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High Jewelry 2021: Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and More

By Pearl Fontaine

October 13, 2020

Recently, jewelry houses have debuted their latest high jewelry collections both in-person in Paris and online. Here, we’re sharing details from brands like Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and more.

The romance and tragedy in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet played the part of muse in Van Cleef & Arpels’s latest collection. Imagery from the city of Verona and the story’s iconic scenes were translated into a selection of 100 designs, imagined in richly hued stones that give life to a series of literal and abstracted interpretations of the tale. Pieces that were absolutely magical include the Italian Rose necklace with the ruby pendant; the Balcone clip, dripping with green gemstone ivy, which reveals an image of the lovers in rose gold when turned to the backside; and the clip figurines of the story’s main characters, detailed with brilliant stones like rubies, sapphires, garnets, diamonds, and lapis lazuli.

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Louis Vuitton’s “Stellar Times” took us on a journey into the cosmos for the season’s galaxy-inspired high jewelry collection. 90 stunningly intricate designs harnessed the power and beauty of celestial bodies through a selection of bold jewels like diamonds, opals, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds of the most pristine quality. Pieces we’re still thinking about include the Planète Bleue cuff with blue and green stones; the Soleils earrings, which capture the fiery heat of the sun in diamonds and yellow sapphires; and the Lune Bleue choker necklace, mimicking the house’s iconic checkerboard in a configuration of blue and white stones, surrounding a 15.56 carat Madagascar sapphire.

The chromatic hues and abstracted patterns of tie-dye informed Dior’s new “Tie & DIOR” high jewelry designs. Gradations of colored stones reminiscent of tie-dyed ink bleeds painted more than one hundred new pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, asymmetrical earrings, and double rings. Reminding us of the rainbowed, psychedelic imagery of a kaleidoscope, highlights included a pair of earrings with mismatched pearls and other stones in pink, white, and brown; a bracelet in an ombré of blue-to-white; and drop earrings featuring colors across the spectrum.

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Entitled “Serti Inversé,” Repossi’s newest high jewelry debuts built on the house’s iconic “Serti sur Vide” collection. Finding beauty through a play on tension, the collection’s rings, collars, and bracelets make the wearer appear as though diamonds are suspended in mid-air just above the skin, and cradled in gold. Each has been crafted from white or rose gold and features central pear-shaped diamonds in white or yellow, like a fluid ring shape with tiny pavé stones trailing to and from the central diamond.

David Morris opted for an intimate four-piece collection of one-of-a-kind designs, inspired by the world’s most extraordinary gemstones. The collection included pieces like the opal and diamond Aurora ring, the intricate Feather ring in pink and white diamonds, and the Constellation necklace, which offered a delicate combination of shaped diamonds in a style that drapes around the neck in a shape reminiscent of a cluster of stars. The highlight, however, was the jaw-dropping Empress choker. Starting with a special selection of stones held onto by the house for decades for the perfect design, the necklace features over 240 carats of natural pearls set in a lace-like lattice of diamonds, reminiscent of the ornamental Jali screens found in India.

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