Comprising 130 pieces, the collection uses precious and semi-precious stones to a coruscating effect
June 29, 2021: Unveiling an explosion for our senses, Alessandro Michele's second High Jewelry collection for Gucci is called ‘Hortus Deliciarum’, which translates from Latin as “Garden of Delights”. The inspiration behind the collection lies in the transient yet recurring beauty of the changing sky, with its varying colors and constellations. The collection consists of over 130 pieces which are split into four chapters inspired by nature.
The first chapter is a homage to natural landscapes' magnificent beauty, reconstructing them as precious talismans. Diamond cascades evoke the dazzling streams of a waterfall. Mr. Michele creates fringed and tasseled necklaces, as well as chandelier earrings. Dazzling necklaces, such as a bibbed, spinel-dotted explosion of diamonds is as mesmerizing as the Aurora Borealis, or a 6.13-carat emerald parure is as vibrantly green as a springtime leaf.
The second chapter is inspired by the deep, captivating hues of a sunset sky. Styles here draw inspiration from the immensely romantic — perhaps even gothic — bygone settings of the 19th century. Bold new settings and highly unusual gemstones define this set of jewels. Opals and topazes lie alongside spessartite garnets and tourmalines in a skyscape of warm, bright colors.
The romanticism of a rose garden serves as the framework for the most gentle narrative in the third chapter of ‘Hortus Deliciarum’. Each gemstone was carefully selected for its exquisite, light color, such as the sunset-hued pinkish-orange Padparadscha sapphire, which resembles a rose petal on the verge of flowering, or the deep indigo of indicolite tourmalines, which is as inky as a night sky. Some necklaces have detachable pendants that can be worn as lucky charms chosen by the bearer.
The fourth chapter focuses on the animal domain, conjuring up mythic creatures and antique flora. A 16.36-carat opal is accompanied by 22 leonine figurines in one collier-style necklace, making a gleaming pride of lions as a statement of personal strength. The richness of yellow gold is introduced as a new motif, heightened by sunny yellow beryls, in a variety of pieces. With maximalist charm, distinctive and stunning solitaires are redefined. Afghani mint tourmaline, sunset-pink rubellite, velvety violet tanzanite, light orange sapphires, blushed-rose topaz, and the hypnotic brightness of mandarin garnet are paired with pave heritage settings.
Watchmaking is also being revamped in an attempt to find a link between “luxury” and “soul”. Lion heads — one of Mr. Michele’s most treasured symbols — revolve to show and conceal ocean-blue Australian opal dials on a range of dazzling diamond-laden bracelets set with violet tanzanite and rainbows of peridots, pink tourmalines, rubellites, and mandarin garnets. A bangle watch with 275 perpendicular Art Deco diamond baguettes, elegant and modern with a dazzling veiled turquoise dial, is studded with 275 perpendicular Art Deco diamond baguettes.