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By Rachael Taylor | 28 January 2019

Luxury jewels get playful at Paris Haute Couture Week

The streets of Paris were blanketed with a soft snow that quickly turned to slush, but safe inside the cosy boutiques of the city’s best jewellers, new collections rolled out for the city’s Haute Couture Week crowd remained crisp and pristine – but with an undeniable sense of irreverence. After all, just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun. Just look at supercars.

Piaget was particularly in synch with the weather conditions outdoors as it presented new additions to its Sunlight Escape collection that celebrates the light of the frozen Arctic and the magic of the aurora borealis. The highlight was its Frosted Star Manchette, a dramatic and hefty white gold cuff hand-etched in Geneva to score its surface with the pattern of a glistening snowflake. At its centre, pear-cut, kite-shaped and trillion diamonds, squares of black opal and a deep blue Madagascan sapphire clicked together in perfect frosty formation.

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Across the street, Chanel presented a new collection that paid homage to a very old motif for the house, the camellia flower. Yet the message resounded clearly that this was modern jewellery meant to be played with. Each piece in 1 Camélia, 5 Allures, as the name suggests, can be worn multiple ways, with some pieces offering as much as five looks. Necklaces can be clipped and unclipped to create different lengths; brooches and earrings separated off; rings supersized with gem-encrusted discs to shift styles from day to night.

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Within a private salon at The Ritz, queen of the humorous high jewel, Suzanne Syz, rolled out more unique designs designed to make you smile. Earrings masqueraded as bathroom taps, with green pear-shaped tourmalines – a popular stone cut during the Week – dripping out of the hot and cold nozzles. Meanwhile, her Wear Your Own Art earrings allow you to have your favourite contemporary artworks recreated in miniature enamel naiveties, for a truly personalised experience.

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Indeed, experience is a real buzzword in jewellery right now, and Boucheron staked its flag in the experiential sand during the Week with the opening of a private residence above its Place Vendôme store. This luxurious but homely apartment, with a priceless view of the famous Parisian square, has been designed by interiors maestro Pierre-Yves Rochon to house important guests of Boucheron during shopping trips or whilst commissioning a bespoke jewel.

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During Couture Week, it was filled with models lounging around in silk pyjamas and cosy cashmere, stretched out playing games, while bedecked in Boucheron jewels. These included new addition Jack – long snake chains of gold that can be wound round arms, necks or even waistlines as fancy takes you.

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Chopard also employed a model to show off its latest creation, but rather than soft slippers, the ballerina’s footwear of choice was pointe shoes as she pirouetted within a room headily walled with fresh flowers. Elegantly placed on her skin were Chopard jewels showing off a new patent-pending Magical Setting technique that makes diamonds shine brighter by using precious funnels to charge the light up and through the stones. It simultaneously manages to make the diamonds appear as it they are floating.

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This innovation, which took 18 months of research and development, will soon be rolled out across many Chopard collections, but this first offering was a floral-inspired set of rings, pendants and earrings that reimagined the classic cluster with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and blue sapphires. Same stones, more sparkle? That’s most definitely what we would call fun.

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