Gorgeous Lalique Jewelry
December 07, 2011 | by —amanda weiner | Style & Beauty
French glassmaker René Lalique is remembered as one of the premier masters of the medium, but he was first and foremost a jeweler. Drawing on the fascination with Eastern art at the turn of the 19th century, Lalique took inspiration from nature and the landscapes around him, carving entire relief scenes into glass and creating painted, wearable sculptures of enamel and mother-of-pearl. A major contributor to the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, Lalique created pieces both naturalistic and symbolic, drawing upon the iconography of the time that lauded both nature and the female form. Today some of his pieces are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While such distinctive style has remained central to Lalique, this season marks a return to the house’s focus on fine jewelry, with a new collection arriving in stores in time for the holidays. Eau Sensuelle presents a contemporary interpretation of the René Lalique style with water as the inspiration for spherical-cut crystals and sparkling cognac diamonds.
The fine jewelry collection will be sold exclusively in Lalique stores around the globe, with select one-of-akind pieces debuting at Basel in the spring. Until then, these classic gold bands accented with amber crystal and champagne diamonds are perfectly celebratory for the season—timeless treasures to cherish from a landmark debut collection. Petillante rings in yellow gold, amber crystal, champagne pavé diamonds, and pavé cabachons, Lalique ($2,340–$5,840). 609 Madison Ave., 212-355-6500
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN KLUTCH