Hortus deliciarum (Garden of Delights) is the title of a medieval manuscript by Herrad of Landsberg, located in the abbey of Hohenburg, in Alsace, better known as Mont Sainte-Odile. The manuscript contained at least 20 song lyrics (only two survive), all originally notated for the music. But Hortus deliciarum is also the name of countless jewelry collections, to which Gucci’s high jewelry is now added. The novelties of the collection, anticipated in June 2022, were presented during the couture week in Paris.
Colors, geometric designs, fantasy: instead of the notes, Gucci has used the tools of jewelry, with stones in dazzling colors, such as rubellite, amethyst, mandarin garnet and emerald, in addition to the classic diamonds. The design of the necklaces, earrings and bracelets is also inspired by a geometric motif taken from ancient Rome, such as the chains with hexagonal rings. Or with a so-called chevron motif, as in the yellow gold bracelet, with diamonds and an oval-shaped 16-carat rubellite tourmaline: a jewel that, Gucci points out, takes 200 hours to make.