It has not been an easy year for everyone, what with the pandemic, lockdowns and travel restrictions. And it's even worse for creatives—they are stuck at home with no opportunity to visit places and interact with people. This often puts them in a creative quandary, which may potentially limit their output. But looking at the high jewellery launches this year, I'm glad to see that nothing has stopped the craftsmen and artisans from each maison from putting the finishing touches on the collections—even in the midst of the Covid-19 health crisis.
While the number of launches has decreased—brands like Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels held back their annual high jewellery collections—the ones that went ahead with their releases proved that they were no shrinking violets. Artistry, creativity and astute eyes for quality gems still featured prominently with a stronger focus on wearability and the types of gemstones used.