Who doesn’t love a stripe — whether that’s the timeless insouciance of a Breton t-shirt, the exacting style of a pinstripe, or the chic lines of a striped parasol beside a pool? So it’s odd that in the jewellery world stripes have not always been popular. Having first gained traction in the art deco era, they really appeared in mainstream brands only in the 1970s. It was in during this time that Bulgari’s Stars and Stripes collection came into fruition, to celebrate the Italian jeweller’s arrival in America, and that Angela Cummings adopted the stripe for Tiffany & Co as one of her signatures (alongside spots). In the past few years, though, they’ve started to make a reappearance, with many of the big maisons enthusiastically embracing them in an overt way (step forward Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels and Taffin), and more subtly (Cartier and De Beers). Why their recent emergence? Because, in spite of its apparent ordered formality, a stripe can be both contemporary and playful, adding a hit of youthfulness to a jewel that might look otherwise terribly serious. And making multi-generational pieces, if you’re a serious jeweller, is now a smart part of the game.
Punchy, playful jewels? We would expect nothing less from Claire Choisne at Boucheron, whose new collection references pop art and the Memphis Group.
This is Not a Ring in titanium, resin and diamonds, POA, boucheron.com
Inspired by the colours of a forest, this torque’s earthy tones signal a more graphic, experimental turn for Piaget.
Metaphoria Terrae necklace in rose gold, green tourmalines, rutile quartz and tiger eye, POA, piaget.com
Blue domes of lapis lazuli are woven into this necklace, set among diamond whitewashed villages — a pattern that echoes the Greek flag.
Aegean Dream necklace in pink gold, lapis lazuli, tanzanite and diamonds, POA, bulgari.co.uk
All the rich, fiery shades of autumn are on display on these ear cuffs, which use negative space to create a stripy design.
Metamorphosis Autumn transformable ear cuffs in white gold, enamel and diamonds, POA, debeers.co.uk
No one uses the saturated colour of ceramic to such mesmerising effect as James de Givenchy at Taffin — it’s no wonder that his jewels are internationally coveted.
Bracelet in platinum, rose gold, ceramic and diamonds, POA, taffin.com
Shells are a recurring theme in jewellery and this cute mother-of-pearl clip by Van Cleef & Arpels will inspire an endless summer feeling.
Lucky Summer Seashell clip in yellow gold and white and grey mother of pearl, £6,750, vancleefarpels.com
Chaumet’s design history is rooted in nature and its latest high jewellery collection, Le Jardin de Chaumet, draws on this connection, exploring botanical blooms.
Agapanthe transformable necklace in white gold, sapphires and diamonds, POA, chaumet.com
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