Florals have become such an expected motif in the jewellery world — both in the literal and implied sense — that these pieces, albeit stunning, are usually nothing to shout about. But not Reed Krakoff’s latest Tiffany & Co. collection. Inspired instead by paper flowers, the new chief artistic officer has managed to interpret a different side of these blooms, creating gem-studded pieces with the insouciance of deconstructed flowers, yet have no problem holding their own weight amidst a formal ensemble.
“Paper Flowers is about stripping away all of the rules associated with your fine jewellery”, the former fashion designer quipped. True enough, he managed to balance organic and feminine elements to great effect, mirroring delicately-cut paper flowers which are lightly pinned together with rivets.
Consisting of more than 40 pieces, the diamond-swathed fine and high jewellery collection sees the occasional pop of colour from yellow diamonds, tanzanite and sapphires. Simpler options that would make for everyday staples include pendant necklaces, open-flower rings, and post-back earrings, while the more extravagant 68-carat, mixed-cut diamond cluster necklace begets a more glamorous setting. The layered petals in every piece are seemingly held together by polished platinum pins down the middle, echoing the ethereal lightness of paper flowers.
Dainty but unfussy, the Paper Flowers collection is a refreshing homage to nature, one that’s been constantly embraced by Tiffany & Co., but never interpreted with such resounding effect.