Lace It Up

THERE’S SOME­THING ABOUT LACE THAT IN­STANTLY ADDS A TOUCH OF DEL­I­CATE CHARM AND DRA­MATIC FLAIR TO YOUR WARDROBE

Hong Kong Tatler - - Jewellery -

Like a spi­der spin­ning an ev­er­widen­ing web, lace has been weav­ing its way into the world of fine jew­ellery, with pieces fea­tur­ing open­work, fil­i­gree or lace-like pat­terns cre­ated with di­a­monds or etched in mother-of-pearl. With an in­tri­cate con­struc­tion ac­cen­tu­ated by pre­cisely po­si­tioned di­a­monds, each piece crowned with a cen­tral starflower sur­rounded by mul­ti­ple drops of flo­ral mo­tifs, Graff ’s Bo­hemia neck­lace is a per­fect ex­am­ple of di­a­mond lace. The beau­ti­ful piece is set with 52.91 carats of multi-cut bril­liants.

Us­ing the tulle tech­nique, one of the most com­plex in high jew­ellery, Ital­ian jew­ellery Buc­cel­lati has cre­ated the Or­nato col­lec­tion, which in­cludes pen­dant ear­rings and rings. It takes nearly a month for the gold­smith to bore a gold plate of half a mil­lime­tre by hand and shape mi­nus­cule hexag­o­nal cells in­side it to form the in­tri­cate hon­ey­comb pat­tern that the jeweller is known for. Buc­cel­lati also uses a tech­nique known as stile fiorentino to cre­ate the Re­nais­sance-in­spired Rombi Eter­nelle two-toned ring of white and yel­low gold.

Chaumet has re­leased four pre­cious watches un­der the Horten­sia range. In yel­low or white gold, the di­als are adorned with mother-of-pearl mar­quetry—al­ter­nat­ing squares of guil­loche river­wa­ter white mother-of-pearl and of sea­wa­ter white and gold mother-of-pearl, cut and en­graved with the hy­drangea flow­ers pat­tern.

The Chaumet Horten­sia watch (above) comes in 31mm with a bezel set with 55 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, an­i­mated with slen­der open­work hands, pow­ered by a Swiss quartz move­ment and matched with a satin bracelet in beige.

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