The crystal works of BACCARAT, France, have an instantly recognisable and exceptional quality about them. Founded by Bishop Louis de Montmorency-Laval of Metz in the mid-eighteenth century, Baccarat as we now know it came into existence at the instance of Louis XV who permitted the creation of a factory opposite the village of Baccarat in 1764. Six decades later Baccarat became the leader of crystal works in France. The love affair with crystal has morphed into many sensual and breathtaking pieces of art, including tableware, decorative objects, carafes, chandeliers, and of course, jewellery.
For Style Quotient, we showcase some of their fun and graphic jewellery employing crystal cuts mounted in vermeil. For the first time, some of Baccarat’s latest lines, B Mania and B Lovely, draw inspiration from its 172-year-old glassware collection, Harcourt. The jewels are characterised with crystal of a hexagonal base with flat-cut sides that resemble a floral motif.
The iconic jewels are paired with sleek, modern-day silhouettes especially designed by New-Delhi based couture fashion designer, PAYAL JAIN.
The seductive plum and orange hued vermeil collection set with semi-precious stones from the latest B Lovely collection inspired by Harcourt glassware is super cool. Pick out the ring decorated with purple and amber crystals, and a matching sautoir punctuated with purple, amber and mahogany crystal decorations and speckled with semi-precious stones like rhodolites, citrines, amethysts and peridots. The vermeil drop danglers mimic the design motif and are dotted with purple crystal, rhodolites and citrines. Team up the lovely baubles with a visually delightful silk Charmeuse aubergine balloon dress with a cowl neck and gold stole, and be the talk of the town.
There is power in contrast. Slip on a small silver and clear crystal ring with a hexagonal base, triple-edged stem, and flat-cut sides depicting a floral pattern and a large crystal purple mirror ring from Baccarat’s B Mania collection. Add on a link silver bracelet with a clear black mordore crystal charm pendant. Pair the jewels with a draped jersey asymmetric toga dress with link detailing in pewter. Be bold, be your best!
The silk Charmeuse long skirt with a butterfly applique hemline, a draped silk jersey bustier and stole harmonise with the indigo-hued riviera jewels that are reminiscent of the Mediterranean summer. The non-conformist but ultrafeminine silver jewels consisting of a ring, open cuff and a shocker necklace are all adorned with a shimmering butterfly motif – the frisky, spirited winged creature seems like it is ready to take off on a cruise. Make a style statement with these classy jewels.
The elegant and royal honey- toned ‘Favorite’ collection is inspired by the jewels of Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV. The vintage spirit of the jewels takes you back in time. Clear pink mordore crystal is set on an ornate vermeil mount and bears the stylised initial ‘B’ for Baccarat, resembling a coat of arms. Decorate yourself with a large vermeil pendant necklace and a complementary ring set with clear pink mordore crystal, and disc danglers. Offset these objects of desire with a minimalist black cocktail shift dress featuring spiral matt gold applique detailing on the shoulders and hemline.
It’s about time you juxtapose light and dark shades, like pairing this aqua mirror crystal sterling silver ring with the blue Mordore crystal ring. Choose the darker shade of the drop-shaped pendant in sterling silver set with a deep blue Mordore crystal. The jewels will enhance the sapphire ombrey draped ballerina dress with pewter neckline detail. These seemingly bare essentials will take your look to another fashion level.
The geometric silver and crystal jewellery features octagonal shapes that house a harmony of colours varying from dark shades to pastel hues. Wear the plastron necklace, a signet ring and earrings with a refined rust ombrey long fishtail skirt, a corset in metallic chord and applique work paired with a long stole. The sensual and sophisticated style will surely be a hit.