By  on July 6, 2007

Fine jewelry presentations have become an integral part of haute couture week. Evoking the past, both real and imagined, was a shared theme among the Place Vendôme jewelers, while Yohji Yamamoto went elegantly astral for the debut of Stormy Weather, his collaboration with Mikimoto.

Chanel: Chanel's new Vendôme collection was inspired by the house's first diamond and

platinum line, launched in 1932. Stars and camellias abound, but one of the standouts is the Pluie de Diamants (Diamond Rain), a collar featuring 450

diamonds twinkling on barely there platinum wires with pear-shape sparklers dripping from its tips.

Boucheron: Boucheron's Fleurs Fatal group features five motifs

inspired by mythical femme fatales. Botane is based on an Asian myth about the peony, imbued with the power to transform into a young woman of irresistible charms. Its necklace depicts the flower's life cycle in three stages, each crafted from white, yellow and pink


Van Cleef & Arpels: The sunken city of Atlantis inspired Van Cleef & Arpels' collection of pieces evoking imaginary sea creatures and subaquatic fauna. One brooch depicts a gold, diamond and yellow sapphire water sprite clutching a vibrant spinel.

Stormy Weather:

Yohji Yamamoto's nascent fine

jewelry line, made in collaboration with Mikimoto, features a group called Moon. The lunar cycle inspired a necklace of 28 pearls set in hammered discs of white gold, and a multiple-bead pendant offering a stylized constellation.

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