Marine de­lights

Jew­ellers have be­come fas­ci­nated with the ocean’s depths, cre­at­ing a sparkling haul of colour­ful, sea-inspired de­signs

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Jew­ellers plumb the depths of the ocean for a sparkling haul of sea-inspired de­signs

Starfish, whales and Si­amese fight­ing fish are just a few of the many pretty be­jew­elled sea crea­tures float­ing into the scene this sum­mer. The in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of coloured gem­stones such as aqua­marines, Paraiba tour­ma­lines and man­darin gar­nets pro­vides de­sign­ers with a bril­liant pal­ette with which to in­ter­pret un­der­wa­ter life. Van Cleef & Ar­pels’ high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, The Ex­tra­or­di­nary Voy­ages, is inspired by the Jules Verne clas­sic Twenty Thou­sand Leagues Un­der the Sea. The col­lec­tion cel­e­brates Verne’s un­der­wa­ter mar­vels with such pieces as the Thenaria neck­lace, whose cen­tre­piece is a cush­ion­cut aqua­ma­rine sur­rounded by di­a­monds, pink spinels and more aqua­marines in gra­dat­ing colours. It also in­cludes the Baleine Bleue clip, whose round white and grey di­a­monds, sap­phires and white mother-of-pearl form a blue whale. A mech­a­nism at the bot­tom of the brooch al­lows a stream of diamond bub­bles to ap­pear from the whale’s blow­hole.

Cal­i­for­nia-based de­signer Martin Katz uses Paraiba tour­ma­lines, tsa­vorite, di­a­monds and a large South Sea pearl in a starfish brooch set in an­tiqued ster­ling sil­ver and 18K gold, mi­croset with 214 round di­a­monds. At Dior Joail­lerie, cre­ative di­rec­tor Vic­toire de Castel­lane con­tin­ues to de­sign fan­tas­ti­cal sea crea­tures. The Cof­fret de Vic­toire Tortue ring fea­tures an Ethiopian opal form­ing a tor­toise’s shell with spes­sar­tite gar­nets for the head, arms and legs, adorned with emer­alds and di­a­monds. A colour­ful pair of ear­rings, the Cof­fret de Vic­toire Poissons Com­bat­tants (Si­amese fight­ing fish), fea­ture two fish at­tached to teardrop­shaped peri­dots, one in a com­bi­na­tion of or­ange and yel­low sap­phires with black and red spinels, and the other in a mix of pur­ple sap­phires and black spinels.

AQUATIC AL­LURE From top: Thenaria neck­lace by Van Cleef & Ar­pels; starfish brooch by Martin Katz; Cof­fret de Vic­toire Tortue ring and Cof­fret de Vic­toire Poissons Com­bat­tants ear­rings by Dior Joail­lerie; Baleine Blue clip by Van Cleef & Ar­pels

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