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Paris Couture Week Unveils Sparkling New High Jewelry

Paris Couture Week Unveils Sparkling New High Jewelry

Boucheron Like a Queen hypnotic blue bracelet paved with aquamarines and diamonds, with blue lacquer, in white gold. Courtesy Boucheron
The high jewelry showcases got off to a sparkling start this past couture week. Boucheron, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Buccellati all featured colored gems with baubles the size of wide eyes. Boucheron looked to the late Queen Elizabeth II for inspiration. Her majesty had received a Boucheron Art Deco acquamarine and diamond double clip brooch for her 18th birthday from her family. This piece of jewelry joined the British Royal Family on July 31, 1937 through Prince George, Duke of Kent, who purchased it from the Boucheron boutique in London. Queen Elizabeth wore the piece for the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012 ; on May 8, 2020, for the 75th anniversary of the speech by George VI announcing the end of World War II ; and on the 70th anniversary of her coronation on February 6, 2022. From this archive piece, creative director Claire Choisne took inspiration and designed 18 contemporary pieces that form the collection Histoire du style, Like a Queen.
Boucheron Like a Queen moon white necklace. Courtesy Boucheron
“The severity and geometry of the Art Deco design, tempered by the softness and light blue hue of the aquamarines, always fascinated me. I was touched by the sentimental value of this double clip, which Queen Elizabeth II wore at pivotal moments in her reign,” says Choisne.  Each new piece of the collection reflects the unique spirit of the two cerulean clips. “On certain jewelry sets, we broke down the original geometry of the design. On others, we took the opposite approach: we compacted the Art Deco design. And elsewhere, we brought in another dimension by playing on the colors of the gemstones,” she adds.
CARTIER
Cartier Beautés du monde collection featuring the Spelendens necklace. Courtesy Cartier
At the Ritz Paris, Cartier unveiled the final chapter of its Beautés du monde collection. “Seeing the beauty of the world, preserving it, and above all, enriching it, is a passion that has continuously influenced the maison’s philosophy,” stated the notes. The Spelendens necklace, featured above, replicates the undulating fins of a fighting fish and features a cascade of spinel beads selected for their harmony of colors and increasing size. Each bead is held within a type of invisible cap by a tiny nail whose surface plays with the light “like water would over the scales of a fish,” explained the house. The supple bib necklace is lined with nine oval and pear spinels totaling 27.79 carats and is studded with square- and lozenge-shaped diamonds.
Cartier high jewelry Obi necklace. Courtesy Cartier
The Cartier Obi necklace draws inspiration from Japanese fabrics decorated with the rising sun motif. The Obi necklace pays tribute to the culture of Japan with this rare piece composed of eight cabochon-cut emeralds, including a 12.53-carat specimen from Zambia; the pendant motif can be detached and worn as a brooch. The roundness of the cabochons contrasts with the motif’s geometry, which is punctuated by small calibrated rubies and delicate, custom-cut onyx inserts. Green, red, and black hues are a signature chromatic harmony for Cartier; the maison has created unprecedented color combinations since the start of the 20th century. In keeping with Cartier’s tradition of transformable pieces, the pendant motif detaches to be worn as a brooch.
GUCCI
Gucci high jewelry bracelet featuring an oval-shaped 16 carat rubellite tourmaline. Courtesy Gucci
At its Place Vendôme boutique, Gucci added a selection of new pieces to its Hortus Deliciarum high jewelry collection. Meaning ‘Garden of Delights’ in Latin, Hortus Deliciarum is a blend of Gucci’s heritatge of Italian craftsmanship and creativity. The third chapter since the collection’s launch in 2019 takes inspiration from the world of travel. Multicolored stones are inspired by the concept of prismatic beauty and specifically designed to catch the light. The above gold bracelet showcases a diamond-embellished chevron pattern and an oval-shaped 16 carat rubellite tourmaline, offering a geometric interplay of straight lines and smooth curves. This piece takes 200 hours to produce.
Gucci gold, diamond, and emerald high jewelry ring. Courtesy Guicci
Gucci purchases gold and platinum from suppliers who respect the values of social and environmental responsibility at any stage during the jewelry supply chain. Gold is from conflict-free sources and the maison buys diamonds from suppliers who give guarantees to be conflict-free, in compliance with the Kimberley Process. The Kering Gold Fund has contributed to the reforestation of an area of 116 hectares of the Amazonian rainforest in French Guyana, planting 214,780 trees. In collaboration with the NGO Solidaridad, the Fund supported a project dedicated to the empowerment of women who live near the gold mines in Ghana.
LOUIS VUITTON
Louis Vuitton high jewelry fantasy necklace and earrings. Courtesy Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton Spirit high jewelry collection, unveiled last year, features its final chapter with 30 unique pieces designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof, the house’s artistic director for watches and jewelry. Featuring graphic shapes and the codes of the maison, liberty, destiny, fantasy, and radiance, the pieces are made exclusively in the Parisian ateliers. “I don’t think anything else in the world has the power to hold the spirit of the person so much as jewelry does,” comments Amfitheatrof of jewelry’s powerful effect.
Louis Vuitton radiance bracelet. Courtesy Louis Vuitton
Amfitheatrof imagines her creations “as jewels of armor, a protection that shields the woman’s identity, and soul, as she is emboldened to courageously go forth. The above flexible, two-strand necklace of interlaced Vs and chevrons feature two star-cut diamonds that ascend the necklace.This five-strand cuff bracelet and ear cuffs feature Spessarite garnets placed in a geometry of pyramids, triangles, and diamond paved V signatures.
CHANEL
Chanel pique aiguille high jewelry watches. Courtesy Chanel
Arnaud Chastaingt, Director of the Chanel watchmaking creation studio, was inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s  atelier to create this new collection. On rue Cambon, Chanel always kept two tools to hand: a pair of scissors suspended from a ribbon worn round her neck like a sautoir, and on her wrist, a seamstress’s pincushion. Now, he has borrowed this tool to create the Mademoiselle Privé Pique-Aiguilles watch. “I like the image of this functional piece of jewelry that adorns the wrists of seamstresses,” he notes.  The dressmaking accoutrement takes shape as pin-cushion watches. He audaciously imagines five tableaux for this collection: a lacework of camellias, a composition of iconic bags, jewels strewn on black tweed, a diamond embroidery, and a jacket at the pattern stage. “I am fascinated by the design of objects whose architecture is the product of a practical need. In terms of style, the pincushion commands authority on the wrist, with presence and impact,” comments Chastaingt. “Its outsize format does not detract from its comfort in any way, and it adapts to all wrists. I love the random design of needles on the surface of the cushion. Organized or disorganized, the pinheads pricked into the fabric dome create a decorative effect that evolves with the progress of the seamstress’s work. I have adopted the spirit of this tool to create a watch. While its architecture has the boldness of simplicity, its oversized dial flirts with excess and offers an incredible space for expression.”
BUCCELATI 
Buccellati high jewelry ring. Courtesy Buccellati
Buccellati showcased its new Macri Color collection during Paris couture week. The collection features button or pendant earrings, rings, and cuff bracelets.  Conceived by Gianmaria Buccellati, second generation of the Buccellati family, this noble collection is inspired by the femininity of his daughter MariaCristina. Buccellati took the first syllables of her two names, calling the new design in “Macri,” a stalwart of the house for 40 years.
Buccellati high jewelry earring. Courtesy Buccellati
Buccellati’s “rigato” engravings, savoir-faire hailing from the Italian renaissance era, see gold shimmer like silk. Buccellati features rare stones with exceptional colors, mixed with white and yellow gold, carved like silk and lace. “The Buccellati jewels stand out for their design and for the techniques used to create them, such as the hand-engraving technique, dating back to the ancient goldsmithing traditions of the Italian “bottega” during the Renaissance times. The shapes of the collections are inspired by the historical archive drawings and by the very first creations of the founder, Mario Buccellati.

Take a Tour Inside Place Vendôme, Qatar’s Parisian-Inspired Shopping Jewel

Take a Tour Inside Place Vendôme, Qatar’s Parisian-Inspired Shopping Jewel

Mia wears coat, bag, boots, earrings, Bottega Veneta. Dana wears coat, tights, gloves, bag, shoes, earrings, Fendi. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
No one does luxury fashion quite like Qatar, and the sprawling Place Vendôme serves as proof.
A multibillion Qatari Riyal project, Place Vendôme was brought to life by United Developers, a group of four Qatari investors who partnered to align their expertise in retail, real estate, construction and contracting. The result? A palatial shopping destination that brings some of the best brands in the world under one roof.
Eight years in the making, Place Vendôme was first conceptualized in 2014, and opened its doors to the public in April 2022. Home to two five star luxury hotels—namely Le Royal Meridien, luxury collection hotel Palais Vendôme, and Le Royal Meridien Residences, the mall extends over 1,150,000m2, and features close to 560 different retail outlets. The highlight of the space, however, has got to be its exclusive luxe shopping wing, where one can find the top labels from across the globe. What’s more, Place Vendôme also boasts an extensive central entertainment component that showcases constant attractions to visitors. To maintain the quality of all Place Vendôme experiences, the hotels are all operated by Marriott International, ensuring that each individual who sets foot here leaves with a smile on their face.

Given its tell-tale name, it’s only natural that Qatar’s Place Vendôme would take inspiration from the famous high-end shopping street in Paris, Rue de la Paix, of which Place Vendôme is the starting point. The architecture of Place Vendôme echoes the Parisian aesthetic wonderfully, sweeping shoppers away into a different world altogether with its soothing palette, glossy marble finishes, and beautifully sculpted domes. For those who love the outdoors, a must-see feature here is the canal that runs through the space directly from the sea, surrounded by an open plaza brimming with must-visit cafes and restaurants.
Place Vendôme was lovingly created keeping the Qatar National Vision 2030 in mind, and reflects the country’s unwavering goal to amplify its economic diversification as well as human and social development. Take a tour through the stunning shopping destination below.

Dana (left) wears blazer, shorts, tights, bag, shoes, earring, rings, Givenchy. Mia (right) wears blazer, skirt, bag, shoes, Alexander McQueen. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
Dana wears blazer, shirt, skirt, tie, belt, boots, Gucci. Mia wears jacket, shirt, pants, tie, shoes, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
Mia wears blazer, skirt, belt, bag, shoes, Prada. Dana wears blazer, skirt, belt, bag, shoes, necklaces, Dolce & Gabbana. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
Mia wears dress, Carolina Herrera; top, shoes, stylist’s own. Dana wears dress, shoes, bracelets, Saint Laurent. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
Dana wears dress, bag, shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo. Mia wears dress, bag, boots, hat, Loro Piana. Photo: Alanoud Alghamdi
Photography: Alanoud AlghamdiStyle: Mohammad Hazem RezqHair: Katrin Secka Makeup: Maria ZhangModels: Mia at MMG and DanaProducer: Danica Zivkovic Style assistants: Reem Atout, Mohammad Ahmadi 

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