This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Floral jewelry has long been a source of inspiration for designers, but with changing tastes and a more adventurous aesthetic running through collections, designers are taking more risks by mixing stones and eschewing traditional rules governing proportion and scale. Mismatched earrings, necklaces exploding with life and color, and rings that span multiple fingers are just a few of the ways designers are exploring all of the earth’s bounty. For its collaboration with Rihanna, Chopard features a wild array of stones in its mismatched earrings. One features a red flower and the other a blue butterfly. Each drips with differently cut stones and is finished with pear-shaped stones, including a 4.42-carat aquamarine. In its high jewelry collection, Alta Moda, Dolce & Gabbana’s floral necklace features intricately carved gold brimming with leaves and flowers. A highlight is the 46.65-carat carved coral rose. Anna Hu and Wendy Yue use long rings and brooches to showcase their craftsmanship and creativity. Wendy Yue’s delicate flowers trail across the finger and Anna Hu’s delicate birds appear poised to take flight from a flowering white gold branch. From Dior’s Versailles collection, these garden earrings are a veritable cornucopia of flowers, with different colored stones and pearls creating both the center and the petals.