Each January, design lovers head over to the City of Light for a magnitude of exclusive events, one of them is Paris Haute Couture Week, a showcase of the very best fashion shows from a host of exceptional designers. The event also marks the time when the Haute Couture Maisons unveil their newest jewellery designs at the prestigious Place Vendôme and beyond.
During the fine jewellery presentations throughout Haute Couture week, houses like Chopard and Louis Vuitton chose to highlight their expertise in precious stones.
Here are our picks for the most opulent jewellery designs!
Featuring 39 new designs, Dior’s new Dior et Moi high-jewellery collection showcases a mix of exceptional and precious stones in unconventional colours. In a contemporary design, lacquer appears in 15 unexpected colours and is sprayed on brushed gold.
Chopard invited fine jewellery insiders to witness its latest offerings in the field of precious stones during Haute Couture Week. On view were beautiful examples of an unheated sapphire, a pear-shaped pigeon’s blood ruby, a Colombian emerald weighing a staggering 61.79 carats, and a vibrant turquoise-hued 34.63-carat Paraiba tourmaline. The Maison made the decision to set the stones on rings or simple earrings to celebrate their natural brilliance.
Tweed has been an integral part of Chanel‘s identity. Now, for the first time, it appears in high jewellery. Under the direction of Virginie Viard, who took over as creative director last year, the collection includes 45 pieces crafted with a variety of precious stones in interlocking patterns.
An iconic design that curls in an asymmetric fashion around the neck, Boucheron’s original question mark necklace dates to 1879. During Haute Couture Week, it gets a bold update with a series of eight dazzling new pieces conceived by Boucheron creative director Claire Choisne. The pieces of this new collection include a version with a cluster of sculptural hydrangeas coated in iridescent mother-of-pearl and one with a shimmering set of golden wheat stalks. The most elegant version features a simple line of diamonds with 11 cultured pearls.
Never a house to sit in the background, Louis Vuitton made a major statement at Haute Couture Week by presenting a completely new process of an exceptional rough diamond of 1,758 carats. The stone is not yet cut or polished, leaving its final form to the customer’s wishes.
Markus Swarovski came to Haute Couture Week in person to present a wide range of spectacular laboratory diamonds, aptly called “Swarovski Created Diamonds.” The range featured stunning shades including Androgyny Flamingo, Gothic Cognac, Heavy Metal Cherry, and Cubist Sky, all at a weight of 2.5 carats.
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