Those familiar with London’s Mayfair will have noticed that New Bond Street has had a facelift of late, perhaps in anticipation of Cartier and Chopard’s revamped flagships, and the arrival of newcomer Tasaki. The luxury Japanese jeweller will open its first UK boutique at number 170 on January 14 and those walking through its doors will find it has created eight high-jewellery pieces to mark the occasion.
Tasaki’s signature is fashion-forward pearls – an aesthetic cultivated by placing fashion designers at the creative helm of the house. Currently, the post is held by American-Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung, who is known for his astute sense of glamour. Cue his dazzling pearl jewellery suite: an exquisite necklace (£82,500) made from a graduating strand of Akoya pearls, which is hung with a 20mm silver mabe pearl, entwined in a thread of pearls and diamonds, upon which hangs a five-strand cascade of Akoya pearls. Complementing the piece is a pair of earrings (£33,000) with a centrepiece Akoya pearl cupped by a swirl of diamonds and gradation of pearls.
Classic pieces are given a cool, new twist in the collection, such as a three-strand pearl bracelet (£49,500) with its shimmering mabe pearl centrepiece set in an icy vortex of diamonds and Akoya pearls; and a large 15mm golden South Sea pearl ring (£40,300) that rests on a bed of white diamonds.
The collection feels nature-inspired and fluid yet is edgy and daring, most notably in a standout necklace (£553,000) crafted from a fan of diamond-set fronds and topped with a pendant of two golden South Sea pearls.
The new flagship will also showcase Tasaki’s main collections including one of its bestsellers, Refined Rebellion (pieces from £940), as well as the Balance line (pieces from £1,410). The former, created by fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul, pairs dainty pearls with horns, studs and, in one necklace, golden pyramid cages.