Louis Vuitton’s Ultra-Powerful Take On Jewellery – The Riders Of The Knights Collection
In 2018 Louis Vuitton launched its ‘Conquêtes’ high jewellery collection dedicated to the female conqueror and seductress. This year, it has followed the ‘mood’ with the new ‘Riders of the Knights’ collection which features similarly noble theme – the initial fifty designs of which were showcased at 2019’s Paris Haute Couture week. Louis Vuitton’s latest collection pays homage to the fierce and ferocious personality of modern era women. Think bold, beautiful and brazen, that is the vibe that resonates from the Riders of Knights collection of high-end jewellery. The 50-piece jewellery line is like no other and entails a meticulously-designed collection of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Each piece of jewellery is embedded with high-quality diamonds and gemstones, adding to its persona and appeal.
With its brand-new jewels, the French Maison pays tribute to the strength and drive that compelled medieval heroines to transcend their societal limitations, carving out their own destiny. Dedicated to these women, Director of Jewellery and Watches Francesca Amfitheatrof has designed a fine jewellery collection which shares aesthetic properties with a suit of armour – though this armour is embellished with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, emeralds and onyx.
One of the aforementioned hero pieces of this collection is ‘The Royaume’ necklace embellished with a vivid blue sapphire – a gemstone said to help with protection – weighing 19.31 carats, set on 1,600 diamonds. The necklaces grid-like architecture borrows from design components of a medieval fortress, such as a portcullis, chains, and a drawbridge. The form that the necklace itself takes is a particularly unique one, with Louis Vuitton being inspired by the georgette – a piece of armour which was worn to protect the throat. ‘The Royaume’ was designed with the comfort of the wearer in mind, and its articulation allows for a modern jewellery lover to fully invest in this medieval fine jewellery moment.
Another highlight of the collection is the ‘La Reine’ necklace, embellished with nine aquamarines totalling 152.83 carats and 24.22 carats of diamonds in white gold and platinum. The simplistic choker shape of this necklace and the complementing diamonds serve to emphasise the bright blue aquamarines, conveying a regal and classical refinement.
Interestingly, many of the pieces within Louis Vuitton’s latest high jewellery collection display a more pared-back colour palette than almost all other maisons showcased at Paris haute couture week. Most designs feature one primary coloured gemstone – sapphire, spinel, or emerald – accented by diamonds. Some pieces pair emeralds with sapphires, or onyx highlights, but for the main part, the lack of a multitude of contrasting tones is conversely what makes ‘Riders of the Knights’ stand out.