Passed down through generations and coveted by designer darlings of every era, heritage heirlooms are enjoying a resurgence as consignment classics open a new doorway into accessible bijoux adornment.
Re-invigorating the vintage market, love-worn statement pieces and ornate detailing championed by high-luxe purveyors like Valentino, Lanvin and Dries Van Noten has seen the polished codes of luxury transition from clean, discreet detailing to highly-worked craftsmanship and intricate artistry. Reflected in jewellery collections old and new, previously archived gems are being liberated from their dusty vaults and celebrated for their timeless allure and instant VIP gravitas.
Highlighted in SS16 collections across all sartorial spheres, detailed design is back with laborious, lovingly crafted forever pieces at the heart of the aesthetic. Given a new subversive twist, modern heirlooms offer a charmingly eccentric edge for everyday dressing. Taking designer diamonds off the red carpet and back into daily life, this opulent Cartier pendant necklace is a coup de coeur that beautifully accentuates any ensemble.
Honouring the grand tradition of provenance, this brilliant cut 1.40 carat necklace is a precious piece with a hint of retro chic. Part of the 'C de Cartier' range, this French fancy from the high-luxe purveyor is a once in a lifetime design with confident maximalist overtones. Suited to the shimmering regal touches that saw brands like Saint Laurent and Mui Mui update rock n' roller biker jackets with grungy tiaras and caviar gold brooches, this precision crafted 18 carat pink gold necklace is a deluxe detail for any discerning dresser.
As designers move into an 'excess all areas' approach to accessories, big and bold statement heirlooms from the world's finest jewellers steal the spotlight. With a mix n' match blend of busy accenting taking over today's jewellery game, this fine cable chain diamond necklace becomes the perfect 'pièce de résistance' to pair with floor-skimming crimson mile gowns – or even a dust ball double denim combo...
With fashion returning to its 'haute glam' roots, jewellery trends aren't far behind. Following catwalk's 'more, more, more' mantra for the season ahead, authentic and traditional jewellery designs overtake costume pieces - reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor's penchant for antique treasures. Presented in its iconic quilted and velvet lined box with matching travel case, this desirable objet d'art comes with a rating of 'excellent' and with a certificate of authenticity.
An exhibition-worthy piece with endless fashion mileage, this rare covetable artefact from the revered Parisian jeweller is an elegant show-stopper that you'll cherish forever. A quality design, Cartier's modern masterpiece (available to buy now) bolsters investment jewellery for a new generation of high-luxe hungry hoarders!