The Best Jewelry Designs From Baselworld 2015
There was no shortage of exceptional jewelry on display at Baselworld 2015. From nuanced variations to bold statements many of the pieces reflect outstanding design, craftsmanship and use of materials.
Fabergé Secret Garden Necklace
Candy-colored gems mixed with carved hardstone, enamel and gold.
Among the brands that brought it’s “A Game” to Baselworld this year was Fabergé. I already featured its Pearl Egg but the company exhibited several high jewelry collections reminiscent of the Fabergé of old, including a candy-colored collection of jewels called “Secret Garden.” Natalia Shugaeva, Fabergé’s head designer, said she wanted to create a collection of jewels that are opulent and refined. She succeeded.
De Grisogono High Jewelry Necklace
One-of-a-kind necklace in 18k white and rose gold 12 briolette-cut emeralds (approximately 89.63 cts.), 19 round-cut rubies (approximately 12.66 cts.), 29 marquise-cut white diamonds (approximately 11.01 cts.), 1,366 emeralds (approx. 60.20 ct s ) and 2603 whi te diamonds (approximately 137.54 cts.)
The word most commonly used to describe the work of Fawaz Gruosi and his high jewelry brand, De Grisogono, is “crazy.” It is meant in the best possible sense. His singular creative designs have won the brand fame throughout the world and this year at Baselworld there were several ultra-imaginative masterpieces on displays. It’s almost become typical to expect the wonderfully unexpected from De Grisogono.
Chopard Paraíba Tourmaline Ring
From the High Jewelry Collection featuring a 41.57-carat oval shaped paraíba tourmaline from Mozambique and 8.8 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold
Chopard unveiled its High Jewelry Collection at Baselworld and even among the selection of jewelry destined for Red Carpet events one piece stood out. An ocean blue ring featuring a 41.57-carat oval shaped paraíba tourmaline from Mozambique and 8.8-carats of diamonds set in a lace-work of 18k white gold.
Georg Jensen Dew Drop Neck Ring and Pendant
18k gold and rubies inspired by Vivianna Torun
Georg Jensen and its managing director of jewelry, Meeling Wong, created several collections of refined jewelry that reinterpret the traditional designs of the famed silversmith brand. Among the items that stood out was a collection of pieces in collaboration with colored gemstone mining company, Gemfields.
You can’t have a best of jewelry collection without including the Italians. Pasquale Bruni introduced a number of colorful items led by Fiori in Fiore, featuring diamonds mixed with pink sapphires and morganite. Roberto Coin made a statement with its steely-eyed Falco ring and bracelet. Meanwhile, Antonini, introduced a number of new collections with what it calls “natural” white gold, which is more like white mixed with grey or yellow. It is used in a matte finished. Meanwhile more traditional rhodium-finished white and black gold is creatively used as a background for rough-textured pavé settings.
Roberto Coin Falco Bracelet
18k rose gold set with with white, brown and black diamonds
Antonini Extraordinaire Ring
Natural white gold ring with a Matte finish set with a rough pave and a combination of white and blue gems of different shades
Brumani Panaché Earrings
White and rose with smoky quartz and multi-colored sapphires and diamonds
Graff Diamond Tassel Necklace
Clever and creative uses of a variety of diamonds
Yoko London Pearl Necklace
Tahitian and white pearls with white gold and white diamonds
Others making it onto the best of the best list are Brumani, Carrera y Carrera, Graff, Sutra and Yoko London.