10 August 2018
and round brilliant diamonds
Tiffany & Co’s 2018 Blue Book Collection: The Four Seasons of Tiffany is a delightful selection of daring and innovative jewellery pieces adhering to five design themes – winter, spring, summer, autumn and colour theory. The high jewellery collection draws inspiration from flora, fauna and the architectural complexity found in nature.
Tiffany & Co described its 2018 Blue Book Collection: The Four Seasons of Tiffany as a bold expression of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation. Featuring jewellery pieces under specific design themes, it is rich with modern and graphic shapes rendered with rare techniques and exceptional gemstones.
Within the winter theme is one of the most exemplary designs, the never-before-seen ice motif, which required the most skilled craftsmen to study the beauty of irregularity and render it in diamonds. The illusion of ice was achieved by individually cutting each diamond into jagged, unique shapes that mimic an iceberg adrift on a sea of platinum. Another study in contrast and irregularity is a necklace of linear diamonds set in platinum that’s made to look like frost.
The spring theme builds on the randomness and asymmetrical beauty of the natural world. The hydrangea designs reveal an intricate clustering of flowers, where groupings are off-centred and mixed-cut diamonds juxtaposed with fancy sapphires, tourmalines and tanzanite stones to create an ombre effect.
In summer, the soft, fluttery diamond-encrusted moths contrast against the bold, angular links, inspired by a 1940s tank chain. An 18-karat gold bracelet anchors different size moths that appear to be in flight or landing, allowing the natural pattern and movement of these creatures to give this classic chain a modern update.
Autumn reveals a lightness and interplay of gemstone colours and cuts. Vines that sprout and blossom in tandem with nature’s cycle can be seen in a stunning necklace where overlapping chains reveal a fern motif that emerges and gently unwinds down the back.
Equally impressive is the large and exquisite Melo pearl of over 109 carats suspended from a cushion-cut and round brilliant diamond twisted necklace set in platinum. The chain tightens its twist upon reaching the pearl and appears to elegantly unravel around the neck. Of key importance to this pearl is that the colour remains orange over the entire surface. The 2018 Blue Book is brought full circle with the colour theory theme, where colour gradation ranges from intensely saturated coloured gemstones to white diamonds.