This week, High Jewelry presentations are happening all over the world. Below, we’re highlighting our favorite design details from the collections of Chopard, Cindy Chao, and Dior.
Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection this year was inspired by the many awe-inspiring facets of love. Presented by the house’s co-president and artistic director, Caroline Scheufele, “LOVE” made its first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival with 72 striking new creations. An official partner of the festival since 1998, Chopard’s dedication in the line echoes that of cinema—encompassing a range of emotions, showcasing true beauty, and shining with aesthetic richness. Inspirations for “LOVE” were found all around Scheufele, from plants and animals to humans and art history, all conveying a universal message of love. In the collection, we see a necklace and earrings set with heart-shaped tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines, amethysts, and diamonds in light gold circles of ethical white gold and titanium. “LOVE” also welcomes a breathtaking 111-carat cabochon-cut emerald on a floral-inspired necklace, and solitaire rings featuring pink diamonds. The brand also continues its dedication to sustainability, incorporating new pieces into its Green Carpet Collection, such as a new cuff bracelet (that took 340 hours to create) with more than 25 carats of diamonds.
Cindy Chao’s new pieces are a true testament to her craft and artisanship. Regularly inspired by architecture and nature, her pieces embody an array of sculptural elements, emotional investment, and innate intellectual curiosity. Each piece entirely unique and hand-crafted, the breathtaking creations are one-of-a-kind, 360-degree pieces of wearable art. This year, she debuted a few new pieces—ranging from lightweight bowties to bangle series. The Scultura di Giglio Bangle, for instance, is a dazzling piece that pays tribute to the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo. The flexible surface (a design conceived over six years) spreads like a canvas for its constellation of 4,428 diamonds, fancy-colored diamonds, and sapphires totaling to over 180 carats. Another breathtaking piece seen for the first time this week was the Damask Rose Brooch—a new piece from her Tango in the Garden Collection that draws inspiration from Chao’s trip to Oman. Here, she was enchanted by the aromatic Omani rose water made from Damask roses. The brooch, even outfitted with little bulbs of hand-painted “pollen,” is a multi-layered piece crafted from 18th-century wax sculpting techniques. The center store is an 8-carat cushion-cut pink sapphire that draws you in to the lightweight titanium petals that surround it—made up of nearly 2,000 diamonds, over 1,500 pink sapphires, and nearly 18 color gradients.
Dior is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dior Joaillerie with artistic director Victoire de Castellane. “Gem Dior” is the largest collection to date for the house with 99 pieces, and it tells the savoire-faire stories of Italy in France through special stones and colors. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are juxtaposed with gemstones like spinels, tanzanites, rubellites, and garnets. Presented on models dressed in gowns by women’s designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, the new pieces caught attention for their unique attention to detail, cluster of colors, and unique shapes. A pair of Paraiba tourmaline earrings were not identical pieces, giving the set a fresh take on elegance; the Ticolore Anglais Ruby Ring wowed with a ruby, diamonds, and a collection of various pink, green, blue, and yellow gemstones; and other bracelets, rings, and earrings were trimmed on the sides with subtle diamond detailing.