Gucci’s new high jewelry collection interprets nature with precious stones
By Vicky Chong
June 26, 2021
Electrifyingly beautiful and unabashedly daring, Gucci’s Garden of Earthly Delights is the epitome of maximalist elegance.
Glamor has no limits with Gucci, as their latest high jewelry collection proves. Appointed Hortus Delicarium, which translates to “Garden of Earthly Delights” in Latin, this is the second fine jewelry collection from creative director Alessandro Michele. Modeled by British actress Jodie Turner-Smith in the visual campaign, the collection does not lack majestic and mythical allure.
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When inspiration calls, Michèle answers. This time it drew on the vibrant hues of flora and fauna, resulting in no less than 130 pieces divided into four scintillating chapters.
The first chapter reinvents the great outdoors in the form of precious stones. Imagine cascading diamond tassels like lively waterfalls and green gemstones reminiscent of Victoriana leaves.
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The second chapter is an ode to electric sunsets and ethereal nightfall. Influenced by Gothic and Romantic art movements, Michele brings to life a jarring symmetry by contrasting pearly opals and crepuscular jewels. Balancing the modern and the classic, they capture the fleeting colors as day turns to night.
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Paying homage to the delicacy of rose gardens, the third chapter is the most feminine of the collection. Colorful Padparascha sapphires, indigo indigo tourmalines and rococo knot details make this daringly romantic jewelry. A few necklaces can be detached and worn as pendants, giving the magnificent stones a chance to shine.
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The final chapter is perhaps the most majestic of all, taking inspiration from the magnificent animal kingdom. The star is a necklace style necklace where 22 leonine figures surround a 16.36 carat midnight opal. To go further, Michele has also integrated watchmaking: the lion’s heads on the diamond bracelets rotate to reveal a dial of ocean blue Australian opals.