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The Silk Route Inspires Piaget’s “Secrets & Lights” Collection

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The history of the ancient Silk Route is illuminated with jewels in Piaget‘s newest high jewelry collection, “Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by Piaget”. Connecting the East and the West for centuries, this complex trade network exchanged not only exotic goods but the countless cultures discovered it encountered along the away. Numerous cities became important hubs for commerce throughout the intricate system that traversed Asia and the Middle East. For Piaget, the historic cities of Venice and Samarkand provide a wealth of inspiration and are the focal points in the collection divided into “Secrets of Venice” and “Lights of Samarkand”. Chosen for their cultural wealth, architecture and creativity, Venice and Samarkand are re-imagined by Piaget’s artisans into 93 unique jewelry creations and 38 fine jewelry watches.

Piaget "Secrets & Lights" Cuff bracelet in 18K white gold set with 1 cushion-cut emerald (approx. 3.46 cts), 8 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 4.80 cts), 8 marquise-cut blue sapphires (approx. 7.66 cts), 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.08 cts) and feathers.

Piaget “Secrets & Lights” Cuff bracelet in 18K white gold set with 1 cushion-cut emerald (approx. 3.46 cts), 8 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 4.80 cts), 8 marquise-cut blue sapphires (approx. 7.66 cts), 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.08 cts) and feathers. Cuff bracelet in 18K white gold set with 1 cushion-cut emerald (approx. 3.46 cts), 8 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 4.80 cts), 8 marquise-cut blue sapphires (approx. 7.66 cts), 10 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.08 cts) and feathers.

 

For centuries, Venice was the gateway for exotic goods from the Orient to reach European markets. The city’s long established ties trading with the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world coupled with its massive fleet of sailing vessels allowed Venetian merchants to dominate Mediterranean commerce, making Venice one of the most prosperous cities in all of Europe during the High Middle Ages. Such wealth demanded impressive displays of the city’s dominance by way of magnificent architecture and splendorous festivities. Today, Venice’s Clock Tower, the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mary’s Basilica and the city’s emblematic lion together influenced the pieces from the “Secrets of Venice” collection.

The Registan At Samarkand In Uzbekistan (Photo courtesy of Robert Preston)

The Registan At Samarkand In Uzbekistan (Photo courtesy of Robert Preston)

 

Lying at the heart of the Silk Route is the ancient city of Samarkand, located on the plain of Zarafshan in Uzbekistan. A significant crossroads and melting pot of cultures, the historic town and its stunning architecture are masterpieces of Islamic cultural creativity. At the city’s center is Registan and its vibrant colors juxtaposed by the expansive desert that lies just outside its reach. Interpreting Samarkand’s cultural significance and heritage, splendid central stones celebrate the high jewelry art of Piaget paired with alternative techniques of Artistic Crafts, such as eggshell-inlaid lacquer, bulino engraving or micro-mosaics.

Together, the “Secrets of Venice” and “Lights of Samarkand” evoke the mystery and magic of the ancient Silk Route, regaling its mythical stories through extraordinary jewels and watches.

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