Tuesday 14 October 2014

Graff's Nuage Jewelry Collection Inspired by Clouds and Flowers

Graff's Nuage Jewelry Collection Inspired by Clouds and Flowers

FORBES, LIFESTYLE 10/13/2014 @ 2:35PM by Anthony DeMarco

Graff Diamonds has released more pieces that it introduced at the recently concluded La Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. Known as the Nuage collection, the high jewelry line keeps in the tradition of gem-centric pieces that the London-based luxury jeweler is known for.

Anne-Eva Geffroy, Graff’s design director, used natural forms; geometric patterns; and a color palette dominates by red, white and blue to create the first six pieces released in the collection. The inspiration is based on her travels to the world’s most famous gardens, including the Ginkaku-ji a Zen temple in Kyoto, the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, the Kew Gardens in London and the gardens of Claude Monet in France.

Nuage is French for cloud and the forms in the individual pieces replicate the swirling of these heavenly bodies. This is probably most explicit in a sapphire and diamond necklace with swirling pavé diamonds in the shapes of clouds embracing brilliant cut sapphires spouting out of the white metal and diamonds like flowers in bloom. The necklace is accompanied by a matching bracelet.

The motif of clouds and flowers are played out throughout the remainder of the collection, which includes matching earrings, bracelet and necklace set with the same swirling diamond pavé over platinum. In this case the flowers are more pronounced in both swirling formations and in use of rubies to create flower figures within the clouds.

Finally, among the items released by Graff, is a platinum and white diamond bracelet using the same motif.

This is classic jewelry in the Graff tradition where high-quality diamonds and gems take center stage and the designs showcase the gems.

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