Much like the runway fashions that are a signature of “Haute Couture” (high fashion), the jewelry chosen to accent a model’s wardrobe is a truly unique expression of the designer’s creative vision. Haute Couture Jewelry is constructed by hand from start to finish. Only the finest and highest quality of rare and unusual precious stones and metal are used; designers pay extreme attention to detail and the pieces are finished by the most experienced and capable jewelers. Anything goes, so long as the statement is big and bold.
These one of a kind pieces become the earliest indicators of jewelry trends for next season. Earlier this month at Paris Fashion Week, the jewelry was all about nature. Take a look at a few of these incredible creations!
Boucheron’s Hiver Impérial collection will transport you to vast stretches of snow covered land. Snowflakes and frozen waterfalls magically morph into the diamonds, pearls and precious stones of this high jewellery collection. Highlights include the icy chic white gold pieces featuring diamonds and rock crystals. The Baïkal necklace is set with a 78,33 ct Santa Maria oval aquamarine, moonstones and cultured pearls, paved with diamonds and aquamarines, on white gold. Salma Hayek was photographed in the necklace at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cindy Chao’s Black Label Masterpiece No. VI Mystère de l’Hiver Cuff is crafted of 18K white gold, silver, and lacquer, and features 2,358 diamond pieces and 1,180 sapphire pieces (among other stones). Chao’s jewels have made appearances at international auctions, in world class museums and in the collections of some of the world’s foremost jewelry investors. The Black Label collection pieces are very limited.
The Baleine Poétique clip from Le Secret, a blinking whale of sapphires, black spinels and white mother-of-pearl, has a fin that, when touched, opened the creature’s mouth to reveal a lost sailing ship. All the pieces in the Le Secret collection from Van Cleef & Arpels feature a hidden element of some kind.
Chanel’s ‘‘Sunset Necklace’’ from the Café Society collection, evokes the setting sun with white and pink gold set with sunset colored sapphires and 2,387 brilliant-cut diamonds.
We can’t begin to imagine how many carats of diamonds and gemstones graced the runways and displays – just these pieces alone have nearly 500 carats combined!
Source & Photos: NY Times, W Magazine, Elle Magazine, Van Cleef & Arpels, Forbes Magazine
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