5 Impossibly Clever Jewellery Collections Inspired By History
- Building Beauty With Cindy ChaoBuilding Beauty With Cindy Chao
- Chain Reaction with HermèsChain Reaction with Hermès
- Medieval Myths With Louis VuittonMedieval Myths With Louis Vuitton
- Buried Treasure With MoussaieffBuried Treasure With Moussaieff
- White Nights With BoucheronWhite Nights With Boucheron
Go back in time with these free-spirited high jewellery collections that'll have you reminiscing about the good old days
Building Beauty With Cindy Chao
Rethinking the divisions between classic and contemporary, art and jewellery, the most sought-after creations by Cindy Chao The Art Jewel are its museum-calibre Black Label Masterpieces. A necklace, four brooches and two bangles make up the latest additions to the line, and draw inspiration from two seminal figures in Chao’s life – her father and grandfather.
The Emerald Architectural necklace, for example, references the iconic Asian temples crafted by the designer’s grandfather. A feat of intricate engineering, a magnificent pair of Colombian emeralds, striking yellow diamond, connected by the organic twists of 10,000 vivid green emerald beads.
Text by: Laura Beaney
Chain Reaction with Hermès
Drawing on its 200-year-old history as a saddler and harness-maker, Hermès presents the concept of chain as the core of its latest jewellery collection, Enchaînements Libres.
Pierre Hardy, the maison’s versatile creative director, has brought together two contrasting themes – of chains and freedom – in this set of unconventional jewellery pieces. Playful and powerful at the same time, the collection includes six lines: Adage Hermès, Hermès Fusion, Hermès Voltige, Hermès Grand Jeté, Chaîne d’ancre zoom and Hermès Petit Jeté.
Medieval Myths With Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton’s latest jewellery offering pays homage to medieval heroines and the lasting mark they made on the ‘man’s world’ they inhibited. Not necessarily an easy subject to portray, the 50-piece collection (which is planned to be extended to 100 pieces) uses tens of thousands of gems to create an almost armour-like appearance.
The most notable example of this is the Le Royaume necklace – the most luxurious chainmail you will ever likely come across.
Text by: Peter Iantorno
Buried Treasure With Moussaieff
Mesmerisingly whimsical, Moussaieff’s latest high jewellery features the most incredible gemstones, with superb brilliancy. This historic maison is renowned for its use of rare, natural-coloured diamonds, which are generously incorporated into the brand’s coveted high jewellery lines.
Named after one of the most sought-after gems in the world, the Paraiba Tourmaline range is no exception, and also boasts an incandescent glow, incomparable to any other collection unveiled this year, thanks to its namesake jewel.
Text by: Annie Darling
White Nights With Boucheron
Paris, Vu du 26, or ‘seen from number 26’ is a love letter to Paris, and specifically the cobbled streets and awe-inspiring monuments located near 26 Place Vendôme, where Boucheron has its home. Rid of cliché, this collection shows Paris the way Parisians see it: a subtle work of art, encompassing the history and innovation the city is known for.
The collection is inspired by the equine sculptures that cover the facade of the Opéra Garnier, the Grand Palais – the iconic home to incredible art exhibitions, fashion shows and Paris just after the rain, when the light reflects off the cobblestones of Place Vendôme.
Text by: Melissa Twigg