Haute Joaillerie — Let’s be honest, most of us didn’t get through high school without having to read about star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. And this season, that same Shakespeare legendary masterpiece, inspired the French luxury jewellery company Van Cleef and Arpels, who created the new collection in homage to these fictitious characters.

“For us, the choice of Romeo and Juliet was a natural one for several reasons. Literature is one of the Maison’s major sources of inspiration, and in 2003 we had already paid tribute to the world of Shakespeare with the A Midsummer Night’s Dream collection.” said Nicolas Bos, President and CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Revealed it during Paris Haute Couture Week

The French jewellery company debuted the ‘Romeo & Juliet’ High Jewellery collection at Paris Haute Couture Week. And what a debut it was — a collection that includes over 100 unique pieces — all telling the tale of the young couple, the background and setting of their love story. Everything from the balcony scene to the Structure of Verona. Red and blue gem hues make up the main colour scheme of the collection, representing the coat of arms of the Capulet and Montague families respectively. Mauve, a blend of the two shades represent the passionate love of the couple, intertwined for eternity, along with the hope that the green gems represent.

A tribute to the lovers from William Shakespeare’s play, the duo of Romeo & Juliet clips is one of the most figurative pieces in the collection. Thanks to remarkable three-dimensional craftsmanship, the two figures seem to come to life in this romantic scene. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.
The Romeo and Juliet clip

This is one of the most iconic pieces in the collection. And it comes to life thanks to stellar 3D-craftsmanship. Both characters are decked out in Italian renaissance costumes. Romeo, in a tunic set with sapphires and lapis lazuli, stockings in white gold and black lacquer and a cape in mirror-polished gold. And Juliet in a dress embellished with gadroons, polished gold set with orange sapphires, garnets, rubies and diamonds. Romeo is seen offering his love a bouquet of mauve sapphire flowers, a symbol of their coming marriage and the union of their two families. These duo clips come together, because, how can anyone separate two lovers?

Tatjana Kostic
Editor-in-Chief, Paris
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