Object lessons: high jewellery’s functional forms

Object lessons: high jewellery’s functional forms

The notion of everyday luxury has long been a preoccupation of high jewellery houses. From the early 20th century, functional pieces such as Cartier’s jewelled letter openers and Van Cleef & Arpels’ multi-tasking gold Minaudières have been offered alongside classic jewellery designs. Today, the tradition continues in suitably understated, functional forms. From sunglasses to hair jewellery, the desire for bejewelled wearables is as contemporary as ever. 

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