The Portraits of Nature high jewellery collection by De Beers, which took a year to complete, draws inspiration from the play of light that reflects off wild creatures’ bodies and the many scintillating patterns and combinations that it creates.
The Knysna Chameleon hoop earrings are adorned with 58 diamonds that encircle the ears like the tail of a chameleon. The detachable medallion meanwhile features a radiant-cut, dark pinkish-brown centre diamond.
Inspired by the captivating colour of butterflies and their transformative symbolism, Monarch Butterfly is composed of vivid orange and fancy pinkish-purple diamonds.
Comprised of approximately 600 diamonds, the Chapman’s Zebra necklace alternates princess-cut with round brilliant white diamonds set so close that they move in unison. The white diamonds end where iridescent grey mother-of-pearl begins, signifying protection and purity and creating a counterpoint to the diamonds’ graphic lines.
Representing the fundamental freedom of fish, which symbolises happiness and good luck, the Electric Cichlid collection depicts this animal’s sparkling movements through a mixture of fancy yellow diamonds, juxtaposed with yellow rough diamonds. The medallion shines with 163 diamonds while the cocktail ring features a 2-carat oval-shaped fancy yellow diamond.
These intoxicating images result from an interaction between light and microscopic crystals to form chromatic effects, mirroring the way diamonds reflect and refract light – their colours playing on the skin.
"The result is a collection that showcases the myriad tonalities of rough and polished diamonds in rare fancy colours – our most extensive collection to date. Wondrous and dynamic in design and meticulously crafted to move, it is a celebration of both the animal kingdom and nature's other most enigmatic works of art – De Beers' peerless diamonds," remarked François Delage, CEO of De Beers Jewellers.