Fashion designers have been doing it for ages, chefs are enthusiastically championing it, and artists and winemakers have been eagerly venturing beyond their industries to try it together. Don’t get us wrong; we’re talking about collaborations. From apparel to art and even food and drink, recent years have seen a burgeoning trend of creative minds coming together to produce something incredible. Think super stylish apparel and shoe lines, champagne packaged in gorgeous bottles crafted by prominent artists, and sumptuous grub that merges different cultures and culinary techniques. Indeed, the adage “two is better than one” has never been more apt.
This predilection for joining forces, has also made its way into the jewellery world. From heavyweights such as Chopard to boutique labels like Aenea Jewellery, jewellers are now looking to pair up with celebrities, gemstone companies, fashion designers and even other jewellers on their new collections. Case in point: At last month’s Paris Haute Couture Week, Chopard held a joint runway show with Chinese couturier Guo Pei, who matched her models’ ensembles with the brand’s high jewellery. Guo worked closely with Chopard’s co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele on this, and the result was nothing short of magical.
It doesn’t stop there. Here are 5 lust-worthy jewellery collaborations that we can’t help but adore.
In April, Chopard announced its Rihanna Loves Chopard collections, which comprise a haute joaillerie line and fine jewellery range. Designed in collaboration with the Barbados singer, the jewels include a breathtakingly beautiful, nature-inspired pair of earrings (pictured) crafted with floral motifs and dripping with a lavish array of glittering gemstones such as blue, pink and yellow sapphires, tsavorites, aquamarines, Paraiba tourmalines, rubies, and diamonds.
Supermodel Kate Moss has launched her debut jewellery collection in partnership with Brazilian designer Ara Vartanian. The limited edition, boho-chic range comprises rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings crafted in 18k gold with motifs of stars, moons and mandalas, and embellished with gemstones such as garnets, amethysts, citrines and diamonds. The jewels can be purchased from Ara Vartanian’s stores, or online here at Harvey Nichols.
(Photo: Ara Vartanian)
While other brands are joining forces with celebrities, Austrian brand Aenea bucks the trend by teaming up with another jeweller instead. More specifically, it has roped in Jeanine Hsu, creative director of Hong Kong-based ethical jewellery label Niin, for its nine-piece Alaria collection. The line spans earrings, rings, a necklace and a bangle, which are festooned with conflict-free gemstones such as rainbow moonstones, white diamonds, aquamarines and pearls. The earrings can be worn in three different ways, while the necklace comes with a detachable pendant.
Gemfields, a gem-mining company that specialises in responsibly-sourced stones, and New York jewellery showroom Muse have come together on a new collection of charms bedecked with Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds. These come in the form of padlocks, hearts and whimsical shapes such as soda tabs and Day of the Dead masks. We’ve got our eye on the full emerald charm necklace (pictured), which features an assortment of charms on a 9k gold chain. The jewels can be purchased at Moda Operandi’s ongoing online trunk show until 28 August.
(Photo: Moda Operandi)
Fans of rapper Kanye West were left disappointed earlier this year when his debut fine jewellery collection — a collaboration with Jacob Arabo, who has designed for many hip-hop stars the likes of The Notorious B.I.G — sold out quickly after its April launch. The 12-piece range was inspired by 14th-century Florentine art and comprised 18k yellow gold rings and medallion necklaces. But there’s good news: Selected designs from the line have been recently made available on Colette’s online store here.