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By Zahra Al-Kateb | April 6 2017
On October 27, 2016, the House of Gübelin and the Geneva Manufacturer of Roger Dubuis jointly presented delightful new creations based on Paraiba tourmalines. Gübelin found inspiration for its new “Grace of the Sea Anemone” line from the inner world of a Paraiba tourmaline. In keeping with this theme, Roger Dubuis created the “Velvet Paraiba” watch, incorporating the fluid forms of the jewelry. This represents the first time that Roger Dubuis has worked together with a jewelry brand as part of a joint process of inspiration and design.
Grace of the Sea Anemone
The Swiss family-owned House of Gübelin presents its “Grace of the SeaAnemone” line, centred around creations using precious Paraiba tourmalines.Gübelin designers found their inspiration in the fascinating inner world of a Paraiba tourmaline that adorns the “Grace of the Sea Anemone” bracelet. The white gold bracelet is set with seven cabochon-cut Paraiba tourmalines totalling 17.51 ct and 375 diamonds totaling 10.78 ct. 470 hours of work at the Gübelin jewellery atelier went into a bracelet whose perfectly refined craftsmanship promises its wearer the highest degree of comfort.
Inspired by the inner world of a Paraiba tourmaline
Gübelin designers used microphotography of this Paraiba tourmaline as their source of inspiration and created pieces of jewelry that incorporate the elegant patterns and structures within the precious gem. Organic shapes characterise the jewelry, nestled about the precious gem while simultaneously resembling the elegant tentacles of a sea anemone waving gently in the currents. The line incorporates its fluid movements and includes bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. Along with the lively and radiant Paraiba tourmalines, the pieces are also available with rubies, sapphires,emeralds, spinels or aquamarines.
The “Velvet Paraiba” is the scintillating result of the exclusive collaboration between Gübelin and Roger Dubuis. Its lunette is set with 46 round Paraiba tourmalines, the mother-of-pearl face is adorned with diamond-set ornaments corresponding to the design of Gübelin’s “Grace of the Sea Anemone”jewelry. The crown includes a 0.15 ct cabochon-cut Paraiba tourmaline. Theinner workings and the watch itself are from the Roger Dubuis manufactory,which was awarded the “Poinçon de Genève” for excellence in watchmaking. This limited edition of eight watches worldwide is available exclusively in the Swiss Gübelin Boutiques in Lucerne and Geneva.
Deeply Inspired – Deep Sea
“Grace of the Sea Anemone” is an extension of the Gübelin “Deep Sea” world
of jewelry. Experienced goldsmiths, gemstone setters and polishers complete these exquisite pieces based on the unique aesthetic of Gübelin Jewelry. It is part of our “Deeply Inspired” philosophy, which characterises the company at all levels and stands for the combination of beauty and knowledge. “As a member of the sixth generation of our company, I am very proud of how we bring together beauty, knowledge and craftsmanship,” states Raphael Gübelin, President of the renowned family-owned business. To symbolise this philosophy, every piece of Gübelin Jewelry contains a ruby. It is considered the king of precious gems and a symbol of passion and love.
Paraiba tourmalines were first discovered in the 1980s in a mine in the Brazilian state of Paraiba. Eduard Josef Gübelin (1913–2005), one of the most renowned gemologists of the 20th century, describes the colors of this rare precious gem as “flashlight blue turquoise” or “busily flickering mint green –an incomprehensible expressiveness exaggerated into the realms of the artificial.” Copper and manganese color these Paraiba tourmalines in luminous blue and green shadings. This chemical structure, which establishes them as Paraiba tourmalines, should only be determined in gemmologicallaboratories such as the Gübelin Gem Lab. Tourmalines in their characteristic colors are known in the trade as Paraiba tourmalines and have also been mined for some years now in Mozambique and Nigeria.