Le Marché des Merveilles, which loosely translates to The Wonder Factory, is an apt name for Gucci’s theatrical fine jewellery collection. Designed by Alessandro Michele, the collection is an ornate circus that bursts with gold (18-karat, to be precise), precious stones and enamel. The label’s signature feline motif makes appearances throughout its pieces, from rings to bangles, as well as necklaces.
Michele’s predilection for extravagance is very clear in the collection, especially with the rings. One sees a bejewelled tiger’s head with diamonds for eyes wrapped around the finger, ending with an etched fin. It comes in bold yellow gold, red or green enamel. Another is a chunky rose gold serpent ring with a grooved body and a star-cut diamond for an eye. Nothing like wearing an imposing snake on your finger to make an imposing statement.
The collection’s extravagance also extends to its embellished timepieces. The most subtle offering is the 38mm watch, with either a synthetic green malachite or turquoise stone dial, gold hardware and a black leather strap. On the flipside, Le Marché des Merveilles also has a secret watch, made with engraved silver hardware and a growling tiger’s head to guise the mother-of-pearl face.
Gucci also announced a collaboration with Thai illustrator, Phannapast Taychamaythakool for the artwork surrounding the whimsical collection. Phannapast’s surreal, magical drawings of animals working to make the jewellery is a natural fit to the eccentric collection.
Le Marché des Merveilles is an expression of Gucci’s soul. Outlandish, without being vulgar, its pieces will please any jewellery magpie with an eye for flamboyance.