The Jewelry Insider

April 20, 2010

A high-end jewelry line inspired by all things equine is wowing the bling-obsessed with deep pockets. How much does a horse hoof necklace go for these days? You might be surprised.

French fashion house Hermes recently unveiled its first collection of fine jewelry – or ‘haute bijouterie’ as they prefer to call it – and the result is an extravagant display of equestrian-inspired style.

Designed by accessories guru, Pierre Hardy, the collection consists of 14 high-end jewelry pieces including a whip-shaped Fouet diamond necklace and a horse hoof-inspired Centaure necklace, bracelet, earrings and rings. The Fouet diamond necklace boasts 3,669 diamonds totaling 36.16 carats and will retail for a whopping $880,000. All pieces come with a custom-made alligator leather box complete with a real zebra skin mat.

Laurence Reulet, general director of Hermes jewelry told Women’s Wear Daily,

“Hermes will be taking orders for the collection on a world tour that will stop in Tokyo in September, Hong Kong in October and Berlin in November. The waiting time is five to seven months, and pieces can be adapted to customers’ tastes.”

Too late for the Kentucky Derby this year, alas. But if you’re a horse lover with a more ‘realistic’ jewelry budget, has a sparkling collection of horse-shoe styles, horse charms, and horse pendants that are perfect for your next day at the races.

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