The smooth sphere shines like a round bauble — until this jewel swivels to reveal its textured, jewelled interior. It is easy to imagine the hands at work on these Elie Top pieces, which look like celestial gatherings. But the designer, showing the jewellery close up — before it goes on display at Colette in Paris this week – told the twenty-first-century story behind this ancient study of the stars.
“It is all done in 3D on computers,” he said of the appropriately named “Mécaniques Célestes” collection.
Moving around like stars in the sky, a round ring rolls over its smooth, metallic side to show diamonds sparkling inside. You could take the idea of a ring with concealed stones as a streetwise way of hiding jewels from attention. But instead, Elie Top has caught in his jewellery the mood of the moment: nothing is more appealing than hidden luxury.