Bridal jewellery new route for brand, while haute jewels wow at Basel.
Crystal brand Lalique appeared for the very first time as a jeweller at BaselWorld this year, revealing its first foray into wedding and engagement rings, alongside a striking collection of high jewellery based on the Lalique themes of the phoenix, dragonfly and peacock.
The brand’s first engagement ring collection has been based on the shape of lily of the valley flowers and is given the French name Muguet, with the rings’ settings designed in the shape of the flowers.
Rebecca Gentry, UK spokeswoman for Lalique, said the brand has chosen to work with simple round brilliant cut diamonds, but hopes to create an iconic set of rings based around the lily of the valley flower shape.
The rings will start from about £1,100 for a 0.15ct diamond ring in white gold, while larger stone sizes and yellow and rose gold and platinum are also available.
A matching collection of wedding bands designed to fit with the ring were shown alongside the engagement ring collection, while men’s wedding bands were also on show, with an infinity pattern taken from the brand’s Ardent range.
Also on show at Lalique’s BaselWorld stand was its hero piece for 2012, the Vesta Goddess of Fire neckpiece, a crystal mini sculpture based on the idea of the phoenix, with white and pink diamond wings, moonstones, multicoloured sapphires and fire opals set into the design.
The piece can also be worn at a large wing-like neckpiece or a long drop pendant, while the main Vesta crystal goddess can be detached and worn as a brooch.
The design is set with a total 3,110 diamonds, including two pear-shaped pink diamonds weighing a total 3.56cts, and a further 48 coloured gemstones. It has a price tag of £440,000.
Other collections included multicoloured sapphire and diamond pendants and earrings based on Lalique’s classic dragonfly designs, while a collection of Bakelite and corn haircombs paid homage to the brand’s first designs from 1902.
The new engagement ring and fine jewellery collections will be available through the brand’s London store on Conduit Street.
Last month David Speed of Rivoli jewellers, Jersey, said that Lalique jewellery had “proved to be an expected winner” for both jewellery and giftware for Valentine’s Day.
The brand was bought out by Lalique enthusiast Sylvio Denz last year. As a collector of the brand he wanted to revive it a true jewellery company in homage to Rene Lalique, who began his career as a jewellery designer.