This week I returned from BaselWorld - the annual watch and jewellery fair succinctly described by Vogue as "Fashion Week for the watch and jewellery industries." Basel is an incredible visit for a good number of reasons - including the size of the show itself, the level of exhibitor, the breathtaking product and the pure scale of the stands. So to start - the trends & themes that caught my eye from the show;
The Hall of Elements was a dream for both gemstone and vintage fiends, as between stalls glittering with the finest examples of diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones there was also a huge amount of designer vintage and antique jewellery on display.
Vintage Harry Winston, Cartier, Tiffany and Bulgari were commonplace, while one stand showed off cloisonne enamel Lalique and Fouquet, and another some incredible David Webb creations;
There's always antique jewellery on display at the other UK and Europe based shows, but Basel boasts a particuarly vast selection of quality pieces covering a number of eras and styles.
Natural High You're probably familiar with Victoire de Castellane's psychedelic designs for Dior, and at Basel there was a definite trend towards using coloured metal to achieve equal striking, mind-bending results, often in the form of large scale brooches or cuffs.
Titanium flowers in glossy neon and tropical shades (sprinkled liberally with diamonds) take the floral trend on a technicolour trip, Elizabeth Galton's orchids on acid...
Titanium jewellery could be found everywhere from the International Hall to the highest end of the fine jewellery hall, via subtle inclusions of titanium in Stephen Webster's pieces. I blogged last year about Francis Mertens' beautiful titanium pieces on Astley Clarke, which now seem tame in the face of these pieces...
Photos my own/Giovanni Ferraris and La Reina.