The transformable necklace in white and pink gold with diamonds and Padparadscha sapphires.
Besides the intricate and otherworldly outfits that parade down the runways during Paris Haute Couture Week, dazzling gems and baubles are also on display. Many of which are high jewelry collections designed with exquisite jewels and take several expert hands to create.
As luxury jewelry becomes one of the growing areas for passion investments — surpassing cars even — it’ll come as little surprise that these extravagant pieces have been gaining interest — even if they’re hardly ever worn out. From Sri Lankan sapphires to pieces inspired by the personality of lions, take a look at some of the latest collections luxury bigwigs released earlier this year.
An exquisite ring fitted with a hidden drawer for a playful touch.
The latest Dior à Versailles, Pièces Secrètes collection takes you inside a secret Versailles to explore many unseen facets of hidden passages and mysteries. Many of the 36 creations are treasures in their own right, revealing secret features you would never think of and carrying the highest levels of savoir-faire the fine jewelry atelier could provide. Take for instance, a diamond pivots on its axis to reveal a stone beneath a stone, while a ring is fitted with a hidden drawer, bringing to life the palace of secrets the collection takes inspiration from — Versailles.
Beyond that there are also delicate necklaces in white or pink gold set with diamonds or rubies, and rings that are playfully mechanical, resembling the beauty of antique jewels.
Chanel “Timeless” brooch in 18 carat yellow gold set with a 1.01 carat round‑cut diamond, 21 fancy‑cut yellow sapphires, 44 round‑cut yellow sapphires and 251 brilliant‑cut diamonds.
Coco Chanel always had a special affinity with her star sign, Leo. Represented in the form of a lion, the animal is not only a common symbol in her home but has been used in many ways for her collections over the years. This time, the motif takes centerstage for Chanel’s latest high jewelry collection, L’Esprit du Lion.
Taking cues from the lion’s personality — strength and power — the collection features a range of bold pieces encrusted in jewels of warm colors, such as yellows, oranges and browns. Some signature pieces include the Chanel ‘Legendary’ necklace in 18 carat white and yellow gold set with more than 1,200 diamonds and one cushion‑cut 30.19 carat yellow diamond. While another is a secret watch framed with a 37.41 carat carved yellow beryl and 541 brilliant‑cut diamonds.
Chaumet Promenades Impériales ring in white gold with diamonds and a 5.01 carat Sri Lankan sapphire.
Paying tribute to Russia, Chaumet unveiled 11 exquisitely crafted pieces, each capturing the bright light and hues of a Siberian winter. Named Promenades Impériales, the entire range promises to reflect a time bygone of a place that held special significance to the 238-year-old Parisian maison.
With the maison’s unique ‘knive edge’ setting, the pieces are set according to traditional Russian decorative patterns with impeccable soft peach pink padparadscha sapphires and blue Sri Lankan sapphires. The collection includes an exquisite transformable necklace, delicate brooches, earrings, bold rings and a graceful bracelet.
Plume de Paon long necklace paved with lapis lazuli and diamonds, in white gold
In celebration of the famed French jeweller’s 160th anniversary, the latest additions to their high jewelry collection are nothing short of mesmerizing. New jewels in the range include an update of the ‘question mark’ necklace as well as a continuation of the brand’s love for nature and animals. This time, expect to see new forms of bestiary like a wolf and a fox formed with diamonds, and brooches in the shape of parrots. Along with the same theme of nature, the Plume de Paon — an iconic design — re-works the peacock feather motif to take the shape with lightness and follow the curves of a woman’s body.