From colourful earrings and slinky bangles to intricate gold work and neon enamel rings, these are some of the coolest jewels you can buy this Christmas.
German-born artist and fine jewellery designer Ute Decker puts equal importance on the provenance of her materials as the sculptural beauty of her finished creations. Inspired by the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi, Ute Decker has crafted fine jewellery that is minimalist yet magnificently realised.
Fernando Jorge, an award-winning young Brazilian fine jewellery designer based in London, creates jewels that are highly original and very sexy. Fluid lines, soft shapes and sensuous curves make his fine jewellery pieces almost cling to the skin. In some models, even the stones are carved into smooth shapes to add to the tactile appeal of his creations.
Gaia Repossi is the third generation to helm her family's Italian fine jewellery house, Repossi. Although based on Place Vendôme, "we still use the same ateliers as my grandfather and father in northern Italy," she explains. "The head of the atelier is the same person who worked with my father for 30 years." Raised in the south of France surrounded by statement gems created by her father Alberto Repossi, these are not Gaia's personal style. "I would not wear a single jewel as a teenager. I think it's only when you look at design in a radical way, with a strong desire to shift things, that jewellery gets interesting," she says. Joining the business in 2007, when she was 22, she is famed for her Berbère and black-gold Art Nouveau Nérée fine jewellery collections. Her minimalist Berbère ring and ear cuffs have a huge fan base in the world of entertainment.
Within a 40-year history, what began as an independent Egyptian high jewellery company has turned into an international brand renowned as a leading luxury jeweller in the Arab world. Each piece is handcrafted and undergoes a process of creation, which includes the expertise of at least 20 craftsmen, marked by a very manual production process using techniques passed down from the ancient jewellers of Egypt.
Brought up learning about the finest in diamond pieces by her father, a French diamond dealer, Valerie Messika naturally fell in love with the creativity offered by a world infused with diamond fine jewellery. Created in 2005, Messika has flourished into a world-renowned brand that specialises in diamond jewellery.
Ole Lynggaard is a family jewellery business founded in Copenhagen in 1963 by goldsmith and designer Ole Lynggard who created handcrafted fine jewellery pieces. Since then, the brand has expanded considerably but stays true to its passion for exquisitely crafted jewels. Still creatively active and a member of the board, Ole Lynggaard has officially passed on the reins of the brand to his two children, Charlotte Lynggaard as Leading Designer and Creative Director and Søren Lynggaard as company CEO.
Born into a family of luxury jewellery makers, Ara Vartanian is responsible for such innovations as the use of inverted diamonds, and the two and three-finger rings. His high jewellery pieces are handmade and one-of-a-kind, taking in the singularities of the gem and designing upredictable structures around them. His high jewellery designs are loved around the world, and have been worn by clients such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler and Dakota Johnson.
Driven by the desire to amaze and entertain, Vhernier jewellery is a delight. What began life in 1984 as a goldsmith's workshop in Valenza with a passion for gold, coloured gemstones and a desire to create contemporary fine jewellery has, over the years, emerged as one of Italy's most exciting brands. Innovative and experimental, Vhernier's uncompromisingly modern designs are adored worldwide.