Temptations in Paradise

  • Jill Newman

The imagination and artistic vision of the world’s leading jewelry designers take root in nature’s familiar forms, turning them into an exotic array of bejeweled flora and fauna. In this garden of earthly delights, an ingenious, ruby-encrusted mushroom ring draws the eye, a hand-enameled orchid brooch blossoms, and a sinuous, diamond-studded snake choker entices us to explore this organic art.

PHOTO 1: From left: Francis Mertens for Swarovski Runway Rocks titanium-and-gemstone shoulder piece, available by special order from Bergdorf Goodman Fine Jewelry; Leviev orchid brooch of fancy pink diamonds with a 2.08-carat fancy vivid-bluish-green diamond, set in 18-karat rose gold, price upon request; H. Stern gold-and-diamond Hera cuff, $18,500.

PHOTO 2: Clockwise from top left: Nicholas Varney Cicada brooch with Mississippi natural pearl, cat’s-eye chrysoberyls, and diamonds, $44,000, available at Neiman Marcus, Dallas; de Grisogono sapphire-and-diamond brooch featuring a 24.64-carat oval blue sapphire, price upon request; Michelle Ong for Carnet brooch with rubies, pink sapphires, garnets, and diamonds set in white gold and titanium, $300,000.

PHOTO 3: From top: Graff yellow-and-white-diamond floral brooch, price upon request; Leviev leaf brooch set with demantoids and yellow diamonds, price upon request.

PHOTO 4: From left: Cartier orchid ring with rhodolites, rubies, pink sapphires, and diamonds set in rose gold, $77,400; Mikimoto Midnight necklace of baroque South Sea cultured pearls, black rough tourmalines, and diamonds, price upon request; Harry Winston ruby-and-diamond bracelet, price upon request.

PHOTO 5: From top: Tiffany & Co. 18-karat-gold Finch brooch with almandites, spessartites, diamonds, and pink sapphires, $65,000; Sharon Khazzam Ruffle ring with a green pearl, emeralds, tsavorites, and brown diamonds set in gold, $6,800, available at Barneys New York; Francis Mertens gray-spinel-and-pink-sapphire earrings in titanium, $10,875, available at Bergdorf Goodman Fine Jewelry.

PHOTO 6: From top: James de Givenchy for Taffin ear clips with demantoids, tsavorites, and diamonds set in silver and 18-karat rose gold, $40,000; Fred Leighton snake choker with canary diamonds, rubies, and emeralds set in gold, $1,250,000; Russell Trusso enamel-and-diamond cattleya orchid brooch with a canary-diamond center, $9,500, available at Gump’s San Francisco; Nicholas Varney ruby-and-diamond mushroom ring, $29,600, available at Neiman Marcus, Dallas.

PHOTO 7: Clockwise from top: Chopard drop earrings with pink sapphires, rubies, and iolites, $184,460; Buccellati leaf bracelet in gold with pink tourmalines, $47,000; Verdura amethyst-and-diamond Riviera bracelet, $65,000; James de Givenchy for Taffin Lotus Flower brooch with amethysts and tourmalines in platinum, $32,500.

PHOTO 8: From top: Chanel Fine Jewelry earrings with golden-yellow pearls and diamonds, $88,000; Jacob & Co. yellow-and-white-diamond floral cuff in 18-karat blackened yellow gold, $221,200; Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole necklace with diamonds and yellow gold on black silk, $9,450; Stephen Webster Bug Me ring, made of bronze mother-of-pearl with quartz overlay, $9,000, at Bergdorf Goodman Fine Jewelry.

PHOTO 9: Clockwise from top: Kwiat diamond-and-gold bracelet, $52,600; Alex Soldier limited-edition Sunflower ring with tsavorites and natural-color diamonds set in yellow, pink, and white gold, price upon request; Leila Tai plique-à-jour vitreous-enamel Amberwing Dragonfly brooch with a 2.90-carat yellow citrine, $10,800, available at London Jewelers.

PHOTO 10: De Beers Guardian of the Myth ring set with white and fancy color diamonds and featuring a 7.62-carat rough diamond, $130,000.


Alex Soldier, 212.354.4244, www.alexsoldier.com

Buccellati, 212.308.2900, www.buccellati.com

Cartier, 800.227.8437, www.cartier.com

Chanel Fine Jewelry, 800.550.0005, www.chanel.com

Chopard, 800.246.7273, www.chopard.com

De Beers, 212.906.0001, www.debeers.com

de Grisogono, 212.439.4220, www.degrisogono.com

Frances Mertens, available at Bergdorf Goodman Fine Jewelry, 212.872.2579

Fred Leighton, 212.288.1872, www.fredleighton.com

Graff, 212.355.9292, www.graffdiamonds.com

Harry Winston, 212.245.2000, www.harrywinston.com

H. Stern, 212.688.0300, www.hstern.net

Jacob & Co., 212.719.5887, www.jacobandcojewelry.com

James de Givenchy for Taffin, available at Taffin, 212.421.6222

Kwiat, 212.725.7777, www.kwiat.com

Leila Tai, available at London Jewelers, 516.627.7475, www.londonjewelers.com

Leviev, 212.763.5333, www.leviev.com

Michelle Ong for Carnet, available at Carnet, Hong Kong, +852.2526.5194, www.carnetjewellery.com

Mikimoto, 310.205.8787, www.mikimotoamerica.com

Nicholas Varney, available at Neiman Marcus, Dallas, 214.741.6911

Russell Trusso, available at Gump’s San Francisco, 415.982.1616, www.gumps.com

Sharon Khazzam, available at Barneys New York, 212.826.8900, www.barneys.com

Stephen Webster, available at Bergdorf Goodman Fine Jewelry, 212.872.2579

Tiffany & Co., 800.526.0649, www.tiffany.com

Van Cleef & Arpels, 877.826.2533, www.vancleef-arpels.com

Verdura, 212.758.3388, www.verdura.com

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