The LV monogram takes center stage in Louis Vuitton Jewelry from decadent pendant earrings to effortlessly chic charm bracelets. Discover how the brand’s artisanal savoir-faire informs its jewelry collection.
The Maison’s signature codes are united in a necklace engraved with hinge motifs, overlaid by 195 custom-cut diamonds. Versatility is honored in a long necklace that transforms into a multi-strand or stacked design, while a hoop earring and ear cuff develop a geometric strength.
The LV Volt collection of Louis Vuitton jewelry offers a fresh take on the brand’s signature monogram. First introduced in the company’s fashion bijou bracelets, the iconic Louis Vuitton inscription is a symbol of movement and energy. Designed as a gender-neutral line, the LV Volt fuses craftsmanship with innovation and abstraction. The LV initials are sculpted to resemble a lightning bolt, an allegory of speed. Whether reworked as a chain or a cuff, this unisex jewellery collection adds a sense of dynamism to any look.
The Louis Vuitton LV Volt collection includes a series of graphic fine jewellery pieces that can be mixed and matched freely. Artistic Director for Jewellery and Watches Francesca Amfitheatrof interpreted the iconic letters of the LV monogram by playing with their shapes and forms. These include a series of yellow gold ear studs that resemble a small LV cradling a diamond within a capital V; and a series of necklaces, earrings and rings that feature the two initials intertwined like a heartbeat. The LV initials are also combined to resemble a lightning bolt in a bracelet featuring an interchangeable cord.
In addition to the LV initials, Amfitheatrof also reworked the logo’s fleurs, rhombuses and lines into a more modern style. The resulting LV Volt line-up is as contemporary as it is classic. For instance, a yellow gold ring with the LV monogram is engraved with an LV fleur-shaped charm and features an LV V motif in a mesh design. The LV Volt Curb chain features the LV letters in a repeated pattern and is available in a variety of colours, while LV Volt Mesh highlights the initials in a finely hewn mesh.
LV Volt has been the centre of attention thanks to its bold aesthetics. The unisex jewelry line has been spotted on the wrists of celebrities including Kid Cudi, who stars in Ti West’s new film X. The unisex LV Volt fine jewellery is set to make waves this season as the gender-neutral style becomes increasingly popular.
PARIS — Louis Vuitton is expanding its fine jewelry offerings with an 18-piece collection that celebrates the house founder’s grandson, Gaston-Louis Vuitton. “He was a really interesting character and he’s not talked about much, so it was an opportunity to do something that honors him,” Francesca Amfitheatrof, artistic director of watches and jewelry for the brand, told WWD. “He’s a very modern man, in the sense that he’s in touch with his feminine side, doesn’t need to be macho, and is interested in art, collecting and cooking — things that would not have been seen as appropriate for men to do 20 or 30 years ago.”
Amfitheatrof is one of today’s most narrative-driven designers (think the great Nicolas Bos at Van Cleef & Arpels). Her ideas are epic from the start and remain so in carat weight and proportion, even as she shapes them into reality to drape around wrists and necks. One recent project began with a mood board of medieval women who changed history and ended with armorlike necklaces inspired by Joan of Arc; another centered on space and stars, culminating in a piece with an 8-carat ruby representing the red planet.
While the collection does include diamonds, many pieces are paved with semi-precious stones and rhinestones that make this line a little more affordable than the brand’s fine jewelry. The Idylle Blossom line includes everything from stackable rings to oversized hoop earrings that are versatile enough to wear for any occasion. “It’s really a fun collection,” Amfitheatrof said, adding that it will be the perfect companion to other Louis Vuitton collections like Color Blossom and the more refined, stackable Idylle ring.
In a world where fashion jewelry can be priced in the hundreds and fine jewelry can cost thousands of dollars, it is important to buy what you love and don’t worry about the future resale value, she added. But don’t be afraid to explore other options, either. There’s plenty of other great jewelry out there, whether from LV, Hermes or Bulgari, and they’re all worth a look.
Tambour Moon Watch
The Louis Vuitton store at 70 Champs-Elysées is one of the world’s largest travel-goods stores. It is also home to a stunning collection of fine jewellery and watches, including the Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant Poincon De Geneve. The first timepiece to be crafted at the new Louis Vuitton watch and jewelry facility in Geneva, this stunning model is a testament to both the craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton’s designers and the brand’s ability to take advantage of new technologies and materials.
A bold expression of the Maison’s identity and aesthetic codes, the Tambour Moon is instantly recognizable thanks to its unique inward curve that echoes a crescent moon shape. A subtle play of light and reflections highlights all the curves of the case, while the dial combines an elegant white mother-of-pearl or black lacquer with the Monogram Flower to create a truly glamorous watch.
Created in 2017, this latest version pays tribute to the spirit of travel with a GMT complication. Fitted with a 41.5 mm steel case, this elegant tool for the modern globetrotter is available with a choice of satin-brushed or two-tone stainless steel and pink gold. Powered by a self-winding calibre, it is enhanced with a GMT ring inspired by the weave of Damier canvas, and features an additional central hand for reading the second time zone.
A contemporary expression of the art of travelling for the wrist, the Tambour Moon Dual Time Silver 44 and Tambour Moon Dual Time Grey 44 embody the spirit of travel in all its forms. The GMT function is a symbol of the Maison’s passion for exploration, while the case and dial colours reflect the iconic travel luggage pieces in the Maison’s heritage collections.
Designed to be layered, these earrings for women feature long chains, hoops, earcuffs and studs crafted in 18-karat gold. Each piece is enlivened with diamonds, sapphires and pearls to highlight the House’s renowned savoir-faire. They can be matched with rings from the LV Volt, Blossom and Empreinte collections, all of which pay tribute to key House codes.
LV’s Empreinte collection—which debuted in 2004 as an ode to the French brand’s emblematic codes—is getting an update this month. Artistic Director of Jewelry and Watches Francesca Amfitheatrof has given the elegant line a fresh new take that’s at once timeless and on point for today. Launching on August 19, the newest chapter of Empreinte features rings, bracelets, earrings (including hoop and diamond-studded pink gold ear cuffs), and necklaces that can be worn individually or stacked for a more sculptural look. Model Anna Ewers stars in a campaign for the new jewels, which are available for women and men, and showcase the brand’s iconic Monogram pattern prominently.
A nod to Louis Vuitton’s past is evident throughout the pieces, from the crossed laces of rings and bracelets resembling the leather straps that fasten the Maison’s legendary luggage to the openworked Monogram Flowers stamped into 18-karat yellow, white, and rose gold. The impression of trunk studs and powerful LV initials designed by Georges Vuitton in 1896 are also featured on the collection.
Amfitheatrof has also woven a sense of adventure into the collection. Crossed lace patterns etch into rings and bracelets, while the iconic four-petalled Monogram Flower makes an appearance on medallions intended as modern talismans. Overlapping lace designs are reminiscent of the relationships between loved ones, while long necklaces transform into multi-strand bracelets and are stackable for added versatility.
For those who prefer a more curated look, there’s also an array of natural diamond pieces that can be mixed and matched. The sculptural Empreinte ring encrusted with 10 pave diamonds, for example, pairs beautifully with the Transformable Sautoir necklace in black and white gold, while the ear cuffs can be paired with either of the two earrings or stacked with other ear cuffs from the collection.
The LV Empreinte Fine Jewelry collection is now available online and in stores. Prices range from $1,940 for a white gold Empreinte bracelet to $45,500 for a black Monogram Flower and diamonds Transformable Sautoir bangle. For more information, visit louisvuitton.com.