July 2021: What's New In Jewellery
From Graff's newest diamond collection "Tribal", to Chopard's partnership with jeweller and Russian model Natalia Vodianova, here's what's new in jewellery for July 2021
Known for its exquisite diamonds, Graff’s newest high jewellery collection, Tribal, shines a spotlight on the jeweller’s white and yellow diamonds, plus one emerald-set suite. Separated into three chapters that are inspired by the sky, sun and stars, this collection is defined by stunning sculptural design. Tatler’s favourite is the white-gold and platinum New Dawn necklace, which features 39-carats’ worth of diamonds that are arranged outwards like a stunning explosion.
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A selection of pink mother-of-pearl earrings, necklaces and bangles in ethically sourced rose or white gold have been added to Chopard’s signature Happy Hearts collection to mark the partnership between the jeweller and Russian model Natalia Vodianova, who is founder of the Naked Heart Foundation. A portion of the profits from these mother-of-pearl pieces will go to the charity, which was established in 2004 to support families that are raising children with disabilities and special needs.
Commenting on the collaboration, Vodianova says: “Even though my world is very much connected with beauty, I have always believed that we should pursue in life what catches our heart, not our eyes. Beauty by itself can be empty. Beauty that supports kindness and empathy is another story altogether.”
Engagement rings have always been about the diamond, and thanks to De Beers’ famous 1947 slogan, “A Diamond is Forever”, if it’s one thing this jeweller is known for, it’s white diamonds. De Beers, thanks to its 130 years of expertise, boasts an enormous variety of engagement rings that’ll reflect your own distinct personality, whether you’re radical or traditional, and stand the test of time.
Should you choose your jewellery from Chaumet, you will be in the famed company of Joséphine Bonaparte and Marie-Antoinette, who were among the maison’s first clients when it was founded in 1780. The crown jeweller of Place Vendôme, Chaumet has added an exciting assortment of pieces to its signature Joséphine collection. The Joséphine Duo Éternel ring, in particular, can be stacked or worn alone as a standout piece—for about US$65,000.
Inspired by the city that never sleeps, Harry Winston’s New York collection is divided into eight motifs, each of which represent different facets of Manhattan. The Upper West Side’s brownstones, the twinkling lights of Broadway and Central Park’s extraordinary landscape all inspire this line’s exquisite high jewellery, and the resulting creations are dazzling and dramatic.
Until recently, style-savvy gents were limited when it came to what kinds of jewellery they could wear, but as menswear becomes more experimental, brands are realising men’s jewellery is a way for them to differentiate themselves. John Hardy’s fashionable sterling-silver transformable necklace is unapologetically masculine, and a must-have for trendsetters.
Buccellati’s decadent jewellery is inspired by the craftsmanship of the Italian Renaissance, which is why each piece boasts such incredible texture. The maison is an expert in ancient goldsmithing techniques, and its butterfly-shaped brooches boast delicate details that make them incredibly lifelike.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Few jewellers have a style as distinctive and recognisable as Van Cleef & Arpels, and now, for its Sous Les Étoiles collection, the maison has turned to the heavens for inspiration. Diamond-set stars are mounted against dramatic slabs of lapis lazuli, while a 11.29-carat, pear-cut yellow diamond is used to depict Halley’s Comet as it streaks across the starry-night sky.