Seven top jewellery trends from Baselworld
Big colour, luscious rubies, and sleek, minimalist gold designs were among the top trends unveiled at Baselworld, the world's largest watch and jewellery fair held every March in Basel.
For gem lovers, there was an especially wide array of ruby designs, from the rare Picchiotti ring created to mark the brand's 50th anniversary, to Faidee's extraordinary suite of rubies comprised in a necklace worth $US35 million (about $A35.87 million).
While those rare stone designs appeal largely to collectors who continue to see value in gems as an investment, the show also presented several strong gold designs, from Roberto Coin's sculptural rings to Marco Bicego's gold-and-gemstone pieces.
The newest diamond designs offer unique concepts, including Messika's multi-diamond choker with minimalist metal to give the appearance of the stones floating on the neck. Here are some of our favourite pieces from the show.
DeGrisogono presents a fresh mix of gemstones including this pink sapphire and amethyst bracelet. It's part of a series of new designs with contrasting coloured gemstones. (degrisogono.com)
Italian jeweller Roberto Coin created sleek, minimalist gold designs that include the rings in the Cocktail Collection in rose gold with black jade, white jade, and diamonds. (robertocoin.com)
The emerald earrings are part of Chopard's Green Carpet collection featuring high jewellery with responsibly mined Gemfield's emeralds. (chopard.com)
The Parisian jeweller Messika creates modern diamond designs with hundreds of stones in a single piece yet they appear light and sleek. This necklace uses multiple diamond cuts that seem to float on the neck with minimalist metal. (messika.com)
As a source for some of the world's rarest Burmese rubies, fourth-generation jeweller Faidee unveiled the Grand Phoenix necklace comprised of 24 unheated Burmese Pigeon's Blood rubies — the most coveted variety of rubies — weighing nearly 80 carats.
Valued at around $US35 million (about $A35.87 million), the necklace has more than 100 carats of D colour grade diamonds. (faidee.com)
There is a sense of playfulness in the latest Marco Bicego designs with colourful pieces in multiple layers that are light and fun. (marcobicego.com)
Rubies also took the spotlight at Picchiotti, the Italian jeweller that unveiled an 8.05-carat ring designed by founder Giuseppe Picchiotti in celebration of his 50th anniversary in business. It is surrounded by different cut diamonds. (picchiotti.it)