High jewellery rings in changes for diamonds
Not just for engagement rings: Cartier, Piaget, De Beers and a host of high jewellers rethink the possibilities of diamonds
Diamonds have long held us hypnotised, their rarity and ability to brilliantly refract light captivating us since the Dark Ages. The romance in their brilliant facets – which can only be revealed by skilled gemcutters – may have made them the natural star of engagement rings, but today’s high jewellers are brilliantly rethinking the possibilities of a diamond. By playing with intricate structures and delicate patterns, classic concepts are imbued with a boldness which bring an arresting modernity to androgynous black tie.
Buccellati weaves a delicate pattern into a cuff bracelet studded with yellow gold honeycomb rosettes, adding textured gold beads glinting into chandelier earrings for a softer take. Van Cleef & Arpels strike a more graphic silhouette in a bracelet where black spinels and onyx make a sharp juxtaposition against pink and white diamonds, a contrast we see again in Bulgari’s Barocko earrings where deep blue tanzanites take centre stage.
In other pieces, diamonds are fluid, appearing to move and breathe with the wearer. White diamond pavé trembles on titanium threads in Boucheron’s Avant Le Frisson necklace, while De Beers knit an interlocking pattern in Mosaic, playing off the uniform silhouettes of the stones to form grid-like glittering formations. There’s a softer pattern to Pomellato’s bracelet, where white, brown and black diamonds rest on their curving rose gold web; for Hermès, who marry diamonds with white gold links, the result is coolly contemporary. §
This shoot originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of Wallpaper* (W*258)