Yr in review: watches & jewelry editor Hannah Silver picks her 10 best jewelry posts from 2021

Wallpaper’s Hannah Silver seems to be again and reveals her leading 10 jewelry tales from 2021, from higher jewellery layout to substitute engagement rings and person-made diamonds

Find out the best 10 jewellery posts for 2021, as picked by Wallpaper* watches & jewelry editor Hannah Silver. From the performs of rising designers to large jewellery showstoppers, below are some of the year’s best jewellery stories (in no distinct get).

Leading 10 jewellery stories of the 12 months

01. Man-created diamonds spelled out

As man-made diamonds develop into a well known choice for alternative engagement rings, so the curiosity around them grows, with numerous unclear about what sets them aside from pure diamonds. There is no technical, actual physical, chemical or optical distinction in between a lab-developed diamond and a genuine diamond – the one variation is how they arrived into being.

02. Cartier pays homage to its most legendary patterns

‘Our pieces are marked by a purity of line, a precision of sort and valuable details,’ claims Arnaud Carrez, head of global promoting and communications, Cartier International, on the new campaign devoted to the maison’s iconic types. ‘We preferred to celebrate them all with each other and show what they have in widespread.’ Cartier is shining the highlight on classic collections from the previous century, with the Santos, Tank, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, Panthère and Ballon Bleu all celebrated as a lesson in lasting structure.

03. Concealed diamonds make for personal engagement rings

Alternative engagement rings are reduced down to essential silhouettes by Jenny Sweetnam, who has long gone back again to basics with her new assortment, Inverse. The 2018 Wallpaper* Style and design Award winner has set up herself as a modern jewellery designer who brings a freshness to standard parts, by means of a easy and revolutionary technique. The new selection builds on these foundations with sculptural patterns in 18ct yellow gold that make discreet, personal engagement tokens or even men’s engagement rings. 

04. Classic gold jewellery rethought by Laud

Awah, imaginative director of Laud, brings an offbeat sensibility to jewellery style and design. Set up three years in the past, the emerging jewellery brand intertwines a selection of influences for parts that enjoy with geometry and rethink conventional motifs. The new collections, accessible at Dover Road Current market and Browns, rethink symbolic motifs in yellow and white gold pieces motivated by both African artwork and Awah’s Ghanian heritage. The eternity ring and the signet ring, reconsidered as a result of Awah’s lens, nod to the intricacies of stained glass, its designs interpreted in irregularly positioned speckles of diamonds.

05. Melanie Georgacopoulos’ new jewelry casts pearls and diamonds in a refreshing light-weight

Right after celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her eponymous brand name in 2020, Melanie Georgacopoulos was keen to mark the milestone with a transform of course. Her new jewellery collection, titled Carats, is the initial time she has worked with the two natural pearls and diamonds. In a perform on texture, Georgacopoulos unites the two products, the challenging diamonds showing to sink into their delicate cushions of mom-of-pearl. The result is of spontaneity the diamonds, seemingly just pressed in, stick to the legislation of gravity and drive the jeweller to relinquish control. ‘The reduction of command was a experience I have experienced given that Covid-19 started, and it was crucial for me to locate a way to showcase it in my jewelry,’ Georgacopoulos states.

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06. Schiaparelli’s 2021 significant jewellery collection launches at Paris Couture Week

Creative director Daniel Roseberry brings unadulterated joy to his 3rd assortment for Schiaparelli, for a mischievous choose on the historically critical enterprise of couture. His selection pays tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s experimental spirit and her Surrealist tactic, which arrived to everyday living by way of collaborations with Dali, Cocteau and Guy Ray. Her impact is apparent in the particulars: ‘One thing that a couture atelier can uniquely do is gildings, and these parts are stunning illustrations of the art of embroidery and beading,’ suggests Roseberry. ‘I’ve often admired how Elsa embroidered pieces – in an period in which embroidery experienced a whispery, pretty much recessive top quality, hers were barbaric and unapologetic.’

07. Chaumet’s golden acquire on the cityscape

Chaumet marked its 240th anniversary in 2021 with a new collection that draws on a host of defining cultural references from the high jewellery house’s record. The ‘Perspectives de Chaumet Skyline’ necklace takes fashionable cityscapes as its inspiration, rewriting their clash of geometry in heat yellow gold that has been polished, openworked, engraved and hammered. ‘The operate of gold on this piece is a tribute to the 1960s and 1970s, from the time of Pierre Sterlé and René Morin,’ claims Chaumet CEO Jean-Marc Mansvelt. A serrated silhouette presents an illusion of chaos, a nod to deconstructivism Mansvelt factors to Irving Penn’s Collapse and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater as immediate inspirations.

08. The sensual jewellery design and style of Hugo Kreit

‘My jewelry is enjoyment and glamorous, but there’s also a thing disturbing when you come into get hold of with the parts,’ says French jeweller Hugo Kreit. ‘The styles are in motion, the textures and finishes are dripping. I like to surprise, I glance for the appeal in the subversive and the strange.’ Educated in industrial style and design, Kreit labored in the fashion present manufacturing market for Hermès, Dior, Jacquemus and some others in advance of turning to jewellery design and style: ‘Both encounters confirmed me the outstanding power of fashion demonstrates, the art of style storytelling by means of collective performances, graphic crafting and aspiration earning,’ he states.

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09. 10 jewellery designers rethink the basic engagement ring for De Beers

De Beers has partnered with ten jewelry designers for the start of ‘Ten/Ten’, a restricted-edition collection of 100 alternative engagement rings. Just about every jeweller developed one accessibly priced design, reinterpreting the conventional codes of an engagement ring and centring their patterns round ethically-sourced diamonds from Botswana. ‘The inspiration for Ten/10 was truly pushed by a mix of things,’ says Stephen Lussier, De Beers govt vice president of shopper marketplaces. ‘We desired to guidance the people today of Botswana whose overall economy is dependent on diamond revenues, to allow additional people to uncover the extraordinary creativity of ten impartial designers and to supply anything really exclusive to partners hoping to get engaged this 12 months.’

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10. NFT jewellery: is blockchain bling a detail?

Jewellery designer Simone Faurschou unveiled her new high-quality jewellery as a digital selection of NFT items right before the actual physical launch. The selection, Blockchain, composed of good white and yellow gold blocks with man-made diamonds, explores the methods we join with know-how – and how engineering connects with us. After a yr in which technologies has both connected and isolated us, it is a well timed evaluation.


By Amalia