DELILAH'S GOLDEN CARESS

The Delilah Necklace by Boucheron, in 18 carat yellow gold and diamonds.

As I walked through Bond Street yesterday, I saw in their bright, white window the Delilah necklace.  Since its creation, it has been one of my favourite pieces of jewellery.  It was designed by Solange Azagury Partridge as part of the Dangerous Beauty collection, the collection with which she debuted her tenure as Creative Director of the maison in 2002.

It was inspired by an archive piece over 100 years old: a pearl and diamond drape necklace bought by the Grand Duke Vladimir in 1883.  True to form, Boucheron updated the piece by removing the pearls and replacing it with gold and diamond fringing, which did not compromise the original, playful nature of the piece.  The updated version is about 1.2 metres long, made with over 200 grams of eighteen carat gold.  The modern Delilah necklace is also made out of knitted gold fabric, the threads of which are cut on an angle.  These tiny facets catch and reflect the light in an entrancing manner.  As it has no clasp, the necklace can be worn in many different and imaginative ways- even in the hair as a seriously upmarket headband.

The name of the necklace is highly appropriate, as it instantly brings to mind the Biblical image of Delilah shearing off Samson’s golden locks as she cradled him in his sleep.

Boucheron have also created a bang-on trend version in rose gold and for those who want to be less glitzy, Delilah is also available with no diamonds.  But for me there is no contest: who wouldn’t want to be caressed in diamonds and gold?

Archive photograph of the pearl and gold wrap necklace bought by the Grand Duke Vladimir in 1883, which inspired the Delilah necklace.