High Jewellery From Paris Haute Couture Week
As the world’s wealthiest flocked to Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week, the city’s prestigious jewelers showcased their latest high jewellery creations. From technical innovations to superlative stones.
Boucheron is celebrating 160 years this year and presented its most innovative high jewellery collection to date. The house's natural inspiration came to the fore in a collection of nine one-of-a-kind rings, which are set with real flower petals, preserved for eternity.
The first time this technique has been used in high jewellery, the preserved petals are set with gemstones and mounted on simple bands of gold or titanium, to evoke the feeling of having tied a stem around the finger.
Miniature hydrangeas were processed with an MRI scanner and meticulously recreated in gold and sculpted mother-of-pearl in this necklace.
Elsewhere, the house reinterpreted classic motifs from its archive, such as the ivy leaf.
Many of the pieces had an art deco feel, thanks to their geometric patterns and use of a green and black colour palette.
Chanel's collection, Coromandel, was inspired by the oriental screens found in Gabrielle Chanel's apartment. One of the highlights was a reversible cuff, set with yellow diamonds and sapphires on one side and a graphic, black and white pattern on the other.
Panels from the screens were depicted in diamonds in the Évocation Florale necklace.
Intricate, Oriental-inspired designs were picked out in diamonds and mother-of-pearl.
The collection also included a set of five brooches, inspired by scenes from the apartment's coromandel screens.
A jewellery watch featured a mother-of-pearl panel clasped between a string of pearls - a Chanel signature.
Dior’s creative director of jewellery, Victoire de Castellane, is celebrating 20 years at the house. Alongside an exhibition of pieces from recent years, Dior presented her latest collection: Dior Dior Dior.
The pieces were designed to look like lace on the skin, with a honeycomb of gold creating a tattoo-like effect.
The collection is a strikingly contemporary take on high jewellery, featuring chokers, mismatched earrings and bracelets worn across the back of the hand.