By Kristen Shirley
This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
A recent trend in the jewelry world, fan-shaped jewelry, has been catching our eye. With a bit of a vintage feel, these pieces remain thoroughly modern and showcase excellent craftsmanship and some special stones.
Picchiotti designed a couture ring to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It even graces the cover of the recent tome by jewelry historian Vivienne Becker that showcases half a century of noteworthy jewels from the Italian house. Becker says Picchiotti jewels have a “subtle and seamless combination of graphic architectural rigor with a soft, sensual femininity,” which can be seen in this diamond and ruby ring.
Another Italian-inspired house, de Grisogono, finds inspiration in the fan. The Ventaglio collection is a staple of the brand and is seen on many red carpets. This bracelet mixes rows of emeralds and diamonds on the fan, and only emeralds appear on the swirling bracelet.
Earrings naturally suit fan shapes, which can be quite dramatic when strands of stones hang from them. In its Limelight Couture Précieuse collection, Piaget showed several pieces with fans. Here, an open worked fan has 430 delicate brilliant-cut diamonds which is accented by 10 rubellites.
Sanjay Kasliwal’s fan earrings feature emeralds and South Sea pearls falling in strands from diamond-adorned fans. At Sutra, fanmotifs are a recurring theme for the designer. In these earrings, rose-cut rubies themselves form the fan. At Verdura, a stunning 212 carats of sapphires fan out from diamonds to form a spectacular bracelet. Finally, Spark Creations’ delicate diamond fan pendant necklace is an easy way to wear the trend every day.
Spark Creations necklace in 18K white gold with 1.43 carats diamonds, $7,916, available online at sparkcreations.com
Verdura fan bracelet in platinum with 212 carats cabochon-cut sapphires and 11 carats diamonds, $198,500, available at Verdura in New York, +1 212 758 3388, verdura.com
Piaget Limelight Couture Précieuse earrings in 18K white gold set with 12.27 carats brilliant-cut diamonds, 6.75 carats pear-shaped rubellite, 5.03 carats cushion-cut rubellite, $182,000 available at Piaget in New York, +1 212 246 5555, piaget.com
Picchiotti L’Anfiteatro ring in 18K white gold with 3.32 carats round-cut diamonds and 6.33 carats baguette-cut diamonds, 8.05-carat no heated ruby, price on request, +1 855 570 9900, picchiotti.it
Sanjay Kasliwal fan earrings in silver and 14K yellow gold with 2.25 carats diamonds, 2.95 carats emeralds and South Sea pearls, $5,000, available online at modaoperandi.com
Sutra Rose & Ruby fan earrings in 18K rose gold with 3 carats of diamond and 10 carats of ruby, $10,500, available at Neiman Marcus at NorthPark in Dallas, contact Sara Faherty, email@example.com, +1 214 891 1250, sutrajewels.com
de Grisogono Ventaglio bracelet in 18K white gold with 4.5 carats diamonds and 9 carats emeralds, $74,800, available at de Grisogono in New York, +1 212 439 4220, degrisogono.com