6 Standout Jewellery Pieces from Boghossian, A Purveyor of Gems
For over a century, six generations of the Boghossian family have committed themselves to creating exceptional jewellery. With boutiques strategically placed throughout the world–including a Hong Kong flagship store in Central’s Prince’s Building–the jeweller's prowess lies in the careful curation of its gemstones. As well as, of course, its unique design and impeccable execution.
From the intimate and unmarked headquarters in Switzerland, CEO Albert Boghossian, the fifth generation, works alongside his nephews Roberto and Ralph Boghossian, and his daughter Dalia, the sixth generation in the family business. Originally from Mardin, an Armenian township in the Ottoman Empire, the Boghossians set up a stone-trading business in Aleppo, Syria, where Albert and his older brother Jean were born, before moving to Beirut, Lebanon.
By the ’70s–now based in Europe, in Antwerp and Geneva respectively–Jean and Albert began selling gems to luxury brands and high-end private customers. Fast forward to today, and the house is largely celebrated for its rare gems, which are sourced from countries including India, Burma, and Colombia, among others, as well as their setting methods.
In the early 2000s, Albert, Roberto and Ralph began experimenting with innovative jewellery setting techniques. Boghossian’s “Kissing” technique is particularly notable and allows a gemstone to be set on top of another. The “Merveilles” technique, meanwhile, allows gems to sit seamlessly side-by-side, which gives the appearance of them floating. It’s unsurprising, therefore, that many Boghossian pieces have broken records, such as the Manuscript bracelet, which became the most expensive coloured diamond bracelet ever sold when it went under the hammer at Christie’s Hong Kong’s Magnificent Jewels auction in May 2018.
Here are six of some of Boghossian’s most memorable jewellery creations, which highlight the house’s ability to beautifully showcase gemstones by using elaborate design structures…
Sapphire & Natural Drop-Shaped Pearl Earrings
Sourced from Kashmir, which is the most prestigious origin for sapphires because of their exceptional colour and rarity, the spectacular sapphires featured on these earrings weigh 8.68 and 8.60 carats. They are supported by D-coloured pear-shaped diamonds, which hold up a natural saltwater pearl, both closely matching in size and shape–7.90 and 7.30 carats. To top it all off, the stones are set on a backdrop of sparkling baguette-shaped diamonds.
“Pigeon’s Blood” Ruby and Diamond Ring
Known as one of the finest Burmese rubies in existence, a “Pigeon’s Blood” jewel acts as centrestone for this truly eye-catching ring. Surrounded by eight oval-shaped diamonds that weigh a total of 6.24 carats, the ruby is cushion-shaped and weighs an impressive 6.24 carats.
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Emerald and Diamond Ring
This beautiful piece of jewellery features something that’s extremely rare: an elongated emerald-cut emerald. Sourced from Colombia, the stone is very unusual and is showcased stupendously in a beautiful crystal frame. Weighing a total of 6.89 carats, this emerald is certainly one that’ll turn heads.
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Natural Saltwater Pearl and Diamond Earrings
Taking the mix-and-match trend to a whole other level, Boghossian’s natural saltwater pearl earrings come with one in a light cream, and the other, a moss-green. Each is topped with white and green diamonds respectively, which elegantly complements the stunning colour of their respective pearls.
Jadeite Cabochon and Diamond Earrings
This pair of Type A jadeite cabochons and diamond earrings are quite superb. The oval-shaped jadeites weigh 5.16 and 5.10 carats respectively and are surrounded by diamonds that weigh a total of 6.79 carats.
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Pink and Colourless Diamond
Certified by the Gemological institute of America (GIA), the Fancy Intense pink asscher-cut diamond that takes pride of place in this Boghossian ring overlays a large oval-shaped diamond. Eight square-cut diamonds are then set over a light pink diamond that’s set on a yellow gold design structure. Extremely bright, this piece is a statement if there ever was one.
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