The art of multiwear
Jewellers are brilliant at inventing mechanisms that enable women to wear their jewellery in different ways.
Jewellers have been designing transformable jewellery since time immemorial, enabling Queens to lighten, refine or wear a necklace in different ways by judicious mechanisms. At a time when women dream of nothing but freedom, jewellery houses are perpetuating the tradition that is an intrinsic part of jewellery history. Redoubling their creative efforts with a vengeance, providing them with playful and versatile pieces that are perfectly interchangeable according to the time of day.
Par Julie de los Rios
With the New York jeweller leading the way, the tiara, head jewellery normally reserved for special occasions, can be converted into a sublime necklace, easily slipped on by stylish women for a romantic dinner or chic party. Set in platinum and sparkling with 178 pear-cut, marquise and brilliant diamonds totalling 36.26 carats.
Boucheron demonstrates its expertise in the multiwear tradition with its “Paris, Vue du 26” Haute Joaillerie collection. Among these Paris-inspired marvels, the Verrière is a long necklace set with emerald beads, paved with diamonds, on white gold, titanium and puffed glass. Its detachable central piece promising the woman who owns it an assortment of styles.
Wear these yellow gold earrings enriched with diamonds, turquoise and serpentine, with their (whole) set of detachable parts, as studs or drops.
Among the new additions to the "Les Icônes de 1932" line, inspired by the first Haute Joaillerie collection created by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1932, the Soleil set includes a transformable necklace — its detachable pendant becomes a brooch. The yellow gold, white gold and diamond ring takes the form of a sun that can be worn on one finger or as two separate rings on two fingers.
Van Cleef & Arpels
The Zip necklace, a masterpiece of ingenuity, stands out as one of Van Cleef & Arpel’s boldest creations. Suggested in the late 30s by the Duchess of Windsor, who was fascinated by the humble zipper, it finally took shape in 1950. Its particularity? It can be worn open as a necklace or closed as a bracelet. The Zip Antique Padma shown here is just one of the variations. A white and rose gold necklace with rubies, cultured pearls, and diamonds.
The Joséphine Aigrette Impériale earrings in white gold and diamonds have all it takes to seduce girls in the public eye. Detaching the drops from discreet clips located on the back of the earring top, transforms them into ear studs that can be worn conventionally or asymmetrically for a subtly rock look.
This plastron necklace, a combination of faceted Paraïba stones mounted on a white gold and diamond structure, can be disassembled, and worn three different ways. How does it work? A clever system of hammers housed inside the pawls, ensuring the safety of the necklace when worn.
The garland-like Goddess Garden jewellery set has been constructed in such a way that it can be transformed into five different jewels. The secret? Soft mesh links, each flower with its own individual mobility, invisible closures. A velvet, white and champagne diamond extension can be worn as a bracelet. Once closed, the motifs at each end form a frangipani flower.
True to the tradition of transformable necklaces, Vatna, from the [Sur]Naturel Haute Joaillerie collection, can be worn with or without the central stone. The upper part can be detached to form a short necklace, the central necklace motif reconfigured as a ring, and side stones worn as earrings.