As far as high jewellery unveilings go, it was one of the most exclusive ever: a handful of guests in New York were shown just 22 pieces, each built around an extremely rare, large, D-coloured and internally flawless pear-shaped diamond. The collection, Legacy, is a tribute to the 101.73ct diamond of the same name bought by the house in 2013. So perfect in proportions and quality, it is said to be among the finest ever seen and is a suitable tribute, 39 years after his passing, to Harry Winston and his reputation as “the king of diamonds”.
Many of the pieces (all price on request) in the Legacy collection are now making their way to London (July 31-August 31, viewings by appointment only). The main stones took nearly two years to collect, and are here set in platinum, predominantly as necklaces, each with a centre stone of at least 8.51ct. There are also several important rings with stones of up to 10.5ct, and beautifully matched pairs of earrings set with stones of over 4ct each.
Each necklace is fluid, designed to enhance the main gem in different ways, and some are made from the mix of substantial pear-shaped, marquise and round brilliants that compose the classic Harry Winston “cluster” setting. One is set within a pear-shaped diamond loop, another has a regular pattern of waves around the neck, and a third crosses over asymmetrically, with a 15.43ct stone suspended from one side. There is also a piece with a 34.27ct main stone and a complex pattern of lace-like, graduated cuts that are different on each side. All show the renowned quality of the Winston workshops, both in design and execution.