Masterpiece London 2016, showcasing the best of the decorative arts, closes its doors for another year tomorrow. Here are my top 5 picks of the best jewels:
1. Pink Sapphire Fleur de Lys Brooch by JAR, exhibited by Symbolic and Chase: This piece also won the Masterpiece Jewellery Exhibit of the Year. The experts said: ‘’Technical tour-de-force of mesmerizing light-reflecting pave-set purple and pink sapphires, the outwardly simple fleur-de-lis design reminiscent in its form of an 18th century jewel..”
2. Diamond Sapphire and Emerald Peacock Feather Necklace by Boucheron, exhibited by Sandra Cronan: A beautiful piece made in 1883, the asymmetrical design is groundbreaking for its time. It was bought in 1883 by the Grand Duke Alexis Romanov for his mistress. Sandra Cronan bought the piece in bad shape and it was lovingly restored to a high standard with the cooperation of Boucheron.
3. A Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Spray Leaf Brooch by Carnet, exhibited by Symbolic and Chase: A brooch in the shape of a spray of leaves, it shows that flower design can still be reinterpreted in a new, refreshing number. The fancy intense yellow diamonds are of superb quality and the leaves are mounted ‘en tremblant’, reminiscent of grand jewels of the 18th and 19th centuries.
4. Set of Jewellery by Sotheby’s Diamonds, exhibited by S.J. Phillips: High quality diamonds, creatively set in the most delicate settings that make high jewellery eminently wearable. This set also incorporates the use of blue steel, adding a contemporary edge to the jewellery.
5. Let Life be Beautiful Sculptural Brooch by Wallace Chan: Already covered in a previous blog post, but Wallace Chan’s work had to be included in the top 5. Meticulously colour graded precious stones painstakingly set into stunningly coloured titanium, this pushes the boundaries of creativity to another level.