Often at times the word “Couture” is used to describe something that is refined and unique, but what does “Couture” really mean, where does the term “Haute Couture” come from, and what is considered “Haute Couture Jewelry?”
Image: An exquisite Tutti-Frutti Couture bracelet dripping with Fancy Coloured Diamonds.112 magnificent Rose-cut diamonds that are set in a 175mm long Multicolor Diamond Bracelet of 54.84 carats – designed by Leibish & Co.
Luxurious and Beautiful
Couture jewelry is more than just formations of precious stones and metals. Similar to the way in which a plain canvas and some paint is transformed into a beautiful and valuable piece of art. Couture jewelry begins as rough materials and someone’s artistic vision then pairs them together, resulting in more than just a necklace or bracelet, but a dream. From the smallest detail to the larger and more noticeable aspects, Couture jewelry pieces are true works of art.
In order to classify as Haute Couture jewelry, the pieces must be crafted into absolute perfection using the finest materials, original and sophisticated designs, and flawless implementation.
The Value of Couture Jewelry
Since not every piece of jewelry can be considered Haute Couture, the ones that are can be quite pricey. However, Couture jewelry, especially those which incorporate natural fancy coloured diamonds, is considered extremely valuable. Not only are the materials that are used rare and of the highest standards, but the design and craftsmanship are of the finest levels as well. Much work and effort goes into creating the final product. This includes the hard and dedicated work of the design team; the careful overseeing of the item’s creation, and of course the immense time spent producing the masterpiece. Those with the budget seek out the option of designing Couture jewelry for the exclusivity and privacy that such a process offers.
Images: A superb 18K White & Yellow Gold stunning couture ensemble floral ring. This glamorous design is accented by a 2.13 carat, Round Brilliant Fancy Light Brown diamond. It is surrounded by 379 small round brilliant collection ‘D’ colour diamonds flowing over the gorgeous hand crafted petals of the flower. Designed by Leibish & Co
How Couture Jewelry Pieces Are Made
Couture jewelry pieces are made much like any piece of jewelry except that every step of the process is more complex. From choosing the materials, to establishing a design, to seeing out the execution of the project, Couture jewelry demands much more time, effort, and money than ordinary jewelry. Platinum is considered the most luxurious metal used in Couture jewelry, but sometimes clients prefer 18K gold, or a combination of both. A design is decided upon by the client with the help of the designer or design team, based on one’s personality, personal taste, and appearance. Every skin tone and style of dress requires a specific jewelry design.
The History of Couture
The concept behind Haute Couture items dates back to the 1800s when Couturier Charles Frederick Worth came up with the idea for creating fashion items with a great deal of care, intrinsic designs, and superb quality materials. “Couture” is the French word for dressmaking or sewing and “Haute” can be translated as high or elegant, which results in the translation of “high (or elegant) dressmaking.” Although the term originally referred to clothing, over time many items were added to the Couture category, as long as they fit the criteria of being quality and precisely made, original, and luxurious, among other conditions.
The need for genuinely sophisticated clothing brought forth the term we now know and love today as “Haute Couture.” Having spread its wings from the tight bounds of attire, Haute Couture now refers to a wide range of high-quality, unique, and prestigious items that include the desirable Haute Couture jewelry pieces. Stunning, breathtaking, and valuable, these pieces are items to be cherished and guarded closely for generations.
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