Premier jewelry spring summer 2011 Featured

Celestial obsessions: themes of stars and skies in this season's collections

by 22 April 2011

Nothing embodies the sparkle, seduction and light of the sky as jewellery does. The world’s most iconic houses shoot for the stars with signature collections epitomizing their celestial fascinations with excellence and flair. Exhibiting technical ambition alongside unprecedented design brilliance, from Laurence Graff’s star stones to Van Cleef & Arpels’ homage to Jules Verne, travellers wishing to reach for the sky will be thunderstruck by the most revered haute joaillerie maisons’ signature collections inspired by the sun, the moon, the stars and the diamonds, of course...

Star Turn
Counting a galaxy of rare stones in his constellation, international sybarite and diamond connoisseur Laurence Graff loves to take a rare find and transform it into exquisite jewellery. The Lesotho Promise, acquired in 2008, weighed in at an astonishing 603 carats and was granted an exceptional D Colour Rating. Transformed into 26 magnificent multi-shaped flawless diamonds, it stands with authority among the most renowned and revered jewellery in the world. With the new Delaire Graff Estate, gleaming New Bond Street flagship and store openings across the world, this decade could just prove to be the jewel in the debonair king of diamonds’ crown.

Graff UK Flagship Store, 6 & 7 New Bond Street, London W1S 3SJ. Tel. +44 (0)20 7584 8571

Celestial Parure
Bulgari’s out-of-this-world Astrale collection – its signature circular elements encrusted in diamond pave – features smooth and contemporary, gleaming bright white gold curves, embodying the form and glitter of the sparkling night sky. Its most recent launch comprises an exquisitely designed ring, necklace and earrings set with matching diamonds of varying sizes mounted on elements that sinuously follow the movement of the body, enabling the stones to fully express their energy and luminosity – the signature spirit of this intergalactic parure.

Bulgari, 168-169 New Bond Street, London W1S 4RB. Tel. +44 (0)20 7872 9969

The Sky’s the Limit
With the launch of the Atea collection, De Beers Diamond Jewellers combine their pioneering micro pave trend with their fundamental devotion to the power of diamonds. Spiralling dynamically around one another, encompassing the eternal power of the circle and sparkling perfection of the galaxy, the Atea Collection pays dazzling tribute to the ever-changing sky – from the dawning of a new day to the setting of an evening sun; the birth of a full moon to the depths of night.

De Beers Diamond Jewellers, 50 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4QT. Tel. +44 (0)20 77589700

From the Earth to the Moon
The canon of Jules Verne provided the inspiration for Les Voyages Extraordinaires, for which Van Cleef and Arpels cultivated the perfect marriage between poetry, myth, magic and the sparkling canopy of the sky. This highly narrative collection dazzles and enchants, retelling the fascinations of the orb via the swirl of stars and streaks of light in Andromede, made exclusively from diamonds and 40 marquise rubies of uniform colour (treasures that took years to gather). Prices for these once-in-a-lifetime curiosities reach to $3 million per piece.

Van Cleef & Arpels, 9 New Bond Street, London W1S 3SW. Tel. +44 (0)20 7493 0400

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, Adler’s use of carbon – jet black, light as air and symbolic of the night – extends the possibilities and aesthetics of haute joaillerie in offsetting exquisite diamonds and breathtaking emeralds. Pieces such as Night Leaves, Galaxie and Clef del Sol all pay homage to the sky.

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Adler, 13 New Bond Street, London W1S 3SX. Tel. +44 (0)20 7409 2237

Moon Landing
Creativity, style and otherworldly beauty are among Pomellato’s covetable signatures. Rich in colours and aesthetics that are as inimitable and vivid as the changing sky, each piece is a triumph of form and excellence. The Luna collection encapsulates the radiance of a full moon via opalescent and variable moonstone, aquamarine, blue topaz, red tourmaline, amethyst and rose quartz in breathtaking rings, earrings and a pendant that are, quite simply, out of this world.

Pomellato, 35 Brook Street, London W1K 4HQ. Tel. +44 (0)20 7355 0300

Night Creature
Among Tiffany & Co’s famed signatures are collaborations with some of the keenest eyes in the world, from Pritzker architect Frank Gehry to Elsa Peretti. Paloma Picasso celebrated 30 years of exclusive designs for the maison with three new launches – including Hammered Circles. Encapsulating the sunlight and moonlight that inspires her, the collection of necklaces and bangles applies her signature soft, hammered texture to 18k yellow or rose gold and sterling silver which, Picasso explains, “Take on a very special light at night.”

Tiffany & Co, 25 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4QB. Tel. +44 (0)20 7409 2790