MILAN — Nature continues to be a boundless supply of inspiration for Gucci’s inventive director Alessandro Michele.
The Florence-based home is presenting its second excessive jewellery assortment, which Michele named Hortus Deliciarum, or “Backyard of Delights,” from Latin to English.
The presentation might be staged on the mid-Nineteenth-century, neoclassical residence Villa Pallavicino in Stresa, Italy, June 20 to 26.
The gathering displays Michele’s iconography and aesthetics and is impressed by the ever-changing hues of the sky at completely different occasions of the day and its constellations.
Michele, as reported, shone the sunshine on Gucci’s excessive jewellery designs additionally presenting his most up-to-date assortment, referred to as “Aria,” in April. “All the pieces should return to life, not be closed in vaults. I’ve an awesome ardour for jewellery, they’re our households’ historical past and are by no means lifeless — identical to the model,” Michele informed WWD on the time, as regular sporting elaborate rings on each finger.
Hortus Deliciarum includes greater than 130 designs, largely one-of-a-kind, and its motifs are divided into 4 chapters.
The primary chapter is an ode to the great thing about pure landscapes, miniaturizing waterfalls by way of a cascade of diamonds, for instance. Michele labored with fringed and tasseled necklaces and chandelier earrings and violet and plum-colored spinels floating amongst dangling drops of diamonds, or Paraiba tourmalines used to evoke the intense azure of the ocean.
A sky at sundown is on the heart of the second chapter with opals and topazes sitting alongside spessartite garnets and tourmalines on a Georgiana collet-set Rivière necklace with an 8-carat opal set with twilight-hued gem stones. Michele described this development as “discordant symmetry,” barely mismatched to channel the idea of sundown.
The third chapter hinges on a romantic rose backyard, represented by rococo bows and sautoirs paying homage to the poetic universe of botanicals. Right here, gems embody a pinkish-orange Padparadscha sapphire, or the deep indigo of the indicolite tourmalines. Some necklaces are designed with removable pendants to be worn as charms, however there are additionally a number of dazzling brooches.
The fourth chapter revisits the staple animals pricey to Michele, from the lion to the tiger. Sky-blue tanzanites recur all through, clasped by roaring lion heads and paired with serpentine opals and verdant tsavorites. In a single collier-style necklace, a 16.36-carat opal is surrounded by 22 leonine figures. The designer launched yellow within the assortment by way of the usage of a number of beryls.
Every animal can be surrounded by flowers, leaves and stars in ornate diamond settings and hidden engravings.
Afghani mint tourmaline, sunset-pink rubellite, velvety violet tanzanites, mild orange sapphires, blushed-rosé topaz and mandarin garnets shine on the placing solitaires. Distinctive stones embody a spectacular 60-carat rubbelite, a heart-shaped mandarin garnet, and a 16-carat Paraiba tourmaline.
In April, Gucci launched its first excessive watchmaking assortment, made in Switzerland, as reported.
As a part of the brand new excessive jewellery assortment, the corporate can even current new timepieces. Lion heads rotate to disclose and conceal ocean-blue Australian opal dials on a spread of dazzling diamond-laden bracelets, set with violet tanzanites and rainbows of peridots, pink tourmalines, rubbelites and mandarin garnets.
Crucifix watches nod to the Renaissance, embellished with pavé-set dials and star-spangled spinels. A bangle watch is imbued with 275 perpendicular Artwork Deco diamond baguettes, with a placing hid turquoise dial.