The MÖBIUS bangle from Georg Jensen puts a literal twist on 20th-century Swedish designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe’s signature organic curves. This sterling silver piece is based on the non-orientable Möbius strip, which has fascinated philosophers and mathematicians since the mid-19th century. Torun intended this continuous loop to represent infinite love, which the bangle shall no doubt inspire in those who lay their eyes on it.
MÖBIUS bangle, £625; Georg Jensen at The Royal Exchange
The theme of light-heartedness has been woven throughout Hermès designs this year. The brand’s autumn/winter 2022 collection includes playful scarves whose design templates were outsourced to freelance artists. Each scarf comes in several colourways and is made from 100 per cent silk twill. Like a piece of Baroque art, Pierre Marie’s Le Sacre des Saisons design features mythical subjects, and a dynamism characteristic of the period. Its four corners embody the seasons through fantastical dancing animals. This scarf is a timelessly exuberant piece for any wardrobe.
Le Sacre des Saisons scarf, £370; Hermès at The Royal Exchange
Deep red Burma rubies set in seas of diamonds; columns of beads hanging like ropes of glimmering foliage. The Poppy Meadow necklace, part of Boodles’ stunning The Secret Garden collection, was inspired by the 2020 adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel. This ruby and multi-coloured diamond-set necklace in platinum and rose gold evokes magical scenes of nature glistening with sunny spells.
Poppy Meadow necklace, £155,000; Boodles at The Royal Exchange
Speaking of magic, the Bean® design planted by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany in 1974 has since grown into one of the New York jeweller’s most iconic pieces. The Italian designer and philanthropist loved the simplicity of this organic form, which symbolises the origins of life, and reminds us of the hidden beauty and complexity in nature all around us. Mesmerizingly simple and crafted in the understated elegance of 18k gold, the Bean® Design Pendant still possesses all the sensuality for which Peretti’s sculptural objects have long been renowned.
Elsa Peretti® Bean Design Pendant, £515; Tiffany & Co. at The Royal Exchange
OUT WITH A BANG
The Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 Italia Independent is the eye-catching result of a collaboration between Hublot and fashion company Italia Independent. The latter launched in 2007 during Pitti Uomo in Florence. This timepiece aims to inspire through its use of new materials. Limited to just 500 pieces, its robust case is made from Texalium (aluminium-coated carbon fibre) and its denim strap hints at the best in menswear tailoring showcased at Pitti Uomo.
Hublot Big Bang Unico 45 Italia Independent, £11,700; Watches of Switzerland at The Royal Exchange
ROMANCING THE STONE
There’s no debate that diamonds are aesthetically beautiful products of nature. Like rare paintings and partners for life, they’re valued for their being relatively hard to come by. With a round, brilliant diamond exploding with sparkle, the twist pavé side-stone ring by VASHI makes a perfect gift for the rare beings that are our soulmates. Ostensibly simple at first glance, on closer inspection the twisted diamond-set band looks like two paths brought together by the beaming centrepiece.
Twist pavé side-stone ring, £14,150; VASHI at The Royal Exchange
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Arresting sparkles also appear on the Micro Lottie bag in blue glitter from Aspinal of London. Part of the brand’s Love Lottie handbag collection launching early this month, this gorgeous bag is also being released in champagne and silver glitter palettes. The twinkling blue version, like a night sky crowded with stars, is perfect for carrying your essentials at a VIP Frieze party. Micro Lottie in blue glitter, £475; Aspinal of London at The Royal Exchange
A work of art means different things to different people. To us, Bremont’s Fawley Broadsword bronze wall clock recalls the brand’s proud connection with Queen Elizabeth II, late Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces. This quartz clock features the classic monochrome style of the “Dirty Dozen” field watches of the 1940s, which were commissioned for soldiers. Like those historical 12, it’s designed for functionality. Released in limited numbers, a grey dial has highly legible numerals and the face bears HMAF, indicating Bremont’s status as Approved by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Fawley Broadsword bronze wall clock, £695; Bremont at The Royal Exchange