Knight in Shining Armour

Knight in Shining Armour

Francesca Amfitheatrof presents her first ever fine jewellery collection inspired by the medieval times. Last year, the Japan born jewellery designer took over the artistic direction of Louis Vuitton jewellery and watchmaking. Her discrete arrival allowed her some time to make her mark in the industry and put her signature on the collections.

Under her artistic supervision, the jewellery house recently came up with a prehistoric age inspired assortment. This collection is a tribute to the medieval heroines who were known for being extremely creative,  and multi-talented women with well-tempered personalities.

Intense colours, direct and vibrant saturation, the collection is punctuated with bursts of brilliance. La Reine (the Queen) the necklace in the picture, is a luminescent net woven of 1,600 diamonds, in the centre of which radiates the 19.31-carat royal blue sapphire. The design is inspired by the gorget which is a piece of armour to protect the neck. The hypnotic appeal of this masterpiece comes from the 70 sapphires and 100 emeralds embedded seamlessly into the creation. 

In Prague, where the collection was premiered, the Artistic Director sets the tone of confidence. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and then of Central Saint Martins believes, “You have to have confidence. I go with my gut and instinct.” This English woman has a great aptitude for work. Her extreme meticulousness earned her a great reputation, both for talent and discipline. 

All of these traits are precisely the essence of her first collection of fine jewellery. There are about 50 creations, characterised by the medieval codes of chivalry– coat of arms, harrows, chains, drawbridge along with the jeweler’s characteristic know-how. Le Royaume (the Kingdom), la Cavalière (the Rider) and la Reine (the Queen), each of its figurative pieces tell a story where the maison’s many creative facets find expression. 

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.