Harry Winston’s Legacy collection, the ultimate for those who love diamonds ♦ ︎
In 2013, Harry Winston bought a pear-shaped, D-color, 101.73-carat diamond-worthy diamond for more than 26.7 million dollars in a Christie’s auction in Geneva. A record. The diamond was baptized by Winston’s Legacy. It was a surprise, but only for those who do not know enough about the history of the American Maison: more than a third of the world’s most precious stones have gone from their hands. It is no coincidence that the founder, Harry Winston, was named the King of Diamonds. And now the company presents a new collection inspired by that extraordinary stone: the Legacy collection consists of 22 jewels, of course white diamonds. Not only that, it should be pointed out that almost all D-color diamonds are internally perfect. Legacy is also a tribute to the founder’s legacy, mythical history. His career began in 1908 at the age of 12 when he bought a two-carat emerald for 25 cents: the owner thought it was a piece of glass. Two days later Harry Winston sold the emerald for $ 800. His career started from there. In the emerald have been added stones made from old jewels with too dated or imperfect frames.
To this skill are added spectacular shots, such as the purchase, in the 1930s, of a large diamond, a rough, Jonker, of 726 carats, for the very high figure of $ 750,000. It was the first large diamond cut in America, transformed into 12 stones, including the Jonker I 125.35 carats. After Jonker, was followed by other great, impressive diamonds.
The founder disappeared, 1978, today Harry Winston is owned by the Swatch group, but has not changed philosophy. Diamonds from the Legacy collection are often cut into pear-shaped, like their older brother or marquise cut. Everything about jewelery is 836.68 carats, just a treasure. Like a necklace with round and marquised diamonds, of which more than 50 percent is of D color and is internally perfect. Other pieces were made following the drawings in the Maison’s archives. They would have made Harry Winston proud. Giulia Netrese