Harry Winston's global adventure brings us the 'Ultimate Adornments'
Winston sought to create the ultimate high jewellery
collection, they undertook a journey that started in their New York
archives and went on to cover the globe, resulting in some of their
finest pieces yet; 'Ultimate Adornments' it seems, is the perfect
title for this incredible collection.
With it's European launch in London's Spencer House held this
February, we caught up with President and CEO Frédéric de Narp to
discuss the collection itself and how it so perfectly
Winston's past whilst giving hints to the future. The Ultimate
Adornments is their single largest high jewellery collection, with
over forty pieces across seven different themes. Talking about
where they started with the collection, Frédéric de Narp takes us
back to the beginning, "an area of the life of Harry Winston that was
very important, when Ambaji Shinde, the head designer at Harry
Winston for forty years, took inspiration from the Indian caftan
dress", and just as the legendary Shinde worked the inspiration
directly into his designs then, so too have their current designers
travelled the world to find the 'ultimate adornments' and
weave them into their work.
Be it the 700-diamond Qipao cuff, the 50ct Guipure necklace or
the breathtaking Mrs Winston Necklace with its 207 pearl-cut
diamonds (187ct of them too), the pieces themselves sparkle with
perfectly cut stones set in platinum, with varying settings within
each piece, as Frédéric himself enthuses "a beautiful diamond on
platinum has a spark, a flash, a colour and an intensity that is
From their 100,000 piece East Coast archive, Mr de Narp isn't
far wrong when he says "this is really a collection that is
Winston into the next century". With adornments like
these, who are we to argue?