With currency and stock markets plagued by continued volatility, diamonds are acquiring an extra sparkle for investors.
In fact, De Grisogono founder and creative director Fawaz Gruosi reckons the high-end has never thrived as much.
“There is more money than before. And we never sold as many very, very, very important pieces in all my business history than in 2013. I think people got scared to invest in the stock market,” he said. “I’m talking about $3 million to $5 million just for a purchase. They’re buying something [thinking] that, if worst comes to worst, ‘I would not lose everything.’”
Those seeking investment pieces found plenty to pick from at Baselworld, where brands showcased their finest high-jewelry creations:
• London-based diamond specialist Graff, making its first appearance at the fair, showed the Hallucination, billed as the world’s most expensive timepiece at $55 million. It featured more than 110 carats of extremely rare colored diamonds.
• Harry Winston exhibited the Emerald Cluster, featuring 73 carats of baguette, round, pear and marquise-cut diamonds set in its signature cluster technique and priced at $1.24 million.
• Boucheron celebrated the relaunch of its minimal Reflet watch collection for women and men with a diamond-studded Reflet Pompon version, which comes with a detachable tassel and a $329,000 price tag.
• Chanel showed its most expensive timepiece to date, a J12 Flying Tourbillon set with 42 carats of diamonds, available in a limited edition of five priced at $1.2 million.
• Dior unveiled the Dior VIII Grand Bal Reine des Neiges, featuring a bracelet paved with snow-set diamonds, a bezel set with 60 baguette-cut diamonds and a pink gold oscillating weight set with opal, mother-of-pearl and sapphires. Available in a limited edition of eight, it costs $385,000.
• De Grisogono introduced its Allegra watch, including a diamond-paved version with red indexes priced at $520,000.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)