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Thursday, November 10, 2016

White Diamonds Is the Focus Of de Grisogono’s ‘Folies’ High Jewelry Collection

A white gold snake sparkles with a head made of a pear-shaped white diamond and a body covered in 74 baguette-cut white diamonds and another 425 white diamonds

The “Folies” collection from the luxury jewelry house de Grisogono combines styles ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, honoring the accomplishments of pioneering artists. The pieces represent a variety of periods and movements telling the story of major artworks

White gold earrings with 18 pear-cut white diamonds and 905 white diamonds 

“They epitomize absolute art through pure, free-spirited creations in which deliberate choices and a resolutely original attitude have given rise to a recognized style, to trends often imitated yet never equaled, to revered expressions of folly,” Fawaz Gruosi, the brand’s founder said in a statement. The name Folies pays tribute to Gruosi’s “unbridled creativity, daring choices and unconventional approach,” the jewelry house said.

A 16.05-carat round white diamond tops a ring with 16 baguette-cut emeralds that runs along a twisting shank like a sash covered in 412 round white diamonds

The high jewelry collection was introduced at the recently concluded Biennale des Antiquaires art and antique fair. It focuses on diamonds that the brand describes as “exceptionally white, almost colorless gems of rare clarity” with “imposing carat weights that effectively highlight the incomparable radiance of original cuts.” Beneath the classical appearance shaped by Gruosi’s choice of diamonds, are the vivid colors of rubies, emeralds, blue sapphires, black diamonds and onyx.

A white gold ring paved with 319 round white diamonds topped with a 10.23-carat cushion-cut white diamond with a strip of 18 baguette-cut blue sapphires. An additional 60 blue sapphires covers the claws supporting the central white diamond

Gruosi uses a variety of original and large-sized stones. Alongside rail and invisible techniques, he introduces innovative settings ensuring an inimitable sparkle and radiance, right the way through to the claws surrounding the center stone.

A pink gold ring centered with a 14.18-carat round diamond surrounded by 47 briolette-cut rubies

The inside of these jewelry creations is delicately engraved with openworked gem-set scrolling motifs, a secret message intended exclusively for the woman wearing them. 

The designer’s vision was established in 1996 when he became the driving force behind the use of black diamonds, which he branded as “carbonado” that has become the emblem of de Grisogono. Guided by his decidedly non-conformist approach, Gruosi has given rise to revolutionary styles exploring unusual materials and stones previously considered unsuited to jewelry, including unusual color combinations, chiaroscuro effects and black rhodium coatings.

A 16.05-carat round white diamond tops a ring with 16 baguette-cut emeralds that runs along a twisting shank like a sash covered in 412 round white diamonds

Gruosi also is known for his appearances on red carpets throughout the world with internationally known models wearing his high jewelry creations. 

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