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April 19, 2023

Artistic High Jewelry Inspired by Adventurous Thinking

Whether inspired by architecture, nature or culture, these jewelry pieces reflect modern day art.

By Roberta Naas

It is said that the only limitation on jewelry design is the imagination. One look at today’s high jewelry reflects that, as top brands are pulling out all the stops and combining unusual blends of gemstones, metals and motifs for jewels that can take you on a journey around the world and beyond. Whether inspired by architecture, nature or culture, these jewelry pieces reflect modern day art, sophisticated technique and adventurous thinking.

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Roberto Coin

Love in Verona Rainbow Disc ring / ©Roberto Coin

Inspired by his home country of Italy, Roberto Coin regularly releases intriguing jewels that deftly reflect nature and architecture at their best. This 18-karat rose gold Love in Verona Rainbow Disc ring brings together mother-of-pearl, diamonds and sapphires for a delightful appeal — especially since it rotates. The outer disc of the ring consists of 0.75 carats of different-colored sapphires and 0.25 carats of green tsavorites to create a rainbow effect. Four diamonds weighing 0.17 carats form petals for a floral motif that rotates around the ring.

Price: $6,500

Cartier

Apatura necklace by Cartier / ©Cartier

The house of Cartier never disappoints. With its Beautés du Monde high jewelry collection, the brand demonstrates its technical prowess and craftsmanship using diamonds, color and architecture. This Apatura necklace is a convertible piece wherein the drop can be removed to become a separate brooch. Crafted in platinum, the necklace features three cabochon-cut opals totaling 21.86 carats and a 2.58-carat cushion-shaped orange sapphire for bold brilliance. More than 300 baguette-cut colored sapphires and sapphire beads and 239 brilliant-cut diamonds — all weighing more than 73 carats — grace the necklace.

Price upon request

De Beers Jewellers

The Alchemist of Light by De Beers / ©De Beers

A leader in diamond excellence, De Beers is known for sourcing exceptional diamonds that are exquisitely cut and polished, and set into scintillating designs. This ring is no exception. Part of its The Alchemist of Light high jewelry collection, the Ascending Shadows Light Green cocktail ring focuses on using stepped surfaces to play with light and shade. The double-finger ring shank is crafted in 18-karat white gold and features an outer stepped motif made of green anodized titanium and coated aluminum. The green fans around rows of white diamonds, with three prong-set marquis diamonds in the center — juxtaposed with a 1.11 carat Asscher-cut fancy orange/brown diamond and a 1.11-carat radiant-cut fancy yellow green diamond. In total: 6.39 carats.

Price: $160,000

Chanel

The Soleil Dore earrings / ©Chanel

From the high jewelry collection by Chanel, these stunning white-and-yellow diamond earrings are a wonderful reflection of nature’s geometry, all masterfully crafted and gem set. The Soleil Dore earrings are set in 18-karat yellow gold using a combination of diamond settings, including six round colorless diamonds in bezel settings. At the tip of the center and longest sunray dangles an oval-cut diamond on each earring weighing anywhere from 1.55 to 1.6 carats each (carat weights vary on each pair of earrings).

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Birks

Dare to Dream ring / ©Birks

Birks has roots in Montreal and regularly draws its inspiration from surrounding nature and its rich history. This architecturally intricate tricolor gold ring is part of the brand’s Dare to Dream collection, which takes inspiration from the geometric patterns on the ceiling of the first store Henry Birks opened in 1879. The ring consists of a band of white gold on one side and rose gold on the other. Between them is a row of diamonds (totaling 1.00 carats) and an open-worked labyrinth motif in yellow gold — all yielding an adventurous story of depth, openness and beauty.

Price: $9,000, available at Maison Birks, Montreal

Graff

Graff bracelet
The stunning butterfly bracelet from House of Graff / ©Graff

London-based House of Graff considers itself an “interpreter of secrets” in that it can take an exquisite diamond and bring out the best of the stone. While this Princess Butterfly watch is technically a watch and not a piece of jewelry, Graff master artisans — and most high-jewelry lovers — would beg to differ. The stunning butterfly bracelet is set with 942 pink and white diamonds weighing 16.18 carats. The ultimate statement of femininity, the butterfly wings part at the center to reveal a pink mother-of-pearl watch dial surrounded by diamonds.

Price upon request

Mikimoto

Jardin Mystérieux Conch Pendant necklace / ©Mikimoto

From the legendary pearl house of Mikimoto, this Jardin Mystérieux Conch Pendant necklace is all about indulging in fantasy. The romantic necklace is crafted in 18-karat white gold and forms a diamond-set pendant with diamond tassels. Atop the pendant is an exotic green vine made of green diamonds that culminates in a flower bud created using the incredibly rare conch pearl (0.61 carats). In addition to the rare green diamonds, the pendant is set with 3.28 carats of diamonds (109 diamonds) and 2.41 carats (29 stones) of garnets.

Price upon request

Assael

South Sea pearls / Assael

From Assael, these Turquoise and Golden South Sea Cultured Pearl earrings are part of the brand’s Modernist collection and boast jewels from around the world. Creative and daring, the earrings are crafted in 18-karat gold, and each is set with three gold South Sea pearls measuring between 9.0 and 12.0 mm in diameter. The two turquoise half-moons on each earring (for a total of four pieces) are from the Sonoran desert in Mexico and weigh a total of 28 carats.

Price: $14,000, available at Neiman Marcus

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