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December 18, 2017updated May 22, 2020

Garden of Eden: Bold New Floral Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Floral jewelry has long been a source of inspiration for designers, but with changing tastes and a more adventurous aesthetic running through collections, designers are taking more risks by mixing stones and eschewing traditional rules governing proportion and scale. Mismatched earrings, necklaces exploding with life and color, and rings that span multiple fingers are just a few of the ways designers are exploring all of the earth’s bounty. For its collaboration with Rihanna, Chopard features a wild array of stones in its mismatched earrings. One features a red flower and the other a blue butterfly. Each drips with differently cut stones and is finished with pear-shaped stones, including a 4.42-carat aquamarine. In its high jewelry collection, Alta Moda, Dolce & Gabbana’s floral necklace features intricately carved gold brimming with leaves and flowers. A highlight is the 46.65-carat carved coral rose. Anna Hu and Wendy Yue use long rings and brooches to showcase their craftsmanship and creativity. Wendy Yue’s delicate flowers trail across the finger and Anna Hu’s delicate birds appear poised to take flight from a flowering white gold branch. From Dior’s Versailles collection, these garden earrings are a veritable cornucopia of flowers, with different colored stones and pearls creating both the center and the petals.

Chopard Rihanna Loves Chopard earrings in 18K white gold and titanium with 4.42-carat aquamarine, 10.58 carats pastel yellow sapphires, 8.07 carats rubellite, 4.80 carats rubies, 12.58 carats tsavorite, .82 carats topaz, 4.41 carats beryl, 13.48 carats sapphires, 2.72 carats of paraíba, 22.47 carats pastel pink sapphires, .30 carats of lazulite, 3.45 carats of amethyst and .03 carats diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, +1 800 246 7273,

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda floral necklace in 18K yellow gold with 22.26 carats mixed-color sapphires, 5.02-carat pink-violet tourmaline, 3.11-carat spinel, 2.11 carats blue zircon, 2.04-carat green tourmaline, 16.06 carats pink tourmaline, 1.95 carats garnet, 3.37 carats rubies, 1.34 carats tanzanite, 1.59 carats emeralds, 5.92 carats diamonds, 46.65-carat Cerasuolo coral rose, 39.31 carats South Sea pearls and enamel, price on request, available by appointment, +1 877 703 4872,

Anna Hu brooch in in 18K white gold with 1 South Sea pearl, 3.44 carats pink sapphire, 2.87 carats blue sapphire, 1.11 carats green tourmaline, 3.00 carats moonstone, 14.74 carats colored sapphires, 1.27 carats diamonds, price on request, available by appointment, contact Gina Wu, business operations manager,,

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Wendy Yue flower ring in 18K rose gold with 1.25 carats rubellite, .91 carats tsavorites, .28 carats pink sapphire, .54 carats white sapphire, 1.44 carats blue sapphire, $6,500, available at Neiman Marcus Downtown in Dallas, +1 214 741 6911,

Dior Versailles Cote Jardins Guirlande de Fleurs Diamant earrings in 18K yellow and 18K white gold with diamonds, mandarin garnet, emeralds, cultured pearls, pink sapphires, tourmalines, pink spinel, red spinel, sapphires, turquoise, fire opals, hauynes, tsavorite, spessartite garnet, amethyst, ruby and yellow diamond, price on request, available by appointment, +1 800 929 3467,

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