Tuesday, 19 December 2017

De Grisogono: Daring Creativity By Vivienne Becker

The name Fawaz Gruosi is legendary in jewellery circles. And De Grisogono's dynamic creativity and nonconformist approach have been rejuvenating the conventions of jewellery since the brand was established in 1993 with a boutique on Geneva’s rue du Rhône, where Fawaz eschewed the minimalism characteristic of the decade in favour of rich, sensual, ornate pieces. Written by Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker.


Worn by the most beautiful women in the world the story started with a bespoke pair of pearl and diamond earrings for the Begum Salima Aga Khan, who epitomised the luxury and exclusivity that would come to define the jeweller.


Since then, influential women such as Sophia Loren, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sharon Stone have donned Gruosi’s glittering designs, which explore black and white diamonds, uniquely coloured stones, and innovative yet classic form. But de Grisogono is about so much more: its opulent mix of Florentine and Byzantine influences, its striking gem combinations, and Gruosi’s unsurpassed hand craftsmanship make it singular in the jewellry world, as the arresting images in this luxury volume attest.

De Grisogono: Daring Creativity By Vivienne Becker. $195.00 at Assouline.


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