11 Episodes, with 22 of the most passionate Jewellers tasked to create the most beautiful jewels in the world. Including unique NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE footage of their secret workshops.
Master Chefs Kings of the Kitchen, The Watchmen, UltraCars
The Royal Jewellers, Fashion Folk, Design & Decoration,
Masters of Music and more:
ANNA MARIA CAMILLI
Designer jewelry with an inimitable style. Art and fashion are mixed in an original creative message. Annamaria Cammilli is proposing different collections, where gold alloy is always very original: many different colours of gold, often mixed together. Diamonds pavé and 18kt gold are often mixed with original cut of precious and semiprecious stones and south sea pearls. This brand is creating jewelry in Firenze since 1982
Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewellery, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm was founded in North Wales in 1865 by Morris Wartski, maternal great-grandfather of the present day Chairman. The business thrived under the patronage of King Edward VII and a colourful clientele including the Marquis of Anglesey known as the 'dancing Marquis' with his penchant for emerald set ping-pong shirts, and the nocturnal Mr Blair who questioned the spirits in his walled garden before deciding on a purchase.
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A disciple of jeweller-genius JAR, who’s work is already fetching record prices at Christies/Sothebys auctions , HK-based Michelle Ong’s jewels can take over 5-6 years to create for her exclusive clients.
Ulrich Garde Due
Founded in Denmark in 1904, Georg Jensen's jewellery and watches have always represented uncompromising craftsmanship combined with timeless design. Its pure, elegant design style is favoured by millions around the world and it is often quoted as one of Scandinavia's most recognised luxury brands.
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Finest handmade gold jewelry with diamonds and coloured stones. Production of necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings, earrings, pendants, chains, etc. Solid, semi-solid and hollow collections of high quality and latest fashion trends.
4,000 year old tradition of Greek art is kept alive. Age old techniques such as granulation, filigree and hand hammering are used along side modern techniques, to create jewelry inspired by ancient civilizations.
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Maria Carola Picchiotti
Picchiotti is worldwide renowned as a premier manufacturing company of one-of-a-kind pieces. A special characteristic of Picchiotti's distinctive designs is the signature use of calibrated stones, such as squares and baguettes. This is a highly demanding and expensive aspect of jewelry design since the stones are extremely difficult to work with, and nobody uses them as extensively as Picchiotti.
Stephen Webster is regarded as the UK's most innovative jewellery designer of our time. Having received countless coveted industry awards as well as becoming a firm favourite with celebrities across the globe, from Madonna to Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne and Cameron Diaz to name but a few. His bold, colourful designs make their way to Basel for 2008 with the new collections "Poison Ivy" and "Fly by Night" and new additions to the Signature Thorn collection, all encompassing the Stephen Webster hallmark of edge, attitude and excellence.
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In 1827, Mr Rocher started the jewellery designs behind Mauboussin. The universal exhibitions of Vienna and then Paris contributed greatly to the brand’s growing success. The great exhibition of Decorative Arts gave recognition to Mauboussin’s know-how. Throughout the 20th century, Mauboussin’s jewellery design went hand in hand, and even sometimes preceded, aesthetic trends and delighted jewellery lovers such as Marlene Dietrich. Mauboussin has long been known for its brilliant use of colorful stones—in 1939 Charlie Chaplin bought his wife, Paulette Goddard, a dazzling gold bracelet with floral motifs in cabochon emeralds and diamonds to console her for not getting the role of Scarlett in Gone with the Wind—and the current collection continues that tradition.
The Sabbadini Jewellery Company has been a family business for several generations. Following in the footsteps of his father Bruno Sabbadini, a widely-experienced stone dealer, company president, Alberto Sabbadini, has been involved in the business for 40 years. His wife Stefania and son Pierandrea are always beside him to present the glamorous Sabbadini Jewellery collections all over the world.
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In a marriage of myth, culture and contemporary design, Zolotas breath new life into the antiquities of Greece displaying in their pieces an homogenous blend of the ancient and the modern wrought from the simplicity of gold and silver. In its own way, a Zolotas creation can bridge the chasm between the mortal and the immortal as images of Danae, Aphrodite and Athena adorn the necks and wrists of modern day muses.
Madame Butterfly, reflects our choice to go back to a past of all white and lightness of transparencies, the guide-lines of all new Staurino high fashion creations. Madame Butterfly alternates very light volumes obtained by combining elements reminiscent of the shapes of small fans, a typical Japanese ornament: hence, the name inspired to the renowned opera by Puccini. A wise use of diamond marquises highlights and embellishes full and empty spaces that give the jewel a feeling of total lightness, almost as if it were a butterfly, hovering in the air. Luxury has no limits. Just like seduction
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She folds, hammers, nails and roughens precious metals, yet at the same time caresses them. "In a jewelry studio we learn to value and appreciate metals and stones," Fanourakis says, "but while we work on them, we treat them like any other kind of material. Think of how gold turns black, and then you hammer it. It is not a pretty sight, and it loses its preciousness. It is when the piece is finished that it regains its beauty and value."
Simple, unique shapes: bright, shining stars, flowers and hearts. Pasquale Bruni plays with emotions, forms enveloping structures and creates sensational effects with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, topazes and tourmalines. His collections display a distinctive style, unconventional and harmonious: a delight to look at, a pleasure to wear.
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Luca Carati style represents the harmonic equilibrium between the artisanal tradition of Valenza and a new desire of innovation. Present and future, classic and contemporary, white and coloured diamonds meet synergistically and reach, in each Luca Carati creation, the highest expression.
Henry Dunay designs are crafted in 18 kt gold. Dunay only uses top quality russian cut diamonds. His precious and semi-precious stones are collected by him personally by the top sources of the world. Henry Dunay designs are exclusive and many are one of a kind pieces.
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Leo de Vroomen is recognised today as one of the world’s most prestigious designers of bespoke jewellery. Born in Holland during the Second World War, Leo was the youngest of eight siblings and the family tulip growing business was long since spoken for. From an early age he dreamed of a more artistic life, a world away from farming. Following his apprenticeship in The Hague and qualifying as a Master Goldsmith in Switzerland he came to London in 1965. Whilst lecturing in jewellery design at the Central School of Art and Design (now Central St. Martins) he met Ginnie, his future wife, design partner and muse. This successful relationship resulted in the formation of De Vroomen Design.
The grandfather of the current directors, a modest and extremely discreet man, Charles Mellerio belongs to the long line of artists in the family. His watercolours were exhibited many times at the Salon des Artistes Français at the Grand Palais and he received the Prix de Rome award for drawing at the age of 20. Nonetheless, he had to renounce the reward for this prize – a one-year stay at the Villa Médicis – and the artistic career of his dreams to take on his role in the family business. There he learned the profession of jeweller and was, in this respect, awarded the title of best craftsman in France. He ultimately declared that he was prouder of this award than the Prix de Rome… Like his grandfather Jean-François and his father Raphaël before him, he himself designed the jewels that can still be admired in the Company’s archives. Charles Mellerio was thus one of the few jewellers to be both craftsman and company director, dividing his time between “the peg” and the accounts books. How better to manage a company than by having an intimate knowledge of all of its workings and mastering the profession with heart, hand and soul?
It has been said of Gianmaria Buccellati that he creates 'paintings' using gold, silver and precious gemstones, such is the beauty of the pieces this second generation master goldsmith fashions. From the moment the concept for a piece enters his mind to the moment it is realised, Gianmaria never strays too far from the centre of creativity; the workrooms that his father Mario had established a generation before.
BENTLEY & SKINNER
Bentley & Skinner, Jewellers by Royal Appointment to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, have between them been buying and selling the loveliest jewellery for over 180 years Today Bentley & Skinner continues in the tradition that has helped to make Bond Street a synonym for all that is excellent in the civilised world.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Stanislas de Quercize
The story begins as most fairy tales end with a heaven sent wedding between Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. Estelle is the daughter of a precious stone wholesaler and the sister of expert gemmologists. Alfred is the son of a diamond merchant from Amsterdam. The year is 1896, the die is cast, their adventure will be enriched over the year by fidelity, feminity, glamour and excellence. Today, the spirit of the family is alive: creativity and craftsmanship are pillars of the Van Cleef & Arpels soul expressed through the technical mastery with the Mystery Setting or the expertise in the art of transformations.
"A piece of jewelry carries a message, has a story to tell . . . It is jewelry with a soul". Ilias Lalaounis, a fourth generation jeweler, has become renowned for creating luxurious gold jewelry steeped in history. Lalaounis creations represent a synthesis of past and present, a unique interpretation of ancient civilisation or culture translated into a modern idiom. Influences as diverse as the Neolithic age, Mycenaean art, the Byzantine era, pre-Columbian architecture as well as science and nature, have all inspired the Lalaounis collections.