Cover This Valentine's Day, why not gift yourself a piece of Annoushka jewellery? (Photo: Annoushka)

Diamonds shine so much better when you buy them yourself

1. The Course of True Love

Annoushka Ducas believes that jewellery should be like relationships: versatile yet enduring, and something that evolves with time. To coincide with her eponymous brand’s boutique opening in Hong Kong’s Ocean Centre, the British jeweller has launched her first bridal collection, which she’s called Love & Commitment. “My husband John and I met in Hong Kong over 30 years ago, and we lived there together for three years,” Ducas tells Tatler. “Ever since then, I’ve been intoxicated by the city’s extraordinary energy.”

On her wedding day, Ducas wore jewellery she designed herself, and she even created her own engagement ring, which she still wears 31 years later. “My engagement ring can only be worn one way, so I wanted to design bridal pieces that can be as playful as my other collections,” she says of Love & Commitment, which include solitaire, three-stone and five-stone designs, all of which can be stacked for completely different looks. After all, Ducas adds: “Modern brides seek investment pieces that they can wear long after their wedding day.”

2. What Comes Next

Famous for being the first jeweller to take up residence in the illustrious Place Vendôme, Chaumet boasts an extraordinary 240-year-old history. Among its most famous clients were Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife, Empress Joséphine, who has since inspired an entire Chaumet line dedicated to its muse’s tastes. For the holiday season, why not treat yourself or that special someone to a creation from Torsade de Chaumet, which uses twists of white gold wrapped to depict Place Vendôme’s stone columns and architecture. 

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3. Rock Band

All creations from Bulgari’s well-known B.Zero1 Rock fine jewellery collection will elevate your everyday wardrobe, but these yellow- and rose-gold-cast rings peppered with diamonds or framed by black ceramic are particularly fun.

4. Turning Pointe

Valérie Messika, daughter of the famous diamond merchant André Messika, founded her eponymous brand with the goal of creating out-of-the-ordinary diamond-set designs that break the rules. With the year we’ve had, we think a little extra glitz will go a long way; we won’t dissuade you from going all out.

5. All That Glitters

London-based jewellery house Graff’s Tribal high jewellery collection is a sophisticated choice for the holiday season. Known for acquiring many of the world’s most notable diamonds, including some that have set world records, Graff’s pictured gem-set suite is incredibly supple, slipping onto the skin like silk.

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6. Silver Linings

With more men experimenting with jewellery than ever before, genderless gems are having a moment and Gucci is right at the forefront. Some prefer layering diamond-decked pieces, while others spark up outfits with lashings of colour, but those seeking a more modest alternative should opt for the brand’s Interlocking G designs, which are perfect for everyday wear.

7. Celestial Magic

Van Cleef & Arpels is known for making some of the world’s most exquisite high jewellery imaginable, and its new 150-piece Sous Les Étoiles collection is mesmerising. The maison’s exceptionally talented craftspeople fuelled their imagination with dramatic images of the night sky, and the resulting creations are spectacular, defined by bold colour palettes mixed with shimmers of white gold.

8. First Strike

Forms’ latest creation shines a spotlight on the Japanese craft of working with shakudō, an alloy of gold and copper that was historically used to decorate the hilts of samurai soldiers’ swords. The pictured one-of-a-kind bracelet boasts a yellow-gold structure generously coated with browned shakudō, which frames an elegant row of yellow diamonds weighing a total of 11.2 carats. A second bracelet, set with titanium, comes mounted with 4.90 carats’ worth of emeralds.

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9. Tie the Knot

Contemporary artist Daniel Arsham has reimagined Tiffany & Co’s iconic Blue Box and Tiffany Knot collection. As part of the collaboration, the jeweller has unveiled a limited-edition, double-row bangle in white gold, set with a thrilling twist of verdant green tsavorites. The cutting-edge creation is presented in Arsham’s bronze, hand-finished sculpture that takes design cues from Tiffany’s Blue Box, which in turn is encased in a custom-made crate.

10. Sweet Tooth

The Nudo collection is instantly recognisable by a single stone bearing Pomellato's patented exposed cushion cut and now new pieces have been added to the jeweller’s signature line. Named Nudo Chocolate, deliciously decadent caramel, fudge and cocoa colour combinations have been combined for a selection of rose-gold earrings and rings that are mounted with moonstones and brown diamonds.

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