De Beers Imaginary Nature at Harrods
Fine Jewellery Room will be displaying perhaps the most audacious
and highly valuable new diamond jewellery collection from De Beers called 'Imaginary
Nature'. The jewels will be on display until 14th October and are
unlike anything previously created by De Beers . This spectacular
collection of diamond jewels that almost appear to be alive is
based on movement and metamorphosis in Nature. Launched in Paris
this summer, the jewels can now be seen in London and they are most
definitely worth a visit.
These all-white diamond and platinum jewels capture the idea of
wings opening to take flight. But the theme is more fantastical
than a literal interpretation of birds and flight and aims to
express the moment Nature is about to unfurl, be they wings of a
bird or a flower that is about to bloom. This feeling of lightness
and floating is captured in the very airy structure of the jewels
with light mounts and plenty of open work. The diamonds are set to
achieve a maximum exopsure of fire and metal is kept to a minimum
and works hard behind the scenes creating a look that is almost
downy in its softness - something you wouldn't expect from cold
diamonds and hard metal.
Pear-shaped diamonds, the most feminine of cuts, are the centre
piece of the main jewels. The pear-cut diamond appears to be
caressed by swirls of cool baguettes and ribbons of closely-set
brilliant-cut diamonds that are shrouded in a mist of even more
pear-cut diamonds, that in the necklace are all set at graduated
angles and slightly overlapping like feathers themselves.
This effect is achieved by choosing cuts of diamonds that offer
maximum fire and mixing the types of cuts and sizes of
stones. You will notice that there are no square-cut diamonds
and the central pear-cut diamonds appear to be shrouded by the
other stones that wrap around it. The designers' aim was to create
the feeling of the marvel of nature as a frail thing as opposed to
look achieved by rigid symmetrical settings.
A compact collection of just seven pieces, 'Imaginary Nature'
sets De Beers on the map as a jeweller capable of creating
imaginative jewels with a story to tell and the ability to delight
and surprise rather than just the place to go for classic style
diamond solitaire rings and perfect diamond necklaces. This marks a
new direction for the house and I will be following them