From classic princess cuts to pink, yellow and heartshaped diamonds, perhaps the most romantic jewellery house for a bride is Graff Diamonds. “Graff is known for the most fabulous jewels in the world, incredible one-of-a-kind treasures that no one else will have. Our clients come to us when they want the very best, a precious jewel that will hold its value and beauty, and truly impress,” says Laurence Graff, the chairman of Graff Diamonds.
Traditionally, a jeweller simply fits a stone into a standard-sized mount, but at Graff, settings are handmade to fit each individual gem. “Our diamond engagement rings also rely on this stoneled cra smanship, meaning each ring is cra ed by hand to cradle each diamond’s unique silhouette,” says Graff. “Our minimal platinum settings allow the beauty and brilliance of each diamond to shine through. Master ring mounters ensure a stone is placed into its platinum mount so light can pass through it, amplifying the brilliance of its natural luminescence.”
But a bride who really wants to make a statement might ask Graff to do her hair – last year, to mark his 60th anniversary in the business, he created a $500,000 (Dh1.84m) hairdo using some of his most famous pieces as ornaments.
If you want to feel like a princess on your big day, it has to be Chopard, the Swiss watch and jewellery company that supplied jewellery to Elizabeth Hurley for her $2.5 million (Dh9.2m) fairy-tale wedding to Arun Nayar in 2007.
Chopard regularly channels a royal aesthetic, having been the official jeweller for last year’s film Diana, in which Naomi Watts played Diana, Princess of Wales. The pieces seen on screen included sapphire and diamond earrings that matched the princess’s famous engagement ring, now adorning the finger of the Duchess of Cambridge.
In 2012, Chopard also produced an Haute Joaillerie collection inspired by Disney princesses, including a ruby Snow White apple ring and a floral Cinderella headpiece. This year’s bridal collection includes an exquisite pair of flower-shaped earrings and an 18K white gold and diamond watch. With this much sparkle on her wrist, there’s no way the bride will be late.
PRINCESS CHARMING The Cinderella tiara and matching earrings from Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie collection. Below, this peach, gold and ivory invitation from Design by Louma will make a lasting first impression. designed by Louma Bardawil