It is the biggest society and media event of the year for America’s brightest stars, and Ariana Rockefeller used the night to sparkle in thousands of diamonds donated for the night by Bucherer, which recently bought Tourneau.
In honor of the night’s theme, Fashion: Notes on Camp, Ms Rockefeller’s stylist worked with Bucherer on a look that included over 130 carats of diamonds across her jewellery and timepiece.
“Jackie Kennedy was the inspiration,” said stylist Lela Rose. “We researched and found a few vintage looks we loved and set about modernizing in a Lela Rose way. The jewels are the pièce de résistance for Ariana’s look. For the first time, storied jeweler Bucherer provided jewelry for a Met Gala attendee.
“All told, there are more than 2500 diamonds weighing more than 130 carats sparkling on the necklace, bracelet, earrings and watch Ariana is wearing. Bucherer is a Swiss family owned company which has been in business since 1888. The brand recently acquired the watch retailer Tourneau,” she adds.
The collaboration with Ms Rockefeller is important as one of the first times the Bucherer has promoted its jewelry in the United States since the company bought luxury watch retail chain Tourneau.
There has been no statement on whether, when Tourneau is rebranded as Bucherer next year, it will start selling its own jewelry creations.
The Carl F. Bucherer watch, shown to WatchPro at a private dinner co-hosted by Tourneau and Ms Rockefeller ahead of the Met Gala, is a limited edition Alacria Swan made from white gold with 137 diamonds on the dial, one diamond for the crown and another 844 diamonds on the bracelet, totaling more than nine carats.
Her jewelry included Bucherer’s Necklace Soiree set in 18ct white gold is crafted from 771 brilliant cut diamonds with 17 pear cut diamonds hanging from the collar. In total, the necklace is more than 75 carats. Earrings carried 122 brilliant cut diamonds and six pear cut diamonds, weighing more than 11 carats while her bracelet had an additional 451 brilliant cut diamonds totaling 40.04 carats in total weight.