Opal Op­u­lence

THE BIG­GEST NAMES IN JEW­ELLERY BRING AN IN­TRIGU­ING STONE INTO THE SPOT­LIGHT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Jewellery Radar -

Opals are per­haps one of the most un­der­rated gem­stones out there, but they are as beau­ti­ful as they are fas­ci­nat­ing. Most of the world’s finest opals come from Aus­tralia and Ethiopia. Se­lec­tion is of­ten a per­sonal choice, as there are many vari­a­tions in colour and gra­da­tion. For­tu­nately, the stone has gained the at­ten­tion of jew­ellery brands and de­sign­ers, even head­lin­ing a num­ber of top col­lec­tions this year.

One of the pieces in Louis Vuit­ton’s fifth high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, Acte V, is an art deco-in­spired neck­lace com­pris­ing a gi­gan­tic tri­an­gu­lar 87.92-carat black opal matched with a pear-shaped 16.5-carat tsa­vorite, a rare Burmese sap­phire, and man­darin gar­nets and kite-cut Pan­jshir emer­alds. The line in­cludes bracelets and ear­rings fea­tur­ing the V mo­tif sur­rounded by di­a­monds, a trib­ute to Louis Vuit­ton’s un­mis­tak­able ideogram, which was cre­ated in the 1920s by the founder’s grand­son, Gas­ton-louis.

One of the stun­ning pieces from Boucheron’s Rêves d’ailleurs (Dreams of Else­where) is the In­dian Palace ring, which fea­tures an opal re­flect­ing a spec­trum of light sur­rounded by round di­a­monds.

Chaumet fea­tures the stone in its Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires col­lec­tion, Lu­mières d’eau, which draws in­spi­ra­tion from wa­ter—from the Arc­tic’s eerily beau­ti­ful ice­bergs to the small, in­trigu­ing is­lands of the Pa­cific. A unique bracelet from this line is set with a stun­ning 39.05-carat cabo­chon­cut white opal from Ethiopia, which is sur­rounded with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, oval vi­o­let sap­phires from Sri Lanka and round vi­o­let sap­phires from Mada­gas­car.

Pi­aget has been dab­bling with us­ing gem­stones as di­als for some time and ex­e­cutes this skill su­perbly with opal in the Ex­tremely Pi­aget cuff watch. The piece, which is driven by a Pi­aget 56P quartz move­ment, is en­crusted with an as­tound­ing 1,699 bril­liant-cut white di­a­monds.

RAINBOW CON­NEC­TION Clock­wise from left: Ex­tremely Pi­aget cuff watch; Acte V neck­lace and ear­rings by Louis Vuit­ton; Boucheron In­dian Palace ring; bracelet and ring from Chaumet’s Lu­mières d’eau col­lec­tion

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