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The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021

From decadent diamonds to Art-Deco inspired pieces, these are the new haute jewellery pieces to covet

As the catwalk shows at Haute Couture Week took place behind closed doors in Paris, or were replaced by dreamy, escapist films, the city’s prestigious jewellery maisons unveiled their latest haute joaillerie creations. Some high jewellery collections had been delayed from last July’s showcase, while others were created during lockdown. In both cases, clients and fans welcomed a sparkling dose of beauty and craft virtuosity: salve for the soul in this greyest of winters. 

Chanel
Escale a Venise
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Constellation Astrale necklace in white gold, yellow gold, diamonds, yellow sapphires and lapis lazuli

Gabrielle Chanel escaped, broken-hearted, to Venice following the death of her lover Arthur “Boy” Capel in 1920, and the city’s art and architecture became an enduring source of inspiration. The Escale a Venise collection explores La Sérénissime in exquisitely precious form: from the façade of the Doge’s Palace to the winged lion atop Saint Mark’s Basilica, a creature that became Chanel’s talisman. House motifs such as the camellia flower appear alongside playful pieces like the diamond boater’s hat ring, topped with a red-enamel ribbon.

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The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Ruban Canotier ring in white gold, pink gold, diamonds, red and black lacquer
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Lion Emblématique earrings in yellow gold, platinum, diamonds and yellow sapphires
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Volute Croisière ring in white gold, yellow gold, diamonds, sapphire and onyx
Boucheron
A History of Style: Art Deco
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Lavalliäre Diamants necklace

A palette of white diamonds, verdant emeralds and black onyx formed the basis of Boucheron’s Art Deco-inspired high jewellery collection. While the house scoured the archive for inspiration, the results are magnificently modern. A chunky signet ring is worn by a male model, as is a diamond bow that transforms from ring to brooch or bow tie. Necklaces and earrings showcase the sharp geometry so redolent of the roaring ‘20s, while a sautoir of emerald beads is worthy of a modern-day Maharaja.

boucheron.com

The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Chevalière Emeraude ring
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Lavallière Diamants pendant earrings
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Noeud Diamants ring
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De Beers
Reflections of Nature
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Reflections of Nature by De Beers Motlatse Marvel medallion
and bracelet and DB Classic round brilliant diamond stud earrings and ring

De Beers’ mission is to inspire consumers about the diversity of diamonds and their origins. Its Reflections of Nature collection juxtaposes rough and polished diamonds in myriad shapes, sizes and colours. Five suites are inspired by the landscapes of diamond-producing countries: from Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Namib Desert. Rough diamonds are spectacle-set to showcase their organic forms, in contrast to orderly polished stones. Most mesmerising are the coloured diamonds in hues from khaki green to sunset mauve: a celebration of nature’s bounty.

debeers.co.uk

The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Motlatse Marvel medallion
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Okavango Grace climber earrings
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Namib Wonder climber earrings
Van Cleef & Arpels
Sous Les Etoiles
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Sous les étoiles, Céphéide necklace and earings

A yellow diamond comet ricocheting around the neck, a 69-carat cabochon sapphire at the centre of a diamond galaxy, luminous chalcedony glowing like a pulsating star: Van Cleef & Arpels looked to the skies for its 120-piece Sous Les Etoiles collection, taking inspiration from poetic interpretations of the cosmos throughout history. A riot of colour and creativity, it showcases exceptional gemstones alongside expert craftsmanship, with mystery-set rubies and sapphires alongside custom-cut lapis lazuli, dotted with diamonds to recreate a midnight sky.

vancleefandarpels.com

The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Planétarium coloured sapphires watch
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Arche solaire bracelet
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Sentier d'toiles bracelet
David Morris
Renaissance
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Rubia necklace crafted with 380ct Burmese rubies and 63ct square, oval, pear and round cut white diamonds, set in 18ct white gold

David Morris embraced our increasingly virtual lifestyle by launching its Renaissance high jewellery collection in collaboration with Farfetch.com. Pieces including a showstopping 16ct Paraiba tourmaline cocktail ring and a necklace featuring 380cts of Burmese ruby beads were available to buy online in a high-jewellery first. Despite the cutting-edge launch, the designs were inspired by historic treasures, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to antique jewellery. Old-mine stones and natural pearls feature alongside ultra-rare coloured gemstones, each piece handcrafted in the house’s London workshop.

davidmorris.co.uk

The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Two Seas necklace with natural pearls, pink and white diamonds
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Aura ring with black opal, diamonds and blue lapis in white gold
The stand-out high jewellery collections at Paris Couture Week Spring-Summer 2021
Rubia necklace in white gold with Burmese rubies and diamonds
Main image: David Morris
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