Fine Jewelry Couture . Contemporary Heirlooms


A luxe survey of exquisitely crafted precious jewelry by the most trendsetting designers from around the globe

Olivier Dupon
29 September 2016 | 500+ illustrations | Size: 32 x 23.4 cm 
ISBN: 978 0 500 518601

In the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels in Paris, all jewelry entries were required to showcase an innovative, fresh approach to jewelry making, a philosophy recaptured in Fine Jewelry Couture. Featuring more than 35 master jewelry designers, Olivier Dupon uses his keen eye and creative flair to select the most exciting of today’s high-end jewelry designers working around the globe.

Covering designers hailing from Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan Lebanon, Russia, Turkey, the UK and USA, hundreds of images showcase a broad range of ‘wearable art’. From Aida Bergsen’s flora and fauna-inspired designs, through Anabela Chan’s exquisitely detailed laser-cut brooches to Elie Top’s yellow gold spheres that are a feat of mathematical precision, Dupon introduces highly original up-and-coming designers as well as highly established names in the industry.  

Red-carpet customers and fans include Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Madonna and Michelle Obama. Designers are introduced with a biography that highlights their working practices and key sources of inspiration. Illustrations include sketches as well as images of beautiful finished designs, all of which are unique and many of which are bespoke.

Complete with an introduction, a useful glossary and notes of designers’ websites (some work by appointment only), Fine Jewelry Couture is the perfect, curated resource for both aficionados and professionals who are interested in some of the most visionary practitioners working in the field of fine jewelry today.

Design expert Olivier Dupon’s books include The New Artisans, The New Jewelers, The New Pâtissiers, Floral Contemporary, Encore! The New Artisans and Shoe.

Size Guide


Laboratory-grown gemstones

Laboratory-grown gemstones are stones grown and created in a science laboratory, man-made, rather than mined from the ground and from nature. They exist in two genres, laboratory-grown synthesized gemstones and laboratory-grown simulated gemstones.

Synthesized gemstones

A lab-grown synthesized gemstone shares identical optical and gemological qualities to natural mined gemstones. They have the same chemical composition and structure, hardness and durability, colours and brilliance to their natural mined counterparts. Synthesized gemstones can also have inclusions or perfect clarity.

Simulated gemstones

A lab-grown simulated gemstone shares similar optical qualities, colours and brilliance but have different gemological qualities to natural mined gemstones. They have different chemical composition and structure, hardness and durability to their natural mined counterparts. Simulated gemstones usually have perfect clarity and colour saturations, often with improved hardness and durability, except for diamonds. A simulated gemstone is usually chosen for its balance in optical qualities, durability and affordability.

Recycled gemstones

A recycled gemstone is a re-purposed natural, mined gemstone that has originated from estate or antique jewellery and private, personal collections. The natural gemstones are often recut and repolished, to be reset into brand new creations breathing new life into lost and forgotten jewels.

Natural gemstones

A natural gemstone is one that is naturally occurring in nature and mined from the ground around the world.

For almost all of our simulated diamond creations, it is possible to custom-made for you in laboratory-grown synthesized diamonds, or recycled natural mined diamonds. Please contact BESPOKE@ANABELACHAN.COM for more information.


24k gold

Gold purity content is categorized using the karat system. Pure gold is 24k, it is extremely soft, it bends, warps and scratches easily making it an unlikely metal for jewellery that needs to retain its shape.

18k gold

18 karat gold is made up of 75% gold and 25% alloy. This type of gold is referred to as 18 karat because 18 out of the 24 parts that make up the gold are pure gold. 18K gold is usually the most pure form of gold used for rings, watches and other wearable jewellery.

14k gold

14 karat gold is made up of 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy, or 14 out of 24 parts gold. 14K gold is a popular gold for jewellery, its colour is slightly less saturated and intense than 18 karat gold, with greater durability and affordability.

18k gold vermeil

18k gold vermeil is a 2-3microns thick coating of 18k gold on sterling silver, usually 10-times the thickness of standard plating for greater durability, hardness and affordability.

Rhodium vermeil

Rhodium is a member of the platinum family, and rhodium vermeil is an electroplated coating of rhodium on sterling silver. Rhodium is a silvery-white, hard and corrosion-resistant precious metal that reflects 80% of light, giving one of the best sheens achievable on white gold or sterling silver jewellery.

Recycled Aluminium

Our Aluminium Blooms Collection pioneers the use of recycled aluminium refined from soda cans, a lightweight silvery-white metal that can be cast into fine jewellery creations through the artisanal method of lost-wax casting. Aluminium can be coloured into a wide spectrum of hues through the process of anodizing and physical vapour deposition as used in the automobile and horology industries.

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Your rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are hand-crafted pieces that have been made with care. To make sure those pieces stay beautiful for as long as possible, we have put together some tips for you below.

1. Avoid perfume, sprays or lotions, they might tarnish or damage your jewellery’s surface, pearls or gemstones.

2. Avoid wearing your jewellery during physical work such as gardening or sports.

3. Avoid chlorine swimming pools or hot tubs. The chemicals in the water can affect your jewellery pieces greatly.

4. When undressing, make sure to wipe clean your jewellery with a soft cloth in order to avoid tarnish caused by oils and perspiration.

5. Store your jewellery pieces in fabric-lined boxes or pouches. Avoid scratches by wrapping each item individually in tissue paper or soft fabric.

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Fine Jewelry Couture . Contemporary Heirlooms