Monday, February 16, 2015

Piaget Mediterranean Garden

Piaget unveils Mediterranean Garden, a High Jewellery collection inspired by the intense beauty and the glamour of the Riviera.

Celebrating the free spirit of the 1960s and 1970s, the Extremely Piaget collection recalls a stellar period of creativity and innovation in the history of the Maison, marked by an explosion of colour and new shapes, and enhanced by the most precious materials: diamonds, colourful stones and exquisite gold. During these carefree years, with its bold creations, Piaget established itself as the brand of choice for celebrities and the international jet set who enjoyed the glamour of life on the Riviera, and regularly frequented its extraordinary parties, some organised by Mr Piaget himself. Finding inspiration in its rich heritage, the new Piaget Mediterranean Garden collection brings a contemporary twist to the captivating lifestyle of the Riviera with its elegant festivities and stylish fashions. Exploring the elaborate marriage of brilliant stones and intricate gold techniques, these surprising designs for the sophisticated modern woman embody the distinctive elegance associated with Mediterranean living since the 1960s.
With the same boldness that captivated the most stylish personalities of the era, Piaget Mediterranean Garden brings to life the beauty of blooming roses, palm trees and shimmering waters in a style that is uniquely « Piaget », masterfully combining the fine art of gold-smithing and the expertise of gem-setting to create seductive pieces.
The Piaget Rose, inspired by Yves Piaget’s passion for the queen of flowers, is joined by creations with their many surprising shapes, colours and textures. The precision and artistry with which the gold is shaped and woven, and with which the gems are set infuses each jewel with great depth and sparkle, like a secret garden filled with rays of sunlight or the delicate beams of a coastal moon. With Paraiba tourmaline and blue sapphires elegantly reflecting the blue of the deep sea waters, the untameable French Riviera lifestyle is fully staged.
The collection is characterised by two jewellery techniques - twisted gold-smithing and marquise-cut stones - expertly mastered by the Maison. Made popular in the 1960s and 1970s, Piaget has continued to evolve them, developing increasingly complex methods to reach new heights in perfection. The Twisted Gold cuff is created using a single gold wire, rather than two, twisted upon itself.
Achieving the helical pattern with such a thin thread demands precision and patience from the jeweller, who then cuts it into small segments and solders it on the gold band of the bracelet without a single trace of the welding to be seen. Both the border of the bracelet, as well as the prongs holding the diamonds are created from twisted gold.  This unique setting technique gives the impression that the stones are delicately floating on the delicately polished surface of the bracelet.
First commissioned by King Louis XV to emulate the seductive smile of his mistress the Marquise Madame de Pompadour, the marquise-cut tells a poetic and sensual symbolic that perfectly suits Piaget’s femininity. Due to its shape and facets, inclusions and colour are more visible than in other types of cut, requiring Piaget’s gemmologists to source the best clarity and colour for all its marquise-cut diamonds, a process that can take over 6 months. Respecting the codes of the art of gemmology, perfect symmetry of the cut is required to maximize the stone’s face up beauty and contrast brilliance. The marquise-cut gives diamonds a very particular sparkle. The use of this cut has been a classic in Piaget High Jewellery since the Maison’s early beginnings as a master-jeweller.
Only once the best stones have been identified can the virtuosity of Piaget gem-setting begin, each stone placed with the greatest precision around the watch, creating a laurel wreath as a powerful symbol of victory and glory for the woman wearing the timepiece.  Native to the Mediterranean region, the aromatic laurel with its glossy and broad leaves is transformed in diamonds and gold.As the marquise-cut releases the fiery sparkle of the stone, radiating from the centre towards the two ends of the navette, the crown of diamonds that surrounds the dial shines in such a way that the case disappears. The uniquely tapered shape gives this kind of diamond a very particular movement, facilitating the seamless juxtaposition of the stones in a circular shape to create generous volume, while keeping the appearance of the watch light, feminine and delicate.

In a world of fragrant fantasy and floral beauty, the feminine rose in gold and diamonds continues to enthral. Inspired by the leafy and luscious gardens overlooking the Riviera, with their palms, laurels and roses, the Piaget Mediterranean Garden seduces with its elaborately textured gold, marquise-cut diamonds and its explosion of colourful stones.
Ever since Yves Piaget infused the Maison with his passion for the rose, the Maison has cultivated an unconditional love for the queen of flowers. A source of limitless inspiration, the ephemeral yet intense beauty of the rose finds its expression in Piaget’s audacious jewellery creations and timepieces, crafted with virtuosity from gold and the most exquisite precious stones. Ultimate recognition for this unrelenting admiration, the winning rose of the Concours International de roses nouvelles de Genève (International Rose Competition in Geneva) in 1982, an enchanting variety with 80 elegantly serrated petals and a mesmerizing fragrance, was named« Yves Piaget ».
With the rose as its most loyal creative muse, Piaget has become the patron of both the rose and the gardens that lovingly cultivate it, preserving this graceful and seductive flower. As history shows, Mr Piaget was not alone in his love of the rose. Empress Josephine devoted her life to the cultivation of roses, putting together an impressive collection of 250 varieties during her lifetime. The Maison’s support of the renovation of the historical rose garden of the Château de Malmaison, established by the Empress is testament to this commitment to safeguarding the many varieties of roses in their natural form. With 750 new rose bushes planted, the grounds have been restored to their original early 19th century splendour.
Herself a muse to designers and artists, Princess Grace of Monaco shared this passion for the rose. An avid horticulturist and author on a book about flowers, her own love affair for the rose was celebrated with a delicate silver tea rose named « Grace de Monaco » in honour of her marriage to Prince Rainier. Set in the heights of Monaco, the idyllic Princess Grace Rose Garden was refurbished in 2014 under the patronage of Piaget, in homage to Grace Kelly’s beauty, elegance and her favourite flower. Extending this admiration for the rose in all its beauty, Piaget has created the winner’s trophy for the International Rose Competition in Monaco for the past two years - a piece of fine jewellery in rose gold set with a precious diamond pistil.  Just as Grace Kelly’s passion for roses lives on in her Mediterranean gardens, her style and feminine elegance lives on in Piaget’s floral collections.
Mediterranean Garden - Watches
Reference G0A40282: Watch in 18K pink gold. Case set with 668 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 8.68cts). Silvered dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement.Bracelet set with 12 pear-shaped green tourmalines (approx.9.43cts) and 488 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 6.92cts).

Reference G0A40280: Watch in 18K pink gold. Case set with 668 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 8.68cts). Silvered dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement. White satin strap. Folding-clasp buckle set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.18 ct).

Reference G0A40252: Watch in 18K white gold.Case set with 52marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 7.88 cts) and 4 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.18 ct).White mother-of-pearl dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement. White satin strap. Folding-clasp buckle set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.16 ct).

Reference G0A40252: Watch in 18K white gold. Case set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 7.88 cts) and 4 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.18 ct).White mother-of-pearl dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement. White satin strap. Folding-clasp buckle set with 39 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.16 ct).

Mediterranean Garden - Jewellery
G37M3100: Necklace in 18K white gold set with 224 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 44.82cts), 45 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 14.78 cts), 3 cushion-cut emeralds (approx. 7.66 cts), 3 cushion-cut green tourmalines (approx. 6.85 cts) and 2 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 1.86 cts).


G38M1600: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 84 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 8.20 cts), 26 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 5.55 cts), 2 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 1.45 cts), 2 cushion-cut green tourmalines (approx. 2.83 cts), 2 cushion-cut emeralds (approx. 2.62 cts), 1 round green tourmaline (approx. 0.26 ct) and 1 round emerald (approx. 0.22 ct).

G37M2700: Necklace in 18K white gold set with 19 fancy-shaped green tourmalines (approx. 23.44 cts), 89 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 9.62 cts), 10 pear-shaped diamonds (approx. 3.04 cts) and 9 round Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 0.92 ct).

G38M1400: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 4 pear-shaped green tourmalines (approx. 4.59 cts), 12 pear-shaped diamonds (approx. 3.30 cts), 4 round Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 0.38 ct) and 2 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.22 ct).

G37M2600: Necklace in 18Kwhite gold set with 1 pear-shaped blue sapphire (approx. 21.71 cts), 357 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 20.86 cts) and  4 pear-shaped blue sapphires (approx. 15.23 cts).

G34HA900: Ring in 18Kwhite gold set with 1 pear-shaped blue sapphire (approx. 8.48 cts) and 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.96 cts).

G37LZ900 : Necklace in 18K white gold set with 5 cushion-cut green tourmalines (approx. 35.90 cts), 4 oval-cut green tourmalines (approx. 21.08 cts), 6 oval-cut aquamarines (approx. 24.84 cts), 1 pear-shaped aquamarine (approx. 23.12 cts), 233 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 17.47 cts) and 1 cushion-cut aquamarine (approx. 5.65 cts).

G38M1200: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 30 oval-cut Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 13.99 cts), 2 pear-shaped Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 4.01 cts) and 30 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.79 cts).

G36L8700: Bracelet in 18Kpink gold set with 1 oval-cut black opal (approx. 14.82 cts), 8 marquise-cut blue tourmalines (approx. 2.88cts), 6 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 1.86cts) and 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.73ct).

G36L8700: Bracelet in 18Kpink gold set with 1 oval-cut black opal (approx. 14.82 cts), 8 marquise-cut blue tourmalines (approx. 2.88 cts), 6 marquise-cut emeralds (approx. 1.86 cts) and 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.73 ct).

G36L8600: Bracelet in 18Kpink gold set with 8 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 4.87 cts), 1 cushion-cut diamond (approx. 3.03 cts) and 8 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.37 ct).

G32L3400: Brooch in 18K pink gold set with 1 cushion-cut yellow sapphire (approx. 20.61 cts), 16 marquise-cut yellow beryls (approx. 6.80 cts), 8 marquise-cut spessartites (approx. 3.84 cts), 8 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 2.80 cts), 16 round spessartites (approx. 2.32 cts) and 16 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.97 cts).

G38M1500: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 100 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 11.11cts).

G34HB900: Ring in 18Kpink gold set with 1 oval-cut bluish-green tourmaline (approx. 18.74 cts), 382 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 6.49cts) and 7 pear-shaped green tourmalines (approx. 1.96cts).

G34HB900: Ring in 18Kpink gold set with 1 oval-cut blue tourmaline (approx. 18.74 cts), 382 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 6.49 cts) and 7 pear-shaped green tourmalines (approx. 1.96 cts).

G38LY400: Earrings in 18Kpink gold set with 5 pear-shaped emeralds (approx. 3.73 cts), 278 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.63 cts), 4 pear-shaped aquamarines (approx. 2.50 cts) and 2 pear-shaped green tourmalines (approx. 1.85 cts).

G38LY700: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 2 pear-shaped emeralds (approx. 8.56cts), 2 cushion-cut emeralds (approx. 5.69cts) and 150 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.37cts).

G34H9800: Ring in 18Kwhite gold set with 2 cushion-cut purple spinels (approx. 5.59 cts), 200 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.34 cts), 1 cushion-cut pink spinel (approx. 2.21 cts) and 1 oval-cut pink spinel (approx. 2.09 cts).

G34HA100: Ring in 18Kwhite gold set with 1 cushion-cut rubellite(approx. 25.09 cts) and 345 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3.56cts).

G34HA400: Ring in 18Kwhite gold set with 222 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 4.34 cts) and 1 brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 2.02 cts).

G38LZ800: Earrings in 18K white gold set with 48 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 23 cts), 2 cushion-cut emeralds (approx. 7.59 cts) and 6 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.62 cts).

G38LZ900: Earrings in 18Kwhite gold set with 26 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 12.72 cts), 2 South Sea white pearls (approx. 3.94 g) and 4 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.97 ct).

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