Harry Winston shines bright blue at the Biennale
The ice-white king of New York
jewellery, Harry Winston, brought some unexpected colour
to this year's Biennale des Antiquaires. With the new Water
jewellery collection, a wealth of rare blue and green gemstones is
welcomed into the Winston fold.
Winston is renowned for the crystal clarity of its pieces, with
only rare splashes of colour. In the Water collection, though, the
19 new pieces are set with sapphires and emeralds, as well as heady
turquoise and vibrant Paraibas - and, yes, the legendary Winston
diamonds are still present too. As Art Director Sandrine De Laage
explains: "For the past few years we have focussed on diamonds, but
we shouldn't forget that Harry Winston was a lover of coloured
De Laage went back into the
company's archives to find combinations and settings that Mr
Winston himself used to incorporate regularly. The fluidity of
water is at the heart of the collection, with settings that
seemingly follow the contours of the body, giving it a beguiling
sense of free flow. One bracelet echoes a splash of water, with
short strings of diamonds running free over the wrist.
The combination of turquoise and
blue sapphires mirrors the varying hues of water. Even with these
bursts of blue and green, it's clear to see these are Harry
Winston pieces, with diamonds used to impressive effect. The
stones are all set in ultra-fine platinum wire, with fancy and pavé
diamonds combined with brilliant- and pear-cut stones to create
that free-flow effect. Even the baguette diamonds evoke glacial ice
crystals of water in yet another form.
This is jewellery that is gorgeous
to look at, but even more so to wear. With the new Water
collection, Harry Winston has combined vibrant colours and
a vast array of diamonds with an élan and subtlety that few
jewellery houses come close to these days.