This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
There’s something sensual about draping oneself in beads of precious gems, which is perhaps why beaded jewelry is having a resurgence in recent collections. From high-jewelry line Chaumet Est une Fête comes a stunning suite: Aria Passionata. Drawing on the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, whose stage and boxes are draped in sumptuous red fabric with gold accents, the necklace’s trailing beads evoke curtains closed just before the opera begins. A mix of garnets, rubies and tourmalines with black onyx and pink-gold beads brings depth and passion to the pieces. At Coomi, the Sagrada collection juxtaposes beads, gemstones, diamonds and recycled gold to celebrate diversity. The line’s black onyx and diamond necklace is a prime example of the brand’s unique vision. It wouldn’t be a bead story without Shamballa Jewels, known for its infinitely customizable bracelets and necklaces that allow you to pick each bead, whether it’s a faceted diamond, pavé bead, precious metal or semiprecious gem. Placing the focus squarely on color are Bayco and Roberto Coin. Bayco’s tassel earrings feature dozens of natural, unheated sapphire beads cascading from diamonds and cabochon sapphires. Roberto Coin’s twisted necklace comprises a staggering 890 carats of emerald beads accentuated by diamonds at the end of each strand.