Jewellery Trend: Arabian Gardens Featured

We look at the enchanting jewellery collections lighting up the desert sky this season

by 11 August 2011

Gilded vines, roses and insects mingle amidst Arabic themes and Islamic patterns as the world’s most iconic jewellery houses unveil signature collections. From Chanel’s ‘Camélia Brodé’ collection to the magical beings in Van Cleef & Arpels’ ‘Les Voyages Extraordinaires,’ travellers with a thirst for excellence will be charmed by some of the most exquisite jewellery design the world has ever seen.

Click through the next pages to read collection highlights from the leading jewellery maisons.

Limelight Time

The ‘Limelight Garden Party’ collection from Piaget is a classic celebration that will take you into a glittering world where diamond garlands, exotic birds and glimmering foliage entice you into a magical wonderland.

White chalcedony cherry blossoms are lit up by pink tourmalines, blooming spontaneously on diamond and pearl studded branches, pearls sway gently from hoop earrings and pear shaped emeralds make a stunning appearance against brilliant-cut diamonds.

In Bloom

The ‘Camélia Brodé’ collection from Chanel sees its founder’s favourite flower shine like never before, illuminating every woman who wears it. Like the braided suits designed by Coco Chanel, the black diamonds in the ‘Boucles de Camélia’ earrings accentuate the delicacy of the little signature bows.

The camelia blossoms into a bouquet bordered by 174 white diamonds on the ‘Camélia Brodé’ ring set in 18-carat white gold for a total weight of 1.2 carats, while the cuff, with its embossed petals and interlaced leaves adorned with 824 diamonds, resembles fine lace. Worn on the wrist, the glimmer of the diamonds is matched only by their unique purity and elegance. As for the long necklaces so loved by Gabrielle Chanel, they are adorned with 64 white Akoya pearls and 584 diamonds, which drape beautifully like a waterfall around two swirling camelias.

Extraordinary Masterpieces

“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 provided the inspiration for the ‘Les Voyages Extraordinaire’ collection for which Van Cleef and Arpels’ young talents and mains d’or cultivated the perfect marriage between poetry, myth and magic.

Highlights such as constellations and magical creatures make up the extraordinary palette of nature and the sparkling canopy of the sky. Prices for these unique once-in-a-lifetime pieces reach up to $3 million USD per piece.

High Design

Tiffany & Co.’s enduring signatures of elegance and design brilliance have led to collaborations with some of the keenest eyes in the world, from Pritzker architect Frank Gehry to Elsa Peretti. Paloma Picasso celebrated thirty years of exclusive designs for the maison with three new collections – including ‘Marrakesh,’ embodying the seductive intricacies of Islamic grid patterns in smouldering jasper, chic onyx, intense lapis lazuli and vivid nephrite held in lattices of brightly-polished 18-carat gold for medallions, cuffs and pendant earrings. Each Paloma Picasso design is a treasured work of art.

Bee In Love

The captivating ‘Bee My Love’ collection incorporates 30 pieces of the supreme bee - the emblem of Napoleon I and haute jaoillerie maison Chaumet. Intricate hexagonal honeycomb shapes are lit up by precious blue lagoon Paraiba tourmalines, heightened by blue sapphires, diamonds and tsavorite garnets, as the diamond-lined bees are accented by honey-coloured yellow and orange sapphires, red spinels and deep pink sapphires. Mirroring the regal bee’s extraordinary ability to metamorphose, tiaras become brooches and necklaces transform into pendant earrings.

Court Dance

Pomellato's most extravagant collection yet, Tango is a tribute to femininity with its bold, sensual silhouettes and mystical palettes. The iconic chain design uses pink gold, burnished silver, rose-cut brown diamonds, smoky quartz and other precious materials. The new pieces in the Italian jewellery brand's Tango line include half-pavé bangles, Art Nouveau inspired cocktails rings, cuffs and bracelets.

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