From everyday pieces to heirloom-worthy baubles, these chokers and collars are guaranteed to bestow grace and style to the wearer.
Prowling the maison since 1914 when her spots were first sighted on a watch, the emblematic Panthère de Cartier has been reinvented in various naturalist, sculptural and graphic interpretations. The challenge is always to give her life and movement, which requires inventive design and true craftsmanship. It is achieved exquisitely here as the Panthère is perched gracefully on a double-strand diamond choker, with her emerald eyes transfixed on the terrain below for her next prey. Set in white gold with a beautiful coat comprising onyx and dazzling diamonds, the slinky cat can be detached to be worn as a brooch as well.
Laurence Graff’s journeys to the Far East continue to resonate today in creations that allude to the wonders he encountered. A favourite of his was the peony, also aptly referred to as “most beautiful” in Chinese. The romantic bloom is honoured in this unique open choker from the Peony Collection. Set in white gold, it is adorned with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of 54 carats. The layered petals form a captivating abstract motif that wraps around the neck sensuously, ending with a graceful cluster of five pear- shaped diamonds that draw the eyes to the décolletage.
Harry Winston’s iconic wreath choker is reimagined in spring’s vivid hues for this brilliant creation from the house’s latest High Jewelry collection. The stunning, one- of-a-kind Winston in Bloom Wreath Necklace, set in yellow gold and platinum, is adorned with a cornucopia of precious and semi-precious stones. You will find a selection of 132 gems, including aquamarines, diamonds, sapphires, peridots and rubellites, totalling a whopping 92.33 carats. Their faceted beauty is a scintillating accompaniment to 24 oval amethyst cabochons weighing 59.57 carats.
Tiffany & Co.
The recently launched Tiffany T1 collection reimagines the Tiffany T line by building on a pioneering motif that has been featured in the brand’s jewellery designs since the 1980s – the iconic “T”. Meant to be worn every day as a celebration of self, it is designed for the independent woman who always has a point of view. In line with the collection’s clean, graphic lines showcasing elegantly angular and feminine proportions is the all-new Tiffany T1 diamond necklace in 18k rose gold. Traced with baguette diamonds totalling 10.54 carats on one half of the high jewellery piece and round diamonds weighing 3.46 carats on the other half, it wraps around the wearer’s neck in an unbroken circle to represent the indomitable spirit and perpetual power that lie within.
Bvlgari collaborated with Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the ruling United Arab Emirates royal family for its latest high jewellery collection, Jannah. Meaning “paradise” in Arabic, the project embodies Bvlgari and Her Highness’ love for life and devotion to heritage. The collection revolves around a five-petalled floral motif that adorns the Carrara marble ceilings and architecture of the Grand Mosque. It features a total of 37 creations, including two jewellery watches, with nine items eventually becoming part of Her Highness’ private collection. One of the pieces is this breathtaking Jannah High Jewellery necklace set in white gold, adorned with the statement blooms showcasing mother-of-pearl petals and turquoise cabochons for its pistils, a fringe of 11 teardrop- shaped turquoise stones and pavé diamonds.
With the tentative postponement of the 73rd Cannes International Film Festival, which is the annual premiere for Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection, we take a fond look back at the maison’s mesmerising 2019 edition. A celebration of colour and daring shapes with rich poetic references, the 72-piece magnum opus elegantly conveys the message of its theme, love, which quite aptly sums up what the world needs right now. Among them is this captivating choker that resembles an intricate lace collar on an haute couture creation. Embellished with 216 royal blue sapphires weighing 101.32 carats, 72 marquise-cut diamonds totalling 18.35 carats and 432 diamonds with a total weight of 39.4 carats, it indeed gives splendid life to the theme.
Gabrielle Chanel was so drawn to tweed that she was the first fashion designer to adapt the menswear fabric to the designs she created for women. Since then, the woollen cloth has become synonymous with the maison and its first dedicated jewellery line, Tweed de Chanel, cements that relationship. This visually stunning Tweed Couture necklace flaunts a flawless 10-carat cushion-cut diamond in the centre alongside pearls, sapphires and spinels in yellow gold and platinum. Employing jewellery-making techniques developed in-house to express the fabric’s unique characteristics, master craftsmen also deftly work suppleness and wearer comfort into the necklace structure. The setting has also been pared down to the extreme to make the choker soft to the touch, like the actual fabric.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Nature is one of the beloved themes of Van Cleef & Arpels, as evidenced in many of the maison’s jewellery collections. Mainly represented by delicate floral motifs in varying iterations, the French jeweller incorporates exceptional stones and jewellery-making techniques to interpret their poetic nature. Take for instance this elegant yet spontaneous collar from the Folie des Prés collection, which pays tribute to wild and enchanting nature with a delicate garland of colourful wild blooms. Adorned with 127 rubies weighing 23.64 carats and 103 diamonds totalling 6.9 carats, the piece, set in pretty rose gold, exudes a certain joie de vivre with its unexpected undulating design.
Illustrations: Niwat/Raw Pixel
Art direction: Aaron Lee