A t the beginning of July, Hong Kong based jeweler Nicholas Lieou will unveil his first capsule collection designed for Sotheby’s Diamonds , the retail boutique specialising in the world’s finest diamonds. Paying homage to the naturalistic world, the collection features rare diamonds set in breath-taking designs, transforming naturalistic symbols into contemporary jewels. The stones are a testament to Sotheby’s Diamonds’ ability to source and select diamonds of extraordinary beauty and rarity.
Always approaching jewelry as an art form, Nicholas Lieou draws inspiration from all sectors of life. From architecture to design or art to nature, Lieou finds the paradox, draws out the beauty, and encapsulates it in refined, yet unorthodox designs. Drawing on nature, the seven pieces in Lieou’s collection are inspired by seed pods: eternal symbols for growth and transformation not only in flora and fauna but also for a new generation of jewelry collectors.
Lieou has captured the essence of this symbolic theme though the meticulously craftsmanship of Sotheby’s Diamonds. Like nature itself, it is the smallest, simplest details that are so poignant. From pavé-set diamonds hidden in a cocoon of larger diamonds, to organic lines silhouetted by nature’s rarest coloured pink or blue diamonds, each design is a nod to the natural world in which we live.
Lieou grew up in Hong Kong and studied at London’s Central St. Martins and the Royal College of Art. After designing collections for Georg Jensen and Louis Vuitton, he was named the Director of Design of High Jewelry and Custom Design at Tiffany & Company in New York, before launching his eponymous label, Mr. Lieou.
“With a flair for the avant-garde, Nicholas has encapsulated the spirit of Sotheby’s Diamonds perfectly," says Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Sotheby’s Diamonds.
"The designs he has created reinforce the allure of nature’s rarest creation – the diamond – which are the masterpieces of each and every jewel we create. Nicholas’ creations truly position him as an artist jeweler; his designs will resonate with the collectors of today not only jewelry but also art, and above all they celebrate the enduring and timeless appeal of diamonds”.