A rainbow of colors with Hortensia, the new collection unveilled by Marie-Hélène de Taillac

French designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac has always been fond of flowers. Like many jewelers you may think. It appears that under the designer’s hand, choosing the daisy and transforming it into a wild, colorful and  with highly desirable rainbow shades of gemstones brings this exercise to a new level.

Author By Marie-Caroline Selmer

When asked about the inspiration for this new collection, Marie-Hélène de Taillac instantly evokes “the London of the 1980s and its very glamorous jet set”. And for good reason, everything in this new line evokes the designer’s penchant for colour and its rainbow shades, which give her jewellery a very festive side.

Hortensia ring Tanzanite (3.03 carats) and tsavorite, apatite, yellow sapphire, pink sapphire, amethyst, fire opal and green tourmaline and tanzanite ring in yellow gold.

Another marker? The daisy, reinterpreted many times by Marie-Hélène de Taillac, which she perfumes with a playful and joyful scent. “The traditional sapphire is replaced by a very bright or very strong coloured stone, and the diamond surround by an energetic rainbow of coloured stones,” explains the designer. Under her artistic direction, the surrounding stones underline the brilliance of the central stone, giving these rings the appearance of an ultra-precious floral bouquet.

Earrings Hortensia Quartz Citron (8.2 carats) and coloured stones

“The rainbow of coloured stones has been my obsession since the creation of my house,” Marie-Hélène de Taillac confides, “The first one I composed was an arrangement of briolettes for a chain-belt which has since become an iconic piece”. With the launch of the new collection Hortensia, Marie-Hélène de Taillac highlights five stones: amethyst, tanzanite, rubellite, lemon quartz and pink tourmaline.  “I wanted very bright stones with almost saturated colours to accentuate the acidulous, joyful and unreal side of this ring. Jewellery (rings and earrings) to be worn like joyful mantras.

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