5 high jewellery designs to elevate your collection
These accessories by luxury brands go beyond plain stunning, with surprising influences from Shakespeare to mediaeval heroines.
Magnitude by Cartier
Cartier is as much beloved for its elegance as it is for audaciousness – two qualities that are very much present in the maison’s latest high jewellery collection, Magnitude. Thanks to an unexpected pairing of gems and materials – with ornamental stones like rutilated quartz, lapis lazuli and matrix opal sharing the stage with more traditional high jewellery gems – the collection exempliﬁes Cartier’s masterful ease and talent for discordia concors.
Golden Oasis by Piaget
Vast dessert expanses are hardly the stuff of dreams (and consequently, high jewellery fodder) but that's exactly what Piaget has turned to for the inspiration of its latest high jewellery collection. Three main themes – Play of Lights, Desert Minerals and Native Bloom – bring the spectacular beauty of the arid landscape to life through vivacious designs that drip with colour and form.
Romeo & Juliet by Van Cleef & Arpels
Sixteen years after the launch of its A Midsummer’s Night Dream high jewellery collection, Van Cleef & Arpels returns with yet another dazzling tribute to the Bard. This time, it’s his star-cross’d lovers that take centre stage on pieces that were ﬁttingly created in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Comprising over 100 unique pieces (many of which are transformable), this collection enthralls with a rich, resplendent visual poetry masterfully told.
Riders of the Knights by Louis Vuitton
Inspired by fearless mediaeval heroines who left an indelible a mark on history, design director Francesca Amﬁtheatrof’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton is a 50-piece adventure ﬁlled with motifs that recall the architecture, armour and weapons of that era. The collection’s piece de resistance: the Le Royaume necklace that cradles the neck with its chain mail form.
Jardin Mysterieux by Mikimoto
Mikimoto is famed for its decadent pearl creations, explaining why its latest collection might strike some as thoroughly surprising. While the Japanese maison’s pearls still make their presence seen and felt, the collection (which takes inspiration from the gardens on the royal grounds of European aristocracy) showcases a trove of coloured gemstones that accentuate the beauty of its glimmering orbs.