Sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and more must-have stones Featured

LUXOS looks at the extraordinary new pieces from the high jewellery maisons

by 07 February 2012

Jewel-encrusted pieces are a must-have accessory for spring and summer as colourful sapphires catch the sun's light for a dazzling effect. Here's your first look at the high jewellery pieces to have for 2012.

Get your rocks on

De Beers Jewellers are famous for creating spectacular high jewellery pieces inspired by the beauty of diamonds. A 2.03-carat fancy intense blue pear shaped, rose-cut diamond forms the heart of the piece in this scintillating one-of-a-kind blue butterfly brooch. The extraordinary design sees the butterfly’s wings adorned with over 400 pavé diamonds – totalling 10.7 carats – set with impeccable geometric precision. Meticulously handcrafted using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials such as platinum and titanium, the mesmerizing flutter of the butterfly’s wings are at long last captured in this astonishingly intricate piece.

Jewel colours

Paloma Picasso is famous for her lavish design and penchant for vibrantly coloured gemstones. She is, after all, the same designer who brought fiery orange opals and shocking pink tourmalines into style, Sugarstack rings for Tiffany and Co. burst with the exuberant summer shades of rubellite, peridot, orange chalcedony, ameythst and citrine – designed to be worn alone or stacked together for a high-octane, technicolour wow-factor.

Black and white thinking

Contrastes de Chanel is the latest collection from the French maison’s fine jewellery line. The high concept approach to stones results in breathtaking, otherworldly creations. Onyx brings the colour of night to diamond-encrusted dawns, while iridescent cultured pearls provide an extra-planetary edge to a launch pad of emeralds, tsavorites, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines. It’s a quixotic concerto of contradictions where geometrical rock crystal pavés meld with perfectly spherical diamonds and pearls, the light meets the shade and the power of black meets the purity of white in the house’s signature terrain of monochrome. If you are wondering how Chanel Fine Jewellery managed to make the cut, the answer is in round-, pear-, brilliant- and baguette-cuts converging across landscapes of diamonds, moonstones, white opals and mother-of-pearl.

Colour me beautiful

“A good diamond, ruby or emerald, however small, is a possession to be prized for generations,” said Harry Winston and, counting the Hope Diamond, the Lesotho and the Jonker as highlights among his world famous collection, the ebullient jeweller knew a thing or two about spectacular stones. The kaleidoscope of show-stopping jewellery pictured here features the Wave Necklace with its 60.14 carats extraordinary pear-shaped diamond drop and dazzling pieces from the Royal Gardens high jewellery collection, including this necklace showcasing six marquise-shaped and three pear-shaped spinels with a combined weight of 180 carats alongside 501 pear-shaped, marquise-shaped and round brilliant diamonds. Wear them together and watch jaws drop.

The face of beauty

Cartier’s jewellery creations are born of a meeting between the jeweller and the stone. It starts with an idea, a particular stone, a desire for colour, a material, a shape or a special fascination and is then matched by the will of an explorer and a magician capable of achieving the impossible. The Habana ring from Cartier’s High Jewellery collection showcases a striking engraved cushion-cut 10.35-carat blue sapphire set against two lavender round emeralds, 411 diamonds and one grey mother of pearl.

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