Ahead of their time

© Written by Rachael Taylor for Rapaport

Vibrant fashion accessories, often asymmetric or solo earrings, were a key look at recent runway shows by Miu Miu, Diane von Furstenberg and Sonia Rykiel. While colour is easy to inject into costume jewels – bright silk cords, leather, feathers, acrylics, silicone – it can be more challenging in fine jewellery, but advances in science and consumer tastes have led to a rainbow of experimentation.

Kaleidoscopic sapphires will definitely create the burst of colour this trend demands, but chromatic metals – particularly titanium – are where the real excitement lies. This non-precious metal is now in use at nearly every haute joaillerie house, from Chopard to Giampiero Bodino. Stronger than gold and lighter than platinum, it is ideal for setting diamonds, though it is tricky to work with.

While titanium’s natural colour is a silvery grey, the application of heat can transform it into a chromatic chameleon. Blues, greens, pinks, purples or a mixture of these shades are all achievable, and the metal can serve to contrast or blend in with gemstones. More commercial options are also emerging from the likes of Diane Kordas…

This story was originally published in the September 2017 issue of Rapaport magazine. Continue reading to see layouts and download a full-sized PDF of the feature and front cover. (Main image: Chopard)

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PDF of feature: RapMag Sept 2017 Style

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PDF of front cover: RapMag Sept 2017 cover

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