High Jewelry 2021: Chopard, Boucheron, Messika, and More
Recently, jewelry houses were presenting their latest high jewelry collections both in-person in Paris and online. Here, we’re sharing details from brands like Chopard, Boucheron, Messika, and more.
A responsibly made collaboration with French actor Marion Cotillard entitled the “Ice Cube Capsule” made up Chopard’s latest high jewelry debut. Designed by Cotillard with the help of Eliott Bliss (the artistic director in charge of her styling), the pair created seven versatile pieces with a rock and roll spirit meant to be worn alone or mixed together—like clip-on earrings, including a connected trio of cuffs, a double ring connected by a princess-cut diamond, and a cascading earring set with several glittering stones. Made using ethically sourced gold and diamonds that are Fairminded- and Responsible Jewellery Council-certified, the jewelry features an elegant-yet-graphic style with small, faceted cubes of gold and geometric diamonds composing each piece.
Boucheron’s “Contemplation” aims to capture the fleeting beauty of the natural world in designs that stop the passing of time. The poetry of nature like twinkling stars, feathered wings, and the bluest of skies act as motifs throughout the collection, comprised of materials like white gold, diamonds, opal, aventurine glass, and rock crystal. Breathtaking pieces we’re still thinking of include the Nuage en Apesanteur necklace, which encircles the wearer’s neck in a flurry of diamonds and glass beads; the Murmure d’Étoiles earrings with nearly 40 carats of teardrop tanzanite composing each earring; and the Fenêtre sur Ciel necklace, which mimics the openness of a stormy sky in a fluid titanium mesh with mother-of-pearl, ultramarine tanzanite, and diamonds.
Debuted with an in-person presentation at the Hôtel de Crillon during Paris Fashion Week, Messika’s high jewelry collection for 2021 boasted a stunning collaboration with Kate Moss. Inspired by the style of the runway model and her personal jewelry box, together Moss and Valérie Messika created more than 100 pieces that embody transcendent, timeless style and a sense of relaxed luxury. Nine suites of designs pay homage to themes like femininity and sensuality, Moss’s favorite hues (the house’s first venture into colorful stones), and art deco style—including highlight pieces like a mother-of-pearl and turquoise necklace, XXL diamond rosette hoops, and a minimalistic diamond bracelet with a knotted design.
Chaumet’s “Perspectives de Chaumet” continued the house’s tradition of architecture as inspiration for its 2021 High Jewelry collection. Reinterpreting this foundation from a new viewpoint, the house has looked to major architectural movements across the world to create a series of designs that combine pure lines, striking volumes, and exceptional technique. The collection explores six themes, including skylines, the polychromatic nature of the Italian Renaissance; latticework, deconstructivist architecture, ideas of the mirage, and Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism. Within these facets, Chaumet has created wearable architecture using stones like Burmese sapphire, pink tourmaline, Zambian emeralds, black pearls, and diamonds—like our favorite Collier Skyline necklace in textured gold and emerald.
Cindy Chao’s 2020 Black Label Masterpiece” collection features the designer’s signature exquisite, dripping-in-gems style. In the Green Plumule brooch, the designer placed 487 fancy-cut emeralds into a feather-shaped setting, accompanied by matching earrings with pear-shaped Colombian emeralds in the same vivid green. A tribute to the pink sedimentary rocks of Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, the Cameron Falls earrings were imagined in a pink and gold sculptural design featuring natural conch pearls, purple garnets, pink sapphires, and rose-cut diamonds. And the Ebony Diamond earrings featured two large rectangular, cushion-cut diamonds—one white and one fancy brown-yellow—surrounded by an elegant ebony casing.