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Is the low-key approach a new trend for High Jewelry collections?

Chopard high Jewelry Necklace, earrings and ring with diamonds and emerald

The Parisian Haute-Couture week is just around the corner. Looking back at the Winter collection presented early February, institutional brands unveiled high jewelry collections more wearable and affordable than they used to… How come?

Author By Marie-Caroline Selmer

Twice a year in Paris, while all the eyes are for the Haute Couture collections, Jewelry Houses reveal quietly one-of-a-kind pieces just emerged from their ateliers. Following specific theme, each high jewelry collection of timeless jewels exude their high level of craftsmanship and embrace their long heritage. Dior and Chanel, only to quote them, have brought some glitter to the Paris Fashion Week with a collection inspired by a long running love-affair with Versailles for one, and the Lion talisman theme of its iconic founder for the other.

Despite the fact that the City of Light was rinsed by the rain, the January launches appealed to be fewer and less extravagant than those last July.  What should we expect from the upcoming one? Is this low-key approach linked to the fact that the winter season is less attractive for wealthy clients? Not so sure, as the global clientele is said to have set their hearts on these wintry collections. From Chopard to Chaumet, Piaget or Fred most of their pieces– all unique – were already sold out. …

This evolution may mark a new phase for the high jewelry calendar where January launches are expected to deliver the high luxury pieces that we want to wear right now. Echoing the trend of everyday luxury pieces, the wintry collections offer finest designs and beautiful stones, but without excess. Of course, dream is still here as the January collections always include one or two signature pieces that are nothing else but memorable, such as Chanel “Legendary” necklace set with a total of 1,200 white diamonds that mesmerize us. Apart from that, the essence of the wintry showcases was utterly wearable, such as Dior’s cocktail rings collection to die for. After all, who said that High Jewelry couldn’t keep us with the times?.

Chanel “Legendary” necklace mounted on white and yellow gold set with 1’200 diamonds from “L’Esprit du Lion” collection
Chanel – “Legendary” necklace mounted on white and yellow gold set with 1’200 diamonds from “L’Esprit du Lion” collection
Dior à Versaille “Volupté Diamant Jaune” ring mounted on yellow gold set with white and yellow diamonds and ruby
Dior – Dior à Versaille “Volupté Diamant Jaune” ring mounted on yellow gold set with white and yellow diamonds and ruby
David Morris Akoya pearl and Mother of pearl Tassel earrings with white diamond
David Morris – Akoya pearl and Mother of pearl Tassel earrings with white diamond
Chaumet Brooche mounted on white gold set with sapphire and diamonds
Chaumet – Les Mondes de Chaumet: Promenades Impériales – Brooche mounted on white gold set with sapphire and diamonds