The ribbon has been a recurring jewellery motif since the mid-17th century, ever since it was first seen on Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Madame de Sévigné. She was one of the first women in the French court to decorate the front of her bodice with bow-shaped diamond jewels. It was such a success that the fashion spread to several European and Russian courts — both as jewellery and ribbons directly stitched onto garments. Today, we see an echo of this historic jewellery trend from numerous brands.
Inspired by the valuables of the Russian Imperial family, Damiani’s Fiocco collection evokes the enchantment of the legendary Tsar treasures. With the collection of bows, Damiani has revived the tradition of Catherine the Great’s pavé diamond bow jewellery. The all-white version, just like these elegant earrings with the sophisticated pavé setting, has diamonds skilfully matched and selected to emphasise the precious nature and timeless charms of white gold.
Palmiero’s sensitivity for beauty has given rise to timeless jewellery. These Bow rings, made of 18k white and rose gold and set with colourless and black diamonds, are inspired by the ribbon — a symbol of expectation and excitement. A well-crafted gift is not complete without the delightful bow.
Moraglione’s Sofia collection is discreet when worn at daytime, and elegant at parties and dinners. Inspired by the regal crown of Queen Sofia of Spain, these Sofia pendants features coral and milky quartz set with brown diamonds and mother-of-pearl in one, and London blue topaz set with colourless diamonds, mounted in rose and white gold, in another.
From Chanel’s Les Intemporel High Jewellery collection comes the Ruban brooch with 294 brilliant-cut diamonds. No matter which jewellery category — necklace, ring, earrings, or bracelets — the bow is sure to enhance the elegance of the piece. And in true Chanel fashion, this bow brooch has various uses — as a pin, a hair ornament, or an elegant bag embellishment.
Tiffany & Co.
The Tiffany Bow pendant is as iconic as the white ribbon tied around the famous blue box of the American jewellery company. This pendant is made of 18k white gold set with colourless diamonds, gently tied, capturing an everlasting moment of celebration. The Tiffany Bow collection should leave you dreaming of all the opportunities to celebrate, if each is accompanied by the famed signature box.
Arte’s necklace draws inspiration from the subtle chemistry sparked off when two souls find each other. The strong masculinity and delicate femininity intertwine to form a love knot. This Bind necklace from the Converge Pearl collection is set with 23 iridescent cultured pearls and joined on both ends by a feminine ribbon with diamonds.
The Diamond Bow Brooch circa 1900, sold by Sotheby’s some six months ago, embodies a spirit of celebration. This signature piece is crafted in white and yellow gold, delicately highlighted with colourless and yellow diamonds. The slight asymmetrical feel to it illustrates both traditional craftsmanship and forward-thinking design.