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By webadmin | April 3 2009
Place Vendôme-based jewelry house Boucheron looked to a quintessentially French delicacy, the macaron, for the subject of its new jewelry collection. Part of the Gaité Parisienne line of high jewelry, Tentation Macaron, offers jewels in “flavors” like green tsavorite, orange sapphire, brown diamond and amethyst. Choose from a menu that includes five rings, reversible earrings and a sautoir with multiple macaron charms suspended from a network of white gold chains.
Best known for exquisite pearl jewelry that embraces each gem’s natural color and shape, Yvel took a new tack at this year’s BaselWorld by making sapphires the focus of the new Rainbow collection. As is the case with its pearls, Yvel emphasizes the unique beauty of each gemstone—though their surfaces have been polished, the sapphires have not been treated to alter their color and are unfaceted. Every piece—set in yellow gold and in sapphires that range from raspberry pink to slate grey to frosty white—is a one-of-a-kind jewel with understated sophistication.
Valenza, Italy-based Picchiotti is one of the rare jewelry makers that still produces every component of its jewelry in-house. That artisanal handiwork keeps the demand for its jewelry at hard-to-get highs no matter the state of the economy. Sublime gemstones matched with playful motifs like stars, feathers and flowers are signatures of its women’s fine jewelry. And a first for the brand is its new collection of jewelry for men. The finely edited collection of rings and cufflinks, primarily in combinations of onyx with diamonds will change the mind of anyone that thinks diamonds should be reserved for women only.
When in need of one-stop shopping for any jewelry need, Roberto Coin comes through with flying colors. From high jewelry that’s studded in diamonds to everyday collections in sterling silver, Roberto Coin offers endless options to ensure that fans have the just-perfect piece. Among this year’s full complement of new collections, standouts include Capri Plus, which features pavé or cabochon stones flanked by more gems in coordinating or contrasting tones, and the Magic collection of bracelet and rings that stretch to fit perfectly any number of wrist of finger sizes.
Versace Fine Jewelry
As is the case with its fashion collection, Versace Fine Jewelry never shies away from full-on glamour. With the launch of four dazzling jewelry collections, the brand expresses its strong, feminine vision in evocative new ways. Meandros is signature Versace; it reinterprets with the brand’s Greek key pattern in an array of bracelets, pendants, necklaces and rings done in white, rose or yellow gold and diamond pavé. Another version of Versace allure comes in the Ghea line of cocktail rings, which have a stripped down line that shows off the brand’s ability to do minimalist, sculpted looks, too.
Sevan always finds inventive new ways to mine Turkey’s culture to inspire out-of-this-world, jewelry. At this year’s BaselWorld he wowed all comers again. In myth, Mount Ida was the site where the gods watched the Trojan War unfold. In Sevan’s new collection of one-of-a-kind rings featuring his trademark work in reverse-carved and painted gemstones, characters from ancient tales find new life—the Nemean lion holds a pearl aloft, the three graces dance and Dionysus holds court. Even when they’re not being worn, many of the rings stand upright of flat bases allowing them to do double-duty as miniature works of sculpture.