New gold dream: we’re drawn to yellow gold’s powerful primal light

New gold dream: we’re drawn to yellow gold’s powerful primal light

The enticing appeal of yellow gold captivates us as strongly as it did our ancestors 

While watch and jewellery designers tended to embrace the warm, coppery tones of rose gold in the last decade, the primal power of yellow gold has risen once again. In ancient times, this gleaming earth-born metal was thought to possess mystical powers, with ancient cultures believing it to emit the energy-giving power of the sun.

Bauhaus colour theory, too, recognises the enduring allure of yellow chroma – for Kandinsky, who associated shapes with musical notes, yellow, with its bright nature, was both a middle C on a trumpet and a sharp, uncompromising triangle in form.

For jewellers such as Annelise Michelson, thick loops of golden metal pack a powerful sartorial punch when plaited into a bold cuff, while Misho’s huge pear-drop loop earrings offer a glinting fragility, showcasing a more delicate side to the metal’s tough nature.

Paris sculptor Hélène de Saint Lager, meanwhile, synthetically heightens the textural quality of gold in its raw state by way of her signature papier-mâché and resin alchemy. It’s the dawning of a shining new era. §
 

Estruscan-style gold cuffs, £30,600 each, by Van Cleef & Arpels. ‘Carla’ clip (top right) in 18ct Siam gold plate, £150; ‘Sara’ clip (centre left) in 18ct Siam gold plate, with fancy vivid blue diamonds, £420, both by Patcharavipa. ‘L’esprit du Lion’ earrings in 18ct gold, beryls and diamonds, price on request, by Chanel Fine Jewellery. Photography: Camille Summers-Valli. Watches & Jewellery Director: Caragh McKay. Fashion: Jason Hughes
Heritage 1970s pendant in gold (top left), £22,100, by Van Cleef & Arpels. ‘Delilah’ necklace in 18ct gold and diamonds (top right), £63,400, by Boucheron. 18ct gold earrings, circa 1970s, £4,950, by Ilias Lalaounis, from Hancocks. ‘Nougat’ ring in gold, £6,100, by Dior Joaillerie.  Photography: Camille Summers-Valli. Watches & Jewellery Director: Caragh McKay. Fashion: Jason Hughes

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