June, the month of the summer solstice and the month of longest day in the northern hemisphere. The month of the rose, too. The house of Piaget has a long history with the rose and one of the house’s most sumptuous high jewelry collections is its Rose Collection. But Piaget is also synonymous with an award-winning rose named the Yves Piaget Rose. a beautiful rose ranging in color from pale pink to flamboyant fuchsia and known for its powerful flowering with its 80 layers of petals. It was created by the house of Meilland and won the International New Rose contest in 1982. In addition to his work at Piaget, Yves Piaget would continue throughout his life to promote the rose.
Among the creations in the Rose Collection are the sparkling lacy looking Piaget Rose earrings in 18 carat white gold set with 282 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of some 1.48 carats. The stunning Piaget Rose necklace is a work of art with its double chain and its rose accentuated by four decorative pendants.Fashioned in 18-carat white gold, the Piaget Rose necklace is set with 170 brilliant cut diamonds and six marquise-cut diamonds, a cut that is one of the house’s favorites because of the sparkle it brings to the stone. The Piaget Rose bracelet in 18-carat white gold showcases a rose as its centerpiece while three moveable chains hug the wrist and follow its movements and each petal of the rose reproduces the characteristic volume of the Yves Piaget Rose. It is a sparkling affair, this bracelet with its 181 brilliant-cut diamonds and four marquise-cut diamonds.
Another piece in the Rose Collection is a ring in 18 carat pink gold set with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing in at some 0.12 carats and encircling a suspended diamond in the middle of the ring. The Piaget Rose Collection was first launched in 2012 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Yves Piaget Rose.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the rose is the flower of the month of June, a flower steeped in symbolism. Roses are not just garden and table decoration. Already in Antiquity the Greeks and the Persians would make rose water by steaming the petals and use it as an aromatic flavoring in food. Rose is also used in perfume making and in homemade medicinal care as well as it can soothe eczema and redness of the skin.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette