By Kristen Shirley
This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Nature and its fragile ecosystem has been top of the news and top of designers’ minds lately. Beautiful, artistic odes to far-flung destinations and exotic animals are seen throughout the fashion and jewelry worlds. Our favorite tropical pieces incorporate a bit of whimsy. Bulgari’s high jewelry collection celebrates the Italian countryside with carved rubellite, amethyst and aquamarine. From the Granville collection, honoring Mr Dior’s beautiful garden, a stunning 11.47-carat green tourmaline shines in the center of a ring that calls to mind the bounty of the earth. At Tiffany & Co, its Blue Book pieces are the pinnacle of its creativity and craftsmanship.
For the Art of the Wild, the collection visits the jungle, here represented by a stunning 35.90-carat green tourmaline with diamond branches gently climbing up it. De Grisogono, Lydia Courteille and Wendy Yue all took inspiration from tropical birds. A cheeky flamingo and parrots are exquisitely wrought in precious metals, fancy-colored diamonds, colored sapphires and a rainbow of other precious gemstones. The detail is incredible, from the changing colors to represent the feathers from Lydia Courteille, to the impeccable setting at De Grisogono andWendy Yue.
Bulgari high jewelry necklace in 18K white gold with 89.50 carats rubellite, 59 carats amethyst, 14.15 carats aquamarine, 12.5 carats diamond, 2.5 carats emerald, price on request, contact Anita Paredes, +1 800 285 4274, bulgari.com
Wendy Yue ring in 18K yellow gold with .40 carats fancy diamond, 1.55 carats brown sapphire, .09 carats white sapphire, .41 carats orange sapphire, .16 carats blue sapphire, .30 carats pink sapphire, 2.42 carats tsavorite, 1.87 carats rhodolite garnet 1.36 carats colored sapphire, .09 carats sapphire, price on request, available at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, wendyyue.com
Dior Fine Jewelry Granville ring in 18K yellow gold with .54 carats diamond, 11.47-carat oval-cut green tourmaline, 2.44 carats yellow beryl, 1.82 carats iolite, 1.40-carat spessartite garnet, 1.24-carats rubellite, .68 carats paraiba-type tourmaline and .36 carats red spinel, price on request, available by appointment at Dior in New York, +1 800 929 3467, dior.com
Lydia Courteille Amazonia earrings in 18K gold with 74 carats diamond, 1.45 grams onyx 1.45 grams tsavorite, 7.27 grams turquoise, $22,000, available at Lydia Courteille in Paris, lydiacourteille.com
Tiffany & Co Blue Book ring in 18K yellow gold with 35.90-carat oval-cabochon green tourmaline, tsavorites and diamonds, price on request, available by appointment at Tiffany & Co. in New York, +1 212 755 8000, tiffany.com
de Grisogono Flamingo Crazymals ring in 18K pink gold with 3.20 carats light pink sapphires, 9.35 carats dark pink sapphires, mother of pearl and onyx, price on request,made to order, +1 212 439 4220, degrisogono.com