The Best and Brightest Jewels at TEFAF

  • Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
    Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
  • Wallace Chan's Sea of Joy fish brooch
    Wallace Chan's Sea of Joy fish brooch
  • Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
    Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
  • Hemmerle exhibition at TEFAF in the Netherlands
    Hemmerle exhibition at TEFAF in the Netherlands
  • Otto Jakob’s elaborate Nef necklace, which features a pair of pendants—made with oxidized gold, briolette-cut diamonds, and vitreous enamel
    Otto Jakob’s elaborate Nef necklace, which features a pair of pendants—made with oxidized gold, briolette-cut diamonds, and vitreous enamel
  • Reza's Dune cuff—an elaborate sculptural cuff sprinkled with diamonds
    Reza's Dune cuff—an elaborate sculptural cuff sprinkled with diamonds
  • Reza jewelry
    Reza jewelry
  • Reza jewelry
    Reza jewelry
  • Reza jewelry
    Reza jewelry
  • Verdura's X necklace made with peridots, yellow sapphires, and diamonds
    Verdura's X necklace made with peridots, yellow sapphires, and diamonds
  • Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
  • Wallace Chan's Sea of Joy fish brooch
  • Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
  • Hemmerle exhibition at TEFAF in the Netherlands
  • Otto Jakob’s elaborate Nef necklace, which features a pair of pendants—made with oxidized gold, briolette-cut diamonds, and vitreous enamel
  • Reza's Dune cuff—an elaborate sculptural cuff sprinkled with diamonds
  • Reza jewelry
  • Reza jewelry
  • Reza jewelry
  • Verdura's X necklace made with peridots, yellow sapphires, and diamonds

Imaginative and artistic jewelry was presented alongside some of the world’s most highly regarded art and antiques at the annual TEFAF Maastricht, the world-renowned art fair held from March 10 through 19 in the Netherlands. The event’s contingent of top-notch international haute joaillerie brands unveiled their most creative and lavish designs of the year, including Wallace Chan, Hemmerle, Reza, Chopard, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura and Otto Jakob. Chan, the only living Asian jeweller exhibiting at the fair, captivated visitors with his large-scale sculptural art made from lightweight colored titanium and precious gemstones. One of his wearable pieces, the Sea of Joy fish brooch, resembled a finely detailed sculpture sparkling with opal, yellow diamonds, citrines, lapis lazuli, pink sapphires, and tsavorite garnets.

Two German jewelers, Hemmerle and Otto Jacob, exemplified their unique approach to jewelry making through unusual material combinations. “The juxtaposition of materials such as everyday objects, artifacts, or antiquity that we use gives our creations a vivacity that lends them a different edge,” says Munich-based Christian Hemmerle. To that end, Hemmerle’s stand-out pieces included an aluminium, aquamarine and deep blue sapphire large-scale cuff featuring an ancient Egyptian architectural pattern. In the same Egyptian spirit, Hemmerle created a pair of jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah. The big attraction at Otto Jakob’s presentation was the elaborate Nef necklace, which features a pair of pendants—made with oxidized gold, briolette-cut diamonds, and vitreous enamel—that each sport a flower-filled cornucopia with a macaw peeking its head out.

The New York–based Verdura collection caught the attention of visitors with a colorful new version of its signature X necklace made with peridots, yellow sapphires, and diamonds, as well as an impressive detachable oval peridot drop. Belperron presented a collection of its namesake designer’s early pieces that she made in the 1930s and ‘40s. And Olivier Reza, the creative mind behind Parisian jeweler Alexandra Reza, created a series around last year’s Dune cuff—an elaborate sculptural cuff sprinkled with diamonds—which became the catalyst for a series of new earrings and rings. (tefaf.com)

From Around the Web...
These four designers are making names for themselves in London’s brilliant and bold jewelry scene…
Cadar’s Endless cocktail ring in polished 18-karat gold with diamonds ($12,750)
Five jewelers use shiny gold as their canvas for sculptural new designs…
Foxfire diamond 187-carats
The massive 187-carat gem embarks on a worldwide tour this summer…
These Indian innovators are reimagining traditional styles for modern tastes…
59-carat Pink Star diamond
The Pink Star stands to break a world record when it crosses the block in April…
These bright designs are bursting with color and life…
Hemmerle's jeweled rectangular earrings with a 19th century micro mosaic portrait of an Egyptian Pharoah
A look at the top designs unveiled at one of the world’s most prestigious art and antiques event…
Designer Bina Goenka’s pink-pearl designs are a labor of love, and great persistence…
K. Brunini Jewels
The SoCal-based artist talks connecting to gems, the power of earthly wonders, and more…
This Swiss jewelry house risks shattering its most brilliant gems to create exceptional designs…