Ref #: CNMIX15800
Multicolored Sapphire & Diamond Necklace & Earrings
Multicolored, cushion-cut sapphire necklace, and matching earrings, in titanium and 18k yellow gold, accented by round-cut diamonds. The necklace composed of 21 cushion-cut sapphires, ranging in color from royal blue to brilliant pink, weighing 49.70 total carats and 390 diamonds weighing 3.17 total carats, and the earrings composed of two sapphires weighing 5.57 total carats with 24 diamonds weighing 0.08 total carats. Designed by Manuel Bouvier for Betteridge. 16" length.
There is a rare breed of contemporary jewelry that, the minute it is made, one knows it will endure the vagaries of fashion and never become the victim of boredom.
This multicolored sapphire necklace is one such enduring example. Mounted in titanium, it combines quality material with superb design and craftsmanship. Built in Geneva, in one of the world’s finest workshops, it was so difficult to make the designer vowed he would never construct jewelry using these techniques again.
Titanium is one of the most difficult metals for a jeweler to craft; it is temperamental and stiff, so if mistakes are made the work must be scrapped and begun again. Gold and platinum are much more forgiving.
The audacious way that the designer has mirrored the brilliant colors of the sapphires in the titanium itself (through a painstaking scientific process that is difficult to describe and harder yet to understand) is what makes this a masterpiece.
Instead of creating a piece that could be considered gaudy or gauche, he has transformed what could have been a predictable multicolored sapphire necklace into something both elegant and utterly unique.