Colorful Gemstones: The New Way to Wear Grande-Dame Jewelry

Pile on major pieces for maximum effect. Dior Fine Jewelry rings, prices and availability upon request, by special order, 800-929-Dior.

Forget ballgowns and fur coats—this season’s offerings of wildly imaginative high and fine jewelry in rainbow hues beg to be paired, with say, an edgy braided-leather tank top or a spaghetti-strap Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress. This ultra-high end of the jewelry market from names such as Cartier, Harry Winston, Dior,

Louis Vuitton

and Graff is known for showstopping gems at showstopping prices, often focusing on classical concepts and settings. (Read: big, bright diamonds in carefully crafted floral or sleek designs).

But now, as pent-up demand for diamonds means a rise in their value, it’s the right time to take a risk. There is even an investment house, Amma Group, that specializes in colored diamonds. “There are not more than 100 red diamonds in the world,” Mahyar Makhzani, a co-founder of the group, told The Wall Street Journal in February. “It’s like owning a Picasso: You know he isn’t going to be making any more.”

Shapes inspired by the natural world and adventurous settings get center stage in this shoot by Felicity Ingram with styling by Virginie Benarroch. A buckle-inspired, multicolor necklace from Louis Vuitton that hugs the nape, bunches of vibrantly green seaweed-like earrings from David Yurman or a magically massive teal butterfly ring from Chopard? Now is the time to go for it. Throw on a pair of Balenciaga sunglasses, clasp an intricate Graff bracelet on as an anklet and hit the town. —Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Cartier High Jewelry necklace and earrings, prices and availability upon request, select Cartier boutiques, and Chloé top, price upon request, similar styles at select Chloé boutiques.

Louis Vuitton High Jewelry necklace, price upon request, and Louis Vuitton dress, $3,450, louisvuitton.com.

Buckle up in an oversize timepiece or a major necklace for a fun ride. Blancpain watch, $38,900, blancpain.com.

Bulgari High Jewelry earrings and necklace, prices and availability upon request, select Bulgari boutiques.

Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry pendants, $2,310, and chain, price upon request, vancleefarpels.com, Balenciaga sunglasses, $630, balenciaga.com, and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress, $2,490, ysl.com.

Tiffany & Co. High Jewelry earrings and necklace, prices and availability upon request, select Tiffany & Co. boutiques.

Go long on pieces that reflect personal style, from diamond earrings to gold pendants. De Beers Fine Jewelry earrings, $28,100 (top) and $49,400 (bottom), debeers.com, and Valentino sweater, $1,690, select Valentino boutiques.

Organic shapes top off chic looks. David Yurman High Jewelry earrings, price and availability upon request, select David Yurman boutiques, and Nina Ricci top, $435, farfetch.com.

Harry Winston High Jewelry earrings and necklace, prices and availability upon request, select Harry Winston boutiques, and Burberry dress, $6,900, us.burberry.com.

Try wearing gems in unexpected ways. Graff High Jewelry bracelet, price and availability upon request, graff.com.

Chopard High Jewelry ring and earrings, prices and availability upon request, chopard.com, Isa Boulder top, $450, farfetch.com

Chanel High Jewelry necklace and Chanel dress.

Find the angles on a geometric neckline. Graff High Jewelry necklace, price upon request, and earrings, $95,000, graff.com, and Michael Kors bodysuit, $570, michaelkors.com. Models, Mamadou Lo at Elite Model Management, Licett Morillo at IMG Models and Topsy at Ford Models; hair, Laurent Philippon; makeup, Karim Rahman; manicure, Eri Narita.

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