More and more, the high jewelry houses are syncing the revealing of their latest collections with that of fashion. And while the fall Couture collections were debuting during Paris Fashion Week this week, Chopard gave editors and top clients a snippet of its latest Haute Joaillerie creations.
With previous collections exploring the Animal World, the Geneva-based jeweler and watchmaker turned to Mother Nature and its countless wonders with Fleurs d’Opales. Chopard’s new Haute Joaillerie capsule collection consists of three extraordinary rings that bring to light the magical allure of opals. Fashioned as delicate flowers with realistically rendered petals, the striking black opals at the flowers’ cores emanate a mystical power with their intense and vibrant play of color.
The mesmerizing opal, believed to have magic powers in Greek and Roman mythology, is creatively paired with titanium or zirconium metals. Renowned by jewelers for its extreme lightness, titanium can also be rendered into a kaleidoscope of hues. Zirconium, making its first appearance in Chopard’s jewelry, is championed for its hardness, enabling incredibly precise workmanship. These cutting edge metals are then molded and transformed into floral frames, with stylized stem bands and airy petals in three dimensional form.
The first ring centers a 24.3-carat black opal with magnetic blue and green flights of color. A latticework of undulating petals, seamlessly set with purple sapphires and amethysts, dance around the opal from a vivid green stem band set with tsavorite garnets in 18k white gold.
Electrifying best describes the second ring, whose opal emits a flurry of deep blues with erratic flashes of green. The 20-carat stone is highlighted by a halo of diamond-set pistils and extended by striking petals of finely veined blue titanium. The magnificent bloom finds harmony in the body of the ring, which is set with tsavorites, lazulites and brown diamonds.
The third creation showcases a wider spectrum of color in its 9-carat black opal, whose coveted red play-of-color is amplified by the ruby and purple sapphire pistils surrounding it. The fiery hue is further echoed in the pink spinel petals, which are made of zirconium. Black diamond-set rose and white gold entwine to form the body of the ring.