Haute Couture Week in January is always a highlight thanks to the exciting new collections by houses like Valentino, Dior, and Schiaparelli, but it's also an important time for the Parisian fine jewellery houses, who present their unique creations in between the shows. Though the most established fine jewellery houses have proven to co-exist over the years, several developments suggest that the competition between them is picking up in intensity. Alongside houses like Boucheron, which have continued to extol their strong craft tradition and creative spirits, other houses are highlighting their ability to offer the most singular stones on the market.
This is the case for Chopard, which for the first time decided to exhibit its expertise in precious stones. Caroline Scheufele, the house's co-president and artistic director, presented a new assortment of extraordinary precious stones – four diamonds that reach some of the highest standards of flawlessness, including one in a shade of dark gray-greenish yellow, one 33.26-carat emerald-cut diamond in a fancy shade of vivid yellow, and a 34.63-carat paraíba tourmaline. A brand representative described the curated collection as "a decisive step that announces the age of maturity of Chopard fine jewellery." The ever-present universe of Victoire de Castellane also served as a strong backdrop for the visual allure of red spinels, tourmalines, opals, and dazzling pearls.
But the most spectacular visions pushed unprecedented boundaries. One of these was Swarovski, which presented a wide range of spectacular laboratory diamonds, all of which were bright and evocative. The other was Louis Vuitton, which made an impression by presenting an exceptional rough diamond of 1,758 carats. Below, see some of the most luxurious fine jewellery creations from Haute Couture Spring 2020.