The jewellery collection at Masterpiece London is always a dazzling spectacle to behold. The world’s leading collectables fair showcases the finest creations in jewellery, fine art, furniture, and design, spanning from antiquity to the modern era. Attendees can peruse the most exquisite contemporary and vintage jewellery the world has to offer. From long-established jewellery houses such as Wartski to emerging trailblazers in the industry like Fabio Salini, there is a stand for every taste and style at Masterpiece - cultivated tastes and styles that is.
The Masterpiece 2019 exhibition was no exception to the superior quality and diversity of jewellery showcased year-on-year at the event. From ancient Italian jewels from the fin-de-siecle, to Asia’s leading contemporary jewellers. Discover the divine jewellery highlights from London’s prestigious collectables fair.
Cindy Chao’s Masterpiece Highlight 2019
Taiwanese jeweller, Cindy Chao is a renowned name in the world of fine jewellery. The impeccable craft skills displayed through Chao’s unique designs reveal her strong heritage of architects and sculptors. After capturing the attention of critics during the debut at the Masterpiece fair in 2018, this year gained her significant recognition as Chao was awarded the Masterpiece Highlight 2019 for her Winter Leaves necklace. Featuring over 240 carats of diamonds within elegant swells of titanium tendrils, the superior craftsmanship of this necklace was a marvel to observe,
Electric pink by Fabio Salini
Knowledge and experience are visible in all of Fabio Salini’s stunning gemstone pieces. With a degree in geology, experience in the world’s leading jewellery houses such as Bvlgari and Cartier, and an apparent artistry for gemstone design, Fabio Salini certainly brought the panache with his electric designs. All of Fabio’s pieces are handmade in Rome, including his plush magenta earrings featuring rubellite, rhodolite, kunzite, pink sapphires and diamonds. Playing with geometric illusions and feminine shades, these earrings would quench the thirst of all gemstone-enthusiasts.
Wartski’s Aquamarine Dreams
Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, does not always get the recognition it deserves. However, London-based jewellery firm Wartski showcased all the underrated and exquisite features of this crystal blue gemstone in their dazzling Fabergé aquamarine and diamond necklace. Dating back to c. 1900, this unique design features three interlocking diamond hoops of which two drop-shaped aquamarines are suspended. Wartski have an extensive history of providing jewellery to the world’s nobility, from King Edward VII to Jackie Kennedy. This unusual piece typical to the fin-de-siecle style radiates charm and was no-doubt a show stopper and Masterpiece 2019.
Grima Jewellery steals the show
Grima Jewellery are the perfect example of how contemporary design and fine gemstones fuse at the pinnacle of innovation. This British jewellery brand exploded onto the scene in the early 1960s, led by self-taught designer Andrew Grima. Despite never having worked at a bench, Grima’s jewellery became highly sought-after in just a few years, with highbrow clients such as Princess Margaret desperate for his designs. Since Andrew’s death in 2007, his wife and daughter have taken over the brand and continue to create a limited collection of incredible pieces, just like these opal drop earrings featuring a rope design. The Grima Jewellery stand featured an array of architectural pieces and unconventional shapes, putting them in a highly favourable light among the brand’s contemporaries.
Baroque pearls make a splash
It’s not new news that pearls are 2019’s most-loved gemstones. Nonetheless, it’s always good to be gently reminded… especially if in the form of Suzanne Belperron’s pearl and diamond ‘Tonneau’ earclips from Véronique Bamps’ collection. Dating back to the 1950s, these Art Deco style earclips feature a square facade of diamonds and two blush colour natural baroque pearls. Véronique Bamps devotes herself to the collecting of Eurpoean and American jewellery from the 19th century, using her expertise to conserve the finest antique jewellery of striking aesthetics.