The Gucci Hortus Deliciarum 2021 high jewelry collectioncollection takes its cue from the ephemeral yet recurring beauty of the changing sky and its shifting colours and constellations. The collection comprises more than 130 pieces, largely one of a kind, and its motifs are divided into 4 chapters informed by the majestic beauty of the natural world.
The first chapter is an ode to the majestic beauty of natural landscapes, recreating the great outdoors as preciously intimate talismans. Monumental natural features, such as waterfalls and softly windblown forestry, are re-created in miniature.
The saturated, hypnotic hues of a sky at sunset informs the second chapter of the collection, which immortalises the fleeting magic of nightfall. Here, styles borrow from the highly romantic — perhaps even gothic — bygone settings of the nineteenth-century, voluptuously wallowing in the past while remaining resolutely modern.
In the third chapter of ‘Hortus Deliciarum’, the romanticism of a rose garden forms the foundation for the most delicate and feminine narrative yet. Flora and fauna, as well as the breath-taking landscapes they inhabit, are brought to life by unique gemstones — each of them a precious talisman of the big, bold natural world.
The fourth chapter revisits the animal kingdom, evoking mythic bestiary and ancient fauna. The symbolic strength of the Lion, the courage and passion of the Tiger, and the magical mysticism of Dionysus comprise the crest of Gucci’s kingdom of jewels. Each animal is also surrounded by nature as symbolic flowers, leaves and stars come to life in ornate diamond settings and hidden engravings.
Finally, singular and striking solitaires are redefined with maximalist allure. Here, the vibrant colours of sky and verdant landscapes come to life. Emerald-cut coloured gemstones, intense and joyous, are juxtaposed with pavé heirloom settings: Afghani mint tourmaline, sunset-pink rubellite, velvety violet tanzanites, light orange sapphires, blushed-rosé topaz, and the hypnotic glow of mandarin garnet.
Each piece evokes the inherent splendour of Mother Nature, Gucci’s ultimate muse — and the reassuringly universal beauty of the sky. The collection is fantastical interpretation of the wonders of the natural world, and the meditative reflectiveness with which it grounds us. Sky-high jewels, otherworldly settings, natural inspiration