Glacıal Symphony – A haute joaıllerie homage to a glıstening glacıer and the summıt of Swıss artısanship
The organically fluid design of the Glacial Symphony chandelier earrings is a homage to the beauty of nature and the creative forces of the Swiss Alps. The chandelier earrings were inspired by the inner world of a sapphire that reveals unique structures which reminded the atelier of a glacier feeding a sparkling mountain stream.
With Glacial Symphony, Gübelin Jewellery presents a new haute joaillerie creation from their company’s own atelier in Lucerne. Inspired by the inner world of a sapphire (5.40 ct), the designers at the jewellery atelier created these chandelier earrings, and with them, a perfect marriage of contemporary and timeless design.
Deeply inspired and highly elegant
The impressive chandelier earrings radiate modern elegance and brilliant reflections of light. The fascinating structures deep within the sapphire served as the source of inspiration for this jewellery piece. With the aid of a microscope, the designers immersed themselves in the stone, where they discovered organically curved flowing shapes which reminded them of a majestic glacier feeding a glistening mountain stream. Following this inspiration, they crafted the Glacial Symphony earrings, whose design reflects the inner beauty of the sapphire. At the same time, the design calls forth light refractions in ice crystals and the gently rippling mountain stream dynamically tumbling through a spectacular Swiss Alpine landscape.
With its sophisticated design, Glacial Symphony opens up two ways of wearing: as classically elegant ear studs or more festively as chandelier earrings with a flowing gemstone setting. The two cushion-shaped sapphires from Sri Lanka (5.40 ct and 5.18 ct) exude elegance and style. As ear studs, they embody purist design while creating a sparkling blue statement. Set in white gold, the ear studs emphasise and highlight the two impressive sapphires. The ear studs can be easily changed into impressive chandelier earrings. Characteristic for Glacial Symphony are the organically flowing shapes, the convertibility and flexibility of the jewellery as well as the fascinating light reflections emanating from the gemstones. Especially the moveable sections of its chandelier element bring this to the fore and create a lustrous, delicate finish.
The iconic ruby from Gübelin Jewellery identifies both versions of wearing the jewellery in the most beautiful way. The gemstone setting in the chandelier element starts with a cabochon-cut ruby. They are followed by diamonds set in a fine, flowing gradation reminiscent of a glistening mountain stream. This bold energy is highlighted by marquise-shaped sapphires, dramatically heightening the dynamism of Glacial Symphony. The chandelier element is characterised by the artistic arrangement of its gemstones.
Gübelin Jewellery’s joy and expertise in working with coloured gems can also be seen and sensed in a further detail whereby selected marquise-shaped sapphires are surrounded by a fine pavé thread. Aquatic sapphires in a harmonious colour gradient emphasise the organically curved shape of Glacial Symphony and bear witness to refinement and the highest degree of artisanship.
The glistening red highlight of this composition is comprised of the two rubies, which lend the earrings finesse and another exciting colour shade. They are a signature design element of Gübelin Jewellery and also grace Glacial Symphony. In addition, the two cushion-shaped sapphires are also accompanied by rubies. A total of four rubies designate these earrings as a Gübelin Jewellery creation.
Glacial Symphony is a symphony of colours, shapes and cuts. Whether the sapphire ear stud is worn solo or in ensemble with the chandelier elements, they always lend every look an individual, modern and personal accent.
The earrings are an ode to both artisanship and creativity. They bear witness to a mastery of the craft, starting with the creative design, hand-painted watercolours and carefully worked out drawings through to the meticulous goldsmithing, the multi-facetted stone settings and the perfect polishing, all of which result in a brilliant interplay. As in a symphony, the various skills of the House of Gübelin harmonise in this jewellery piece: from the choice of the finest gemstones which inspired the designers, its creation in the company’s own atelier through to the scientific analysis of the gemstones.
These chandelier earrings are set with sapphires totalling 17.35 ct. Sapphires are traditionally associated with the colour blue. This colour stands for loyalty, trust and wisdom. In addition to the two cushion-shaped sapphires and the round sapphires in a gradated colour range, the jewellery is set with six marquise-shaped sapphires. Marquise-shaped gemstones are widely used in contemporary creations. They are experiencing a renaissance since their peak during the heyday of design in the 1960s and 70s. According to legend, this shape of gemstone dates back to the mid-18th century to the French Royal Court. King Louis XV is said to have commissioned this cut inspired by the shape of Madame de Pompadour’s lips.
Expertise in gemmology
The House of Gübelin is known throughout the world for its expertise in gemmology. The Gübelin Gem Lab is one of the most renowned institutions in this field. This year, the Gem Lab celebrates its 100th anniversary. Leading auction houses, gem traders, jewellery brands, museums and royal families as well as the Gübelin Jewellery brand have come to place their trust in the Gem Lab’s experience and analyses. At Gübelin Jewellery important gemstones are accompanied by internationally recognised gemmological documents. They provide customers assurance of the identity, authenticity and quality of their gemstones.
The House of Gübelin’s Deeply Inspired philosophy pervades all aspects of the company’s activities. It is based on a unique combination of beauty, knowledge and expertise, always pursuing a deeper understanding of the profession, in tribute to the family’s pioneering spirit. To symbolise this philosophy, each piece of Gübelin Jewellery contains a ruby. It is considered the King of Gemstones and stands for passion and love. The iconic hallmark of Gübelin Jewellery also stands for the Gübelin family’s passion for coloured gemstones.