This issue’s ICON’s are an edit of brands carrying on their defined legacies and making them relevant in today’s modern world. We see an ancient, precious stone celebrated in a contemporary collection; new heroes added to a 30-year-old legacy and a new creative director breathing life into Louis Vuitton’s legendary high jewelery. Let the legends live on.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
A stone that has been steeped in the jewelry house’s history for over a century, Van Cleef & Arpels has dedicated a high jewelry collection to the exotic ruby. After carefully collecting more than 3,000 carats of certified stones to create a new collection, Treasure of Rubies is made up of 60 unique pieces showcasing the exceptional qualities of the rare precious stone. “With Treasure of Rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels is continuing an adventure that began in 2016 with Émeraude en majesté: dedicating a High Jewelry collection to a single exceptional stone,” explains Van Cleef & Arpels CEO, Nicolas Bos. The collection includes the Kolam Between the Finger ring, an open-work modern and innovative piece created around a 5.38 carat ruby with diamonds, white and pink gold, but the real hero? The Priya necklace, right – a transformable piece designed around a unique 25.23 carat ruby, 214 ruby beads that total 123.09 carats, pink sapphires, white cultured pearls and diamonds.
IN FULL BLOOM
Despite being designed in 1896 by Georges-Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton’s legendary star-shaped flower motif is ostensibly modern. Even more so now, as it’s been reinterpreted into a new high jewelry collection for 2019, B.Blossom. The debut collection from the brand’s new artistic director for jewelry and watches, Francesca Amfitheatrof, the iconic emblem has been reworked with pink and yellow gold, precious stones and diamonds into a current collection of rings, bracelets, cuffs, earrings, pendants and necklaces. Our highlight? The stackable rings available in malachite, onyx, white agate, pink opal, diamonds with pink or yellow gold, which pack a powerful punch loaded up. The B.Blossom statement signet rings carved in stone or set with pave diamonds will also have your fingers blossoming in style this summer.
IN WITH THE NEW
Piaget’s Possession collection has become a legacy in itself, with its timeless rotating mechanism and playful design. This year, the Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweler has updated the 30-year-old line with a few modern twists. For 2019 only, Piaget has added another precious stone, white chalcedony, to the collection known for its use of vivid, colored stones. Of course, despite being incredibly rare, only the purest, whitest stones have been selected by the Maison and are now available as a Possession bangle, pendant and ring. Piaget has also added two sets of rose gold and diamond hoop earrings to the Possession line; one small and one medium size with detachable studs that can be worn in three different, creative ways. Three new stackable rings, with a shape inspired by the iconic bangles, have been also added for this year, paved with diamonds and those colorful, precious stones again, as well as a Possession watch in a seductive dark rose shade.
TOUGH LIKE A GIRL
A beautiful hybrid between fine jewelry and functional watch, Chaumet has added new timepieces to its Hortensia Eden collection for 2019. Named after Hortense Eugénie Cécile Bonaparte, Queen consort of Holland (the stepdaughter of Emperor Napoléon I), Chaumet’s Hortensia collection now boasts a new rose gold watch with a modern Milanese mesh bracelet (that can be swapped over if you fancy a change). Don’t be fooled by the delicate and dainty 7.70mm dial, this piece is as resilient as it is refined. It has a bezel set with 27 brilliant-cut diamonds and three sculptured flowers set in pink gold and a further 21 brilliant-cut diamonds, as well as being water resistant up to 30 meters. The face has been treated with an anti-reflective glass and it also sports a high precision Swiss quartz movement.
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