All attention may have been on the intricate catwalk shows – and the equally elegant front row attendees – at Paris Couture Week in July 2017 but, behind closed doors, the fine jewellery houses of the Place Vendôme and beyond were showcasing their latest fantastical creations to a select audience of VIP clientele. Created using the finest stones and most skilled craftsmen, these high jewellery collections represent the best of the best and are often years in the making with prices for unique pieces frequently running into the millions. Click through to see this season’s most stunning pieces…
Le Secret by Van Cleef & Arpels
As the name suggests, Van Cleef & Arpels' newest high jewellery collection was inspired by secrets in all their forms – between lovers, family, friends and those you keep just to yourself. Based on the tradition of jewellery as a personal talisman or lucky charm, Van Cleef & Arpels presented an array of transformable jewellery imbued with secret messages, hidden motifs and playful moving parts known only to the giver and the very lucky receiver.
Pictured: Oiseau sure la branche transformable necklace inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale_. Created with onyx, cultured pearls, emeralds, Burmese ruby beads, pink and blue sapphires and white diamonds._