OPAL HUNT

There’s no short­age of mag­nif­i­cent stones to choose from this sea­son, writes Em­i­lie Yabut-ra­zon

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

There’s no short­age of th­ese mag­nif­i­cent, colour­ful stones to con­sider this sea­son

Look­ing at an opal is like peer­ing into a pool of colours that shift and glow as if lit from within, an ethereal qual­ity that makes the stone a favourite of jew­ellery de­sign­ers. Opals are vi­brant stars in some of this sea­son’s high jew­ellery col­lec­tions.

Chopard has re­leased a col­lec­tion of six im­pres­sive cock­tail rings called Fleures d’opales. One fea­tures a spec­tac­u­lar 24.3-carat black opal at the cen­tre of a ti­ta­nium lat­tice­work of pe­tals, del­i­cately chis­elled and set with pur­ple sap­phires and amethysts.

Cartier and Pi­aget turned to the Medit­ter­anean for in­spi­ra­tion, with Cartier’s Lagon plat­inum bracelet fea­tur­ing an 85.42-carat oval black opal framed by emer­ald and sap­phire beads, Paraiba tour­ma­lines and di­a­monds. Pi­aget’s Medit­ter­anean Gar­den cuff comes with a 14.82-carat black opal sur­rounded by tour­ma­lines, di­a­monds and emer­alds, all set in tex­tured pink gold.

The Aigue­belle neck­lace by Boucheron is an­other stun­ner, with opal cabo­chons, sap­phires, emer­alds and rock crys­tal beads.

Opals look great com­bined with yel­low gold, as seen in the uniquely shaped High Jew­ellery Gaia ring by Lalique, which fea­tures opal triplets, hematites, di­a­monds, spinels, moth­erof-pearl and lac­quer, and is based on a sketch of a bee­tle with spread wings by René Lalique. The opal dial of the yel­low gold La D de Dior Pré­cieuse time­piece re­flects ev­ery colour of the rain­bow, and each dial is dif­fer­ent.

WA­TER WORLD Clock­wise from far left: Fleurs d’opales ring by Chopard; La D de Dior Pré­cieuse watch by Dior; High Jew­ellery Gaia ring by Lalique; Aigue­belle neck­lace by Boucheron; Lagon bracelet by Cartier; Medit­ter­anean Gar­den cuff by Pi­aget

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