Chanel’s latest high jewelry collection, Contrastes,
plays on juxtapositions in color, shape, and design.
Created with Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in mind, the
designs embrace her favorite motifs, such as her
famous use of black and white. The Perles de Rosée
necklace employs round forms to create a circular
design, with white diamonds, black and gray spinels,
moonstones, and pearls that create a dramatic
degrade affect. The exclusive, elusive piece travels
between Paris and other Chanel venues for special
occasions, making appearances in New York on
Madison Avenue upon request.
Perles de Rosée necklace, Chanel Fine Jewelry (price on
request). 733 Madison Ave., 212-535-5828
Dior’s Sultane ring is a one-of-a-kind piece designed
under creative director Victoire de Castellane. Part of the
Harem collection, the ring was created as a tribute to
Angelique and the Sultan, a French film of the 1960s starring
Michele Mercier. The cabochon-cut aquamarine, offset
by the circular motif set in diamonds and white gold,
exemplifies the collection while representing the jewels
offered by the sultan to his favorite.
The Ralph Lauren women’s flagship on Madison
Avenue is the sole purveyor of Ralph Lauren Fine
Jewelry, which launched in 2010. The exclusive
collection, while limited, reflects the designer’s
signature styles with equestrian, modern Art Deco,
and classic chunky chain-link pieces. The diamond
link bracelet, fit for an American heiress, evokes
timeless American fashion at its finest.
Gucci celebrates 40 years of watchmaking this year,
and for the Italian luxury label, fine jewelry and
watches go hand in hand, both in history and in
design. The horse bit, one of the house’s most memorable
motifs, was reimagined in beryl and diamond
earrings, one of the most rare pieces in the current
collection. The showstopping pair totals 18 carats
among the two beryls and 96 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The longtime chairman and artistic director of
Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, created Nausicaa, a
masterpiece of white gold and diamonds with smoky
quartz, which became an instant classic in the 1970s.
The refined families of the era immediately took
note of the bracelet’s snaffle-bit design, cabochon
clasped between its rings. Nausicaa’s name may have
been inspired by the ocean, but it is crafted for an
audience able to appreciate both the subtlety and
splendor of its design.
Nausicaa Clou d’H bracelet, Hermès($49,900). 691
Madison Ave., 212-751-3181
This season marks 15 years of New York designer
Marc Jacobs at the helm of French fashion maison
Louis Vuitton. While an exhibit at Les Arts
Décoratifs Museum in Paris and an accompanying
tome commemorate this milestone in the
grandest manner, Marc Jacobs looked toward the
charm bracelet for a more intimate (though
equally spectacular) approach. The pre-fall fine
jewelry collection recalls a charm bracelet Jacobs
created for the house in 2001. In this series,
artistic director of fine jewelry Lorenz Bäumer
was inspired by the famous French designer
Charlotte Perriand as well as classic motifs from
the maison, such as the monogram and militaristic,
modernist chain motifs.
Pre-fall bracelet, Louis Vuitton (price on request).
1 E. 57th St., 212-758-8877