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Stunning Diamonds & Colourful Gems: Amazing Jewellery From Dior, Cartier & More

Piaget’s Sunny Side of Life
A Palm Springs soiree forms the backstory of the Swiss maison’s latest haute joaillerie outing. The 150 jewellery and timepieces carry a tinge of mid-20th century influence that harks back to Hollywood’s golden age, as seen in this gold necklace topped with a 7.84-carat Paraiba tourmaline from Mozambique. The piece bears the brand’s signature palace decor finishing, which lends gold a silk ribbon effect. Bulgari’s The Magnificent Inspirations
The Roman jeweller didn’t have to look far for ideas. The flora and fauna of the Mediterranean, the glamour and excess of Italian style, and ancient Rome’s rich history form the premise of this collection. Bulgari’s The Magnificent Inspirations
As the house’s signature design, the Serpenti turns up in several variations, such as the Seduttori neckace, which boasts a smattering of blue sapphires, rubies and diamond baguettes.The hexagonal design on the snake’s head is a hypnotic and modern interpretation of the serpent’s scales. Dior’s Dior A Versailles
Jewellery designer Victoire de Castellane interprets the opulence and extravagance of the Palace of Versailles by turning artefacts like chandeliers, tassels and mirrors from the legendary Hall of Mirrors into dazzling works of art. To capture the sort of lustre that candlelit jewellery in night-time Versailles possessed, de Castellane drew upon 18th-century jewellery techniques, such as setting diamonds on darkened silver, rose gold, white gold and platinum. Chopard's Red Carpet Collection
It has been the jeweller to the stars at every Cannes Film Festival since 1998. Continuing in its glamorous tradition, this year, the brand turns to flowing and supple open-worked designs for its masterpieces, with a heavy emphasis on colour. Case in point: a tie-necklace comprising five rows of emerald beads that are hemmed by sapphires, rubellites, tsavorites, topazes and amethysts. Cartier’s Magicien
Cartier plays on the notions of mystery, allure and illusion that surround precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubellites and beryls. Cartier’s Magicien
This is evident in pieces such as the graphic and angular Incantation diamond necklace. Pushing a catch changes its curvature, transforming it from a snug-fitting, rigid choker to a longer, looser necklace that still sits close against the skin. An accompanying sapphire can be attached to the necklace or mounted on a ring. Chanel’s Les Bles de Chanel
Unlike the camellia and the lion, wheat isn’t commonly known as one of Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky charms. But, in fact, it has always been a part of her life: she was born during the harvest festival in summer, “Little Wheat” was the nickname her father gave her, and her apartments were surrounded by floral arrangements, art and furniture bearing the wheat motif. Chanel’s Les Bles de Chanel
This 62-piece collection pays homage to that personal story and charts the different stages of wheat’s growth through its delicate designs. The range includes pieces in diamonds, peridot and aquamarines showcasing young wheat shoots in the spring, and more exuberant creations with diamonds, yellow sapphires and pearls that evoke the harvest in summer. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Emeraude en Majeste
French for “Majestic Emeralds”, the collection is a celebration of the brilliant green gem – over 1,400 carats of it, to be exact. Among them is the Bouquet d’Emeraudes brooch, which features 11 blooms carved out of Zambian emeralds that are surrounded by leaves of diamonds and chrysoprase. Chaumet’s La Nature de Chaumet
The French maison digs into its archives spanning 1885 to 1938 – a time when motifs like laurels, wheat, the oak tree and the lily figured abundantly among its designs. Among the highlights is the oak tree-inspired Racines celestes, a versatile necklace that can be transformed into two shorter ones. Comprising rose-hued pearls, violet sapphires, pink and mauve spinels and diamonds, it’s a delicate and ultra feminine piece that characterises much of the collection. See: 5 things this Chaumet book taught us about French jewellery.  An adapted version first appeared in 24:7.  Like this? See why the Michael Kors’ smartwatch is your new fashionable wrist candy, stunning diamond watches from Chanel, Bulgari & more, and 10 things you need to know about the new Chanel j12 watch.