This Monday, also the first Monday of May, the annual Met Gala (or the global fashion industry’s annual DnD) took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Amidst Lady Gaga‘s 16-minute long red carpet outfit changes, the glitz and bling that traditionally dominated the red carpet fell wayside.
It was when Kendall Jenner posted shots of her behind-the-scenes on her Instagram account on Wednesday that we were reminded to inspect the jewels on the red carpet—particularly Jenner’s.
Fortunately, the American jewellers, Tiffany & Co. commissioned the 26-year-old, Bronx-based photographer, Renell Medrano, to go behind-the-scenes with Kendall Jenner. Medrano documented Jenner’s hair, makeup, and jewellery fitting journey before the series of photographs culminated in the very final moment Jenner slipped on her bright-orange Versace dress and headed out for the red carpet.
To accompany her orange Versace dress, Jenner opted for a simple suite of equally fiery jewels. The three-tiered earrings that she wore were a mix of six pink and yellow imperial topaz and coloured diamonds—each stone individually secured in a four-pronged 18k yellow gold setting. Between each stone you’ll find intricate 18k yellow gold hinges—which allowed the earrings to sway.
The ring was a massive eight-carat orange sapphire set on a four-pronged platinum ring. A halo of diamonds crowns the sapphire—and runs down the ring, round the finger.
The necklace was a chain of alternating square and oval shapes—a pink imperial topaz sits next to an emerald-cut diamond encased in 18k yellow gold, which sits next to a yellow imperial topaz, which is followed by the diamond again.
Before you plan you next trip to Tiffany & Co. in search of these jewels, stop. They are not yet available around the globe.
In fact, they are not from the usual Tiffany & Co. jewellery collections. What Jenner wore was from the brand’s elusive Blue Book collection.
The Blue Book comes as Tiffany & Co.’s long-standing high jewellery collection. While the brand used to launch this annual collection in May each year, the date has been pushed back to September since the current chief artistic director, Reed Krakoff joined in 2017.
With the Blue Book, a few high jewellery pieces are made each year and upon launch, these pieces go on to tour the Tiffany & Co. stores around the globe. Clients are invited to view them and try them on—and if fate calls, they can buy them on the spot. It’s then noteworthy to mention that every piece is unique.
And that means, what Jenner wore to the Met Gala will soon join the rest of 2019’s Blue Book collection on a global tour come September. If you were to make an appointment with Tiffany & Co. for the Blue Book viewing, you will be able to try on these very pieces that Jenner wore—granted they are not already sold by then.
So, how much do they exactly cost?
Let’s start from the smallest—the orange sapphire ring is priced at an approximate of US$41,000 (or S$55,860); the imperial topaz and diamonds earring are priced at an approximate of US$110,001 (or S$149,880); the imperial topaz and diamonds necklace is priced at an approximate of US$335,001 (or S$456,450).
Prices are all approximated only because in the high jewellery department, external influences in the likes of currency exchange fluctuations do affect the eventual selling price.
Tiffany & Co.‘s Blue Book Collection 2019 will be launched this September.