This story originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Forget rock crystal’s costume-jewelry reputation. Recently, designers have been using the clear stone to showcase important gems in their high-jewelry lines, sometimes even letting it take center stage.Winter and whimsy feature heavily in these collections.
Rock crystal’s transparency complements winter-inspired pieces, such as in Boucheron’s range that explores frigid landscapes in Imperial Russia. Sensational pieces fit for a czarina fill the collection, with rock crystal serving as a base for incredible diamonds and blue gemstones.
The pictured ring, an homage to a snowball, has a large sphere of rock crystal set with diamonds. London-based House of Garrard’s Enchanted Palace collection looks back to the setting of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace, which was constructed with 300,000 sheets of glass. The spinning-pendant necklace features rock crystal studded with diamonds on one side and blue sapphires on the other.
David Webb works frequently with rock crystal, carving it into exquisite shapes in the Twilight line. The fluted White Night cuff has timeless Art Deco elegance. H Stern transforms Rua das Pedras, a cobblestone street in Búzios, Brazil, into a collection of rock-crystal pieces featuring different shapes and cuts to represent the irregular stones on the ancient path.
Both Bulgari and Chopard surrounded large stones with rock crystal. At Chopard, a 6.88-carat emerald sits in the center of rock crystal petals, while Bulgari features two sapphires in a pair of earrings.