Thursday, September 22, 2011

Watermelon Cocktails at Schiaparelli

If you thought watermelon was only a fruit and are bemoaning the fact that summer is nearly over and that you will not be able to enjoy this luscious fruit until next year, well think again! Have some longing glances at these wonderful “watermelon” stones from Schiaparelli.

“Watermelon” rhinestones are multi-hued rhinestone called 'watermelon' because the stones resemble the natural watermelon tourmaline. Green around the edges and bright pink at the center.

Schiaparelli along with her arch nemesis Chanel promoted the use of cocktail jewellery also known as costume jewellery. Production of fine estate style jewellery was halted in the Second World War and America became the leader in designing attractive costume jewellery pieces using advanced technical methods of production making a market that was dynamic, inventive and affordable.

Whereas Chanel’s style harked back to baroque splendour imitating real jewellery (perhaps due to insecurity re her humble beginnings), Schiaparelli’s style reflected her aristocratic background and her never ending quest for the avant-garde and new.

Watermelon stones were among the most recognised and favoured of Schiaparelli’s jewellery. Set in anything from antique silver plate scrolls to rococo gold, these pieces are bold and showy, complimenting her signature shocking pink perfectly. Reflecting light like the colour of rainbows or opals the settings showcased these fakes wonderfully!

Watermelon has never looked so good!


  1. David,

    Both stunning and fun pieces by two of the great fashion designers.

    Art by Karena

  2. They are wonderful! Would love to stumble across some of those


  3. I love the slice of watermelon. Terrific example.

  4. Hello David:
    These are delicious!! And, such fun.

  5. Such fun, that's the best of things, when one puts some fun, like salt in food :-)

  6. hahahaha! Watermelon!

    Son cute jewerlly!


    Adrien Loren

  7. Never knew about this stone before. They are beautiful.

  8. Costume know my opinion on that.
    Watermelon that's a miracle of nature.

  9. adoro estas maravillosas “watermelon” stones!!

    have a happy weekend,

  10. Great Pieces!

    have a great weekend!


  11. a bit too demure for my tastes. :)

  12. Wow,these colors are fabulous..shining all the way,complicated colors are always perfection for gaining fantastic visual effects,lots of love for that magic fantasy..

    Check out my blog if you have the time :D

  13. Great pieces. The colors are so fabulous.
    It's really a good style.
    Have a nice weekend.

  14. wow, that's insane. gorgeous colour and particularly love the raw cut stone. looks amazing!

  15. Dear David, for some reaso Blogger does not allow me to post with my Google account like I usually did, so I am trying to use other options. I have to say watermelon by Schiaparelly is absolutely delicious!And wahte and amazing post. :-)))The color is truly unique, has so many undertones that it makes you belive that the fire lives inside the stone.Something I would definately love to hav in my jewelry box.:-) Wishing you wonderful weekend and hoping that this comment will go through.

  16. I imagine that if Schiaparelli could take these stones back in time, kings would make them into crown jewels!

  17. Oh my goodness, these pieces are pure gorgeousness!!
    Nancy xo

  18. oh wow, super cute colours!


  19. Many thanks all for your wonderful comments! They are well and truly appreciated!

  20. Beautiful! I'll refer everyone that missed my birthday to this post prior to Christmas.


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