Good morning, my darlings!
I love clever jewelry and subtle jewelry and everyday jewelry, but sometimes you just want to feast your eyes on a big, juicy, brain-boggling showstopper. That’s what we’re going to do today, with a little help from Andreoli.
The thing that makes these Andreoli pieces so remarkable – besides the obvious characteristics of size, color, and sheer glamour – is the enthusiastic use of briolettes. In this piece, the largest gems are briolettes: the ones that look like lush, trembling droplets of purple dew.
A briolette is a charismatic, opulent way of cutting a gem. A faceted teardrop-esque shape with many varieties, briolettes shimmer from every angle, presenting a constant, ever-changing sparkle rather than the concentrated flash of a modern round brilliant cut, for example.
Briolettes are frequently set in a way that allows them to move, reflecting light from their many factets in an ever changing dance. In other words, they’re a super sexy gemstone cut, sultry and opulent.
For example: imagine this Andreoli necklace when worn. Each luscious peridot briolette would rest gently against the curves of the lucky wearer’s décolletage, shifting gently from side to side with every breath she took. With each subtle movement, the faceted drop would capture the light in a slightly different way, trembling with a constant rain of shimmer.
Pardon me, I need to fan myself now.
Briolettes are one of the world’s oldest gemstone cuts. One particularly famous briolette – the legendary Briolette of India – is a 90+ carat wonder which may also be one of the oldest diamonds in existence.
It’s also REALLY pretty.
The Briolette of India in a photograph by Richard Avedon,
featuring model Penelope Tree. (Image source.)
Although Indian in origin, the Briolette of India’s storied (and somewhat speculative) history begins with its earliest appearance in the possession of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 12th century. It then passed through many famous hands, including King Henry II of France, Cartier, and Harry Winston. It is currently believed to belong to a private European collector.
These Andreoli briolette pieces serve up the kind of ultra glamour that I want to shake in celebrities’ faces when I see them walk down the red carpet wearing a pair of diamond studs.
In a world where you had THIS available to you, why would you not wear it?
Thanks, Andreoli, for giving us all something beautiful to dream about today.
Images c/o Andreoli except where otherwise specified.