of the collections, winning an unmatched 18 Diamonds International Awards. Their London boutique opened this year, and soon established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the capital’s jewellery Mecca – Old Bond Street.â€¨â€¨
Boucheron’s archives stem back over 150 years, when the Haute Couture House burst onto the high jewellery stage. The house is steeped in lore and aesthetic prowess – from the pearl and diamond crown that Nicholas, the last Tsar of Russia, bestowed on his childhood sweetheart and future wife, Princess Alix, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to the bold, joyful, decorative pieces for which they are renowned today. â€¨â€¨
Like the establishment it embodies, Ritz Fine Jewellery is a classic example of a British one-off – the jewel-like boutique sparkles like the morning sky, with unique creations built around the magic of stones alongside collectible day pieces. Rare stones, such as Tanzanite and Rubylite, imbue radiance in pieces that by their very nature are unique. Jewellery can be made to order, the selection is adventurous and the setting delights. A collector’s must-have, their recent collaboration with George Genta inspired a set of sixteen one-off, signed watches.
New player De Grisogono was formed in Geneva by a founder dedicated to sharing his knowledge of art with the world and showcasing peerless collections of rare stones. Symbolised by the black diamonds with which the brand’s name was made (“The Spirit of De Grisogono” is the largest cut black diamond in the world, and the fifth largest diamond in existence), it is symbolised by a cutting edge philosophy and rare finds, from complex watch complications to milky diamonds and gold inventions. â€¨â€¨
Revival of the Classics
Having turned 150 during 2010, Haute Joaillerie House extraordinaire Chopard knows a thing or two about jewellery. The House draws inspiration from bygone eras like the 1920s, synonymous with concealment, mystery, secrecy and complexity, and Art Nouveau and Deco designs, which have bestowed a lasting legacy on the exquisitely decorative pieces from the collections today.
The Big Apple
Approaching its 175th anniversary, and displaying the authority and exceptional diamond designs the House has long been synonymous with, Tiffany pitches the industrial brilliance of New York against the sparkle and magic of nature. Diamond inlaid geometric patterns for lockets that glitter in the night sky, sensational high jewellery cuffs that morph into wristwatches and contemporary pieces that are as versatile as they are striking – for those who prefer the occasion to fit the mood.
Tiffany & Co. boutiques
Making jewellery worthy of the blue blood is Cartier’s specialty. It re-creates a centuries-old legend with its latest high jewellery collection “Secrets et Merveilles”. Inspired by a queen’s image, the collection is designed to showcase femininity at its noblest. From the peacock and pearl, to the snake and diamond – this bold collection lives up to its name of secrets and wonders.
London FW 2010