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The Best High Jewelry We Saw in Paris This Summer, in Pictures

The Best New High Jewelry Designs of 2022 Van Cleef & Arpels

Haute-couture shows may garner the lion’s share of the spotlight in Paris during the first week of July each year, but it’s arguable that the presentations happening behind closed doors offer just as many thrills in handcraft, heritage and star power.

Debuts of high jewelry, the one-of-a-kind designs that represent the pinnacle of a house’s handcraft and its ability to source singular stones, tend to be hushed affairs, taking place in darkened salons around the city (the shadowy spaces all the better for putting sparkling diamonds under literal spotlights). But with all of Paris returning to its pre-pandemic joie de vivre, high-jewelry presentations from houses including Chanel and Dior—as well as Place Vendôme heritage houses like Boucheron and Chaumet—indeed felt a bit more high-wattage and theatrical. And as the latest designs prove, one-of-a-kind jewels are anything but staid these days.

For in-depth descriptions of each of the new high jewelry collections, read our full post here.

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