Van Cleef & Arpel’s Stunning Alhambra Guilloché Collection

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2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Alhambra collection, one that saw the launch of an all-new range of jewellery pieces which feature the intense reflections of guilloché yellow gold.

Highlighting the brilliance of yellow gold by way of the sunbeam-like lines etched on the surface of the metal.

In place of the carnelian, malachite or onyx hard stones you typically find within the beaded contour ‘clover’, this collection consists of a necklace, bracelet and pendant, all of which take after the guilloché yellow gold from the 2018 collection, this time mixed with diamond-paved motifs.

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Showcasing the guilloché technique – a technique originating from the 1500s, that giving volume to and emphasizing on the shine of gold, through the embellishment of lines on the surface, and has been used by the Maison since the 1910s. The mix of this heritage aesthetic with diamond-paved motifs adds a stunning dimension and texture to the jewellery with its shifting reflections bathed in warm hues.

The Alhambra motif, the French Maison’s famous four-leaf clover-inspired design that came about in 1968, in line with Van Cleef & Arpel’s belief in luck, are framed with beaded contours and topped off with a gold bead in its centre. The beaded frame is first reworked by master jewellers, after which the prongs – that are made round to add softness – are bent to hold the motif in its place. Lastly, the pieces are polished, completing a process of over 15 steps.

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Alhambra Guilloché necklace pendant yellow gold

 

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Alhambra Guilloché long necklace yellow gold

As with all the precious gems and diamonds that Van Cleef & Arpels uses, the pearls have also been selected with care, deriving primarily from the Australian seas. They are also naturally produced inside the seashells itself and feature a golden tone with changing overtones.

The collection also includes 2 Sweet Alhambra watches, both of which also shine brilliantly like the other pieces in the collection. The first model offered features a bright dial showcasing the guilloché technique, with interchangeable alligator straps.

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Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, interchangeable alligator strap, quartz movement

 

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Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, diamonds, gold mother-of-pearl, quartz movement

A jewellery watch that shines with its components – a mix of gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl. This bracelet is made of alternating motifs that surround its gold dial. The different materials add dimension to the piece- with the mother-of-pearl’s golden hues and reflections, the guilloché’s reflections off its embellished surface and the diamond’s shine.

Step into the sun and you’re guaranteed a glow like no other, with the sunlight glinting on the gold that’s a sight to behold. Wear it everyday, or keep it just for special occasions, you just need to head down to your nearest Van Cleef & Arpels boutique to have a look for yourself.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Guilloche is available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques, and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful worlf of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

Gucci Opens Its First Boutique Dedicated To High Jewellery In Place Vendôme

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If you’re Paris bound, then you’ll want to make sure a visit to Place Vendôme is on your list of things to do as Gucci has opened its very first boutique dedicated to fine and high jewellery.

If there’s one thing that Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele is absolutely obsessed with (well, aside from his muses Florence Welch, Harry Styles, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey), it’s jewellery, evident in the numerous shots on his personal Instagram page which show him stacking his beloved rings and rows of eclectic-looking bracelets.

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So it doesn’t come as a surprise that he has been tasked with creating the Italian luxury brand’s high jewellery and watch collection, several of which come with unique stones personally sourced by Michele himself. To celebrate this momentous milestone, Gucci is launching the collection (along with an assortment of fine jewellery pieces) at 16 Place Vendôme, the Italian luxury house’s first high jewellery boutique in Paris that’s situated alongside some of the world’s finest jewellers, like Boucheron, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Such an exceptional collection certainly deserves an equally remarkable setting. And the Place Vendôme, built in 1686 by the French King Louis XIV and home to many haute couture brands – Chanel, Bvlgari, Dior, Boucheron, Chopard, Piaget and Cartier among others  — is the perfect venue for Gucci’s newest boutique.

Presenting an elegantly muted design aesthetic, its stands out in stark contrast to Gucci’s other international boutiques that are abundant in distinctly amplified and exaggerated tints. A monochromatic mosaic floor, white marble, furniture carved out of ebonized wood, and antique mirrors – all add to the drama of the jewellery on display and bring out the inner charm of these precious gems.

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Titled Hortus Deliciarum, named after the medieval illustrated encyclopedia – it comprises over 200 one-of-a-kind pieces that come in 3 distinct themes. The first consists of classic pieces that pay homage to eternal love, timeless classics rendered in coloured gemstones and precious diamonds. The second is an ode to the animal kingdom, evident in the diamond-encrusted lions, Ouroboros serpents and tigers found on a generous selection of rings and opulent bracelets, just to name a few. The third is all about singular solitaires with a maximalist allure; just picture your favourite pear-cut coloured gemstones (blush rosé topaz, honey hued imperial topaz, velvety green tourmaline) decked out with sparkling diamonds and finished with an exquisite setting that reinforces Michele’s maximalist aesthetic.

And if there are two words that can be used to describe the brand new boutique, it would be elegance and sophistication. Step within and you’ll find the boutique furnished with a monochromatic mosaic floor, with cabinets crafted from ebony wood lined with verde aqua satin that only serves to illuminate the precious jewellery within.

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In other words, it’s still Gucci, but a whole new universe that’s on another level altogether, created to beautifully showcase the high jewellery pieces. Heading to Paris soon? The Gucci High and Fine Jewellery boutique is open now at 16 Place Vendôme, Paris

Come into the beautiful world of Gucci.

 

 

 

 

Riders of the Knights a diamonds armor by Louis Vuitton

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French Maison Louis Vuitton´s Riders of the Knights is a homage to medieval heroines, a journey in time that continues the theme of travel that weaves through the Maison’s high jewellery collections. Each of the 50 pieces of jewellery honours the women of the Middle Ages who, in a world ruled by men, took matters into their own hands and made a lasting impact on the world.

Riders of the Knights is about the medieval heroines who changed the course of history through the force of their strength and will. I was thinking of women like Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth of England or Eleanor of Aquitaine. I wanted to capture the idea of strength through chains, armour, amulets and even swords.

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There was much speculation around the launch of the Riders of the Knights collection as it is the first high jewellery collection by Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of watches and jewellery, Francesca Amfitheatrof. B Blossom, the fine jewellery collection presented in May, hinted at a change of style chez Louis Vuitton with its chunky shapes and bold colours.

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Riders of the Knights shows a new direction for Louis Vuitton high jewellery yet still in tune with the Maison codes we have come to recognise from this Place Vendôme jeweller. Described as the ‘embodiment of determination and independence’, remarkable women from the past  through these jewels speak to the confident and successful Louis Vuitton woman of today.

It is quite a radical change in look for Louis Vuitton jewellery, but the pieces are still very much identifiable as jewellery and of course, we only use the very best gemstones. Louis Vuitton is a strong brand, so it needs a strong look.

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Comprising three series, Le Royaume, La Cavalière and La Reine, the Riders of the Knights collection brilliantly expresses the maison’s extraordinary vision. In Le Royaume, the refined and architectural lines of a medieval fortress provide the aesthetic cues – think portcullises, chains and drawbridges. La Cavalière and La Reine explore the myths and legends of amulets and weaponry, and the aura of sovereign power. The colours are opulent and majestic and the forms weighty, imposing and loaded with symbolism. Strong rhythms are forged in bold outsized links that are seamlessly set with diamonds and the most precious of gemstones in rich, deep colours.

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The Riders of the Night Le Royaume necklace is shaped like a gorget, or chain mail throat-protector, worn by knights in battle. The fine mesh is highly flexible and is set with 1,600 diamonds and sapphires and a 19.31 carat royal blue sapphire.

 

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Louis Vuitton Riders of the Knights Le Royaume diamond and sapphire earrings and ring are part of the Initial collection, the Le Royaume diamond and sapphire earrings are reminiscent of a stone tower and suggest strength and protection.

 

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Aquamarines of an exceptional colour associated with the Santa Maria mine are et in the Riders of the Knight La Reine rings, each decorated with symbols of mediëval heraldy such as the Fleur de Lys, coronets and even a little dagger. 

 

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The Riders of the Night La Reine necklace is set with nine exceptional Santa Maria-like aquamarines with a combined weight of 153 carats. Each stone is in a deep bezel setting adding a sense of authority to the jewel. 

One of the most impressive jewels is the Le Royaume necklace shaped like a gorget, or chain mail throat-protector, as worn by knights in battle. The fine mesh is highly flexible and set with 1,600 diamonds and sapphires and a 19.31 carat velvety royal blue sapphire. Regal and potent, the sapphires symbolise purity and protection. Woven into the necklace are yet more references to a medieval fortress: the links of the mesh are shaped to resemble the latticed grille of a portcullis complete with spiked ends and a chunky chain – as you would find on a drawbridge – runs around the bottom of the necklace.

The La Cavalière suite features deep red spinels that symbolise ardour and courage. The spinels are protected by diamond-set links that bring to mind a medieval belt clasp. Showcasing Louis Vuitton’s ability to source the most unusual and exceptional stones, the La Reine necklace is set with nine Santa Maria-like aquamarines with a combined weight of 153 carats. Dazzling and imposing, it speaks of dynastic might and boundless wealth.

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Spinels, that symbolise ardour and courage, shine out against the diamonds in the Riders of the Knight La Cavalière bracelet and earrings made up of bold links that bring to mind a medieval belt clasp.

 

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Treading a fine line between masculinity and adornment, the diamond and emerald ring is majestic in its bold contrast of the richly coloured emerald and the simplicity of white diamonds and onyx

 

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This diamond, emerald and sapphire ring from Louis Vuitton’s Riders of the Knights high jewellery collection has the shape of a signet ring and could equally worn by a man.

 

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The Riders of the Knight lapis lazuli, diamond and emerald bracelet is an intriguing combination of might and delicateness that exudes a talismanic quality.

A rounded disc of rich blue lapis lazuli the size of a fist is set with a deep green emerald. Suspended from a triple chain of diamonds and sapphires, the talisman-like necklace exudes sovereign power. A sapphire, emerald and diamond ring could equally be worn by a man thanks its robust signet-ring shape and simple gem-setting.

The Louis Vuitton Riders of the Knights collection will later be expanded with fifty more pieces, always inspired by the codes of chivalry, coats of arms and medieval architecture.

Come into the wonderful world of Louis Vuitton.

 

 

 

 

Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelet

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Remember the Cavale version of French Maison Hermès’ signature Collier de Chien, and Rivale bracelets? Well, aside from the use of patterned canvas straps as alternatives to its current leather and exotic options, the Parisian luxury brand has unveiled all-new cuffs which now come in wood.

Yes, you’re reading it right. Real wood which comes in two options, Olive Wood (a natural beige finish) paired with palladium-plated hardware, as well as Dyed Pearwood (black) that contrasts perfectly with gold.

Both colours will also come in 2 design variations, the Medor Fine Cuff Bracelet which features two Medor pyramid studs and a ring in the middle, and the Medor Cuff Bracelet that’s much thicker (and also higher and wider), with four Medor pyramid studs likened to the Collier de Chien.

Priced at € 550 and € 650 (USD 650 – USD 770) respectively, you can always stack both designs and wear them for a cool chunky look, considering they cost much less than a leather/exotic version.

And yes, both designs are now available worldwide. The Hermès Wooden Medor Cuff Bracelets are available at Hermès boutiques worldwideand a their website. Come into the wonderful world of Hermès.

 

 

 

 

Prada launches fine jewellery line

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Prada has added to its product portfolio by launching a new fine jewellery line. The Italian luxury fashion house has always featured a costume jewellery range, but has now gone upmarket with its first collection of fine gold pieces, which will be commercialised from May at select Prada boutiques and on the label’s e-shop.

According to a press release, the collection is ‘made in 18-carat gold and diamonds sourced from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2015 to promote responsible practices in metal and gemstone processing from extraction to commercialisation’.

The collection consists of earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces. The design is clean, pared-down, and is distinctive for its ironic vibe. The pieces riff on some of the amusing motifs which popped up in Prada’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections in the last few years, such as bananas, guitars, roses, rabbits and robots. Without of course forgetting the label’s triangular logo, which has pride of place on some of the pieces.

The price range is from €580 for a bracelet to €4000, with many necklaces priced around the €2000-euro mark. Stay tuned to Yakymour for more.

Come into the wonderful world of Prada.