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Jewelry: Tropical Treasures

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

Nature and its fragile ecosystem has been top of the news and top of designers’ minds lately. Beautiful, artistic odes to far-flung destinations and exotic animals are seen throughout the fashion and jewelry worlds. Our favorite tropical pieces incorporate a bit of whimsy. Bulgari’s high jewelry collection celebrates the Italian countryside with carved rubellite, amethyst and aquamarine. From the Granville collection, honoring Mr Dior’s beautiful garden, a stunning 11.47-carat green tourmaline shines in the center of a ring that calls to mind the bounty of the earth. At Tiffany & Co, its Blue Book pieces are the pinnacle of its creativity and craftsmanship.

For the Art of the Wild, the collection visits the jungle, here represented by a stunning 35.90-carat green tourmaline with diamond branches gently climbing up it. De Grisogono, Lydia Courteille and Wendy Yue all took inspiration from tropical birds. A cheeky flamingo and parrots are exquisitely wrought in precious metals, fancy-colored diamonds, colored sapphires and a rainbow of other precious gemstones. The detail is incredible, from the changing colors to represent the feathers from Lydia Courteille, to the impeccable setting at De Grisogono andWendy Yue.