Louis Vuit­ton’s lat­est high jew­ellery col­lec­tion, Ré­galia, com­bines the house’s leg­endary artistry and crafts­man­ship with re­gal panache, Cherry Lai writes

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Since Louis Vuit­ton an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Francesca Am­fithe­atrof as artis­tic di­rec­tor for jew­ellery and watches in April, gem con­nois­seurs have been on the edge of their seats wait­ing to see what the pi­o­neer­ing de­signer, whose CV lists some of the most es­teemed lux­ury brands, had up her sleeve.

The wait is over—and what a de­but. Ré­galia, the lat­est in­stal­ment in Louis Vuit­ton’s Con­quêtes high jew­ellery se­ries, pays homage to clas­sic symbols of royal power—think cer­e­mo­nial em­blems such as coats of arms, chival­ric and dy­nas­tic symbols and or­na­ments, lau­rel wreaths and fleurs-de-lys. Its 60 ex­tra­or­di­nary pieces—it is one of the house’s largest high jew­ellery col­lec­tions—will give the wearer a sense of sovereignty and power that, in Louis Vuit­ton’s words, “comes nat­u­rally to women.”

As with pre­vi­ous in­stal­ments in the Con­quêtes se­ries, the stars of the show are the rare and ex­cep­tional gem­stones, a hall­mark of Louis Vuit­ton high jew­ellery, that the house has painstak­ingly sourced for the col­lec­tion. In Ré­galia, pieces are con­structed around mag­nif­i­cently coloured cen­tral stones that stand out from the sur­round­ing di­a­monds and de­mand one’s full at­ten­tion. A 34.74-carat Paraiba tour­ma­line, for ex­am­ple, makes a stun­ning im­pres­sion, as do a lus­cious rasp­berry-hued spinel, strik­ing yel­low and blue sap­phires, an un­usual 19.97-carat tsa­vorite with daz­zling shades of mint green, and a laven­der blue sap­phire. They all glow with re­gal glamour.

Ex­cep­tional gem­stones can never shine their bright­est with­out imag­i­na­tive de­signs, and it is here that the lux­ury house’s breadth of artistry comes to the fore. With in­flu­ences from the art deco era, Ré­galia’s

de­sign aes­thetic is well-struc­tured, sleek and geo­met­ric with an avant-garde sensibility. A de­sign fea­ture fre­quently em­ployed by Louis Vuit­ton, where the cen­tral stone sits not in the cen­tre of the piece but asym­met­ri­cally, fig­ures promi­nently across the col­lec­tion.

The house’s sig­na­ture splen­dour also gets a dose of mod­ern savoir faire, with a new graphic de­sign un­veiled in this col­lec­tion that mas­ter­fully mar­ries two of the house’s most fa­mous mo­tifs: the V-shaped mono­gram and the flower. The re­sult is a se­ries of orig­i­nal in­ter­weav­ing shapes re­sem­bling a qua­tre­foil or a coat of arms adorned with a mul­ti­tude of exquisite di­a­monds and gems.

Its su­perb aes­thet­ics com­bined with Louis Vuit­ton’s renowned crafts­man­ship—each piece is metic­u­lously cre­ated at its high jew­ellery ate­lier in Paris—mean the Ré­galia col­lec­tion is truly wor­thy of its no­ble ref­er­ences.


AT­TEN­TION TO DE­TAIL Each piece from Louis Vuit­ton’s high jew­ellery col­lec­tions is crafted in the mai­son’s ate­lier in Paris

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