July’s Journées de la Haute Joaillerie, held during Paris Couture Week, will see the unveiling of an eclectic collection of couture rings featuring Gemfields’ Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds.
Designed and selected for the Paris showcase by Gemfields’ talented high and fine jewellery brand partners, each ring in the range channels the beauty of these gems in its own unique way: from a flower-shaped creation evoking cherry blossom, to an asymmetric Modernist mini-sculpture, to a fire-breathing dragon from Fabergé, inspired by the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
A world-leading responsible miner and marketer of coloured gemstones, Gemfields is delighted that rubies from its Montepuez mine in Mozambique and emeralds from its Kagem mine in Zambia will dazzle the jewellery world at this esteemed moment in the capital of fashion. Gemfields is also proud to have partnered with fine jewellery designers who share the same priorities of sustainability and best practice, as well as a love of nature, which shines through in the new designs.
Rubies take centre stage in rings by AYA, Shachee Fine Jewellery, Margery Hirschey and Fabergé – fittingly, with ruby the birthstone for the month of July. AYA’s simple Three Stone Ruby Ring was inspired by founder Chelsy Davy’s African upbringing.
“We wanted to create something bold and easy to wear,” she says. Shachee uses rubies to conjure cherry blossoms, “the sweetness of nectar and romancing with the blooms”. Margery Hirschey’s Selene Ring is a whimsical piece of wearable art; while Fabergé uses rubies to depict fire emanating from a dragon’s mouth in its Game of Thrones Ruby Dragon Skeleton Ring.
Bina Goenka, Fehmida Lakhany, House of Meraki and GFG Jewellery by Nilufer all opted to make a statement with emeralds. Bina Goenka evokes winter foliage with pear-shaped emeralds, while Fehmida Lakhany uses the same shape to reflect “the complementary forces of Yin and Yang in our modern lives”.
House of Meraki founder Gargi Rathi is known as, the Emerald Lady, for her love of the precious green gems and her striking ring is a love letter to them; while GFG Jewellery by Nilufer uses emeralds and diamonds together for a pixelated effect.
And last but not least: in a playful diversion from rings, the world’s first fine jewellery-eyewear house, Francis de Lara has created Ribbon Hearts sunglasses frames, made from gold-plated aerospace-grade titanium, with Zambian emerald ‘tears’ – just the thing to blend in at Paris Couture.
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