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Exclusive: Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Thistle necklace to go on display in Auckland


Photo credit: Greg Delves
Photo credit: Greg Delves

Jewellery lovers rejoice – Auckland will soon welcome an incredible High Jewellery collection from none other than Tiffany & Co.

Set to be on display in the city’s Tiffany & Co. store from 30 April until 4 May, the collection includes the Schlumberger Thistle necklace, a groundbreaking creation that honours and encapsulates the enduring legacy of visionary designer Jean Schlumberger.

Intricate 18k yellow gold forms bring the diamond buds and leaves to life on Jean Schlumberger’s Thistle necklace. Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Taking more than two years to create by hand, the necklace highlights the bristly thistle flower’s unique shape, which buds from perennial plants characterised by leaves with sharp, protective prickles.

The flower’s silhouettes and stages of growth spring to life in the rare piece, designed to encircle the neck effortlessly.

The completed Thistle necklace sparkles on a wooden mannequin. Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Each one-of-a-kind thistle bud burgeons as though picked fresh from a field of wildflowers, inviting wearers on a journey through nature.

It’s a piece that perfectly fits into the imaginative world of Schlumberger, who transformed high jewellery design with his vibrant visions of flora and fauna.

Castings for Jean Schlumberger’s Thistle necklace together with renderings. Credit: Tiffany & Co.
An artisan examines castings for Jean Schlumberger’s Thistle necklace. Credit: Tiffany & Co.

Paying tribute to Schlumberger’s lifelong fascination with our environment, the Schlumberger Thistle necklace mirrors the natural world’s constant motion and growth.

To create the piece, artisans meticulously used gold wire to tether each sparkling diamond element together, delicately layering in textures, dimensions and shadows.

This level of craftsmanship requires the utmost precision and dexterity to ensure each diamond is perfectly set for optimal appeal and wearability.

An artisan sets a diamond in a casting for Jean Schlumberger’s Thistle necklace. Credit: Tiffany & Co.
An artisan polishes a diamond on the near-complete Thistle necklace. Credit: Tiffany & Co.


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