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The Diamond Story

I think every hardcore diamond-lover follows the news about exceptional stones. de GRISOGONO cut a dash by purchasing the marketing rights of “The Constellation”, the 813-carats rough diamond discovered in the Karowe mine in Botswana by Lucara Diamond in November 2015. To date, it is the world’s third-largest gem-quality rough diamond.

At the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the House announced that the cutting process is expected to be completed by the middle of 2017, and it may unveil one of the world’s largest certified flawless diamonds.

As Fawaz Gruosi, the Founder and Executive Board member of de GRISOGONO said: “I am thrilled to have the chance to work with such an incredible and important diamond as The Constellation. As a jeweller I am conscious of the extraordinary responsibility I have to the stone and to the team who have worked so hard to secure it. To be able to bring my creative skills to the cutting and setting process of such a stone is both an honour and a privilege and I cannot wait to realise my vision for it.”

You can follow the life of the Constellation on the videos shared by the brand: details about the mine, about the characteristics of the diamond, about the creative process and about the first lab analysis.

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Constellation, 813ct rough diamond, photo: deGrisogono

de GRISOGONO also purchased the marketing rights of “The 4 Fevereiro”, one of the 30 largest top quality rough diamonds ever found, and the largest ever found in Angola. It weighs 404 carats and is characterised by an exceptional quality and clarity. The jewellery house revealed it to an audience of celebrities and VIPs in Cannes last year.

In 2017, I’m sure that we can expect the jewels from these stones to appear. Perhaps at the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival…

Jewellery collections

Talking about Cannes, pieces from the Boule, Vortice, India or the Ventaglio collections are beloved choices of the starts at the film festival. These lines welcomed novelties in Basel. The flow and the flexibility of the Ventaglio earring amazed me last year. The fan-like gold and gemstones jewellery had four new variations in 2017: an icy and white diamond set, one with light and dark blue sapphires, a third with pink sapphires and amethysts and a white and black diamond combination.

The India and the Boule collections include very interesting pieces; the gemstones are combined with cabochon-cut stones (such as turquoise, opal, fossilised mammoth ivory and onyx) on white or rose gold. The results are contrasting and daring but sophisticated jewels. Both lines have new additions: the India necklace is a great statement-piece: white gold necklace set with emeralds and completed with big turquoise drops. The Boule pieces are playful and feminine – latest models have turquoise, amethysts and emeralds or frozen quartz and rubelite stones.

The Allegra collection also received a new member this year, called Toi & Moi. It means You and Me in French and in general it refers to a ring that showcases two stones or two motifs. The first and probably most famous example was a sapphire and diamond engagement ring gifted by Napoléon Bonaparte to Joséphine de Beauharnais (his first wife) in 1776. de GRISOGONO strengthened the symbol of personal ties further by having two sets of intertwined diamond-set gold rings turning to each other. The Allegra Toi & Moi line consists of a ring, a pair of earrings and a bracelet.

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Ventaglio ring, pink sapphires and amethysts

 

Eccentrica

After the release of the glamorously smart Samsung Gear S2 by de GRISOGONO in 2016, this year the brand dedicated a mechanical watch to women. Eccentrica, as the name suggests, is not for the faint-hearted. It is bold but elegant at the same time.

From the Latin word eccentricus, “out of the centre” the name also refers to the proportions of the watch with the succession of off-centred circles and numbers composing its silhouette.

The new model is available in a white and red gold case, set with 660 brilliant-cut diamonds. Echoing the gemstones, the genuine galuchat strap completes the appearance of the timepiece. A mechanical, self-winding movement ticks inside.

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Eccentrica

New Retro and New Retro Tourbillon

We loved the shape of the New Retro timepieces in 2015. They are sleek, tasteful and dandy-like with good proportions. The shape was inspired by a cigarette case of Fawaz Gruosi. de GRISOGONO updated the model with a gorgeous blue and brown dial, in two sizes: one for ladies and one for gentlemen.

 
The latest addition to the line is the New Retro Tourbillon with a skeletonised numbered movement, issued in a 25-piece limited edition (in a pink or white gold case). The dial indicates the hours and showcases a tourbillon at 3 o’clock. The front and the back of the case are also crafted in sapphire crystal glass, revealing the details of the calibre; open-worked barrel with volute patterns, black rhodium-plated and gold decorated bridges, sandblasted and horizontal satin finishing.

 

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