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October 14, 2012

A White Diamond Winter, Part 1

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Swan Lake Red Carpet bracelet by De BeersScroll necklace by Graff / Secrets et Merveilles earrings by CartierSecret d’Orient brooch by Chanel / Les Ardentes ring by Louis VuittonHong Kong, China—Reported by Divia Harilela for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Nothing screams luxury more loudly than diamonds. Both classic and elegant, white diamonds have long been treasured for their intrinsic beauty and value. For fall, these timeless gems have been given a modern update with artistic designs, contrasting materials and cutting-edge settings.

The fluid movements of a ballerina are recreated in De Beers’s Swan Lake Red Carpet collection. Sweeping lines cross to form this unique rhodium-plated white gold bracelet. Fancy-cut diamonds totalling 41.28 carats are set in half bezels to create a look of lightness ($450,000).

Inspired by classic Chinese scroll paintings, Graff’s Scroll necklace evokes a sense of Old World glamour. It features various diamond shapes ranging from traditional round to pear, with a heart shape taking pride of place as the central stone in some designs. Elaborate swirls create a sophisticated look (price available upon request).

Cartier’s new Secrets et Merveilles high jewelry collection celebrates diamonds in all their glory with styles fit for a queen. The elaborate pendant earrings are made from platinum and come to life with shapes ranging from modern cushion cuts to pear, baguette, square and brilliant-cut diamonds (price available upon request).

Coco Chanel’s trip to Venice in the 1920s is the starting point for the new Secret d’Orient collection by Chanel. Referencing the Byzantine style, her signature camellia is transformed into an exotic diamond brooch with a pearl at its center. The brooch, part of a traveling collection, debuts in Hong Kong in October (price available upon request).

When Louis Vuitton launched its high jewelry line in 2008, the brand chartered new ground with its own exclusive diamond cuts. The flower cut, based on the house’s iconic monogram print, is the focus of its Les Ardentes ring, which features a 1.5-carat diamond surrounded by 152 brilliant diamonds totalling 1.3 carats (price available upon request).

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