When it comes to the question of using 14k vs 18k white gold or platinum vs white gold, there is nothing like fine jewelry designers that can sweep away your winter blues. Piaget’s new Limelight Garden Party collection is all about 18k white gold necklaces for women, unique diamond rings and pearl jewellery.
Piaget invites you to its Limelight Garden Party, where stunning jewellery pieces and watches are the evergreen favourites this season. When the collection debuted at Salon International de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva early this year, I almost squealed with joy to see the dazzling depictions of birds, blossoms and foliage.
Inside the SIHH stand, invited journalists, editor and buyers settled down into their place in the dark royal blue screening room. Suddenly, the lights went out, the music came on and the spotlight ushered in glamorous models clad in evening gowns and the Limelight Garden Party jewellery collection. Though the women and the dresses were beautiful, all I saw was the jewellery and timepiece. I was instantly convinced that high jewellery and sophisticated watches are not, and will never be, mere accessories.
As the spotlight followed the models along the walkway, I zoomed in on a pair of dangling 18k white gold diamonds earrings with two oval-cut emeralds and six pear-shaped emeralds beautifully set together so that they looked like trembling green leaves on ice.
The model gracefully raised her hand to showcase a stunning ring set with 25 marquise-cut emeralds, like vine leaves wrapped around her finger. Grazing her neck sensually, she brought my attention to a showstopping necklace set with 413 brilliant-cut diamonds, four oval cut and 14 pear-shaped emeralds. Talking about over the top!
But this is not simply a green garden, because pink sapphires, tourmalines, chalcedony and pearls also play an important role, creating a different kind of garden where you seem to see everything through pink glasses.
A cherry blossom 18-carat white gold necklace features three beautiful white chalcedony flowers in bloom, revealing their pink sapphire and pink tourmaline anthers. The blossoms hang from a diamond-set ‘branch’ set with pearls and tourmalines. If this necklace seems too much, you can opt for a single, equally stunning, blossom ring that winds around your finger. Or, the cocktail ring depicting a bird drinking from a rubellite fountain lined in diamonds is whimsical and opulent at the same time.
The party collection is not just about fun, as there are jewellery sets featuring purely white gold, diamonds and pearls – perfect for black-tie events. Surprise dinner guests with your Limelight Garden Party watch. Featuring diamond-set birds, leaves and branches, its black dial spins round and round with one flick of the wrist.
The design of the collection successfully avoids the clichés of a typical garden scene with unexpected silhouettes and beautiful stones. The jewellery pieces and watch can be worn individually or as a creative set. Piaget’s new collection brings a smile to your face – which is exactly what a good party does.
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