Jewellery that takes a leaf out of Mother Nature’s book.
Many jewellery designers are looking at the organic forms of the natural world for inspiration, in the expectation that such forms will provoke a similar sense of wonderment and delight. Billionaire rounds up some of the most striking of these naturally inclined precious pieces.
Louis Vuitton Blossom High Jewellery
Louis Vuitton may be rooted in its handiwork of luggage and leather goods but jewellery will soon be in full bloom within the plot of the French fashion maison. Based on LV’s popular four-petalled monogram flower motif, the Blossom collection has been designed to tell a story of the brand’s metamorphosis. The pieces embrace a simpler graphic representation of the flower, budding at different stages of design and pattern. A constant at the beginning of each Blossom motif is a gemstone. Collected over the years, the stones that carry the collection include black opals, mandarin garnets, red spinels and tsavorites.
Cactus de Cartier
In stores from September 2016 onwards, Cartier’s new collection is a prickly play on the artisan’s love for bold blossoms. Instead of poppies and roses, the collection pays tribute to a more succulent and uncompromising kind of plant. It follows the opening and closing of a cactus flower, which happen at dusk and daybreak. From dewdrops of diamonds to laceworks of lapis lazuli beads, the edgy yet soft curves of each daring piece stylishly fit to a finger, wrist or earlobe, hauntingly so like a cactus fixed on the tan desert hand — I mean, sand.
Tiffany & Co Blue Book 2016
This year’s Blue Book collection by Tiffany & Co captures how nature evolves, usually bursting forth in one awe-inspiring moment. The collection owes its sparkle to design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, who developed exquisite cuts and settings to paint a world that unfolds in nature. From fleeting seasons in the sun and fluid underwater wildlife to subtle shades of the sea and sky, the ever-changing spectrum is achieved by using diamonds, white and fancy, as well as vibrant-colour gemstones such as sapphires, tourmalines and aquamarines.
Mikimoto Golden South Sea Pearl
A number of exclusive Golden South Sea Pearl pieces were created for the first anniversary of Mikimoto’s flagship boutique in Orchard, Singapore, this year. Using carefully harvested pearls of 10mm and above, with high-quality nacre, and proportionally round in shape; statement necklaces, earrings, and a ring were made. Some of the pieces somehow evoke the golden-lipped oyster. Found mostly around the warm waters of Southeast Asia, this oyster species can produce richly radiant white pearls, but the deeper golden-colour ones are the most coveted of all.
Larry Jewelry Helios Radiance
Part of Larry Jewelry’s Timeless Nature collection, launched in July 2016, its headline jewellery range, Helios Radiance, draws inspiration from the splendid sun and other fluttery entities. The necklace features a 4.32-carat teardrop yellow diamond, resembling sweet nectar rather than radiant star, and thus it is only apt that a medley of diamonds, set to look like butterflies, is organically circled around the fancy jewel. The series is completed with matching earrings and a ring.
Mei Anne is a wonderer but more so, she’s a wanderer. Her hands twitch to get ideas out while her feet itch for a new adventure. When she isn’t writing for Billionaire.com or planning her next trip, she enjoys a good sip — of coffee, tea, and other things. Follow her on Instagram (@meiannatee) to see if she’s still obsessed with window seats on a plane and jelly shoes.