Bound by nature: spring jewellery inspired by the great outdoors

Ellen Millard

20 March 2020

If social-distancing is stopping you from enjoying the first signs of spring, live vicariously through these dazzling jewellery collections that capture the spirit of the great outdoors

20 March 2020 | Ellen Millard

Harry Winston’s Lily Cluster Collection

Harry Winston’s defining motif for more than six decades, the lily cluster draws inspiration from the sculptural geometry of flowers and leaves. Inspired by archival drawings from the 1940s, this dazzling nod to nature recalls the shape of a lily in bloom, transformed into daytime diamond jewels in platinum and rose and yellow gold.


Les Ciels de Chaumet

Translating to ‘the heavens of Chaumet’, the house’s latest high jewellery collection tells stories of the sky, from celestial-inspired suites to dazzling sunshine-themed tiaras. Inspired by founder Joseph Chaumet’s sketches from the 1880s and 1890s, the collection’s Les Habitant de Ciel range is themed around exotic birds and calls on the Maison’s nature-inspired heritage. Jewelled escapism comes best in the form of this Parade brooch, a diamond crane holding a branch of blue, yellow and pink sapphires.


Annoushka’s Garden Party

Inspired by her own glorious garden in West Sussex, Annoushka Ducas’s Garden Party collection mirrors the silhouettes and shadows of graphic topiary trees. Bulbous shapes are reimagined as tiered earrings and bracelets, anchored with diamond studs in place of plant pots. An unexpected reverse of black rhodium reflects the shadows cast by the first sunlight of spring.

From £2,500 for a small pendant,

Rose Dior Bagatelle

“Flowers are the most heavenly creation after women,” said Christian Dior, whose life long love of the rose is reimagined in this jewellery collection. Inspired by and named after the rose garden in Paris’s Parc de Bagatelle, where 1,200 different varieties bloom, the handcrafted collection is made using specialist high jewellery techniques — including a tight “two-bead” setting, which almost entirely masks the gold between the stones and enhances their sparkle in the process.


Van Cleef & Arpels’ Frivole

Van Cleef & Arpels’ annual ode to spring, the Frivole line returns with eight new botanical-themed creations. A new aesthetic for the brand, a polished yellow gold bangle forms the starting point for two blooming designs: the Frivole seven-flower bracelet and the Fivole Secrete watch. High polishing magnifies the brilliance of dainty heart-shaped petal decorations, which unfurl around dazzling diamond centrepieces.


De Beers’ Portraits of Nature

De Beers’ Portraits of Nature collection was more than a year in the making. The brand’s largest high jewellery collection to date, this range of five elegant sets pays tribute to five different creatures from the animal kingdom: the flamingo, butterfly, chameleon, fish and zebra. Each piece is handcrafted from rare fancy colour diamonds and complementing polished and rough diamonds for textural depth. Vivid orange, fancy pink purple and green rough diamonds dance on the wings of the Monarch Butterly earrings, rings and pendant, catching the light with every flutter.


Theo Fennell’s Yellow Sapphire Bees

For 40 years, Theo Fennell has been crafting original jewellery and silverware with exquisite detail. A buzzing ode to the new season, the jeweller’s yellow sapphire bee collection marries its heritage craftsmanship with charming design. Swinging drop earrings, pendant necklaces, bangles and rings dazzle with glittering miniature bees and honeycomb-inspired gems – but our top pick is this endearing 18ct yellow and rose gold honey pot ring, decorated with pink blossom and diamond leaves and harbouring a miniature bee charm.


Tasaki's Scented collection

Inspired by the elegant fragrance of florals, Tasaki’s Scented collection is a delicate line of yellow gold, pearl and diamond jewellery. Specialising in beautiful jewels crafted from rare Ayoka and golden South Sea pearls, the brand has been diving to the depths of the ocean for 65 years. For this suitably spring-themed collection, available as a necklace, ring or earrings, petal-shaped golden openwork is offset with Akoya pearls and dazzling diamond centrepieces.