Tiffany's and Paloma Picasso take us back to nature with Villa Paloma
Manhattan takes you to Morrocco,
South Africa and Japan thanks to Tiffany &
Co's latest pieces by designer Paloma Picasso: the Villa Paloma jewellery
collection. Having designed pieces for the company since 1980,
these new pieces were inspired by idyllic gardens visited all over
the world by Paloma herself, "The garden is a gateway to nature,"
she says. "I wanted to create jewellery that captures the pleasure
of discovering its infinite beauty and diversity".
The natural forms of tropical
plants are evident even at first glance, with the palm providing
the creative catalyst for two varying motifs, not just in shape but
also in colouring too, particularly the nephrite green jade
complimenting the 18ct gold forms of the Villa Paloma palm
earrings. Taking cues from the ancient textile pattern of Persia
and India, the Paisley palm is imbued to a different effect in the
18ct gold bangle, available with green tsavorites or pink
Further permutations on this
botanically inclined collection see a confident mix of precious
metals and stones with patterns that manage to conjure romance from
the natural geometry so prevalant in tropical vines and flowers
such as the bougainvillea that provides yet more inspiration from
warmer climes. The work of the craftsmen is evident in a boldly
delicate combination of sterling silver or 18ct gold with, jade,
onyx and scintillating lapis lazuli in necklaces, pendants and
earings, each one representing a different facet of the idyllic
gardens Picasso harkens to.
With over three decades now since
& Co and Paloma Picasso first came together, the Villa
Paloma pieces continue not only a fruitful relationship but one
that has seen Paloma create pieces that immediately breathe with
their own individual character- be it the colourful gemstones or
symbolic doves of previous work, or the clean, bold, and flowery
shapes on display here. Her father may have been one of the
greatest painters of all time, but Paloma Picasso is ensuring a
dynamic and precious legacy of her own.
The Villa Paloma collection is available at select Tiffany &
Co. stores worldwide and prices range from £205 to £37,600.