Sail Away

Sapphires and the deep blue sea make for a stun­ning com­bi­na­tion in Gü­be­lin’s Drops of Wa­ter range

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus | Gübelin -

Gü­be­lin has al­ways been in­spired by na­ture. The Swiss brand is par­tic­u­larly moved by the in­di­vid­ual depth and soul of each gem it works with, which is why the com­plex blue hues of the sap­phire are at the heart of the Drops of Wa­ter line. This col­lec­tion came about not only be­cause of a fas­ci­na­tion with the swell and move­ment of the sea but be­cause of the flaw­less sapphires Gü­be­lin has been able to work with.

The line started tak­ing shape when Gü­be­lin gem­mol­o­gists de­cided to cre­ate pieces of jew­ellery based on mi­cropho­tographs of a sap­phire. This tech­nique al­lowed them to en­large the com­plex shapes and colour swirls in­side the ap­atite crys­tal, which they used as in­spi­ra­tion for how they cut the stones. As a re­sult they made oval, drop or half-moon shapes out of sapphires and tan­zan­ites in par­tic­u­lar, as they cap­ture the shades of the ocean so beau­ti­fully, but also ru­bies, emer­alds, vi­o­lets and pink sapphires.

These ex­quis­ite pieces in­clude a white gold ring made with a 3.48-carat oval sap­phire with two pear-shaped sapphires and oval di­a­monds on ei­ther side. An­other high­light is the white gold neck­lace with a pear-shaped Sri Lankan sap­phire and six bril­liant-cut di­a­monds. But our per­sonal favourites are the drop earrings in white gold made with Mada­gas­can sapphires that have such depth, you can’t help but picture the In­dian Ocean is­land they were mined in and the deep blue sea that sur­rounds it.

None of us will ever re­ally un­der­stand the com­plex­i­ties of the oceans that make up twothirds of our planet, but these breath­tak­ing jew­els hon­our their beauty and are a must-have for any­one who dreams of set­ting sail.

DEEP SEA Drop earrings with two pear-shaped sapphires from Mada­gas­car, 4.74 and 3.85cts; ring with 3.48ct oval sap­phire and di­a­monds, both in white gold by Gü­be­lin

FES­TIVE HUES Ring with 2.28ct oval ruby from Mozam­bique and two pear-shaped di­a­monds; drop earrings with two Colom­bian emer­alds to­talling 3.67cts with di­a­monds, both in white gold by Gü­be­lin

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