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JEWELS WITH 'ANIMA': GIANPIERO BODINO
Paraiba tourmaline and diamond necklace by Giampiero Bodino.

Paraiba tourmaline and diamond necklace by Giampiero Bodino.

I had the great fortune yesterday of being invited to attend the Giampiero Bodino High Jewellery event in the Connaught Hotel, in London.  These were jewels that were eye catching for all the right reasons: every single one was a one off piece, with breathtaking attention to detail.  The array of stones was wonderful in its variety, ranging from tanzanites to spinels, Paraiba tourmalines to coloured sapphires.

The House of Giampiero Bodino is the Richemont Group’s latest foray into high jewellery.  The designer is well versed in the decorative arts and a firm grounding in fine art.  Born in Turin, he trained as an architect; his love of shapes and three dimensional concepts led him to design cars for Italdesign and while he was there, he caught the eye of Gianni Bulgari.  This led to a long and happy collaboration with the Italian jewellery firm, after which he opened his own jewellery and watch studio.  As Bodino’s work for the Richemont Group grew, he became exclusive to them and was created Art Director in 2002.

'Simonetta' necklace in multi coloured diamonds and emeralds.

With the group’s backing, the House of Giampiero Bodino opened in 2013.  Its business model takes us back to the days of unique pieces, beautifully made by talented craftsmen- but unlike most of its counterparts, this brand will not open worldwide.  Bodino has its headquarters in Milan and will host private viewing events.  This immediately cuts the overheads of a prohibitive retail operation and delivers jewellery which is admittedly expensive, but not overpriced.

Bodino aims to create pieces with ‘Anima’, or soul, and he certainly succeeds.  The sources of inspiration are varied and disparate: Art Deco, Baroque, nature, India, feminine form, architecture; yet there is a stylistic coherence rarely seen in other designers.

Personally, I loved the use of colour, a subject very close to my heart- the mixing of hugely valuable rubies and diamonds with more humble materials, such as amethysts and chalcedony.  I enjoyed seeing these pieces yesterday and look forward to seeing what Bodino produces in the future.

'Theodora' cuff in chrysophase, purple sapphires and diamonds.

24 Carat Brilliance: Garrard and Co. Launch Their New Collection

It was off to Garrards for me last night to attend the launch of their new range, 24.  The collection alludes to the 24 in the day and infers its wearability day and night.  The number 24 is also something of a charm to the 281 year old jewellers- they are based at 24 AlbermaleStreet, London- their headquarters since 1911, to which they moved back to after a stint in Regent Street.

Layered pendants and rings in white and yellow gold and pave set with diamonds from Gararrard's new 24 Collection.

The new collection, composed of elegantly alternating pave set circles and diamonds, can be worn singly or stacked.  The pendants can be layered and are available in pave diamonds and different kinds of gold. They differ slightly and complement each other beautifully.  Also right on trend is the selection of statement earcuffs, although more classic vertical earrings are also on offer.  The collection is eminently versatile and in my opinion an instant classic- it is not jewellery that will date easily.

A close up of a ring from the 24 Collection in yellow gold and diamonds.

It was good to see some of their new high jewellery sets on display- the one that particularly took my fancy was the Peony Suite- a fantasy of glowing rubellites and diamonds.

The Peony Suite in rubellites and diamonds.

Garrard and Co. is also worth a visit just to have a look at some of their archive on display- this is a jewellery house with an impressive pedigree.  A Garrard and Co. jeweller was appointed by Queen Victoria and an employee of the firm always held the role until 2007.  As such, the firm looked after, restored and made the necessary alterations to most of the treasures held in the Tower of London.  I was delighted to see the original working drawing for the Royal Sceptre to accommodate the Cullinan Diamond and the gouache for the set of jewellery given by the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) to Alexandra of Denmark.

The original drawing of the wedding set the future Edward VII gave his wife, Alexandra of Denmark.