Jewellery Porn

Just as there is haute couture — hand-fitted, hand-sewn clothing made from fine fabrics and with obessive attention finish — there is also the magical realm of Haute Joaillerie. The video above shows the creation of such one-of-a-kind pieces of fine jewellery from concept to finish. It’s in French, but speaks the international language of “I want to go to there“.

Speaking of haute, last week France’s luxury jewellers took part in Paris Couture Week for the first time. Boucheron, Chanel, Chaumet, Mellerio et Van Cleef & Arpels. (Not all of the jewellery houses took part in Couture week, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Dior all opted out.)

Most collections featured a nod to nature. Flowers bloomed at Chanel (Coco’s signature camellia) and Mellerio (a group of ruby, emerald and purple and pink sapphire rings called Fleurs des Champs). At Chaumet, bees adorned coral necklaces and rings featured insects that moved when the wearer moved her finger. At Van Cleef & Arpels, butterflies landed on earrings and brooches. Even Boucheron’s Cirque du Soleil-inspired collection had the odd sapphire-encrusted lizard.

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