Lab-grown diamonds and 'a garden of stones': Jewels from Paris Haute Couture Week
From Cindy Chao’s sculpture-like butterfly to Chopard’s sparkling array of precious gems, here’s what caught our eye at Paris Haute Couture Week.
Every year in January, A-listers and the fashion jet set descend upon the city of Paris for Haute Couture Week. An indulgent fashion fantasy, Paris Haute Couture Week is an extravaganza of all things fabulous, with top labels presenting elaborate, one-of-a-kind creations to an exclusive crowd.
But the event is more than just a celebration of fashion, it’s also an important date for jewellers to showcase their latest creations. CNA Luxury looks beyond the couture dresses and rounds up the most dazzling jewels that stole the show.
Boucheron revealed eight new reiterations of the Question Mark necklace, an iconic piece created back in the 1870s by Frederic Boucheron. The Question Mark got its name from its striking design, looping around the wearer’s neck with a gap in between the two ends.
The Question Mark’s modern makeover is the brainchild of creative director Claire Choisne. The new collection includes a version with sculptural mother-of-pearl hydrangeas and another with diamond studded peacock feathers. A minimalist yet elegant piece, the Perles Question Mark necklace is designed with a simple line of mother-of-pearl drops, interspersed with bezel-set diamonds.
Chopard took to Paris with “a garden of stones”, displaying a stunning assortment of precious gems assembled by Caroline Scheufele, co-president and artistic director of the house. Precious stones on display included a 21.04 carat unheated sapphire, an unheated pear-shaped pigeon's blood ruby and a series of Colombian emeralds, the largest of which weighs no less than 61.79 carats.
Although the gems will be eventually turned into necklaces, earrings and rings, Chopard displayed only sketches of their final forms, leaving the focus on the natural beauty of the stones.
Cindy Chao has been quietly making waves in the haute joaillerie scene. Since launching her eponymous label 16 years ago, Chao has made history as the first Taiwanese jeweller to enter the Musee des Arts Decoratifs collection after the Parisian museum inducted her 2008 ruby butterfly brooch into its permanent collection.
At Paris Haute Couture Week, the jeweller presented several new pieces from her prestigious Black Label collection. Taking centre stage was the extraordinary Aurora Butterfly Brooch, which features triangular rose-cut diamonds, pigeon’s blood Burmese rubies, and deep-blue sapphires layered with shimmering yellow diamonds.
Swarovski’s Created Diamonds collection was first launched in 2018. At Paris Haute Couture Week, the Austrian jewellery giant debuted a kaleidoscope of 16 new Swarovski Created Diamond colours. The range is the most extensive assortment of hues available on the global market today.
Swarovski’s lab-grown Created Diamonds possess the same chemical composition, hardness, brilliance and fire as natural diamonds. New hues include Androgyny Flamingo (vibrant pink), Gothic Cognac (deep orange), Heavy Metal Cherry (deep red), and Cubist Sky (sky blue).