There’s a saying that goes “When it comes to diamonds, you can only dream of Harry Winston and Laurence Graff.”
For this fall, the House of Harry Winston takes us back in history to celebrate their legendary founder, who revolutionized the jewellery industry with his stylish designs by creating the Belle Collection of jewels.
The journey dated back 86 years to 1926 when Harry Winston purchased an estate from Arabella Huntington for what was then a staggering price of USD $1.2 million dollars. A portion of the jewels that was kept at the estate included exceptional quality diamonds and pearls that once belonged to the railway baron heiress, which inspired Winston, who was already a famous jeweller, to refashion these gems into contemporary designs that were very much sought after.
During the roaring 20’s, only diamonds that satiated the mark of excellence with a colour of D-E-F and an exceptional clarity of VS2 and above were used by the finest jewellers, and were much in demand by prominent families that could afford these jewels, such as Arabella Huntington herself. Winston crafted these magnificent stones into bold geometric bezels with a special hand-set micropave that draws out the finest in the centre stones.
The term ‘Belle’ soon came into use to signify the series of diamond jewellery collections that was inspired by Arabella’s collection, and these fine jewellery designs have withstood the test of time.
For the new Bella series this fall, Harry Winston has recreated key pieces that were constructed from platinum and the finest grade diamonds to continue its legacy of mesmerizing women with diamond jewels. The new collection will retail from USD $6,000 to USD $14,000.