De Beers’ Alchemist of Light Edition Is Simply Magical

De Beers presents the new peerless edition of The Alchemist of Light High Jewellery! Singular in beauty, the edition focuses on light – a pure energy, emanating from the sun and stars. The collection captures the varied expressions of light – it could pierce with intensity or radiate softness, create a play of shadow, or conjure optical illusions. And when light touches a diamond, its colour, cut and the way it is set makes the relationship become even more mesmerising.

After the successful launch of the first edition of The Alchemist of Light High Jewellery collection, De Beers unveiled five jewellery sets during the Couture Week in Paris. The new lines including 45 one-off jewellery pieces, explore the light and shadow play in a riveting manner. The collections include Dusk Reflection, Ascending Shadows, Midnight Aura, Optical Wonder and Frozen Capture.

“The Alchemist of Light High Jewellery collection represents the most creatively and technically ambitious collection we have ever conceived and crafted,” says Céline Assimon, CEO of De Beers Jewellers. “Our design studio, collaborating with our specialist craftspeople, has created individual pieces that are truly wearable works of art.

“There are so many elements that push boundaries. The Dusk Reflection set not only has detachable elements, the magnificent choker transforms into two cuffs, a masterpiece of artistry and technical execution. Both the Ascending Shadows and Optical Wonder sets use coloured titanium and aluminium in striking pink and blue shades to sublime sculptural effect, showcasing both white and fancy colour diamonds. Midnight Aura, evocative of cosmic stardust, sets diamonds within the green gemstone chrysoprase, while Frozen Capture layers diamonds juxtaposed with rock crystal motifs. Every piece is as exquisite as it is extraordinary.”

The Alchemist of Light by De Beers Dusk Reflection choker necklace with multiple lotus motifs suspend a 1.13 carat, fancy intense pink radiant-cut diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection. A near-invisible mechanical system allows the diamond to be detached and worn as a pendant. The choker also divides to create a pair of stunning cuffs.

Dusk Reflection

In a palette of pink and white, the Dusk Reflection set, with four unique designs, is inspired by a sunset radiating a soft glow over the horizon. Pieces are sensual and feminine, set with white round brilliant diamonds woven within alternating rose and white gold settings. Satinée radial finishing lends the gold a brushed appearance, enhancing its radiance.

The small fan-shaped earrings from the Alchemist of Light by De Beers Ascending Shadows is rendered in intense rose aluminium and set with intense pink round brilliant and white marquise-shaped diamonds radiating from a central 1.02-carat pear-shaped diamond.

Ascending Shadows

Pushing boundaries by way of style and narrative, the Ascending Shadows set contains seven architectural pieces, featuring stepped surfaces showcasing a dramatic play of light and shade, reminiscent of the spiral staircase in De Beers Jewellers’ new flagship store in Old Bond Street, London.

The inspired use of pink, blue and green anodised titanium and coated aluminium creates innovative surfaces set with rare pink and grey diamonds, as well as green and brown pink rough diamonds.

The incredible ring from the Ascending Shadows set is rendered in light green aluminium and mimics the theme. Embellished with a plethora of white marquise-shaped and intense pink round brilliant diamonds set in light grey titanium, and rare fancy coloured diamonds at their centres. To complete the set, and to take High Jewellery into a new direction, a bijou de tete features a sweeping double fan on a headband, set with white marquise and green roughs and a central 2.70 carat fancy grey oval-shaped diamond. This can be detached from the headband to be worn as a brooch.

Midnight Aura

Green clouds of stardust are the inspiration for the Midnight Aura set with its five inventive pieces. Black rhodium offers the perfect backdrop to peerless white round brilliant and princess-cut diamonds. These are innovatively set within cabochon-cut green chrysoprase from Africa, a technique that requires incredible precision.

The fabric-like necklace is composed of bezel-set diamonds creating a flexible mesh. Featuring an extraordinary 20.57-carat pear-shaped white diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection, which can be detached, this piece can be worn in three different ways.
The open ring with a 4.23-carat pear-shaped white diamond is placed opposite a princess-cut diamond inlaid into chrysoprase.

Optical Wonder

Optical Wonder is inspired by geometric patterns that create illusionary effects as seen in the work of Victor Vasarely, an exponent of the Op Art movement. The set contains seven striking pieces in which contrasting bold lines, created from pavé-set diamonds and coloured aluminium, cast beams of reflected and refracted light, drawing the eye to the stunning diamonds. In keeping with the Op Art feel, some pieces are monochrome, while others feature vibrant colours.

The standout bangle with its alternating bands of yellow round brilliant pavé-set diamonds and black aluminium, showcases a 3.02-carat fancy deep greyish green oval-shaped diamond.
The dramatic pink ring features white pavé-set diamond lines whirl on undulating, sculptural shapes, converging on the 1.01-carat fancy intense pink radiant-cut diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection.

Frozen Capture

Ice and diamonds share such purity of beauty. And in the Frozen Capture set, inspired by the play of light through frozen rivers, six stunning pieces sparkle with artistic brilliance and diamond expertise. A first for De Beers, the set features rock crystal from Brazil, each individual piece cut solely for this project and even used as a diamond setting.

The contemporary cuff resembling melting ice is composed of crystal squares that suspend delicate marquise-shaped diamond drops.
The ring features an internally flawless oval-shaped 8.24-carat diamond from De Beers Natural Works of Art collection. The round ring is bombé cut from one single piece of crystal, and is engraved with squares to mirror the aesthetic codes of the immaculate icy theme.
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