This year, the trend towards the use of unusual materials for jewelry allows you to take a fresh look at the concept of "natural beauty". For thousands of years, the planet's most coveted materials - gold, diamonds and other precious stones - have been forming deep underground. But this year, the creative impulse of leading jewelers has led them to use often completely unexpected materials that give new meaning to the concept of “natural beauty”.
The Bleu de Jodhpur collection by Boucheron was presented in Paris, in which creative director Claire Chouan explored the mysteries of India in search of inspiration. Together with the best craftsmen of the jewelry house, she spent many months honing the art of processing Makran marble, from which the legendary Taj Mahal was built.
The Plume de Paon jewelry line is dominated by the image of a bird's feather, reminiscent of the traditional headdresses of the Maharajas. Shuang was able to skillfully combine the sparkle of diamonds and the delicate texture of white marble. The contrast between the heaviness of the stone and the lightness of the image it conveys is truly an incredible design find.
Claire brought sand from the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan to create another original piece of jewelry, the Nagaur necklace, named after the fortress of the same name. The sand is enclosed in a rock crystal capsule, which is decorated in the style of Indian architecture and suspended from pearl threads.
Piaget took inspiration from the natural beauty of a bird's feather to create the unique Serenissima emerald bracelet, part of the Secrets and Lights collection. On an elegant base of white gold, a relief ornament of sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, similar to peacock feathers, is laid out. This bracelet was created by Nelly Saunier, who for many years has been creating "feather" ornaments for leading jewelry houses. Inspired by the enigmatic Venetian masks, she worked as a "bird hairdresser" for 10 different birds to design this jewel.
For a more relaxed, beachy feel, Qayten offers wooden bangles with gold leaves and pavé diamonds. And John Hardy turned a tropical clam shell into a ring: the matte color, texture and intricate coloring contrast beautifully with polished gold and the sparkle of diamonds and sapphires, creating the mood of a carefree evening on the French Riviera.
Shagreen & Tortoise also decided to use a real shell as the basis for the ring, dubbed the Grizzly Star. Like an avant-garde sculpture, the broken lines of the shell, decorated with dark stripes, burst out of it, and rose quartz in a vermeil setting became the top of the composition.
Brazilian jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich turned to the beautiful flora and immortalized the juicy colors and tenderness of orchids in transparent resin. Her airy earrings with real flower petals were recognized as the most innovative piece of jewelry at the Couture Show 2015. We can only agree with the jury: what could be more beautiful than the beauty of nature, creatively presented by a talented designer?